WBEZ | Stanley Cup http://www.wbez.org/tags/stanley-cup Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago Bike Sharing_courtesy of Associated Press.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Chicago launches its bike-share program, we hear from you about if this new service will be utilized or largely ignored. Also, Monica Eng gives us the facts and fallacies about diet trends. And Chicago&#39;s Black Ensemble Theater pays tribute to Howlin&#39; Wolf.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Diet trends, bikes and music " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-28/morning-shift-diet-trends-bikes-and-music-107894 Can we call this a Blackhawks dynasty? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/can-we-call-blackhawks-dynasty-107848 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_toews_cup_elise_amendola.jpg" style="float: right; height: 226px; width: 300px;" title="Could there be more future Cup hoisting for the Blackhawks? (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" />Can we dare say this Blackhawks team may be turning into a dynasty?</div><p>Winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 and now 2013 is a very good indicator that this team is on the right track.</p><p>It is up to the club&rsquo;s front office led by Stan Bowman with a lot of input by his highly regarded father, Scotty Bowman.</p><p>After 2010&#39;s win, Bowman had to make difficult decisions to shed players and payroll to meet the hard salary cap.</p><p>Gone were very important cogs to that title: Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Ben Eager, Adam Burish and Antti Niemi.</p><p>The most important aspect was keeping the team&rsquo;s core players in place: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.</p><p>Hjalmarsson was a restricted free agent after the 2010 season and the Blackhawks matched the San Jose offer to retain the young defenseman.</p><p>Now the club has a similar scenario: Nick Leddy is also a young, restricted free agent. His quickness is a huge asset and he has room to grow.</p><p>The other big decision is what to do with free agents Bryan Bickell, Viktor Stalberg and Ray Emery.</p><p>Bickell, a former second round draft pick, had a heck of a post season. He scored nine playoff goals, including the game tying goal, in the now famous 17 second scoring spurt of the deciding Game 6.</p><p>The game winner by Bolland could be his last as a Hawk. There has been speculation that he could be traded. So again, Stan Bowman has the tough task of tinkering with his newly crowned championship roster.</p><p>Last year he stood pat with his club and made one deal at the deadline that didn&rsquo;t seem significant: acquiring Michal Handzus. The 36-year-old center had some good moments during the playoffs. It was very touching to see Toews make the first handoff of the Cup to the veteran Handzus.</p><p>Now the core of the team has capture two titles. And Kane is just 24; Toews is 25. Both have won the Conn Smythe Trophy and once coach Joel Quenneville put them together on the top line their production was a major factor for winning.</p><p>Patrick Sharp led the NHL with 10 post season goals. He rebounded well after suffering a shoulder injury during the regular season. Seabrook and Keith were stellar with their defensive play. Seabrook snapped out of a bad stretch early in the playoffs. &nbsp;</p><p>One of the reasons, beside roster issues, that the Hawks can be a dynasty is the man behind the mustache: Quenneville. He made adjustments with his lines, he sat players that needed to realize playing time is tied into good play and he didn&rsquo;t make excuses. During the strike-shortened season, the Blackhawks coach did a masterful job of resting his players with limited practices. He used both his goalies, Corey Crawford and Ray Emery, with the condensed schedule. Once Quenneville settled on Crawford for the playoffs (Emery&rsquo;s injury made the decision easy), he remained a strong supporter to his young goalie. In my mind, Crawford had only one glitch in the playoffs, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup and he won. The Hawks goalie really should have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. His role was very significant for all of the playoffs. This isn&rsquo;t a knock on&nbsp; Patrick Kane. But to me Crawford had the toughest job and came out on top.</p><p>During the season, the team has developed some young players to add to their core, Brandon Saad (20), Andrew Shaw (21), Marcus Kruger (23) and Michael Frolik (25). Kruger and Frolik have become a great duo on the penalty kill. There are also some players to watch on the Rockford minor league team.