WBEZ | United Center http://www.wbez.org/tags/united-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The legacy of Michael Jordan in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/legacy-michael-jordan-chicago-111803 <p><p>Everyone from superfans to the casual office bracket pool participant follows NCAA March Madness. We rally around underdogs. We&rsquo;re suckers for Cinderella stories. It&rsquo;s as much about these journeys as the sport itself. So as teams compete for the championship title, let&rsquo;s look at Chicago&rsquo;s biggest basketball legend. Our tall tale. Michael Jordan.</p><p>Jordan came to Chicago in the 1980s, and went on to have one of the most memorable careers in basketball. Briefly, Chicago had the best sports team in the country. <a href="http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1998/06/22/244166/index.htm" target="_blank">We were known around the world</a> as the home of Michael Jordan and the Bulls. He brought home six NBA championship trophies in the &lsquo;90s.</p><p>Jordan&rsquo;s lasting fame in Chicago is what prompted a seventh-grader working on a history project to ask this question about him. (The student chose to remain anonymous.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>What was Michael Jordan&rsquo;s impact on Chicago?</em></p><p>Jordan wondered about his local legacy too. In 1993, he said this to a crowd at the opening of the Michael Jordan Restaurant:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I want to say to the Chicago people, thank you for your support. Ever since I came to this city in 1984, you have taken me in like one of your own, and I&rsquo;ve tried to reciprocate that in my talents and playing the game of basketball. Hopefully the two is going to be a relationship that&rsquo;s going to last a lot longer than me just playing basketball.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>MJ did indeed leave the Bulls and the city in 1999. So, what did MJ leave behind? We consider possible economic impacts as well as his cultural &mdash; even spiritual &mdash; contributions, too.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Timeline: A brief history of Jordan</span></p><p>If you&rsquo;ve never been a Jordan fan, just need a refresher, or are too young to remember, here&rsquo;s a timeline of how Jordan&rsquo;s career intersects with Chicago history.<a name="timeline"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="650" scrolling="no" src="http://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline/latest/embed/index.html?source=0Ai7E2pZ6aCZtdEczczVJNzlKNFlUakM0bW1MQlZvOEE&amp;font=Bevan-PotanoSans&amp;maptype=toner&amp;lang=en&amp;height=650" width="95%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Jordan&rsquo;s economic impact: A windfall for the Windy City?</span></p><p>In the 1990s, the Bulls were on fire. They won championships. More people bought tickets to games and wanted Bulls memorabilia. However, according to sports economists we talked to, it&rsquo;s difficult to find measurable economic impact on the city.</p><p>Allen Sanderson, an economics professor at the University of Chicago and editorial board member of the <a href="http://jse.sagepub.com/" target="_blank">Journal for Sports Economics</a>, says pro sports teams typically draw in-person audiences within a 25-mile radius. He argues that when all those Chicagoans and suburbanites bought tickets to basketball games, that very same ticket cash likely would have just gone elsewhere &mdash; say, to Chicago restaurants, malls, etc.</p><p>Economics and Business Professor Rob Baade of Lake Forest University agrees that during Jordan&rsquo;s time in Chicago, it was likely that local fans just shifted some of their spending from one entertainment choice to another. Bulls are on a hot streak? Spend Saturday night in the arena. Lackluster season? Go out to dinner instead.</p><p>These kinds of arguments, he says, continue beyond Chicago and Michael Jordan. Consider a more <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/nov/17/lebron-james-economic-impact-cleveland-we-expect-too-much" target="_blank">contemporary debate about economic influence and famous athletes: LeBron James and the city of Cleveland, Ohio</a>. Sports celebrities have some effect, Baade says, but it&rsquo;s often modest.</p><p>&ldquo;If you make the argument that Cleveland&rsquo;s economy has ramped up during LeBron&rsquo;s return, you&rsquo;d have to look at the entire Ohio economy,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Whatever modest effect Jordan did have, though, likely got a bump from the fact that he got the Bulls into the playoffs, effectively lengthening the local playing season, and creating several more games.</p><p>&ldquo;You can make the argument that more people are coming in to watch playoffs. But that&rsquo;s not lasting,&rdquo; Baade said.</p><p>But what about Jordan&rsquo;s own spending? After all, by the mid-90s he was one of the world&rsquo;s highest-paid athletes.</p><p>Sanderson says the success didn&rsquo;t put money back into Chicago because that money was spent elsewhere. Jordan went on trips to Jamaica and other places that took him &mdash; and his wallet &mdash; outside of the city.</p><p>Jordan does still have a home in north suburban Highland Park. The mansion, complete with entrance gates adorned with the number 23, is for sale. Though he left the city more than 10 years ago, the house is still on the market. (Any takers? <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2700-Point-Dr-Highland-Park-IL-60035/4902463_zpid/" target="_blank">There&rsquo;s a gym and a basketball court (duh), and it&rsquo;s only $16 million.</a>)</p><p>What about the Michael Jordan Restaurant? It&rsquo;s closed (<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-01-14/entertainment/9401150342_1_waiter-plate-iced" target="_blank">possibly because of bad reviews such as this one</a>), but the Michael Jordan Steak House, which opened in 2011, still stands. The restaurant employs about 150 people. According to manager Myron Markewycz, the operation&rsquo;s doing well. Markewycz estimates that during the first few years it was open, Jordan visited the restaurant about 30 times. That was before Jordan divided his time between residences in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Florida. Now, while Markewycz can&rsquo;t give a specific number, he says they see much less of Jordan.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">The United Center: The house that Jordan built?</span></p><p>It&rsquo;s tempting for an armchair historian to credit the United Center&rsquo;s construction to Jordan and the Bulls&rsquo; success. After all, you can&rsquo;t miss the statue of Jordan that dominates one of the center&rsquo;s main entrances. And, a surface reading of the timeline lends some evidence: Jordan arrived in 1984 and the United Center opened for business in 1994, replacing the Chicago Stadium.</p><p>But actually, the United Center was a joint venture designed to house both the Bulls and the Blackhawks hockey team. And it was first planned in 1988, years before the Bulls&rsquo; first championship in 1991.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/UnitedCenter.jpg" style="height: 338px; width: 450px;" title="Chicago's United Center was opened in 1994. (Flickr/Esparta)" /></div><p>Sanderson says it&rsquo;s likely Jordan was just in the right place at the right time. Yes, Jordan excelled at the United Center, but basketball&rsquo;s popularity was the draw, not Jordan.