Examining The "Long Summer" Phenomenon

"Huh? Why are they booing me? Don't leave!"

Chicago's a town of multiple sports teams, and thus, fans of those multiple sports teams (well, excepting transplants, newcomers, fans of other teams [and if you are, I'm sorry].). But one thing most of us on WCG have in common are that we are Chicago Bears fans. And as Bears fans, we have to endure the wait until the first padded practice on July 28, the first preseason game, and the kickoff to the regular season.

But we also have those other teams that we celebrate or otherwise follow, and sometimes when those other teams are struggling, we're often left with the overused phrase "It'll be a long summer" waiting for, in our case here, Bears football to start up.

But, I'd like to ask if you feel like this phenomenon is true at all, on an individual level.

First off, a little more background on myself - outside of being a Bears fan, I'm also a fan of the Cubs (though I hold no ill will towards the White Sox, they just aren't my team of choice), the Blackhawks, and the Bulls. The Bulls' summer ended too early with the Derrick Rose injury, the Hawks' summer ended in part due to a well-aimed shot to Marian Hossa's head, and the Cubs-- well, I think you all get why this topic is being brought up.

Do I want Bears' football to get here? Damn skippy I do. Let's face it, a football blog is a little easier to write for when you have actual on-field product to discuss, instead of the offseason optimism pieces in between free agency, the draft, and training camp and preseason.

But when it comes to the fortunes of my other teams depending on wanting something like Bears season to get here (or if the Bears are going bad, for the next Hawks game or for Cubs season to get here), I don't necessarily think so. Above all, sports are entertainment - sometimes for the players, costly entertainment. But maybe it's just the way I approach the season - some fans completely stop following a team by choice if they don't feel like they're being rewarded by the play of the team. I'm not saying at all that this approach is wrong - different fans have their way of or reasons for following a team.

The main goal of any team is to (eventually in some cases) pursue and win the championship of their sport, I get that. But in instances like this where the implication is that proximity to a title impacts following that sport or waiting for the next (supposedly promising) season to start up - it just doesn't apply, at least to me. In the case of the Cubs, this is a lost season. Yet I'm not pining for Bears season to get here just because the Cubs suck out loud.

Before you bring up declining attendance figures, the discontent of other fans... On a generalized level, it applies, no doubt. But I have a hard time personally rationalizing withdrawing support from your team in that manner.

Do you feel like the "long summer" drives you to want Bears football? Are there other reasons that make you think Bears football can't get here soon enough? Do you think the success of the other teams you follow have as great an impact as the actual moves the Bears make off the field?

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