Well, the Chicago Blackhawks are the only team I love that ever makes it to the playoffs. Literally. So this year, excessive excitement encouraged me to attend every Round One home game. And while the series (against the Phoenix Coyotes) was close, the Blackhawks managed to lose every single home game, which is practically unheard of given that the Madhouse on Madison is one of the toughest arenas for visiting teams. Hopefully I have not brought the Cleveland curse to my beloved Blackhawks. Despite the losses, Blackhawks games are always fun to attend - the atmosphere is unmatched. Below are photos that I took throughout the course of my three-game residency at the United Center. Next year, fellas...next year.
Many Blackhawks fans begin their night by grabbing a "cheezborger" at the Billy Goat Tavern (made famous through a John Belushi "Saturday Night Live" skit).
One of traditions that makes home Blackhawks games so unique is Jim Cornelison's singing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." The crowd cheers throughout it and seeing it live is really moving.
We were hoping to get another one of these this year...
Instead we got a lot of this: bad calls (and non-calls) by the refs and, consequently, completely exasperated fans and players.
So I drank a lot of these.
And the players did a lot of this.
And the cameramen took naps during the breaks.
Bonus highlight: Regina Taylor shooting the puck for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization! Regina is OCSA's national spokesperson and I'm their official photographer (and also do social media and event planning for them), so it was an awesome surprise to see her representing the organization at Game 4.
At least we got some goals.
The coolest cat in the building.
Until next year...