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October 4th, 2001

The Last Cubrah

In Chicago, you either like the Sox or you like the Cubs. There is no middle ground. There is no negotiation. It’s one or the other, bub, so choose up!

I used to be a Cubs fan, back when I was a kid many years ago. But the Sox became far more appealing to me. Even though I live on the north side of the city, not terribly far from Wrigley, I’m still a Sox fan. Do I like Wrigley Field? Sure! The team? No!

But every single year, the slogan for the Cubs is, “Wait until next year.” With the way the Cubs were playing for the first 3/4 of the season, people were proclaiming this to be the year. Cubs fever was all across the city – last year, the Sox made the playoffs, and people shrugged. The Cubs? They could do pretty well and people would love it.

Ah, but the Cubs don’t fail to disappoint. Two days ago, they were knocked out of the running for a postseason spot. Again. What happened? They ran out of steam, I guess. Or more likely, it’s just the fact that we’re talking about the Cubs – a team that somehow, no matter how much talent it has, still manages to screw things up.

At least the Sox gave up a few weeks ago, and started losing left and right. Chicagoans are now just ho-humming the remainder of the season… but without a good basketball or football team, it’s going to be another long, cold winter. -pm

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday October 4, 2001 -- 9:10:27AM
I hear Chi-town has a good indoor lawn darts team. Maybe there's hope yet.

DATE: Thursday October 4, 2001 -- 9:11:52AM
Originally being from New England, I know how you feel. If the Red Sox ever manage to have a strong year, they'll blow it. The Patriots haven't been remotely good for years. The Celtics seem like they've been "rebuilding" since Bird left. At least the Bruins sometimes make it into the playoffs. Woo hoo.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday October 4, 2001 -- 9:54:00AM
Ever since Harry died, things haven't been the same . . .

FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday October 4, 2001 -- 12:42:00PM
Maybe all the Chicago teams are in the wrong sports! Either that or Chicago is cursed with the biggest ignoramuses in professional sports management. By the way, the Sox will always be better than the Cubs because they have Dippin' Dots available at the game.

FROM: Jeani
DATE: Thursday October 4, 2001 -- 2:59:30PM
Puh-leeze. If your loyalties to a team can be swayed by Dippin' Dots, well then, the Cubbies don't need you.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday October 4, 2001 -- 3:12:57PM
All the Dippin' Dots in the world couldn't make me interested in any sports team. That kind of drastic change demands chocolate Chipwiches.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday October 5, 2001 -- 9:08:44PM
Hm, Jeani, how do you account for the thousands of Cubs fans who go only for the beer? They certainly aren't going for the baseball game!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday October 22, 2001 -- 11:36:04PM
LOL Robert, truly a genius persuasion!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday October 23, 2001 -- 10:48:14PM
I knew you would appreciate that, Matt!

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 25, 2003 -- 1:58:01 pm
On my only visit to Chicago a few years ago, it's amazing anyone goes to White Sox games..not because of the way the team plays, but the "new" Cominskey is in one of the worst neighborhoods I've ever seen. It's like they said "What's the sh*ttiest part of Chicago?", and thought that a ballpark would turn it around...

The Cubs will probably collapse again this season, but when I visit again, I'd much rather go to Wrigley than Cominskey. Not fearing for your life on the way to the park makes it semi-easier to be a fan.

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