Smells like Hawks are for real

  • Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks are off to a hot start in 2013.
Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks are off to a hot start in 2013. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune )
January 24, 2013|By Bag Boy | For RedEye

Welcome back, red-hot Chicago Blackhawks.

Man, that's their best start in 40 years. Forty. Good year, good reference though. Your 1972-73 Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals that year, losing 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens.

Still, Marian Hossa looks great, Corey Crawford looks tolerable, and three nice wins against the Kings, Coyotes and Blues.

Tuesday night: A 3-on-0 goal. That hasn't happened since the era before they used defensemen.

Smells like 2010 around here, good smell.

Bad smell: Sammy Sosa, looking for love. Seriously, the guy thinks he's in the Hall and his number should be retired.

A couple of things. 1) You're a cheater, so not likely 2) Not with that sweater and that haircut. What product is that, exactly? Brill crème?

Come on, we're better than that.

However, a bit of a shout-out to the Rickettses. They've gone from "give us some money" to "leave us alone, we'll build it ourselves."

Deal! Seriously, this is America! Let them! The drawings look great, the surroundings look great. Anything we can do to jam more people into a two-block radius, I'm all for. More night games! More street fairs! More midnight bike rides that start at noon! Gay parades! Straight parades! Ferris wheels, restaurants, museums, hotels and parking garages.

How do we pay for it? This is America! It doesn't matter! Lighten up!

Time for a hypothetical: You're Phil Emery. It's April. NFL Draft. You're on the clock, and Manti Te'o is there. Do you take him?

Heck no! Not because he's dumb (he must be), not because he lied (he must have), but because …he's not that good. Alabama exposed him. No crying over this one. Forget it.

Also, nice to see the Illini basketball team drop out of the Top 25. That's OK, that leaves us with, let's see … zero Illinois teams in the Top 25. It's nobody's fault. There is no major city to recruit from around here.

More hoops: Derrick Rose, I see, is cleared for contact during practice. Man, that scares me.

He's the future, the present and everything else. So please, take it slow.

Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.

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