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    100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    This year is the 100th season since the Cubs won the World series… 100 years is a LONG time…and in fact it’s so long that until you really look at the stuff that has occurred since then you really have no idea how long a 100 years is.

    Compounding this is the fact that the Blackhawks in the NHL haven’t won a championship since the early 1960’s and that even the Arizona Cardinals who began in Chicago and are currently the team in the NFL with the longest championship drought actually have a shorter view back at their successful past (NFL Championship in Chicago in 1947) the Cubs do.

    The Bears have won two championships between the present and the Cardinals victory in the 47 game, the Bulls of course were darlings of the town after these long droughts and their run at a record run of championships (outside the Celtics world) was lapped up by the fans in Chicago like ice cream at a kids party. Even the White Sox who had their own run at futility and defeated that monster.

    So in Chicago imagine if there is still someone… someone who is still a Cardinal fan, a Blackhawk fan and a Cub fan.

    For them the beginning of any season is hope, or another run at disappointment.

    100 years… say it out loud… 100 years, the last time the Cubs won the World Series the USA was 132 years old and horse and buggy’s rule the roads.. in fact a lot has happened since then, more then you realize and when you see the tip of what has happened you have to wonder about everything else too.

    So let’s check it out.

    1908-1910 Winning Percentage = .666

    1908 - Kerosene outsells Gasoline as a fuel and Henry Ford sells his first Model T

    1909 - Indianapolis opens their famous Race Track and stages the 1st ever event.

    1910 - May 18 - The earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.

    1911-1919 Winning Percentage = .553

    1911 - IBM incorporated as Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation (CTR) in New York.

    1912 - The RMS Titanic sinks, along with 1,494 people.

    1913 - General Electric begins to sell stoves and toasters.

    1914 - Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.

    1915 - Orson Welles is born

    1916 - The light switch was invented by William J. Newton and Morris Goldberg

    1917 - The National Hockey League is formed .

    1918 - Canned Tomato Sauce is introduced.

    1919 - The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women.

    1920-1929 Winning Percentage = .526

    1920 - The first commercial radio station in the United States, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.

    1921 - Green Bay Packers are formed with $500 of backing from a local meat packing plant.

    1922 - In The Bronx, construction begins on Yankee Stadium.

    1923 - Turkey becomes a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

    1924 - American airman Russell L. Maughan flew from New York to San Francisco in 21 hours and 48 minutes on a dawn-to-dusk flight in a Curtiss pursuit

    1925 - Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.

    1926 - U.S. Route 66 was established.

    1927 - The first demonstration of television before a live audience.

    1928 - Sliced Bread Introduced

    1929 - The radio comedy show Amos and Andy makes its debut

    1930-1939 Winning Percentage = .579

    1930 - Betty Boop premiers in the animated film Dizzy Dishes.

    1931 - Nevada legalizes gambling.

    1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.

    1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration,

    1934 - John Dillinger and two others shoot their way out of an FBI ambush in northern Wisconsin

    1935 - World’s first parking meters, in Oklahoma City.

    1936 - The Girl Scouts of America sell their first cookie.

    1937 - Spam is invented

    1938 - Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: “nylon”.

    1939 - The Hewlett-Packard Company is founded.

    1940-1949 Winning Percentage = .479

    1940 - RKO releases Walt Disney’s second full-length animated film, Pinocchio.

    1941 - Captain America Comics #1 issues the first Captain America & Bucky comic.

    1942 - Lions became extinct in Iran by this date.

    1943 - Rioting between military personnel and Mexican American youths erupts in East Los Angeles and is dubbed the “Zoot Suit Riots”.

    1944 - Anne Frank and sister Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

    1945 - Micky Dolenz is born

    1946 - Frozen French Fries are invented

    1947 - The Chicago Cardinals the NFL’s oldest franchise wins their last championship, they are now in Arizona and playing the role of the Cubs in that league.

    1948 - Hells Angels founded in California.

    1949 - First Television Western, Hopalong Cassidy, airs on NBC.

    1950-1959 Winning Percentage = .437

    1950 - Britain formally recognizes Israel.

    1951 - I Love Lucy debuts on CBS.

    1952 - Bob Costas is born

    1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay perform the first successful ascent to the summit of Mount Everest.

    1954 - The New York Giants win the World Series, the franchises last.

    1955 - Disneyland opens, in Anaheim, California.

    1956 - Elvis Presley enters the United States music charts for the first time, with “Heartbreak Hotel.”

    1957 - Better Home and Gardens publishes their first Microwave cook book

    1958 - December 28 - The Baltimore Colts beat The New York Giants 23-17 in overtime to win The NFL Championship.

    1959 - The Barbie doll debuts.

    1960-1969 Winning Percentage = .459

    1960 - 1960 Summer Olympics: Cassius Clay wins the gold medal in boxing.

    1961 - Catch-22 is first published by Joseph Heller.

    1962 - AT&T’s Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite, is launched into orbit, and activated the next day.

    1963 - ZIP Codes are introduced in the U.S.

