Blackhawks' popularity spikes, but th...

Blackhawks' popularity spikes, but there's a long way to go

There are 12 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 2, 2009, titled Blackhawks' popularity spikes, but there's a long way to go. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Patrick Kane returned from Toronto in June to anything but a hero's welcome. Kane walked through O'Hare Airport 's C Concourse with a replica Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL 's top rookie.

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MJ Massey

Naperville, IL

#1 Feb 3, 2009
Give it time. They're on the "moving picture box" as ol' Bill would have called it now, and fans in town don't have to break bank to see the home team play.

It's showing that once the populace has a taste from their living room of these players, they'll become fans.... heck that's an incredible year over year improvement.

Go Hawks!
Trendy

Naperville, IL

#2 Feb 3, 2009
I get what they're talking about. During the Hull/Mikita/Magnuson era, those players were recognized wherever they went. They would even have fans meeting their planes when they arrived from road trips...I know because I was one of them! Give it a little more time and some dedication from Chicago sports writers and broadcasters.
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 3, 2009
Remote family member said, about two years ago, "hockey is a stupid boring chase of a puck up and down the ice and a goal, once in a while, to remind the players that there is a point to it".

He bought HDTV and I made him turn the Blackhawks on, or I was going to stop drinking his LaBatt's ;-) and go home to watch it. He did and that was the first solid win, of this season, by the Hawks (sorry, I don't remember who the opponent was). He is now a rabid Blackhawks fan ... I mean RABID!

He is astounded by the fact that none of the kids wants to flaunt his exceptional talent. He equates the worst player (he can't think of who that would be) on the Hawks, to the best player on any other team in town.

His significant other, is sitting in the bedroom, to watch "Army Wives", ANY TIME the Hawks are on and she's no lieutenant, to his captain, if you catch my drift.

That's what happens when someone gets to really "see" the reason hockey fans get so caught up in it. When you see how much constant effort it takes to have a winning result and how exciting it is to see it executed the way the Hawks have, it's addicting.

"It's a kids game", yes and ...

"They're OUR kids, damnit!"
SantosleftStump

Lake In The Hills, IL

#4 Feb 3, 2009
Well said RamRod!
dresser

United States

#5 Feb 3, 2009
it is very frustrating to pick up the trib and see our hawks on page 8 or 10 or 12, when they are in second place and moving. conversely, the pathetic bulls with their greek tragedies fill ink and white paper. hope that changes soon!
Jim

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 3, 2009
dresser wrote:
it is very frustrating to pick up the trib and see our hawks on page 8 or 10 or 12, when they are in second place and moving. conversely, the pathetic bulls with their greek tragedies fill ink and white paper. hope that changes soon!
Amen. The sportsrooms at the newspapers are filled with basketball fans. I dont get it personally. The Bulls are a joke the press outside of Rosie wont treat them that way. The Hawks deserve some more ink. They wont get it though. If we won the Stanley Cup and the Bulls missed the playoffs the morning after the Hawks won there would be a frontpage sports story on what was wrong with the Bulls. Its pathetic. NEWSFLASH: Jordan is gone. Let it go.
Mike

Thornton, IL

#7 Feb 4, 2009
Lets face it, the old man ran this team into the ground and they were probably thisclose to fading away.

I was listening to the score talk about this last night and they kept harping about how only 16% of people polled can say they're Hawk fans. they never mentioned that number doubled from last year. What would that number have been is the old man were still alive? Im guessing under 5%.

The Hawks lack of popularity stems from the lack of national attention the league gets. If the NHL would ever learn how to market itself, then the league could start to make inroads to fans that have left.

How about McD for the new league commish?
REM

Canton, IL

#8 Feb 4, 2009
Mike wrote:
Lets face it, the old man ran this team into the ground and they were probably thisclose to fading away.
I was listening to the score talk about this last night and they kept harping about how only 16% of people polled can say they're Hawk fans. they never mentioned that number doubled from last year. What would that number have been is the old man were still alive? Im guessing under 5%.
The Hawks lack of popularity stems from the lack of national attention the league gets. If the NHL would ever learn how to market itself, then the league could start to make inroads to fans that have left.
How about McD for the new league commish?
Hey speaking of the Score, did anyone else hear Bernstein imply yesterday that hockey fans hate the NBA because they are racist?? I guess it can't be because we realize what a superior sport hockey is, to the joke that is basketball and the NBA. When a caller challenged him, he cited as his evidence a few nasty emails he had received from supposed hockey fans. This guy is a worthless wuss...enjoy your NBA with a stoppage in play every 8 seconds when someone gets tapped or they use one of their 50 time outs allotted per half.
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 4, 2009
REM wrote:
<quoted text> Hey speaking of the Score, did anyone else hear Bernstein imply yesterday that hockey fans hate the NBA because they are racist?? I guess it can't be because we realize what a superior sport hockey is, to the joke that is basketball and the NBA. When a caller challenged him, he cited as his evidence a few nasty emails he had received from supposed hockey fans. This guy is a worthless wuss...enjoy your NBA with a stoppage in play every 8 seconds when someone gets tapped or they use one of their 50 time outs allotted per half.
Right on! You know that I never even thought about the fact that hockey is 99% white, on both sides of the glass, rather how different the work ethic is from NBA, NFL, MLB, et al.

Conversely, the NBA was colorless while Jordan was playing. I never paid any attention to his color and I don't think he was devoting any amount of his time to being an Uncle Tom. He was, for the most part, a good citizen and not a bad role model for either black or white or brown or ?, youngsters. That all changed when he left.

Plug it, with the race thing. Blacks are welcome to both sides of the glass. Just play by the same rules we all have to. We will too.

"TOK, D!"
Keith

Silver Spring, MD

#10 Feb 5, 2009
I am just glad to see that the management is not satisfied with just winning games. I hope they won't be satisfied with 1 Stanley Cup either. Wouldn't it be great if we could steal the name "Hockeytown" from Detroit? GO HAWKS!
Drew

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 15, 2009
Hockey fans are so insecure it's unbelievable.

You enjoy a niche sport. Sorry, but it's the truth.

Since: Jan 09

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#12 Feb 17, 2009
Drew wrote:
Hockey fans are so insecure it's unbelievable.
You enjoy a niche sport. Sorry, but it's the truth.
A guy from cleeeeeeeeeeeeveland talking about hockey??lolololol

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