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Hawks Sweepstakes Winner!

By bullpenbrian - January 12, 2009 - 12:45 am Leave a comment.

I’ll thank the White Sox for my free tickets to Sunday’s Hawks’ game against Nashville.

Back in October I entered a Blackhawks Sweepstakes at Four Corners Tavern while watching the Sox battle the Devils Rays in the ALDS.

Never thought anything of it until last Friday when I found out I actually won the Sweepstakes!

My loot: two 100-level tickets, a free Hawks sweater and lunch with a Blackhawks ambassador come February.

As for the jersey, I could choose between home red or road white: I went Griswold.

Hey kids look, a deer!

Look kids, a deer!

Below I’ve posted a few picks from the game: Hawks won 3-1 behind some fine net minding from my man, K-Habby, who I got to watch up close.

Khabibulin gets focused

Khabibulin gets focused

Faceoff during the third period

Faceoff during the third period

Khabibulin is the game's first star

Khabibulin is the game's first star

Wouldn't be sitting here without the Sox!

Wouldn't be sitting here without the Sox!

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Wrigley + Hawks = Cubs

By bullpenbrian - January 1, 2009 - 5:00 am Leave a comment.

Leave it to the home team at Wrigley Field to disappoint in a big game.

The Hawks might as well as worn Cubby blue with the “C” on the sweater.

Up early and down late is the typical game recap of a post season atmosphere for the good guys playing on the North Side.

Of course, the event itself was a true spectacle and certainly one of the most exciting sporting event I’ve ever been to in my life…it’s definitely in my top three.

If anything, the Hawks’ controlling 3-1 lead after one period was worth the false hope that Chicago might actually beat the defending world champs for the first time this season (0-3-1).

And although I’m not against Huet starting the game, he should’ve been pulled earlier in favor of Khabibulin who entered late in the third period.

By the way, great retaliation hit by Seabrook on Dan Cleary (who knuckled Kane Tuesday night), not only does Cleary go head-over-heels into the Hawks’ bench but, his return to the ice brought about a too many men on the ice penalty.

Still a bit surprised we didn’t see a single fight, especially with Burish back in the lineup.

Today’s game boils down to this: the Redwings are far superior to the Blackhawks, bottom line.

Detroit is skilled, tough and full of championship caliber players who can skate circles around Chicago when they want to…and that’s just what they did from the second period on.

Doesn’t mean the Hawks can’t match Detroit’s level of play down the road but, Chicago is still a year or two away from giving Detroit a competitive seven game series in April.

  • Notes: Bob Costas earlier this week: “Let’s say for the sake of argument that the Blackhawks went on to the Stanley Cup Finals, having played a game at Wrigley, then they’ve done better than any team that played at Wrigley since 1945.”
  • According to NHL.com, the rink sits 112 feet from home plate and 288 feet from the center-field wall.

Top moment was the National Anthem (pic SI)

Top moment was the National Anthem (pic SI)

I went with four layers, two pair of socks and Bud Light (pic SI)

I went with four layers, two pair of socks and Bud Light (pic SI)

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