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Watching “Aliens” Helped Me Realize I Believe in the Cubs

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Surely I can’t be the first person to plug the misery of being a Cubs fan directly into the Alien franchise.  Surely others have equated the feeling of some marauding beast bursting out of your chest with the feeling the Cubs have left fans with year to year over the last seven decades:  Just when you think everything is fine, you’re wracked with body-shredding pain that comes out of nowhere, and you can only look at your bloody hands and the guts hanging out of the huge hole in your body as you fade into oblivion.  Your last mortal vision is of a slimy, malevolent creature with the head of Dusty Baker or Lou Pinella emerging from the gaping wound, and you’re left thinking that’s it, man.  Game over, man.  Game over!  Unlike the victims in the Alien films, though, as a Cubs fan you get to experience the pain and carnage anew each year.

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This unusual connection came to me a few weeks ago when I was chillin’ on vacation and happened to tune into Aliens on late night TV.  I mentioned to the girlfriend that there will be a double fesature of Alien and Aliens playing in late October at a nearby drive-in theatre.  We plan on taking in the sci-fi horror fun as the season turns to haunting.  Usually, Cubs fans wouldn’t think twice about an October 22 night-time engagement.  Why would we?  So few of us were alive the last time late-late October meant anything that optimism has been bred out of our genes.  But I had a nagging feeling that committing to the drive-in might not be a good idea.  What if there’s an important World Series game that night?  The thought of one involving the Cubs was so unexpected and so foreign to me that I was struck dumb.  I had to check the playoff calendar!  When has a Cubs fan ever seriously done that?  But there I was fully believing that the Cubs were going to play in the World Series—and believing it with a degree of certainty I’ve never felt before when I thought about the northsiders.

It turns out there was no need to panic, and now life has returned to a calm restfulness not unlike the stasis the crew of Nostromo was experiencing before they touched down on LV-426.  There is no World Series game scheduled for the night of the Alien double feature, so we can enjoy the horror and bloody carnage on celluloid before it has a chance to happen for real at the corner of Addison and Clark.

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Written by seeker70

September 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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