October 16, 2003


“Was it the curse of the goat?” wonders an AFP piece in the Sydney Morning Herald. The article then unaccountably alters the creature’s species and ownership, thereby committing one of history’s greatest ever animal/baseball-related journalistic howlers:

If the Cubs are denied a World Series appearance in 2003, an unthinking fan may go down in Chicago history alongside Mrs O'Leary's cow which was once refused entry to the ballpark, causing the owner to put a curse on the American baseball team that has lasted for decades.

As reader Donnah D. points out, Mrs O’Leary’s cow had a rather more dramatic effect on Chicago than did Mr Sianis’s goat. The cow incident did, however, occur in the same year that the goat-cursed Cubs joined the National Association.

UPDATE. Gareth Parker reports on the Kurse of the Kangaroo.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 16, 2003 02:23 PM

Ahhh, Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, no fries, Chips!

You can now get fries. Greasy, gooey, heart-attacks on a toasted kaiser roll.

Love em!

Posted by: Sandy P. at October 16, 2003 at 02:28 PM

the goat strikes again. Marlins just won the seventh game.

Posted by: unit at October 16, 2003 at 03:21 PM

Geez Tim,

whats Collingwoods' excuse?

Posted by: nic at October 16, 2003 at 03:26 PM

Chicago weeps tonight.

Posted by: perfectsense at October 16, 2003 at 04:27 PM

It may be the Dusty Baker curse, remember last year World Series, San Francisco Giant .....

Posted by: Allen at October 16, 2003 at 04:53 PM

Oh, how I would have loved to be sitting in Murphy's Bleachers at the final out!

Go Cardinals! [next year, that is :( ]

Posted by: Tongue Boy at October 17, 2003 at 12:11 AM

As a Floridian, I would like to thank Murphy the goat for his generous assistance in helping the Florida Marlins get to the World Series.

Posted by: Go,Marlins! at October 17, 2003 at 01:35 AM

We were doomed, it's the Chinese Year of the Goat.

Posted by: Sandy P. at October 17, 2003 at 03:23 AM

Mrs. O'Leary's cow wouldn't have cursed the Cubs - she would have burned down Wrigleyville.

Posted by: Donnah at October 17, 2003 at 05:42 AM