Chicago's Mayor Daley looks on in disappointment as his city is the first eliminated from the 2016 Olympic bid.
So the Olympics aren't coming to Chicago, have you heard? Yeah, we're upset. More shocked, actually. A first round exit in the Olympic IOC Voting has dashed the dreams of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. But it's OK, please don't be upset for Chicagoans, because, when it comes to sports, we're used to losing.
First with baseball, as it took the White Sox 88 years to finally win another World Series, and the Cubs have just made it 101 years without a World Series ring. Pretty depressing, right? So depressing, in fact, that studies have been done saying the Cubs not winning in 101 years is a statistical impossibility. Guess not, huh?
Next comes our beloved Chicago Bears. There was once a time when we dominated the football world by winning Super Bowl XX on an 18-1 record with perhaps the most charismatic group of football players the world has ever seen. However, in the 24 years since, the Bears have made it to the playoffs only a hand full of times and lost in their only return trip to the Super Bowl.
Now comes basketball, which is very hard to defend my case. Six-time world champion Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan. I get it; we were great. But that was all 11 years ago. My generation caught the very tail end of Jordan's dominance and the Bulls' reign over the NBA. Which means we're more used to seeing these Bulls.
These Bulls are 330-540 (37.9% winning percentage) since Jordan's departure. Zero NBA titles. Three playoff appearances. To put icing on the cake, it's the failed draft picks, the poor decisions, and coach shuffling.
And finally there's the Blackhawks. Sure, they look great with Toews, Kane, and Hossa, but many forget how bad they've been over the past half century. Their last NHL Stanley Cup victory? 1961. Their last division championship? 1993. This is a team that has been a bottom-feeder in the NHL for many years.
Now obviously, it looks like our fortunes are changing, but that doesn't negate the fact that the 'Hawks haven't been good.
So when you call up your buddy in Chicago and send him your sympathy, please don't. We're used to this whole losing thing, and Chicago missing out on the 2016 Olympics is just another bump in the road to Chicago's return to greatness.
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