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Bears DC Vic Fangio on Cubs' World Series title: 'It's in the bag'

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is not backing off his prediction of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.

“It’s in the bag, don’t even worry about it,” Fangio said with a grin on Wednesday.

Fangio is a self-appointed Cubs’ good luck charm.

The respected coordinator joked with reporters last week that he brings good fortune to local baseball teams. The San Francisco Giants won three World Series titles while Fangio served as defensive coordinator of the 49ers, and the Houston Astros reached the World Series in 2005 when Fangio worked for the Texans.

The Cubs 3-1 series win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series only further fueled Fangio’s conviction.

“Just like the Red Sox ended their curse by going through their archrival, the Yankees in the playoffs, the Cubs have done the same they went through the Cardinals,” Fangio said. “Plus you've got another guy from northeastern Pennsylvania, where I'm from, Joe Maddon, leading the team.”

Fangio even believes that growing up a Philadelphia Phillies fan has played a role in the Cubs’ 2015 success.

“You know the Phillies got the Cubs' season on track, they swept them,” Fangio said. “What's their record since then?”

The Cubs are 49-20 since the Phillies completed a three-game sweep on July 26.