Windy City blows away competition for weirdest sports town
New York City? You were the best, but you're done.No more Isiah Thomas. King George is in semi-retirement. Willie Randolph isn't worth the trouble. We're left with Joba Chamberlain pitch counts and reports of Jeremy Shockey's maybe stiffing the Giants on minicamp. So time for NYC to take the sports buyout and live off the 401(k) money. Boston? Helluva run, my friend. Helluva run. I've got so much respect for you, but let's face it, Manny's getting up there in years, the Celtics are likable, and the Patriots can't keep rolling out Super Bowls, supermodels, super spies and wiretaps forever, right?
Self-disclosure: I live in Chicago. Actually, in nearby Wheaton, former home of Red Grange, Bob Woodward, John Belushi, Wes Craven and Janet Pilgrim (one of only two women to appear in three Playboy centerfolds).My wife is South Side Irish. Our former preferred place of worship: Cork & Kerry on Western Avenue. Our first date was at Comiskey. We used to rent a place four blocks from Wrigley. I was there for the Bartman Game -- and a couple hundred other ones. My father-in-law is a retired Chicago police commander. We have his helmet and nightstick from '68. Two of my brothers-in-law were career Chicago firefighters. I like Old Style and Goose Island. So, yeah, I'm biased. Sue me, preferably with Rusty Hardin as the lead attorney. --Gene Wojciechowski
In the past nine days
• The Bulls all but hired Doug Collins as coach. Then they didn't.The official version is that Collins and owner Jerry Reinsdorf mutually agreed to end the courtship. They valued their friendship too much to continue -- or some kind of mush like that.
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