As pointed out lovingly by a woman whom I'm sure has many other positive traits to be named in a future posting, the Chicago Cubs have gone a bit without a World Series title. Very magnanimous of them to let everyone else get a shot first, I say; after all, hoarding all those aught titles wasn't very thoughtful.
Still, it appears the Cubs are ready to dominate the best division in all of baseball... 's centrally located teams... in the National League. Baseball Prospectus predicts another tight race between the Cubs and Brewers, with the Cubs prevailing by a slim margin. As the prognosticators get a closer look at the new layer of grit Ryan Theriot has coated himself with in the offseason, more predictions of Cubs regular season glory should pour in.
Thankfully for Cubs fans, Bud Selig's wife is a very happy woman. (Between sparring matches, of course.) Allan H. Selig is very good about remembering anniversaries. He knows when Jackie Robinson's wife should be trotted out. He blows out a single candle on a cupcake every year on the anniversary of the loss of innocence for the game to the scourge of performance enhancing drugs. And he knows how long it's been since the Cubs have won the World Series.
As the Cubs reach that magical hundredth season as eventual losers, MLB schedulers have been coincidentally set up what might be the easiest schedule in all baseball for the National League team in Chicago. The Cubs play in the weakest division in the weakest league. In the unbalanced schedule, this allows the Cubs to play the worst teams the most often. Of course, this is true for all NL Central denizens.