Tonight, the Blackhawks continue their winning ways against early season darlings the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs currently sit 3rd place in the Atlantic Division after going 3-7-0 in their last ten games. They score as good as anyone in the league and despite missing Vezina-contending goalie Carey Price, Montreal still owns a +15 goal differential. Tonight’s matchup should be entertaining, to say the least. And, in case you’ve been living under a rock, they also carry one of the most electrifying and fun players to watch in the NHL. Continue reading Know Your Foe: Who is P.K. Subban?→
The fellas battle through some minor technical difficulties to talk about the start of the Hawks season — including discussion on the second line, the Blackhawks defensemen, and (finally) they get to the mailbag segment. Jim also believes this team is about to be decimated by injuries.
When is it okay to start rooting for the Blackhawks again?
I’m asking as someone who’s been disappointed, angry, and at times outraged about how Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have handled the allegations against the star winger.
The pre-camp press conference was tone deaf and a disaster. Jonathan Toews didn’t “no comment” on an interview. Ex-Hawk Daniel Carcillo bombed his public opinions. And, of course, Kane was allowed to participate in training camp and start the season with the Blackhawks. All of those things have been heavily scrutinized by local and national reporters and personalities and, of course, in the Twitter-sphere. Continue reading Acknowledging Kane and Rooting for Castro→
After an uneventful summer, the Chicago Blackhawks rolled in to the 2015-2016 season with new faces and a date with the New York Rangers on opening night. The banner raising ceremony was neat, if a little long, and the title defense got off to a fairly lethargic start. A three-goal first period, capped off by a hilariously catastrophic play by Trevor Daley, was all the Blueshirts would need to sour the first game of the year. Continue reading (Recap) Hot Start: Rangers 3 Hawks 2→
Episode 33 covers literally everything *and* it features Mike joining the guys from Ireland. We discuss the Patrick Sharp trade, Jamie Benn’s foray into pig latin on Twitter, pretty much every NHL team’s offseason and what would happen to the British Open if Scotland seceded from the U.K.
I don’t really remember the first time he told me he was thinking about giving up season tickets, but I do remember that the handful of times he brought it up to me I would beg him to reconsider. My excuses for my family to drop thousands of dollars on brutal hockey was shaky at best: What if they’re good, dad? I like watching other teams’ great players come and play. You’ve had them too long to give them up. Someone who won’t appreciate the game will buy your seats.
I’m sure there were more poorly thought out reasons that I came up with.
I was probably in junior high the first time he mentioned it to me — little did we know that the futility of this franchise would last through college. I’m sure he and my mother had talked about it for much longer. We weren’t rich people, the money for season tickets wasn’t throwaway cash to us. In my late 20’s I’m just starting to understand the sacrifices that my parents made for me to play hockey 12 months a year, send me to college, and make sure that I was happy. Paying for season tickets to watch the Blackhawks seems insane to me now. Continue reading And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?→
After dropping game 5 in OT, the Blackhawks have their backs up against the wall and Game 6 at the UC. Jeff, Jim, and Tom collectively freak out about Bryan Bickell, how the team started Game 5, and talk about what they think will happen in Game 6. Listen after the jump. Continue reading Cheer the Podcast: Episode 31→
On the Ed Belfour edition of Cheer the Podcast, Adam checks in from Italy while the guys talk about the longest game in Blackhawks history, the Blackhawks’ defensive issues, and what it all means as the Hawks head home. Listen after the jump. Continue reading Cheer the Podcast: Episode 30→
The fellas discuss how exactly the Blackhawks have turned on the jets and put themselves up 3 games to 0 on the Wild, Teuvo’s impact, and they look ahead to the next series. Listen after the jump. Continue reading Cheer the Podcast: Episode 29→
Well then.. After an uncertain 1st Round against the Preds, the Hawks appear to be rounding into Championship form this series. They’ve won both handily, the stars are shining, the supporting cast is doing its job, their goalie is solid (yes, really) and the lines and lineup are about as optimal as they can be. The Wild have not had a lead for a single second thus far and are heading back home without the smash & grab win you feel they really needed. Of course, it’s only been two games and this time last year the Hawks headed to St Paul with a similar advantage and promptly got their asses handed to them so we’ll not be getting the Corey Perry photoshops out just yet. But there’s reasons to be cheerful this morning and we’ll get to them directly.
