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Chicago Named Best Sports City

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No, seriously!

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The Sporting News' annual survey named Chicago Best Sports City of 2010. Was it just the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup? That was part of it, but:

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Yet a single championship—remarkable as it may be—doesn’t make a Best Sports City. Otherwise how could we overlook the Saints’ Super Bowl victory?↵

↵There’s big league baseball, two teams’ worth; there’s the Bulls, a team surely on the rise. There’s the beloved Bears and DePaul hoops, Northwestern football and NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.↵

↵There is the city’s head-over-heels love for sports, all sports, and the people who play them.↵

↵“When you’re an athlete in Chicago,” Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus says, “everybody’s your friend.”

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That's all true, particularly the quote from Butkus. Now if we can only add a few more championships to that Stanley Cup. The full list of 402 North American cities (didn't know there were that many!) is at the link. No. 402 is Yakima, Washington.

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