Middle of the week tidbits, thoughts and opinions:

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have gone a combined 176 seasons without winning a World Series but that long streak of futility will end for one of those teams tonight.  The Fall Classic has gone to a 7th and deciding game which seems appropriate and the Indians look to win it all for the first time since 1948 in front of their home fans at Progressive Field.

As for the Cubs, they are trying to end a 108-year World Series drought and clearly those in the Windy City will have a tough time concentrating on anything but baseball today.

You may have heard that TV ratings for NFL games are down this season, especially prime-time games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday.  Those in the know offer several explanations including the high-profile Presidential election, the anti-Colin Kapernick sentiment, over-saturation and the fact TV viewing in general is down.  Those are all valid reasons but here’s another: the product is not as good as it used to be.

Speaking of the election: .less than a week away.  Can’t get here soon enough.

I already miss gas prices under $2 a gallon.

Of the new fall TV shows my personal two favorites are “This Is Us” and “Designated Survivor.”  While it’s quirky and a bit over the top I kind of like “Notorious” which airs Thursdays on ABC but will not last long because of poor ratings.  It stars 40-year old Piper Perabo who grew up in Toms River and graduated from High School North. Her dad was a professor at Ocean County College.  She burst on to the scene in the movie “Coyote Ugly” sixteen years ago.