Sunday, October 07, 2007

Cubs Choke Job in Playoffs Reminds Us of Lack of Success in Professional Sports in Chicago
The Cubs's 2007 playoff performance, unfortunately, serves as a nasty acid flashback to Chicago sports futility over the past 40 years:

Professional sport seasons: 200 -- Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox

Championships: 8 -- 6 Bulls, 1 Bears, 1 White Sox

It's not just the lack of championships, but the lack of other seasons when they even came close.

Runner Up: 4 -- 3 Blackhawks, 1 Bears

Little wonder why Michael Jordan is forever God in Chicago. Even Mike Ditka, "da coach," is still beloved, although people forget how big his ego became and what a crappy coach he was before the Bears fired him.

When the Bears won the Super Bowl in 1986, it ended over 100 professional Chicago sport seasons of futility. Then Michael came to give us one hell of a ride in the 1990's. Since then, the White Sox championship of 2005 has been the only true beacon of light. Where do we stand now?

1) Cubs: Embarrassing playoff performance. What to do about next year?
2) White Sox: From champion to one of the worst teams in baseball in two years. Extend the manager's contract. What???
3) Bears: From the Super Bowl to the toilet bowl. Without a miracle win over the Packers tonight, they are dead.
4) Blackhawks: Now that "Dollar Bill" Wirtz is dead, this team might become relevant again. It hasn't been for ten years.
5) Bulls: Have been getting better with John Paxon and Scott Skiles. Seem to be a little short of championship-caliber roster.



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