Chicago Blackhawks Fans Were Pathetic in Game 2

By Sean Sarcu
Chicago Blackhawks Fans
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It’s no secret that the Chicago Blackhawks‘ fanbase consists primarily of bandwagon-jumpers. Rocky Wirtz’s successful ownership was preceded by a disastrous and often outright ridiculous period of control by his father, Bill, who single-handedly made Chicago hockey less than an afterthought. The story of the Blackhawks’ return to relevance is well-documented. The waiting list for season tickets is comically long and hasn’t moved in half a decade, and a home game at the United Center (UC) not selling out is unfathomable. As a city, Chicago has embraced the team as its only consistently great sports franchise. Being a Blackhawks fan — something that was met with either derisive laughter, pity, or confusion just 10 years ago — is now trendy.

Trendiness, of course, is fickle, and there is likely no better word to describe the team’s fanbase. In Game 2 on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center, the Blackhawks laid an egg in the third period. A 2-1 lead after 40 minutes turned into a humbling 6-2 drubbing, with a Jeff Carter hat trick leading the way.

Fans — and I hereafter use that term very loosely — left in droves as soon as the Kings scored to extend their lead to 4-2 with 11 minutes left in the third period. No, you are not misreading: to one or 2,000 fans, a two-goal deficit with more than half a period remaining was apparently too titanic a mountain to bother with (I imagine the phrase “17 seconds” would fall on deaf ears here).

The boos rang down from a number of corners of the arena, a dull but increasingly consistent swath of negativity sweeping over the spoiled crowd. About half of the seats in the UC were empty a minute after Los Angeles made it 5-2, with the lower bowl morphing into a ghost town. There were the typical expletives thrown toward the struggling hometown team by its supposed “fans”, who evidently were unaware that — earth-shatteringly shocking as it may be — the Blackhawks do lose sometimes.

Such is the nature of a fanbase composed chiefly of capricious frontrunners. The UC was pathetic on Wednesday night; if these purported “fans” will only bother to support the Blackhawks when things are going well, everyone is better off if they hand off their tickets to someone who actually cares.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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