The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness

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9781572439368: The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness

The Chicago Cubs tradition is one built on spectacular losing streaks and even more spectacular collapses. Yet despite all the losses and disappointments, an amazing thing happens every summer at the corner of Addison and Sheffield: millions of fans flock to Wrigley Field and millions more fans across the country regularly tune in to watch Cubs games broadcast on television. Exactly why Cubs fans support their squad with such reckless abandon isn't entirely clear—these people represent a remarkable aberration of human psychology, epitomizing the spirit and experience of dedication to a desperate cause. And the whole time, they're oddly happy. The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness reveals what makes Cubs fans tick and what keeps them happy. It explains why it's not over until you're mathematically eliminated, why winning really isn't everything, and why it's perfectly acceptable to blame all your trouble on a scapegoat—which may or may not be an actual goat. The book also provides educational sidebars, practical applications, and true words of wisdom from celebrity Cubs fans.

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"If life is like baseball, as this book slyly hints, that makes sense. If life is like being a Cubs fan, as it cruelly implies, then we should all just reach for the cyanide pills. The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness is one of the funniest books I have ever read, since crying isn't an option. George Ellis has given the vast, shambling Cubs Nation reason to live. Other than beer." -Chicago Sun-Times columnist RICK TELANDER "This book helps explain how it is that Cubs fans remain fiercely loyal while somewhat maintaining their sanity. And in true Heckler from, George Ellis kids because he loves...I think." -Chicago Cubs TV ply-by-play announcer LEN KASPER "Can I get four more copies of this book? They stack real good and my couch is missing a leg."

-Average White Son Fan (probably)

About the Author:

George Ellis is the cofounder of the Heckler, a satirical Chicago sports publication. Originally focused on the Cubs, the Heckler expanded to cover all Chicago sports in 2006.

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