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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Presidents And Opposing Fans

By Colin Likas
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tim Lively

Question 1: Considering how much this past election season has shattered my faith in democracy, I’m loathe to even fathom potential president candidates, fantastical or otherwise. If I must answer though, rather than name names, I’ll say I’d like to see the U.S. take a page out of the NHL’s book and adopt a captain/two alternate captains model when it comes to POTUS.

It’s become increasingly apparent that just one person can’t address all the concerns of a nation as diverse as the U.S. Having an alternate president when the main president isn’t “on the ice” regarding certain issues might make sense, and provide a more dynamic form of leadership that a more dynamic country needs.

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Question 2: Favorite opposing fans — Boston Bruins. I may be alone here, but all my interactions with Boston Bruins fans have been pretty positive. Maybe it’s from the solidarity in our respective MLB teams having gone through the historic World Series droughts, or the fact that the Bruins beat the Blackhawks’ then most hated rival in the Vancouver Canucks when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011, but I feel the cities of Chicago and Boston have always had more mutual respect as opposed to animosity towards each other.

Least favorite opposing fans — Vancouver Canucks. While my interactions have been limited, as far as visiting fans’ conduct at the Madhouse on Madison, Canucks fans by and large have been the worst. It never ceases to amaze me the audacity they have hurling the kinds of insults they do amidst a sea of red, white and black.

I feel that pity was the only thing that kept them from feeling the sharp end of Chelsea’s Dagger. Guess it’s to be expected from a fan base that rioted after its team lost the 2011 Finals …

Mario Tirabassi

Question 1: The easiest pick is Jonathan Toews for president. He already has a lake named after him, which I hear in Canada is a big deal. He shows that he is a selfless leader on and off the ice.

He’s charitable and a humanitarian, we can see that from the impact he has in the Chicago and Winnipeg communities. And he gives Abe Lincoln a run for his money in the chin-strap beard department. All good qualities a president should have in my book.

Question 2: Favorite — Detroit Red Wings. Since the relocation in conferences, the fire between the fan bases, at least in my experience, has simmered but the passion bewteen the teams is still there, which I love.

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Worst fans to interact with — St. Louis Blues. Puke. Rather talk politics than talk hockey with Blues fans.

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