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Baseball

Air Soriano

Air Soriano

Despite the alarming lack of enthusiasm coming from the world of baseball, there sure is a lot of news coming out of the North Side. First, and most pressing, is that the City Council will decide on the final approval for the renovations scheduled for Wrigley Field. If this passes, and it looks like it will, a planned five year reconstruction of Wrigley will begin this fall. Only the two outfield signs, the jumbotron scoreboard in left field and the see-through sign in right field, are approved so as not to obstruct the view from the rooftops as there is another decade left on the rooftop contract. Rahm Emanuel’s proposed pedestrian footbridge over Clark Street has been “deferred indefinitely” and any other renovations will be discussed within the Wrigleyville community between residents, the Cubs owners, and the rooftop businesses, Emanuel hopes. This is indeed a sad day for those pushing to keep the historic landmark preserved.

On the heels of Matt Garza’s trade comes word that Alfonso Soriano will also be traded. Soriano is currently in discussion with Theo Epstein about his trade destinations and waiving his no-trade rights. Soriano has name-dropped the New York Yankees as his desired destination, but Epstein says there is nothing solid coming from New York as of yet. Soriano said, “[The Yankees] always make the playoffs no matter what team they have, no matter what pitching they got. They find a way.” Clearly Soriano wants to be on a team that will showcase him and Epstein is itching to restructure the entire team, disregarding fan favoritism of players and the class of players that were brought on in the 2006-2007 spending spree.

Junior Lake is killing it, y'all

Junior Lake is killing it, y’all

Junior Lake represents the new class of Cubs being molded to focus on becoming a team worthy of playing in an expensive renovated ballpark that is irritating half of the city of Chicago. He went 3-for-5 with a homerun against the Diamondbacks. Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks found the Cubs reacting with flared tempers and childish outbursts that resulted in a 4-10 loss. Sveum was ejected in the third inning after being vocal about believing that the umpire was baiting a conflict with Cody Ransom after he flung his bat after being struckout. This was Sveum’s fourth ejection this season. Ransom also threw his helmet after lining out with bases loaded. Anthony Rizzo tossed his bat after a painful strikeout as well. As the Cubs rebuild the stadium, it is clear that they are incredibly busy rebuilding the team and the team dynamic.

Basketball

Goodbye, Malcolm

The Bulls are hoping that waiving Malcolm Thomas will give their roster the flexibility necessary to acquire Marcus Camby. Though the Rockets are the likely frontrunner in the Camby acquisition, the Bulls are hoping that this 6’11” center will add another rebounding presence on the court with skills comparable to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.

Hockey

We are the champions, my friend!

We are the champions, my friend!

This weekend is the great Chicago Blackhawks convention where Blackhawks fans can meet and mingle with Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, and Bryan Bickell. Niklas Hjmarsson is getting married this weekend and Brent Seabrook is at home in Canada awaiting the arrival of his child, so though they will be missed, we wish them both heart-felt congratulations!

Football

Roar

Roar

Bears training camp begins tomorrow and we are so excited for football season we will be announcing a Bears contest next week on our Facebook page. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/clarkstreetsports, like our page, and keep your eyes peeled for our big contest to kick off football season!

Get styling

Get styling

In the meantime, check out our Blackhawks championship shirts (http://tinyurl.com/ltf7n5c) and get yourself prepared for the Blackhawks convention. Sports is good, Chicago, so let’s party with the Blackhawks!

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Blackhawks and Cubbies and Bears, OH MY!

Even through the dog days of summer, the sports keep going and, as Sonny and Cher once said, the beat goes on. Even though we are in the off seasons of most sports, there is still a lot of news coming down the pipes about our favorite sports teams.

Hockey

Going for the Gold!

Going for the Gold!

The post-2013 season has the Blackhawks focusing on adjusting to a new roster and being recruited to represent their home countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada has recruited Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Corey Crawford. Team USA has brought Nick Leddy, Brandon Saad, and sharp-shooter Patrick Kane to their team. In 2010 it came down to Kane vs. Toews for the gold and America went home with the silver medal. With this many Blackhawks skating to Russia in 2014, Chicago hockey fans will find a lot to scream at their television about as it will be difficult to root against either team with so many revered players pitted against each other for Olympic Gold. Congratulations to all of the Blackhawks chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympic games!

