Congratulation to all the White Sox fans out there. For the first time this century, I actually watched every game of the World Series and quite enjoyed all four. Even though the 'Stros were swept, they put up a good fight in every game. I hate to see Bagwell and Biggio denied a title, but hey, good guys retire all the time without a ring. Look at Dale Murphy and Ryan Sandberg.
My favorite part of the postgame celebration that aired on Chicago's WGN was seeing a guy on some Southside sidewalk screaming himself to tears while holding up a "Cubs Suck" poster. In a way, didn't the White Sox victory almost seem like it was more of an "in your face" to the Cubs and Cub fans than it was a victory over Houston? All those years of playing second fiddle and they can now proclaim ultimate scoreboard over Wrigleyville. It has to be a good day to be a true White Sox fan. Even if you have to make room on the bandwagon.
By the way, ever wondered why it is spelled S-O-X? Salon has the answer:
Near the turn of the century, advocacy groups like the Spelling Simplification Board pushed for spelling reform with renewed vigor; they argued that millions of dollars were wasted on printing useless letters. The editor of the Chicago Tribune, Joseph Medill, supported the idea. Medill stripped final "e"s from words like "favorite" in the pages of his newspaper and even suggested more wholesale changes that would have made written English look something like e-mail spam. In 1906, Teddy Roosevelt ordered the government printer to adopt some simplified spellings—such as replacing the suffix "-ed" with "-t" at the end of many words—for official correspondence. Congress responded by passing a bill in support of standard orthography later that year.
By the first decade of the 1900s, "sox" was already a common way to shorten "socks." The "x" version of the word frequently appeared in advertisements for hosiery, for example. And in his 1921 tome The American Language, H.L. Mencken described "sox" as a "vigorous newcomer." "The White Sox are known to all Americans; the White Socks would seem strange," he wrote.