Ask ChicagoNow: Is Chicago still a football city?

Ask ChicagoNow: Is Chicago still a football city?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

Is Chicago still a football city?

“Not that I’m any great authority on football, but I used to like watching the Bears on Sundays or whenever. But I’m completely over them. They’ve been losing their luster for a long time. The Cubs lost forever but yet kept their fans. There are always those players who capture the fans for reasons that have to do with both on the field and off. Same for the Blackhawks. Can’t say that about the Bears. When is there ever a player who the fans connect with? Again, not just on the field but also off? Year after year, the Bears are just an indistinguishable blur of blue helmets. Can’t do it anymore.” — Abbie Claire, The Armchair Cook

“What’s football?” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“As long as America is a football country, Chicago will be a football city…and I’ll be in my little corner, watching horse racing and patiently waiting for football season to blow over.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Northwestern Football. Chicago’s Big Ten Team. Music City Bowl Friday. Go Cats!!!!” — Les Raff, Getting More From Les

“We fly our Bears flag proudly. My husband and son spent Christmas Eve in the freezing cold at Soldier Field. So… I’m gonna say ‘Yes! Chicago is still a football city.’ And as long as we hold on to Howard, Cohen and Trubisky, we’ll stay that way for a while.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Chicago is not only a football city, it can be argued that it is THE football city. The only two teams that were part of the original NFL (founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association) and are still playing are the Chicago Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals, and the Chicago Bears, known as the Decatur Staleys in 1920. Bears founder George Halas is often credited with inventing the NFL, even though the league’s first headquarters were in Ohio. The idea that a few years of bad teams will drive fans away forever is preposterous! Look at the Cubs!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“I think we’re a Bears city, not necessarily a football city, especially with how poorly our team has been performing. But the Bears still sell out and most teams can’t make that claim. Chicagoans are nothing if not loyal.” — Pamela Valentine, Affirmed Mom

“Yes it is – it gives us something to bitch about other than the freakin’ freezin’ weather!” — Sheri Warren, Sheri On Sports

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