I mean Trig is partly right, in that there was a good chunk of time the ‘hawks were a distant fifth in Chicago. And that’s largely an ownership issue. Once the days of Chellios and Roenick were done, there was zero reason to even try to follow them. I was born in ‘84, and even during those years there was little hype and mindshare, because you couldn’t watch.
But that’s not true today. Dollar Bill died, and the team actively tried courting fans, making it easier to be one. Hiring McDonaugh from the Cubs was a master stroke. We all thought John was crazy to leave the cities too love for a has been, but he was part of that change.
Today I’d say the ‘hawks are number two in Chicago. I don’t think it’s possible for the Cubs to ever truly be supplanted, and the Bears have taken some permanent hits (partly due to NFL general malaise), so it seems there’s a pretty clear order.
And I think it’s a generational ordering. I really don’t see the Bears overtaking any of those top three in the next decade, at least. And I think the NFL in general might be facing a permanent market loss, due to CTE and long term health effects, so I don’t know that will ever shift.
In Trig’s time here it was Bears, Cubs, then everything else. But the over two million for the Hawks championship parades only look small when you compare to the Cubs parade.
@ChiTownBluesFan I think you’re right. They, or Vancouver, or the Sharks are the likely takers of the mantle.