</p><p>Jordan&rsquo;s rookie season was 1984, just as the NBA&rsquo;s popularity began to snowball. Until then, not many Americans watched basketball at the stadium or on TV. According to Sanderson, the playoffs were taped and aired later because not enough people wanted to watch them live. The sport gained momentum throughout the &lsquo;80s. Jordan and the Bulls, he says, rode the wave.</p><p>Sam Smith, a sports reporter who covered Jordan for the Chicago Tribune and authored two books about the star, says this rising tide compelled the NBA to push all teams &mdash; including the Bulls &mdash; to build new stadiums, fill seats and boost revenue.</p><p>&ldquo;They committed all of the franchises to have to get new buildings,&rdquo; he said, adding that if teams couldn&rsquo;t pull it off financially or politically, they were pressured to look for new cities to play in.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/MJ%20united%20center%20statue%20for%20united%20center%20section_0.jpg" style="float: left; height: 361px; width: 250px; margin: 5px;" title="Chicago Bulls' star Michael Jordan stands next to a 12-foot bronze statue of himself unveiled outside the United Center in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 1, 1994, during a salute to Jordan by the Bulls. At left is Jordan's mother Deloris. (AP Photo/John Zich)" /></p><p>&ldquo;Everybody was put onto this,&rdquo; Smith said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why Seattle&rsquo;s team moved to Oklahoma City, as an example.&rdquo;</p><p>But Charles Johnson, the CEO of Johnson Consulting (a firm that works on stadium projects, among other things) gives Jordan more credit.</p><p>Johnson helped supervise the development of the United Center for Stein and Company. He says the previous venue, the Chicago Stadium, had become obsolete and that there &ldquo;was no doubt&rdquo; that the United Center would have been built at some point. Still, he says, Jordan &ldquo;absolutely&rdquo; drove the timing.</p><p>&ldquo;I think it is safe to say that this is the building that Michael built,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I do not think this can be said anywhere else, so emphatically.&rdquo;</p><p>Johnson, Sanderson and Smith agree that Jordan had a definite impact on the new stadium&rsquo;s capacity and other amenities &mdash; in particular, the high number of suites.</p><p>&ldquo;If MJ was not in the picture, that many suites would never have happened,&rdquo; Johnson said, adding that the decision to create additional luxury seating turned into an excellent revenue stream for the construction project.</p><p>Smith goes further, saying that the NBA pointed to Jordan&rsquo;s track record and crowd appeal as an argument to expand suites and other accommodations. He says the franchises listened.</p><p>&ldquo;You can make a case with Michael that he influenced all of these buildings everywhere,&rdquo; Smith said.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Charitable impact</span></p><p>Throughout the 1990s, Michael Jordan was the richest athlete in the world, raking in $78.3 million in 1997 alone. Even if Chicago felt little economic impact from the Bulls&rsquo; success, you might suspect that Jordan&rsquo;s personal wealth &mdash; and fundraising in his name &mdash; had potential to leave a more measurable mark on the city.</p><p>In 1989 Jordan and his mother, Deloris, created the Michael Jordan Foundation, a Chicago-based charity that focused on improving education on a national scale. It had two offices and twelve people on staff. Student who participated in Jordan&rsquo;s Education Club could earn a weekend trip to Chicago if their grades and school attendance improved.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/MJ%20econ%20impact%20AP_1.jpg" style="height: 345px; width: 450px;" title="Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan gestures during a news conference at Bercy stadium in Paris Wednesday Oct. 15, 1997. Michael Jordan is the richest athlete in the world, regaining the top spot on the Forbes magazine list for the fifth time in six years. Jordan will earn dlrs 78.3 million in 1997. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)" /></div><p>But in 1996, seven years after the foundation&rsquo;s start (and shortly after Jordan made his <a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com/basketball/7/71/450458/michael-jordan-proclaimed-im-back-20-years-ago-today" target="_blank">famous Bulls comeback</a>), he<a href="http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1996/Michael-Jordan-Pulls-Plug-on-Charitable-Foundation/id-0c0db7ac6126eb83ad42762939677c11" target="_blank"> pulled the plug</a>. Jordan told the press he wanted to take a &ldquo;more personal and less institutional&rdquo; approach to financial giving, and that he&rsquo;d rather &ldquo;pick and choose to whom I give my donation.&rdquo;</p><p>And, aside from a substantial <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=9999200019825" target="_blank">$5 million donation</a> to Chicago&rsquo;s Hales Franciscan High School in 2007, Jordan doesn&rsquo;t seem to have picked or chosen much else when it comes to local donations.</p><p>One Chicago charity to which MJ does still contribute is the James R. Jordan Foundation, an evolution of the Michael Jordan Foundation named in honor of his father. Deloris Jordan (Michael&rsquo;s mother) is the founder. Michael has little administrative involvement, a fact quickly asserted by the foundation.</p><p>&ldquo;He hasn&rsquo;t been here in how many years?&rdquo; said Samuel Bain, the foundation&rsquo;s director of development. &ldquo;[MJ] hasn&rsquo;t lived here, hasn&rsquo;t played here.&rdquo;</p><p>Bain says it&rsquo;s challenging to quantify the impact of the James R. Jordan Foundation on the city itself, but suspects it&rsquo;s benefited more local children and families than MJ&rsquo;s efforts in the early &lsquo;90s.</p><p>Under Deloris&rsquo; direction, the James R. Jordan Foundation partners with three Chicago K-8 schools, two of which are on either side of the United Center. Every student enrolled in these schools is part of a program called the <a href="http://www.jamesjordanfoundation.com/a-team-scholars.html" target="_blank">A-Team Scholars</a>, which awards scholarship money to students based on the letter improvements of their grades each semester.</p><p>Bain says the program has helped Chicago kids make it to high school and college. Some students have become <a href="https://www.gmsp.org/" target="_blank">Gates Millennium Scholars</a>, and a number of graduates from the James R. Jordan Schools have returned to Chicago as program mentors.</p><p>&ldquo;The impact shows in actual neighborhoods, in kids who are making it,&rdquo; Bain said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the result of making it to college.&rdquo;</p><p>As far as MJ&rsquo;s contributions?</p><p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a supporter like our other supporters,&rdquo; Bain said. &ldquo;We are not the Michael Jordan Foundation. We don&rsquo;t want the focus to be on Michael.&rdquo;</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Second to none</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/MJ%20need%20you%20back%20pride%20section_0.