Even that was insufficient insurance, which is why, on his own Cubs devotional website, one Al Yellon wrote during the pennant drive: "I have been doing this at work for the last few weeks, and it's worked surprisingly well. My coworkers say, 'How about those Cubs?' and I say in return, 'They suck!' And when I do that, they win." Fair enough. But what's truly inspirational—or deeply disturbing—about Al is his professed plan, hinted at in the very next sentence, to begin calling into work on his days off to announce that the Cubs suck.
Foreign fans are just like us. They put their pants on one leg at a time. But then they leave them on for six weeks. "I haven't changed my pants since the win over Argentina," a British soccer fan called ke posted on the BBC website, several weeks into the last World Cup. "And I won't until we either win it or get knocked out." England was knocked out. Literally.
Kelley Allison is a grown woman who has worn the same sweatshirt for all Steelers games since she was five. "The waistband now rests above my belly button and the sleeve bands just below my elbows," she posts on one of the web's myriad Steelers sites. "I look pretty silly, but when I don't wear it, they always lose."
Kelley, we have just the guy for you. His screen name is azcardsfan 1616, and he claims full responsibility for his team's swoon last season. "When me and my girlfriend used to listen to the games, the Cards were 4-2," he posts on a Cardinals bulletin board. "When we broke up, they lost 8 of the last 9"
Naturally, 1616 did the right thing. "I was trying to get her back," he assures his fellow fans. "Just to finish the season."