</p><p>So maybe the Blackhawks can bank a few more Stanley Cup victories in the years to come. Maybe we have a dynasty in the making in Chicago.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/can-we-call-blackhawks-dynasty-107848 Blackhawks stage late rally to win Stanley Cup http://www.wbez.org/news/blackhawks-stage-late-rally-win-stanley-cup-107828 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP184940794866.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The after-party roared on until well after dawn for the victorious Chicago Blackhawks and some die-hard fans.</p><p>Hours after returning from their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins, the team gave awed fans a close-up look at the gleaming Stanley Cup on Tuesday, hauling their prize around to bars and restaurants around the city for the second time in four seasons.</p><p>Just like in 2010, their first stop was at Harry Caray&#39;s in suburban Rosemont, where more than a thousand fans were waiting before sunrise in hopes the team would again use the Italian steakhouse to kick off their party. Players took turns lifting the trophy above their heads as fans went wild, still barely able to fathom the two third-period goals just 17 seconds apart that gave the Hawks the win.</p><p>&quot;I was in shock. ... I jumped up so high that I stubbed my toe,&quot; Frank Espinoza told WBBM radio at Harry Caray&#39;s, recalling the stunning pair of goals. &quot;I didn&#39;t realize it until the game was over; I felt a pain in my toe afterwards.&quot;</p><p>The team and their families wound their way through Chicago in a convoy of limos and buses under police escort and trailed by TV news helicopters. At their second stop, The Scout bar in the South Loop area of downtown, team members greeted cheering fans outside with high-fives before filing into the bar. Mayor Rahm Emanuel even showed up to share in the fun, WBBM reported.</p><p>Emanuel released a statement congratulating the team on a &quot;hard-fought victory&quot; and offering best wishes to the people of Boston.</p><p>Earlier, the team was greeted on the tarmac at O&#39;Hare International Airport with a water cannon salute from about a dozen fire trucks and even more police cars &mdash; all with their lights flashing.</p><p>Minutes before the chartered Boeing 737 from Boston touched down at 4:05 a.m., lightning danced across the sky as the edge of a windy storm front passed through.</p><p>Veteran forward Michal Handzus, who skated with significant injuries, was the first player to emerge from the aircraft, hoisting the Cup above his head with both hands and shaking it several times. Guests, police officers and firemen cheered at the bottom of the stairs.</p><p>Players, coaches and team officials mingled with the crowd for about 10 minutes before heading for the city to continue the party at locations that were kept secret until the team showed up.</p><p>&quot;This is completely amazing,&quot; said Willis Morgan, a 24-year-old electrical engineer, soaking up the scene of celebration at Harry Caray&#39;s.</p><p>&quot;I watched the game at work on my phone and then we came right over,&quot; he told the Daily Herald newspaper of Arlington Heights. &quot;Having the Stanley Cup back in Chicago is unbelievable.&quot;</p><p>A parade for the team was planned for Friday morning.</p><p>The Blackhawks fifth Cup in their 87-year history capped an amazing run through a lockout-shortened season that didn&#39;t start until mid-January.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/chicago-blackhawks-celebration-gets-rowdy.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/chicago-blackhawks-celebration-gets-rowdy" target="_blank">View the story "Chicago Blackhawks celebration gets rowdy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/blackhawks-stage-late-rally-win-stanley-cup-107828 Bruins beat Blackhawks 2-0, lead Cup finals 2-1 http://www.wbez.org/news/bruins-beat-blackhawks-2-0-lead-cup-finals-2-1-107739 <p><p>BOSTON &mdash; The Boston Bruins have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.</p><p>Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period and Tuukka Rask posted his third shutout of the playoffs by turning aside 28 shots Monday night, moving the Bruins within two wins of their second NHL championship in three years.</p><p>The Blackhawks suffered a key loss moments before the game when high-scoring forward Marian Hossa was scratched from the lineup after being hit by a puck during warm-ups.