A Cub Fans Guide to Blackhawks Hockey

A funny thing happened on the way to the NHL Winter Classic:

The Blackhawks got good. Very good.

As a result, the spectacle that John McDonough begged his league to bring to Wrigley to help him reanimate a recently dead franchise has turned into something else:

A signficant matchup between the Detroit Red Wings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, and the Blackhawks, the Wings' closest divisional pursuers, one of the league's youngest, highest scoring, and most dynamic clubs.

In case you have been too busy following the Cubs' off-season exploits to pay attention to the Blackhawks--or, more likely, if you have never paid attention to the Hawks--here is a Cubs baseball/Blackhawks hockey translator just for you.


 100 years (longest in MLB) =

Championship drought

=  47 years (longest in NHL)
 Banks, Williams, Jenkins =

Beloved former stars
and Hall of Famers

 = Hull, Mikita, Esposito
 St. Louis Cardinals  =

Hated rival whose most
hateful quality is their
relative success

 =  Detroit Red Wings
 Lou Piniella  =

Grizzled leader with
lots of battle scars and
a long resume

=  Joel Quenneville
Alfonso Soriano  =

Flashy veteran who parlays
great talent into
good performances

 =  Martin Havlat
 Ryan Dempster  =

Vet who seemed to be
on his way out
then got a new lease
on life

 =  Nikolai Khabibulin
 Geovany Soto  =

Emerging young star
with a Rookie of the Year
trophy on his mantel

 =  Patrick Kane
 "Hey, Hey, Holy Mackarel!"*  =

A team song from
back when they knew
how to write team songs

=  "Here Come The Hawks"
B- and C-list celebs singing
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
= Tired intermission distraction  = Random hot woman in
tight jeans shooting from
center ice to win a prize
between 2nd & 3rd periods


*I know that "Go Cubs, Go" is the current de facto team song, but that would have ruined my '60s team song parallelism. Also, I'm sorry but "Hey, Chicago, whaddya say?" is just no match for "They got the hustle, they got the muscle."


what if you stopped following the Hawks when they traded Chris Chelios to the fucking Red Wings in 1999?

can I hop back in now?

and no, that wasn't the only reason I stopped paying attention, but it started somewhere around then.

i wish someone would take chelios out oh how much
i would like to see him get laid out by a blackhawk.
thats my wish for thursday

I'm watching tomorrow's game. I'll never forget being at a Blackhawks game and being one of those dudes family guys hate. I screamed obscenities all night and the guy in front of me wanted to take me down. But I was bigger and stronger than he was so he backed down. I'm hoping Milton Bradley is mellowing out, too.

Havlat really hasn't even had any "good performances" in a Hawks uniform and he can't stay on the ice. He's actually been demoted to the third line.

I'm with you Rokfish, I was a total Chelios mark as a kid and I would love to take a run at him on or off the ice.

If people did quit watching the Hawks after Chelios was traded he's hated now. A lot. He gets raspberries hurled at him every time he touches the puck in Chicago. Said he would never resign with the Wings after being traded and he has about 4 or 5 times now and he's even more hated now after putting 6 successive crosschecks on Kane last season in the UC. If you watched the Tues night game Ben Eager took a run at Chelios and in the typical Red Wing fashion, Chelios did nothing because he's a fraud. They slash and take cheap hits behind the action and then will never drop the gloves or face anyone head on. He'll get booed out of Wrigley tomorrow. Brett Lebda, Chicagoland native and Cubs fan is a jerkoff too. Osgood and Lidstrom are the only likable/respectable players on the Wings. Ex Hawk Daniel Cleary put a cheap hit on Kane on Tuesday night and nearly took his knee out, then Lebda took another shot at Kaner on the boards a period later. Kane is 5'10 and 170lbs. He's this era's Paul Kariya. Someone from the Hawks better step up tomorrow and crush Cleary or Datsyuk. I'm generally not a hockey fight fan, I like big open ice clean shoulder checks but Burish or Walker or someone better knock out Cleary or one of the skilled Wings forwards tomorrow.

I think Cleary got what was coming to him.

definitely, props to Seabrook and Ladd for stepping up the physicality.

Damn, I wish we had their tired intermission distraction.

I miss the days of the scooter line...

Forward Ken Wharram provided speed, consistency and an exemplary work ethic during an NHL career spent entirely with the Chicago Black Hawks, where he was best known as the fleetest member of the potent Scooter Line with Stan Mikita and Ab McDonald.



For the Ken Wharram reference alone, I think you have just earned the title of official TCR Hockey Historian..

today's fustercluck left me longing for a little input from the "h-e-m" line. lord knows the hawks could have used all the help available.

a dose of steve smith on the blue line may well have helped also. too many wings skating unfettered in too many directions, all at the same time. too bad the cubs did not circle the bases in wrigley in october the way detroit circled the net in january.

and I do remember the 1961 Stanley Cup Champs...

beyond their stars there was...Moose Vasko, Eric Nesterenko, Pierre Pilote, Chico Maki and Reggie Fleming... when Hockey was king in Chicago.

To get back to those days will take alot of work. John McDonough surely gets it though.


i love the hockey talk we should make it
hockey thursday in the offseason.

also if want a non official hawk site check out

the third man in.com

as with the Cubs I was an 80's child...the Savard, Larmer, Olcyzk days, which moved into the Roenick, Chelios, Belfour, Mike Keenan days...

plus NHL '93 on Sega was aweseome...

