Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports
November 2, 2016 View email in browser

Embrace the target

Game 7. The two best words in sports. It can go either way for the Cubs, writes Steve Rosenbloom: The greatest sports story ever told or the greatest sports heartbreak ever endured. Who ya got? Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks (who had a Cy Young-quality season) vs. Indians’ Corey Kluber (who could become the 14th pitcher to record three wins in a World Series). It’ll be all hands (and arms) on deck for the Cubs bullpen. Last night’s starter Jake Arrieta, Game 5 starter Jon Lester and a plethora of others are ready to pitch. “Last game of the year … everybody’s available pretty much,” Arrieta said. There have been 36 Game 7s in World Series history: The home and away teams are basically split on wins, with the home team taking 19 of 36. And when a team is down 3 games to 1 (like the Cubs), that team has come back to win Game 7 and the championship 4 out of 7 times. But the real winner (besides ticket brokers)? Fox Sports. Programming note: Game 7 will start eight minutes earlier tonight (7 p.m. on the dot). Try not to suck.

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About last night

A Kris Bryant solo shot –> three runs in the first –> Addison Russell grand slam = little Game 6 suspense for the Cubs last night. But now the big question: Who would get MVP honors?

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‘Biggest game maybe in the history of Chicago sports’

That’s what Joel Quenneville said about tonight’s festivities, and he knows big games. The UC crowd does too – key cheers helped the Blackhawks on the ice keep tabs on the Cubs.

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A little something for the effort

Bill Murray, what a guy. He gave a ticketless fan from Indiana his spare for Game 6 at Progressive Field. And that’s how Karen Michel got to hang with Eddie Vedder.

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Goat luck charm

Star chef Stephanie Izard has your back, Cubs. W flags, good-luck wristbands and more can be found at her restaurants. If that’s not your jam, our bar guide for Wrigleyville.

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Knowledge is power

Just a few more hours to first pitch, kids. Calm yourself by testing your Cubs knowledge on random facts, this year’s team and uniforms through the years.

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Because even when you can’t be there, we are

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