For the unimaginable amount of love Chicago fans give to their teams, this April and beyond, Chicago is giving it back.
Baseball season is underway, and although I can’t speak for Sox fans, it hasn’t started out too ugly for the Cubs and they’ve proved that although the bullpen maybe fairly hideous, the offense production hasn’t been. But baseball isn’t where it’s at for Chicago right now.
Just like last year at this time, Chicago fans get to sit down and relax in front of the television and enjoy some playoff action—from two Chicago teams. The Bulls and the Blackhawks have both returned to the postseason for the second year in a row.
Sure, the Bulls get the joy of playing a seven-game series against LeBron, but regardless of what some may argue, I’d rather them be playing the Cavs over watching Toronto get that opportunity.
Also, while many argue playing against LeBron—and likely getting embarrassed—will hurt the Bulls' opportunities at signing one of those big name free agents this offseason, I couldn’t disagree more.
Whomever that big name free agent is that the Bulls should inevitably sign in a few months, I think they’ll be pleased to hear that the Bulls were a playoff team even without them.
And while getting LeBron to come to Chicago seems near impossible, if this upcoming playoff series even has the slightest bit of resemblance to that of the historic Bulls-Celtics series from last season, LeBron will experience the magic and indescribable pride and fan-ship that is Chicago sports fans. If that doesn’t make him give some consideration towards coming to Chicago then having the best fans in basketball behind you is obviously not of interest to him.
One playoff team isn’t enough for the wonderful city of Chicago though, there’s also the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are a different story than the Bulls. They’ve been picked since this past NHL offseason to be not only one of the favorites, but arguable the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Even Barry Melrose, ESPN’s No. 1 NHL analyst, is still picking the Hawks to win the Cup.
Chicago is an amazing city with even more amazing fans, and they deserve nothing more than to not have only one, but two playoff teams competing in the next couple of weeks.
And if the world really is fair, Chicago fans will be dancing in the streets in a month celebrating two world championships returning to the city.