An Open Letter to Chicago Blackhawks Fans: The Detroit Red Wings Don’t Suck

December 21st, 2010 by Drew Fansler Leave a reply »
I am as proud as any four-feathered fan to have watched the 2010 championship banner raised in October. But toward the end of that game, which our Hawks lost, that three-syllable, two-word chant to the tune of "Let's Go Hawks!" emerged.

The dawn of my commitment to the Indian was back in the 1980s, listening to Pat Foley on WBBM long after my third-grade bedtime. Back then, there was truth in cadence—Detroit was the Dead Things. Even their fans said so. But it never changed the fact that the games were physical and entertaining, much-anticipated and hard fought.

The din over Wayne Messmer's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner would be a little louder than usual. Probert would drop the gloves and dance with Secord. Savard would do a pretty waltz and light the lamp. And while the Blackhawks were in the midst of a 27-season long streak of consecutive playoff appearances, those teams—with Bannerman in goal,  Larmer and Savard up front and Wilson on the blue line—were the typical Chicago team of good-but-not-quite-good-enough when Edmonton came to town in May. They were then the bridesmaid to Calgary, won the President's Trophy only to be ...

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