Sunday, June 21, 2015

What would YOU do?

Courtesy of NBC, NHL, Chicago Blackhawks, and my TV
The Chicago Blackhawks WON, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.  YAY BLACKHAWKS YAY!

The Cup has been making its way around the city, turning up at restaurants and bars with the various players and going to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Sharp's house for a team lunch on their rooftop deck.  There are Twitter Stanley Cup trackers and if you happen to go to the place where the Cup is visiting, you can touch the Cup and get your picture taken with it.  Most people are excited about the Stanley Cup and I am happen to report I am one of them. 

(We had a fire drill this past week and our building facilities manager ended the drill lecture by saying, "Be safe.  Go Hawks.")

Two million people came to the parade; the city doubled the length of the parade route to accommodate all the people they realized were going to attend.  There were 61,000 free tickets for Soldiers Field and Jumbotrons set up outside of it but they ended up letting in as many people as the fire marshalls would allow which made for a very exciting time for the Blackhawks and for the fans.  (Our mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was booed at his introduction.  Amen.  But they didn't boo Governor Bruce Rahner?  He deserves it just as much or more with his Sarah-Palin-One-of-the-People style of "talkin'".  He's a billionaire who still puts ads on TV to try to keep his opponents in the Illinois House and Senate down.)

Each member of the organization is allowed to have the Stanley Cup for 24 hours.  What would you do if you had it for 24 hours? 

For me, it would depend on my life situation, but right now I am thinking a romantic cruise for the me and the Stanley Cup, from Copenhagen to Oslo.  (Me, the Cup, and its two minders, that is.)  The Stanley Cup and I would wake up in Oslo Fjord.  We would have breakfast.  Then we'd go to see Edvard Munch's painting, "The Scream."  There would be a lunch featuring fish.  I'd cry when they took him away.

Or else I'd take him on the 56 Milwaukee bus.  That'd make the riders smile, I think.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fingers crossed for the Stanley Cup

Maybe I am putting my puck into the net too soon but Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks!!!

GO CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!

I have NOT been buying a t-shirt or a hoodie or a sweatshirt or an official NHL Duncan Keith jersey.  I WANT all of those things but if I buy one and they lose I will feel terrible so I hold my breath and talk to myself, saying, "Please, oh, please."

One more time I say Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks Blackhawks!!!

GO CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!

Game 6 tomorrow night, the Hawks are leading the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in a best of 7 series.

GO CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!  And just so we're clear, I hope they win.  Going to a 7th game would make me all jittery and if they lost I would be so very upset.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The wait's over

American Pharoah raced into the record books when he won the Belmont Stakes yesterday, earning racing's Triple Crown for himself.  What a stud!  No, seriously.  That piece of horseflesh is now worth anywhere between $20 - $100 million dollars.  For the right price, a few fillies will get to spend adult time with him and they will have his children and win big racing money and on and on.  There will be no pre-nup and he will not be paying child support.  Animals!  Whatever.

I know nothing about horseracing but it was very cool to see him cross the finish line ahead of his competitors.  The 37-year wait for a horse to win the Triple Crown is over!  His trainer was happy, his jockey was happy, I imagine his owner was bust-a-gut happy, and I was happy for them.

American Pharoah, smiling in victory.  Courtesy of Fox Sports.