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The Black Sheep Interviews: Cubs Fan Ben Larson

 

If you don’t know who Ben Larson is at this point, do you even go on in the Internet? But just a refresher, he’s the UIUC junior that emailed the now-infamous Professor Dave asking if he can take his midterm on Friday instead of Thursday since he’s going to Pittsburgh to watch his beloved Cubs take on the pesky Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game in the MLB playoffs. Professor Dave, being a chill dude, replied to Ben.

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The story took off on Sunday when Ben tweeted about the emails and the story blew up after that, being picked up by national media outlets including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Daily News.

 

The Black Sheep sat down with Ben yesterday to find out what this whirlwind has been like.

 

The Black Sheep:
How’s it feel to be a Cubs fan? And what makes this year different than the past 109 years?

 

Ben Larson:
Being a Cubs fan, it’s a special thing. You know, obviously, there’s the Curse of the Billy Goat and Bartman and everything else that comes along with a being a Cubs fan. But I don’t think there’s any other better fan in the world.

 

TBS:
Have you felt the struggle throughout your life of being a Cubs fan?

 

BL:
Yeah, you definitely feel the struggle since obviously it’s been so long since there’s been a World Series and you feel that over the years. It begins to be a little bit of a damper on things, but you learn to enjoy whatever success they have even more.

 

TBS:
So what was it like to be a Cubs fan when the White Sox won the World Series 10 years ago?

 

BL:
I don’t really like the White Sox very much. So to be honest, I didn’t really care at all when the Sox won.

 

TBS:
We know that Kris Bryant is probably the frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year. Do you have a crush on him like a lot of girls in the Chicagoland area do?

 

BL:
He’s a good-looking guy. So I’d say maybe a man crush.

 

TBS:
So you wouldn’t date him?

 

BL:
I wouldn’t date him, but he is a good looking guy.

 

TBS:
Who’s your favorite Cub on this year’s team?

 

BL:
Kyle Schwarber. He’s got a lot of really great potential, a short compact swing, a good leader, and a lot of potential to be a star in the bigs.

 

TBS:
So tell the readers more about Professor Dave, who we don’t know much about!

 

BL:
I’m gonna keep everything anonymous, but he’s just known as Professor Dave. But he’s definitely a good dude.

 

TBS:
Are you ready for this midterm though?

 

BL:
I’m ready. I studied yesterday, I studied today, and I’m studying more on Thursday.

 

TBS:
What response did you think you would get when posting the emails on Twitter?

 

BL:
My buddy told me to post it and then Sports Illustrated picked it up and it exploded from there.

 

TBS:
What’s your favorite comment or response to the ESPN and Sportscenter posts on Facebook and Twitter?

 

BL:
My favorites are the ones where they’re like “This guy’s legendary” or “This is what it’s like to be a Cubs fan.” But my real favorite is that “Professor Dave is da real MVP.”

 

TBS:
Is this story your new pickup line around campus?

 

BL:
This’ll just come and go. It’s my five minutes of fame and it’s going to blow over.

 

TBS:
What’s your prediction for the game tomorrow night?

 

BL:
I don’t want to jinx anything so I’m just not going to make a prediction.

 

TBS:
But if the Cubs win, then you’ve gotta be excited about the opportunity to lose to the Cardinals in three games!?

 

BL:
Anything can happen, man. It’s baseball. It’s October. Go Cubs.

 

The Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Prates tonight at 7:08 p.m. and you bet Ben Larson will be in the stands.

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