Chess needs a Battle Cry

       ”You Gotta Believe” is the battle cry for the 2003 Hillsborough Protocol. Lets stop these FIDE SHAMPIONSHIPS and get serious about World Championship Chess. Tug McGraw coined this battle cry in 1973. Tug was a pitcher for the New York Mets.  His team trailed by 12 games late in the season. Tug was able to energize his teammates and the fans of New York. The Mets went on to over come this deficit and win their division.  Tug played a major role on and off the field. The Mets also went on to defeat my beloved Cincinnati Reds in the pennant. However they came up short against Oakland despite having had a 3-2 lead in the World Series. 

   
Chess needs a Tug McGraw like inspiration. I remember Tug, walking off the mound, pounding his glove against his thigh.  I saw Tug at an appearance in a local mall in long island. It was in the early 70’s. Some kid wanted Tug to sign a new pair of white sneakers. They were still in the box. I recall Tug eating a slice of pizza and all he had left was the crust. So instead of signing the sneakers, Tug slipped the pizza crust inside of one of them. That moment was a hilarious. 

      So what does  Tug have to do with chess? Well chess needs a battle cry, a world championship battle cry. We need  something to inspire FIDE, the players, and the fans.  This inspiration might bring corporate sponsorship to the game.  We lost Tug McGraw on 1/5/2004. He was 59 years old. “ You Gotta Believe” has been my battle cry for a number of issues.  I wonder what that pizza crush would fetch on EBay?

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