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Can't anyone here play this game?

Updated: January 3, 2003, 1:26 PM ET
By Phil Rogers | Special to Page 2

CHICAGO -- This isn't a cry for pity. Consider it more of a plea for empathy.

Put yourselves, for a few moments, in the shoes and insulated wool socks of a Chicago sportswriter. The dilemma, as I've come to understand it, is this: What do you want to be?

A constant grump who writes that the sky is falling and is reasonably accurate? Or an optimist who tries to persuade readers to remain open-minded to the possibility that something nice might actually happen?

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