Hopefully Chicagoans aren’t ‘offanded’
Chicagoans are used to things not working out quite as expected whenever athletics are involved.
Sure the Bulls had their shining moments during the 1990s, but you may not have noticed — the ‘90s ended 15 years ago, Chicago’s string of NBA championships one year prior to that. And while everything has also fallen into place properly for most of the city’s other pro sports teams on occasion, those represented accidents rather than official announcements of an impending championship-contending era.
Being No. 1 is a concept older sports fans simply will not be able to ever fully embrace because history really hasn’t been all that kind to Chicagoans. But that doesn’t mean they abandon ship.
Quite the contrary is in fact true. Chicago sports fans are a tenacious lot not prone to bandwagon-jumping, although there have been a few exceptions. Most notable were the young professionals who populated the United Center during Michael Jordan’s heyday but knew less about basketball than your Lawrence Welk-loving grandma.
That yuppie faction sat courtside to be seen rather than to watch. When the titles stopped coming and the Bulls ceased being front-page news, the fair-weather fans exited almost immediately.
Bears fans are a vastly different bunch, however. Fair weather or foul — and foul is the preferred atmospheric condition — they pack Soldier Field, sometimes with painted torsos, many times in less than a stone-cold-sober state. But while one could easily question their sanity, Bears fans’ dedication can’t be denied.