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 5px; height: 381px; width: 250px;" title="(AP Photo) " />For a while, everyone wanted to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0AGiq9j_Ak" target="_blank">&lsquo;Be Like Mike.&rsquo;</a> Which means Chicago&rsquo;s identity got a bit of a makeover, too.</p><p>Before MJ came along &ldquo;if you were traveling and told someone you were from Chicago, people would say, &lsquo;Oh, Chicago. Al Capone!&rsquo; Now, it&rsquo;s &lsquo;Chicago? Michael Jordan!&rdquo; said Sanderson.</p><p>Sam Smith says that the city experienced a sense of pride that it hadn&rsquo;t had before.</p><p>For a long time, he points out, Chicago was the &ldquo;Second City&rdquo; to New York or Los Angeles.</p><p>&ldquo;Here in Chicago, sports teams have traditionally been unsuccessful. They were associated with losing and being made fun of,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>That sentiment turned around. The United Center&rsquo;s Michael Jordan statue, entitled &quot;The Spirit&quot; and completed in 1994, has these words emblazoned on it: &ldquo;The best there ever was. The best there ever will be.&rdquo; It was as if, when Jordan was playing for the Bulls in the &lsquo;90s, everyone was proud to be from Chicago.</p><p>&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t be the best forever,&rdquo; Smith said, &ldquo;but for a while we were number one.&rdquo;</p></p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/legacy-michael-jordan-chicago-111803 Public housing or downtown luxury: How home shapes Chicagoans' lives, Part 1 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/public-housing-or-downtown-luxury-how-home-shapes-chicagoans-lives-part-1-107684 <p><p>Chicago is no doubt a city of stark economic differences, a fact that prompted Heather Radke to ask this question:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>What&#39;s it like to live in public housing versus the fanciest apartment downtown?</em></p><p>&quot;The real impetus behind this question is actually about disparity &mdash; income disparity and housing disparity in the city,&quot; Heather said. &ldquo;I was thinking about what sort of questions might bring out an answer that would reveal the real big differences between how poor folks live in the city and how many, many wealthy folks live in the city.&quot;</p><p>But to hear more about what separates &mdash; and possibly connects &mdash; life on either side of Chicago&rsquo;s social divide, we needed a game plan. We quickly settled on the first ground rule: The reporting needed to be specific. So, just as there&rsquo;s no prototypical public housing experience, nor a prototypical &ldquo;fancy housing&rdquo; experience, we are profiling two Chicagoans who live on either side of the spectrum.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR WEB portrait.jpg" style="float: right; height: 167px; width: 250px;" title="Crystal Palmer in her home, a $373-per-month, two-bedroom apartment in the Westhaven Annex. She says she wants the same thing in her life that anyone else wants. (WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" />We&rsquo;ll look at not only about how and why they ended up living where they live, but also how their homes define their lives. I&rsquo;ll also ask them everything from how they do laundry to what they eat for dinner. And I&rsquo;ll bring in relevant demographic data about their neighborhoods and the people they encounter daily. And, most importantly, I&rsquo;ll ask both people to comment on each other&rsquo;s insights and perspectives.</p><p>As we continue our search for someone interested in sharing their experience living in what would qualify as a &ldquo;fancy apartment downtown&rdquo;&nbsp;(see the <a href="#Note">editor&rsquo;s note</a> below), we bring you what we&rsquo;ve learned from a woman who can tell the public housing side of our story.</p><p><strong>&lsquo;I do all my good stuff in my house&rsquo;</strong><br /><br />Crystal Palmer lived in the area where the United Center is now for much of her life. From 1968 to 1994, she lived in the Henry Horner Homes, a Chicago Housing Authority public housing project that was composed of high-rise buildings along with a sprinkling of low-rise buildings.<br /><br />She returned to public housing in the neighborhood a few years later, as the CHA redeveloped the old Henry Horner homes. Today, Palmer lives in a $373-per-month, two-bedroom apartment in the Westhaven Annex, which sits on a plot of land seemingly carved out of the main parking lot of the United Center.<br /><br />Listening to Palmer talk with her in-unit dryer spinning in the background, it became clear that she&rsquo;s proud of the home she&rsquo;s made for herself.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEB%20united%20center.jpg" style="float: left; height: 214px; width: 320px;" title="Crystal's apartment complex sits right in the backyard of the United Center. (WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" />&ldquo;In my house where it&rsquo;s quiet and peaceful, this is where I eat and I enjoy and I sleep. I do all my good stuff in my house. I do all my business outside,&rdquo; Palmer said. &ldquo;Once I&rsquo;ve done all that business, meeting after meeting and place after place, I want to get home, get me a good meal, get me a shower, maybe do some work and go to bed and get up and start it all over again.&rdquo;<br /><br />Palmer knows there are differences between her living experience and others&rsquo;, whether they live next door, in other CHA housing across the city or even in the Loop&rsquo;s Trump Tower.</p><p>But these differences are in the details &mdash; the view from the bedroom window, traffic during Blackhawks games or the distance she has to travel to the grocery store.</p><p>On the whole, Palmer says, she wants the same thing in her life that anyone else wants.</p><p>&quot;I live in public housing and those who live in a condo, they live the same exact way,&rdquo; Palmer said. &ldquo;There&#39;s no difference in the way that they live and I live. People tend to think that we live different than others.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Location, location, location</strong></p><p>The location of her home is ideal for Palmer. But Palmer has a car just like many &mdash; but not most &mdash; of her neighbors. That makes it easier for her to go to the grocery store or get downtown for work as CHA&rsquo;s liaison with the Central Advisory Council, the voice for public housing residents around the city.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m close to downtown,&rdquo; Palmer said. &ldquo;I can actually reach out and touch downtown from here.&rdquo;<br /><br />Palmer knows that&rsquo;s not true of residents of the city&rsquo;s other public housing developments, which can be isolated not only from downtown, but from fundamental services like grocery stores and public transportation.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEB%20inside%20apartment.jpg" style="height: 213px; width: 320px; float: right;" title="Tanveer Ali, right, interviews Crystal Palmer inside her apartment. Palmer said her home is “where it’s quiet and peaceful, this is where I eat and I enjoy and I sleep.” (WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" />&quot;We have a food desert here. We have grocery stores, but we need to catch a bus to get to them,&quot; Palmer said.