This is an indication of how bad the Bulls have been the last six seasons - I don’t think they finished within 20 games of .500 in any of them. And the show’s hosts, whoever they are (Mark Silverman and Rick Morrissey from the Tribune - Jay Mariotti is gone) are alternately getting excited, tempering their enthusiasm, and making fun of themselves because of how bad the other Chicago teams are. (The Cubs were a disappointment, the White Sox were mediocre as usual, and the Bears were horrible most of the season. Add in the Blackhawks' season being a lost cause because of the lockout, and what else do you have to talk about?)
The Bulls will be okay this season. I think 45 wins and going to the second round are reasonable goals. But the Bulls lost a lot of people in the last six seasons, and they need to win a little more consistently to get people to start talking about them again.
Let’s talk about college basketball a second. Illinois is undefeated, and they’re up at Wisconsin tonight in a game that should be a thriller. Northwestern is competitive, DePaul has righted the ship, and UIC is getting better. Yet we don’t talk about that much until the NCAAs. That should change.