Another bandwagon unjumped on

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By John Hubbuch

I'm afraid I missed the Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon. It certainly wasn't the first one. In fact, if you lined up all the bandwagons I have missed, it would look like the Dan Ryan on a rainy Friday night. Prior bandwagons on which I failed to get a seat include rolfing, crystals, LSD, Alinea, American Idol, Taylor Swift, reality TV, beet salad, Melissa McCarthy, sorbet vodka, Facebook, Twitter, the Arab Spring, staycations and pets.

I tried to get on the Blackhawks bandwagon, but I have to go to bed by 9 p.m., so the games were only half over when I would retire for the evening. That assumes they didn't go to overtime, and it seemed like almost every game did. There is also the problem of seeing the teeny little puck go into the net. Most of the time I could only tell there was a goal when the players celebrated, and sometimes they celebrated too early and there wasn't a goal.

In addition, the players keep coming on and off the ice every a couple of minutes. It's confusing. Most goals were a result of deflections, bounces, crazy caroms — dare I say luck? The announcers got excited whenever there was a "power play." I couldn't figure out why. No team ever scored.

However, I think I understand why the Blackhawks seized our attention. The games are fast paced and unpredictable. The alternative is to watch the brutal Cubs and White Sox. The lengthy rest periods give you time to do laundry, shop, pay bills and get ready for bed. Although I prefer basketball and soccer, hockey is the perfect sport for those white people who don't like tattoos or corn rows and prefer their sports heroes to speak English, albeit the Canadian version.

The players are neither too tall nor too short. The fellas with their beards draw the attention of the ladies. It's a great sport to watch in bars. It's a little like cricket in that most fans never played the game and don't know the rules, so you can make stupid observations with impunity.

Most importantly, the Blackhawks were winners. In the modern age winning is everything. No one wants to watch losers. The most, the best, the highest, the largest, the richest. Winning is the universal coin of the realm, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup Champions.

Good for them.

Too bad I missed it.

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Same ol Same ol from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2013 2:35 PM

Folks, if you haven't figured it out yet, the WJ has not employed a legitimate reporter in years if ever. Yes for the most part they are racist bent. After all in the liberal village we live in we must keep the conversation alive real or perceived. Why would anyone want to think that we are one people we just look a little different. If we did it would diminish the sensationalism that affords the news media and especially the WJ to be awarded nice trophies.

ECW from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2013 10:16 AM

To WSJ management: why was I just accused of being a racist because I am a hockey fan? Does the WSJ Editors condone racism? Why was this comment even part of the article? I am tired of everyone journalist trying to make white people out to be racist. Most people in my generation don't care what color you are. Old white liberal men for some reason want to keep racism alive.

Nate Merriweather  

Posted: July 11th, 2013 8:21 AM

"The perfect sport for those white people who don't like tattoos or corn rows and prefer their sports heroes to speak English?" Another passive aggressive racist comment from John Hubbuch. Why does the Wednesday Journal continue to give this guy a forum?

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