Blackhawks are more fun to watch than Bulls

It took only about 40 years to come back around, but it's official. I enjoy watching hockey more than basketball. Full Story
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Typical Sox Fan

West Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 4, 2009
Thanks for stating the obvious
hawknut

Aurora, IL

#2 Jan 4, 2009
She is just reaffirming the renaissance of the blackhawks. To the point on kids being introduced, I have a 19 yr old son not too familiar with the hawks (too hard to see easily - did not want to spend dollars on tix), and a 9 yr old who I am able to teach the game through due to all games being televised - and now he is a hawk nut too! Good column!
John

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 4, 2009
How you keep a job writing about sports is amazing. You never write anything worth reading. I don't know why I even clicked this piece of garbage. Until Jordan joined the Bulls they were nothing in this town. The Bulls are back where they belong.
Brian

Pickerington, OH

#4 Jan 4, 2009
If not for the fact that this season's Bulls are such an unlikeable team, you probably wouldn't see the shift toward the Blackhawks that has taken place. And once the Bulls are good again--if that ever happens with the hole this team is stuck in--the Bulls will again own Chicago, regardless of what the Hawks are doing.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#5 Jan 5, 2009
Didn't the Bulls move to OK city?
Mike

Glenwood, IL

#6 Jan 5, 2009
Brian wrote:
If not for the fact that this season's Bulls are such an unlikeable team, you probably wouldn't see the shift toward the Blackhawks that has taken place. And once the Bulls are good again--if that ever happens with the hole this team is stuck in--the Bulls will again own Chicago, regardless of what the Hawks are doing.
Sorry, the Bulls will never own this town again.

Ive been to both sports at the UC and there is no comparison from a basketball game to a hockey game. At a hockey game the crowd is focused on the action. Everyone stays in their seats during play to actually watch the game. At a basketball game there are so many distractions during a game that its almost impossible to watch.

Hockey was never dead in this town, just lulled to sleep by the monotone voice of Pully.

Since: Oct 08

Eau Claire, WI

#7 Jan 5, 2009
There is room for both teams as long as they win. I have been a hockey person all my life (player and coach) and simply had and have no time for basketball in general. Spent a lot of my youth going to Blackhawk games at the Old Barn. I just can't see how anyone could be a strong supporter(money and time spent) of both the Bulls and the Hawks. It would seem to me only nominal sports fans could truly be into both teams with the two sports being so different. Hey, I love the Hawks and will support them. Nothing against the Bulls and basketball-just not interested. Again, there is room for both teams.
WKR

Chicago, IL

#8 Jan 5, 2009
I went to the game last night and had a great time. It was my first hockey game in years. I believe the last game I saw one was in Winnipeg cheering the Jets, if that tells you anything. I was amazed at the enthusiastic crowd and the great energy in the arena. Hockey fans are the best! They are 100% into the game. I've been to Bulls games, and the fans don't compare. I also have to give kudos to the very entertaining organist. A good quality organist can't be compared to any of the glitzy high-tech noise that pollutes the experience of watching a game. I wish they'd calm down on all of the blaring showbiz junk and just let the folks simply enjoy the game a bit more. You can't even hear yourselves talk half the time. I'm glad the Blackhawks will be on TV more, I'll definitely tune in.
BFM

Bartlett, IL

#9 Jan 5, 2009
Everything goes in cycles. The Hawks are in the middle of an up cycle and the Bulls, well....
The Jordan years skewed the sports landscape in this town. The Bulls have had and always will have their fan base, but when they lose the bandwagon crowd, they lose 75% of that base. The Hawks are definitely getting a boost from that same crowd, but I think the Hawks core fan base is larger and more loyal than the Bulls.
Steve

Lake Villa, IL

#10 Jan 5, 2009
True. From '85 to '96 (beginning Jordan, ending Roenick), both teams were top of the world. I don't know how far back your history goes, Brian from Naperville, but you clearly forgot or have no idea how much a draw the Hawks were in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. They were on WGN like they sometimes are now, and Bobby Hull had hair.

I was debating hockey vs. hoops with a friend, and can anyone explain why basketballers can't go for an hour? Why only 48? Maybe if they extended the game, you'd a) get the slouch players in shape and b) return a semblance of fundamentals and efficiency. Of course, with commercials and timeouts, you'd actually be extending each game by an hour, one of the reasons why the end of a close hockey game is eminently more thrilling than anything b-ball or football can manage.
Section 317

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 5, 2009
The Bulls never compared to the Hawks in the mid '60s. This is especially evident if you consider the Bulls didn't exist as a franchise until 1967.

I don't recall the Bulls receiving a lot of attention in the early '70s. The Blackhawks heartbreaking Stanley Cup loss in '71 overshadowed the sports scene. I'm not quite old enough to remember, but the Hawks (so I'm told) were the toughest ticket in town back in the '60s.

Michael Jordan did for the Bulls what Bobby Hull did for the Blackhawks. Each of them brought their respective teams from the nether regions of consciousness to the forefront of the local sports scene. The Hawks lived for years off of their resident superstars (Hull/Mikita/Espo than Savard/Larmer/Wilson, etc then Roenick/Belfour and then nothing) until they began their fade in the late '90s.

The Bulls are currently living off of residual interest from the Jordan era. I would guess they need to get some star players and some seasons where they can mount a serious charge for the NBA title (if not win it) to keep their fan base from dwindling. If the Bulls can't accomplish those things over the next decade - they'll begin to become more and more of an afterthought around here.
Kevin

Naperville, IL

#12 Jan 5, 2009
NO ONE compared to the Blackhawks from 1967 until 1973-74. LEAST of all the neophyte Bulls. The Stadium was sold out every night (16,667 plus those in the rafters) without benefit of home TV AND with the radio games starting at the end of the 1st period. I remember going to get Bobby Hull's autograph at Korvette's in Oak Lawn, standing in a line that snaked back to 87th Street for 2 hours, and getting in to see Bobby signing away with a smile and probably covering the 200 people in line behind me. There was not a single Sox player who could draw like that on the South Side.

