With the first game against the hated Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night, I figured the hate needs to start early. Yes Chicago, We are your biggest rival. You may claim that it's Vancouver, but only an idiot "fan" of the Blackhawks, which is the large majority of you would think that statement true. In your world the NHL started in 2009.
I'm here to let you in on a little secret. WE are your biggest rivals, and have been since 1926. you may bring out the "dead wing" reference every once in a while, but do you really even understand to what you are referring? A bad decade doesn't matter when you have 11 cup, 6 conference and 19 division championship banners in the rafters along with Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuk and Steve Yzerman's names.
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I'm a Red Wings fan and nothing will ever change that. I live and die with my team, every game, every trade. It doesn't matter how good or bad.
This is in no way an attack on the city of Chicago or its loyal fans, this is just a letter to the few that have ruined my perception of the Blackhawk fan base. If this offends you then good, you are who I am writing about.
Born and raised in metro Detroit and moving to Chicago 5 years ago opened my eyes, I thought that being a fan meant that you supported your team no matter what. Boy was I wrong.
The first year I was here you would have thought the city didn't even have a hockey team. Now I understand that hockey isn't the most popular sport, but this is an original six city, yet even after winning the Stanley Cup the "fans" got bored.
In Chicago the hockey season seems to start in October and end a few weeks later. If the team is good it will start-up again in April. "Fans" buy jerseys of players that have little chance of ever sticking with the team, they claim dynasty after one solid season, and they start "Detroit Sucks!" chants even if the team they are playing isn't Detroit. Heck, even at Cubs games where Detroit has no connection at all.
Now I know that there are some real Blackhawks fans out there, I've met them and have had many wonderful conversations about Hockey with them, they know who Tony Amonte is, even Martin Lapointe (you know the captain of the team in 2008). Or that Michael Leighton was the starter before the lockout.
The breakdown at the United Center is 10% real fan, 90% bandwagon. Which is fine, true fandom has to start someplace, but please if you just became a fan be proud of that. Learn the game, ask questions and become informed before trying to be the informer. Don't claim to be something you are not, don't tell me that the Red Wings are too old or on the decline while wearing your crisp Byfuglien or Niemi jersey shirt.
Lastly let me be a fan of my team without being approached with ignorant comments or threats, I'm minding my business. I don't need to hear what malicious things you will do to my mother or children. Have some respect for yourself and the people who truly love the sport.
Do they even have schools in Detroit? What a town. We have 11 cups, blah blah blah. Great tradition...we get it. Right now we are the better team and young. Barring a tragedy we will remain better for some time. Deal with it...talk about insecurities???
Winning a game by a penalty shot while being largely outplayed the entire night in every aspect does not make you a better team. @rcbearsfan34
@Jordan_Reis@rcbearsfan34 I must admit that I´m rather curious what game you saw. Detroit played their patented counerstrike game. Quick and usually lethal. Crawford and Howard were great. Detroit maybe a little unlucky that after a double Hawk deflection, they only got iron but you can´t seriously believe they outplayed Chicago - except in PK. Please let me know what meds you´re on - I´d like some too (and I´m also a Cubs fan so those meds better be REALLY strong)
@Jordan_Reis your right o knowledgeable one. Severely outplayed. Shots on goal 28 even, hits +2 dirtroit, giveaway/takeaways + 2 chi, pretty one sided genius. Oh wait +8 in penalty min for the wings....they did dominate there. Very disciplined and well coached sir. Get your facts straight before you reply to me. You fight about as well as your boy Bertuzzi. LOL
Is that how low the Hawks "fans" are going to go? look it up buddy, the Chicago School system is much much worse than Detroit's. You are the "fan" I am writing about, no real knowledge@rcbearsfan34
I am and always will be a Hawks fan. My dad worked at the Stadium and I ate and slept hockey. I KNOW about Detroit - Crozier, Delvecchio, Lindsey, Sawchuck (who played for just about everyone it seems). My distaste for Detroit is very well founded - I won´t represent anybody else. Healthy rivalries are the essance of sports and Chicago vs. Detroit is only natural (in every sport). Iremember the Lions beating the crap out of the Bears and #51 calls timeout with less than a minute to play so he can hit Karras again. THAT is rivalry. (Chants don´t impress me - just like lots of our fans don´t). Actions impress - chants embarrass. Merry Christmas and a great 2012. P S Detroit sucks even when they are better than us. GO HAWKS
You sir are one of the true fans I talk about, I am sorry so many "fans" have tarnished your team image.
I kid... mostly, but do love the rivalry@Mike ORegan
@Mike ORegan We suck so much that you monitor our blog? Blackhawks fans are a walking insecurity.
@marti783 Just happened upon it to tell you the truth. It´s interesting to hear other opinions - so long as a tad of intelligence is involved. As far as insecurities are concerned, one fact stands - Chicago right now is very young and good (finally) and they will get better. Detroit? We´ll see
Didn't they cheer "DETROIT SUCKS" at their Stanley Cup parade as well? You know when Patty Kane was drunk off his ass (surprise surprise). Un-educated bandwagoners. Just like those people in Pittsburgh that thought DET/PIT is the biggest rivalry in hockey.
Yes they did, I took the train to work that day downtown while wearing a Red Wings shirt. I had no idea that the parade was going on either, they I saw every toxic avenger looking Chicago troll in the city crawl out of the sewers to go to the parade and listen to 20-cent Kane babble away @freakazoid0587
lol i had no idea they would chant "detroit sucks" when we weren't playing or even at cubs games? that's funny because the tigers aren't even in the NL. whatever, it's flattering. i heard colorado fans did the same thing back in the rivalry days. good to know we're on everyone's mind!
@marti783 I heard it at a Cubs game a few summers ago, I think they were playing the Cardinals. Idiots.
I've done a lot of work at the different venues in Chicago and it never fails, there is always a Detroit sucks chant. even if the Sox are losing to the Indians.
No joke, I've even heard it at a Chicago Fire game@marti783
If I have time I will write as many Chicago hate articles as I can. They lost to the Kings 2-0 last night which makes me happy @moorecha