Every year, around March, I tell my wife, my son, my friends and anyone else who will listen that the Chicago Cubs are going all the way, that they are destined to sweep through the playoffs and the World Series to erase 98, 99 and now 100 years of pain and misery.
And each year, my family and friends look at me and smile, the way people do when they love you but think you're hopelessly misguided, or worse, delusional.
So it came as no surprise to anyone when I announced, months ago, that Barack Obama would run away with this election.
I wasn't just saying Obama would win, or that the election would be a squeaker. I was talking blowout. The planets were aligned, the gods were smiling on Chicago, and Barack and the Cubs would march lockstep into history.
It just goes to show that electing a black man president of the United States is easier than bringing a world championship to Wrigley Field.
Remember that scene in Bull Durham, when the frustrated manager herds his players into the shower room and berates them with the basics of baseball?
"This is a simple game. You throw the ball. You catch the ball. You hit the ball. Got it?"
My poor Cubs lost sight of that simplicity in their brief visit to the playoffs this year. Their pitching fell apart. Their normally sure-footed fielders booted the ball. And they simply didn't hit.
It was a disaster. But then came Obama, who won in a cakewalk by sticking to the fundamentals.
Great pitching. Obama's message was sharp and consistent, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to register for the first time. Those folks were never captured by the polling numbers, which already gave Obama an edge. The newbies turned out in droves, along with many disaffected voters who decided to get back in the game.
Slick fielding. The backstory of this election will be Obama's incredible field operation. Thousands of staffers and volunteers won this race on the ground by ringing doorbells, making phone calls and getting out the vote in hard-fought battleground states like Ohio, Virginia and Nevada.
Timely hitting. Obama's campaign refused to let any attack or rumor go unanswered and used the power of the web to hit back, day after day. Obama got his at-bats in states Democrats have written off for years, changing the dynamics of the race and, perhaps, the political landscape of the nation.
He won it all. And he won it big.
Sure, we've got some tough times ahead. Forget the honeymoon. There's work to be done.
But last night, Barack Obama reminded us that anything is possible in America. And I for one believe him.
And you know what that means? That's right: The Cubs.
Next year, I really think they're going to win it all.