THE REMATCH

THE REMATCH

Basketball

Comeback Kid

Boozer is not amused

The Bulls, and all of Chicago, are preparing for the much-awaited comeback of superstar Derrick Rose. His manager and brother, Reggie Rose, has been talking with the press about Rose’s recovery and says that Rose is ready to go. Reggie Rose says that he has “no concerns about [Derrick Rose] physically” and that taking a year off may have hurt the Bulls, but it was necessary for the longevity of his career. He believes “Derrick should probably be able to play fifteen to eighteen years,” so taking a year off was a means of making sure he was physically prepared to play basketball for the next two decades.

"Dude, this comeback had better not be a joke."

“Dude, this comeback had better not be a joke.”

The return of Rose is great news for Bulls fans, but sending Nate Robinson to the Denver Nuggets is definitely terrible news for Bulls fans as the heart of the 2013 playoffs is now someone we face instead of someone helping us block Lebron’s shots.

We're gonna miss you, buddy.

We’re gonna miss you, buddy.

So, with the return of Derrick Rose, the departure of Nate Robinson, and the shaky status of Luol Deng’s contract extension, what does the 2014 Chicago Bulls roster look like? The point guards look sharp with Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, and Marquis Teague hitting the court. Rose’s return, if successful, will be a major boost for the Bulls, obviously. The skill and talent of Rose will be a great punch on the court; what will really stand out is that the heart and spirit of the team–both for the team and for the fans–is returning to the United Center. After a year and a half of anticipation, wondering down to the last game against the Miami Heat in the 2013 playoffs if Rose would make a miraculous return, the bright comet of the Chicago Bulls will blaze down the court again and set the competition ablaze. Our shooting guards and shooting forwards are looking sharp. Jimmy Butler is in need of some polish, but there is plenty of time to make sure that he is in the best condition to hit the court. Mike Dunleavy will serve as a secret weapon for the Bulls as the opposition will be on guard against the dynamite talent of Derrick Rose which will keep their eye distracted from the three-point power of Dunleavy. Power forwards Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Malcom Thomas, and Erik Murphy are focused but in need of strengthening. Carlos Boozer is the 2014 Bulls’ Scottie Pippen, reliable with strong offense, but his defense needs a lot of work. Taj Gibson, on the other hand, brings a great defensive game. If the two could learn from each other, we would have two stunning power forwards on the court. Boozer’s on court relationship with Noah creates spectacular offense as well; they are a threat just like Pippen and Jordan when they hit the court together. Centers Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammad round out the roster. Joakim Noah is the Bulls offense and does well adapting to the style of his teammates while remaining determined and focused. Mohammad does his job well with decent defense and use of fouls, but he is not good in long play. If Noah’s annual injuries flare up again, Mohammad will have big shoes to fill on the court as he is simply not on Noah’s level yet. The Bulls roster looks good, and they’ve proven that they can play without Rose. This year should provide us with amazing basketball as the return of Rose will only boost the ability of the already spectacular Chicago Bulls.

Basketball Biology 101: This is a heart.

Basketball Biology 101: This is a heart.

Baseball

Later, 'gator

Later, gator

After many rumors and a lot of talks, the Cubs have traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. In return the Cubs are getting third baseman Mike Ott and two right-handed pitchers, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm. The trade agreement also allows for the Cubs to acquire up to two more pitchers, possibly Neil Ramirez. This is proof that the Cubs are serious about rebuilding. It stands to reason that the Cubs are looking to build a good team that is could possibly begin winning because with all of the talk about revamping Wrigley Field, they should have a team good enough to draw fans into the expensive stadium. This also shows the Cubs are shifting away from keeping fan favorites and abandoning player loyalty and looking to rebuild a functioning baseball team that stands a chance to make the playoffs in the coming years.

Football

BREAKING: If you keep eating that towel, you will not be hungry for lunch!

BREAKING: If you keep eating that towel, you will not be hungry for lunch!

The Bears begin training camp on Thursday! Preseason football will be hitting our television screens in a matter of weeks. Hopefully the Bears will be taking this time to strengthen their offensive line and forcing Jay Cutler to step up his game in order to get the Bears into the playoffs this season. Chicago is hungry for another major sports victory, and the Bears have the talent and the drive to make it happen.

Bear Down!

Bear Down!

