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About the Author iv
Chapter 1 Bears 1
Chapter 2 Cubs 47
Chapter 3 White Sox 77
Chapter 4 Bulls 97
Chapter 5 Blackhawks 121
Chapter 6 More Sports Talk 135
Chapter 7 Good Trade, Bad Trade 157
Chapter 8 Announcers 161
Chapter 9 Biggest Busts 169
Chapter 10 Best Chicago Sports Venues 173
Chapter 11 All-Time Chicago Baseball Team 181
Chapter 12 All-Time Bears Team 189
Chapter 13 Top 5 Chicago Athletes and One More 201
Afterword: The Best Season Ever 211
Posted November 21, 2009
Not so good.
This book was intended as a general survey of Chicago sports teams. I was amazed at how repetitive it was. North would have benefited from the services of a good editor. He frequently made the same point multiple times in the same chapter - even in the same paragraph.
There are not a lot of truly good sports journalists like a Peter King or Bob Costas. Most tend to be blowhards who like to argue and hear themselves talk. North fits into that category. Countless sentences beginning with cliches like "For my money" and "In my book" etc. Its all me, me, me, I, I, I. Tedious beyond words.
Just for the sake of contrariness North throws in a lot of contrary opinions, like Michael Jordan was not the best basketball player in NBA history. One gets the sense he really didn't believe it but was just trying to be provocative.
Perhaps this was a good introductory primer for someone with little knowledge of Chicago sports. But for anyone else it'll be a waste of time.