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1,001 Days in the Bleachers: A Quarter Century of Chicago Sports

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Loyal sports fans follow their teams through peaks and valleys, but in no other city have fans experienced the highs and lows of Chicagoans in the past generation. This collection of Ted Cox’s greatest hits writing "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader from 1983 to 2008 constitutes an intimate history of Chicago teams during these years. From the triumphs—the six titles won by the Bulls, the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, and the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005—to the regularly occurring ...

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Overview

Loyal sports fans follow their teams through peaks and valleys, but in no other city have fans experienced the highs and lows of Chicagoans in the past generation. This collection of Ted Cox’s greatest hits writing "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader from 1983 to 2008 constitutes an intimate history of Chicago teams during these years. From the triumphs—the six titles won by the Bulls, the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, and the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005—to the regularly occurring collapses of the Cubs, Cox puts his audience on the scene. He evokes the fan’s experience with a level of vivid detail now nearly extinct from sports journalism. Cox writes like an ordinary observer who just happens to have excellent seats and easy access to the players and coaches. 1,001 Days in the Bleachers stands not only as a chronicle of Chicago’s teams but also as a portrait of the evolution of professional sports and their place in the life of the city.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810128682
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2013
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,244,981
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Cox has worked as a journalist in Chicago since 1981. From 1983 to 2008, he wrote "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader. From 1994 to 2011, he wrote for the Daily Herald, covering local politics and sports and writing reviews of music, theater, books, and television.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. No Joy in Mudville ... Until

Southpaw

Community

Tragic Heroes

A Bad Case of Cubosity

Celebrants

History

Spirit of ’69

Requiem for a Ballpark

The End of Some Things

‘Don’t Worry About Getting Hurt’

Bartman

Better Lucky Than Good

Destiny, Ability, and Camaraderie

Denying Our Own Eyes

2. Running With the Bulls

Basketball in Black and White

The Shot

Rising Bulls

The Transformation

The Zen Triangle

Bringing It All Back Home

Three-peat: The Jordan Is Mighty and Shall Prevail

The Comeback

Head Games

Father’s Day, Bloomsday, Championship Day

Tanned by the Spotlight

Doo-Doo & Shit

A Sense of the Familiar

The Last Shot

3. Setting Free the Bears

A Team as Great as Payton

Super Bears

Da Coach Outcoached

Bear Furnishings

Tale of the Tape

Soldier Field’s Inner Beauty

Ridiculously Beautiful

Mensches of the Midway

4. Cold Steel on Ice (Metaphorically not Literally)

Hearing the Hawks

The Bleachers in Winter

Blacked-out Hawks

Blackhawks Family Values

So Beautiful, So What?

5. Further Afield

Memories

Harbor Lights

That’s Cricket

Tyson at the Auditorium

King Versus Simeon

Kevin Garnett

Chicago by Canoe

Bloom of the Rose

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