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CHICAGO -- Kaitlin Reap didnt listen when her dad tried to warn her about the lifetime of misery waiting for her if she cheered for the Chicago Cubs. She rejected his invitation to share with him the joys of being a St. Louis Cardinals fan. And all his talk about curses simply guaranteed him a daughter who wants nothing to do with goats.I want to be a Cubs fan, said Kaitlin, a 9-year-old third grader at Saint Andrew School, less than a mile from Wrigley Field. I think theyre going to win.Cubs fans everywhere are hoping for a World Series champion for the first time since 1908, and they have a loaded team this time, one that piled up the most wins in the majors this season. But there is also fear -- the kind of fear that is handed down from generation to generation in Chicago, the kind that comes from heartbreak after heartbreak, the kind that is fed by billy goat curses (1945), black cats (1969) and infamous plays (looking at you, Steve Bartman ).Cubs fans know this feeling as well as they know their way to the friendly confines. Theyve grown up with it.Except, that is, for the fans who havent finished growing up.For Kaitlin and her schoolmates, there is optimism that the Cubs will win it all this year and, if not, they will certainly end the long championship drought by the time they leave Saint Andrew. At nearby Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, the only fear is that the principal wont let them out of class to watch the parade they know is coming.The way these kids see it, all those older fans are being a little silly.People are a little paranoid (because) it hasnt happened, but it might be a coincidence that they havent won in a while, said Max Oldham, an 11-year-old sixth grader at Saint Andrew.All that talk about paranoia, not to mention referring to 108 years as a while, might have something to do with parents who have protected their children from what they know and what they have witnessed for themselves.We have not told him about Bartman, said Cy Oldham, who saw what unfolded from the left field bleachers after she and her husband decided to postpone their honeymoon so they could attend the playoffs. We try not to dwell on that time (and) it is not something we want to sit down and say, so, `Let me tell you how bad things used to be.Addison Casavechia could not help knowing about those times, not with a first name that her parents chose because they liked the way it sounded and because Wrigley Field is on Addison Street. That might explain why the 11-year-old sixth grader doesnt think the Cubs will win it all this year.I have my bets for next year because well have Kyle Schwarber back, she said of the player who suffered a season-ending knee injury early this season.Her mother, the assistant principal at Saint Andrew, doesnt want to see her daughter suffer. But Sarah Casavechia also sees rooting for the Cubs as part of growing up in Chicago.I think being a Cubs fan is like taking a leap of faith every year, its like falling in love, she said. You know theres a chance youre going to get your heart broken, but you do it anyway.Thats not to say the kids havent taken steps they hope might prevent the kind of misery that their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents experienced in seasons past.Bennett Patterson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at Hawthorne, makes sure to watch Cubs games accompanied by one of the white flags with the blue W on it, the kind the Cubs have been flying for years after a win and now wave from houses and car antennas all over the city.These being the playoffs, Patterson knows he has to take things a step further: I wear a W flag as a cape to watch the game.Danny Weber doesnt know exactly what he will wear for every game, but it will be blue and will have the Cubs logo on it. But he knows what he will be eating every night for dinner: rice and vegetables. It seems that growing up in the Weber family means enjoying rice and vegetables whenever the Cubs make the playoffs.My grandma did it, my dad has done it and now they are telling me to do it, he said.Weber sees it as a small price to pay, and dismisses any suggestion that the strategy hasnt worked in more than a century.It did work last year because last year they (the Cubs) got half way, he said.As for Kaitlin, she doesnt believe her team is cursed. Still, she had something to say after her dad told her about Billy Sianis, who put a curse on the Cubs after the team wouldnt let his goat attend the 1945 World Series.I am a little mad at that goat, she said. Titans Jerseys China .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Cheap Stitched Titans Jerseys . 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Sixteen assistant coaches in 2015 will be starting their first full seasons as FBS head coaches, with seven of them landing jobs in Power Five conferences.The highest-profile moves had former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart going to Georgia, former Michigan DC D.J. Durkin taking over at Maryland and former Ohio State DC Chris Ash getting hired at Rutgers.Wholl become head coaches after this season?Heres a look, in alphabetical order, at some assistants who appear to have what it takes to run their own programs:---Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator, LSULes Miles hired Aranda away from Wisconsin, where the 39-year-old oversaw a Badgers defense that ranked among the top five nationally in four major categories over the last three years. Before moving to Wisconsin, he coordinated one of the countrys top defenses at Utah State.Arandas greatest strength is his ability to relate to his players. He has a knack for making hard-to-digest concepts easy to understand, and then he turns his charges loose to make plays.---Geoff Collins, defensive coordinator, FloridaHis name was connected to the UCF opening, and hell be in the mix other places if the Gators defense is as good as it was last year.Florida was so impressed with Collins in his first year under Jim McElwain that he received a $300,000 raise, to more than $1 million. Hell get a $150K retention bonus if hes still in Gainesville come February.Collins is a top-notch recruiter, and he has had an impressive career track that has taken him to Georgia Tech, Alabama, UCF, Florida International and Mississippi State.---Tee Martin, offensive coordinator, Southern CaliforniaThe 38-year-old Martin is a phenomenal recruiter whose career has been on a steady ascent. He joined the Trojans staff in 2012 as receivers coach, became pass game coordinator in 2014 and was named offensive coordinator at the end of last season.As receivers coach, a position he still holds, Martin has tutored Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, Nelson Agholor and JuJu Smith-Schuster.Martin knows how to win, too. He was Peyton Mannings backup for two years at Tennessee and led the Volunteers to a 13-0 record and national championship as a junior in 1998.---Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, OklahomaRiley iis as accomplished as any 32-year-old could hope to be in this profession.dddddddddddd He won the 2015 Broyles Award as the nations top assistant coach, and his Baker Mayfield-led Air Raid offense was nearly unstoppable as the Sooners made the College Football Playoff.Riley was linked to head coaching jobs, including South Carolina, and OU extended his contract through 2018 and gave him a raise from $500,000 to $900,000 a year. No matter. It wont be long before the native of Muleshoe, Texas, moves on and up.---Mike Sanford, offensive coordinator, Notre DameSanford was linked to the Syracuse opening last November, and Irish coach Brian Kelly knows his 33-year-old offensive coordinator will be lured away sooner than later.Sanford proved his mettle after he lost RB Tarean Folston and QB Malik Zaire to injuries early last season. Sanford molded DeShone Kizer into an effective replacement for Zaire.Sanfords star began rising during two stints at Stanford, under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw, and hes got good blood lines. His father, Mike Sr., is a longtime assistant and head coach in the college ranks.---Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, ClemsonThe 45-year-old Venables name has been floated for openings over the years, and its a surprise hes still waiting for his opportunity. 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