Which Chicago Fire is the hottest item?

RedEye settles the matter, faceoff-style

October 09, 2012|RedEye

In the beginning, as in 15 years ago, there came the Chicago Fire soccer team. Later, as in the pilot airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on NBC, came the "Chicago Fire" TV show. Finally, there's Derrick Rose's new shoe, the Chicago Fire, which also drops Wednesday.

If your head's spinning right now, you're not alone. So we're settling which Chicago Fire commodity burns brightest, faceoff-style.

APPEARANCE

Team: The "Men in Red" have a bold look to their uniforms, though we could do without the "Quaker" across the chest.

Show: Everything says "big and bulky," from the coats to the boots, the helmets to the gas masks,

Shoe: The design is inspired by Chicago firefighters' equipment and dominated by neon green. Can't miss them, really.

WINNER: Team. You could wear the jersey in a number of situations; the shoes will clash with quite a bit.

BUILD

Team: Lean and mean—the players' legs are built to run for miles.

Show: Pretty buff all around—even pretend firefighters have to climb stairs carrying tons of equipment.

Shoe: According to a press release, "the upper is made of rubberized, heavy duty synthetic materials to resemble the strong, protective feel and function of a firefighter's turnout coat."

WINNER: Show. Actors have to look good for the cameras. Though we'll take the soccer players in any sort of competition.

AFFORDABILITY

Team: $15-$40 for single-game tickets.

Show: Free, as long as your TV can receive HD signals.

Shoe: $180, suggested retail price.

WINNER: Show. You don't even have to leave your couch to enjoy it.

AWARDS

Team: Won the 1998 MLS Cup, four-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions.

Show: Executive producer Dick Wolf also worked on multiple Emmy winner "Law and Order."

Shoe: Do D-Rose's MVP and rookie of the year awards count?

WINNER: Team. Gotta prove it on the field, people.

FORECAST

Team: The Fire clinched a spot in the MLS playoffs Sunday and have a chance to claim the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Show: RedEye TV columnist Curt Wagner gives the show 2 1/2 stars in his review, which you can read on Page 23.

Shoe: Well, Adidas seems to crank out a new Rose shoe monthly, so take that for what it's worth.

WINNER: Team. Few pilots have staying power, and by the time the next D-Rose shoe is out, this one will fade from the spotlight.

SMELL

Team: Sweaty athletes come to mind.

Show: Sweaty actors come to mind. Or smoke and ash.

Shoe: Freshly manufactured rubber!

WINNER: Shoe. We'll take the aroma of a new pair of kicks over the other options, though it's a tossup after they've been worn awhile.

OVERALL WINNER

Team. The "original" Chicago Fire is still best. But if the show starts racking up Emmys left and right, maybe we'll talk.

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