anne asks “hey Tony, why did someone leave a goat’s head at Wrigley Field? That’s really gross.”

billy goat

in 1945 the owner of the Billy Goat tavern tried to bring his goat, Murphy, into Wrigley Field. the Andy Frain usher would not allow it.

so the dude cursed the team saying “hoobala doobala THE CUBS WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES EVER AGAAAAAAAIN”

billy goat

because curses are totally true in Chicago the Cubs never did make it to the World Series ever again.

meanwhile the goat (and the dude) lived on, despite ingesting nothing but beer and cheeseburgers

billy goat

30 years later the Cubs tried to make amends, but it was the 70s and didn’t count

billy goat

they tried it again in the 80s, but that didn’t work neither

meanwhile the Billy Goat Tavern became extremely popular mostly through SNL’s famous skit

meanwhile the Cubs keep losing.

here’s how many games the Cubs have lost over the last five years:

2008: 64
2009: 78
2010: 87
2011: 91
2012: 101

so yes, goats heads are gross, but losing about 10% more of your games each year, year after year is grosser.

thus, we should not only acknowledge the true Cub fan who sends a severed goat head to the Cubs president

but we should celebrate him.

and expect more goats to make their way to the Friendly Confines until the team makes itself back into the October Classic

and hopefully things will turn out differently than what happened in 1945.