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Note: I know we’re all about college football at TMG. But this Cub thing is bigger than both of us. Here’s the next installment in a series on why this Cubs team has a chance to do the unthinkable. Thank you for your indulgence.

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Hendricks to Lester to Arrieta? Lester to Hendricks to Arrieta?

No matter how you arrange them, those names don’t have the same ring as Tinker to Evers to Chance.

But that trio of Bear Cubs keeps cropping up in conversations around Chicago. It has been a given since the Fourth of July that the Cubs would clinch not long after Labor Day. Lacking a pennant race—actually, a quasi-pennant race, since a division title is not a pennant—Cubs fans and media have been reduced to quasi-conversations. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.