Chicago Bulls Fans, Let’s Discuss Your Current Condition

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Dissociative Identity Disorder –  A disorder characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality states. (Multiple Personality Disorder)

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“Dissociative Identity Disorder” is the mental illness that was brought to life in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. While this disorder is almost always used to diagnose an individual, it has somehow found its way into an entire people group: Chicago sports fans.

You read that right. Chicago sports fans suffer from the same disorder as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. However, in Chicago sports fans, it manifests itself in a slightly different form: “optimism” and “pessimism”.

The Chicago sports fan is split into two distinct groups: the optimist and the pessimist. There is no such thing as a realist when it comes to Chicago sports. The optimists are the ones who are saying, “I don’t care about a goat. The Cubs are going to win it all this year (Honestly, they might).” The pessimists are saying something like, “I hope Jay Cutler breaks his leg. The Bears will never beat the Packers as long as he is our quarterback (They probably won’t).”

We all know the Cubs haven’t won it all since 1908 and they rarely even make the playoffs. The White Sox won it all in 2005, but that is about it (Not to mention that real Chicago fans prefer the Cubs). The Bears have won only one title in the Super Bowl era. The Blackhawks have been a beacon of light for Chicago fans, but many of those fans jumped on the bandwagon in the past five years, so it isn’t quite the same. Then, there is the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls gave Chicago nothing but joy throughout 90’s and they have been a consistent playoff team for the past decade or so. So with all of that, Chicago fans at least cherish the Bulls and the fact that they are always competitive, right?

Who am I kidding? It is a brand new season for the Bulls and the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde charade is already in full swing. Let’s break it all down in a good old fashioned battle of the optimist against the pessimist.