</p><p>Bryan Bickell nearly scored for Chicago, but his shot hit the right post with 42 seconds left.</p><p>Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Boston with the series shifting to Chicago on Saturday night.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bruins-beat-blackhawks-2-0-lead-cup-finals-2-1-107739 Blackhawks beat Bruins 4-3 in 3OT Cup opener http://www.wbez.org/news/blackhawks-beat-bruins-4-3-3ot-cup-opener-107668 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP593189709261.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Blackhawks know all about Andrew Shaw&#39;s reputation around the league. They also know the pesky little forward is so much more than just another irritant for opposing players.</p><p>The diminutive Shaw sparred with Zdeno Chara, dished out nine hits and was in the right place when his team needed him the most Wednesday night in a thrilling start to the Stanley Cup finals.</p><p>Shaw popped back up after he was knocked down and skated to the front of the goal to get a deflection on Dave Bolland&#39;s tip for the winning score in the Blackhawks&#39; 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in the fifth-longest game in the history of the NHL&#39;s biggest series.</p><p>&quot;We knew it wasn&#39;t going to be pretty at that point,&quot; Shaw said. &quot;You could tell both teams were physically exhausted. We&#39;ve preached it: Go to the net, you&#39;ll find a way to get a greasy goal. We did a heck of a job of it there in the third overtime.&quot;</p><p>Shaw was knocked down near the boards but got up as the puck came out to Michal Rozsival, who started the winning sequence with a shot from the right point into traffic. Bolland&#39;s tip then went off Shaw&#39;s right leg and past Tuukka Rask at 12:08 for his fifth goal of the playoffs.</p><p>And just like that, the longest finals game in five years was over. Shaw skated off to the side and pumped his arms furiously, then joined his teammates for a weary celebration.</p><p>&quot;I mean, I think you could ask players on other teams and they&#39;ll tell you that he&#39;s not the type of guy that they like to play against,&quot; Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. &quot;But that&#39;s what we love about him. We love having a guy like that on our team. He&#39;s not afraid.&quot;</p><p>Generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Shaw still decided to shove the 6-9 Chara after play stopped in the first. Bruins coach Claude Julien called Shaw an agitator who is &quot;good at embellishing, too, at times.&quot;</p><p>But he also has four assists in the playoffs after he had nine goals and six assists while playing in all 48 games during the regular season.</p><p>&quot;The bigger the stage, the bigger the challenge, he rises to the occasion,&quot; Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.</p><p>Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist for the Bruins, who had won five straight and nine of 10. Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal and David Krejci finished with two assists.</p><p>&quot;Not disappointed in our effort,&quot; Julien said. &quot;There&#39;s certain things you&#39;re going to want to fix for next game. But as far as the game is concerned, it was a hard-fought game.&quot;</p><p>Rask made an astounding 59 saves in a finals marathon that surpassed Pittsburgh&#39;s 4-3 win over Detroit on June 2, 2008, when Petr Sykora scored at 9:57 of the third overtime.</p><p>Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s playoff hockey,&quot; Bruins center Rich Peverley said. &quot;It&#39;s fun to watch, so we&#39;ll think about this until we get out of here and then shake it off and get ready for Saturday.&quot;</p><p>Bolland and Johnny Oduya scored in the third period for Chicago, which never would have made it to the third overtime if not for an impressive performance by goaltender Corey Crawford. Brandon Saad had his first goal of the playoffs.</p><p>Crawford gave the Blackhawks a chance by standing his ground when the Bruins had repeated opportunities in the extra sessions.</p><p>Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille skated in for a 2-on-1 in the first OT, and Crawford turned away Thornton on the doorstep. He denied Peverley and Tyler Seguin in rapid succession, and helped Chicago kill off two power plays when it was whistled twice for too many men on the ice.</p><p>Nathan Horton hit the post in the first extra session, and Chara&#39;s slap shot deflected off Jaromir Jagr and then the inside of the right post at the very end of the second overtime.