Olympians, returned superstars, new players, and new goals; the world of Chicago sports is spinning into very interesting areas. As these sports get revved up and ready to go, remember that one very important event happening this year is the retirement of Mike Ditka’s number in January. Get ready for this monumental year of football and festivities with our Mike Ditka Chicago Bear tee shirt (http://tinyurl.com/oht723e). Grab great sports threads from Clark Street Sports so you can be ready for all of the exciting things happening in Chicago sports!

 

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Sports Is STILL Changing!

Well, the NBA draft is in full swing and the Bulls are loading their team with new talent while renewing a few favorites. The biggest news from the Bulls draft is the acquisition of Mike Dunleavy Jr. from the Bucks.

Hey, ladies

Hey, ladies

Dunleavy comes to the Bulls after a phenomenal 2012-2013 season with the Bucks and will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset to the Bulls this upcoming season. Last season, the Bulls ranked 21st in three-pointers; Dunleavy’s previous season found him at 42.8% on three point shots and averaging 10.5 points per game. This two year deal worth $6 million brings about a game-changing addition to the Bulls. He will undoubtedly be a good help to Luol Deng who pushed himself to the limit in Rose’s absence averaging 16.5 points per game in seventy-five regular season games. Dunleavy has stated that working with Rose was an enticing perk of joining the Bulls as was being reunited with his former Duke Blue Devils’ teammate, Carlos Boozer. After playing for the Pacers and the Bucks, this third stop on Dunleavy’s Midwest basketball tour should prove to be stunning as he will serve as an unexpected threat to opposing teams who will undoubtedly be focused on the [hopefully] returned Derrick Rose. The return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Mike Dunleavy also makes the Bulls a substantial threat this season as the Rose-less 2012-2013 team was spectacular without Rose as they were forced to be a great team and step up to the challenge of getting to the playoffs. Adding Dunleavy and Rose into the mix is a game changer!

Hey, what about me, guys?

Hey, what about me, guys?

The saddest part of the ongoing story of the Chicago Bulls and the NBA draft is that Nate Robinson has not found a home. Surfing the wave of the free agency market, Robinson has been denied by both the Warriors and the Bucks. There were rumors that he was in talks with the Knicks, but nothing ever came from those supposed meetings. The Warriors opted for Toney Douglas, who averaged 7.5 points last season, and the Bucks chose to make a ten million dollar deal with Carlos Delfino, the player with such terrible overall numbers that he was waved by the Houston Rockets. The question arises: Why can’t 5′ 8″ Nate Robinson find a home? Robinson averaged 13 points per game and helped carry the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs where he went toe-to-toe against 6′ 8″ Lebron and the superstar-stacked Miami Heat.

OH, SNAP!

OH, SNAP!

Robinson also scored an astounding 23 points in the fourth quarter of a playoff game against the New York Nets. He played game six against the Nets while ill, taking breaks to sit on the sidelines and vomit before jumping back into the action. The Bulls are clearly counting on Derrick Rose to be fully healed and no longer be a magical basketball wizard without fragile glass bones as their priority should have been keeping Nate Robinson on the roster. For a team that is known for being a team of pure heart and determination, Nate Robinson is the reason they are known for that. Nate Robinson is the reason the Bulls advanced past the Nets. Nate Robinson is the reason the Bulls were able to fight hard against the Miami Heat. His statistics, performance, determination, and fan following should have been enough to convince the Bulls to keep him as a part of the team. If all of that were not enough, perhaps his amazing on-court relationship with 6′ 11″ Joakim Noah is one of the greatest things about professional basketball.

Reminder: Call your best friend

Reminder: Call your best friend

Hopefully Robinson, a clearly talented player, will find a home in the NBA because it would be a crime to deny an amazing player like Robinson an opportunity after such an amazing 2012-2013 season.

Let's Hear It For The Boy!

Let’s Hear It For The Boy!

In Blackhawks news (that is unrelated to the Stanley Cup), former Blackhawks defensemen, Chris Chelios, is on the list of 2013 inductees for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He joins Brenden Shanahan and Scott Neidermayer as the inductees to the HHF this year and will be inducted November 11, 2013. Congratulations, Chris Chelios!

Someone's got a big shadow to skate out of

Someone’s got a big shadow to skate out of

While his father is having his name preserved with other hockey legends, Jake Chelios is working on his own legacy at Blackhawks Prospect Camp. He and fifty-two others were invited to play at the Blackhawks Prospect Camp. Ryan Hartman, the top pick of the draft, was forced to be an observer due to surgery on his right shoulder. It is clear that now that the Stanley Cup is hitting the party circuit of the Windy City, the Blackhawks would like to keep it on that party train by spending the off season building the Avengers of hockey teams.

