Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks picked up one of their two needed points last night in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. The term Madhouse on Madison Street is still used but that’s not what we heard last night.
Growing up in the south suburbs and getting to go to a Chicago Blackhawks game once a year was a special treat. The thing that always stuck out to me was how loud the old Chicago Stadium was every time you went to a game.
I’ve been to a bunch of games at the new Stadiums and there is some manufactured noise in the buildings, and during Game 4 of last year’s playoffs Bridgestone Arena was pretty loud, but none of that reminds me of the Old Barn.
When the Hawks moved into the United Center they brought over the Madhouse on Madison Street saying with them. Through the years it’s still been a very loud Stadium, and I even had someone recently tell me they’ve never been in a louder arena when they visited Chicago last year.
Times have changed and last night you could really tell the difference on the TV. The Crowd got excited when Brent Seabrook scored, but as soon as the puck went in to tie the game for the Maple Leafs the United Center went silent.
The thing is, it went silent for the rest of the game not just a minute. This really is one of the problems now with the Blackhawks success over the past 10 years. The real hockey fan has been priced out of going to the games, and now it’s a lot of people with money that are going there because it’s a cool thing to do instead of it being the real fan that wants to cheer on the Blackhawks.
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It’s kind of like watching the Super Bowl. The Stadium is never loud it’s just people there to take pics and post it on Social media because it’s a cool thing to do when you have a lot of expendable cash.
Sure the product on the ice isn’t producing with a 1-4-1 homestand, but the product in the stands isn’t what it used to be either on a game by game basis. When the team could barely fill the United Center the diehards were there, and this is what drives the “old guard” crazy. They can’t go to every game anymore, and now you can tell when the team can use that extra boost of energy, the crowd is taking selfies instead of cheering the boys on to victory.
I feel it’s a sense of pride that the Blackhawks have always had the loudest arena consistently, but if you listened last night it was quieter than you local library.
The Price of Greatness is really taking it’s toll this year in more ways than one!