It’s that time of year. The Blackhawks and Bulls haven’t lost a game. The Bears haven’t won a game.

The only thing different about this September is that we’re still talking about the Cubs without a “wait till next year’’ caveat. For the second year in a row.

And so I’m going to risk my college eligibility with a quick spin around the Chicago pro-sports dial.

THE BELOVED AND MADDONING CUBS

As I write this, the Cubs are beginning a four-game series in Milwaukee, a team they lead by 3-1/2 games.

A disaster in Milwaukee, a longtime friend and Cub fan pointed out, could put this whole season on the rocks.

“Let’s just go play those games,’’ I told him.

I am confident that the Cubs, who were swept in Chicago recently by the Brewers, will do what they need to do in the ancestral home of Pabst to Schlitz to Miller, which doesn’t have the same ring as Tinker to Evers to Chance.

“They’ll get to the playoffs,’’ another Cub watcher told me. “But they’ll fizzle quickly.’’

“Let’s just go play those games,’’ I told him.

I like the idea that a scufflin’ team like the Cubs just might continue to scuffle in the post-season.

I’m not saying that I expect October success. But after all the Cubs have been through—injured pitchers, cold bats and puzzling dry spells—it’s encouraging that they are where they are.

Talking about the Cubs’ chances in September and October is a wonderful thing that I find rare and enjoyable. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.