Climbing on the Blackhawk bandwagon; who's a true fan?
Now comes a deep philosophical exploration of the meaning of "fan." Should you be a fan of a team just because it's from your hometown? Or should you be a fan only of winning teams?
Cubs fans are unrivaled examples of the former, shamelessly ladling out fealty to losers year after year. An example of the latter are fans who drift from team to team, even out-of-town teams, rooting only for the champs. The former value loyalty, the latter excellence.
This is a question for the ages, but now more than ever for Chicagoans who, at last, have a team worthy of respect and admiration -- the Chicago Blackhawks
. Now the best pro sports team in town, the Blackhawks are a welcome refuge for Chicagoans who shamelessly have tolerated years of suffocating mediocrity and failure that have characterized Chicago's other pro teams.
Should fans who have stuck through thin and thin with the Blackhawks now welcome aboard newcomers as fully credentialed fans? Is it bush league to abandon losing teams to ride on the backs of winners? Or is it bush league to mindlessly stick with losers? Loyalty or excellence? Faithfulness or supremacy?
Tonight everyone is a Blackhawk fan, the Stanley Cup winners. But how many have paid their dues by being loyal since the team's last championship in
Who cares? Enjoy it!