Memo to the Chicago Bears: The Chicago Blackhawks have moved into Bear Country. This won't lead to near extinction but let it be known that the Blackhawks are setting a new standard in how Chicago sports franchises should be built. They built their team through the draft and brought in accomplished veterans, made bold coaching and management decisions and are probably one of the most fan-friendly teams in all of sports. Let's hope this approach, good fortune and the Blackhawks' success can wear off on the Bears as they try to bring a Super Bowl back to Chicago after 25 years.
Blackhawk fever is here and its here to stay but they still have a long way to go to make Chicago a Blackhawk town. One title won't do it for the Hawks but with their roster and style of play, this could be the beginning of something special. Besides, their fans are as passionate as Bears fans and have long suffered. Disclaimer -- When I mean fans, I mean STHer's and fans who have stuck with the team during the blackout years and not just fans who jumped on the bandwagon within the past couple of years.
Last Sunday, Chicago tuned in as the Blackhawks beat the Flyers to go up 2-0 in the series. From ChicagoBusiness.com's
I never thought I would see the day
when a Blackhawks game pulled a television rating comparable to the
It happened Monday night. Game 2 did a 25.1 rating on
WMAQ-Channel 5. That means an average of 878,751 homes tuned in to the
The rating peaked at 38 in the third period., meaning more than
1.4 million homes watched the Hawks close out Philadelphia.
To put it in perspective, the Bears averaged a 27.9 rating last
year, a number boosted by a few prime-time games with ratings in the
The Bears always have been the benchmark when it comes to
ratings in this town. So what occurred Monday speaks to the growing
reach of the Hawks, especially in attracting non-traditional hockey
I just wonder how many of those new fans know what a blue line is?
Go Blackhawks and Bear Down!