The Cubs' Unlikely Success Creates A Conflict With The Blackhawks Season Opener

By Kate Shepherd in News on Aug 18, 2015 8:20PM

Thanks to the Cubs' recent success, optimistic Chicago sports fans are facing an unusual dilemma. Major League Baseball scheduled the National League wild card game for Oct. 7, the same day that the Chicago Blackhawks open their regular season and celebrate their 2015 championship at the United Center.

Postseason games usually don't matter for long-suffering Cubs fans. They haven't played in one since 2008. But in the current NL wild card standings, the Chicago Cubs are in second place behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs even have a four game lead over the 2014 World Series champion San Francisco Giants and are only two and half games behind the Pirates. If the team holds the number two spot for the rest of the regular season, they will play in the wild card game for a chance to advance in the playoffs.

The Cubs could even take the top wild card spot if they overcome their deficit with the Pirates in the seven remaining Cubs-Pirates games in September.

If the Cubs are in the top NL wild card spot at the end of the regular season, the NL wild card game will be held at Wrigley Field, according to NBC.

At least no matter what happens with the Cubs, we can bet Oct. 7 will be a great day for Chicago sports.