HULK SMASH RAFFI TORRES!

HULK SMASH RAFFI TORRES!

The Blackhawks are revving up for another season, but we still have plenty of time before October rolls around and the revamped team hits the ice. Spend the summer celebrating the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, with a variety of Blackhawks attire from Clark Street Sports. We have a vast selection from Andrew Shaw jerseys to Jonathan Toews bobble heads that are perfect for any Chicago Blackhawks superfan. So grab your necessary Blackhawks merchandise from http://www.clarkstreetsports.com today and party all summer long!

Sports is good!

Sports is good!

 

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The Sports, They Are A’Changin

As with all teams in professional sports, the off season becomes the time to reflect on the previous year’s work, practice hard, gain new talent, and chuck the dead weight to the curb like the trash they are!

Pictured: The reason we lost!

Pictured: The reason we lost last year!

Yes, after spring training comes the summer dump. Free agents, general managers, player demands, and fan responses dictate the Wheel of Fortune for a player (or it goes they way of Tim Tebow getting signed to the Patriots and everyone in the United States facepalms so hard the population is concussed because why can’t he go away already?)

Blackhawks

Mr. Hockey

Mr. Hockey

After the 2010 Stanley Cup victory, the Blackhawks did what anyone would do with a winning team and got rid of 80% of the roster. It seemed that once the city cleared out after the downtown parade, players such as Antti Niemi, Dustin Byfuglien, and Tomas Kopecky were barely out of their jerseys before getting shipped to other teams. As the summer approaches, we wait with baited breath to see if the team we’ve grown to love so much will be split and scattered just as it was in 2010. Bryan Bickell will be a free agent this summer and the General Manager of the Blackhawks, Stan Bowman, obviously wants to resign the breakout star of this playoff season. Bickell has said, “I think [Chicago] is a second home to me…I feel this is a home to me.” Bickell made $600,000 this season and clearly deserves a raise; this is all possible as the Blackhawks are not only two million dollars from their pay cap and they are getting rid of Montador and Olesz. Marian Hossa, feared to be leaving the Blackhawks, will be staying as his departure would hurt the pay cap and as he was a major asset in and on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let's play some Hawkey!

Let’s play some Hawkey!

Bulls

Dude, I don't know where I'm going!

Dude, I don’t know where I’m going!

The newest rumor swirling around is that the Chicago Bulls are in talks about a contract extension with Luol Deng, a valuable player to the Chicago Bulls leading up to the playoffs until a viral infection confined him to a hospital bed during the playoffs. The cyclone of rumors circling around Deng had reports of his leaving the Bulls for the Wizards or the Cavaliers. The Bulls may also want to acquire LaMarcus Aldridge in the NBA Draft, which would mean having to give up Deng. Luol Deng’s future with the Bulls is uncertain as is that of Nate Robinson, the heart of the playoff team.  The roster is already expensive as Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose remain the crown jewels of the current Bulls dynasty. On a related subject, reports are also coming in that Derrick Rose will absolutely, totally, most definitely, without a doubt, duh, no doubt play this fall.

Cubs

Marvin K. Marmol, Will You Please Go Now?!

Marvin K. Marmol, Will You Please Go Now?!

There is some good news about all of the swapping and gaining of players in this season of change: The Cubs are finally getting rid of Carlos Marmol! Yes, the pitcher who loves to blow a lead and let the opposing team win in the ninth inning is packing his bags and headed to a new pitcher’s mound in a new town! Cubs General Manager, Jed Hoyer, said, “We realized in August of last year that we wouldn’t be able to trade him or acquire any value for him.” Marmol’s manager, Paul Kinzer, said, “[Marmol] loves Chicago, but I think in his mind he knows he has to get a fresh start.” We will go on record saying, “Hey, Chicago! Whaddya say? Marmol’s finally going away!” As it is clear that the Cubs will not be going to the playoffs, which is a major shock to all of us, perhaps now is the time to unload Marmol and start bringing up the eager players from the minor leagues to see what will work next season.

Miscellaneous 

 

Pictured: SOMEONE FROM SPACE JAM!

Pictured: SOMEONE FROM SPACE JAM!

