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November 7, 2011 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The days are getting darker for Bulls fans, and I'm not just talking about the end of daylight saving time. Millionaires are fighting with billionaires over a few percentage points of a multibillion-dollar pot. If you're a Bulls fan, you've braced yourself for a cold, hard truth: There might not be any ball this season. Before you compose a handwritten letter to David Stern, streaked with tears of frustration, anger and whiskey (we've all been there), know that you've got a friend.
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May 27, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
Blackhawks fans expected a rough time in L.A. given the team has struggled away from home in the playoffs. Sure enough, Staples Center was a house of horrors for the Hawks in games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals. But let's not dwell on that. Instead, we feel a faceoff is in order. We even traveled all the way to L.A. for research. Which city represents hockey better? Fan dedication: Chicago Hawks fans got this. The United Center turns into a sea of red once the gates open.
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June 21, 2012 | RedEye
Summer's officially under way, so of course we're thinking … hockey? Well, yes, considering the Cubs and White Sox have bored us to death much of the season and the Bears don't start training camp for another month. So it's the perfect time to break down the Blackhawks' 2012-13 schedule, which was released Thursday. Here are dates that stand out.   Oct. 20 vs. Detroit The season kicks off Oct. 13, but we'll understand if you hit the snooze button until this collision with the archrival Red Wings.
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May 4, 2014 | By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre and RedEye
I'm not a virgin anymore. Yeah, that's right, I went to my first hockey game this weekend - the second-round opener between the Blackhawks and Minnesota. And boy, was it a wild one. I remember my first football game. Jerry Rice lit up the Saints for about 150 yards and two touchdowns. My first baseball game was just as impressive. Chipper Jones hit an eighth-inning home run for the Braves and my favorite right fielder at the time, Jermaine Dye, threw someone out trying to advance from first to third.
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December 20, 2012 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
Kate Upton naked. Jay Cutler smoking. Hopefully I have your attention now. Had I started off just talking about hockey, most of you probably would have moved on to something else. The NHL is locked out and fan interest in the labor negotiations is lower than Adam Dunn's batting average. Despite this, why is it important the NHL comes back? Because fantasy football is over. You don't have to be a sports degenerate to play fantasy football. It caters to fans who can't pronounce Rob Gronkowski's name as well as chicks who wear pink jerseys.
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June 13, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
EDITOR'S NOTE: In the spirit of sports brotherhood - and trash talk - RedEye and the New England Sports Network have set up a columnist showdown. Chicago vs. Boston. Blackhawks vs. Bruins. Bag Boy vs. NESN hockey writer Mike Cole. Have at it, gentlemen. Before we begin, a word of thanks. Thank you for Theo Epstein. Thank you for the blueprint on how to build an organization. We'll muck it up, but thanks. Thanks for Tom Thibodeau (don't you need these people in Boston?
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March 21, 2012
It's appropriate WWE Superstar CM Punk watched Wednesday night's Blackhawks-Vancouver Canucks bout, er, game from the seats at the United Center. Like a heavyweight wrestling match, the Hawks and Canucks were in each other's faces all night. They nearly invented a new sport: wrestling on ice. "This is what hockey's all about," Punk said during his second-intermission appearance on Comcast SportsNet's "Shoot the Puck" segment. "This is awesome. " Patrick Kane even mixed it up, for crying out loud, getting into a scrum behind the Blackhawks goal...
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May 7, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
The newest member of the Blackhawks family was born early Tuesday, to defenseman Duncan Keith and his wife: Colton Duncan Keith (7 pounds, 7 ounces). Good, strong name. And far be it for us to attempt to wield influence on what the Keiths should name their offspring ... actually, it's fun, so that's what we're gonna do. Maybe they'll change their minds. So presenting, RedEye's top 10 names for Duncan Keith's son--with help from our Twitter followers.   10. Anything but Raffi He knows what he did.   9. Anything to which you can seamlessly add "er" or "y" Assuming...
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October 29, 2012 | By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter and For RedEye
The only hockey to be found at The Anthem recently was in a coin-operated bubble hockey machine sitting unplayed in the middle of the bar. That might explain why on a night when the Blackhawks were originally scheduled to face the St. Louis Blues in a game broadcast on television, the Wicker Park sports bar was completely empty except for a table of five in the back. "This is the slowest night we've had here by far," said Adrianna Gutierrez, a server and manager at The Anthem.
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January 1, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
If it seems like just about every single person you know is making a new year's resolution, that's because most of them are. More than 60 percent of people make resolutions (at least sometimes), according to a 2002 study from the University of Scranton. And of course they have to tell you about it. That's a lot of conversations to have, conversations that are often unsolicited and, even more often, uninteresting. Even your friends don't really care if you're "getting back in the gym" or "calling your mom more"--these are boring.
