The Craw's Take
Oh, You Think You've Suffered
This is for all of those Chicago Cub fans who think that they are the most loyal and suffering fans in the history of sports.
You're not. And your far from it.
Ok, so you may not have won a title in 100 years. But an afternoon at Wrigley Field may be one of the most fun ways to spend time in sports. Your team is in the playoffs consistently, and although your success at that level has not been admirable, you are able to enjoy 162 games a year of pure bliss, win or lose. Anybody who considers that suffering must also think that Mark Mangino cries whenever he eats a hot fudge sundae.
There are many fan bases that have suffered a hundred times more than you.
Cincinnati Bengals fans find watching their team more painful than listening to Sanjaya Malakar cover Celine Dion. They also have had to deal with making one (that's ONE) playoff appearance since 1990. And during that lone appearance in 2005, they had to grimace as their arch-nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers pounded them en route to their record tying fifth Super Bowl championship. Wrap your ivy around that, Cubbies.
And believe me, Seattle Supersonics fans have felt the pain. They have dealt with the sports equivalent of murder. After fervently supporting their team for over 30 years (some more fervently than others) they watched as their team was ripped out of their city and relocated to the middle of nowhere, Kevin Durant and all. Okay, okay, so they did get that one title in '79. But hey, so did your lovable losers. It was just a while back.
The Cubs haven't even experienced the most heartache in their own league, let alone all of sports. Texas Rangers fans have watched as their team went from one of the most pathetic teams in sports to the most pathetic team in sports. With one playoff win in team history (and that's one game, not one series), the Rangers take the cake. And in 2001 the Rangers decided to sign superstar slugger Alex Rodriguez for a record $25.2 million a year. And in 2007 they were still paying that one off.
Sorry, Chicagoans. You have endured about as much pain as Lindsay Lohan getting a Mercedes for her birthday instead of a Ferrari. And I promise, you will be back in it next year. I can't say the same for every other team.