Magical Maynard 

Silky O'Sullivan's lucky goat travels to Illinois.

Maynard, the lucky beer-guzzling goat mascot from Silky O'Sullivan's, has been rumored to bring sports teams out of a slump through his mere presence on their playing field. He's done work for the Grizzlies and the Tigers, but this past weekend, he spent some time in Illinois in an attempt to help the Chicago Cubs and remove a hex on unemployment.

Last year, Silky's was contacted by a representative with the Cubs in a plea for help. They'd heard about Maynard and hoped the lucky goat could help their team.

"At this time of year last season, the Cubs were the worst team in major league baseball," said Dennis Flanagan, Silky's comptroller and Maynard's transportation. "After we got Maynard up there, they were one out away from the World Series."

So the team invited Maynard back this year. He spent Sunday afternoon prancing around Wrigley Field while Flanagan, O'Sullivan, and an entourage of Memphis fans tossed shamrocks around. But according to Flanagan, there may not be much Maynard can do for the Cubs this year. They lost Monday night's home-opener to the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-2.

All hope is not lost. Maynard and company stopped off in Centralia, Illinois, on the way back to Memphis to remove a hex on the cities' employment rate, which is currently the sixth highest in the state.

"Their mayor called Silky and asked if Maynard could please stop on the way out of Chicago," said Flanagan. "This is his first time to help with unemployment rates. We're thinking if this works, he might get some calls from some Third World countries."

E-mail: bphillips@memphisflyer.com

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