Ron Santo

Cubs appear poised to really break 'the curse'

Cubs appear poised to really break 'the curse'

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, "War minus the shooting." In Orwell's eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. "It is bound up with hatred, jealously, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence."

Orwell sounds as if he eavesdropped on my fantasy draft, or Sunday touch football game, which is a bit unsettling. What bothers me most, though, is that his dour view of sports doesn't allow for the majesty and the mirth that is the Chicago Cubs, the darlings of baseball and pending World Series champions.

When the Cubs get this hot, Major League...