Finally, after a year away, former Boston Celtic and current hybrid of a human foot and a peanut, basketball superstar Larry “Hick From French Lick” Bird will be returning to manage the Indiana Pacers. Perhaps he can use all of his 1992 Dream Team magic to help the Pacers defeat Lebron and the Heat next season.

Pictured: Larry Bird's 1992 Dream Team Team Magic

Pictured: Larry Bird’s 1992 Dream Team Team Magic

 

As sports is a forever-changing world, it’s good to show your long-time loyalty with some great threads. Luckily for you, Clark Street Sports has all of the sports merchandise you need, from Oduya shirts to Shaw jerseys, for a weekend of Stanley Cup parties and parades and everyday wear.

Sports are always changing, but never forget: Sports is good!

 

 

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Party Alert: HIGH

Okay, Blackhawks fans, the party alert system is in the red! Tonight may bring a crushing defeat that leaves us drinking on our couches, cussing at our bartenders, and perhaps catching a tear or two in our beers. However, tonight may also bring the wave of victory upon Chicago, Illinois that will sweep up its residents and the streets of the Windy City will flood with Blackhawks fans and champagne foam and the only sound to be heard will be the chorus of The Fratelli’s “Chelsea Dagger.”

Make this happen! We are ready to party!

Make this happen! We are ready to party!

 

Game Five showed the Blackhawks have what it takes to take down Tuukka Rask’s defensive wall while keeping Boston’s offense on the edge. The game ended with Corey Crawford blocking twenty-nine shots and Patrick Kane one goal away from a hat trick. Dave Bolland’s empty-netter in the third period felt just as great as the Red Wings empty netter hurt in Game Four. It was also exactly what Bolland needed after the shut-out game left him personally defeated. Crawford’s ability to rapidly fix the weak spot in his defense (read: his Buckner glove) was crucial to their success.

 

How ya like me now?

How ya like me now?

Tonight’s game does bring about an interesting challenge for both teams. The Blackhawks may be forced to play without Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews, and the Bruins may be forced to play without their star Patrice Bergeron. Both were injured in Game Five, but Coach Q says Toews is good to play in tonight’s game. This is a dicey move since his returning too soon from suffering from a concussion last year prevented him from being the player he was previous to the injury. The game could come down to playing at-risk players and forcing the team to learn to play with that handicap or play without a teammate they have relied on all season. Whatever happens, tonight is going to be interesting and exciting.

Please, please, please, please let tonight look like this. Please, please, please.

Please, please, please, please let tonight look like this. Please, please, please.

 

Of course, tonight’s victory is not guaranteed. No one wants to jinx it by saying tonight is in the bag. Tonight will be the night that all die-hard sports fans, in Chicago and in Boston, will be on the edge of their seats performing all of their game time superstitions to convince the cosmos to find in favor of their beloved team. The ratty lucky jerseys, the specific game time beer, and the best hockey-watching establishments will all be pulled out tonight because we’re in the final stretch. This is it. Tonight could be the end of a hockey season that was both short and exhilarating. From the Blackhawks record-shattering regular season to the playoffs that have been a roller coaster ride of emotions that has left every Blackhawks fan with an irregular heartbeat, eye twitch, and an irregular sleeping pattern. Chill that champagne, but don’t be too eager to uncork it. The Blackhawks are at the top of their game, let’s hope that they remain that way and skate away from Boston with the Stanley Cup because Chicago is ready to party with that fun trophy.

Pictured: FUN TROPHY

Pictured: FUN TROPHY

 

In other sports news, it is rumored that Luol “Deng Bang” Deng will be traded to the Cavaliers. Still no word on where Nate Robinson will end up, so keep your fingers crossed that next year’s Bulls roster has Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson running the show.

Way up top, buddy.

Way up top, buddy.

 

If the Blackhawks lose tonight, we’ve got another game ahead of us to get the Cup. If they win tonight, we’ve got a lot of parades to attend and a lot of booze to drink. How fly are your Blackhawks threads? Keep your lucky jersey, but be sure to update your Stanley Cup attire with us. Whether you visit one of our stores or check out our selection at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com, we have all of the Kane jerseys, Shaw shirts, Bickell swag, and Oduya gear to keep you looking Sharp!

We'll keep you lookin' SHARP!

