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Chicago: Failing to put the 'own' in owner

March 07, 2013|By Bag Boy | For RedEye

It's the middle of winter, boredom kicks in, and I find myself reading silly things like Sports Illustrated's 50 most powerful people in sports. Normally I ignore it, except I noticed … no Chicago folks on the list. OK, Michael Jordan came in at 50 but come on, he's retired. That was a gift. Also the commissioner of the Big Ten (12?) was on there, but he doesn't affect our lives like that.

Question, then. In a city where all the franchises have been around since the start of their respective leagues, how come we don't have dominating ownership groups?

In other words, why aren't the McCaskeys the Rooneys, or the Maras?

How come there isn't a Robert Kraft-type visionary here who has been influential in Chicago and in the league?

I find that weird. I could see how we could get shortchanged in one or two sports but come on, all of them? Very strange.

I guess I'll give the Wirtzes a pass. Rocky modernized them right quick after the big guy passed, but I'm not seeing much of anything else.

Just a bunch of quiet, family-run, Mom and Pop operations.

It makes me wonder if they all get together and play bingo on Thursday nights at the McCaskeys'.

How sad. But not Saad. Brandon Saad! My new favorite Blackhawk! They call him the man-child and yeah, he's only 20! Imagine when he's a ripe old veteran of 24! That's when the Hawks will be really good!

If you're at the halfway point of the schedule and haven't lost, that's amazing. In football, you'd have eight wins and no losses. In basketball, you'd be 41-0. In Baseball, you'd be 81-0. Real good.

I guess it's real good that Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari have kind of set a wedding date. I'm glad she said "I do," and I'm glad the Bears haven't said "I do" to him.

Yeah, make him earn it. No extensions until we know what we have. I kind of like that about Marc "close to the vest" Trestman. Wait and see what you have.

And sign Wes Welker. Another weapon couldn't hurt.

Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.

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