A Fresh Start For a New Chicago Blackhawks Fan

Aren DowCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2008

I don't know if it was the sudden dip in temperature today. I don't know if it's because the Packers are on a two game skid or because my Cardinals didn't make the playoffs.

But I do know this: I am going to start watching hockey.

Why? That seems to be the response I get from everyone. I'll tell you why.

I love the passion of hockey fans. While everyone scoffs at the red-headed child of the major sports, they could care less. When ESPN shoves off all their coverage of hockey to Barry Melrose, they keep their dedication.

I love the players playoff beard, and I love the Stanley Cup.

So to try to get caught up with the die-hard fans of hockey, I have re-adopted the Chicago Blackhawks.

I'll be honest. I haven't really watched Hawks hockey since middle school when Tony Amonte and Eric Daze roamed the rink, but I am ready to return to the frozen game.

I am ready to actually begin to understand and analyze plays. To develop my raw enjoyment of the game.

Why? Well, it partially may be because the Blackhawks actually are fielding their most promising team in a while. I'll admit it. I'm jumping back on the bandwagon, and I'm not ashamed.

I'm a sucker for fresh starts. Hockey happens to be just around the corner, and it comes conveniently around the sports high I've been riding off of. Now I just have to figure out what this game is all about.

I know Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews make the future of this organization. I know what icing and offsides are. I've seen Miracle.

And that about sums it up for my hockey knowledge, but I have the hunger to learn.

I'm excited about a new fresh beginning. I'm thrilled to see the Hawks take the ice in Wrigley Field this year. Stoked to broaden my sports horizon.

Hopefully I can bring a fresh and amateur perspective to the Blackhawks this season. So bear with me as I try to break down the beloved sport many of you have already come to enjoy.