"I'm going to make Gretzky's head bleed..."

There's always room for one more back on the Indian-head bandwagon, Rob.

anyone else having HD problems?

some pre-game thing popped on at 9:30, looks like local NBC in Chicago, but it isn't in HD....

DirecTV says the game starts at 10, so I'm hoping it's just a weird glitch or something.

phew....we have HD.

First of all, way to go Cubnut - posting, what, 19 minutes b4 the new year? Dedication, my friend.
Second, I second Andrew - I REALLY wish we had that tired intermission distraction...

I know today is a day for College Football (and Hockey) and maybe even College Hoops, but it is also marks in a matter of moments the debut of the MLB Network (DirecTV 213). Probably will be laughable, but a 24/7 baseball fix can't be all bad...




6pm EST btw...

Sean Lowe sneezing at Mets 3/36 offer?


An industry source said Boras indeed has told the Mets there's a mystery team in the mix to sign Lowe.
Seasonal Allergies? With Boras there's always a mystery team. Usually it's just one team that Boras gets to bid against itself. In this case it's also the Mets, once Bernard Madoff acquires the team from the Wilpons.

Jeff Wilpon admits he and his father, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, were "completely blindsided" in losing hundreds of millions of dollars in the $50 billion securities fraud scandal allegedly perpetrated by longtime family friend and business associate Bernard Madoff.

another typical Blackhawk vs elite team performance. 0-8 vs the Wings, Sharks and Bruins. Taking stupid penalties against the top PP scoring teams. You would think that they would have learned their lesson after Tuesday night but nope, more idiotic penalties by Buf, Campbell and Wiz lead to 3 PP goals and the difference in the game. Why Q feels the need to play Campbell and Barker on the same line is beyond me too. Two offensive D against the Wings is not a good plan. Bufuglien is 250-260 lbs and what, 1 hit? Weak. One bright spot with Seabrook & Ladd though.

I agree, dB.....for these last two games, every time a Blackhawk came near the puck, I could count at least 3 Red Wing jerseys. I believe the Hawks are going to have to skate like that if they ever plan on beating Detroit.

They're a very young team, they're still learning how to play the Wings - give them some time, they'll get the idea eventually. Putting Cleary over the boards was a good first step in that direction.

"...as with the Cubs I was an 80's child..."

I started listening to their games on the radio back in the late 60's, with the greatest Chicago sports team that never won a championship (Mikita, Hull, Martin, Esposito, Pappin, Magnuson, etc.) with the greatest Chicago sports announcer ever, IMHO. I went downtown to watch the teams with the RPM line (Rutkowski, Preston and Mulvey), then later on with Savard and Chelios. Wurtz Sr. became my most hated owner after he left the franchise go to seed over the ensuing decades, and took every advantage of loyal fans who were taken for granted every which way. Glad to see his progeny starting to restore the integrity of the team - but it will never be the same as during the days of "The Madhouse on Madison."

but the Hawks beat the Wings 5 out of 8 games last season with an inferior team and supposedly an inexperienced head coach so youth isn't a good excuse. The Hawks also outplayed the Wings in the first two matchups but choked away 2 goal leads in the 3rd period because of these stupid penalties. Campbell and Wiz are vets, not really that young to excuse those penalties and really Buf has been around for 3-4 years too. I can let guys like Kane and Versteeg slide with high sticking penalties because they're 20 and undersized and have to defend themselves that way. No excuse for the others.

is on the air...

studio chat about Manny Ramirez with Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds and Barry Larkin...

nice GeoSoto baseball card thing as part of the set decoration...I assume it's something they can switch out whenever, looks like LCD screens behind them.

fancy graphics...hopefully Rob Dibble or Joe Morgan never show up on the channel.

sweet, small baseball field in one of the studios...be an awesome game of whiffle ball.

progamming note...Friday nights, "World Series Highlights"

in other words, "Go catch a movie night for Cubs fans"

don larson's perfect game in a 3 hour block (56 WS) next up.


mel allen is still young.


vin scully just took over the mic and he sounds so young yet eerily similar to today.

mlb network...christmas came late this year for me.

i SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hope they broadcast winter league games eventually...aka...next season.





yeah. every time i see the Fox crew in the postseason i miss costas more and more.

if I never have to watch baseball tonight again I'll be happy...

to me...this channel actually existing is pretty much bigger than jesus on stilts.

why would jesus need stilts?

couldn't he just levitate himself?....dude can walk on water and all...

i dunno...all i know is this game is so awesome i'm gonna go shave.

the old school commercials are fun...

it was worth it to watch casey stengel tell me how kick ass gillette heavy razors are.

jackie robinson...peewee reese...mickey mantle patrolling the 1,800ft. oldschool yankee stadium CF...

good game to launch with.

never seen this game in my life...only clips.


hell yeah...mlb tv.

...i miss bob costas doing baseball.

I likes me some MLB Network...That was really cool watching the Don Larsen perfect game. Anything involving Bob Costas and baseball is a good watch by me. My wife is already bemoaning the fact that I have found a reason to watch TV again.

this channel is hands down the best thing i've seen all year. no contest.


available on direc tv

not available on dishnetwork?

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  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception?

    Here is Lackey/Lester from last night. It seems their box is a bit different than the K-Zone TBS was using.


    Here is Lester's data:

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.