Sports column: Cubs hold onto hope

By Megan Powell

megan.powell@franklincollege.edu

Just as Back to the Future day ended, so did the Cubs 2015 postseason appearances.

The 1989 movie, Back to the Future 2, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, predicted that the Chicago Cubs would take the World Series win this year against the Miami Marlins.

In the real 2015 post season, if the Cubs had won the game against the Mets, they would have either faced the Toronto Blue Jays or the Kansas City Royals.

This season was built on rookie players who brought some new blood into the bullpen. After this season, hopefully the pitching staff will get a much-needed rest along with some new names into the pitching rotation. Next year will be the year for the Chicago Northsiders.

Giving Chicago some hope for next year would be the city’s National Hockey League affiliate, the Blackhawks.

This year marked the team’s third Stanley Cup win within the last six years, a dynasty franchise in the making.

The Hawks (5­3) started the new season after their historic win with some key returners, but lost their assistant captain Patrick Sharp due to contract negotiations.

Captain Jonathan Toews, right wing Patrick Kane, goaltender Corey Crawford and defenseman and MVP Duncan Keith all make a return to the ice.

Having these experienced players gives the team an advantage in teaching the rookies how they play and keep the run for the cup alive this year.

After the 2015 national title, the inevitable question arose to who would leave do to salary caps. General Manager Stan Bowman had to decide who was worth keeping and who would be shown the door.

Sharp reportedly asked to sign a $5.9 million extension with Chicago. Bowman did not agree, and Sharp landed with the Dallas Stars for the 2015­16 season.

After the rookies turned to experienced players after a few seasons, the Blackhawks turned into a dynasty. Cubs fans hope to follow.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and eating as many boneless wings as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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