Hawl In: Chicago’s past and possible future come together in a Cleveland championship

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OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO – You might not admit it totally, but part of you is really happy today. For sure a number of fans in area were watching since the ratings for the NBA’s championship series has broken records.

Seven games, 336 minutes of basketball came down to 90 seconds on Sunday night.

A block by LeBron, a three-pointer by Kyrie and some bad shots by the Warriors all culminated to bring about something unknown to the City of Cleveland for 52 years — a professional sports championship.

Somewhere in your heart, Chicago fans, you felt good.

Maybe it’s the warm feeling of a city that’s had a run of hard luck finally get its due after years of frustration. Windy City fans know that feeling, especially those from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and all Cubs fans.

That’s just a broad reason to feel good for Cleveland here in Chicago. Two specific reasons serve as better evidence to why the victory will be celebrated here.

First, it’s about the past.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers solidified a big part of the city’s basketball past that happened 20 years ago. For all of the attention and debate created by the Warriors’ 73 win regular season this year, in the end the 1995-1996 Bulls will continue to have their day.

Even with one more victory in the regular season, Cleveland’s win in the NBA Finals over the Warriors keeps the Bulls at the top of the list of the league’s greatest teams. You know that phrase “72 wins don’t mean a thing without the ring?” We’ll that’s real and that piece of jewelry is something that Bulls team has that the Warriors do not.

Before the NBA Finals, valid arguments could be made that the 1995-1996 Bulls were better because of personnel, defensive skill and a more competitive NBA. Those are strong yet still subjective takes on the issue but with one “greatest” team winning a title and another not, its easy to make the Bulls the pick.

Thank you Cleveland from the Bulls fans. But at the same time, another fan base in town is enjoying your title base on what could be here in a few months.

Have you seen the joy that fans in Cleveland had late Sunday night and into the morning? Fans took to the streets (and a fire truck) to celebrate a championship 52 years in the making.


Some decided to show their unending joy that Cleveland came out on top in their own videos on social media. That includes the one you see above.

Have you thought about celebrating like this? Are you a Cubs fan? Then you probably had a few ideas going through your head as the cameras flipped back and forth from Oracle Arena to the streets of Cleveland to watch the long-suffering fan base celebrate the realization of a seemingly impossible dream.

At 47-20, the Cubs are the best in the major leagues. Arguably it’s one of their best squads in a generation and at the moment, the team seems to have a strong chance of ending the dreaded World Series title drought that extends back to 1908.

Maybe the pictures of the fans screaming as they watched the game inside and outside of Quicken Loans Arena along with the streets of downtown Cleveland acted as a premonition for Cubs fans. Perhaps this could be the scene at Clark and Addison about four months from now when the Cubs break their own 108 year championship drought.

Dream a little dream, huh? Just like Cleveland did on Sunday night.


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