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s exhausting,&quot; said Crawford, who had 29 of his 51 saves in the overtimes. &quot;I just try to tell myself to make the next save, and we&#39;re going to score on our next shot.&quot;</p><p>The action was so fast and furious that it took a toll on the players with Horton skating off during a power play with an injury &mdash; likely a serious one to leave the ice during that pivotal moment.</p><p>The Blackhawks trailed 3-1 in the third period before they turned up the pressure on Rask, who stepped up when he faced a similar attack from Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals. This time, he coughed up the lead, hurt by one unlucky carom.</p><p>First, Bolland converted a nice pass from Shaw for his first goal of the playoffs. Then Oduya&#39;s long slap shot went off the left skate of Boston defenseman Andrew Ference and into the net for the tying goal with 7:46 remaining in regulation.</p><p>Oduya&#39;s shot was going wide and wouldn&#39;t have gone in if it hadn&#39;t hit Ference&#39;s skate.</p><p>&quot;We were up two goals and all of a sudden the game was tied,&quot; said Chara, who had more than 45 minutes of ice time. &quot;We&#39;ve got two days to regroup and get ready for the next game.&quot;</p><p>The sellout crowd of 22,110 cheered as Krejci and Toews stared each other down for the opening faceoff of the first Stanley Cup finals between Original Six franchises in 34 years.</p><p>And it almost didn&#39;t happen.</p><p>Game 1 came exactly five months after the official end of a long and bitter lockout. The labor dispute wiped out 510 games, but the sides managed to come together in time to save an abbreviated 48-game season and playoffs.</p><p>They were rewarded with a final playoff series between two big-market teams with passionate followings and scores of top players. The Blackhawks returned to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since they won it all three year ago. Boston won the title the following season, and the same core of players is at the center of this year&#39;s playoff run.</p><p>It was enough to attract the attention of President Barack Obama, who has a home in Chicago and made it clear whom he was pulling for before the opener. He wished the Blackhawks good luck over Twitter before adding: &quot;hope to welcome you back to the White House again as #StanleyCup champs.&quot;</p><p>Boston countered with a Rolling Stone: Mick Jagger tweeted a photo of himself holding a Bruins jersey before a show at TD Garden.</p><p>The Bruins got off to fast start behind Lucic, who scored in each of the first two periods. The Blackhawks got on the board when Marian Hossa stole the puck from Dennis Seidenberg in the Boston end and fed Saad, who one-timed it past Rask at 3:08 in the second.</p><p>Saad&#39;s goal ended a scoreless streak of 149 minutes, 36 seconds for Rask dating to Game 3 of the sweep against the Penguins.</p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/blackhawks-beat-bruins-4-3-3ot-cup-opener-107668 Blackhawks doubled their pleasure this weekend http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-doubled-their-pleasure-weekend-107484 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_blackhawks_la_charles_rex_arbogast.jpg" style="float: right; height: 410px; width: 300px;" title="Hawks goalie Corey Crawford helps his Captain. (AP)" />Back to back games this weekend resulted in back to back wins for the Blackhawks over the LA Kings.</p><p>Last night&#39;s final was 4-2 in Game Two at the United Center. Beating Jonathan Quick, the top goalie in the NHL playoffs the last two years, was a feat.&nbsp; After Michal Handzus scored the Hawks&#39; fourth goal in the second period, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter pulled his goalie and inserted Jonathan Bernier. It was too little too late for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.</p><p>Looking back, the tone of the game was set when the gritty Andrew Shaw was given a beautiful pass by Viktor Stalberg. Then Brent Seabrook&rsquo;s slap shot scored on the power play (a rarity for the Hawks). It was another clean look.&nbsp;</p><p>The fun really got going in the second period, when Bryan Bickell and Handzus tallied two more goals for the Blackhawks.</p><p>Bickell has really come alive this post season and it may pay off after this play-off run is completed. He is an unrestricted free agent and last night when he scored the Hawks third goal of the night, it was his sixth of the playoffs. Bickell has been opportunistic as he creates traffic in front of the net. It&#39;s a familiar scenario: that is what Dustin Byfuglien did when Chicago celebrated the Stanley Cup win in 2010. He also was a free agent after a tremendous post-season and was unable to remain because of salary cap issues. That may happen again with Bickell.