The Blackhawks 16-0-3 start has set the NHL record for most games to begin the season with at least one point. The NHL record tying game provided Comcast Sports Net with their highest ratings ever for a Blackhawks game.
Each of Chicago’s five major sports team have had exceptional eras and starts in their history. The Blackhawks start portends great things for the future. Other teams with similar starts in the NHL have gone on to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup.
In the Bulls case this has usually proven true, the same with the Bears, but not necessarily with the White Sox and Cubs. .
Here is a look at the big five’s great starts and the outcomes of their seasons.
The Bulls had a few amazing beginnings to seasons under Phil Jackson. It depends on how far out you go, but the record setting 1995-96 team set numerous NBA Records. Their 72-10 record is the best in NBA History. They began the season 41-3.
They are one of the most dominant teams in NBA History. They outscored their opponents by nearly 13 points per game and nearly made it through the NBA playoffs with only one loss. They swept Miami in the first round. Ousted the Knicks in round two losing only game three in overtime and swept Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals.
After winning the first three games against Seattle in the NBA Finals, the Bulls dropped games four and five before clinching their four NBA Title in six seasons in game six at home. The clincher is known for occurring on father’s day. It was extremely emotional for Michael Jordan. His father’s murder was just a few years removed.
The best start for the Bulls without a loss occurred the following season. The Bulls began the 1996-97 season 12-0. After their first loss of the season, the Bulls won their next five to begin the season an astounding 17-1. For the 82 games 1995-96 season and the first 18 games of the 1996-97 season the Bulls were an nearly unfathomable 89-11 in the regular season.
The Bears have had two undefeated regular seasons. They finished the 1934 season 13-0 and the 1942 season 11-0. Their attempt to become the first undefeated champions in NFL History fell short both times.
The 1934 NFL Championship was the infamous (from a Bears perspective) sneakers game. With the Bears leading the Giants 13-3 after three quarters, the Giants switched to sneakers courtesy of the Manhattan College Basketball team to better deal with the frozen turf at the Polo Grounds.
The Giants scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to claim their second NFL Championship.
After an 11-0 1942 regular season, the Bears lost to the Washington Redskins 14-6 to end a second attempt at an undefeated season. The Redskins scored 14 unanswered points after the Bears scored first. The Bears had been the two-time defending NFL Champions. The Redskins enacted a bit of revenge after they lost 73-0 to the Bears in the 1940 NFL Championship game.
The 1985 Bears are the standard for any Bears team in the Super Bowl Era. They had arguably the best defense in NFL history. After starting 12-0 the Bears travelling to Miami for week 13. The Bears were coming off two consecutive shutouts (over Dallas and Atlanta). They had not given up a touchdown since week 10 and had held four of their previous five opponents to single digits in points.
Behind Dan Marino and the Dolphins stellar receivers Mark Clayton, Mark Duper and Nat Moore, the Dolphins jumped out to a 31-10 lead before winning 38-24. The Bears ran the rest of the schedule unblemished to finish with a 15-1 record for the second time in NFL history and win the Bears only Super Bowl.
The 1982 White Sox preceded the Winning Ugly team by a year. While most fans revere the 1983 White Sox, it is the 1982 White Sox that began the season a franchise best 8-0. Their streak began with a road trip in New York and Boston.
They swept the defending American League Champion Yankees in a two games series in New York. They won 7-6 in 12 innings to begin the season. They won the second game as Britt Burns and Salome Barojas combined to shutout the Yankees 2-0.
They next traveled to Boston. They won the opening game of the series 3-2. In the second game they overcame a 4-0 deficit in the second game of the series by scoring one in the sixth and four in the seventh to defeat the Red Sox 5-4. The completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory in game three. The Red Sox finished the season 89-73 in third place in the AL East
The White Sox returned home to face the team that would eliminate them from the AL playoffs a year later, the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles finished the season 94-68. They missed the playoffs finishing one game behind Milwaukee. That was the second best record in baseball. They swept the Orioles, winning 3-1. 10-6 and 6-4.
The Yankees came to Comiskey Park and ended the winning streak by winning the first two games of a three game series. After salvaging the final game, the White Sox then lost their next four games to fall to 9-6.
They eventually finished the season 87-75, six games behind the California Angels.
The Cubs began the 1934 season 7-0. They held onto first place for 26 of their first 34 games of the season.They began the season with a three game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati. They travelled to St. Louis and won both games of a two game set at Sportsman's park before returning home. They defeated the Reds in the first two of a three game series before losing 5-4 in the series finale. The Reds had to rally with two in the ninth inning to end the streak.
Lon Warneke won all three of his starts for the Cubs during the streak and finished the season 22-10. Future Hall of Famer Chuck Klein drove in 11 runs during the streak.
They stayed in the Pennant race for most of the summer. The Cubs reached a season high 24 games above .500 when they were 74-50 on August 29. At that point they were 4.5 games behind the Giants for first place in the National League. They finished 12-15 to finish 86-65, 14 games out of first.
The Giants held first place from June 6th until September 29 when the Cardinals caught them. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Tigers in the World Series.