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biglego
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Most people in the southeast who are baseball fans tended to grow up watching the Braves or Cubs between WGN and WTBS. And the Braves were godawful for much of the 80s IIRC while the Cubs won two pennants in that timeframe.



Braves were bad, Cubs were ok. The difference was Harry Caray.

If I ever have time I’d love to sit and watch a WGN telecast from a random mid-1980s Cubs game. Maybe there’s some on YouTube.


TH03
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and I know cubs fans way more devoted than me who have never gone up for a game


And that's weird to me. It's my personal opinion. Not sure why you are so upset about it.


AbuTheMonkey
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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I think it was a top 10 all time gathering, but those crowd estimates are far from accurate.

How would you say the makeup is of Cubs and White Sox fans in Chicago? Probably 90% Cubs.


There’s a lot more Sox fans here than people outside the city probably realize.

I bet it was 50/50 before the WGN contract became a thing. Probably closer to 70/30 or 60/40 now.
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Statsattack
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Here is my " awful take"

The Cubs dominate the fan base of the north side of Chicago and norther suburbs. The Sox is a south side of Chicago and southern suburbs and anything south of Bloomington is Cardinals country.


Montezuma
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Member since Apr 2013
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I see more Dodgers and Cardinals fans easily


Don't confuse Dodgers hats for Dodgers fans. Same with the White Sox


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kywildcatfanone
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Because the goat isn't walking thru that door. They were only popular nationally during Jordan's years.


ReauxlTide222
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Were they popular when MJ was drafted or was it after Pippen got there?


dukke v
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Were they popular when MJ was drafted



YES... MJ was a freak show the 1st year....


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WestCoastAg
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
The Dodgers were able to completely corner the Mexican market in this country. Its pretty remarkable


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chalmetteowl
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Braves were bad, Cubs were ok. The difference was Harry Caray.

don't forget the day games, and Ferris Bueller's day off, and when the wind would blow out producing Wrigley homerfests


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Dire Wolf
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Cardinals fans easily


No way


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Chillini
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Here is my " awful take" The Cubs dominate the fan base of the north side of Chicago and norther suburbs. The Sox is a south side of Chicago and southern suburbs and anything south of Bloomington is Cardinals country.


This is extremely accurate. Bloomington, Peoria, and Champaign are pretty evenly split between Cubs and Cards. Peoria is moreso Cardinals due to the minor league affiliation they had. Any Sox fans in central IL likely came to the area for college and never left.


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Hot Carl
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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And that's weird to me.


That it’s weird to you is weird to me.

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It's my personal opinion.


And your opinion fricking sucks.

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Not sure why you are so upset about it.



Because you’re being a cocksucker about it.


TigerintheNO
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New Orleans
Member since Jan 2004
30680 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Orleans Parish= 28% Yankees, 13% Red Sox, 8% Cubs
Jefferson Parish= 25% Yankees, 15% Red Sox, 9% Cubs

I honestly thought the Cubs and Red Sox would be flipped, or Cubs fans aren't on Facebook.


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McMillan
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
They had a good thing going in the early 2010's until injuries did them in....sigh.


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TH03
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Hot Carl


You're a snowflake.

I couldn't imagine being this big of a bitch about someone having a differing opinion. You must be a huge Cubs fan who's never been to Chicago.
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The Dude Abides
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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8 year olds, dude.
I see what you did there.


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Ralph_Wiggum
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Not sure why you are laughing. Thanks to having games on WGN many fans across the nation grew up watching Cubs baseball.

It gave fans across the nation access to the Cubs more than most other teams. As a result they do have a very large following.


Not on WGN nationally anymore. No more 150 plus games on basic cable tv. They started to cut back early this century. Like the Braves there is no new generation of cubs fans due to cable tv. Plus I always felt that Cub and Braves fandom was over-rated nationally. In places without baseball teams you had fans follow the Cubs and Braves like Louisiana, but even with the height of Cubs cable tv mania in the 80s and 90s people in New York, Detroit, Los Angeles still saw the Cubs as secondary when your hometown team wasn't on TV. Plus, there are a lot of White Sox fans in Chicago. The Cubs never wholly owned Chicagoland.


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sugar71
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?

Capturing the imagination of different generations.60's Lakers with West/ Baylor, 70's with Wilt / Kareem, 80's, Magic/ Kareem , 90's/ 2000's Shaq/ Kobe

Sustained relevance unlike the Bulls.


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Ralph_Wiggum
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Braves were bad, Cubs were ok. The difference was Harry Caray.

If I ever have time I’d love to sit and watch a WGN telecast from a random mid-1980s Cubs game. Maybe there’s some on YouTube.



Jack Brickhouse and Lou Boudreaux were much better announcers than Carey.


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