In case you missed it, the cover of the Chicago Tribune Sports section Tuesday expressed support for the city of Boston in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Under a heading that proclaimed, "We are Chicago Red Sox, Chicago Celtics, Chicago Bruins, Chicago Patriots, Chicago Revolution," the message offered a perspective on the games that pit fans and cities against each other but also bring them together.

"We are like you. We know that sports can be fun -- even in losing. Boy, do we know. We know that anybody who says it doesn't matter whether the Cubs or Sox are in the World Series so long as it's a Chicago team isn't truly a fan of either team. We know. But on Monday, we were reminded again how fragile it can all be. The explosions and injuries and death at a world-class sporting event such as the Boston Marathon make us heartsick. As much as it is anathema for a Chicago fan to root for any other town -- especially Beantown and all of its championships -- here we are.

"Hang in there, Boston."