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November 22, 2011 | RedEye
It's one of the weirdest sports stories we've heard in a while: Homeless man breaks into White Sox general manager Kenny Williams' townhouse, drinks beer, eats pizza, defrosts a lobster and uses the computer before leaving dressed in Williams' clothes and wearing his 2005 White Sox World Series ring. Wayne L. Field III was arrested Monday and charged with residential burglary in connection the break-in that occurred over the weekend. Enough with that, now on to the fun stuff.
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June 1, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Any player who tells you home-ice advantage makes no difference is probably lying. No doubt the Blackhawks were thrilled Sunday's Game 7 of the Western Conference finals was in Chicago and not in the Kings' home arena. "[Game 5 on Wednesday] was probably the loudest I've ever [heard the crowd] in the United Center," Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said Saturday. "It was unbelievable the way the crowd gave us energy. " The Hawks were hoping the fans saved their best for last.
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January 24, 2012
Leave your answers in the comment section. You might score an invite to appear in RedEye.   1. How would you trash talk a fellow UFC figher? 2. What would be your UFC finishing move? 3. How would you suggest Luol Deng deal with his wrist pain while playing? 4. If you were a Blackhawk, what would you do on your All-Star break? 5. What surprising development might come out of this weekend's SoxFest?  Follow @redeyesportsguy on twitter for information on print openings.
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May 28, 2014 | By Scott King and For RedEye
"Zuuuuus!" That was perhaps the loudest and most frequent chant - in honor of Blackhawks center Michal Handzus - at the United Center during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it has returned several times since. It's how the fans salute the 37-year-old when he throws himself in front of shots, helps shut down the opposition's power play and wins big faceoffs. "He's been a leader ever since he got here, I think," 25-year-old forward Ben Smith said. "He's done the jobs that a lot of guys don't like to do, and he's done them really well.
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March 18, 2013 | By Brian Hedger, For RedEye
Hockey players can have lightning speed, nimble hands and a net-ripping slapshot, but if they don't have a nickname, they don't really have anything. You've got to have a nickname in hockey, a sport that hands them out like no other in professional sports. RedEye asked several Blackhawks about the origins of their alternative monikers and their favorites on the team. . MICHAL "ROSEY" ROZSIVAL What's your hockey nickname and how'd you get it? "People just call me 'Rosey.' It just comes from my last name, obviously.
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May 28, 2013 | By Brian Hedger and For RedEye
Ask the Blackhawks who the team's best DJ and odds are Daniel Carcillo's name will come up. Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Ray Emery and even "Captain Serious" Jonathan Toews usually man the music in the room before games, throwing their iPods on shuffle and letting the tunes fill the air. RedEye caught up with Carcillo shortly before the playoffs started, and the noted music buff talked about what it's like being one of the Hawks' go-to music men. ...
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May 28, 2014 | By Scott King and For RedEye
"Zuuuuus!" That was perhaps the loudest and most frequent chant - in honor of Blackhawks center Michal Handzus - at the United Center during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it has returned several times since. It's how the fans salute the 37-year-old when he throws himself in front of shots, helps shut down the opposition's power play and wins big faceoffs. "He's been a leader ever since he got here, I think," 25-year-old forward Ben Smith said. "He's done the jobs that a lot of guys don't like to do, and he's done them really well.
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July 24, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Unikane. Coach Qnicorn. Henrik Lundqasus. Mashing up Chicago's rough and tumble Blackhawks roster and the world of My Little Pony doesn't seem to be a likely mix. But in the brain of Ali Lawrence, 28, of Elmwood Park it is, and her illustrations of the Hawks as cute little mythical creatures has caught quite the following. “When you take something that's perceived in certain way and spin it on its head, it gets people thinking about it in a new light,” she said of My Little Blackhawk, a Tumblr blog dedicated to her drawings of Hawks players and...
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January 14, 2013 | By Alex Quigley, @alexquigley and For RedEye
If you follow more than five non-robots on Twitter, then over the weekend you learned that the NHL lockout ended and the 2012-13 season will start Saturday (sans the 2012). Are you a casual sports fan looking for a new excuse to fire up your flatscreen for hours on end this winter? Look no further than the Blackhawks, my frenz. The shortened, compressed schedule favors the Hawks for two reasons: 1) Loads of back-to-back games mean backup goalies matter more. Although starter Corey Crawford needs to improve this year, backup Ray Emery did well for...
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May 28, 2013 | By Brian Hedger and For RedEye
Wednesday's Game 7 against Detroit is the Blackhawks' biggest showdown of the season. Winner moves on, loser starts summer vacation. So you can be sure that prior to puck drop, as fans listen to music blaring throughout the United Center, the Hawks will rev up the locker room with their favorite tunes. Odds are they won't be jamming to the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up," even though Mick Jagger and the boys played the Madhouse on Madison on Tuesday. Considering that they've come back from a 3-1 deficit in the series, however, they might want to...