<br /><br />For Palmer&rsquo;s neighbors who don&rsquo;t have easy access to cars, the location to the CTA&rsquo;s #20 Madison and #50 Damen bus routes helps reach grocery stores like Jewel-Osco, Mariano&rsquo;s or Dominick&rsquo;s. A Pete&rsquo;s Fresh Market being built on Madison Street and Western Avenue will be a 20-minute walk away.<br /><br />Women helm 85 percent of those households, in the Horner/Westhaven Park CHA site Palmer lives at, according to CHA data. CHA says slightly less than two-thirds of all adults less than 54 years old and non-disabled heads of household are employed.<br /><br /><strong>The neighbors</strong></p><p>The median yearly income of households in the area hovers slightly over $12,100, which is on par with CHA housing as a whole.<br /><br />For comparison, the median household in the census tract that includes Trump Tower is about $89,350, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.<br /><br />Palmer says figures about income disparities don&rsquo;t tell the whole story about her, or her community of public housing residents.<br /><br />&ldquo;A large percentage of us are employed and want something better and take care of our homes, take care of our units take care of our families and don&#39;t get into any trouble,&rdquo; Palmer said.<br /><br />There is crime in the surrounding area, Palmer acknowledges, but outside of noticing a few drugs deals outside her bedroom window, it hasn&rsquo;t affected her life much since she moved into her current place.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOR%20WEB%20courtyard%20view.jpg" style="float: left; height: 213px; width: 320px;" title="Tanveer Ali, left, and Crystal Palmer stand in her complex's courtyard. She says she could never live in the taller building, as she prefers her courtyard apartment. (WBEZ/Logan Jaffe)" />&ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t used to that and they would be making noise out there all night and they even also would be selling drugs out there,&rdquo; Palmer said. &ldquo;I was like &lsquo;Whoa, you guys need to move away from there.&rsquo; &hellip; It&rsquo;s all about a relationship.&rdquo;<br /><br />But that stays outside of the apartment complex, a set of three-story rowhouses and a seven-story apartment building that surrounds a well-manicured courtyard.<br /><br />The only way in is by passing the security desk, helmed by guards handpicked and well-known to the residents.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve left my doors open many, many times. It&rsquo;s just safe,&rdquo; Palmer added.<br /><br />But Palmer&rsquo;s days in CHA housing are hopefully numbered. Her apartment has been lined with packed boxes for the past several months as she awaits closing on a house nearby that she got for a &ldquo;very good deal.&rdquo;<br /><br />That move, she said, will hopefully come at the end of the month.<br /><br />&ldquo;For you to go from subsidies to your own, it&rsquo;s a big thing. It&rsquo;s a real big thing,&rdquo; Palmer said.<br /><br /><em>Tanveer Ali is a freelance producer who has worked for organizations that include WBEZ, the Chicago News Cooperative and DNAinfo.com. Follow him @tanveerali.</em></p><p><em><a name="Note"></a>To best answer Heather Radke&rsquo;s question about life on either side of Chicago&rsquo;s social divide, we need to hear from people of means who live in downtown Chicago. If you would like to know more or have leads for us to consider, please contact Shawn Allee, Curious City&rsquo;s editor, at 312-948-4723 or write him at sallee@wbez.org.</em></p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/public-housing-or-downtown-luxury-how-home-shapes-chicagoans-lives-part-1-107684 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 Get on board with the Blackhawks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/get-board-blackhawks-107603 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_patrick_kane_charles_rex_arbogast.jpg" style="height: 272px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Patrick Kane's hat trick is part of the fun of the Blackhawks. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" />Have you caught the Blackhawks fever yet? Here are the symptoms:</p><ul><li>Twisted stomachs</li><li>Lots of yelling</li><li>Knowing the chorus to Chelsea Dagger</li><li>Cheering at the top of your lungs as Jim Cornelison sings the National Anthem at the United Center</li></ul><p>Being late to the party is just fine. But it&#39;s time to give your full attention to the Stanley Cup Finals as Chicago takes on the Boston Bruins.</p><p><strong>A Stanley Cup for the history books</strong></p><p>Everyone who knows a little bit about hockey knows that this is a very special pairing of teams from the &ldquo;Original Six&rdquo;.&nbsp; For decades Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and New York (Rangers) were the whole league. After the expansion in 1967, the NHL added more teams and diminished the spotlight on these six clubs. These teams do not have many meetings during the regular season. And not since 1979&#39;s Rangers vs. Canadians match up have two of the original teams met in a Stanley Cup Final.</p><p>That are good reasons this is a special match-up it is a way for history to be told and for history to be made. That is the way with most sports leagues-we know how much it means in Chicago when the Bears met the Packers. It is not just the proximity of the teams, it is big city versus small town USA- it is the history of these original NFL teams.</p><p><strong>Interesting twist from the NHL lockout</strong></p><p>The NHL&rsquo;s lockout stumbled into a compelling storyline: since the league only had 48 regular season games, it scheduled only games within the Eastern and Western Conferences. That makes this Final intriguing because the teams haven&#39;t faced off yet this season. Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville admitted he has watched all the Bruins playoff games.</p><p>Talking to the Hawks after Saturday&rsquo;s thrilling 4-3 double overtime win, questions about Boston came up. Andrew Shaw spoke about the physical nature of the East coast team, but he hasn&rsquo;t experienced it yet. He talked with fresh bruises and cuts on his face from the Los Angeles Kings. He will definitely feel the brawn of his opponents in this round.</p><p><strong>Boston&rsquo;s heartbreak will be felt</strong></p><p>Just a few months ago, the Boston Marathon bombing affected that city and the rest of the country. When that horrible incident happened it tore at the heart of that city, but it didn&rsquo;t diminish the resolve of Boston. The sports teams in that city, including the Boston Bruins, galvanized the strength and resolve of the Bostonians. So this championship series will likely spotlight the aftermath of that tragedy. Sports have a way of re-kindling the spirit of fans and you can expect that will happen in Boston.</p><p><strong>Quoting Ozzie-yes without profanity</strong></p><p>There is a quote that former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen used, &ldquo;Winning is fun and fun is winning.&rdquo; &nbsp;Even if you are not a hockey fan, or don&rsquo;t know anything about the blue line or high sticking, you can revel in the fun and just join in. That is what these past few weeks have been with the Blackhawks. Watching Bryan Bickell breakout in the playoffs, Corey Crawford mature into an excellent goalie and Patrick Kane score the third goal of his hat trick in double overtime-that is fun!&nbsp;</p><p>Grip the railing and enjoy the ride: there may be another Stanley Cup for Chicago when it ends. &nbsp;</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, 10 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-06/get-board-blackhawks-107603 Blackhawks take on LA Kings in Chicago this weekend http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/blackhawks-take-la-kings-chicago-weekend-107447 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_hawks_seabrook_nam_y_huh.jpg" style="height: 245px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Blackhawks have finished celebrating and move on to play LA (AP/File)" />The Blackhawks bandwagon is welcoming any and all fans that want to join the playoff party. Just think, one week ago today, the Hawks were down three games to one to Detroit. Now the Chicago hockey team is on the eve of opening the Western Conference Final after grabbing one of the most exciting Game 7 in the team&rsquo;s history. Brent Seabrook nailing his shot past Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard in the 2-1 overtime is just a memory It&#39;s time to take on the Los Angeles Kings.</p><h2><strong>Double your pleasure</strong></h2><p>Be prepared for back-to-back playoff games Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the United Center. The Hawks hope to maintain home-ice advantage with this odd schedule. During the compact 48 game regular season, they had 10 back-to-back game scenarios. The Blackhawks had good success, only dropping 2 of the 20 games and no consecutive losses. The Kings played seven 2-game sets; they lost 5 games. In fact, their final back-to-back in late April resulted in two losses.</p><h2><strong>Mick and the boys</strong></h2><p>The NHL decided to squeeze these games together because of the Rolling Stones playing tonight and again on Monday at the United Center. The breaking down of the stage and setting up the ice has made some busy activity for the band&rsquo;s stagehands and hockey crew. The league obviously wanted to take advantage of having these games on the weekend. We&rsquo;ll see if this will help or hurt the Blackhawks. You know: &quot;You can&rsquo;t always get what you want.&quot;</p><h2><strong>Dethroning the Kings</strong></h2><p>The Hawks would love to recreate the season opener, where they went into LA and downed the last year&#39;s NHL champs 5-2.&nbsp;The Blackhawks won two of the three meetings this season.&nbsp;The Kings are a tough, physical team and have the reigning Conn Smythe winner, goalie Jonathan Quick. The Kings have had trouble scoring this post season. They are only averaging two goals a game in the playoffs.</p><p>The road has been a real problem for Los Angeles too. They have tallied just eight times in six games in the playoffs. The Blackhawks hope their speed and scoring ability can prevail. But Quick is truly the cream of the crop between the pipes.&nbsp;</p><p>There are a few familiar faces on the Kings roster: Colin Fraser was a member of the Hawks 2009-2010 Championship team. And of course, LA head coach Darryl Sutter played his whole career in Chicago. Sutter coached the Hawks for three years 1992-1995 (strike shorten season). He may want to win this series more than anyone.</p><h2><strong>The golden ticket</strong></h2><p>Tickets are only available through Ticketmaster today after noon. There have been big concerns about the counterfeit tickets that have been sold around the United Center. Don&#39;t get burned buying fake tickets.</p><h2><strong>Thank you, Detroit!</strong></h2><p>This may sound strange, but the Blackhawks should thank the Red Wings. The Hawks had coasted the regular season and the first playoff round. The hard fought seven game series with their arch rivals may have brought out the tenacity the Hawks need as they move forward. The hitting and grabbing that went on with Detroit may be what the Hawks needed to toughen them up for the Kings.&nbsp;Sometimes adversity brings back focus.</p><p>If there is one area that would be nice to see the Blackhawks get on track, it&#39;s the power play. They only had one game where it worked. They better improve or it may come back to haunt them.&nbsp;</p><p>The Blackhawks are halfway to winning the Cup. It doesn&rsquo;t get any easier from here.</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> Fri, 31 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/blackhawks-take-la-kings-chicago-weekend-107447 Blackhawks Game 7 will rock United Center http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/blackhawks-game-7-will-rock-united-center-107405 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_blackhawks-det_game_6fred%20Sancya.jpg" style="float: right; height: 314px; width: 300px;" title="Blackhawks look to advance to the next playoff round with a win over Detroit. (AP Photo/Fred Sancya)" />Game 7.</p><p>Those words excite everyone that loves sports.</p><p>Tonight it is the deciding game for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings to advance in the NHL playoffs. The best part for Chicagoans is that it is here at the United Center. For added measure of excitement, this will be the last time these two teams will meet as Western Conference rivals. Next year the Red Wings will be moving to the Eastern Conference. So they will only meet in the post-season if it&#39;s in the Finals.</p><p>There has been such a buzz since the Hawks came back from their deficit at Joe Louis Arena to tie up the Red Wings on Monday. What a turn of events for the NHL Presidents&rsquo; Trophy winners. They finished the regular season with the most wins and were on the brink of being ousted by the Red Wings. But a saying that may be appropriate for this moment is: That is why you play the games.</p><p>It hasn&rsquo;t been the big stars on the Blackhawks putting them back in the series as much as various other players. Marian Hossa did tally a score in the last game, but it was Bryan Bickell and Michael Handzus finding the net and Michael Frolik&rsquo;s penalty goal that brought the Hawks back from the dead.</p><p>Who has the advantage? That is anyone&rsquo;s guess. The Hawks are at home. They were supposed to win this series with the regular season they played and the roster they assembled.</p><p>The Red Wings are a younger team with less experience. They did win a game 7 on the road in Anaheim to capture their opening round. But the Wings seemed to crack when they had a golden opportunity to finish off the Hawks in Detroit in Game 6.</p><p>So it all comes down to tonight. The interest goes beyond hockey. During the game you will see Twitter accounts from Chicago area sports figures express the thrills or anxieties of the Blackhawks. Bears players like Lance Briggs and Robbie Gould and Bulls announcer Bill Wennington are big time users of social media.</p><p>Both the White Sox and Cubs teams are also captivated by what the Blackhawks are doing. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told us he intends on making his way to the UC tonight. He does need to have a timely game this afternoon&nbsp; against the White Sox. Sveum and the Cubs enjoyed watching the end of Game 6 from the Sox visiting clubhouse. Cubs reliever James Russell became a hockey fan living in Texas and&nbsp;thinks this Blackhawks series has been &quot;awesome.&quot; I was told almost the whole Cubs team has asked for tickets to the game.</p><p>The Blackhawks have a big fan in White Sox first baseman Paul Kornerko. Growing up in New Hampshire and Connecticut, hockey was the first sport he played. Now he makes his way to the United Center to see the Blackhawks when he gets a chance. Konerko really admires the tenacity of hockey players.