Game On! Game On!

July 2, 2008 – 12:38 am by Matthew Glenesk

Doest my eyes deceive me.

Did I read that headline correctly?

Hawks, Campbell agree to terms; also add Huet

Can’t be talking about the Chicago Blackhawks. They don’t spend any money.

Or do they? Those were your older brother’s Blackhawks. The Blackhawks of the late Bill Wirtz.

Who you ask?

Bill Fucking Wirtz.

The Wirtz family own the Blackhawks, and good old Bill ran the ship for 41 years. During his reign, the Blackhawks home games weren’t televised because Wirtz thought it was unfair to season ticket holders. He then tried to charge fans who wanted to watch games $30 a month. That didn’t last long.

ESPN ranked the Hawks as the worst franchise in pro sports in 2004 (yes, worse than the Clippers). ESPN went on to rank Wirtz, who passed away last September, as the third greediest owner in all of sports.

Here’s one of Dollar Bill’s more famous quotations: “Our fans don’t worry about the Stanley Cup. It costs too much.”

And true to form, the Blackhawks have missed the playoffs nine of the last 10 seasons.

So forgive Blackhawks fans for booing during a tribute and moment of silence for their deceased owner at the home opener last year.

Who knows, this guy might have had something to do with Wirtz’s death (though cancer got the credit).

Or it could have been Glen, our friendly manager at Stan Mikita’s Donut Shop in Aurora.

“Yeah, I know what you’d like to do. You’d like to find the guy who did it, rip his beating heart out of his chest and hold it in front of his face so he can see how black it is before he dies.”

“Actually, I was thinking of filing a grievance with the union.”

“Well, the world’s a twisted place.”

But there it was on Tuesday on ESPN.com’s front page:
Hawks, Campbell agree to terms; also add Huet

Campbell, would be defenseman Brian Campbell, the best available free agent on the market.
And Huet is Cristobal Huet, who led the Washington Capitals to the playoffs after a trade deadline deal that sent him to the Caps from Montreal.

Campbell got eight years with an annual salary averaging at a shade more than $7 million.
Huet got a four-year deal worth $5.625 million annually.

Blackhawks GM Dave Tallon’s explanation for the moves had Blackhawks fans utterly confused.

“We decided we’d try to make an impact today to give our fans something to get excited about. When you do that, you’re going to overpay, but now we have the resources and ability to do that.”

Dollar Bill just turned over in his grave.

Chicago was just three points shy of making the playoffs last year and boasted the league’s top two rookies in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Fans have started to care again. There’s a buzz regarding a team the Windy City once loved. A game in Wrigley Field is on the books for next season and all those “Wayne’s World” junkies can break out the “Campbell” Blackhawks jerseys again.

But here’s the kicker: Blackhawks home games will be televised. And not just that. At least 20 games will be broadcast nationwide on WGN.

Game on!
Game on!

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  1. 2 Responses to “Game On! Game On!”

  2. Just so you know, there is at least one person excited about this besides you.

    By Hick Flick on Jul 2, 2008

  3. Thanks, Hick. I called Cohen yesterday and told him to get his Hawks season tickets while he can.

    I am so going to that game in Wrigley.

    By The Baker on Jul 2, 2008

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