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.

 

CUBS       BLACKHAWKS
 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."

Comments

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.

http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHocke...

Cubster,

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_Stanley_Cup_Finals

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...

1:28:48

1:28:40

1:28:36

6pm EST btw...

Sean Lowe sneezing at Mets 3/36 offer?

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01012009/sports/mets/r...

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.

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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.

neat.

mel allen is still young.

unreal.

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.

BOB

F'N

COSTAS.

....DOING BASEBALL.

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.

THAT WAS F'N AWESOME.

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.

mlbtv

available on direc tv

not available on dishnetwork?

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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 20 min 51 sec ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 23 min 25 sec ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 33 min 16 sec ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 1 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 15 hours 43 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 18 hours 41 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 18 hours 53 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 19 hours 2 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 19 hours 8 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 19 hours 26 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 20 hours 2 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 20 hours 20 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 20 hours 21 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 20 hours 39 min ago view