Oh, those Daily Illini kids

Oh, those Daily Illini kids

I can't repeat it here, but there's a pretty funny headline (actually a jump headline) on page 7 of today's Daily Illini. It must have been written by a frustrated and perhaps envious Cubs fan. who is also a DI copy editor.

I can understand the copy editor's feelings. I am greatly conflicted regarding the White Sox' success. I want to cheer for them because they are a local team, but when the game begins I find myself happy when the Sox fail (which they haven't done lately) and unhappy when they succeed. I've been wired that way since about third grade, when half of our class at St. Domitilla School was Cubs fans, the other half was Sox fans and that was the way we saw the world. Democrat or Republican, it didn't matter. Rich or poor, it didn't matter. Black or white, it didn't matter. Italian or Irish, that did matter in March, when both countries' patron saints had their feast days, but for most of the rest of the year we didn't pay attention.

But our narrow view of the world was defined by whether we cheered for the Sox or the Cubs. The Cubs were the underdog team. They had Ernie Banks and little more. No one went to their games. They didn't have lights. But the Sox were big and bad and better. They challenged the mighty Yankees every year. They had great pitching (but no htting). We thought of them as more modern because their stadium had lights, an explosing scoreboard and an upper deck all the way around.

So I'm sorry but I cannot cheer for the Sox. I am, however, happy for their fans, even the young ones like Robert and Freddie (who actually called me and taunted me when the White Sox defeated the Red Sox). Sheesh, this is going ot be an awful month, especially if the Sox win the World Series. After the success of the Red Sox and the White Sox, don't the Cubs have to be next year's surprise victors?

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