As a big-time Chicago sports fan, the Blackhawks' victory in the Stanley Cup Finals was a sweet one. It was great to see a team that hasn’t won a championship for decades finally get to the top of the hockey world. My hats off to the Blackhawks, their managers, and their owners.
The city of Chicago has a proud sports history with many sports traditions. We have the Cubs, the darlings of the Chicago baseball world that are the only team remaining (in major Chicago sports) not to win a championship, and hopes are high that someday they will be able to bring home the World Series trophy. The White Sox accomplished that feat in 2005, giving fans a taste of what it’s like to be on top of the baseball world.
The Chicago Bears' last championship was in 1985 (they did make it to the Super Bowl in 2006, but were beaten by the Indianapolis Colts), and hopes are high that with the kind of talent they have acquired, their long championship drought will soon be over.
The Chicago Rush have also won a championship (in 2006), so the drought there hasn’t been that long.
The Chicago Bulls were very successful in the 1990s. They were world champions in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998. That’s six championships in a decade, and the Bulls are just a player or two away from getting back into the championship.
World championships don’t happen that often for any team in any city, so the city of Chicago and Blackhawks fans should feel proud that their team brought home the biggest trophy in all of hockey.
So anyone who is a Blackhawks fan or a fan of Chicago sports should sit back and take all of this in with pride because this is something that doesn’t happen to the city and its sports fans that often. We should also think about how big of a mountain the Blackhawks had to climb to win the Stanley Cup.
Think of how many regular season games they had to play to get to the top of the hockey world. Think of how many playoff games the Hawks had to play to get to the Stanley Cup Finals, and then realize that they had to play six more just to win the Cup. It’s no easy feat for the Blackhawks or any other team to accomplish, but they did it and we should celebrate this.
Today, as the Blackhawks and their fans celebrate their victory with a parade in the heart of the city of Chicago, we should all be thankful that there has been a team to bring the city back into sports prominence and give us something to cheer about. And I bet they do it again next year too!