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Cubs fans know well the space between hope and disappointment. Quincy Wilson Colts Jersey . After all, they have been waiting for this day for 71 years -- a lifetime.What happened in the space of those seven decades? Baseball unionized. Baseball became racially integrated. Ballplayers broke records. And the Cubs never made it past the playoffs.Something else happened in that space. Gargantuan legends grew from one goat, and each year proved, for the Cubs at least, that a curse was real.By making it to the World Series, the Chicago Cubs have shown us how quickly things can change and let us believe that perhaps nothing is doomed after all.Baseball can be a slow game to watch, but it offers us something that other sports do not. In its slowness, it offers us space.The space of baseball is what makes superstition possible; there is room for story. There is time for each player to settle into their body before the pitch: the batter adjusts his gloves, the pitcher collects his thoughts, the outfielder inhales.Then, action -- the bat hits, the glove catches, the ball falls. Hope and reality collide in the moment between the pitchers throw and the batters swing. For the fans, those seconds before the ball lands can feel like tension, and spectators become almost still as they wait.Of course, we never experience true silence, especially not at a major league baseball stadium, where every pause is a moment for commercialism to offer us something, for a T-shirt gun to explode into the stands, for an organ to resound.Yes, there is more noise these days than ever. Yet underneath the roar of a crowd is something like silence. My brother attended Saturdays pennant game, and he said he was so caught up in the electricity of the crowd that he forgot to open his peanuts until the third inning, and everyone stood for the entire game.This essay is not about silence; it is about pause. Between the pitches are pauses that help all restless bodies to be still, even for a moment.It is in the stillness that we learn to pay attention. Cubs fans have taught us to be unwavering in their dedication. For 71 years, they have watched as their team struggled. Then, suddenly, the spell is lifted; maybe there are no spells, after all.This lifted curse could be the spell-breaker we need in order to see that the world has enough magic, that anything is possible. Its exhilarating; it has the underdog feeling of March Madness, the triumph of ancient mythology. What will happen if we pay attention to it?We will learn that nothing is permanent, and that things are always possible, and changing. We will become so captivated by the energy of a game that we will be present for it. We will forget to open our peanuts.When we watch the World Series this week, we can remember that no matter how bleak it looks, there is always chance for the spell to be broken.Carrie Ann Welsh is a writer based in Wisconsin.?Quincy Wilson Jersey . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. Zach Banner Youth Jersey . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. http://www.coltsproshopnfl.com/AUTHENTIC-ZACH-BANNER-COLTS-JERSEY/ . Here are his mid-season NBA awards.  MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. Considering that his team has been without star guard Russell Westbrook and with the free agent departure of sharpshooter Kevin Martin, hes had to carry the majority of the load to not only keep his team afloat but more importantly, at an elite level. The St. Louis Cardinals give no quarter at the top of the MLB Power Rankings, remaining in the number one spot for the fifth consecutive week. The Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and Oakland As round out the Top Five. Among the teams gaining ground this week, the San Diego Padres have jumped from 22 to 14 on the strength of their current six-game winning streak, while the Kansas City Royals, 10-2 in their last dozen games, are up from 21 to 16 and the resurgent Toronto Blue Jays have won five straight, climbing from 24 to a season-high 21.. Malik Hooker Colts Jersey. Heading the other way, the Tampa Bay Rays are struggling a bit offensively and lost ace starter Alex Cobb to the DL, so they fall from nine to 15. The hapless Los Angeles Dodgers cant hit (save for rookie Yasiel Puig) and they drop from 18 to 23 while the Philadelphia Phillies have lost seven of nine and fall from 15 to 19. For full rankings, click here. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '