Climbing on the Blackhawk bandwagon; who's a true fan?

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Real or fair weather fans?


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 1991 1961?


Who cares? Enjoy it!

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  • The last Hawks' Stanley Cup was 1961, not 1991. But no, I have NOT paid any dues and so must celebrate with my customary moderation.

  • In reply to EricZorn:

    Thanks, Eric. When you get to be my age, what's a decade or three? By the way, did you know that 1961 is the only year in a century that can be read the same upside down and backwards. That's the kind of thing we were talking about back then. Cool, uh?

  • In reply to EricZorn:

    Dennis,

    I'm 29 (on Saturday) and followed the Hawks in their Stanley Cup Finals run in 1991 (stayed up late listening to it on the radio, unbeknownst to my parents!) but the issues that I had prior to that and since, until Rocky took over the club, was that the team just wasn't accessible. Heck, my dad didn't even really follow them because it was pretty much impossible. There are entire generations who missed out on hockey because old man Wirtz kept us away.

    This is a sports fan. We get behind our teams. But when a team is kept from us from so many years, it makes it pretty much impossible. That isn't the fault of the fans, it's the fault of the ownership. Just look what has happened in the last 3 years since Rocky took over. The Blackhawks have LIFE. 103 straight sellouts at the UC. Highest attendence in the league.

    The city was ripe for the picking, and an entire of generation of fans has been won over by the ownership the last 3 years. What was once the worst professional team in sports is now one of the best, and the fans who are celebrating now will, by and large, remain fans. The ones who fall away are just bandwagon people... but I think lots are here to stay.

  • In reply to EricZorn:

    By the way... I cut off my playoff beard this morning!

  • In reply to EricZorn:

    Thanks to the new direction from the front office,these bandwagon jumpers are a welcome sight.When you saw the throngs of people downtown how can that not be noticed by the Blackhawks.Some will jump off some will stay.The business savey front office will notce and keep a quality product on the ice to watch.After watching the parade on tv it was only a shame that the putz we have for a mayor couldn't get the coaches name correct.Thank you for the space to vent and GO BLACKHAWKS......

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