</p><p>After the victory there were plenty of accolades given to young players by Coach Joel Quenneville. One was Brandon Saad, who contributed with two assists.</p><p>&ldquo;He was dangerous, a threat off the rush [and] had a lot of puck time,&rdquo; Quenneville said.</p><p>Another player who not only played big Sunday night, but has stood tall most of this post season, is Corey Crawford. He made 29 saves yesterday and has won five straight playoff games. Crawford has become a United Center favorite&mdash;finally. He cemented their adulation when he came to the defense of Jonathan Toews during an altercation the with Kings&rsquo; Kyle Clifford.</p><p>In the post-game press conference, Crawford explained why he helped the team&rsquo;s Captain.</p><p>&ldquo;The guy grabbed him, got a couple free shots,&rdquo; the Hawks goalie said. &ldquo;I figured it was enough. I just decided to go in there and grab his head.&rdquo;</p><p>Crawford did give up two Kings goals, one late in the second period to Jeff Carter. Then in the waning minutes of the game, Los Angeles scored on the power play from Tyler Toffoli. It was the first power play scored by a Hawks playoff opponent at the United Center and the second overall.</p><p>After Saturday&rsquo;s 2-1 win by the Hawks, there was plenty of conversation about playing consecutive hockey games in just over 24 hours. You have to say the Hawks were unaffected by it. The Kings may not feel that way. The Rolling Stones may have lost some West Coast fans. It ws their concert schedule that forced the NHL to jam the two games back to back.</p><p>While the road has been tough on LA, home has been perfect for them at 7-0. The Kings were in this same position in their opening round against St. Louis&mdash;down two games to none&mdash;and came back. The Blackhawks are aware of the difficulties that lie ahead when they travel to the Staple Center to play Tuesday and Thursday.</p><p>Despite that, the Hawks feel pretty darn good right now. Why not? They have been controlling the games since they were down three games to one against Detroit. With these two wins, the Blackhawks pursuit of the Stanley Cup is down to just six more wins. That will be the ultimate satisfaction.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/blackhawks-doubled-their-pleasure-weekend-107484 Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita remains committed to the Indian http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/blackhawks-legend-stan-mikita-remains-committed-indian-92891 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-06/Stan Mikita1.gif" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://stanmikita.com/">Stan Mikita</a> was born in the Slovak Republic but the hockey player has called Chicago home – on and off the ice – for decades. He spent his entire career with the <a href="http://www.chicagoblackhawks.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Blackhawks</a>; and over those 22 years, he collected some pretty impressive hardware: He was the first player to win the Hart, Ross and Lady Byng trophies in the same season--meaning he was the season’s most valuable, highest scoring player who also demonstrated the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Mikita also earned one of those big rings that goes along with winning the <a href="http://www.nhl.com/cup/" target="_blank">Stanley Cup</a>. And soon, a bronze likeness of good old No. 21 will stand outside the United Center.</p><p>Now, fans can relive Mikita’s career through photos and personal stories thanks to the new book <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=590898" target="_blank"><em>Forever a Blackhawk</em></a>. Mikita teamed up with former <em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/">Chicago Tribune</a></em> columnist and Blackhawks team historian <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=511846" target="_blank">Bob Verdi</a> to put it all together and "Stosh" joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to give a preview of the book. Mikita will be signing copies at <a href="http://andersons2.indiebound.com/" target="_blank">Anderson's Bookshop</a> in Downer's Grove Thursday night from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.