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It’s Like Hockey Christmas!

The hockey lockout made it seem as if hockey were a hopeless dream. Even those of us that truly believed that hockey would return and save us all from the winter doldrums were eventually grasping at straws and holding onto nothing but faith and hope. Like the children of Springfield hoping to be liberated from Kamp Krusty, we held onto any flicker of light in the distance that held any promise of a hockey season.

"See? I told you hockey would come! Ha-ha! It's gonna bring us food, and water, and smite our enemies!"

“See? I told you hockey would come! Ha-ha! It’s gonna bring us food, and water, and smite our enemies!”

Then hockey returned! We didn’t even have to riot or break storefront windows or burn things in effigy! It returned, and we rejoiced! The season was short, but we didn’t care! We really didn’t care when the Blackhawks started mopping the floor with the competition. The Blackhawks weren’t merely a hometown favorite doing well, they were an international phenomenon making hockey history. Then, as if the return of hockey weren’t enough, we were in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now we’re in the Stanley Cup finals. It’s as if some Sports Santa Claus brought us all of the presents we could have ever wanted and stuffing them under our lockout hockey Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Like some sort of hockey-themed Christmastime…

…simply magical, right?

Anyway, THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ARE HERE! THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGIN TONIGHT! THE STANLEY CUP IS IN THE UNITED CENTER!

"My, this looks like a lovely place to live," said the Stanley Cup.

“My, this looks like a lovely place to live,” said the Stanley Cup.

So, what have we got? We’ve got one helluva match up for this final series. This is the first time the NHL has seen an Original Six Stanley Cup Finals in thirty years. This promises to be a powerhouse game of two legendary teams fighting for the most coveted trophy in sports. This promises to be a great series of games because these are two teams who are really gunning for it; the Blackhawks have a great challenge in front of them. The first of which is Bruins goalie, Tuukka Rask, who was a major reason the Penguins were embarrassed in the previous series. Zdeno Chara is 6′ 9″ of terror on ice, towering over the entire Blackhawks roster and leaving nothing but damage in his wake. The Bruins may not have had the stunning season that the Blackhawks have had, but they’ve got the same drive, passion, and skill the Blackhawks possess and that is not to be taken lightly. However, the Blackhawks are going to be a powerhouse, especially starting the series at the United Center. Kane’s hat trick in the previous series, Hossa’s drive, Bickell’s unyielding determination and undeniable results, and Saad’s thirst for a playoff goal are among the party mix of reasons why the Blackhawks will not allow the Stanley Cup to slip away from Chicago. This is going to be an interesting and wild series, hockey fans, and we’re all dying to see the Stanley Cup return to Chicago.

Bring it on, Boston!

Bring it on, Boston!

Remember, when it comes to hockey fashion, Clark Street Sports is your best stop for Blackhawks merchandise. Whether you visit one of our stores or visit us at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com, we will get you what you need so you can properly celebrate the Blackhawks’ victory.

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Hawkey Talk

Like a HOSS!

Like a HOSS!

Well, sports fanatics, when we left for the holiday weekend we were all walking on egg shells, biting our nails, and praying to the hockey gods to help bring the Blackhawks a victory. We headed into the weekend hopeful and willing to stand by the mighty, mighty Blackhawks. We went into Game Five hoping that Shaw, Bickell, and Toews could keep their tempers under control long enough to win the game. We went into the game hoping our defense was as strong as our offense.

We all went into Game Five like this.

We all went into Game Five like this.

Our hopes and dreams came true, Chicago, because we’re forcing game seven against Detroit!

Game five saw Toews putting on his captain’s hat, keeping it cool, and scoring two goals. Bickell channeled his hockey rage into a goal. However the greatest star of the Blackhawks in Game Five was hot-headed, punch-throwing, blood-thirsty Andrew Shaw. The player that could not keep his temper under control in game three stepped up his game and kept himself on the ice instead of in the penalty box. This playoff series has shown that players like Shaw and Bickell are more than fist-swinging stereotypical hockey players; these are hockey professionals focused on the Stanley Cup and are dedicated so fiercely to that objective that they will reevaluate their playing tactics so they can best help their team.

