Sorry, Mr. Mickelson, I’m Probably the Reason You Lost, mark grissom, chicago cubsOther than a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, The Master’s Golf Tournament or the College Football National Championship game…the PGA Championship is the only other sporting event that makes me watch 5 hours of continuous television for a sports event.

This past weekend, the PGA Championship was played in Louisville, Kentucky.

I was pulling for Phil Mickelson…. all the way!

Therein lies the problem.

You see, I am a “die-hard” fan of the Chicago Cubs.  I have been a fan nearly all my life.

Since I was five years old, I have pulled for the very worst team in Major League Baseball every single year.

That is my lot in life.  When I pull for a certain team or individual…they usually end up on the losing side.  Let’s just say it is the “curse of the Cubs fan”.

All my life I can remember cheering on a certain horse at the Kentucky Derby.

The horse I picked…lost.

I can remember hoping a certain tennis player would win Wimbledon.

The player I picked…lost.

I can also remember making a trip to Memphis, Tennessee with Richard Roberts at the Cleveland Daily Banner about 8 or 9 years ago to pull for the Walker Valley Lady Mustangs Girls Softball Team in the State Finals.

They lost.

I gave everything I had in cheering on the United States Soccer Team to win the World Cup this year in Brazil.

Well…you know what happened.

It is the “curse of the Cubs fan”.

It does not seem to matter the sport, event or political race.  If I pull for them…they are sure to lose.

This past weekend, I was Phil Mickelson’s biggest fan in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Well…at least one of his biggest fans.

On Sunday, I was sitting in front of my television right at 2:00 p.m., sharp!  Jim Nance was on CBS and I was ready for some golf!

I had someone covering the funeral home in case of a death call.  (I guess I would have left in case of emergency).

However, things managed to stay quiet long enough at work for me to watch the entire telecast of the final day at the PGA Championship.

After the weather delay, Mickelson teed off!

Here we go!!

He played absolutely incredible Sunday.  Birdie, par, birdie, birdie, par, birdie…well, you get it.

I was yelling at the television…”C’MON PHIL!!!”

Then, a bogey.  CRAP!

All of a sudden this final day in Louisville took a really bad turn.

It was not only the fact he made a bogey toward the end of the 18 hole tournament.

No…something far worse for Phil.

I somehow checked my Facebook page about the same time as the bogey; only to find out that another “die-hard” Cubs fan I know was pulling for Phil as well.

My friend, former “Chicagoan,” and fellow Cubs fan…Mr. Mark Smith of Cleveland.


It is the “CURSE OF THE CUBS FAN” times 2 on Phil now!

Fate would have it that Rory McIlroy would take back the lead and end up winning the PGA Championship that day.

What was I thinking?  What was Mark Smith thinking?  If only we had both pulled for Rory or Bubba or Kenny Perry!  Then Phil might have had a chance!

This “curse of the Cubs fan,” that I believe truly exists, has made me re-think everything I choose to do in life from now on.

I will pull for the opposite team.  I will cheer on the player I want to lose.  I will pick a horse to win, knowing all along I hope that sucker comes in last place.

I am “doomed” the rest of my life to pick the complete opposite of the one I really want.

This issue has caused me to lose a lot of sleep at night.

Being a single guy, and I go out to eat and there are two women there sitting together, do I pick the one that I hope says no?

This could get very complicated real quick!

There is only one time in my fifty years on this earth when the “curse of the Cubs fan” did NOT control the destiny and outcome of a certain event.

For the last 9 months or longer, I have pulled for and cheered on a lady who I love dearly to win in a political race.  I go to church with her and her husband and their family.  I wanted her to win worse than anything in this world.

Last Thursday night, Dianna Ball Calfee was victorious in her campaign for Bradley County School Board.

Congratulations, Dianna!

The “curse of the Cubs fan” was put to rest for that one evening. Victory was ours.  And justice prevailed!

As for Phil Mickelson this past Sunday, all I can say is…I am very sorry.

Until next time…Go Cubs!

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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