Chicago Losers? Hardly!

Twitter is blazing with Chicago hate lately, and it's all directed at a ridiculous belief that the Second City doesn't win.

Well, you're wrong world.

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I could begin my argument with the big bomb: in the last 30 years, no city in North America has won a Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship and Stanley Cup other than Chicago.

I could continue my argument supporting Chicago by pointing out that Chicago teams have played for a championship in three of the four major sports - baseball, football and hockey - in the last six years, winning two of those titles.

Only five cities in North America - Boston, Tampa, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago - have reached a championship game/series in three of the four major sports since 2001 (only Philly had been to the championship level in all four sports, winning one of five opportunities).

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I could take my argument one step further and point to 2011 success. Two postseasons (NHL, NBA) are still under way, and a third (NFL) is completed this calendar year. Only four cities have had a team in all three postseasons this year: New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.

Philadelphia had two of their three teams eliminated in the first round, with the third getting bounced in the second round. Boston/New England saw the Patriots and Celtics lose in the second round of their respective postseasons, while the Bruins have a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. New York's Rangers and Knicks barely got into the postseason and didn't make it past the first round, while the Jets lost in the AFC title game.

Chicago has had two teams, the Bears and Bulls, advance to their respective conference championships, while the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks lost to the eventual Western Conference champion Canucks in an epic first round series that went to overtime in a seventh game.

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I could also point out


 that Chicago has received more prestigious individual honors than any other city in the past decade. Brian Urlacher was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe as the NHL's postseason MVP in 2010, and Derrick Rose was the NBA's regular season MVP in 2010-11. Patrick Sharp also won the NHL All-Star Game MVP in 2011 on behalf of the Blackhawks, and Toews was named the Most Outstanding Forward at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

If I really wanted to, I would take it another step and point out that Starlin Castro (21), Jonathan Toews (23), Patrick Kane (22) and Derrick Rose (23) give Chicago the best collection of young talent at the professional level in the United States.

But do I really have to?

Does it hurt to see out teams lose? Absolutely. But, to paraphrase Bill Shakespeare, 'tis better to have gotten close and lost than to have sucked at everything. 

Indeed, Chicago hasn't seen a collection of elite talent in this city that's this good since the early 1980s. Not since Carlton Fisk, Ryne Sandberg, Michael Jordan, Denis Savard and Walter Payton were wearing CHICAGO across their chest have we, as fans, had more to be excited about in this town.

So with all due (lack of) respect to the folks hating Chicago out there, my advice is simple: get bent. You wish your city had as much going for it as Chicago has in professional sports.


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