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07-08 Chicago Sports: Frustration and Turnaround!

Posted on: April 7, 2008 11:46 am
 

In July and August, it seemed like every Bears fan was sipping the kool-aid. I remember some people had posted on the Bears boards that  "Cedric Benson was going to have a break out season," and "Rex Grossman was going to take that next step and become a Pro Bowl quarterback." Also, the defense was going to destroy the league and the offense was going to make Bears' history (which isn't too hard to do).

Now, back to reality. By the end of September, the writing was on the wall. Grossman was yanked after only throwing 1 touchdown to 6 interceptions in only three games. Cedric Benson seemed like he was a car stuck that was stuck in neutral while in a pile of mud. And, the most prized defense in the NFL suffered a countless number of injuries.

The season still ended at a respectable 7-9, but the objective that was preached all offseason of getting back to the Super Bowl failed. The only bright spot was seeing Devin Hester top a remarkable rookie season with another record setting sophomore year. Also, beating the Packers both times was a great accomplishment too. To Bears fans, Brett Favre's last season won't be remembered as a rebirth, but a time when the Bears got their revenge on number 4 one last time.

Okay, but there was still the Bulls in October. In 2007, they went 49-33 and swept the defending champion Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. After that series, they took the favored Detroit Pistons to six games. So, what did we Bulls fans do? What we should do, sip the kool-aid. But, instead of sipping, we guzzled it and paid for it. 

Do you remember all the hype? The Bulls were pegged to go to the NBA Finals or at least the Eastern Conference Finals. Fast forward to right now. Currently, they are 30-45 and are most likely out of the dull Eastern Conference playoff picture. Some people cite the fact that the Bulls didn't acquire Kobe Bryant or that Luol Deng and Ben Gordon turned down new contracts as reasons why the Bulls fell out of contention this season. Also, firing Scott Skiles for a calmer clone didn't help either. Call it what you want. Lack of heart, lack of emotion, lack of leadership, lack of a superstar. The Bulls didn't have it in 2007-2008. 

But, there has been one upside. No, not the fact that Kosuke Fukodome looks amazing or that the White Sox are leading the AL Central. It's too early to breakdown the overall baseball season. Do you remember that other team that plays in the United Center? Yeah, the Blackhawks. After years and years of dissapointment, the Blackhawks not only turned around their play, but their image as well. 

While they didn't make the playoffs this year, they did have 88 points this season and were one spot out of eight place. This season, the development of rookie forward Patrick Kane and center Justin Toews have put the writing on the walls for this organization, and it's promising. In fact, Kane, who compiled 72 total points, is a leading candidate for this season's Calder Trophy winner.

Also, off the ice, the Blackhawks have done the unthinkable. This season, Rocky Wirtz struck a deal with Comcast Sportsnet to air a selected number of games. As they head into next season, all 82 games, home and away, will be on television. The Blackhawks have also brought back old faces to West Madison Street. Legends such as Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito are back with the franchise.   

For the most part, this '07-'08 has given Chicago sports fans a lot of heartbreak. One of Cub-size proportions. But, baseball is getting into full gear, and maybe, some postseason action will occur.

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Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2008 10:06 pm
 

07-08 Chicago Sports: Frustration and Turnaround!

Nah, what i thought about the teams was my opinion, and youre right about the bears and bulls......



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2008 9:30 pm
 

07-08 Chicago Sports: Frustration and Turnaround!

2-Blackhawks, these guys arent a disappointment at all.  The last time i remember these boys over .500 was when they had Tony Amonte, Jeremy Ronick, Alex Zhamnov, and Eric Daze.  Kane is pretty good, and i like him, but Johnathan Toews stole my heart as the best player on that team.  The best part is that those boys are what, 19?  Im 20 and older than them!  Give this team a couple of years, let them work it out.  I think they should lose Habibuhlin though, he is kinda garbage.......its Lalime's turn.

patg006, were you making your own point or pointing out a flaw in mine? If you were doing the latter, may I point out that I did mention that the Blackhawks were the real big upside so far this year. In fact, they are the "Turnaround" that is in the blog title. And I agree with you about these young guys but isn't it weird when you are around the same age as Kane and Toews?

But, my main point was that based on all the hype surrounding the Bears and Bulls, it certainly was a disappointment. One good thing though, both these teams have the tools to turn it around.

Thanks for posting! I'll check out your blog!




Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2008 8:27 pm
 

07-08 Chicago Sports: Frustration and Turnaround!

One can look at Chicago teams and see disappointment, but i wouldnt call it for the most part. 

1-Bulls, lets face it, they have the tools, they just have too many of them, probably the biggest disappointment of all teams.  People had these boys winning it all.  They need to keep Luol Deng, and lose some players, liked or not......including Gordon(just cant finish, or start for that matter), and Duhon.  They need a new, young guard.  They have the big men, but more isnt always a bad thing.  No Roy Hibbart.

2-Blackhawks, these guys arent a disappointment at all.  The last time i remember these boys over .500 was when they had Tony Amonte, Jeremy Ronick, Alex Zhamnov, and Eric Daze.  Kane is pretty good, and i like him, but Johnathan Toews stole my heart as the best player on that team.  The best part is that those boys are what, 19?  Im 20 and older than them!  Give this team a couple of years, let them work it out.  I think they should lose Habibuhlin though, he is kinda garbage.......its Lalime's turn.

3-White Sox, im a Cubs fan and i love Ozzie.  That team used addition by subtraction, and they look good.  They gotta work on their rotation and in a year or two they are sure fired contenders.  They should bring up Josh Fields and trade Crede.......my opinion.  Fields reminds me of Eric Byrnes, good hitter with speed.

4-Cubs, ehhhh, curse this, bad luck that, pshhhh.  They havent won since 1908, get over it.  Unless youre 80 and on your deathbed, be patient, they look promising for the next couple of years.  Let them gel and dont worry about the Brewers, they're like the Dallas Mavericks, they cant finish(below the belt but its the truth.)

5-Bears, let JA do his thing, he knows what hes doing.  They will make the moves, the draft is soooooo close, im excited too.

6-Fire/Wolves/Rush, three teams that dont get enough credit.  The Wolves always seem to win, and it gets overlooked, but then again its the AHL.  The Fire have won before and look good this year.  I enjoy a good soccer match from time to time and i'd like to see these boys at Toyota Park this summer.  The Rush just win, and i think Mike Hohennessee is a funny name.

I much prefer what we have to NYC and LA.  LA doesnt have a football team, well, USC could probably compete against some NFL teams.  And NYC is just overrated, both baseball teams have unbelievable payrolls.  The Mets wished they were the Yankees, the Yankees are $hitting their pants because they cant win anymore, and ARod is an *expletive.*  The Jets, well, sucks to be them.  Hats off to the Giants, they did so well against NE, they turned it on when they needed to, much like Pittsburg in 05 against Seattle. 

Keep the Chitown spirit folks, and i guess i should advertise to read my blogs, theyre good, i recommend them.


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