Jack Healey Blog October 24th, 2016

I went 11-4 to bring my overall record to 101-26 in high school football.

The playoffs start this week for Divisions 1 and 3 and there is still one more week in the regular season in Division 2.

So it will be Cleveland and the Cubs in the World Series with game 1 tomorrow night in Cleveland. I had them both losing in their respective League Championship Series so I’m 0 for the playoffs even though I did ok in the wildcard games.

I say Cleveland in 7. I know it’s been so long since Cleveland (1948) and the Cubs (1908) have won the World Series that both teams are happy to be there. I agree to a certain extent, BUT this isn’t the 1967 Boston Red Sox who after years of misery were happy to get to the World Series. They were a 100-1 shot who came out of nowhere to win the pennant. It was unexpected.

If you’re a Cleveland fan how can you be happy to be there? You were there in 1954 and had one of the best records in Major league history, but lost the series to the Giants in 4 straight. You were there in 1995 and lost to the Braves in 6. You were there in 1997 and had the lead in the final inning of the final game and lost to the Marlins in 7. You had a 2-1 lead in the Division series in 1998 and lost to the Yankees in 5. You had a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox in the ALCS in 2007 and lost in 7. So how can you be satisfied with just being there? I wouldn’t be.

As for the Cubs, OK it’s been since 1945 since you were last in the World Series, but the Cubs lost in 7 in the 2003 NLCS after blowing a 3-1 lead and lost in four straight in the NLCS last year. This year the Cubs had the best record in baseball and won 103 games. Many people expected the Cubs to be in the World Series and to win it. They are the favorites to win over Cleveland. This is not a “Cinderella” story. If I were a Cubs fan I would not be satisfied unless the Cubs won it all!

Happy birthday to former Giants quarterback YA Tittle. He is 90 years old today!