Update to story below, the body of a headless goat has been found.
Forest Preserve police officers contacted Chicago Police about the white goat, found headless and bound at the base of a tree along a maintenance path at Indian Boundary Golf Course, part of the forest preserves, officials say. A plucked and mangled chicken was nearby.
Cook County Forest Preserve spokesman Karen Vaughn said two other dead goats had been found in Northwest side forest preserves within the past year, though this was the first to be missing a head.
Originally published on April 11, 2013 11:11 AM
A dreaded curse that has nagged Chicago’s Wrigley Field for decades may have triggered a grotesque prank Wednesday, when an unidentified man in an unmarked truck dropped off a package containing a severed goat’s head at the stadium.
Local media have reported shenanigans with dead goats in the past. They may have been efforts to reverse the curse.
Billy goats have struck mortal fear deep in the heart of an inveterate Cubs fan since 1945, after Chicago tavern owner Bill “Billy Goat” Sianis pronounced a curse on the club on October 6 of that year — just a month after the end of World War II.
Athletes and their superstitions. We’ve all heard about things such as lucky underwear, lucky gloves or bats or any kind of lucky charms to keep Miss Fortuna’s evil twin out of their way during a game.
The world of sports is riddled with curses but the curse of The Cubs is one of the more popular ones.
The curse of the team who just can’t seem to win the big one. And it all supposedly started with Billy Sianis and his goat in 1945 when he was one day refused entry to Wrigley Field because his goat stank. Sianis reacted by saying “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more” and that’s when the curse supposedly started because The Cubs lost the game that very day.
While The Cubs have never won a championship since then, they have at least won some matches. They finished their last season with 61 wins and 101 losses.
The case of the severed goat head continues. The delivery was caught on tape but so far no one has been charged or suspected in the case.
Video report from CNN
Tip: David Bloomberg