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Come to Think of it: Cubs Playing Better With Lowered Expectations

September 15, 2009 by Bob Warja 

In 2008, as the Chicago Cubs were well on their way to winning 97 games and being declared the best team in the National League, something suddenly happened. The team started struggling and completely laid an egg in the playoffs.

We now know that something was pressure.

The weight and burden of expectations from media, fans, and management for a team that hadn't been to the World Series since 1945 was just too much to bear. They collectively looked like deer in the headlights come October.

They CHOKED.

And so it seems the 2009 Cubs have, at least in part, fallen victim to the expectations dilemma. I call it a dilemma because on the one hand, it's a good thing. High hopes for success indicates that peo...

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Come to Think of it: Cubs Playing Better With Lowered Expectations

September 15, 2009 by Bob Warja 

In 2008, as the Chicago Cubs were well on their way to winning 97 games and being declared the best team in the National League, something suddenly happened. The team started struggling and completely laid an egg in the playoffs.

We now know that something was pressure.

The weight and burden of expectations from media, fans, and management for a team that hadn't been to the World Series since 1945 was just too much to bear. They collectively looked like deer in the headlights come October.

They CHOKED.

And so it seems the 2009 Cubs have, at least in part, fallen victim to the expectations dilemma. I call it a dilemma because on the one hand, it's a good thing. High hopes for success indicates that peo...

Read Complete Article at Bleacher Report - Chicago Cubs
Article is property of BleacherReport.com

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