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The Chicago Tribune Shares Their Cover From the 1908 Cubs Win

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If you’ve browsed the internet, turned on a TV, or been to the Chicago area recently, you may have heard the news: The Cubs finally broke their 108-year-old curse with a nail-biting World Series win against the Cleveland Indians last night.

The championship marked the first time the team had made it to the World Series since 1945, and their first victory since 1908 (to put that in context, Thomas Edison, Franz Ferdinand, and Al Capone were all around for that W). To commemorate the historic triumph, The Chicago Tribune dug through their archives to republish their front page story from October 15, 1908.

The cover, which reads “Cubs supreme in baseball world,” is reminiscent of a time when life was good for Chicago sports fans. From 1906 to 1908, the Cubs appeared in three consecutive World Series, becoming the first major league team to do so. The article reporting their 1908 win reads:

“Not in the memory of this generation of fans has any team ever won its honors with greater credit than that which belongs to Frank Chance's warriors. Not in a thousand years has a team been compelled to fight as hard for its titles as the Chicago team, which won the National league pennant twice inside of five days under the most trying circumstances.”

Any Cubs fans can tell you that it hasn’t exactly been smooth travels for the team since. A number of supposed curses, including one connected to a famous, smelly goat, have been blamed for the Cubs’ decades-long bad luck streak. But after more than a century of heartbreak, the loyalty of their fans has finally paid off. In 1908, the Tribune wrote, “What those gray clad modest young warriors have accomplished will be remembered longer than any of them lives,” a statement that rings just as true today.

[h/t The Chicago Tribune]

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The Simpsons's Classic Baseball Episode Gets the Mockumentary Treatment
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Opinions vary widely about the continued existence of The Simpsons, which just began its 29th season. Some believe the show ran out of steam decades ago, while others see no reason why the satirical animated comedy can’t run forever.

Both sides will no doubt have something to say about the episode airing Sunday, October 22, which reframes the premise of the show’s classic “Homer at the Bat” installment from 1992 as a Ken Burns-style mockumentary titled Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson.

As Mashable reports, “Homer at the Bat” saw Montgomery Burns launch his own baseball team and populate it with real major league players like Wade Boggs, Steve Sax, and Jose Canseco to dominate the competition. In the one-hour special, the players will discuss their (fictional) participation, along with interviews featuring Homer and other members of the animated cast.

It’s not clear how much of the special will break the fourth wall and go into the actual making of the episode, a backstory that involves guest star Ken Griffey Jr. getting increasingly frustrated recording his lines and Canseco’s wife objecting to a scene in which her husband's animated counterpart wakes up in bed with lecherous schoolteacher Edna Krabappel.

Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) directed the special, which is slated to air on Fox at either 3 p.m. EST or 4:30 p.m. EST depending on NFL schedules in local markets. There will also be a new episode of The Simpsons—an annual Halloween-themed "Treehouse of Horror" installment—airing in its regular 8 p.m. time slot.

[h/t Mashable]

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Seattle Mariners Fans Are Going Crazy for These Crunchy Grasshopper Snacks
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Seattle Mariners fans have more than warmed up to the newest, offbeat addition to the Safeco Field concessions menu: toasted grasshoppers covered in chili-lime salt.

The crunchy snack, which sells for $4 and comes packed in a small container, has only been available for less than a season but has already sold 300,000-plus orders to date. That's about 1000 pounds of grasshoppers. 

Frequenters of Seattle's popular Mexican restaurant Poquitos will know that this delicacy—which first started as a novelty item on its menu—has actually been available to the public for six years. But it wasn't until local chef Ethan Stowell was hired to give the Safeco Field menu a hip retooling that the salty bugs found new, fervent popularity at the ballpark. (Also on the Safeco menu: fried oysters drizzled in hot sauce.)

Great Big Story met up with Manny Arce, the executive chef of Poquitos and visionary behind this culinary home run, to discuss the popularity of these crunchy critters. You can watch the video interview below:

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