Ice it down

10 ways to cure your Winter Olympics hangover

February 24, 2014|By Emily Brown, RedEye

So the 2014 Winter Olympics are over, and you're probably moping a lot. When you get home, you can't flop on your couch and flip on the sport of the moment anymore. The updates aren't on TV every day, and your Twitter feed is seemingly bare without news of who won medals.

What are you going to do without all that drama? Unfortunately, the scandals, upsets, comebacks and record-breaking stories of the Games are gone for two years. On the bright side, you can get all those elements right here in Chicago. You just have to know where to look.

1. If you're missing the hockey …

Then it's a good thing the NHL is back, and so are the Blackhawks! Three gold medalists and three silver medalists highlight the Hawks' roster, and we suspect the USA's Patrick Kane will have to deal with at least a little boasting in the locker room. The team will be back on the ice in New York against the Rangers on Thursday, and they play Saturday against Pittsburgh at Soldier Field.

2. If you're missing the scandals …

You can get your dose of controversy when "Scandal" returns from its winter break Thursday. In fact, most of your favorite shows that were on Olympic hiatus are back this week. You can always count on a reality show or primetime drama to bring scandal into your life.

3. If you're missing the grandeur of the opening and closing ceremonies …

Then you're lucky (see what we did there?) you live in Chicago. A not-so-small holiday is coming up next month, and it's already time to start getting your green gear together. Between dyeing the Chicago River green and the parade, there's barely enough time for all the bar-hopping.

4. If you're missing ice dancing …

Then be sure to go ice skating at Millennium Park before it closes for the season on March 9. Try some moves you saw from American gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White—just wear a helmet.

5. If you're missing speedskating …

Then check out some NASCAR or NHRA drag racing. Both seasons are underway. With speeds up to 190 mph in NASCAR and 300 mph in a top fuel dragster (NHRA), there's plenty of speed to satisfy your need for thrills.

6. If you're missing figure skaters' fashion, or just Johnny Weir's outfits ...

Then you'll appreciate the Academy Awards' red carpet. On Sunday, stars will gather before the Oscars to show off their fashion choices. You can also catch up on the nominated movies in your spare time.

7. If you miss the rivalries between the countries and cheering on the USA like it's your job …

Then see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which comes out April 4. Rooting for your country is obviously something you're extremely passionate about. Were you keeping track of the medal race? Then you're an American superfan. Any movie with "America" in the title is for you.

8. If you miss curling and all the strategy involved …

Then use your recently improved strategizing skills in crafting your March Madness bracket. March arrives this weekend, and for college basketball fans, that means the NCAA tournament. Research every team, the stats and the players, pick up a few "Cinderella stories," and you've got the bracket. Hopefully.

9. If you miss the life-changing stories such as 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin winning gold in the slalom …

Then pick up John Feinstein's latest novel, "Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball." Superstars have to start somewhere, right?

10. If you miss the ease of always having something to watch …

Then that's what Netflix is for! Whether it's 3 in the morning or you just walked in the house from work, pull up the Web and take your pick.

RedEye Chicago Articles
|
|
|