Former Cubs manager Herman Franks described the teams’ fans as “the greatest in baseball. They’ve got to be.” Why? Because it’s been a long, long time since they’ve seen the beauty of a World Series ring: 105 years, to be exact. The last time the Cubs won a World Series was in 1908—before the NBA, NFL, and NHL even existed. It seems that behind every great baseball drought, there is a curse, and the Cubs are no exception. Urban legend holds that the Cubs suffer from “the Curse of the Billy Goat,” cast in 1945 when P.K. Wrigley forced pub owner Billy Sianis to leave Wrigley Field because of the smell of his pet goat and an offended Sianis said “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more!” Since then, Cubs fans have tried in vain to break the curse with attempts involving severed goat heads, touring goats named Wrigley, and appearances by Sianis’s nephew, Sam, goat in tow. It’s all been in vain—and the Cubs this year seem to be off to a rocky start, with at 38-48 record a week before the All Star break. But just ask fans of the Mudville Nine: hope springs eternal in the human breast.