Miss Canada Scores with National Costume

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Sunday night some of the most beautiful ladies from around the world competed in the Miss Universe pageant. There is nothing I love more than when two of my favorite things in life collide and Miss Canada did just that.

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In my opinion, the best part of Miss Universe is the National Costume portion at the very beginning of the show. The elaborate and creative costumes for each country are always fantastic, but Miss Canada’s was my personal favorite. It was obviously awesome because if Canada owns one sport it’s most definitely hockey. Her costume was decorated with sticks, a scoreboard, a goal net in her hair and a mini Stanley Cup adorned on her head like a crown. It was perfection for any hockey fan.

Good work team Canada, you totally got robbed in the National Costume contest.

Petty Predators: Keeping the Red Out

138970992FUN SPOILER: Don’t plan on making your annual road-trip to NashVegas this year to watch our Chicago Blackhawks dominate the Predators. Apparently, Nashville doesn’t appreciate Hawks fans invading their city/stadium during the season according to a report by Section 303. It’s too bad Chicago fans travel better than any other fans. Sorry we’re not sorry.

This entire situation can be summed up with two words, petty and pathetic. The Predators organization is openly admitting that Blackhawks fans filled Bridgestone Arena with red last season and they’re hell bent on avoiding a repeat scenario. LAME.

This upcoming season you will not be allowed to buy single game tickets for the November 16, December 17 and April 12 dates against the Blackhawks. In order to get tickets to those games, you’ll be required to purchase a second game as well. The ONLY decent thing about this situation is that the organization has implemented a plan that you can donate your second game tickets to members of the military.

“For Blackhawks games, we want to make sure that we preserve this building as much as we can for those who live in Smashville,” said Predators president and chief operating officer Sean Henry.

5178167807_25deb8101d_zSeems to me like Mr. Henry is a bit of a coward. Predators fans have the ability to buy season tickets, they have the ability to buy single game tickets and it’s really not Chicago’s fault that they’re not selling out from the get-go. Maybe they need to work on building a better fan base throughout the city instead of worrying about Chicago fans traveling down to Music City for a weekend.

The “Keeping the Red Out” campaign was launched in 2012 when the Predators were scheduled to play their arch nemesis Detroit Red Wings in the first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They’re now extending the campaign to Blackhawks fans as well. Sounds to me like the Predators organization are a bunch of haters.

The Predators organization has officially declared war with Chicago Blackhawks fans.

Blackhawks: Playoff Lawn the New Playoff Beard?

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Anyone who loves hockey knows a thing or two about the legendary lucky playoff beard, but a Park Ridge resident took a new approach to displaying his Blackhawks pride. Frank Miller has grown a playoff lawn adorned with a Blackhawks sign.

Miller told NBC Chicago, “They’re growing their playoff beards, so I just decided, you know what, it hit me: I’m going to make a playoff lawn and I’m going to make a sign for it and I’m going to embrace it.”

Others have embraced his shaggy lawn honking and hollering when they pass the lawn and sign, “Everybody drives by and beeps at it. People stop and take pictures. It’s awesome,” Miller said.

The city of Park Ridge hasn’t been on board with Miller’s playoff lawn as it breaks city regulations and was considered a health risk, because it could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes (hate those bugs). The city paid a man to take an industrial sized mower to Miller’s ugly lawn. Luckily, the lawn can face adversity (just like our Hawks) and has bounced back for the Stanley Cup Finals.

The finals kick-off on Wednesday as the Blackhawks prepare to take on the Boston Bruins at the Madhouse on Madison. This is the first Stanley Cup Final meeting for these two all-Original Six teams. Will our Hawks host Lord Stanley’s Cup again?

Hockey Hold Up

If you were getting excited for the 2012 NHL season, I’d suggest you hold your horses. Thursday afternoon the dreaded news was announced – the first official two weeks of the NHL season have been canceled. Yep, that’s 82 games completely washed. The Blackhawks lose their first five games (Oct. 13 vs. Columbus, Oct. 16 at Winnipeg, Oct. 18 vs. Colorado, Oct. 20 vs. Detroit and Oct. 23 at St. Louis).

Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, issued a statement Thursday regarding the cancellations:

“We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement. The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better.”

Uh, yea we do. I just find the whole lockout scenario a bit “over-done” these days, specifically with professional hockey. Been there, done that. In 2004 the NHL suspended play for an entire season – that lockout wasn’t enough? I admit the 2004-2005 season lockout actually revived the NHL because some truly positive factors of play resulted from it (any hockey fan loves a good shoot out) and ultimately increased TV ratings and general popularity. This lockout is just making players and fans angry. Why can’t the season begin on time while negotiations are being worked on? NHL hockey players are looking into other options overseas – mostly the KHL (who has a new agreement with ESPN as well) to keep their skills sharp. Shouldn’t the NHL want to keep their players here?

This lockout is depressing, our hockey hunks are leaving the U.S. and who knows when they will be back. Get comfortable, it looks like we’re going to be here in lockout-land for a while folks.

 

 

Dirty Penguins

Everyone loves a good hockey brawl, it’s one of the reasons the NHL is so entertaining. HOWEVER – the current Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers playoff series is more of a novice UFC fight. Talk about a rivalry between the state of Pennsylvania. It’s the Penguins who are playing like dirty little birds out of frustration. Hot damn this was crazy, and this fight in the first period was just the beginning.

Three players were tossed in the first period, even superstars Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux got in a scuffle. Each team had their top defenseman – Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen – booted to the locker room.

Talk about the “Fight to the Cup” – I think the Penguins might be taking it a little too literally. The score was overshadowed by the slugfest, but in the end the Flyers won 8-4 and lead the series 3-0. Things might get even uglier

Sharp or Keith? Do We Really Have to Choose?

Well gosh, thanks for making it hard on us EA Sports! How are Blackhawks fans supposed to choose between Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith? You sure we can’t have both?

The two stars are vying for the spot to represent the Hawks in EA Sports’ fan voting contest, the winner will grace the cover of “NHL 13.” The voting will consist of two preliminary rounds, the first round has two members from each of the 30 NHL franchises (March 29-April 11), the second round is narrowed to 32 players – each winner from every team with two separate wild cards (April 12-22), and the final round is a 16-player bracket to produce a winner (April 12-22). The cover-contest champion will be announced June 20 at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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So who do Chicago fans choose? They’re both assistant captains, they were both apart of the Stanley Cup Championship team, they would both look fancy on the cover of a video game. If we’re basing this on looks alone, my heart belongs to Patrick Sharp – his face is perfection. However, I also think their is a certain demeanor NHL defensive players have (who doesn’t love watching a man slam another man into the boards?) which gives recently suspended Keith an upper hand – we all remember when he got his teeth knocked out and kept playing. The RedEye Chicago also pointed out that Keith has a Norris Trophy and an Olympic gold medal, Sharpie might not be considered as “prestigious” to some. This is going to take some serious consideration.

You can cast your vote by going to the Cover Vote page, by visiting the EA Sports NHL Facebook page or by tweeting your vote using the hashtag #NHL13Cover.