Are the Chicago Blackhawks the Next Chicago Team to Come Up Short?
Things that are unique to Chicago:
The Sears Tower (no I will not call it the Willis Tower).
Deep Dish Pizza (Same thing: choke yourself if you even try and claim this for your city).
Sports teams that fail to live up to the hype.
Do you realize that if you wiped the Chicago Bulls and our beloved Mr. Jordan off the map you’d have three championships in the city since The Beatles played Ed Sullivan?
That’s three in 49 years folks.
The Chicago White Sox gave the city a Major League thrill in 2004 after almost 100 years of ineptitude, and the Chicago Cubs have, and will, continue to fail us as a city for all of eternity. The Chicago Bears made 1985 a year to remember for those of us alive to see it, and just three years ago the Chicago Blackhawks reminded this city of nearly ten million people what it feels like to be the best. Can you imagine how brutal sports talk radio in this city would be if Jordan ended up somewhere else? We’d have to be the sorriest sports city per capita in America, right?
I bring this up because the last two days in Chicago have consisted of Hawks fans and the media preparing themselves for tonight’s game four loss to the Detroit Red Wings. This is what we do here; we’re conditioned. The game hasn’t even been played yet, and I’ve heard more stats on how many teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit—the answer is seven NHL teams in the last ten years BTW—than I have on the team the Blackhawks are facing.
Can anyone name a single player on Detroit’s third line? Of course not! That’s not what we do here in Chicago! We don’t discuss match-ups or give any credit to the opponent. We Panic. Are we going to see another melt down of a team that promised us so much, so early? Of course we are!
Well people, here’s the reality; every single part of the Blackhawks team is better than Detroit.
If Hawks coach Joel Quenneville decides to play Michal Handzus as the second line center, that means Chicago’s first and second line forwards are made up of five Olympians and a rookie-of-the-year candidate. Do you think Detroit can make that claim?
Check the defenses. Chicago has veteran guys who have won the Stanley Cup, and the Wings have guys who started the year in the minors.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford finished ahead of his Detroit counterpart Jimmy Howard in every stat you can create except wins, and that stat is a tad misleading as Crawford played in twelve less games (despite the discrepancy he still managed come within two of tying Howard’s 21).
Coach Q has over 200 more wins in his career than Detroit coach Mike Babcock—and has him in playoff wins as well.
And do I need to even mention depth? No team in hockey has gotten more from deeper on their bench than the Hawks. But alas, they’re finished!
I turned off the radio at lunch today after listening to the local idiots claim that if the Hawks lose tonight the series is over. What must these clowns have been saying when the Hawks came back two years ago from 3-0 versus the Vancouver Canucks to tie the series?
The bottom line is the Hawks are the better team and have two of the final three games of this series at home. If the Hawks’ top guys can play like top guys and the defense can play like it did all season long, I gotta believe this series is far from over. So can everybody just please relax and actually watch tonight’s game before we plan the mass suicide?
P.S. Meet me in Millennium Park tomorrow around noon in the event they lose. I’ll be the guy with cinder blocks tied to his feet.
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