    1964 - Coke in a can is introduced

    1965 - Bob Dylan releases his album Highway 61 Revisited

    1966 - Luna 10 enters orbit around the Moon.

    1967 - The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup. The last time they won the championship

    1968 - Johnny Cash records “Live at Folsom Prison”.

    1969 - The Mets win the World Championship in their 8th season… beating the Cubs.

    1970-1979 Winning Percentage = .487

    1970 - Riverfront Stadium opens

    1971 - Nine MLB pitchers throw more then 285 innings, 4 of them topping 310.

    1972 - Volkswagen Beetle sales exceed those of the Ford Model-T when the 15,007,034th Beetle is produced.

    1973 - O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills became the first running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a pro football season.

    1974 - Stephen King publishes his first novel, Carrie, under his own name.

    1975 - NBC airs the first episode of Saturday Night Live

    1976 - The Seattle Seahawks first football game is played.

    1977 - The first Apple II computers go on sale.

    1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his 3,000th major league hit.

    1979 - The Chrysler Corporation asks the United States government for $1 billion to avoid bankruptcy.

    1980-1989 Winning Percentage = .472

    1980 - Mobster Henry Hill busted on drug possession.

    1981 - Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed

    1982 - The car brand Toyota Camry introduced.

    1983 - Hooters opens up in Clearwater, Florida.

    1984 - Cubs win Division then lose in Playoffs

    1985- Mike Tyson makes his professional debut in Albany, New York, a match which he wins by a first round knockout.

    1986 - Hands Across America: At least 5,000,000 people form a human chain from New York City to Long Beach, California

    1987 - Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom

    1988 - The Chicago Cubs play their first ever night game at home in Wrigley Field,

    1989 - The Loma Prieta earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, strikes the San Francisco-Oakland region.

    1990-1999 Winning Percentage = .476

    1990 - Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.

    1991 - Magic Johnson announces that he has HIV.

    1992 - H. Ross Perot re-enters the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign.

    1993 - Late Night with Conan O’Brien premieres on NBC.

    1994 - South Africa holds its first fully multiracial elections.

    1995 - Yahoo! is founded in Santa Clara, California.

    1996 - The Nintendo 64 video game system is released in Japan.

    1997 - The Detroit Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup championship in 42 years

    1998 - Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants.

    1999 - Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France.

    2000-2007 Winning Percentage = .484

    2000 - Elian Gonzalez returns to Cuba with his father

    2001 - Beatle George Harrison dies of cancer.

    2002 - Cincinnati’s Cinergy Field is demolished.

    2003 - The Concorde makes its last commercial flight

    2004 - The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918,

    2005 - The Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros in 4 games to win their first World Series since 1917.

    2006 - The world’s longest running music show, Top of the Pops, broadcasts for the last time on BBC Two.

    2007 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 14,000 for the first time in history.

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Hilarious.

    I hope another 100 years passes before they get a whiff.

    Screw 'em.

    They live in a great city with a million things to do, and they act like they're "suffering" "die hards".

    Lee Elia said everything that ever needed to be said.
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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Here's to another 100 years of the Cubs sucking.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    I just hope and pray in 2090 a similar piece isn't being written about another certain team.
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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    I just hope and pray in 2090 a similar piece isn't being written about another certain team.
    Yeah, but the Reds lose without all of mindless bluster.

    We act like we've been there before.
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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    That winning percentage (.666) from 1908-1910 is what did them in. They sold their soul to the devil.
    Reds Fan Since 1971

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    The day they win the series is the day 80% of their "fan base" goes to find something else to do
    Go Gators!

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Cubs icon Harry Caray was older than dirt. He was born in 1914 (six years later) and died 10 years ago.
    When they last went to the World Series in '45, only Johnny Moore, Paul Derringer, Ray Prim and Hy Vandenberg from that team were even alive when the Cubs had previously won the series.
    Cubs Managers Bruce Kimm, Dusty Baker, Don Baylor, Jim Riggleman, Tom Trebelhorn, Jim Essian and John Vuckovich were all born after the last time the Cubs were in the Series.

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Phil Cavaretta is still alive I think. Though fantastically old.

    The Cubs will win the World Series in 2011. You heard it here first.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    Phil Cavaretta is still alive I think. Though fantastically old.

    The Cubs will win the World Series in 2011. You heard it here first.
    The Cubs will win one before the Reds win another one.

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    The Cubs will win the World Series in 2011. You heard it here first.
    In what would be the last season before the year Nostradamus predicted the end of the world as we know it. How appropriate.

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by HumnHilghtFreel View Post
    In what would be the last season before the year Nostradamus predicted the end of the world as we know it. How appropriate.
    Mayan Calendar too

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    So, by logical extension, what Highlifeman is saying is that the world will end before the Reds win the World Series.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    That winning percentage (.666) from 1908-1910 is what did them in. They sold their soul to the devil.
    That may be but things really went down hill for them after spam was invented.... they don't sneak a little goat meat into that stuff do they?
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    Re: 100 years is a long time. Just ask a Cubs fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    The Cubs will win one before the Reds win another one.
    LIAR!!! YOU LIE!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"



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