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TomBradley72
11-25-2007, 05:33 PM
Of the six major league sports franchises (White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Fire)...which team has the most positive outlook for the near future? (ie. next 2-3 years)

Edit: Mods...sorry...meant to put this in the parking lot

getonbckthr
11-25-2007, 05:45 PM
Sox- No prospects have shown anything to indicate superstars, core is aging, budget is near total, tons of questions.
Cubs- Benefit from a weak division, no stud prospects on the horizon (Gallagher maybe, PIe not really, Patterson not impressive), how much money can they throw around still?
Bears- Current issues: QB, RB, WR's, OLinemen,OLB, FS, SS, entire coaching staff. All those need to be adressed. When you have that many ???'s you're in trouble.
Bulls-No inside scorer, no consistent superstar that can control a game, a team full of nice role players, a head coach that is a good coach but not a championship caliber coach.
Hawks- Tons of young talent, a very good Head Coach, fresh blood in the office and in ownership that wants to win.
Fire- They don't exist in my sports world, sorry soccer fans.

oeo
11-25-2007, 05:46 PM
I still think it's the Bulls. Although I don't know much about the Hawks, the Bulls are still getting better every year (and they still will this year, just wait and watch).

Fenway
11-25-2007, 05:48 PM
I still think it's the Bulls. Although I don't know much about the Hawks, the Bulls are still getting better every year (and they still will this year, just wait and watch).

They lost to the Knicks.... see you in the lottery

The Critic
11-25-2007, 05:50 PM
Blackhawks, because of the young players starting to make their mark, and because of the depths they're climbing from. It always looks brighter when you come from total darkness.

thomas35forever
11-25-2007, 05:56 PM
Never thought I'd say this, but the Blackhawks might very well be the best team in Chicago for the next year. This is the most optimistic I've been about the 'Hawks in a long time. They won't win the Cup this season, but give them a couple of years and they'll be real contenders.

South Side Irish
11-25-2007, 07:08 PM
I've got to go with the Fire or the Hawks. If not only based on their young talent, but due to the rest of the city absolutely sucking. I'll vote for the Fire since they went to the playoffs, rolled at the end of the season, and look like they've got a coach now.

FedEx227
11-25-2007, 07:53 PM
Cubs, at least for the next 2-3 years. They play in an awful division, they have a lot of talent, etc. In 5-6 years they'll be screwed but right now they are in the best position for the near future.

Grzegorz
11-25-2007, 08:06 PM
The Chicago Blackhawks

chisoxfanatic
11-25-2007, 08:15 PM
I still think it's the Bulls. Although I don't know much about the Hawks, the Bulls are still getting better every year (and they still will this year, just wait and watch).
If they're getting better every year, why are they 2-10 right now?

Glad to see the Hawks doing so much better than anyone thought, as well as leading this pole. Go Hawks!

chaerulez
11-25-2007, 08:17 PM
Cubs, at least for the next 2-3 years. They play in an awful division, they have a lot of talent, etc. In 5-6 years they'll be screwed but right now they are in the best position for the near future.

I'd have to say if they get a ownership group willing to spend then yes.

Not to mention their farm system isn't that bad. That Vitters kid they got in the 2007 draft could be the next Ryan Braun.

chisoxfanatic
11-25-2007, 08:19 PM
I'd have to say if they get a ownership group willing to spend then yes.

Not to mention their farm system isn't that bad. That Vitters kid they got in the 2007 draft could be the next Ryan Braun.
Their ownership IS willing to spend, they just don't spend WISELY. BIG difference!

chisoxmike
11-25-2007, 08:21 PM
I voted the Blackhawks, even though I could care less.

FarWestChicago
11-25-2007, 08:35 PM
Of the six major league sports franchises (White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Fire)...which team has the most positive outlook for the near future? (ie. next 2-3 years)

Edit: Mods...sorry...meant to put this in the parking lotRather that apologizing for putting the poll in the wrong forum, you should be begging for forgiveness for ruining the poll with the inclusion of a team most would prefer wasn't associated with the city of Chicago. :tsk:

WSox597
11-25-2007, 08:39 PM
I voted for the Hawks. They had so far to go, and it looks like they're at least on their way. When you play so bad for so long, you get high draft choices. This time it looks like they drafted wisely.