</p></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-06/blackhawks-legend-stan-mikita-remains-committed-indian-92891 The sooner the Bears lose, the better http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/sooner-bears-lose-better <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP101226041784.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="341" width="512" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-13/AP101226041784.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>As the Bears get set to host the Seattle Seahawks in their divisional playoff this Sunday, Chicagoans are starting to come together like they did when the Blackhawks glided toward hockey&rsquo;s Stanley Cup last spring.<br /><br />The excitement brings to mind some words of a 19th century German philosopher: &ldquo;Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.&rdquo;<br /><br />If religion is our opium, as Marx put it, then Chicago&rsquo;s National Football League franchise is our crack cocaine.<br /><br />More than three years since the economy began to collapse, the Chicago area&rsquo;s unemployment rate is hovering around 9 percent. Foreclosure filings are rising again. Our wages are anemic. Illinois lawmakers are raising our taxes. <br /><br />Gee, though, won&rsquo;t it be great if Julius Peppers knocks Matt Hasselbeck on his ass this Sunday?<br /><br />We have no connection to these multimillionaire gladiators, yet a few of us are already donning Bears jerseys. It&rsquo;s the only show of Chicago solidarity we can imagine.<br /><br />Some of us will even put money on the team, regardless of the odds. We might be a couple months behind on rent. But Devin Hester could go all the way!<br /><br />On Sunday, finally, we&rsquo;ll spend hours and hours on a couch, gazing into a liquid crystal display. We&rsquo;ll cheer now and then, but the experience will be entirely passive.<br /><br />Then, if the Bears win, the &ldquo;news&rdquo; coverage will crowd out most meaningful Chicago journalism for days. The coverage will quickly turn into hype about the next playoff game. And our addiction cycle will continue on.<br /><br />We could be smoking this rock until at least February 6, the sacred day known as &ldquo;Super Bowl Sunday.&rdquo;<br /><br />Marx may have been wrong about abolishing religion. But the sooner the Bears flame out, the sooner Chicagoans can build some solidarity for things that count.</p><p>*<em>This post was edited from its original state to remove a characterization of a mayoral candidate</em>.</p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/sooner-bears-lose-better Year in Review: A look back at the headlines from 2010 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/year-review-look-back-headlines-2010 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP Photo Charles Rex Arbogast Daley_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before getting too far into 2011, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; wanted to wrap up highs and lows of 2010 for its <em>Year in Review</em>. Over the last year Chicagoans saw local politicians rise and fall and step to the side.</p><p>Illinois residents also saw major victories in some camps &ndash; a Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks and civil unions for same-sex couples.</p><p>Environmentalists tried to close the door on the migration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes while backers of overhauls and expansions at McCormick Place and O&rsquo;Hare Airport tried to keep others open.</p><p>The constants in 2010 were high unemployment, a steady flood of foreclosures and a depressed housing market.</p><p>The year gave a lot and it took a lot away. So how will 2010 look in the rearview? What stories were most significant, most bizarre and most troubling?</p><p>To find out, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; invited a panel of experts tio the studio. You&rsquo;ve heard from&nbsp; them all before: ESPN.com&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.lestermunson.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a>, Kyra Kyles is a columnist with the Chicago Tribune's RedEye where she writes &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/kyles-files/" target="_blank">The Kyles Files,&quot;</a> Mick Dumke from the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button:&nbsp; RJD2, &quot;Giant Squid&quot;, from the CD The Colossus, (RJ's Electronical Connections)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/year-review-look-back-headlines-2010 Fans celebrate Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory...in very different ways http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/fans-celebrate-blackhawks-stanley-cup-victoryin-very-different-ways-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/hawks fans.