The 2009 dream is over. Thankfully, we still have games to watch. But it’s time to face facts. There will be at least 102 years between Cubs World Series Championships.

The standard denial is to lower that number by one. It comes with the silly notion that a championship lasts for a year. Sorry. The sad truth of the Holy Grail for which all Cub fans pine is that a World Series victory is locked inside an instant. As the old French ballad goes, “Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment / Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.” For you who don’t parlez Français, it means the pleasure of a World Series lasts for but a moment, but the pain it causes lasts your whole damn life.

The Cubs won in the fall of ’08. The soonest they’ll win another is ’10. That’s the nicest way I can say the wait will be 102 years.

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