The Official Ex-Cub Factor

For the record, author Ron Berler, who discovered the ECF in 1981, explains how it works:

1/Any team with three or more ex-Cubs will lose the World Series. (As I’m sure you’re aware, the 2004 Cardinals have three ex-Cubs.)

2/The Ex-Cub Factor takes effect ONLY in the Series.

3/In Series where opponents have two or fewer ex-Cubs, the winner is determined on merit.

The fellas at the office are pinning their hopes on my “accumulated time in a Cubs uniform” theory, which would weigh in favor of the Cardinals. However, Berler is the expert, and he says it’s simple math: The Red Sox are destined to win.

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