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April 10, 2014

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ONE LONG DROUGHT

It doesn’t take a baseball expert to know that the Chicago Cubs are the gold standard for championship futility. They last won the World Series title in 1908 and haven’t even won a pennant since 1945.

Well, here are a few facts that place the time since the cursed club last earned a championship ring into perspective. The last time the Cubs won a World Series:

— Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, and New Mexico were not yet states.

— The Ottoman Empire still existed.

— Lollipops had not yet been invented.

CRAZY BUT TRUE

Tyquone Greer, a senior at Orr High School in Chicago, was shot twice on March 9. Just 12 days later, he knocked down a game-winning shot on the basketball court.

While attending a neighborhood party, the 6-foot-7 junior swingman was shot twice in the left leg. He spent a day in the hospital and his season was over, right?

Nope. After pestering his coach, Greer was allowed to play limited minutes in the Chicago Class 3A “Supersectional,” and with three seconds left in the game hit his only shot, the 3-pointer that gave Orr a 71-68 win over North Chicago.

LONG-BALL FEST

In track, if the wind is blowing hard enough during a race, a score can be deemed “wind-assisted” and therefor not qualify as a record time. Most often the case in sprints and jumps, numerous world records have been disallowed because of “tail wind.”

Perhaps this rule could also be instituted in baseball.

Last week, Page High School (Ariz.) hit a state record 12 home runs on the way to beating in-state rival Many Farms — in a game that saw wind reach 60 miles-per-hour and cause delays in the game. One Page player, Tyler James, tied the state record with four home runs.

Now that is wind-aided.

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