</p><p>&quot;They are a one-of-a-kind type of player, you respect that, as a fellow athlete,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The Sox veteran believes Chicago deserves to have championships the way New York and Boston have enjoyed.</p><p>Three years ago during the Sox-Cubs series at Wrigley Field, the Blackhawks team fresh off their Stanley Cup victory gathered at the pitcher&rsquo;s mound and the Cubs and Sox joined them on the field. I was just behind home plate to see it all. It is one of my favorite moments ever covering sports.</p><p>Now we have to see if the Blackhawks can ignite that joy again. If they don&rsquo;t it will be a very depressing Thursday.</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&nbsp;</a></em></p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/blackhawks-game-7-will-rock-united-center-107405 Chicago Bulls prepare for Miami Heat, Blackhawks beat Wild http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/chicago-bulls-prepare-miami-heat-blackhawks-beat-wild-107116 <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_1joakim-miami_tech_lynne_shadkey.jpg" style="height: 221px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Chicago Bulls hope to have cooler heads tonight when they take on the Miami Heat. (AP/File)" />Stay classy, Chicago fans. Game three of the NBA playoff series tips off at the United Center Friday night.</div><p>With the Bulls and Heat knotted at a game apiece, most of the attention should be on the series. But antics and injuries off the court are garnering plenty of interest.</p><p>The Bulls had two players, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, ejected in the enormous 115-78 loss to Miami. As Noah was walking through the exit in the American Airlines Arena, one of the fans bluntly showed her displeasure with the Bulls center. <a href="http://deadspin.com/the-bird-flipping-miami-fan-was-once-accused-of-murderi-498713885">Filomena Tobias</a> flipped off Noah and the image went viral. This is not new. Several years ago the Chicago Sun-Times had a back page photo of a Bears fan doing that to players walking through the tunnel. I remember because it was my son&#39;s grade school gym teacher doing the gesture.</p><p>The Miami fan story shielded the Bulls from their crushing defeat by LeBron James and the Heat on Wednesday night. It must have felt like a freight train for the Bulls as James did what most people expected after losing the opener: he took over. The physical play was brutal and the officiating was a big factor, with nine technical fouls and two players ejected.</p><p>Friday the Bulls can expect the same tone from the NBA&nbsp;defending champions. Since the Heat formula is to be rough and tough, the Bulls have to play smart in response. They cannot lose their cool and they must still move the ball on offense. You can bet the officials will be calling this game close. That may make it harder on the Bulls since they are so undermanned and can&#39;t afford any players to get into foul trouble.</p><p>Two of the ailing Bulls, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, were at Thursday&rsquo;s limited workout. It was mostly a film session (more like a horror film).&nbsp;It was the first day Deng has been able to get out of bed after an illness and severe side effects from a spinal tap procedure.</p><p>How bad has this past week been for the Bulls All-Star? Deng lost at least fifteen pounds, suffers headaches with too much movement and looks weak. Deng admitted he was frightened since he had many issues with bodily functions, speaking and walking. It&#39;s doubtful Deng will play for a while.&nbsp;</p><p>Hinrich&#39;s bruised calf is still causing him to walk gingerly and will likely keep him planted on the bench next to Derrick Rose. Of course, there are tons of rumors about the former MVP return and people are becoming more vicious by the day. It is extremely doubtful Rose will suit up.</p><h2><strong>Blackhawks slam door on Minnesota Wild</strong></h2><p>The Blackhawks slammed the door on the Minnesota Wild 5-1 to take the series four games to one Thursday. What a huge series for Corey Crawford. He played tough and atoned for early first round exits the past two seasons. Last night when Crawford made some terrific saves the fans chanted his name.</p><p>The heroes of the night, besides Crawford, were Marian Hossa scoring two goals, one each for Marcus Krueger and Andrew Shaw (his first career playoff goal). Patrick Sharp had a 3rd period 5-on-3 power play goal and finished with five goals&nbsp;for the series.</p><p>The penalty kill was again brilliant they denied the Wild twice on the power play and all 17 times for the series.</p><p>The Blackhawks will play either San Jose or Detroit after the Western Conference playoff series.</p><p>One thing we know for sure, round two will open at the United Center for the first two games and this Hawks team will be rested and ready.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/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> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/chicago-bulls-prepare-miami-heat-blackhawks-beat-wild-107116 Blackhawks post first 2013 playoff win in overtime http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/blackhawks-post-first-2013-playoff-win-overtime-106918 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bickells_ot_winner_jim_prisching.jpg" style="height: 346px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Chicago Blackhawks won Monday night in overtime with Bryan Bickell's goal, (AP)" />The Blackhawks quest for the Stanley Cup began Monday with a 2-1 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. The game winner came off Bryan Bickell&rsquo;s stick in the extra period.</p><p>Even before Jim Cornelison belted out the National Anthem, a mini drama played out at the opening playoff game. Minnesota starting goaltender, Niklas Backstrom, was injured during warm-ups and had to be helped off the ice.</p><p>Minnesota coach Mike Yeo called it a &quot;lower body&quot; injury. The Wild had to rely on Josh Harding between the pipes. The 28-year-old goalie played in only five games this season. His last start was in January. (The underlying story this season about Harding is his health. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in November. Harding would not comment on his situation, but after the game several Blackhawk players mentioned their admiration for him. During the game, actor Michael J. Fox tweeted, &quot;NHL playoffs! Yes!!! Josh Harding...Great story&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Harding and Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford both had good games with great defense in front of them. Minnesota was the first to score when Cal Clutterbuck got a shot past Crawford in the first period.</p><p>The Hawks didn&rsquo;t have the playoff intensity needed in the first period and the crowd was passive until the start of the second.</p><p>Early in the second period, Minnesota&rsquo;s Zach Parise was penalized for crashing into the Hawks&rsquo; goalie. Patrick Kane&rsquo;s pass to Marian Hossa took advantage of the power play and Hossa tied the game 1-1. Keith also earned an assist.</p><p>That goal and the subsequent penalty kill brought the fans back into the game. The Blackhawks&rsquo; fan base wants this club to provide action &mdash; and wins. Nothing but hoisting the Stanley Cup is on their minds.