If anybody knows the landscape and impact of sports in Chicago, it's Anthony Rizzo.
The face of the Cubs knows all too well what it's like to be at the bottom, making his Chicago debut on a team that lost 101 games and earned the No. 2 pick in the MLB draft (which the Cubs used on Kris Bryant, nbd).
And Rizzo also knows how Chicago embraces champions. Long before he helped lead the Cubs to the first World Series championship in more than a century, he witnessed the city's reaction to the Blackhawks year in and year out, including the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cups.
So when Rizzo says the Cubs want to be just like the Blackhawks, it carries some weight.
"You respect their greatness," Rizzo said, talking to CSN after he took part in Shoot the Puck during intermission of the Blackhawks-Red Wings game Tuesday night. "Our organization tries to pretty much model off what they have done. They've built a dynasty and that's what we want to do."
The Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cups in the last seven years and are consistently one of the top teams in the NHL.
The Cubs have only made the playoffs the last two seasons, but Rizzo doesn't sound crazy using the word "dynasty."
After accomplishing the most triumphant feat in American sports history, what's next?
It may be too soon to call Rizzo's Cubs a dynasty, but isn't that exactly what their next big-picture goal should be?