A Championship in Chicago: Thank You, Blackhawks

June 10th, 2010 by Ed Leiser Leave a reply »
49 years.

That's how long the Blackhawks had to wait in between championships.

But with their dramatic overtime victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the wait is over.

I won't pretend to be the world's biggest Blackhawks fan—I sadly spend too much time with the Chicago Cubs.

But as a life-long Chicagoan, this tastes pretty sweet. 

A Stanley Cup Championship.  An unbelievable run to an unbelievable title for an even more unbelievable team.

The 2009-10 Blackhawks, comprised mainly of players under the age of 26, are now the best hockey team in the world, and no one can take that away from them.

The city of Chicago is rejoicing now and will be for some time—championships in Chicago are rare.

Sure, we had the 2005 White Sox.  They were a terrific team that steamrolled through the playoffs with dominant pitching, timely hitting, and a championship swagger all the way.

Some of my best friends cried tears of joy that October night, but not all of Chicago felt the same way.

Half the city (or more) was indifferent to the White Sox tit ...

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