Fans of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks seem to be getting somewhat of a retribution these days. After watching the Blackhawks squander an opportunity to oust the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL Playoffs, and watching the Bulls' best season in a dozen years come to a screeching halt at the hands of the Miami Heat, it's been a tough start to the summer for Chicago sports fans.
I'd be lying if I didn't say this week has, thus far, been rather therapeutic and has helped wash away the disappointment.
First, the Dallas Mavericks dominate the same Miami Heat that ended the Bulls' best run at a championship since the days of Michael Jordan and win the NBA championship, sending home the threesome of former free agents who teased the Bulls in the off-season and stuck a dagger in their collective heart at season's end.
I don't know about anyone else, but the pleasure I took in watching the look of despair on the faces of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were only second to the image of Chris Bosh sobbing like a baby while walking off the court.
If a Bulls championship would have been priceless, the elimination of the self-proclaimed "three kings" was worth at least $79.99.
The coverage of the Heat's loss has been even better. If you don't believe me, take a look at these bits from fellow Chicago sports writers:
Great stuff, to say the least.
As if the fall of the Miami Heat wasn't enough, now the Vancouver Canucks look to be on the verge of a monumental collapse in the Stanley Cup Finals. Leading the series 3-2 and on the cusp of hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup, the Canucks went into meltdown mode during the first period of Monday night's game six in Boston.
As he was in the quarterfinals series against the Blackhawks, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has been a bipolar goaltending nightmare. After surrendering four goals in the opening period of game six, Luongo found himself on the Canucks bench.
The Canucks, now quite well known for being one of the dirtiest teams in the league, cheap-shotted their way past the Blackhawks, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, to meet the Boston Bruins in these Finals. Through the first six games of the series, the Canucks and Bruins have managed to set the record for the most penalized Finals series in NHL history.
For many fans of the NHL, the idea of Luongo choking away the Canucks playoff chances seem all too perfect.
Just look at how many places there are on the internet to actively hate Roberto Luongo:
So rest assured, Chicago, you are not alone in your hatred of Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks. Wednesday, if all goes well in Boston, the Canucks will join the Miami Heat in losing the biggest series in the history of their organization.
It may not be close to winning championships for Chicago sports fans, but there's nothing like watching nemeses -- especially those which are prone to trash-talking and cheap-shotting -- take a mighty fall.
Hey, after the Green Bay Packers won yet another Super Bowl to start the year, things were looking to be much worse.
At least now there's something to smile about.