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Do You Have Your Championship Shirt Yet?

Looking Good

Looking Good

Clark Street Sports wants you to look as Sharp as you possibly Kane now that the Blackhawks have won the Cup. Since Lord Stanley’s Cup will be bouncing around Chicago for the next year, you have to make sure your wardrobe is on point just in case you happen to see the Cup at a parade or out with Kaner out a bar. Peep this Championship shiz!

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You can find all of our Blackhawks Championship shirts and other great Blackhawks gear such as Blackhawks jerseys, tee shirts, bobbleheads, winter hats, and baseball caps on our website at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com.

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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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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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Wednesday’s Wild World of Sports

With baseball season in full swing, playoff hockey causing us to chew off our fingernails, a big announcement from Brian Urlacher, and the Bulls still grabbing headlines, this has, indeed, been a heck of a week for Chicago sports!

Dave Bolland does his best Joker impression to intimidate the Red Wings.

Dave Bolland does his best Joker impression to intimidate the Red Wings.

With the Blackhawks down in the playoffs against the much-hated Detroit Red Wings, the team is still optimistic about game four. Perhaps the Blackhawks were too confident against the team they swept in the regular season (a team they beat by a touchdown on Easter Sunday) and dismissed the fact that in order to play the Blackhawks, the Red Wings beat the second seed, the Anaheim Ducks (a team the Blackhawks could not beat in regular season). Game three saw an intense, ugly game that kept every fan, Chicago and Detroit, on the edge of their seats. The denial of what could have been the Blackhawks’ second goal certainly lowered the Blackhawks spirits as much as it raised the Red Wings’. However, in game four, it is clear that they cannot allow lowered spirits to turn into violent outbursts. Hockey may be a notoriously violent sport, but you can’t score goals from the penalty box. Though Brian Bickell and Andrew Shaw clearly will not let the Blackhawks go down without a knock down, drag out, good old fashioned hockey fight, in order to play effectively the Hawks need to keep their anger in check and focus that energy on getting to the net, keeping the puck in control, and playing angry while playing smart.

Save it for when we're ahead, Shawzer.

Save it for when we’re ahead, Shawzer.

The Chicago Bulls may be out of the playoffs, but the team with the most heart in the NBA may be losing the biggest heart of the team, Nate Robinson.

But we can't split up this dynamic duo! We can't!

But we can’t split up this dynamic duo! We can’t!

The news of Robinson’s likely departure has Chicago in an uproar. The little powerhouse that was a valuable asset to the Bulls in the playoffs has won the hearts of Bulls fans (and his on court relationship with the giant Joakim Noah might be one of the most endearing things in all of the NBA). The threat of Robinson’s leaving the Bulls has gotten Bulls fans in such an uproar that there is an online petition to convince the Bulls to keep Nate Robinson on the roster. Is this the best way to keep the running heart of the Bulls on the roster? Only time and a growing collection of signatures will tell.

So long, Brian

So long, Brian

Breaking news this morning is the retirement of Brian Urlacher, the Bears’ amazing linebacker. After toying with the idea of signing with the Vikings, Urlacher decided to retire from football altogether. Whereas we will miss seeing him destroying the competition every Sunday afternoon, we can selfishly admit seeing him go is better than seeing him in a purple helmet with viking horns on it. Retiring from football as a Chicago Bear was important to Urlacher, and we at Clark Street Sports wish the revered #54 the best of luck in retirement after thirteen years tearing up Soldier Field in navy and orange.

Baseball is serious business!

Baseball is serious business!

Memorial Day weekend means three day weekend and a lot of Chicago baseball. Whether your allegiance is to the North Side or the South Side, this weekend is a great time to take advantage of some fantastic Chicago baseball against the Marlins and the Reds before the Crosstown Classic kicks off on Memorial Day!

If you’re not dedicated enough to sport a full back Sox vs. Cubs tattoo this weekend, don’t worry! Clark Street Sports has all the gear you need for this year’s annual baseball blow out and for all your other Chicago sports needs! Until next time, sports fans, let us know what you think of what’s happening in the wild world of sports and keep rooting for the Windy City!

 

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BCS National Championship Game: Notre Dame vs Alabama

Irish fans, Notre Dame go for their 9th National Championship tonight as they take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in Miami, Florida. Notre Dame fans, remember to pickup all your favorite Irish merchandise at our  Indiana Location (1978 Southlake Mall, Merrillville, IN) before tonights BCS National Championship Game.

Notre Dame BCS National Championship Game Merchandise: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-c-13051/


Notre Dame Navy “Play Like A Champion Today” Tee
http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-Men-s-Navy-Play-Like-A-Champion-Today-Tee-by-Adidas.html

Notre Dame vs Alabama Ultimate Matchup Tee
http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-vs-Alabama-Ultimate-Matchup-Tee-by-Adidas.html

Notre Dame BCS National Championship Fighting Irish Basic Beanie
http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-BCS-National-Championship-Fighting-Irish-Basic-Beanie-by-Adidas.html

Notre Dame White Cuffed “Undefeated” Beanie
http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-White-Cuffed-Undefeated-Beanie-by-Adidas.html

Notre Dame Grey “Tradition” Basic Beanie
http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-Grey-Tradition-Basic-Beanie-by-Adidas.html

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11″x17″ “Perfect Season” Plastic Sign: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Notre-Dame-Fighting-Irish-11-x17-Perfect-Season-Plastic-Sign-by-Wincraft.html

 

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Chicago Bears: Charles “Peanut” Tillman Tee-Shirt at Clark Street Sports

Bears Fans, Clark Street Sports, The Heckler, and Charles “Peanut” Tillman’s Foundation (Cornerstone Foundation) are teaming up and selling two different Peanut Tee-Shirts. The two Shirts are pictured below and in addition to purchasing these fantastic Peanut Tillman T-Shirts, anytime one of the two T-shirts is sold, $5 will be donated to the Cornerstone Foundation. If your interested in purchasing one of these shirts, you can click on one of the images below and this will lead you to the webpage where you can purchase one of these shirts. What a great combination: you can own a Charles “Peanut” Tillman T-Shirts while cheering on the 7-1 Chicago Bears and help a great cause at the same time.
Charles “Peanut” Tillman Tee-Shirts at Clark Street Sports

Chicago Bears “Peanut Punch It” Tee-Shirt at Clark Street Sports

Chicago Bears Orange “Peanut Punch” Tee-Shirt at Clark Street Sports

 

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