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Exactly What the Cubs Need!

By Benjy Lipsman in News on May 31, 2006 4:10PM

2006_05_sports_mark_cuban.jpgWhat's the surest way for the Cubs to overcome a century of futility, and finally become a franchise dead set on winning? Let Mark Cuban buy the team.

While the Tribune Company has reiterated that the Cubs are not for sale, didn't President Bush say just days ago that he knew nothing of Treasury Secretary John Snow's departure? So, just because it's denied certainly doesn't mean that it's not true...

And just in case the Cubs actually are on the block, Texas billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has announced he'd be interested in buying the Cubs. His ownership could be the best way to turn the "lovable losers" into annual title contenders -- just as he's done with the Dallas Mavericks.

The outspoken founder of has proven that he's willing to do whatever it takes to win, from paying handsomely for players who can help improve his team, to building the most extensive training and coaching program in the NBA, to sticking up for his players and fans even when it means drawing large fines from the league. He's proven to be a fan first, businessman second, when running the Mavs.

Some may dislike his brash personality and his seeming need to be seen and heard everywhere. How many billionaires or team owners write their own blog, even! And while Chicagoist may not agree with everything he says and does, we love his passion for sports. He's living every sports fan's ultimate dream of playing fantasy sports with an actual team. We know we've been guilty on dozens of occasions of stating, "When I'm a billionaire and can buy the White Sox/Bulls/Bears..." We're still about a billion short, so we can't help but pull for those who've been able to fulfill our dream.

We're sure there will be those who will blast him as a carpetbagger, just as they knocked some of us here at Chicagoist, but will that matter so much to Cubs fans when the team finally wins a World Series? For that matter, isn't having an individual as owner better than being owned by a faceless corporation -- even one based in Chicago?