Great Scott! Mets might oust Cubs on 'Back to the Future' day

Back in 1989, when "Back to the Future II" premiered, one of the historical events portrayed was the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015. Of course, they swept Miami (a franchise that didn't exist yet in real life) as "a hundred-to-one" shot, which got time-traveling Marty McFly thinking about devilishly wagering on the Cubs in order to make easy money.

Well, the Cubs find themselves down 0-3 in the NLCS against the Mets after falling 5-2 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, so it's not looking good for this particular "Back to the Future" prediction, unless they pull a 2004 Red Sox and win out. That's the only time, the Red Sox against the Yankees in '04, that it's happened in Major League Baseball history in a best-of-7 series. So it's more than "a hundred-to-one shot" right now.

But, taking the "Back to the Future" theme one more step, realize this about what might happen Wednesday if the Cubs don't win:

That's right: In "B2TF 2," Marty McFly time travels to Hill Valley, Calif. on Oct. 21, 2015. A month ago, out own Matt Snyder blogged about St. Louis native and Cardinals fan Bob Gale writing such a ridiculous development into the movie's script. Here's how it played out:

Great Scott! What are the Cubbies going to do? If they lose, won't it mess up the entire plot of the movie, not to mention the order of the universe? It's just a small detail, but those ripples in time can get nasty. Joe Maddon is kind of a Doc Brown sort; he's got to come up with a way not only for the Cubs to stave off elimination, but also rally to win the series and the next.

Miami being in the American League, according to "Back to the Future," is wreaking enough havoc on the space-time continuum. If the Cubs don't win the World Series, we're all going to be swallowed by a singularity and digested for 1,000 years. OK, I might be getting my science fiction movies mixed up now. But we're certainly all going to notice brothers and sisters disappearing from family photos.

Wait -- it's already happening!

Theo Epstein, is there anything the Cubs can do?

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