One loss away from another season without a championship, the faithful Cub fans don’t seem all that faithful; just scour through some of the more popular Cubs blogs and you’ll find words like: “I guess this means it can be done. But not by this team, not the way it’s playing.” and “What should the Cubs priorities this offseason be?” Ouch.
Who could blame them though, after 100 years losing can get a little old. Not everyone in their fanbase is ready to call it a year, though. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports that 100 Muslims will “pray for Allah to change the team’s dim fortunes” outside of Wrigley Field today. One Muslim scholar told the paper that Muslims usually do not pray to Allah for matters that “do not have any element of human suffering.” He clearly is not a Cubs fan.
The Muslims are not alone, Bill Murray, possibly the Cubs’ most famous fan is offering his favorite team some advice and words of encouragement. In an interview also found in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE the actor suggested skipper Lou Piniella make some adjustments to the lineup, “Against Derek Lowe, only the left-handed hitters have a chance because of the way he pitches.” Murray, who has seen his own team choke after going up 2-0, thinks that Dodgers are capable of doing the same sort of choking - “You know what happened to the Cubs against the Padres? They had the Padres, and they lost two in a row. They had the Marlins, and they lost two in a row,” he said. “And if it can happen to the [Cubs], it can happen to the [Dodgers].
This is coming from a guy who played in Groundhog Day, a movie where his character lived the same day over and over and over and over again, so he might be on to something with this pattern. Then again, he also signed up for a movie starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny so his judgment skills are by no means flawless.