Paul Sullivan: Jared Porter’s downfall shows the danger of lauding ‘culture’ in sports — whether that’s the 2016 Cubs or any other team

CHICAGO — I’m always skeptical when teams start talking about “culture” as if it’s something that’s quantifiable. Winning supposedly improves the culture, and losing means the culture is ruinous. “Changing the culture” long ago turned into a sports cliche, but it’s not always a black-and-white issue. I’m as guilty as anyone for using the term when writing about a team trying to turn around a losing mentality, and perhaps no team has been as successful at changing perceptions about its culture as the Chicago Cubs. The so-called “lovable losers” ended their 107-year championship drought in 2016 …

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