1993 was a good sports year for Chicago. The early 1990s, like the latter part of the decade was defined by watching Michael Jordan’s Bulls win title after title. 1993 saw the Chicago Bulls pull off a three-peat, something that hadn’t happened since the Red Auerbach era Boston Celtics.
But this year saw the Windy City have more than Michael to cheer on. The White Sox had stars of their own, with MVP first baseman Frank Thomas and Cy Young pitcher Jack McDowell and they won the AL West to return to the postseason for the first time in ten years.
Furthermore, large elements of the Chicago fan base pull for Notre Dame in college football. The period of the late 1980s/early 1990s was the last glory era for the Irish, under Lou Holtz and 1993 saw Notre Dame produce a season that deserved a national title, even if they were robbed at the voting booth.
Therefore, we should probably be very specific about the best fan base. It can’t just be Chicago in general—it has to be the South Side of Chicago, since the North Side gives its loyalties to the Cubs. And then we have to go specifically into the Irish Catholic neighborhoods, be it literally or figuratively, to get to our demographic that has the Bulls, White Sox and Notre Dame football atop their rooting lists. That was your place to be in 1993.
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