Pictured: SHARP DRESSED MAN
Pictured: FUN TROPHY

 

And above all else, remember this: There is only one team with a bear for a mascot that is worth rooting for, and that team is in Chicago!

And those Bears will be back in August and ready to take down the Patriots.

And those Bears will be back in August and ready to take down the Patriots.

 

SPORTS IS GOOD!

 

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Ay Yo, Bartender! Got Any More Sports In This Club?

What an amazing time to be a sports fan, right? With Game Six of the Spurs and Heat being followed by Game Four of the Blackhawks and Bruins being followed by GAME SEVEN of the Spurs and Heat, we’ll all just be glued to our televisions and will have learned to be more efficient human beings with less and less sleep. We will replace food with yelling. We will become imperfect perfect beings and when the Spurs and the Blackhawks win their respective trophies, we will burst into balls of pure white light and reach a higher plane of being.

I'll sleep when I'm dead! Turn on the Blackhawks game!

I’ll sleep when I’m dead! Turn on the Blackhawks game!

Game Six of the Spurs and Heat playoff was a nail-biting, headache-inducing circus that left most people without the use of their vocal chords this morning. With the game favoring the Spurs and only twenty seconds left, officials were pulling out the yellow tape to section off the path on which the NBA Championship trophy would be paraded out and presented to the San Antonio Spurs. The vendors had begun to pull out the San Antonio Spurs NBA Champions shirts that they had hoped and prayed they hadn’t wasted their money on. The end seemed near as flocks of Miami Heat fans got up from their seats to flood out of the AmericanAirlines Arena because traffic was going to be rough after the game and because watching your golden team lose is not fun and it’s easier to walk away than to pay up for all of the bad-mouthing you’ve done all season.

Sports Is Sad

Sports Is Sad

In the last five seconds of the game, Ray Allen tied up the game and the Heat and the Spurs went into overtime. This angered the Heat fans who had left as they had “paid good money” for the seats they had left (please check out http://www.twitter.com/VictorOquendo for a full live tweet of the hilarity of Miami fans leaving the game). In the end, the Heat won and forced Game Seven. Lebron had thirty-two points, ten rebounds, and eleven assists. Tim Duncan was close behind with thirty points, his most in an NBA finals game since Game One in 2003, and seventeen rebounds. Lebron had his eleventh post season triple-double, his second of this series. Somehow, he managed to win the game despite the fact that he lost his magical headband in the fourth quarter.

Upon hearing that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh's headbands were going to go play in Los Angeles, Lebron's headband quickly left Miami.

Upon hearing that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh’s headbands were going to go play in Los Angeles, Lebron’s headband quickly left Miami.

Game Seven begins tomorrow and we shall see if Lebron was correct when he said, “A Lebron James team is never desperate” in 2008. The Spurs have the fight in them, and they almost won it all last night. Thursday night should be intense to say the very least.

Are you there, God? It's me, Corey.

Are you there, God? It’s me, Corey.

Sandwiched in between the two nights of NBA playoff insanity is Stanley Cup insanity! With the games 2-1 favoring the Bruins, the Blackhawks must up their face off wins and really take advantage of the power plays when they come their way. Hossa is expected to return to the ice tonight, so that will be a major help to the mighty Blackhawks as they face the Boston Bruins in Game Four. We also need that playoff moment that has happened in every other series. Patrick Sharps non-stop scoring against the Wild was an impressive inspiration from a player that had struggled so much in the regular season. The Detroit series found Seabrook as the shining hero in Game Seven as his overtime goal won the game and pushed the Blackhawks into the next round. Patrick Kane’s hat trick in the final game against the Los Angeles Kings birthed a throat-slashing collective cheer from Blackhawk fans across the country as the Hawks advanced to fight the Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

You are still not tired of this picture.

You are still not tired of this picture.

The Blackhawks, the fans, and the Bruins know what the Blackhawks need to do in order to win this game and this series. The Bruins will try to stop them, the fans will cheer them until they cannot speak, and the only thing the Blackhawks have to do is do it. This is how we get our great hockey moments. When all seemed bleak against Detroit, the Blackhawks dusted off and did what they needed to to. In doing this, we got shining hockey moments from formerly rowdy, penalty box banished players like Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, two players that are now essential to the Blackhawks line-up beyond fights. This blog has dedicated a lot of time and syntax have been dedicated to praising the Blackhawks. We know what they are capable of; now we need them to do it. Why? Because it’s the Cup.

