After 108 long years, the Chicago Cubs have ended their World Series drought in dramatic fashion. They went into the series against the Cleveland Indians with the longest active streak without a title in any sport. They left the series crowned the victors. Congrats.
Now here is my major gripe. All throughout the playoffs the narrative in the media was how tortured this fanbase was and how there are 90 year old fans who had never seen the Cubs win the World Series. All true, expect there is one crucial detail being left out. The vast majority of Cubs fans are from Chicago, and Chicago sports fans are not a tortured fanbase at all. In fact they are arguably the most spoiled city in the country when it comes to sports.
Lets say you are a 30 year old from Chicago and are a fan of the four major sports in the city. Here is a quick rundown of your teams successes over those years.
1985: Bears win Superbowl 46-10 over Patriots
1991: Bulls win NBA Championship 4-1 over Lakers
1992: Bulls win NBA Championship 4-2 over Trailblazers
1993: Bulls win NBA Championship 4-2 over Suns
1996: Bulls win NBA Championship 4-2 over Sonics
1997: Bulls win NBA Championship 4-2 over Jazz
1998: Bulls win NBA Championship 4-2 over Jazz
2005: White Sox win World Series 4-0 over Astros
2010: Blackhawks win Stanley Cup 4-2 over Flyers
2013: Blackhawks win Stanley Cup 4-2 over Bruins
2015: Blackhawks win Stanley Cup 4-2 over Lightning
2016: Cubs win World Series 4-3 over Indians
A truely amazing three decades to be a Chicago sports fan, from the unstoppable defense of the 85 Bears, the dominance of the Blackhawks, both baseball teams winning a title, and of course the greatness of Michael Jordan. 12 Titles and that’s not even including playoff appearances.
Am I happy that lifelong Cubs fans finally got to see their team win the World Series? Of course. Would I have felt bad if the underdog Indians pulled off a seemingly impossible upset and Chicago fans had to live with their double digit championships? Nope.
PS: “Go Cubs Go” is a certified banger.