First star I see tonight
I wish I may
I wish I might
Have the wish
I wish tonight
I wish Chicago only had one baseball team... think you can make that happen, universe?
At this point in the game, it could swing either to the Sox or Cubs side and it would make little to no difference to me. I just hate how divided our city becomes as a result of baseball.
I say this because, right now, I'm sick to death of hearing White Sox fans whine about why the city is standing so proudly behind the Bears in their Super Bowl charge, yet they didn't for the Sox two years ago. And these Sox fans are absolutely correct.
These days, everywhere you go, you see stuff like this...
Support for the Bears in Chicago and the suburbs is pretty much unanimous. Everyone gets behind the Bears (save for the occasional Packers fan here and there). And the reason for this is because we have one football team. A singular pigskin entity to stand behind, to represent us, to make us love it, to make us feel pride.
Baseball... not so much.
With the Cubs on the north side and the White Sox on the south side of the city, sports fans are forcibly separated into two camps. In Chicagoland, you are one or the other. According to the diehards, there is no feasible way you can support both, which I find to be a load of crap.
I count myself as a Cubs fan, but I was pulling for the White Sox in their title run two seasons ago. I was happy they were doing so well. I wanted them to do even better. I knew it was good for the city considering it had been 88 years since we'd seen any baseball championship title. Yes, I even bought AL and World Series penants to hang amidst my collection of penants from my childhood.
However, Cubbie loyalists thought I was betraying them while the Sox faithful didn't want my support.
WTF??? So you're telling me I can't be a fan of the city?? Why the heck not? That makes no sense and is just ludicrous. I hate that baseball separates us even more so than bipartisan politics. And it's even been known to erupt into physical confrontations. It's stupid.
So if you're going to be such extremists, here's the one and only solution to all your whining... LEAVE CHICAGO! I don't care who does it, but one of you must. It will be the only way to solidify support behind a single team.
Nobody wants to face it, but these are the cold, hard facts behind the situation at hand. Kentucky, where I used to live, had the simplest, yet most perfect state motto and I feel it is applicable here, "United we stand, divided we fall." It is the truth. A city divided cannot stand. Even if for only baseball.
Ed note: Do I actually expect this to happen? No. Both teams have been here far too long for either to turn tail and run. I'm simply making a point to all the whiners out there. Just shut up and deal with it.
On a much less vitriolic note, the recipe for Katie's cookies, as mentioned yesterday, is in the extended post.
Gramma A's School Cookies
- 1 C white sugar
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1 C margarine
- 1 C oil
- 1 egg
- 1 T vanilla
- 1 T milk
- 4 C + 3 T flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 1.5 t cinnamon
- 1 C oatmeal
- 1 C Rice Krispies
- 1 C raisins
For those who don't bake regularly, C = cup, T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon. Don't mix up those last two. It would be bad.
You can, of course, substitute light oil, reduced fat margarine, and skim milk, among others, if you so desire with no disastrous results.
- Cream the margarine, oil, egg, and sugars together.
- Gradually mix in dry ingredients with electric mixer.
- Mix oatmeal, Rice Krispies, and raisins into batter by hand.
- Bake cookies at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes.
Makes a big batch of cookies and they do freeze well.