Let’s face it, Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, the Magnificent Mile, the Sears Tower, downtown, and the Bean. There is so much to do in this Midwest city that they call Chicago that you can find fun almost anytime or any day of the week in the bustling downtown area.
One thing is missing though, or at least it was until now. Chicago has always had great sports teams. MJ anyone? The Bulls had a dynasty going in the early 90s, and the Bears have had good seasons in the past but not of late. The Sox...well, I don’t care about them so onto the Cubs! The Cubs have been plagued with injuries and poor performances from their players. Soon enough they will come around and get it together, I have faith.
Anyways, in the 90s, Chicago was home to great sports teams, mainly the Bears and the Bulls. Within the past decade both teams have declined and have had dismal seasons at best, thanks Jay Cutler.
The Bulls did however manage to make it to the playoffs this year but lost early to “King” James and the Lebron followers, oh, I meant the Cavs. But their performance was no where near what Chicago was used to experiencing back in the day with MJ, Pippen, and Rodman.
Times have changed and well, that’s just how life goes. But as great of a city as Chicago is, I feel for them in the sense that they haven’t had a strong sports team to cheer for. Granted Chicago fans are some of the most loyal fans I have ever met, but it’s hard when the teams you are used to seeing compete and dominate within a sport, aren’t anymore.
Well, that’s all changed now. Enter the Chicago Blackhawks. Not only did they win the Stanley Cup but they also restored prestige to Chicago sports teams. Bulls, Bears, and Cubs, you can thank them later.
The Blackhawks have provided a beacon of hope and have brought together many Chicagoans, thanks to Patrick Kane and the rest of the Blackhawks players, Chicago is again a force to be reckoned within the sporting community. It has been years since they have won any major sporting championship, and the Blackhawks dominance couldn’t have come at a better time.
I don’t know whether it’s the Fratellis song “Chelsea Dagger” or the fact that I experienced my first game at the Madhouse on Madison this past January, but I truly like the Blackhawks. The city of Chicago has been truly good to me over the years and I hope they relish in this accomplishment because all Chicagoans everywhere deserve it.
Welcome back, Chicago.