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Chicago Blackhawks: Trials And Tribulations Of Fandom

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Mar 23, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) looks on from the ice during the first period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) looks on from the ice during the first period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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It makes it much more fun to root for a specific team, but for Chicago Blackhawks fans, it’s especially hard to choose a favorite in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. 

Who to root for?  The Pens or the Preds?  The Pens could potentially win two years in a row.  The Preds have never made it this far in their franchise history.  That last reason alone makes it easier for me to root for the Preds.  They’re the underdogs, after all, and Nashville and their entire fanbase is so excited.  It’s a tad bit contagious.

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But this is the same team that knocked the Chicago Blackhawks out of the playoffs.  They’re a hated division rival.  The organization goes out of their way to keep Hawks fans out of their stadium.  Do these things make it easier for you to root for the Pens?

Well, I certainly don’t want the Penguins to win back-to-back titles.  Then they can claim they’ve done something the Chicago Blackhawks have never done.  In their eyes, the Hawks’ three Cups in six years would mean next to nothing.

And what about this whole Sidney Crosby versus Toews debate?  They play different games, people!  Of course Crosby has more goals; because he’s not as responsible defensively!  And who’s the better Captain, my butt.  Crosby is known for flopping and taking dirty shots at other players.  You don’t hear that kind of stuff about Toews, do you?  In my mind, the better role model and better all-around player isn’t even debatable.

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Either way, I’m going to be tuning in tonight at 7 pm.  The Stanley Cup is at stake, and it could be hoisted tonight!  Or we might have to wait a few more days.  And the Chicago Blackhawk trades will get resolved as well.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Hang in there, boys and girls.  Never a dull moment in the world of hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks!

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