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October 18th, 2005


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02:22 pm - Right on the nose, this one hit.
Yes. Exactly.

White Sox fans deep in celebrating their American League championship probably don’t realize this yet, but the Sox’s success is threatening to make their favorite team something it’s never been — trendy.
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From:odinkar
Date:October 18th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
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True, but Chicago also has a history of having average-to-terrible sports teams until some magic year/person comes to the team (i.e. Michael Jordan for the 90's Bulls or Mike Ditka for the 80's Bears), then they rule for a couple years, and then go back to mediocrity.

I'm sure the White Sox won't disappoint.
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From:odinkar
Date:October 18th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Bah, hit "post" too quickly.

I meant to add that the White Sox will be the "in" team for a year, but then they'll go back to obscurity when people realize that they don't have this one player with whom to centralize all the fame.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 18th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I think it's just sports in the state of Illinois as a whole. I mean, look at the college teams there!

But really, it's been very nice to know that my White Sox weren't covered in hangers-on and that people wouldn't suddenly become Sox fans when their fortunes turned. I mean, to me, Sox fans have never suffered the fluctuations in popularity that the Cubs have. . . leading to a more loyal and real fan base. Cubs fans, it's always seemed, were all fair-weather fans. Sox fans, I always felt, were different.

And then, what do you know: fortunes turn, and here comes the deluge of fans.

What about those of us who were happy with a team that got to be the bad guys in a couple of movies from the 80's, had actually had the talent to throw a World Series instead of bitching and moaning about how they'd had a bad run and didn't manage to win because of it, and had won a Series more recently than the Cubs?

I love to see the Sox win. I hate to see them lose their character in the process.

Then again, they did sell the naming rights to their stadium, and I haven't followed them so much since then. They sort of became soulless a while ago, I suppose.
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From:odinkar
Date:October 18th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I've always been a fan of Chi-town sports. Although I've by no means been a rabid fan, I've always enjoyed the Cubs and White Sox (and there is a part of me that's happy that the Chi Sox have been so good without Frank Thomas in the lineup), and I've always been a Bears fan (which is difficult as they are, after all, part of the Axis of Evil for any Lions fan). And I know what you mean about the Cubs fans, although I do agree with some Cubs fans I've seen (Like Jim Belushi and ESPN's Michael Wilbon) when they say it's more important for Chicago that any of their teams win, rather than one specific team. So I can forgive Chicago's flakiness for the teams, but not much else.
From:ceolnamara
Date:October 18th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Bah, White Sox.

I only support the Indians. Perhaps if the Reds made it to the series I'd support them.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 18th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
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As an Indians' fan, I would expect you to be apathetic at best towards the Sox. I approve of this sentiment.
From:ceolnamara
Date:October 18th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Good to know.

I'm pretty apathetic when it comes to any baseball outside of Ohio.

My mom, though, she'd watch nearly anyone. But not the Yankees. Never them.
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From:lisbet
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
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Huh. I've always been a Cubs fan. Partly because we lived in western Michigan growing up, and we got channel 9 before it became a cable superstation, and I grew up cutting my teeth on Cubs baseball.

But I've never paid much attention to celebrity fans or whatnot so I didn't know half of what that article was talking about. I just like the Cubs. They could totally suck (and sometimes do) and I'd still love 'em. I liked the Sox just fine too, but the Cubbies were my first love. Strangely enough I've never been able to realign myself with the Detroit baseball scene even though I've lived here for quite a few years now.

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