The Goat Speaks



Oh, you silly, silly humans. Why all the nail biting, my dears? Clearly, at the beginning of this World Series, I promised you I would lift the curse.  I signed the agreement with my hoof print, did I not?

Now, a goat such as myself may possess a good deal of deceptive qualities. But one thing I guarantee is my sincerity!  A promise is a promise and I, Murphy the Billy Goat, namesake of the Billy Goat Tavern and former pet of Mr. William Sianis, am as good as my word.

The question of the Cubs winning was never in doubt.

What’s that you say? The rain? Yes, of course I sent the rain! And with it I brought a seventeen minute game delay.


There was a method to this madness, for it allowed the players to contemplate their fate. They regained their bearings and therefore could more fully appreciate their win! A well earned victory is far sweeter than a gain not toiled for.  And so it was,  I stretched that game out to all of ten innings, allowing the Cubs their spoils at just one mere point above their competitors!

What’s that you say? The suspense nearly killed you?  Well now. Surely you can guess, it is my good pleasure to watch humankind sweat. I delight in seeing you on the edge of your seats!  You are, after all, such naive creatures.  I cannot help but toy with you.  And yet, would you not agree, I created a most memorable situation? This is a game that will be etched in your minds for all of eternity.

In the end, the curse is broken. One hundred and eight years of bad luck has been ended at my bidding.

World Series Cubs Indians Baseball

Oh, you need not thank me.  Just remember me for what I am —  a most honorable goat. I have but one request. I ask you never place me in ridiculous circumstances ever again. Leave me out of your ball parks!

Do not prop me upon your bar stools!


Do not make an advertisement of me! For the love of the cloven hoof, GIVE ME MY DIGNITY!

Instead allow me the peace of my barn and companionship of my fellow animals.  If you do so, I will watch over your Cubs  and give them cause for celebrations in many years to come. They are a young team, new in their history. They may have a most bright future.

I, the honorable Murphy, will serve them well.

** NOTE ** Read Murphy’s original story and promise here.

86 comments on “The Goat Speaks

  1. sailajaP14 says:

    Murphy speaks and the world stops, to listen! 😀 nicely written.

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  2. Many congrats! And nicely written 🙂

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  3. John W. Leys says:

    I was thinking of you and Murphy during the game last night. Great day for Chicago, great day for baseball!

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  4. Rob says:

    Congratulations in breaking the curse. I know how you feel (Boston Red Sox). Revel in the moments.

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  5. lifegoeson292 says:

    Congrats Cubbies from a Cardinals fan. ( I thought the Goat might have been kidding) (moan)

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  7. kesstarblog says:

    Thanks murphy it nice

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  8. Sahar Raman Deep says:


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  9. Vicky V says:

    I am so glad the honorable Murphy has returned! I was wondering what he thought. He certainly made sure it was a memorable win. I don’t even follow baseball but I jumped out of my seat when the curse was broken. What a delightful and dignified goat Murphy is. 🙂

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    • I think my goal has become to make the world love Murphy!! He’s getting a lot of exposure. They put this story on Editor’s Choice today. I was thrilled 🙂

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      • Vicky V says:

        Congratulations!! I went to the Editor’s Choice page and saw you there. I am so happy for you. You have written so many beautiful pieces you deserve the recognition.
        I think you have achieved your goal. I love Murphy. I want to ask him out for a drink but I hear he has had enough of bars 😉

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      • LOL! Well maybe Murphy would join you for a walk in the forest 🙂

        I was thrilled to make the Editor’s Choice page. Murphy is my lucky goat! I told my family ‘Cubs victory and my victory’ hehe. Thanks for your kind words, I am touched!! ❤

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  10. Murphy! I love your writing! Could you please gimme some tips? I’m writing this blog by the name . I’d love if you go thorugh it and share your opinion with me ☺

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  11. I really do not care for baseball, however; it’s cool that they won the World Series after 108 years. That is a lonnnnnnggggg time. Huge accomplistment!

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  12. Reblogged this on The First Gate and commented:
    A wise goat indeed!

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  14. drhayblog says:

    Great expression

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  15. bsoncom says:

    i am so glade that the cubs won

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  16. Forgive my ignorance – was the goat some kind of mascot?

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  17. LOL! Awesome piece! I love the perspectives you use in your writing. Refreshingly hilarious.

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  18. The goat has spoken. Yay Cubs! The curse is lifted,

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  19. b8137 says:


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  20. sophiemabel says:

    Really inspiring

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  21. Magdalawit Makonnen says:

    Nice Post!

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  23. Champs Only says:

    That was a goat day to end the curse oh wise one! This is truly a funny read 😀 Go Cubs Go!

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  24. Congrats on the win!

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  25. Forrest Pasky says:

    There were a lot of people in the Silicon Valley happy for Chicago and the Cubs.
    It was a long and patient wait for Cub fans. Congratulations from a Giant’s fan.

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  26. gibbysquad says:

    Confidence,commitment it is better to keep trying and lose than just to quit because when you give up people tend to look at that.👍🏾

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  27. VintageMinds2k16 says:

    I absolutely loved this!

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  28. Tuấn anh says:

    Thank for posting it,I loved t!

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  29. Nice intelligent posting

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