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May 21, 2014
Captain Serious was understandably subdued after his team gave up six straight goals to the L.A. Kings in Game 2 on Wednesday.
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May 21, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Quietly - and to the surprise of some - Corey Crawford is becoming one of the NHL's best goaltenders. "As a team we want to keep raising our level of play as the stage gets bigger and bigger, but I think if there's anyone that's doing that, it's Crow," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said after Crawford made 25 saves in Game 1. Entering Wednesday, he led all net minders in the 2014 postseason with a 1.90 goals-against average and his save...
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May 19, 2014 | By Jake Bressler and For RedEye
Thanks to Corey Crawford & Co., it's still hockey season in Chicago. The defending champs are now only three wins away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final, which means it's time for bandwagon fans to come out of the woodwork and buy Patrick Kane jerseys at Sports Authority. I'm the absolute wrong person to judge someone's Blackhawks loyalty. But I've never pretended to be a big supporter. I root for this team because it's positive for the city's economy and warm weather + tight women's Hawks shirts = cool.
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May 11, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Moms are the best. They're always there when you need them, especially when it comes to advice. Of course, that requires that you actually pay attention. There were moments in Sunday's Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Minnesota when the message was getting through - and others when you weren't so sure. FIRST PERIOD You should know better. Come on, Brent Seabrook . You saw how the Wild broke your team's back with a late power-play goal in Game 4, and still you go and take a silly tripping penalty at center ice 29 seconds into the game.
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May 8, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
In Chicago, a Blackhawks playoff game is must-see TV. If you can't get tickets to the game, that is. With a 2-1 series lead, the Hawks return to action Friday in Minnesota and Sunday in Chicago. So what does it take to produce a three-hour NHL on NBC Sports broadcast? A lot more than three hours, for one thing. A roster of nearly 50 people chips in to cover the lengthy to-do list. The crew culls the plays of the game, cues replays, creates graphics, compiles stats, talks to the on-ice timeout coordinator about commercials, runs the audio board and...
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May 4, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
It was useless for Minnesota to resist. The Blackhawks, with legitimate delusions of Stanley Cup grandeur, have a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against Minnesota after a 4-1 win Sunday at the United Center. Maybe it was the force - Sunday was May the 4 th , aka "Star Wars Day" - that propelled the Hawks to victory. They looked shaky at times but overwhelmed Minnesota when they had to, scoring two goals in the third period to put the game out of reach. "They're a patient team and they play well defensively, and sometimes when they do that you...
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October 29, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
The debate about the Washington Redskins' name has been a hot issue for a while, and for good reason. Yet it seems strange the Blackhawks are getting a free pass. I'm not about to say the Blackhawks logo is worse than the Redskins', a name that is unquestionably a slur and shouldn't have a place in sports, or life. I even understand how people don't take exception to the logo. But it's not about degrees of wrongness. It's about being wrong. The Blackhawks were named after the original owner's infantry division in World War I, nicknamed the Black Hawk division, which was named after the Native...
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January 13, 2014 | By Scott King and For RedEye
There must be something in the water (ice?) at the United Center. As the Blackhawks race toward the Olympic break - including a monthlong stretch with no games in Chicago - it's clear they have a successful formula. Entering Tuesday, the defending Stanley Cup champs (30-8-10, 70 points) lead the Central Division and again find themselves among the NHL's elite. That can't be coincidence, right? "Every championship team, every winning team has one thing in common: All the players like each other and get along on and off the ice," said Patrick Sharp,...
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May 1, 2014 | By Alex Quigley, For RedEye
Last year the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild in five games to open their run toward reclaiming the Stanley Cup. It was about as forgettable as a playoff series can be, with the Hawks outscoring the Wild 17-7 and never appearing to be in any possible danger of losing four of seven. What's different about this year's teams, other than the round they're meeting in? Not enough to change the result is the short answer. But we know you won't be satisfied with that, so here are three more things to keep an eye on. HAWKS OFFENSE > JASON POMINVILLE On offense, Wild fans are hoping a fully healthy Jason Pominville will...
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April 17, 2014 | RedEye
The Blackhawks opened their defense of the Stanley Cup on Thursday, and waiting for them in the first round was rival St. Louis. Let's just say given how much they dislike each other, blood on the ice will be the furthest thing from a surprise. In honor of Hawks forward Brandon Bollig, a St. Louis native known for dropping the gloves, we tracked Game 1 boxing-style. FIRST PERIOD > > Adam Cracknell breaks through with a tap-in garbage goal five minutes in. Taunts of "Craw-ford" rain down on the Hawks goalie.
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