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:â†µâ†µ
Yet a single championshipâ€”remarkable as it may beâ€”doesnâ€™t make a Best Sports City. Otherwise how could we overlook the Saintsâ€™ Super Bowl victory?â†µâ†µâ†µ
â†µThereâ€™s big league baseball, two teamsâ€™ worth; thereâ€™s the Bulls, a team surely on the rise. Thereâ€™s the beloved Bears and DePaul hoops, Northwestern football and NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.â†µ
â†µThere is the cityâ€™s head-over-heels love for sports, all sports, and the people who play them.â†µ
â†µâ€œWhen youâ€™re an athlete in Chicago,â€ Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus says, â€œeverybodyâ€™s your friend.â€
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.â†µâ†µ
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