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October 23, 2016

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Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

My dad, a life long Cub fan and liberal version of Archie Bunker, liked Bill Veeck. He also rooted for the Sox. We got into to Comisky park for five bucks with an Entertainment Book coupon. It was not a mutually exclusive proposition for my dad to cheer for both. But, the Cubs were #1.

Steve Diamond

This is very intriguing. As someone who was born on the north side and grew up on the North Shore, I did not realize there was another baseball team in Chicago. Thank you for this enlightening post, Steve!

m

I grew up in a Chicago-area household that, on this matter, was divided, sometimes bitterly. Divided loyalties persisted through college, law school, and first job in Chicago. Conflict resolution? Moved West, and ever since have happily supported the SF Giants.

anon

What is it about some (most?) people that requires them to adhere to some sort of identity, whether it be a sports team follower, a member of a certain political party, or religion, etc., and use this allegiance to condemn and endless attack others.

It seems to me that the most "liberal" people in the US are the most addicted to rivalry and obnoxious, blind loyalty to their "team." This seems especially true in Chicago, and in Illinois in general.

A particularly corrupt state, Illinois regularly sees its governor hauled off to prison. Four of its last seven governors have been convicted, and three of those four were democrats.

And Chicago is notorious for its corruption. Quoting from Wiki (which may not be accurate, but is likely very close:

"Chicago has a long history of political corruption,[10] and has been a de facto monolithic entity of the Democratic Party from the mid 20th century onward.[11][12] Research released by the University of Illinois at Chicago reports that Chicago and Cook County's judicial district recorded 45 public corruption convictions for 2013 and 1642 convictions since 1976 when the Department of Justice began compiling statistics. This prompted many media outlets to declare Chicago the "corruption capital of America".[13]"

Who can forget what Daley screamed at Abe Ribicoff?

So, you all can fritter away your time congratulating yourselves about how passionately you worship teams that throw balls around a field for your idle amusement - and about how viciously you think your passions can and should run about such nonsense. You can celebrate how vehemently you attack others about such nonsense - practice, one supposes for the dirty way that politics is played there - while your city and your state are known most for being dirty, very dirty.

Sort of a snapshot of everything that is wrong with the political culture today.

Kevin Heller

Finally, a Lubet post I can completely agree with! I've been a White Sox fan my entire life and spent many a wonderful afternoon at old Comiskey. (New Comiskey, ugh.) We used to sit next to a guy whose worst epithet, when the Sox manager made a bad decision, was "That's a Zimmer move!" (Don Zimmer, the former Cubs coach, of course.) I wasn't sure the Sox would ever win a World Series in my lifetime, yet they did my first year as a professor at Georgia. (My girlfriend at the time looked at me like I was from Mars as I hid behind the sofa, unable to look at the television during the final inning of game four.) So now I'd like nothing more than to see the Cubs break their curse.

Go Cubbies!

Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

anon at 8:05,

Your point being? So, we can't celebrate a Cubs victory because Blago went to prison? He was a big Cub fan, by the way. You my friend are a party pooper!

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