I can't explain what's happening to the Bulls. They seem to look worse with every outing. Beats me what's wrong.

Bears are hard to figure. It's strange that they fell so far so fast.

The Sox issues have been covered in depth. Let's hope for the best. I'm not much of a soccer fan, although I will tune in an occasional World Cup game every four years.

I care not at all for the other baseball team, however they might be decent next year from my conversations with family members who follow them. "You can pick your friends, etc."

HomeFish
11-25-2007, 08:43 PM
Gotta be the Cubs. They just won their division, they have an infinite supply of money, and they're about to get new owners who are likely to spend it.

chisoxfanatic
11-25-2007, 08:44 PM
Gotta be the Cubs. They just won their division, they have an infinite supply of money, and they're about to get new owners who are likely to spend it.
BUT...they are...the CUBS!

SoxSpeed22
11-25-2007, 08:46 PM
The Fire made the playoffs this year, if that counts for anything. They should contend in the near future.

doublem23
11-25-2007, 08:51 PM
Gotta be the Cubs. They just won their division, they have an infinite supply of money, and they're about to get new owners who are likely to spend it.

I think I remember this song from 2003.

:rolleyes:

FedEx227
11-25-2007, 09:02 PM
I think I remember this song from 2003.

:rolleyes:

We aren't saying the Cubs are destined for long-time success. But there is no denying right now of all the Chicago sports teams mentioned outside of the Blackhawks and the even more non-existential Fire, the Cubs have the best near-term future. They have an endless wealth of money apparently and play is an awful/always winnable division.

In 5-6 years they'll be the laughing stock of the league because of their dumb personnel moves but at least for the next 2-3 years they are in a much better position than the White Sox (lack of farm system, team getting older), Bulls (have you watched them this year?), Bears (questions all around) and the Blackhawks still have a lot of work to do to get back into the good graces.

DumpJerry
11-25-2007, 09:43 PM
If they're getting better every year, why are they 2-10 right now?

Glad to see the Hawks doing so much better than anyone thought, as well as leading this pole. Go Hawks!
Barber pole?

The Sox were down, so it's time for:
:churrosarmy:
Vote early. Vote often.

Railsplitter
11-25-2007, 09:57 PM
I went with the Hawks,but I didn't expect the poll to be so much in thier favor.

CHISOXFAN13
11-25-2007, 10:09 PM
They lost to the Knicks.... see you in the lottery

They lost to New York last year. How'd that work out for you tough guy?

SoxyStu
11-25-2007, 10:23 PM
Cubs, at least for the next 2-3 years. They play in an awful division, they have a lot of talent, etc. In 5-6 years they'll be screwed but right now they are in the best position for the near future.

I agree somewhat....but who is going to own them after next year? Therefore, I have to vote hawks.

HomeFish
11-25-2007, 10:31 PM
I agree somewhat....but who is going to own them after next year? Therefore, I have to vote hawks.

Probably some hometown billionaire willing to spend lots of money. Plus, he or she can't possibly be less competent than the Cubune.

SoxyStu
11-25-2007, 10:36 PM
Probably some hometown billionaire willing to spend lots of money. Plus, he can't possibly be less competent than the Cubune.

Who knows at this point in time, though. You are assuming wayyy too much :D

DickAllen72
11-25-2007, 11:17 PM
The Rush.

Actually, I voted for the Sox because they have the best GM in the city.

Domeshot17
11-25-2007, 11:50 PM
The Rush.

Actually, I voted for the Sox because they have the best GM in the city.

Is that saying much?

Paxson thinks everyone he has is an all star and can't pull off the big trade. Angelo is a baffoon and has struck out with most of his 1st round picks. Tallon is still up in the air, although after the strike he is the reason we sucked for 2 years, terrible spending. Hendry is a bigger baffoon then Angelo.

I guess its like winning a best hair contest full of bald dudes.

WhiteSox5187
11-26-2007, 12:22 AM
Barring serious injuries to Toews, Kane and Ruutu, the Hawks look like they will be very good for a long time.

The Cubs look impressive now, but what direction will their new owners take them in? They barely squeaked by in a lousy division last year and they have about $300 mil tied up for the next five years. The game is all about pitching and last year they got career years out of a lot of their starters and that bullpen was something awful.

Time will tell, but right now I've got my money on the Hawks....but the Bears will ALWAYS own this town.

