My first inclination would be cynicism to the mass of Chicago Blackhawks fan that are beginning to come out of the woodwork. Where have you been? I know there are a select group of you that have quietly cheered your team on, but with low expectations.
But then something else kicks in.
I finally have a chance to be surrounded by people who (at least feign) appreciation for HOCKEY. :) So I don't care if you think hockey is played in 4 quarters, if you call it a touchdown when someone scores, and if you think the Bulin wall is someone mispronouncing "Berlin".....wanna be a fan? BE A FAN.
And you know what? Chicago has a slight chance. These teams have met through the regular season this past year, and the evolution of games goes: Detroit winning in Overtime, Detroit kicking butt in regulation time, a long stint of not playing each other, and then Chicago winning the last 2 games of the regular season against Detroit. (although lets not kid ourselves, Detroit wasn't even tryin' - they had their spot clinched and couldn't gain or lose ground by their performance in those games, so they played it safe and easy to avoid injury/fatigue.)
So here's your chance, Chicago fans. ALL the games should be viewable on Fox Sports Midwest (channel 64 if you're Decatur Comcast). I'm sure we'll get a group together for one or two of the games towards the end. But don't miss a SECOND of the Conference Finals this year...(all times Central)
|2009 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS|
|SERIES N|| |
|Sunday, May 17||at Detroit, 2:00 p.m.||NBC, TSN, RDS|
|Tuesday, May 19||at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.||VERSUS, TSN, RDS|
|Friday, May 22||at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.||VERSUS, CBC, RDS|
|Sunday, May 24||at Chicago, 2:00 p.m.||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|* Wednesday, May 27||at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.||VERSUS, CBC, RDS|
|* Saturday, May 30||at Chicago, 7:00 p.m.||VERSUS, CBC, RDS|
|* Monday, June 1||at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.||VERSUS, CBC, RDS|