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On June 9, the Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961. The victory celebrations went late into the night for thousands of fans. They poured into the streets around Wrigley, they crowded up and down Michigan Avenue and gathered near the United Center. WBEZ's Tony Arnold caught the game on the Near West Side and had a front row seat to the chaos that ensued.</p> <p><strong>The victory celebrations went late into the night for thousands of Blackhawks' fans. They poured into the streets outside Wrigley Field, down Michigan Avenue and near the United Center after the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-clinching 4-3 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. WBEZ's Tony Arnold caught the game on the Near West Side and had a front row seat to the chaos that ensued.<br />&nbsp;<br />BLOG</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/jkaufmann/2010/06/video-abc-7s-ben-bradley-deals-with-rowdy-crowd-in-west-loop/25589">You're not a&nbsp;real Chicago&nbsp;TV reporter until you've done a live shot the night of a championship.</a> <br /><br />Before the puck even dropped in Philadelphia,&nbsp;the line outside the West End bar on Madison Street was out the door. But not even a block away,&nbsp;about a dozen Blackhawks fans looking to get away from all the commotion&nbsp;enjoyed plenty of seats at a smaller bar inside a neighborhood ice rink. These were some of the die-hards. TJ Bodden says he's loved the Blackhawks almost his entire life.<br /><br />BODDEN: It's kind of like finding a band that you love growing up and it's your band, but all of the sudden when the captain of the football team likes them, you kind of feel like they left you behind.<br /><br />Melissa and Isaac Porter were sitting at a nearby table.<br /><br />MELISSA PORTER: Good beer. Cheap beer. Great spot to watch it.<br />ISAAC PORTER: And some real hockey fans here. So it's good to be around.<br /><br />They were all tucked away in a small corner of Johnny's Ice House,&nbsp;where Chicago's amateurs come to play hockey. The ice rink is empty, but the bar is the type of place where everyone's fully focused on the game;&nbsp;where old sports newspaper clippings from the past line the wood-paneled walls&nbsp;and hockey players come to grab some drinks before their games.<br /><br />WALZ: I don't think I've missed one period of a 'Hawks game all year. All 103 games now.<br /><br />John Walz says he started playing hockey about three years ago while he was in law school.<br /><br />WALZ: It's the best thing I've ever done in my entire life. I would've went insane between school and work if I didn't have hockey once a week.<br /><br />And he says he's been a Blackhawks fan his whole life.<br />&nbsp;<br />After the game,&nbsp;I stepped outside of the rink,&nbsp;which sits a couple blocks from the United Center. Fans from nearby bars were flooding the streets.&nbsp;<br /><br />SWANSON: It means we've got dedicated fans. We've been waiting for this longer than you can even think about. So this is sweeter, sweeter than anything we could hope for.<br /><br />Katie Swanson was among those who helped shut down Madison Street near the United Center,&nbsp;home to the Blackhawks. The police were out in full force and cars were at a stand-still. Kids were leaning out the windows,&nbsp;waving the Blackhawks' flag. And fans literally walked down the middle of the street&nbsp;to a parade of high fives. But celebratory fist bumps aside&hellip;<br /><br />Back up in the corner of Johnny's Ice House,&nbsp;a different kind of celebrating was going on. After regulation ended and the game was headed for overtime, John Walz stood up; his hockey gear already on. <br /><br />WALZ: Unfortunately I'm going to have to go play right now. I guess I'll determine by people jumping up or swearing really loudly what happens.<br /><br />Walz and his team were scheduled to play at 9:50,&nbsp;just after the 'Hawks game was supposed to end. So Walz,&nbsp;who said he hadn't missed a single period of the Blackhawks all season,&nbsp;missed overtime;&nbsp;missed the game-winning goal...<br /><br />WGN Announcer: And now it's in the net! They score! They score! The 'Hawks win the Stanley Cup!<br /><br />And missed the Blackhawks' championship victory to go play some hockey.</p></p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/fans-celebrate-blackhawks-stanley-cup-victoryin-very-different-ways-0