The holidays are here and we’ve been given so much this year. Dwyane Wade finally came home, Patrick Kane and Kris Bryant won MVP awards and Derrick Rose became someone else’s problem. And not just any ‘someone else,’ the Knicks!
The Bulls missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, Chris Sale took up tailoring, and the White Sox put an end to Take Your Child to Work Day.
Oh, and the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions for the first time in 107 years.
So in the spirit of the season, it’s time to give something back.
The Chicago Bears get … A franchise quarterback in the draft
If you’re a Bears fan, you are all too familiar with the history, or lack thereof, in the quarterback department. Jay Cutler is probably the most polarizing figure in Chicago sports history, and yet statistically, he is the best quarterback in Bears history. Still, the Bears have failed to find and develop a quarterback the way literally every other team has.
In the Cutler era, the Bears have only drafted three quarterbacks (Dan LeFevour, Nathan Enderle and David Fales) who have combined to start zero games between them. In the last two seasons since the Bears hired Ryan Pace and John Fox, they have had 15 draft picks and have not used one on the quarterback position.
With two games left in the season, the Bears are set up for a Top 5 pick, and with DeShone Kizer, Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubinsky likely on the board, they finally have an opportunity to find their franchise quarterback.
The Chicago Bulls get … A New VP and GM
Yes, it is time for the end of the John Paxson and Gar Foreman era. The Bulls struck gold when they landed Derrick Rose as the number one pick against all odds and Tom Thibodeau will probably go down as one of the best coaches in Bulls history, despite the best efforts of ‘Team GarPax’ to stifle his coaching.
I love Paxson from his days as a player, but we can no longer ignore the fact that he has fought with every coach he has hired, and the current team is looking like the mess many expected. Time to start over with a management team that knows how to draft stars instead of piling assets and can finally attract big names to one of the all-time great franchises.
The Chicago Blackhawks get … More odd-year magic
The San Francisco Giants re-defined the term “dynasty”, or have at least forced us to try and find a new word for a team that dominates a decade with titles to show for it every other year. The Blackhawks have already won Stanley Cups in 2010 and again in 2013 and 2015, using the years in-between to re-stock with young talent and friendly contracts to build around around the Toews and Kane contracts.
The Hawks are on their way, currently sitting with the best record and tied for the most points in the NHL. Marion Hossa and Artemi Panarin are in the Top 10 in goals scored, Kane is 8th in points and Corey Crawford has one of the top save percentages in the league.
Anything can happen in the NHL playoffs, but the Blackhawks will have odd year magic on their side in 2017.
The Chicago White Sox get … The Renteria Bump
Ricky Renteria is the “good luck chuck” of Chicago. Whoever manages directly after him leads that team to a World Series, as evidenced by his brief stint on the north side.
Renteria was brought in to take over for a re-building Cubs team who went on to finish 73-89, last in the NL Central. As soon as Joe Maddon suddenly became available, they fired Renteria, went 97-65 in Maddon’s first season, and well, we all know what he did next.
With the Sox trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton for prospects and hiring Renteria, 2017 is going to be full of growing pains for the south-siders. But with an eye toward the future, whoever comes in after Renteria should have the Sox competitive again.
The Chicago Cubs get … The end of another drought
Back-to-back World Series titles have only happened 14 times by seven different teams. The first time was in 1907 and 1908 by … The Chicago Cubs.
It’s been 108 years since the Cubs won back-to-back World Series’. Time to end another drought.