IlliniSox4Life
11-26-2007, 02:36 AM
Hawks.

I know nothing about the Fire or soccer prospects, so I can't even comment.

However, the Sox, Cubs, Bears, and Bulls could all be very good over the next 2-3 years. Sox are coming off an awful year, but they have a GM willing to deal and they do have some talented players along with one of the highest payrolls in their sport. The Cubs have a similar payroll, but it could potentially skyrocket with the right ownership group. They also play in an awful division. The Bears aren't playing well, but they do have some alright pieces, and their division is bad, especially if Favre doesn't come back (if they win the Super Bowl, I expect him to retire). The Bulls have some really good players too, and could get to the Finals if they recover and make the playoffs.

MUsoxfan
11-26-2007, 03:42 AM
Hawks.


They're going through a true positive revolution of their franchise before our eyes. I can't think of any franchise that has gone out of it's way to better itself in only a few short months

gregory18n
11-26-2007, 04:11 AM
i'm really happy for the hawks! my dad had season tickets in the original 6 days, so i was able to go to a lot of games, they were some of my best memories with him.

grv1974
11-26-2007, 07:51 AM
Chicago Storm

rdivaldi
11-26-2007, 10:34 AM
They lost to the Knicks.... see you in the lottery

For the past 3 years the Bulls have started off slowly and made the playoffs. How much longer till the aging Celtics fall to pieces?

:cool:

russ99
11-26-2007, 01:26 PM
I voted the Sox in the faith Kenny can get the rest of the players we need to compete in 2008. (SP, LF, CF, MRP)

The Hawks look really great, but I suspect the kids will hit the wall in February, and they'll just miss a playoff spot. You can't turn a doormat into Stanley Cup contenders in one season.

viagracat
11-26-2007, 02:33 PM
Rocky Wirtz, as president, has already done more good things for the Hawks' image than his old man did in the last 20 years. I know blaming all the Hawks' woes on Bill Wirtz can be debated and it's unfair to attack him personally, but to me the Hawk's one-time aura went into the crapper and Bill Wirtz was too old-fashioned and set in his ways to do anything about it.

It's truly a new day for the Hawks. With that should come success.

The Critic
11-26-2007, 03:40 PM
Rocky Wirtz, as president, has already done more good things for the Hawks' image than his old man did in the last 20 years. I know blaming all the Hawks' woes on Bill Wirtz can be debated and it's unfair to attack him personally, but to me the Hawk's one-time aura went into the crapper and Bill Wirtz was too old-fashioned and set in his ways to do anything about it.

It's truly a new day for the Hawks. With that should come success.

I don't think it's unfair to attack Bill Wirtz personally, since he was apparently the last word in any Blackhawks decisions. He made horrible choices that damaged the franchise to the point where they were/are reportedly down to 5,000 season ticket holders. To me, the shocking thing is not how quickly changes are now being made, it's how long these changes (which, as we now see, could be made at any time within months) were held back from the Chicago sports consumer.
It's sad that it took Bill Wirtz dying to bring these changes about, but it's obvious that he was the one blocking the franchise's progress.

gregory18n
11-26-2007, 03:58 PM
not being in chicago still, i wasn't sure what the problem was with the hawks. about a year ago i read an article that stated the hawks wouldn't be better until they had a new owner. i guess they do.

chisoxfanatic
11-26-2007, 06:04 PM
The Hawks look really great, but I suspect the kids will hit the wall in February, and they'll just miss a playoff spot. You can't turn a doormat into Stanley Cup contenders in one season.

Try telling that to the 02-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who finished that season second in the Pacific Division (95 points) and lost to the New Jersey Devels in the Stanley Cup Finals after finishing last place in their division, and tied for the second worst point total in the Western Conference, the previous season (69 points). That's a 26 point swing! They even finished WORSE two seasons before their first Cup Finals appearance, with 66 points, enough for last place in the conference.

I'm not saying the same thing will happen this year with the Hawks; but, you can't make the bolded statement when it has, in fact, happened as recently as a few seasons ago! That's why they play the games and complete the playoff bracket instead of immediately handing the cup over to a team. This Hawks team is in the toughest division in the NHL, which probably will send 3 or 4 teams to the playoffs. They really just have to keep out of the basement, and then the rest is a crap shoot.