And if that doesn't work, have Shaw and Marchand fight it out in the last twenty seconds again.

And if that doesn’t work, have Shaw and Marchand fight it out in the last twenty seconds again.

 

We love sports, and we know you do to. Be sure to stop by one of our stores or browse our selection online at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com to order your gear. Commit to the Indian and remember: Sports is good!

 

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Sports Is Hurt Sometimes

What. A. Weekend.

On Friday we all were amped up for some sports! We had the Blackhawks facing the Bruins at the United Center, the Cubs taking on the Mets in New York, the White Sox against the Astros in Houston, and another adrenaline-rush game between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs.

SPORTS IS GOOD!

SPORTS IS GOOD!

 

Then, everything pretty much went south.

SPORTS IS OUCH!

SPORTS IS OUCH!

 

This weekend can certainly be broken into three categories: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good

Shoot the ball through my hand, Your Majesty! Do it!

Shoot the ball through my hand, Your Majesty! Do it!

Well, Bulls fans (and most all of basketball fans in general), it looks as though King James is going to be denied his precious ring. The Gollum of the National Basketball Association and his friends are finding themselves in an uphill battle against the fast and furious San Antonio Spurs. Tony Parker, Danny Green, and Manu Ginobili’s season-high 24 point game are keeping the Heat from catching fire on the court, and everyone is loving it! The Miami Heat needs to win two consecutive games in order to cinch the championship, and that is something they haven’t won back-to-back games since Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals. Will LeBron and his boys recover? Let’s admit it: We’re hoping the answer is no.

The Bad

Ooof!

Ooof!

 

Well, ouch. The city of Chicago got an mighty kick to the gut on Saturday night as the Blackhawks fell to the Bruins at the United Center. Game Two seemed to be going well for the Blackhawks when The Perfect 10, Patrick Sharp, scored in the first period.

 

Just handsome that puck past Rask, Sharpie!

Just handsome that puck past Rask, Sharpie!

 

Boston tied up the score in the second, and the Blackhawks did both a great job of fending off the Bruins in the third and giving their all to take the lead. The final period saw the Blackhawks secret weapon, Andrew Shaw, attempting to do what he does best and finish up the game. However, as good as the Blackhawks were, the Bruins were on top of their game as well. Overtime found the Bruins getting that needed goal past Corey Crawford and winning Game Two, tying up the series as hockey moves to Boston for Games Three and Four. Though these teams are evenly-matched, it is clear that the Blackhawks need to focus on taking advantage of the power play. It’s been a short season, but hopefully in these final games the Blackhawks will finally grasp the concept of having a numbers advantage on the ice. We may also see the return of Viktor Stalberg in Game Three as Coach Quenneville has hinted he could lace up for the game tonight after his presence in the morning skate. With these two Original Six greats getting ready for Game Three, only one thing is certain: We are in for some intense hockey!

 

The Ugly

Then, of course, to put the final touches on this insane sports cake, we have the Chicago Cubs, who blew a 3-0 lead over the Mets in the ninth inning. Naturally, they got the lead because the Mets playing as if they were on Ambien, but in the ninth inning the Cubs remembered they were the Cubs. Upon seeing the lead against the Mets, Carlos Marmol got to the mound and Marmoled in a walk and then pitched a three-run homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and allowed the Mets to win 4-3.

"Don't worry, guys! I'll take care of that lead!"

“Don’t worry, guys! I’ll take care of that lead!”

 

Maybe this time, the Cubs managers will hear the cries of Chicago and get rid of Marmol.

So, tonight brings us Game Three of the Blackhawks and the Bruins. Hopefully, this will not be the typical “Ugly Game” that has been the third game of every series from the Minnesota Wild to the Los Angeles Kings. The Stanley Cup needs to live here in Chicago. It’s visited us, it has seen our deep dish pizza, it has tattooed Chicago’s skyline in its heart. The series might be tied, but if there is one thing that should never be dismissed it is the perseverance and drive of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Then I Shaw Her Standing There

Then I Shaw Her Standing There

 

We’ve got a long series ahead of us as the Blackhawks find themselves fighting the Boston Strong Bruins. Show your love for the Blackhawks with the jersey of your favorite player available at one of our stores or online at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com. From Andrew Shaw to Patrick Sharp, we’ve got your favorite Blackhawk’s jersey ready for you to wear to your next viewing of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

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