According to the Chicago Tribune home page, there are two hours, fourteen minutes, and thirty seconds until the opener of the famed Red-Line series between the Cubs and White Sox.
This series used to be a big deal, back when both teams were mediocre at best—because essentially the outcome represented the only bragging rights you'd get for the rest of the year.
To everyone else outside of Chicago however, it was about as embarrassing as watching those contestants lose on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Now, while it's still a matter of bragging rights, the point is: With both clubs in first place, there's a bigger picture here. While I certainly can't speak for Cubs fans out there, I know I'm personally a bit more concerned with Detroit being healthy and creeping up on the Sox than I am about us facing a team that isn't even in our league.
Granted, given the cesspool that is the NL Central, I suppose the Cubs don't have too many concerns standings-wise, and they need a diversion from the fact that their roster is starting to drop like flies onto the DL.
So even though the Red Sox-Yankees, Ohio State-Michigan, Lakers-Celtics series are all grossly over-hyped in their own right, the difference between those series and this one is that, quite simply, in the grand scheme of 162-games, it doesn't matter.
Will the Sox gain the respect of the national media with a win? Of course not.
Will Cubs fans be silenced should they lose the series? Try again.
Now I'm not going to lie. Would I love to see the Sox take it to the Cubs? Of course. That being said, the Cubs can win every single game this series by double digits if it means the Sox win in October.
It don't mean a thing if you ain't got the ring, Cubs fans—remember that.
Now, come back to me when the Cubs and Sox face off against each other in the World Series...if I'm still alive.