Chicago Is Not a Bears Town, It's a Cubs Town, and I'll Tell You Why

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJanuary 29, 2012

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 01:  One of the Chicago Cubs' most famous fans Ronnie Woo-Woo Wickers (C) celebrates the team making it into the playoffs with other fans at a lunch-time rally downtown October 1, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. This is the first time the Cubs have been in the playoffs since 2003. They haven't been in the World Series since 1945 and haven't won a Series since 1908.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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All you ever hear in Chicago is how it is a Bears town. You hear it on the radio, and you read it in the newspapers and hear fans say it.

So, let me be the one to tell you that they're all wrong.

The argument is that you have two baseball teams in Chicago—the Cubs and the White Sox. But, there is only one football team.

So, theoretically, everyone is a Bears fan.

While that might be true, the difference is in the game.

Nobody would argue that if you're talking baseball only, it's a Cubs town. For a while, the media tried to say that Chicago was now a Sox town shortly after they won the World Series.

Of course, that was proven wrong, because the Sox only draw when they win, which brings me to the basis of my argument.

The Cubs have generally been miserable since, well, forever.

They've failed to win a championship since 1908. Yet, for the last eight years, they have drawn over 3 million people.

Over 2 million fans have packed the park every year since 1984 except for 1986, 1994 and 1995.

Neither rain nor hail nor sleet nor snow can keep Cubs fans from passing through the turnstiles and supporting their team. A true Cubs fan is more reliable than the postman.

Bears fans could say they sell out every game too, and I could not argue that. But, how many home games do they play every year? Eight?

Football is an event played once a week. Fans plan around the game, including tailgating—it's something they look forward to all week.

Bears games are usually played on a Sunday, when most people are off.

Baseball teams play 81 home games a year, and game dates and times are almost always inconvenient.

The Cubs have more day games than any other team, which puts them at a disadvantage trying to  draw fans.

People are working when the Cubs are playing, and they still average over 37,000 at every game.

Even the night games are not much of an advantage for the Cubs, because families with kids have to send them to school the next day, or they have to go to work.

Weather is also a factor.

In baseball, tickets are often available the day of the game, while tickets for football games are all sold in advance. How many walk-ups are you going to get on a miserable spring day in Chicago?

Yet, the fans keep coming and supporting a losing team year after year.

Can you imagine the Cubs being in the World Series and on the verge of winning an MLB title for the first time in over a hundred years?

TV ratings would be through the roof. In fact, I would be willing to bet that it would be the highest-rated World Series ever.

I know fans would argue that the Super Bowl numbers would blow it away, but again, that is an event people plan far in advance.

It's only one game, while the World Series can take up to seven.

What would the numbers be if the sports were reversed?

In 2003, when the Cubs were on the brink of making the World Series, there were thousands of people gathered outside the ballpark on Waveland Avenue ready to celebrate in the streets once the Cubs won.

They weren't even watching the game, save for maybe a guy holding a small TV on his shoulder. They just wanted to be part of the atmosphere.

The Cubs winning the World Series would be the biggest sports story of the last hundred years, with possibly only the Miracle on Ice competing with it.

You can say this is all speculation on my part and that I don't know what I'm talking about, but do you really think Bears fans would support an inept franchise 81 games a year, year after year?

Is that doubt that I see creeping in? Are you starting to buy into my theory that Chicago really is a Cubs town?

I may sound crazy.

But, I just might be right.


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