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I jumped off the couch when Patrick Kane shot the puck. Hands on head, I frantically looked at the back of the net…no puck, no goal light.
Did the puck go in? Did the Hawks just win the cup? Is Pat Kane’s victory lap warranted?
It’s not how I dreamed the Hawks winning Lord Stanley, but forget about dreams, this time it’s for real! Hawks Win!, Hawks Win!
Great sound from NBC gathering the reactions of the Hawk players lifting the best trophy in all of sports. Nothing fake about all the hooting and hollering, just pure unscripted emotion.
Hossa is the second player to hoist the cup, which speaks volumes about what he means to this team. Then Sopel, deservingly so, who was second to none sacrificing his body. Dunkin ‘Teeth’, all seven of them, sacrificed to lift the cup. Seabrook and Bolland celebrating for the first time…John Madden his third, but says this one means the most.
How far the Hawks have come in so little time. My first Hawks game was in 2003. The United Center so empty you could hear the players talking on the ice. Then came Toews and Kane, followed by Rocky Wirtz…a winning season, a playoff birth, Coach Q…the sellout crowds…Chelsea Dagger.
Now a Stanley Cup. Simply, unbelievable.
The Blackhawks did its best Cubs impersonation Friday night…losing on home-ice against Nashville 4-1.
Any coincidence the Cubs were in attendance?
Canadian native and hockey enthusiast, Ryan Dempster, set up the affair…the Cubs players sporting Hawks jerseys and cheering from a luxury suite.
Go figure the Hawks get out-classed in the opening round loss…much like the Cubs did against Los Angeles in 2008.
A playoff series in which the Cubs played under the pressure of a 97-win season and 100 years of championship futility.
Likewise, the Hawks are playing under similar pressure as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference…it showed…and the Preds staked an early 1-0 series lead.
Perhaps the Hawks have better luck in Game 2 Sunday…at the very least, the Cubbies will be traveling to New York, and not the UC.
Early baseball history is often a blur of fact vs. fiction.
The case of HOF left-hander and former Cub, Rube Waddell, is no exception.
Luckily there are guys like Dan O’Brien, a well respected source on Waddell, who’ve dedicated countless hours to uncover the truths of baseball’s past.
My latest ‘Cubs History’ piece featured Waddell’s brief tenure with the Cubs. O’Brien was kind enough to fill me in on some slight inaccuracies with the post, and I’ve since updated the post accordingly. Below is a copy of his email to me.
Signing Xavier Nady is a smart short-term risk for the Cubs.
One-year, $3.3M with incentives is a little pricier than signing Johnny Gomes or re-signing Reed Johnson, but Nady’s a solid all-around ballplayer, well above average coming off the bench, and durable enough to start if need be.
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It’s taking three banks to help Tom Ricketts finance his purchase of the Cubs.
Think about that for a second. Not one, not two, but three banks. That’s some kind of coin.
The Cubs’ price tag is $900 million. Ricketts needs $450 million to close the deal–that’s where the three banks come in.
What can’t you buy for $450 million? Seriously.
Here’s a better question. What can the Cubs afford to buy at the trade deadline?