• It’s tough being a Chicago sports fan. We don’t have a lot of championships to brag about and we endure a lot of disappointments.

    Year after year.

    Let me remind you: The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 103 years; the Bears haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1985 and until the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, it had been a 40-plus year drought.

    So as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and enjoy part of it watching some potentially interesting NFL games, I’m going to take a minute and reflect on a just few things I am thankful for today.

    Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein

    While Cubs fans will need to be patient–very patient–the team has a good opportunity to change things around under Theo Epstein’s stewardship. He’s already said goodbye to Mike Quade, brought in Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum and attempted to endear himself with fans.

    I think we’re on the right track and the next few seasons should be interesting.

    Chicago Bears: Five consecutive wins 

    Ok, so the Bears won five consecutive games under quarterback Jay Cutler and now he’s out for six to eight weeks; however, I am not ready to throw in the towel yet for this season.

    Until maybe Sunday evening.

    I don’t know about you but I’m going to give Caleb Hanie a chance. He deserves its. He’s confident and he has the support of his team and coaches. But yes, my expectations are low.

    Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose 

    While he’s not Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose has made Chicago a basketball town again. He got fans interested, watching and talking about the Chicago Bulls after last season’s play.

    I admit I don’t love the NBA but if the season doesn’t happen this year, I will be disappointed: I don’t want to wait for another year to see the Bulls play again.

    Big Ten Football: Upsets 

    From the addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Ohio State and Penn State scandals, it didn’t make Big Ten football any less interesting this season. With the surprising emergence of the Nittany Lions as contenders, Wisconsin and Nebraska’s disappointments to the conference’s great quarterbacks and running backs, it’s been a good year to be a Big Ten fan.

    With one last weekend of regular games left, I’ll miss my college football Saturdays, but with No. 5 on my list, my weekends are still going to be busy with…

    NCAA Basketball: Underdogs and March Madness

    I still root for the Big Ten in basketball–even for my team that sits at the bottom–but when you come from three generations of Syracuse alumni, you cheer for the Orange. They’re going to have a great season but until we hit March Madness, I look forward to wins and losses in both top 25 games and conference play in the Big East and Big Ten.

    How can you not love the Madness?

    But until then, Happy Thanksgiving sports fans!

    Deb Baratz (102 Posts)


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    • WayneEmbrysKids

      This is ridiculous whining for a fan of a town that had the greatest basketball player of all time and who watched him win 6 championships. Give me a break.

      “We don’t have a lot of championships to brag about and we endure a lot of disappointments.” – just factually inaccurate.

      Oh and the White Sox just won the World Series too. Stop complaining.

    • Josh Flagner

      Ha.

      I’m going out on a limb with WayneEmbrysKids here joining in the playing of tiny violins for Chicago’s eight championships since 1990.

      I do sort of feel sorry for Cubs fans, though. The Cubs have earned all the suck they have fair and square.


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