2011 Chicago Cubs: 5 Reasons Cubbies Are Chicago's Only Hope
Chicago is one of the best sports cities in the country, and one of the most successful.
The Bulls won six championships in the '90s behind the best basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. The White Sox won a World Series in 2005 and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010.
Just this past season, the Bears and the Bulls made it to the conference finals.
Despite all of this success, the Chicago Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945 and haven’t won it since 1908.
The Cubs are one of the most recognizable teams in sports, and here are five reasons why they are Chicago’s only hope.
5. The White Sox Turmoil
Since winning the World Series in 2005, the White Sox have found little success, making the postseason only once.
The 2011 season has been especially bad for the White Sox. As of June 1st, their record stands at 27-31 and are eight games back in the division.
Manager Ozzie Guillen is up to his usual antics as well, which won’t sit well with management if he continues to lose. Also, stars like Paul Konerko and Mark Buehrle are starting to get up there in age and will start producing less.
Unless drastic changes are made, the White Sox future isn’t bright.
4. Jay Cutler and the Bears
The 2010 Chicago Bears had a great season, making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
They ended up losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, but that wasn’t the biggest headline of the game.
Quarterback Jay Cutler exited the game with a knee injury, though many Bears fans thought he should have stayed in the game.
Since then, the Bears quarterback has been ripped by many fans of the Bears and has lost the hometown support.
On top of the Cutler berating, the Bears aren’t as good a team as they were last year. Sure they have talent, but they don’t stack up to the Packers, Falcons or Saints in the NFC.
Cutler and the Bears may make the playoffs, but they won’t contend of the Super Bowl.
3. The Blackhawks’ Early Exit
After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, they entered the 2011 playoffs as the eight seed out west.
Despite a good showing, they ended up falling to the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.
Though repeating is very hard, the Blackhawks should have done better with stars like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews leading the way.
2. The Miami Heat
The Chicago Bulls ended the 2010-2011 with the best record, coach Tom Thibodeau was named Coach of the Year and point guard Derrick Rose won the MVP.
Although they had several regular season accolades, the Miami Heat defeated the Bulls in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Bulls are a very good team with a bright future, but unless they can add some pieces to their team, the Miami Heat, and possibly even the New York Knicks if they add Chris Paul, will rule the Eastern Conference.
1. They Mean the Most to Chicago
The Cubs haven’t won since 1908. They currently sport a 23-31 record as of June 1st. However, the sports team that Chicago is most known for is the Cubs, and that’s because they mean the most to the city.
Chicago has had their fun with the Bulls and Jordan, their old news.
The Blackhawks and White Sox both recently won championships, which was nice but not as great as it could’ve been.
As for the Bears, how happy could Chicago get rooting for Jay Cutler?
Which leaves the Cubs, and although they are far away from a World Series title this year, they have some young talent that can get them there in the near future. Plus, there is a fatal flaw with every other Chicago team.
The Cubs are Chicago’s only hope for true sports happiness.