We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog for an important message.
The Chicago Blackhawks are providing a good deal of excitement for fans here in Illinois.
I'm a fan.
Hockey was HUGE, back in the day. The rough and tumble antics on the ice suited the equally tempermented crowd in the stands. It was often standing room only and standing meant planting your feet in a layer of beer and mustard that had morphed into a sticky mass.
There were more fights in the stands than on the ice. Hockey was the territory for the blue collar working stiff. None of this celebrity and well-heeled banking and commodities crowd, steelworkers from Gary and teamsters ruled the old stadium. The players were superstars, Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Eric Nesterenko were our heroes.
My own personal cachet rose when schoolmates discovered I'd babysat for Bobby Hull's kids.
Oh yeah, crazy hockey.
...... We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.