CHICAGO -- From the moment he announced plans to destroy the famous foul ball that Cubs' fans believe cost them the 2003 National League pennant, Grant DePorter, managing partner for Harry Caray's restaurant, was inundated with e-mail suggestions about how to do it. Over 25,000 fans sent ideas through the restaurant's website. Here are a few of the more interesting ones:
1. Use Harry's glasses to ignite the fire that will melt the ball. Collect the ashes and have Bartman fly over Yankee Stadium and scatter the ashes, transferring the curse to the Yankees.
2. Slice the ball into thin pieces, cover it with milk, sugar and flour, bake it at 350 degrees and feed it to a billy goat. When it passes through, the curse will be gone forever.
3. Have Academy Award nominee and die-hard Cub fan Bill Murray dress up in full Ghostbusters gear and completely obliterate it.
4. Get a pyrotechnics company to load the ball into a launcher with a colorful display of fireworks and blow it into smithereens. Once the ball is launched and destroyed in a colorful burst, a full fireworks show can ensue, choreographed to, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
5. Soak the ball in liquid nitrogen and smash it into a million or so pieces. The pieces should be collected, ground up into dust, suspended in a cloud of oxygen and ignited. There will be nothing left but some water, carbon dioxide and a little ash.
6. Sneak into Yankee Stadium, under cover of night and bury the ball in centerfield. Transfer the curse to the Yankees!
7. Grind the ball into a fine powder. Then hold a night where the restaurant serves a spaghetti dinner to Cubs fans who pay to attend. The powder is mixed into the spaghetti sauce and within a day or two the curse would be "eliminated."