The baseball playoffs start this week, and while we don't know who's gonna win the World Series, we know who won't: the Chicago Cubs. On this day in 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to take him and his smelly pet goat out of Wrigley Field during the Cubs' World Series game against the Detroit Tigers. Upon his infuriated exit, Sianis muttered the looming last words, "Them Cubs, they aren't gonna win no more." Sure enough, it's been 65 years since the Cubs advanced to the World Series (and 102 since they won the damn thing). But it's not all long faces and cursed billy goats in Chi-Town this week...

You see, across town there was this other group of lovable losers named the Blackhawks, who played in the shadow of their fellow United Center tenants, the Bulls, and who hadn't won their sport's championship in 49 years. Until last June. And it just so happens that the 'Hawks drop the puck on their Stanley Cup defense tomorrow, with the banner-raising at the Madhouse on Madison Saturday night. But whether you're lamenting the Cubbies or toasting the 'Hawks, all Chicagoans can agree on one thing: the town has some sexy ladies. And we've got a gallery of the best in our countdown of the hottest Chicago women. Just leave the goat at home, cool?

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