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03-12-2013, 12:23 PM
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Chicago Blackhawks on SI Cover

http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2...khawkssicover/

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03-12-2013, 12:46 PM
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Good to see. The people complaining about this are ridiculous. It's good for the game, whether it's your team or not. they brought a national spotlight to our sport and our sport could always use more of that.

Though yes - hyperbole abound on the cover.


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03-12-2013, 02:09 PM
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they had the greatest sports turnaround in history...

from the worst franchise in all of sports label years back to being a top draw

definitely a good story for the NHL

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Is this a national cover or one of those regional deals? I am thinking the last time hockey made a full national cover was the 2010 Olympic Crosby cover. When was the last time the NHL itself was on one?

And ya... The general sports media has to stop pretending hockey in general, and the NHL in particular, has spent the last decade or so in some sort of death spiral.

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03-12-2013, 02:28 PM
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they had the greatest sports turnaround in history...

from the worst franchise in all of sports label years back to being a top draw

definitely a good story for the NHL
Uhh, I can think of a bigger turnaround just in the NHL in the last 10 years alone.

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03-12-2013, 02:34 PM
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Uhh, I can think of a bigger turnaround just in the NHL in the last 10 years alone.
I'm guessing you're looking in the direction of Pittsburgh. The difference is that the Pens maintained a certain amount of relevance during their lean years, whereas Chicago spent twelve years as the place where hockey went to die. No local television coverage, tiny crowds, and an owner that so cheap he would have re-sold a paid seat if the guy got up to go to the bathroom. For that reason alone, I think the Hawks' turnaround nis more remarkable.

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03-12-2013, 03:02 PM
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http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...417_blackhawks

I don't think Pittsburgh was ever near the worst franchise in sports.

Plus Chicago is a huge market for the league considering there are hardly any strong US markets in the west.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...417_blackhawks

I don't think Pittsburgh was ever near the worst franchise in sports.

Plus Chicago is a huge market for the league considering there are hardly any strong US markets in the west.
Picks show a different story.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/08/opinio...wks/index.html

I moved back there in 2003. The bad Blackhawk team of 2003-04 played in 74 games and won 20. ESPN the Magazine ranked it 119th of 120 franchises in all of sports, in terms of ownership, fan relations, players, coaching, intangibles such as "bang for your buck," ahead of only the Houston Texans, a new pro football team with zero dark history.

Home games weren't even shown on TV. On the nightly news, sportscasters gave time to highlights from games of the Chicago Wolves, a minor-league team, almost as much as they did the Blackhawks. Hey, if I liked minor-league hockey, I'd live in Rockford.


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Picks are one thing.

I don't think you factor in that the blackhawks were biggest draw back then and how far they fell. Its like the Yankees or Lakers becoming farm teams in their own cities. That's how far the hawks fell.

Now they are reclaim their lost status in a huge american city that the league needs

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I see the S I jinx is alive and well, 2 losses in a row now

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Picks show a different story.
Do you really not see the difference between a perennially poor-performing hockey club and the worst franchise in all of sports?

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Picks show a different story.
There's a difference between a bad team and a dead team. For all intents and purposes, the vast majority of Hawks fans swore off the team due to anger at Dollar Bill, which is why you saw the crowds return big time literally immediately after he died and before they got good and relevant enough to attract the massive bandwagon on top of the diehards.

The bandwagon is extremely large, don't get me wrong, but the turnaround predated that and it was almost immediate.

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I see the S I jinx is alive and well, 2 losses in a row now
The minute someone at SI even thought about putting them on the cover, the losses started. The jinx lives!

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At least the Hawks were never at risk of moving. The Penguins were half-way to Hamilton.

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The funny (sad) thing about this is that it's news that hockey is on the SI cover...

That just shows how far that SI has fallen over the years.

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The franchise that brought hockey back? Have I been in a coma these past few years?

Good for the team making the cover, but jeez.

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At least the Hawks were never at risk of moving. The Penguins were half-way to Hamilton.
only because a new arena wasn't forthcoming....

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There's a difference between a bad team and a dead team. For all intents and purposes, the vast majority of Hawks fans swore off the team due to anger at Dollar Bill, which is why you saw the crowds return big time literally immediately after he died and before they got good and relevant enough to attract the massive bandwagon on top of the diehards.

The bandwagon is extremely large, don't get me wrong, but the turnaround predated that and it was almost immediate.
Remember the heavy rumours of possible relocation of the Pens, because they would almost bankrupted?

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The funny (sad) thing about this is that it's news that hockey is on the SI cover...
I thought they only put swimsuit models on the cover. Who knew they actually wrote stuff about sports?

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Remember the heavy rumours of possible relocation of the Pens, because they would almost bankrupted?
The fact that the Hawks had a far more stable ownership situation with far deeper pockets doesn't change the fact that the franchise was in vastly worse shape due to their own ineptitude than the Penguins ever were.

Change the ownership situations, and I can just about guarantee that we'd be talking about the Hamilton Blackhawks or the Houston Blackhawks or whatever right now.

The Hawks weren't even an afterthought in Chicago in the mid-00s. Sports radio never talked about it and a minor league hockey team outdrew them very briefly.

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only because a new arena wasn't forthcoming....
You honestly think if they were selling out night after night there would still be a threat of them moving? not a chance...

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The minute someone at SI even thought about putting them on the cover, the losses started. The jinx lives!
It's called regression to the mean...look it up

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Give me a ******* break! The NHL survived and rebounded because hockey fans love hockey. Plain and simple. People were upset, sure, but I'm not going to say "the hell with hockey" and " the hell with my team" because of some greedy people in the league offices, and neither is any other loyal hockey fan. I'm not just being bitter, Chicago has been having an incredible season, and good for them, but they didn't "save" hockey. If they have "saved" hockey by winning winning this season then you could say they have crippled it the last 50 years.

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Give me a ******* break! The NHL survived and rebounded because hockey fans love hockey. Plain and simple. People were upset, sure, but I'm not going to say "the hell with hockey" and " the hell with my team" because of some greedy people in the league offices, and neither is any other loyal hockey fan. I'm not just being bitter, Chicago has been having an incredible season, and good for them, but they didn't "save" hockey. If they have "saved" hockey by winning winning this season then you could say they have crippled it the last 50 years.
Tim Tebow saved football you know.

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