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Why I Want The Shark Attack Back

When Jeff Samardzija was offered $85 million dollars in 2014, I remember desperately hoping he would accept the deal and remain a Chicago Cub.  I adored The Shark - not only for his super cool nickname given to him by his former Notre Dame baseball teammates, but also because he hales from the same part of northwest Indiana that I do, commonly referred to as the Region.  He was born in Merrillville and grew up in Valparaiso.  I was born in Gary and grew up in Hobart. I love his voice and his long locks. He is, in my opinion, one of the best all-around athletes that Indiana has produced.  In 2006, he became the Fighting Irish football team's all-time leader in reception yards.  Football accolades weren't enough. A two-sport phenom he turned out to be, when he decided to step on the rubber for Notre Dame.  The Cubs selected him in the 5th round of the 2006 draft and lured him away from football altogether in 2007 with a deal totaling $16.5 million.  In July of 2008, my favorite…