In 2008, as the Chicago Cubs were well on their way to winning 97 games and being declared the best team in the National League, something suddenly happened. The team started struggling and completely laid an egg in the playoffs. We now know that something was pressure. The weight and burden of expectations from media, fans, and management for a team that hadn't been to the World Series since 1945 was just too much to bear. They collectively looked like deer in the headlights come October. They CHOKED. And so it seems the 2009 Cubs have, at least in part, fallen victim to the expectations dilemma. I call it a dilemma because on the one hand, it's a good thing. High hopes for success indicates that people believe you have a good team. And isn't that what you want? Yet it also means that eve ...
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