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I speak for all Cubs fans: Cubs fans hope this is their year - Roger Mooney

Byron Clarke is a 25-year-old CPA living in Chicago. He is the co-founder of Goat Rides of the Apocalypse, a Web site for Cubs fans. He, too, has the waiting-until-the-other-shoe-drops feeling about this year's team, but he decided a while ago to try to kick that habit.

"It's been 100 years," Clarke said. "We've been afraid of our shadow for the last 30, 40 years. I think it's time to act like big kids."

Clarke thinks the negative vibe contributes to the negative results, that players are victims of the woe-is-us mindset.

"I don't think they can help it," he said. "They are inundated by it."


Clarke thinks manager Lou Piniella has the moxie to bring a World Series title to Wrigley Field. Now, if he only had the depth of starting pitchers.

Clarke thinks if anything gets in the way of the Cubs this season, it will be a shaky rotation and not a black cat or the curse placed by the owner of a Billy goat who was kicked out of Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.

"I'm cautiously optimistic on the merits of the team," Clarke said.