</p><p>The game remained tied into the third period. With ten minutes left in regulation there was a scrum at the Wild&rsquo;s net. It appeared that Jonathan Toews had scored, but referees blew the whistle. After the game, the Hawks captain said he thought the whistle came rather quickly.</p><p>Regulation ended with a 1-1 tie. Since playoff hockey doesn&rsquo;t have a shoot-out, it is regular periods until someone scores. The Hawks have played overtime in eight of their last nine playoff games.</p><p>Last night with just over three minutes left in the first overtime, Johnny Oduya knocked the puck into the boards to a streaking Viktor Stalberg. Stalberg gave it up to Bickell for the score and win.</p><p>Coach Joel Quenneville gave his team the day off from practice Tuesday. They will play game two at 8:30 p.m. Friday.</p><p>Goalie Ray Emery and center Dave Bolland both have lower body injuries and are likely to stay off the ice Friday.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/CRayeStout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a></em><https: crayestout="" twitter.com=""><em> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></em></https:></p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/blackhawks-post-first-2013-playoff-win-overtime-106918 What qualifications do you need to be a professional Zamboni driver? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/what-qualifications-do-you-need-be-professional-zamboni-driver-106807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Zamboni_Key.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89355976" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Tug Gillingham of Bridgeport wanted to know:</p><div style="text-align: center;"><em>&ldquo;What qualifications do you need to be professional Zamboni driver?&rdquo;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Our search for the answer led us into the chilly depths of Chicago&rsquo;s United Center to meet head ice technician Dan Ahearn. He&#39;s called &ldquo;The God of Ice in the Midwest&rdquo; by a fellow Zamboni driver. Ahearn&rsquo;s certainly earned the nickname. He&rsquo;s been behind the wheel of a Zamboni for the 31 years.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Resurfacing ice is the technical term used to describe what Ahearn actually does on his Zamboni: the shaving, cleaning and smoothing of the surface of an ice rink. The Zamboni and other machines that do this are all known as ice resurfacing machines. But since Zamboni was the original, the brand name is often adopted to describe any and all ice resurfacing machines. (It&rsquo;s become what Xerox is to copy machines or Kleenex is to facial tissue.) &nbsp;Dan Ahearn says there&rsquo;s a good reason for that.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Zamboni&#39;s the best,&quot; he said. &quot;They&rsquo;ve been building them the longest. The other ones are copies off them, to an extent. There&rsquo;s a company, Olympia, that makes machines. A couple companies in Europe makes machines. But Zamboni probably has 75 percent of the market... Just in the Chicago area, there&rsquo;s 60 rinks and probably 50 of them have Zambonis.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While the Zamboni Company wouldn&#39;t confirm that number for WBEZ, it did say that, &ldquo;the Zamboni Company sells more machines annually than [their] competitors combined. [And] it would be safe to say that [they] have the majority of the market share.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You might be surprised to learn that operating a Zamboni requires no special license or certification, according to Ahearn, who also works as a welder and mechanic at the United Center. He said that most ice rinks that need a driver will likely show you everything you need to know.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But after talking with him, it was clear that a little bravery and an enthusiasm for winter sports are probably a plus for landing the job. Or, in Ahearn&rsquo;s case, a lot of both.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When he was 12, he was refereeing a hockey game for younger kids. The guy who was supposed to resurface the ice that day never showed up. All Ahearn had done up to that point was park the machine.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;[So I think to myself], well the guy&rsquo;s not there, and I drive the thing, so I can probably figure this out,&rdquo; Ahearn said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the first time I ever did it - missed a lot of spots, but the ice got done.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Still can&rsquo;t get enough of Zamboni? Then check out these fun facts from the company&rsquo;s website:</div><ul><li>The machines travel an average of three miles per hockey game, which makes sense if you think each resurfacing is 3/4 of a mile. Add that up over the course of a year, and these ice makers on wheels each travel close to 2,000 miles a year.</li><li>Prior to the invention of the Zamboni machine, it took three or four workers more than an hour to resurface the ice by hand.</li><li>More than 10,000 Zamboni machines have been delivered around the world.</li><li>The machine&rsquo;s top speed is 9.7 mph, and it can go from 0 to &frac14; mile in 93.5 seconds. That&rsquo;s according to an April 2005 issue of Road &amp; Track magazine, which performed an actual road test.</li></ul><div id="PictoBrowser130424100446">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "620", "480", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Curious City: Zambonis"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157633319536814"); so.addVariable("titles", "on"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "on"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser130424100446"); </script><div><span id="cke_bm_207S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_208S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_209S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></div><div><em>Anthony Martinez is a multimedia producer living in Chicago. Follow him on <a href="http://www.acmmedia.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr.</a><span id="cke_bm_208E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_207E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span> <span id="cke_bm_209E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/what-qualifications-do-you-need-be-professional-zamboni-driver-106807 Farm to stadium food, plus the Chicago Blackhawks secret green juice http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/farm-stadium-food-plus-chicago-blackhawks-secret-green-juice-105626 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8484407832/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterwaffles.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chick-n-waffle stix with maple bacon dippin' sauce at United Center by Levy Restaurants in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Is the secret to the Chicago <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/blackhawks-start-one-history-books-105625">Blackhawks record season</a> success a secret green juice?</p><p>United Center <a href="http://www.levyrestaurants.com/chefs/michael-arcomone">Executive Chef&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.levyrestaurants.com/chefs/michael-arcomone">Michael&nbsp;Arcomone</a> shared the recipe on a private behind the scenes tasting tour to showcase their farm to stadium food last Sunday.