Saturday, March 08, 2008

Chicago's back

More than a roar has been restored this season. A corpse was awakened, too. Short of rebuilding the old Stadium, complete with beer-stained aisles and see-every-face sightlines, this was the quickest route to a renaissance that anyone could have imagined. On a frozen night on Madison Street, in what constituted the town's most important hockey event in eons, the Hawks celebrated their return to relevance with a heartwarming feel-good gesture. They brought back Hull and Mikita, the stars most symbolic of Wirtz's cold war, and let a standing-room-only crowd embrace them with cheers and tears.
For the first time in a long, long time, I put last night's 'Hawks game on the radio, and listened to the team try to rally from a 3-2 deficit against San Jose.

It didn't happen, but it certainly was great to hear a full house on hand, cheering on the hardworking kids and coach Denis Savard. Washington's been the feel-good playoff underdog so far this season, but it's probably time to take up Chicago as the league's Little Team That Could.

Rocky Wirtz has sparked a revival, plain and simple. It's been 16 years, the days of Jeremy Roenick and that trip to the Cup finals, since there's been this sort of buzz about Blackhawks hockey.

Just imagine if they start winning.
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At 3:28 PM, March 08, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Imagine how great a Detroit-Chicago first round matchup would be for the team and city.

Unfortunately, this loss was yet another nail in the coffin for that possibility.

 
At 8:18 PM, March 08, 2008, Blogger Sam said...

James,
Take it from a Hawks fan in his mid 20's, there hasn't been a more exciting time to be a follower of the Men of Four Feathers. The style of play, the amount of talented kids with bright futures, combined with the organization being run like a REAL organization, it's a bit overwhelming.

If there's one aspect, on the ice at least, that gets overlooked, I think it's the play of Duncan Keith, and that includes him being an all-star. He is averaging over 25 minutes a night the last half of the season, he's a +28 on a team whose overall GD is middling at best, and even though +/- isn't always the best indicator, that's still pretty silly, and he's setting career highs for goals and points this season. The sky is the limit for this kid.

 
At 11:44 AM, March 09, 2008, Anonymous Gerald said...

It's all that idiot Bettman's fault.

 

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