Shocking? Not so much. Desperate and sad? Yes, absolutely. Seriously, why don't the Cardnials* and their fans get a better rival? Why the angst over a team that hasn't been in their "class" for... a century? This is the best you can do? A "rival" who just now won back-to-back division titles for the first time in history this year? What's next? Are the Yankees going to declare the Rays as their "rival?"
Yeah, the Cubs and their fans and all things Cubs-related are infinitely more cool than anything from St. Loooey, but that's really beside the point. This obsessive putting down of the Cubs, after all the success of the Cards over the decades, is just farcical. Stop. Have some modicum of dignity. Really.
* It's not a typo.
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