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Photo of the day: The giant Cubs mohawk of incredible sadness

Jul 30, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

Yesterday I saw a post about baseball fans getting unfortunate tattoos to honor the teams they root for. This morning I wake up to this:

On the one hand: it’s not permanent. And it probably didn’t hurt as much to get this as a tattoo would. On the other hand, there is an abundance of pain on display in this picture and taking so much time and effort to honor the Cubs is a special kind of sickness that may be even more permanent than ink under one’s skin.

  1. pinkfloydprism - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    One centimeter for every year without a world series title.

  2. realgone2 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

  3. 1908wasnextyear - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Hey. Mocking this (“a special kind of sickness”) is out of line, and inconsistent. Craig, you say you love the routine of baseball…the long haul of the season, the rhythm of games every day, the local nature of rooting interests in the sport.
    That the Cubs and Rockies are out of contention (or never were IN contention to start with) does not make their games meaningless or pointless to us, their fans…it’s still baseball. It’s still all of the things you claim every spring to enjoy about the sport. To jokingly call an extra-inning game between them a violation of the Geneva convention in ATH, and then call an ardent Cubs fan “sick” and “sad”… bad form. If you were trolling, that’d be one thing.
    But you weren’t trolling. You seem to have forgotten the basic appeal of the game–the reason that people will still follow and root for a losing team.
    This is not the Craig Calcaterra I followed to NBC from Hardball Times and Shysterball. That guy loved the game and would never forget that he has a dream job and that a 16 inning game between two non-contenders and a dedicated fan of a hopeless team are two of the most beautiful things in the sport.
    So hey–a little perspective, please?

    • 1908wasnextyear - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      And, yes, the mohawk *is* still pretty stupid. But it isn’t because of the Cubs’ won-loss record. I think it would look equally dumb on a Braves’ fan.
      Also–a guy with no hair (CC) picking on a guy with the ability to grow THAT — maybe some Freudian jealousy going on there, hey? :-)

      • baberuthslegs - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Imagine Craig’s post if that was a Chief Wahoo mohawk.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Are we allowed to call it a “mohawk?”

  4. the8man - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Some day, Cubs fans. Some day it will all come together. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I understand the quest and the pain. And I have to salute every Cubs fan who so openly displays their love and loyalty while enduring a wait that has spanned at least five generations. It would be so easy to jump on someone else’s bandwagon. But they don’t.

    Well done, sir!

  5. gmjerry - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    It’s interesting that one of the most asinine hair styles is named after a tribe of Indians. That is offensive.

  6. heyitsbeej - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I just read this to the Mohawk kid (Kevin) and he’s laughing pretty hard. He’s trying to break the world record for tallest Mohawk.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I have to think there may even be more joy for Cubs fans than for some other fans, like the Yankees. Cubs fans have very little in the way of expectations, so they can enjoy the game and if the team picks up a win it is a blissful surprise.

    Being in Yankee Stadium for a win over the last decade or so, one sees little jubilation. It is more of a head nod, acknowledging that the team did what they were expected to do. Losses on the other hand tend to feel like a tragic betrayal of public trust. Nobody pays $500 for a seat at 161 and Rivera Ave to watch the Royals win. Sometimes it feels like there is not much joy either way.

  8. rickrenteria - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    That kid stayed until the last out of the 16th sitting next to his mom in the front row because it was the greatest night of his life. It’s all downhill from here.

  9. derklempner - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    …taking so much time and effort to honor the Cubs is a special kind of sickness…

    Quite possibly the last thing I’ll ever read by you, Craig.

    If you think being a fan and going out of your way to show loyalty to a team is a “sickness”, then you’ve got to be the least healthy person in the world since you constantly fawn over your memories of the Tigers or your allegiance to the Braves.

    For somebody who claims to be all about not offending anyone with a team logo (Indians) or name (Redskins), you sure didn’t seem to hesitate to offend every Cubs fan who read this article.

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