Chicago is full of fanatics--that is, Chicago sports' fanatics. And Eight Forty-Eight thought it was about time to test some of the Chicago Blackhawks most loyal fans. Tab Bamford occasionally writes a blog for ChicagoNow, along with his other sports writing endeavors.
The Bears said goodbye to Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz and the Cubs traded Carlos Zambrano to the Florida Marlins to be with Ozzie Guillen. And there were tough losses for both the Bulls and the Hawks over the weekend.
If ever in the Rockford area, visitors might want to check out a local attraction—the Rockford IceHogs. Many Chicago Blackhawks have sharpened their skates playing for their American Hockey League affiliate. Some of them even went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2010.
It might have seemed premature to look at the Bears' playoff picture with nine games left in the season but it was worth a peek after the current wild card scenarios were considered. The next two games were critical; and a couple of wins could make the Bears' ride to January a little less wild.
It would be hard to pin the latest Bears loss on quarterback Jay Cutler--he threw for nearly 250 yards with no interceptions. Cutler’s offensive line committed 9 false starts—some attributed it to the crowd, others said it was the rotating line.
The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off training camp over the weekend. Fans who watched--or ran– the Mad Dash to Madison got to see returning and new players in action. So who stood out? Who should have left the ice? And was Patrick Kane’s wrist really ready to go?
As NFL labor negotiations continue, sports fans ponder another lockout. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expired Thursday night. That means no contract negotiations, no trades and no basketball practice.