Political Football: Chicago has already won
Chicago Rep. Mike Quigley, a long-time fan of his city's sports teams, believes this weekend's inter-city competition already has been decided.
While neither Chicago nor D.C. has hoisted a Super Bowl trophy in several years, we in the Windy City can at least take solace in our world-class pizza on Sunday afternoons. In Washington, lousy food just makes a lousy team look even worse.
When the Redskins head west this weekend to Soldier Field, Washingtonians will only get as close as their TV screens to the beauty of football in the heart of downtown, in a stadium honoring our men and women in uniform. It sure beats three hours on the Orange line to a suburban parking lot that pays homage to a non-union corporation.
There is a certain Chicago feel in Washington these days, which I appreciate. Its two most coveted jobs--President and Redskins quarterback--are filled by transplants from my home town. So I'm happy to report that things are looking up.
But alas, they are only temporary residents ready to pack up and move back home when they've had enough of the Beltway. They aren't the only ones; I hear most people stick around this town about as long as Redskins head coaches.
Not so in Chicago. We pride ourselves on our roots and our neighborhoods--third generation family businesses, restaurants, and sports fans. We are the broad-shouldered hog butchers of the world.
Give me the skyscrapers of Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan over L'Enfant's traffic circles and a city that can't build a 300-foot building. I'd even take a Chicago January over a D.C. August. Newsflash: a couple feet of snow is not a "Snowpocalypse." In Chicago, we call it Tuesday.
On the football field, it's also no contest: Ditka over Gibbs, McMahon over Shuler, and without a doubt the Super Bowl Shuffle over the Hogettes. So as we all sit back and enjoy Sunday's game, just know that whatever the final score, Chicago has already won.
All good-natured ribbing aside, I have truly enjoyed my time in Washington. People are kind, and like nowhere else in this country, it's a place where our American history comes to life. I feel it each and every time I walk under the Capitol Dome. And, yes, I've gotten over the fact that no one in town can make a decent hot dog, but it's because I only spend four days a week here.
Here's to Chicago, home of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks and the greatest city on Earth.
Rep. Mike Quigley
| October 22, 2010; 1:32 PM ET
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