Strongest pimp hand in the NHL

Strongest pimp hand in the NHL

Shaw and Bickell’s tremendous improvements, Patrick Sharp’s comeback from a depressing regular season, and the hopes and dreams invested in a team that blazed through the regular season with the twinkle of the Stanley Cup in their eyes have all been inspiring. However, the most impressive Cinderella story of the playoffs has definitely been Corey Crawford. With thirty five saves in game six alone, Crawford’s performance as a goalie has been a crucial element to the Blackhawks’ success; any Blackhawks fan who does not give Crawford the praise he deserves should be forced to give up all hockey apparel, delete their Blackhawks app, and choose a different team to root for.

So we have got a helluva nail-biter on our hands for tomorrow. Two teams deeply rooted in a long-standing rivalry are thirsty for drinking champagne out of Lord Stanley’s cup. Show your support for the mighty Blackhawks with our “Keep Calm and Win the Cup” tee shirt this week.

Game seven: you’ll pay for your seat, but you’ll only need the edge!

 

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Chicago Sports: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Waiting To Exhale

Waiting To Exhale

Well, hockey………hockey…….

Thursday’s game four wasn’t so much painful as it was devastating and heart-breaking. “Painful” implies that what happened is easily walked off; what happened in game four was more like your mom telling you that Santa isn’t real followed by an atomic wedgie from dad. Game four was painful if you elevate the definition of “painful” to “everything that happened in ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre.'”

But I digress.

Johnny, Be Good!

Johnny, Be Good!

The game was strong and tense through the first scoreless period. However, the tight tapestry of the Blackhawks playing began to unravel halfway through the second period. With three penalties on Captain Serious (read: three power plays for Detroit), Toews spent six minutes of the second period in the penalty box, a place where it is actually impossible to score goals. Whereas the Blackhawks were strong in keeping out of fights when Detroit tried to take advantage of the quick tempers and flying fists of Bickell and Shaw, they did not clean up on power plays and their tired defense allowed for the empty net goal that resulted in the shutout game.

No reason. Just look at Sharpie smiling and try to mimic it. It'll feel better.

No reason. Just look at Sharpie smiling and try to mimic it. You’ll feel better.

The blogosphere, radio shows, ESPN, local news programs, people around the water cooler, and everyone else you know will be spending every minute from now until puck drop on Saturday dissecting what went wrong in game four and how we can repair what we have in order to claim victory at the Madhouse this weekend. Whereas the Blackhawks do have a shot (they spent the majority of this shortened season undefeated, remember), the shot comes with acquiring discipline. They were more focused and disciplined in game four than they were in game three, but what everyone seems to have forgotten (well, until last night) is that the Red Wings have absolutely stepped up their game, and it did not come out of nowhere. Yes, the Blackhawks swept the Red Wings in regular season, but the Red Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs; the Anaheim Ducks were the only team the Blackhawks could not beat in regular season. Detroit is a serious threat. Winning the next three games isn’t impossible; the Blackhawks are a great team. However, in order to do it, they need to focus on Detroit being a legitimate threat and play them with discipline, heart, and impeccable skill. This is not impossible, but no matter what happens the city of Chicago will be on the edge.

"Someday," thought Mike Ditka, "I'm gonna run this field."

“Someday,” thought Mike Ditka, “I’m gonna run this team to the greatest Super Bowl ever and have a mustache God and all the angels envy.”

Let’s move on to happier Chicago sports news. The headline “Chicago Bears Retire Mike Ditka’s Number” may be a few decades late, but we’re glad that it’s finally here. Iron Mike Ditka’s number now retires to the hallowed land of retired Chicago Bears numbers with Dick Butkus, George Halas, Gale Sayers, Brian Piccolo, and Walter “Sweetness” Payton. Read more about Ditka’s retired number here, and be sure to pick up our Superfan Ditka tee to make sure you have the proper attire to celebrate on December 9th when the retirement ceremony takes place at Soldier Field.

We cannot guarantee that our Ditka shirts will make you look this good.

We cannot guarantee that our Ditka shirts will make you look this good.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Ditka’s number will be the last one that the Bears will retire, which is upsetting to the Urlacher fans who were not only sad to see #54 retire this week but would also like to see his number hang with the rest of the legends. A thirteen year career at Soldier Field that was spent being a reliable, talented, and unique asset to the Chicago Bears certainly deserves major recognition. However, since it took decades to honor the man who is the face of the Chicago Bears to many, only time will tell what honors can and will be bestowed to the greatest linebacker since Butkus.

