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We're Not Crying!

Posted By on 10.05.09 at 09:42 AM

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Having been lifelong fan of the Bulls, I understand more than most how devastating a sports loss can be to one's psyche.

To cite just one example, the Bulls once had a five-point lead and the ball with less than a minute left in a decisive seventh game in the playoffs against the Lakers and still lost.

That was in 1973—36 years ago!—and I still haven't gotten over it.

That said, I can't quite understand, "Stand Proud, Chicago," the front-page editorial in Sunday's Tribune.

"We know many Chicagoans feel shock and disappointment that the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games won't be coming here," they wrote. They went on to assure readers that: "the soul of a city is revealed not only in its shining moments of victory, but in how it handles adversity."

Um, folks, I hated to break it to you, but there's really not a whole heckuva lot of people in Chicago in need of consolation. I mean, according to a September poll in your own newspaper, about 84 percent of Chicagoans didn't want the games to come here. At least they didn't want to pay for them, which pretty much amounts to the same thing.

So just who are you consoling—the 16 percent who wanted the games regardless of their cost to the public? I don't think this bunch needs consolation so much as counseling.

Look, I know—it's over. My team won. I should let it rest. But it doesn't do any good to rewrite history. Perpetrating the myth that most people wanted this debacle only encourages the mayor and his cronies to try another one.

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