Chicago fans are the best of the best hands down. They’re loyal to the team, will defend their team through thick and thin, and will even go watch their teams play in sub-zero temperatures.
No matter what Chicago team you root for, there have been long stretches without any Championships being won and the fans never gave up hope on their team. But is there enough room in the hearts of Chicagoans for another NFL team?
Chicago being the big city that it is, has been able to withstand a cross town rivalry for decades between the Cubs and White Sox. It’s always fun walking down the street in your team gear and having a slightly heated conversation with the fan of the opposite team within the city. The Cubs and White Sox fans are usually decided from birth depending on where your family is from, whether it is the Southside or any other part of Illinois. Could the same be done with two NFL teams in Chicago?
The Bears have been a long lasting tradition in Chicago for generations. It would be hard to imagine any Bears fan leaving their team to become a fan of a new expansion team. Interestingly enough, the same was said about the Houston Texans, but now they have a large fan base with some Pro Bowl level talent. Their star players have attracted some would be Cowboys fans away from Dallas that might have been living in Houston with no other team to call their own.
If there was a new team in Chicago and they were able to acquire a hand full of Pro Bowlers, including an elite level quarterback, and some awesome looking jerseys, it would be hard to say that some unhappy Bears fans would not make the switch. Considering the way the draft went a couple months ago, and the fact that Ryan Pace failed to sign any of the big name corner backs in free agency, some fans might be welcome to a new team in Chicago. Younger fans, not having such emotional ties to the Bears, might make the switch a lot more willingly then, say, their grandparents, especially if this new team is winning games.
It could turn into a new generation of football in Chicago. New school vs. Old school. Anything is possible, right? I myself would welcome a new team to Chicago, preferably an AFC team so that there would be a possibility of a Chicago Super Bowl!
Would you be willing to open your heart up to a new NFL team in Chicago? If so, would you root for both teams or choose one or the other? What would you want the new team name & colors to be? Leave your comments below. BEAR DOWN