Cubs Try to Buck Billy Goat Curse with Snarky T-Shirts

Have you heard about the Billy Goat Curse on the Chicago Cubs?

The legend goes that in 1945, Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, was booted from Wrigley Field during the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Fellow fans apparently did not appreciate the smell of the pet goat Billy had brought with him to enjoy the game.

Sianis allegedly then put a curse on the Cubbies, possibly saying something like, “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more!” This has come to be known as “The Curse of the Billy Goat,” and since then, the Cubs haven’t so much as sniffed the World Series.

Fans and the organization have attempted various curse-breaking methods over the years — some more humane than others — but this season, after much rumination, the Cubs have decided to go with a powerful message on a t-shirt.


Cubs Anti-Goat Curse t-shirts

Cubs' Anti-Goat Curse t-shirts via NBC Chicago


Cubs' Anti-Goat Curse t-shirts

Cubs' Anti-Goat Curse t-shirts via Chicago Tribune

Whether The Curse of the Billy Goat will be tamed by sarcasm and ridicule remains to be seen, but my money’s always on Goat. And I wouldn’t leave any of those t-shirts near curious goat teeth either….

How many times do I have to tell people not to mess with goats? You’ll get the horns every time.

Besides, GO FIGHTIN’ PHILS!!!!!

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One Response to “Cubs Try to Buck Billy Goat Curse with Snarky T-Shirts”
  1. As you may know, one of our New York City congressman, Anthony Weiner, resigned this past Thursday after much pressure from his constituents and “prominent” political figures. He was “caught” in a sex-text scandal and therefore put under pressure to resign. The media has not relented in its ferocious and often unkind coverage of this incident. Hence, yesterday, under the heading “Rise and Fall: Ambitious hotshot’s flameout – from start to joke” written by Andy Soltis, another Weiner-scenario was brought to light, this time one involving goats!

    I usually don’t follow these types of ‘breaking news” however, at times, “breaking news”, follows me. Last night was one of those times. I couldn’t sleep so I read The New York Post because often its trivia will go beyond what warm milk can do to help me fall asleep.

    In spite of everything that is going on in New York City and the world, The Post gave over half of its Friday, June 16th 2011 publication to coverage on Mr. Weiner’s fall from grace and it is in this no-stoned-unturned-coverage, that I found a tid-bit that might interest you which is why I have given the details on the publication source.

    The tid-bit found on page eight relates to your “not leaving anything to goat’s teeth’ and so without further ado:

    “He (Weiner) once staged an outdoor press congress on Capitol Hill with two Angora goats, to denounce federal subsidies for mohair wool. He got publicity — but one of the goats didn’t get the humor and gored Weiner’s hand.”

    This is proof, once again, that one should be mindful of goat’s teeth but also proof that William Congreve had it right when he wrote “hell has no fury like a woman scorned” (evidenced by the women who came forward after participating in sex-texting, including one woman, a former porn star, was armed with Gloria Allred — the infamous attorney). Perhaps if Mr. Congreve had experienced goat’s teeth, he might have noted another “fury” — the fury of goat’s teeth — I’m just sayin; . .

    In any event, Michelle, from what you have written in the past, I know you are always on the look out for goat stories and thought you’d appreciate the one associated with the embattled Anthony Weiner, and btw, here’s the Congreve reference:

    William Congreve, in The mourning bride, 1697:

    As you’ll answer it, take heed
    This Slave commit no Violence upon
    Himself. I’ve been deceiv’d. The Publick Safety
    Requires he should be more confin’d; and none,
    No not the Princes self, permitted to
    Confer with him. I’ll quit you to the King.
    Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
    The base Injustice thou hast done my Love:
    Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
    And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn’d;
    Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d,
    Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.

    Just more to think about on watering days when being mindful is sometimes difficult (-;

    Thx for the poem, LLG! I actually did link to that Weiner story in the post…look under the last “get the goat by the horns” bit 😉 Loved it!


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