Land of Oz

Mothers clutched their children. Fathers stared skyward and braced for the commie missiles. A city recoiled in fear.

Oh, wait. It was only the Chicago fire commissioner, with a wink-wink from Chicago mayor -- and White Sox fan -- Richard J. Daley having a little fun with the air-raid sirens after the Go-Go Sox clinched the American League pennant in Cold War 1959. As for the Series against the Dodgers, Daley, a.k.a. The Boss, declared, "We'll win it in four."

They lost it in six and haven't been back since. And they haven't won a World Series since 1917, two seasons before the "Black Sox" cursed the franchise by throwing the 1919 Series. As NBC's Earl says, "Karma."