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April 21, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Could the Blackhawks-Blues series be any more tense? No, we're seriously asking. Between St. Louis captain David Backes getting his head pounded like a pinata and Brent Seabrook's suspension, these teams won't be best friends anytime soon. Jonathan Toews' early goal stood up Monday thanks to Corey Crawford's 34 saves in a 2-0 shutout at the United Center. Marcus Kruger tacked on an empty-netter, and the Hawks head into Wednesday's game at home trailing the series just two games to one. In the meantime, several players earned punishments of their own in Game 3 on Monday.  ...
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April 17, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Rachel Carrington darted toward the sliding puck to block it with her stick and prevent her opponent from scoring in the hockey game. The defender was participating in an April scrimmage off the ice. In fact, her team was at least seven feet underwater. At the bottom of a pool. Welcome to underwater hockey. While the city hopes the Blackhawks repeat as Stanley Cup champs, these athletes have a different kind of hockey fever. "What's underwater hockey? I say it's the best sport ever," said Carrington, a 28-year-old Evanston resident.
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March 13, 2014 | RedEye
YOU'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE, CHICAGO By Sean Ely Two Original Six teams. Two storied franchises. Two staples in sports branding. Two organizations you can't forget to mention when talking "hockey" in any context. But when comparing the Detroit Red Wings to the Blackhawks, what you do NOT have is a pair of teams who both have ride-and-die, never-stray-no-matter-what, loyal fan bases who live and breathe professional shinny. Nah, sorry. In that narrative, only one squad remains worth mentioning.
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March 11, 2014 | By Courtney Linehan, @courtneylinehan
AUSTIN, Texas It's been 11 days since the Blackhawks invaded Soldier Field as a snowstorm hammered Chicago. That seemed more distant this weekend, when reps from the team and the NHL headed to South by Southwest to discuss the Stadium Series. We loved rolling in the snow outside the stadium, watching crews frantically clearing the ice with shovels and scrolling through Instagram pics of beer so cold it turned to slush. But how did the game come to be? And will the Hawks do it again?
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February 27, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
Soldier Field in March may be just as brutal as a December football game. The Hawks on Friday will test the outdoor ice rink on the field before the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series matchup with Pittsburgh on Saturday. Playing in Chicago has turned some of the Blackhawks into football fans. "Being from Canada, I know we have the CFL," forward Bryan Bickell said. "It's tough to follow. I'm not a big fan of the CFL. Being in Chicago for as long as I have been, I'm a Bears fan definitely.
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February 20, 2014 | By Emily Brown and RedEye
Four skaters line up next to each other. Once the gates open, it's a slippery free-for-all. The skaters race down the 45-degree start ramp, trying to find an edge. They hustle up hills and swing around banked turns. Drops and big-air jumps invade their path, yet they still jockey for position. Some wipe out, while others reach speeds of 40 mph along the 430-meter course. Welcome to Red Bull Crashed Ice, aka the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Athletes from all over the world, including two from the Chicago area, will gather in St. Paul, Minn., this week to...
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June 9, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
The Blackhawks have taught me the joy of being a fair-weather fan. Like most sports fans, I used to view the fair-weather fan with derision: a scum-sucking bottom feeder who sits out the bad times and wanders in for the victory party. Yet watching the Blackhawks make their run this season, I've come to understand that being a fair-weather fan - who barely knows what's going on, who doesn't actually care about the outcome of any game - is awesome. Admittedly, I don't care for hockey.
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February 20, 2014 | By Emily Brown and RedEye
Four skaters line up next to each other. Once the gates open, it's a slippery free-for-all. The skaters race down the 45-degree start ramp, trying to find an edge. They hustle up hills and swing around banked turns. Drops and big-air jumps invade their path, yet they still jockey for position. Some wipe out, while others reach speeds of 40 mph along the 430-meter course. Welcome to Red Bull Crashed Ice, aka the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Athletes from all over the world, including two from the Chicago area, will gather in St....
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December 17, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
As the Blackhawks were finishing up a recent win, some of Chicago's other hockey role models quietly practiced in a Lincolnwood industrial park on a sheet of ice roughly half the size of the one at the United Center. The familiar whir of skate blades cutting through the ice and the popping of rubber pucks smacking against wooden sticks echoed through the cavernous building as the 65-plus member Chicago Gay Hockey Association orchestrated another practice. It sounds, well, anything but relaxing.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Chicago's official gay hockey organization has a message, and it's a festive one. The Chicago Gay Hockey Association released a Thanksgiving Day message last week, along with a spot on cover of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas" performed by members of the team. We want you to put aside your differences," reads the message that accompanies the YouTube video, which already had more than 30,000 views Monday. "And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends.
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