Chicago Fans Like It Rough
It was a very rough weekend to be a Chicago sports fan. Actually, now that we’ve got snow on the ground again, it’s rough to be a Chicago fan at all. Weather.com is telling me that it won’t get any better in the next few days, but let’s hope the same isn’t true for our teams.
The Blackhawks dropped both of their games against Vancouver this weekend, all but eliminating them from the playoffs. The unfortunate part is that they have played pretty well; the Canucks are just a better team. We all knew that coming in, but there was still hope that the Hawks would revert to Stanley Cup form and make a run. Vancouver is just has too much skill and power for Chicago right now. I haven’t given up on Kaner and the boys yet, but if they end up losing, I can’t see anyone beating the Canucks.
The Cubs and Sox both stunk. Southsiders can now stop blaming the bullpen. The three starters picked up losses over the weekend, and the offense put up 7 total runs in the 3 games. The Cubs didn’t fair much better dropping two out of three to the Rockies. They at least managed to score some runs, but unfortunately in standard Cubs fashion, they also gave up a bunch. We officially have two mediocre ball clubs right now, but hey, there are still 147 games left this year. Both teams could still break the record for most wins ever in a season.
Bonus Bad: My Adam Dunn under-performance meter is off the charts. I like that the Sox made moves to try to improve, but I was very skeptical about this one. Dunn went one for eleven this weekend and is hitting a whopping .182 for the year.
The Bulls almost lost to the Pacers. No, it wasn’t the ’04 Pacers. Reggie Miller didn’t suit up and start raining obnoxious looking 3s. It was the regular old Pacers who won only 37 games this year, 25 fewer than Los Bulls. D.Rose managed to pull it out at the very end, which is really all that matters, but god help us if he ever gets hurt. At that point we might as well just shut the franchise down. After the close call, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bulls come out and win by 25 tonight, or at least that’s what I’m hoping will happen.
The Ever Impressive
Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti finished 2nd in the Deep-Fried Asparagus Eating Championship, finishing behind only Joey Chestnut. He put back a staggering 7 pounds 3.5 ounces of asparagus in ten minutes. No report yet on how long the bad-smelling urine side-effect lasted afterwards, but I’m guessing that sticks with you for awhile.
I wanted to share this because I love Don Cherry, but it seems extra-appropriate given the current predicament in which the Blackhawks find themselves. They may be behind 0-3, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel. If we’re going down, we’re going down blazin’.