The Reason I’m Pulling for the Cubs — Hoverboards
When I was a kid, I loved watching baseball on TV. When the strike happened in 1994 and there were no playoffs or World Series, I lost interest in Major League Baseball. It wasn't a matter of principle or a form of protest. When they started playing games again in 1995, I just found that I had lost interest. I was as surprised as if I suddenly had woke up one day to find I didn't like fried chicken.
This year, though, I may get back into the American Pastime. The Cubs are in contention. I'm not a lifelong fan of the Cubs. As a kid, the Cubs were certainly one of the teams I followed for no other reason than all of their games were broadcast on WGN from Chicago -- and that was one of the 21 channels we got on my parent's 1984 version of cable. For the same reason, I was also a Braves fan.
The real reason I'm rooting for the Cubbies is Back to the Future II. Specifically, this:
There it is, plain as day. In black and white. Cubs win the World Series. I hope this comes true. I'm rooting for it to come true. Because, if Back to the Future II gets the Cubs prediction right, who's to say they won't get the hoverboard prediction, right? In the movie, Marty McFly uses a hoverboard to evade Griff Tannen and his goons.
The idea of the Cubs winning the world series was included in the movie because it was such an incredibly long shot. If the Cubs prediction somehow comes true, maybe we can expect hoverboards by Christmas!
But ... let's take a look at that newspaper again:
While the Cubs prediction technically could come true, there are a number of predictions on the same page that cannot. Sadly.
Check the other side of the masthead. "Washington Prepares for Queen Diana's Visit." Yikes.
Queen Elizabeth is still alive and Lady Di has been dead for over 15 years. Swing and a miss, Back to the Future II!!
Also, if you look closely down the right side of the page "President Says She's Tired," according to the USA Today. Ouch. That has to sting, right Hillary?
OOOH! I just noticed another one. The headline says, "Cubs Sweep Series in 5." I guess they were imagining that the greedy baseball owners would bring back the nine-game World Series format from the 1920s. Instead, baseball just raised ticket prices and jacked up the costs of concessions. They're greedy bastards, just not the way Back to the Future II predicted.
In conclusion, LET'S GO CUBBIES! I'm getting sick and tired of not riding a skateboard with wheels. I want to not ride a skateboard that hovers for a change!