"Looks like everything is running smoothly with the sale of the Cubs. Let's just finalize everything with your signature here, and...hold on, what's this? A retired journeyman shortstop never went to college?"

Perhaps the most unlikely roadblock for Tribune Co.'s sale of the team comes in the form of Shawon Dunston, who sent a letter to a federal court objecting to the team being placed in bankruptcy. Seems they promised to pay his tuition if he ever attended college, which he hasn't and has no plans to.

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It was a fairly standard contract clause for high school players in the '80s, and it's just Dunston getting some good financial advice and covering his bases.

It was just a formality," Dunston said. "When I signed the contract [in 1982], they said they'd pay for my college tuition if I ever went. It was part of my signing bonus, but I never used it. My adviser asked me about it, and told me to send a letter by the 16th [of September], so that's what I did. I have nothing against the Cubs."

It's OK, Shawon, college isn't for everybody. And at least you have something in common with most Cubs fans.

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Ex-Chicago Cub Shawon Dunston Sends Handwritten Letter To Bankruptcy Court Seeking College Tuition Money [Chicago Tribune]