The Chicago White Sox are in line to be the most exciting men’s Chicago pro sports team.
The Chicago White Sox are currently in the middle of their very important 2020-21 offseason. They made the playoffs in 2020 for the first time in 12 years and it looks like sustained success is on the way. After the Chicago Bears lost big in a playoff game to the New Orleans Saints, it is hard to not look at the landscape of Chicago sports as a whole. Of the five men’s “big four” teams that call Chicago home, the White Sox have the brightest present and future.
The funny thing is that the Chicago Bulls are the only Chicago team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2020 but they have the second brightest future behind the Sox. They hired a nice new President, GM, and a head coach that all have good resumes so there is plenty of hope on the basketball side of the United Center.
Their roommates, however, aren’t so fortunate right now as some tough times are ahead for the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews is out, Kirby Dach is out, Corey Crawford is gone, and Patrick Kane can’t do it all by himself. It is going to be a long time before they are able to compete for the playoffs again. The only reason they made it in 2019-20 was the COVID-19 pandemic and the league’s ruling to allow 24 teams instead of 16.
The Bears were bad in their playoff game against the Saints. They couldn’t score, the defense started to fall apart after hanging in there, and the coaching staff has no clue what they are doing. They are either going to keep what they have and be mediocre or cut all ties and rebuild but either way, a Super Bowl isn’t coming to Chicago any time soon.
The Chicago Cubs are the other baseball team in town and they are making themselves worse as well. They are allowing some of their better players walk in free agency and trading away others to teams in the same league (NL). They won their division by default in 2020 and could again in 2021 because none of those NL Central teams are very good. Regardless, it is going to be a painful rebuild for them going forward.
For that reason, it is time for the White Sox to put Chicago on its back. The Bears loss means that the city will only have the Bulls and Blackhawks (neither competing for a title this year) until baseball begins. The White Sox have a chance to be the only playoff team around town so it is a big opportunity to own the city. Hopefully, they are able to do just that by creating sustained success.