The entire stateside CtA crew got together to do talk about the Hawks vs. #perds series, what to expect against Minnesota, dream scenarios for the Blues, Q’s roster choices, and everyone makes fun of Tom for eating McDonald’s. Listen after the jump. Continue reading Cheer the Podcast: Episode #28 (Mark Bell)→
Tom and Jim hop on the air to talk about the Blues failures and the Jets being bad. Topics covered: Bad goaltending, sad Blues fans Tweets, is the Central Division really that good? and more… Listen after the jump: Continue reading Mini Cheer the Podcast: LOL Blues→
This series was very much a Ugandan action movie: part entertaining, part excruciating, mostly just glad it’s over and I don’t have to look at it any more. Nashville chased Newport News, IL (or is that Lemont, Va?) native Scott Darling then blew a two-goal lead and really didn’t look like they wanted to be there, much less go to the 2nd Round (considering they’d have to visit either St Louis or St Paul, that’s completely understandable). The Hawks got it done, in regulation no less, and can take a few days off while pointing and laughing at the Blues & the Wild. let’s get into it:
Before we go any further, that headline refers to this which led my web-designer brother to create this .
Anyway, Nicolas-Cage based antics aside, this series is now 2-1 and the Hawks now have a chance to make the return to Nashville an elimination game (Which sounds like a tortuous setup for a urine -based pun, but I won’t go there…heh, heh). Despite some reversals , especially in the immediate aftermath of scoring a goal, and some curious coaching decisions, the Blackhawks dominated this one for long stretches and were well worth the win. Shall we address the matter at hand? We shall.
Somehow this series is tied 1-1. The Blackhawks deserve to be opening up game 3 at United Center down 2-0 and needing to be desperate. They’re still comfortable right now, it seems. They’ve miraculously taken home ice advantage back despite being the worse team in both contests.
The goaltending “controversy” happening in Chicago is taking center stage in the media and even in the locker room. Scott Darling is getting the start this afternoon, but that’s masking the fact that the Hawks have been hot garbage in front of whichever guy is standing in the blue paint and it’s been that way for weeks.
You know it’s the playoffs when the Tribune’s Dumbass-In-Chief, David Haugh, stops fretting about Kris Bryant long enough to give we mere mortals the benefit of his wisdom. Yesterday, he pinched off a real steamer about the “Goalie Controversy” ahead of Game 2. Needless to say, it’s down to his usual level of gibberish but fear not, intrepid reader, I’ve gone behind the paywall so you don’t have to.
Hello and welcome to Narrative Heaven. Last night had a bit of everything, didn’t it? A first period meltdown, Roszival and Shaw being terrible, the goalie getting pulled and replaced by the “local” boy, the comeback, the fourth year in a row we go to overtime in the Hawks’ Game 1, action, drama, redemption, MOAR OVERTIME and finally Victory and a win on the road that starts this series off the Flahavans’ Way. In addition, I was kept up until 6am by Playoff hockey.. oh, how I’ve missed that.
Prior to heading into the playoff series vs Nashville the guys get together to discuss Antoine Vermette’s entrance to the witness protection program, the return of Patrick Kane and what it’ll take for the Blackhawks to move on to the 2nd round. They also look across the other seven playoff series on tap and take some stabs at the NHL Awards to be handed out after the playoffs.
“…to really mess something up for yourself (rather than for someone else) with an unnecessary and/or stupid act….The origin of the expression is from the scenario in the UK of a guy buying some takeaway chips (french fries for any US readers) after an evening’s drinking.
Finding that he then needs a piss on the way home, the inebriated guy finds a quiet spot somewhere then and puts his chips on the ground nearby while he relieves himself. In his drunken state he then accidentally pisses on his chips, thus depriving himself of his meal through his own carelessness and stupidity”.
A better definition would be the highlights of last night’s game, with special attention paid to Michal Roszival.
It gets really grim when the Blackhawks have a day off after a particularly demoralising defeat. As a fanbase we take to social media and comment threads en masse in order to tear our hair and each others throats out. Considering that this specific defeat is the third really bad one in the last four games, the angst levels have been redlining. That’s not to say this is without good reason: losing three out of four is never a Good Thing, but losing them to non-playoff teams in abject fashion makes it far worse. It isn’t even so much the lowly status of the Stars, Flyers and Beej that stings, it’s the patheric capitulation by the Hawks in those losses (and you can include the win over the Canes in that, too: the Hawks did their level best to fuck that up as well). just four games ago we were coming off a successful trip to New York talking about a run at the Division. Now the Hawks are (at least temporarily) in the Wild Card mix and we’re looking anxiously over our shoulders at Winnipeg.
The boys take on the last week of Blackhawks action and discuss Q’s roster usage, the effectiveness of Brad Richards, and what’s going on with the rest of the playoff picture on the Jocelyn Lemieux episode. Listen after the jump.
This effing Hockey Team.. right after I bigged them up in relation to the Central (and by default, Western) title race, on the back of a shutout of the Rags, the Hawks go and #Cube one up against the out-of-it-even-if-they-don’t-believe-it-themselves Stars. Guess those are the breaks. What made it doubly annoying was the Wings making it three straight losses (albeit with loserpoints involved) for the Blues. Boy, St Louis must be looking forward to a playoff series against Minnesota the way one looks forward to a proctological examination. Anyway, stuff: