Stephen Colbert ain’t afraid of no Billy Goat curse.
This much was made clear during Thursday night’s edition of The Late Show with Colbert, who used some of the show to talk about the Chicago Cubs’ recent Wild Card play-in game victory, which gave them a shot in the NLDS and a chance to compete for their first World Series title in more than 100 years.
If you’re not up to snuff on your modern day sports curses, here is a quick summary of the Billy Goat Curse, as provided by the almighty Wikipedia.
The Curse of the Billy Goat is a sports-related curse that was placed on the Chicago Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers at the Cubs’ home ballpark of Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was bothering other fans. He was outraged and declared, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game won at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have not won a National League pennant since this incident and have not won a World Series since 1908.
Colbert made it clear he was skeptical of said curse, and went on to guarantee a World Series victory for the Cubs this year. He even went as far to print up his own World Series t-shirts.
And, just to prove a point, Colbert then proceeded to eject a live goat from his Late Show audience. The goat did not seem amused.
Welp, I hope Colbert is ready to take the blame if (when?) the Cubs lose once again. The Billy Goat Curse may not be real, but maybe the Colbert Curse is.