This Urlacher fan is a pretty adorable honor. None of us will miss Urlacher like she will.

This Urlacher fan is a pretty adorable honor. None of us will miss Urlacher like she will.

Finally, Memorial Day weekend is here! As we all watch the clock so our three day weekend can begin, many of you will be braving the chilly spring weather to see the White Sox take on the Florida Marlins or the Chicago Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds. Though it may be cold for baseball, the weather reports are saying that perfect eighty degree weather will be here for the Crosstown Classic. If you don’t have the perfect shirt to show your baseball fever, don’t fret! We’ve got plenty of White Sox and Cubs gear to choose from. Visit our website or check out one of our shops as you enjoy a weekend of shopping, brunching, and relaxing this holiday weekend.

 

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MLB: Texas Rangers @ Chicago Cubs

Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field: April 16-18

Baseball Fans, the Texas Rangers are making a rare trip to the North Side of Chicago from April 16-18. Cubs fans, help commemorate this unique matchup with this special Interleague Series tee-shirt (available online or  one of our Wrigleyville Locations) between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs at beautiful Wrigley Field.

Cubs vs. Rangers at Wrigley Field

Cubs vs. Rangers at Wrigley Field

Cubs fans, remember to pickup all your favorite Cubs and other Chicago Sports merchandise at one of our Chicagoland Locations or online throughout the baseball season.

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St. Patricks Day Merchandise at Clark Street Sports

All your favorite Chicago Sports Green Merchandise at Clark Street Sports

Looking for green merchandise before St. Patricks Day? No problem. Clark Street Sports has all your favorite Chicago Sports green merchandise so you can feel apart of St. Patricks Day while supporting your favorite Chicago Sports teams.

Get your GREEN ON for Saint Patricks Day! Shop now!

Get your GREEN ON for Saint Patricks Day! Shop now!

Fans of Chicago Sports and St. Patricks Day, remember to pickup all your favorite green merchandise at one of our Chicagoland Locations or Online before Sunday, March 17th.   

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Nate Robinson 1st Dunk as a Chicago Bulls

Last night, Chicago Bulls Point Guard Nate Robinson recorded his first Dunk as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
Nate Robinson Bulls Dunk

Nate Robinson Bulls Dunk

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Chicago Bulls All-Stars: Luol Deng and Joakim Noah

Congratulations to Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng and Center Joakim Noah as both were voted as reserves to the NBA All-Star Team. Both Deng and Noah have done a tremendous job raising their games to another level with Derrick Rose  sidelined, leading the Bulls to the 4th best record (25-16) in the Eastern Conference. With Rose hurt, Luol Deng (2nd NBA All-Star Selection) has picked up his scoring and become the teams leading scorer (17.4 points) in addition to playing the most average minutes/game (39.8) in the entire NBA. Like Deng, Joakim Noah (with the loss of Rose) has taken his game to the next level as he’s averaged career high’s in points (12.2), assists (4.0), blocks (2.1) along with having the 9th most double-doubles (20) in the NBA. Bulls fans, remember to pickup all your favorite Luol Deng and Joakim Noah merchandise at one of our locations or online before the NBA All-Star Game on February 17th, 2013.

Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah Road Red Name and Number T-Shirt: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Joakim-Noah-Chicago-Bulls-Road-Red-Name-and-Number-T-Shirt.html

Chicago Bulls Men’s Black Luol Deng Player Tee: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Black-Luol-Deng-Player-Tee.html

Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah Home White Swingman Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Joakim-Noah-Chicago-Bulls-Home-White-Swingman-Jersey.html

Chicago Bulls Men’s Luol Deng Red Replica Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Men-s-Luol-Deng-Red-Replica-Jersey-by-Adidas.html

Chicago Bulls Youth Red Away Joakim Noah Replica Jersey: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Youth-Red-Away-Jokim-Noah-Replica-Jersey.html

Chicago Bulls Black “I’m Here For The Deng Bang” Tee: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bulls-Black-I-m-Here-For-The-Deng-Bang-Tee.html

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