It is becoming a constant; something happens somewhere else in the world, and we immediately contrast it with a Chicago occurrence. I’ve written about it before, and I’m writing about it again. Because I find it tiresome.
John Stewart rails against Chicago-style pizza, and we lose our minds, as if he’s given the proclamation that all society must use “Willis Tower” exclusively when describing that really tall building that no longer has a Sears Tower sign on it.
LeBron James can’t tie his shoes without a Bulls fan letting him know Michael Jordan tied his faster, tighter, and in a prettier knot.
Last night, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers threw a no-hitter, and I see Chicagoans compare it to Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game. Why? Can’t we let a great performance be a great performance without trying to prove one of our own may have done it better? Next thing you know, every time someone puts a sign on a building, we’ll be bragging about how Trump International Chicago did it better.
Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch… But you get the point.