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Windy City within reach of unlimited championships




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Championship, MLB, NHL,

Alex RiosThe city of Chicago has a long sports tradition. When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last week and ended the NHL’s longest championship drought, a new chapter began in the history book of the Windy City. That story continued on Sunday night as the champs brought Lord Stanley’s prized hardware into Wrigley Field to show off to the fans - and perhaps inspire either of Chicago’s two baseball teams to follow in their footsteps.

Maybe some of the success rubbed off on the two teams’ pitchers took no-hit bids deep into the game. The White Sox’s Gavin Floyd went hitless through six while Ted Lilly of the Cubs took his no-no into the ninth. Not even rain could spoil what ended up being a great game as the Cubs avoided the sweep, winning 1-0. The Blackhawks players enjoyed the night by throwing out the first pitch and then singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the stretch. Overall, it was a great night to be a Chicagoan.

Established in 1871, the Cubs are Chicago’s oldest franchise. The White Sox (1894 - moved to Chicago in 1900), Chicago Bears (1919), Chicago Blackhawks (1926), and Chicago Bulls (1966) have combined for 24 league championships, but the city’s teams haven’t exactly been consistent. The Blackhawks ended their 49-year drought last week. The White Sox ended an 87-year dry spell in 2005. The Bulls’ six titles all came in the ‘90s, the Bears haven’t won since ‘85, and the Cubs hold the honor of having baseball’s longest drought - 101 years - since they won their only two championships in 1907 and 1908.

Both the Cubs and the White Sox are third in their divisions and sit a convincingly large number of games back of the leaders. Neither is really a bad team, they’re just on the wrong side of luck. Both have shown in recent years that they can compete, but it’s going to take more than that to carry on the success the fans are getting a taste of. There’s still a lot of season left to play and nothing would be greater for the city than to see both of its teams make a push for the postseason.

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