Hawks win the Cup!
The rabid hockey fan inside of me couldn't be more excited to witness the insanity of the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup this week. On Monday night after the game, fans swarmed the streets of Wrigleyville, climbing streetlights, blasting Chelsea Dagger, high-fiving strangers and baptizing willing and not-so-willing passing cars with beer and champagne.
On Tuesday, after a brief appearance at the Cubs game, the Stanley Cup went bar-hopping with some of the players around town. In what seemed to be an emerging theme, some of the guys sprayed a crowd of fans below with champagne from the balcony of a downtown bar. My gear and I didn't escape getting doused but hey, it was worth it.
Thursday was the championship parade and rally and I was stationed at the United Center for the start. According to the city, about 2 million people showed up for the parade and the rally at Soldier Field. That's a lot of "sick days." It was great to get a little up close and personal with some of the guys and their families, and the Cup, of course. And Coach Q even had a smile on his face!
All in all, a pretty crazy week and great experience. Only three months until hockey season starts again!