One good season, and we’re already spoiled

DISCLAIMER: This is not directed toward every Blackhawks fan, but you’ll know if you fit the bill after reading this. Don’t act indignant either with the, “What? Who? Me?” shit. ‘Fess up if this is you. If you haven’t been to a game, you may not understand this. But it’s happening, and these are observations from Section 326.

Wake up, Chicago, there’s a first-place team in town.

No, it’s not your beloved Chicago Bears, who you support unconditionally.  Jay Cutler could take a dump on your front law and you’d probably place it on your mantle and show it off to your friends.

The one and only team seriously contending for a championship in this town is the Chicago Blackhawks. And the fans need to start realizing that and get behind it.

I’ve mentioned before how the United Center is turning into Wrigley Field II. I used to think hockey fans were the most pure in all of sports, understanding the game to a point that you could go to a game and not run into a total jackass. Well, if you want that, don’t expect it in Chicago.

Suddenly, Blackhawks games have become more of the popular thing to do rather than a true-fan gathering. Even the Chicago media is spoiled, ready to cancel the season after one bad game, as Second City Hockey pointed out yesterday.

It’s amazing how the fans can’t just get behind this team and support them without all the bullshit. Yes, we can criticize. Yes, we can be upset after a loss. Yes, we can make fun of them, like I often do here, when things aren’t coming up roses. However, let’s not over-do it.

We’re actually BOOING our starting goaltender during pre-game intros after just a couple of bad games? We’re sarcastically cheering every time the puck trickles toward our net and our goalie easily corrals it? Jesus Christ! What kind of support is that? How does this help your team? It’s not like we’ve gone years with a stud in net, traded him for no reason for a Ziplock bag full of piss and then put Jimbo Skurski in pads.

We’re acting like the hockey gods pooped in our cereal and dealt us some awful hand, like we’re suffering through another horrible hockey season and feel the need to boo the team off the ice after a simple 20 minutes of so-so play. The Blackhawks aren’t the Cubs. There aren’t any underachieving shitbags on this team. There’s no prima donna, no one calling the fans racist and no one making excuses for sub-par play. We don’t need to treat them like dogshit each time there’s a turnover, each time the puck goes in the net or on the few occasions they get out-played.

We have a damn good hockey team in this town and a legitimate championship contender. It’s about time these fans start acting like it and not putting them down for every single lapse in play. It’s going to happen. They’re not perfect.

Should I boo you every time you change lanes without signaling? Every time you don’t give up your seat for a woman on the bus? Every time you grab your crotch or fart in public because you don’t think anyone was around? Those are lapses in judgment, but who’s to say you’re not a hell of a person outside of those moments?

The Blackhawks will have lapses in play, but they are one hell of a hockey team that deserves more support than the fans have given them at home. If you’re uneducated about hockey, then sit back in your seat and maybe ask some questions to the more knowledgeable fans around you who understand the game. And if you are an educated hockey fan and you’re still booing every icing call, then you’re not as educated as you thought.

Stop acting like you’re owed something, ‘Hawks fans. Appreciate what you have. The Blackhawks are THE youngest team in the NHL, and they’re one of the best. Start showing them you understand that.

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  • Jelo

    Hit the nail on the head.Its good to see the Madhouse full again, but these idiot yuppies with there ticket to the bandwagon need to f,n relax. and should be told so….right now, this team deserves your support, including Huet. so please, calm down, quit acting like your from Philly, and enjoy the grade A hockey being played here. Home is where the heart is, let’em feel that way.

  • Alex

    Unfortunately I haven’t been to a game yet this season due to out-of-state school. But I have been hearing evidence of this sort of conduct going on. While it’s exciting that the fans are raising their standards and expecting the Hawks to perform exceptionally, some people just refuse to understand that negativity and heckling does nothing to support a team. Even in the case of a team like the Cubs I cannot support people being negative towards their own team. A fan’s one goal in mind should be to witness their team succeed, and cursing out players and being an overall dick does nothing to achieve that goal.

  • Fork

    When someone uses a ticket to enter a sporting event, they are given the right to cheer, boo or react in any way that is reasonable. (my only rule is to keep it clean around kids)

    That being said, you’re going to get the spoiled element, who have only been coming to Hawks games for a year or two and only know the Hawks as being successful. If they want to boo, warranted or not, there’s really nothing you can do.

    You can’t think for 20,000 people.

  • Jessica

    I have been a life long blackhawks fan, supporting the team good or bad, but I booed Huet at the home opener. This isn’t focused on a few bad games with the Hawks but his career filled with less than stellar moments with the LA, Montreal and Washington.

  • Gary

    Hey Jeff – at least you are not in Philly where they BOO Santa Claus!

  • Jeff


    I agree whole-heartedly with everything you said. Fans do have the RIGHT to do whatever they want with their time at the game with a paid seat. I’m not trying to think for 20,000 people. But I don’t understand why people want to make the UC a hostile enviornment for their OWN TEAM. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s not like I’m trying to create laws here or want to throw people off the balcony, but it has to be annoying for the Blackhawks. Even Toews said it wasn’t fair the way Huet has been treated. And it’s not just Huet — the team gets booed at ridiculous moments, too.

  • frank

    Jeff: I’ve been a fan of the hawks all my life which could possibly be longer than you have been born (provided you’re not older than 40)! I like what you say, and have supported this team forever, even from down here in Florida.
    Unfortunately there will be boos and there isn’t much we can do about it. But like you said, this team is challenging for a championship. They have some very young and exciting players who will be in Chicago for a long time.
    Embrace it Chicago fans, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and they should all remember what things were like just a few years ago.

    If those people want to boo? Come down here and watch what I’ve been watching in Florida. Then they’ll appreciate things.

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