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The Over Ponder Ep 17: The Chicago Cubs, Four Years Ago...

What happened to the Chicago Cubs?! Four years ago, the Cubs ended a century-long playoff drought with a World Series victory and were primed for what looked like a team on the brink of a dynasty. Much like all reflection from four years ago, the Cubs are tearing it down leaving us all wondering - what happened?! 

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