Reinsdorf likes to think he built a 6 time champion when really he lucked into Michael Jordan. Take him away and they would not have won a single championship. Their TV ads tell it all: they don't sell the game or the team, they have people talking about bringing business associates and having a great time - no doubt eating the free grub and drinking the free suds on this salesman.

I wonder if it really sticks in Reinsdorf's craw that his Bulls and Joking Noah are being overtaken in laps by the Hawks, with an ex Cub at the helm?
Tom

Milwaukee, WI

#13 Jan 5, 2009
If it wasn't for Bill Wirtz and Michael Jordan the Hawks would have always been the dominant winter sports team.
Eric

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 5, 2009
The Bulls will remain a joke as long as Paxson is still running the show. It's really embarrasing what he has let happen.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#15 Jan 5, 2009
The Hawks were the most popular team until Jordan come to the Bulls. The Hawks had everything, then decided to piss it away, trading their good players when they wanted to get paid. Pully ruined the team and now Rocky, McDoungh, and Tallon have risen it from the ashes. Putting the games on TV and bringing back Pat Foley were huge. Now kids can watch the Hawks and become fans of the most exciting sport of all. It is so great to be at the UC these days. And even now the media is starting to change gears and hopefully pay more attention to the Hawks.
rflash1

Newcastle, CA

#16 Jan 5, 2009
The Bulls? Nobody ever rooted for the Bulls. For a time people came to the Stadium to see some guy named Michael Jordon, but there has never been any interest in the Bulls in this city. Now, the Hawks, this is a franchise loaded with Chicago Sport icons: Bobby Hull, Stan Makita, Tony Esposito, Dennis Savard, and many others. The old Stadium used to pack them in every night. EVERY NIGHT. And don't call MJ a Chicago icon. He's an NBA icon. He does not belong to Chicago. Chicago is all the icons already noted from the Hawks as well as guys like Billy Williams and Ernie Banks, Minnie Minoso, Dick Butkus, Coach Ditka, Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton. Dang, half the 85 Bears still hang out in Chicago. Who's more Chicago, Dan Hampton or MJ? Chicago is a working class town, and hockey, like football is sport that requires work. Ever since the 80s, basketball has been about the prima-donnas. Nobody cares about the Bulls. Heck, MJ ran out town the few Chicago guys the Bulls had, guys like Craig Hodges and Horace Grant, guys who would go out to the local playgrounds and shoot hoops with the neighborhood kids. The Hawks are Budwiser and Schlitz and Hamms in a pub. The Bulls are Dom Perignon in a skybox where the only thing anyone notices is highlight-reel dunk.
Josh from Hyde Park

Warsaw, IN

#17 Jan 5, 2009
I remember the'71 Stanley Cup Finals homegames were shown closed cicuit at movie thaters. Mydad, brother and I went and saw a game at a nearly sold out Uptown Theater. This discussion reminds me of a quote from Bob Verdi during the early '90s.
"Bulls fans go to the games to be seen. Blackhawks fans go to the games to be heard."
Lone Ranger

Wabash, IN

#18 Jan 5, 2009
Missy, This is really a well written article. Unfortunately, some of the posters have been reading jerks like Marriotti, DeRogotis, and Morrissey for a bit too long and have begun to reflect and imitate their contrarian cynacism. If Dan McGrath had any brains, which he obviously does not, he would exile Morrissey from the sports section and give you more space. On those ocassions when you do blast someone and present a disphoric perspective, you do it with class the same way that Dave VanDyck, Bob Versi, and Paul Sullivan do; and not in the self serving narcisstic way that Morrissey does at the Trib.
Jake

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 5, 2009
This is how the bs with the "Cubs are better than the Sox" started back in the 80's. The Bulls have earned respect- Real fans stick by a team when they're struggling. Bandwagon fans flipflop and are otherwise known as Cub fans.
The R

Richton Park, IL

#20 Jan 5, 2009
rflash1 wrote:
The Bulls? Nobody ever rooted for the Bulls. For a time people came to the Stadium to see some guy named Michael Jordon, but there has never been any interest in the Bulls in this city. Now, the Hawks, this is a franchise loaded with Chicago Sport icons: Bobby Hull, Stan Makita, Tony Esposito, Dennis Savard, and many others. The old Stadium used to pack them in every night. EVERY NIGHT. And don't call MJ a Chicago icon. He's an NBA icon. He does not belong to Chicago. Chicago is all the icons already noted from the Hawks as well as guys like Billy Williams and Ernie Banks, Minnie Minoso, Dick Butkus, Coach Ditka, Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton. Dang, half the 85 Bears still hang out in Chicago. Who's more Chicago, Dan Hampton or MJ? Chicago is a working class town, and hockey, like football is sport that requires work. Ever since the 80s, basketball has been about the prima-donnas. Nobody cares about the Bulls. Heck, MJ ran out town the few Chicago guys the Bulls had, guys like Craig Hodges and Horace Grant, guys who would go out to the local playgrounds and shoot hoops with the neighborhood kids. The Hawks are Budwiser and Schlitz and Hamms in a pub. The Bulls are Dom Perignon in a skybox where the only thing anyone notices is highlight-reel dunk.
OK...back away from the bar, and put those bottles down. The alcohol has dented your brain.

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