Chicago: Almost Isn't Good Enough

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJune 27, 2008

The city of Chicago is buzzing about the good fortune that they have had of late.

The Bulls had the first pick in the NBA Draft, which they used to select Derrick Rose, a prototype point guard who has been compared to Jason Kidd.

The Cubs and White Sox are also both in first place in their divisions and there is even talk of there being an all-Chicago World Series.

However, we have seen all of this before, and for the most part, it hasn't really turned out well.

The last time the Bulls had the first overall pick in the draft, they used it on Elton Brand.

What did he do for Chicago exactly?

Despite averaging a double-double in his Chicago "career," he only played for two seasons, which is not something that you want out of a top pick.

I hope we don't see the same for Rose: two stellar years only to be shipped off to a perennial loser.

When was the last time that the Cubs were any good? 2003 was the year, and Steve Bartman was the name.

Okay, so maybe Moises Alou took the blame for the infamous play, but Alex Gonzalez still screwed the Cubs over that game with a Bill Buckner-like play.

The Cubs then saw losing for a few years until now.

The White Sox won a World Series in 2005; a huge accomplishment that gave half the city of Chicago something to be happy about.

They needed it, because they weren't that great the next year. Definitely not World Series-caliber.

They also met futility for a few years.

The city of Chicago is a place where you can have greatness right in front of you, even in your grasp, but it is taken away from you cruely.

The Chicago Bears were ready to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, which was all but given to them at the beginning of the season.

They were picked to be the first team to win 16 games in the regular season. Everything was going to be great.

Then, we met the real Rex Grossman, and it turned out he wasn't the MVP candidate that he was predicted to be at the beginning of the season.

Next thing you know, Captain Ced is the starting running back, the Bears are back under .500 and thrown back on the scrap heap.

So I'm happy for now, and I plan to enjoy every piece of success that Chicago can pull out of this era, because I have a feeling that the rug is going to be pulled out soon.

I mean, the Cubs are being hit by injury and Ryan Dempster is starting to show his true colors.

The White Sox untimely hitting just spells disaster.

Derrick Rose is anything but proven in the NBA and was only a third team All-American.

I'm going to enjoy it while I can.

I'm Joe W.

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