</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peta.org/mediacenter/news-releases/Home-of-the-Bulls-Scores-as-One-of-the-NBA-s-Most-Vegetarian-Friendly-Arenas.aspx">PETA actually recognized the United Center</a> in its first top 10 list of most vegetarian-friendly NBA arenas last week. They specifically noted the vegan tempeh Sloppy Jane, housemade veggie burger, and a baked potato.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491041567/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterclub.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Stadium club table and booth at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><p style="text-align: left;">Chef Mike, as Arcomone is known throughout the stadium, leads a staff of about 90 for Levy Restaurants, working closely with Milan Stojakovic, Director of Operations. They took over foodservice in 2009, serving not only concession stand classics like hot dogs and beer, but luxury dining, staff meals, and Hawks team meals too.</p><p style="text-align: left;">That season Chicago won the Stanley Cup.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491000471/" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenteramuse.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Garrett Popcorn with beer cheese and pretzel crostini amuse bouche in Chicago Stadium Club at United Center by Levy Restaurants (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;The head trainer for the&nbsp;<a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=47108">Blackhawks [Mike Gapski]</a>&nbsp;asked us to go on the Dr. Oz website for ideas for the green juice,&quot; said Chef Mike, &quot;So my chefs did a tasting of all the recipes they found. What you have is what they came up with. They added a little of this and a little of that.&quot; (Yes, I know about <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/02/04/130204fa_fact_specter?currentPage=all"><em>The New Yorker</em> story about Dr. Oz</a>.)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Hawks specifically request organic ingredients, cage free eggs, and gluten free bread too.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8492113724/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterdog.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago hot dog at BMO Harris Club at United Center by Levy Restaurants in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Most of the players drink the juice: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Brent Seabrook, Ray Emery, Jamal Mayers,&quot; said Ricardo Ibarra, Levy Restaurants banquet chef at the United Center.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;There are a few exceptions but for the most part they all have one or two glasses.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491053579/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterveggie.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Housemade black bean and rice veggie burger with Cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce on toasted nine-grain bun with handcut fries by Levy Restaurants at Ketel One Club in United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The PETA approved veggie burger is more like an all-American <em>arancini</em> than a pale imitation of meat. The crunchy griddle-crusted black bean and rice patty, barbecue sauced and smothered in Cheddar cheese, comes with a side of hand cut, twice fried fries.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chef Mike says Levy was hoping to buy a local potato farm this season and plans to do so by next year.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8492238746/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterbrisket.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="House smoked Niman Ranch brisket sandwich with hand cut sweet potato fries by Levy Restaurants at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Carnivores win too. <a href="http://www.nimanranch.com/Index.aspx">Niman Ranch meats</a>&nbsp;are&nbsp;smoked in house in a Southern Pride smoker over cherry wood. The brisket takes 16 hours. Seafood is <a href="http://www.msc.org/">MSC certified</a>. (Yes, I know about the recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/13/171897814/marine-stewardship-council-responds-to-npr-series-on-sustainable-seafood">NPR series about the Marine Stewardship Council</a>.)</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">One particular point of pride is that they make all their dressings in house too. At this scale they could send out their recipes to be made by a third party in huge quantities. But they make their own, which is not only more work on the front end, but back end too, with more dishes to do.&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491061011/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterorganico.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Organico herb oil by Levy Restaurants in United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Of course not everything is local and sustainable. I asked Chef Mike why they bother to source from local farms and sustainable meat and seafood purveyors at all when most fans wouldn&#39;t ever know. He said, &quot;Because it&#39;s the right thing to do.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Goal.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491068449/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterorder.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Local farm produce order, Levy Restaurants at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Chicago Blackhawks Green Juice Recipe by Levy Restaurants</strong></p><p><strong>(Adapted from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-green-drink">Dr. Oz&#39;s Green Drink</a>)</strong></p><p><em>Method:</em>&nbsp;<em>Combine all ingredients in juicer.</em></p><p><em>Yield: Each recipe makes 5 gallons.</em></p><p><u>Green Juice #1</u></p><p>6 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 carrots<br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />5 bunches parsley<br />6 bunches kale<br />3/4 cup honey<br />2 limes, juice only<br />6 cucumbers<br />3 bottles mineral water</p><p><u>Green Juice #2</u><br />10 bananas, peeled<br />6 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 carrots<br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />6 bunches parsley<br />6 bunches kale<br />3/4 cup honey<br />2 limes, juice only<br />6 cucumbers<br />3 bottles mineral water</p><u>Green Juice #3</u><br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />8 cucumbers<br />1/2 head celery<br />6 bunches parsley<br />1 small bunch mint<br />4 carrots<br />8 apples, cored and seeded<br />2 limes, juice only<br />2 lemons, juice only<br />4 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 bottles mineral water</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">(Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Twitter at @louisachu</a>.)</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491036037/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterstanding.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Blackhawks standing room only section at United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/farm-stadium-food-plus-chicago-blackhawks-secret-green-juice-105626