A family's story

I’m a fan

Here is an insight into my personality…I am competitive. Very competitive. And..I like to win. (Who doesn’t??). Unfortunately, I am not the most athletic person in the world. When I attempt to play sports, I am feisty and scrappy, and may come at you like a spider-monkey, but natural athleticism is not synonymous with my being. And I’m ok with that….mainly because I can be a fan. 

I love team sports. Watching a group of people work together to achieve a common goal draws me in. It can be inspiring and breathtaking and gut-wrenching and disappointing. I feel like we can learn a lot from watching a team, and I truly appreciate what they accomplish, as I am just not able to achieve physical feats like they can. 

I am a hockey fan. Also? A Blackhawks fan. (I know, it’s easy right now..but I do enjoy the sport. I went to my college team’s games back in the day. I went to Hawks games when they couldn’t fill the United Center. I know that it’s called a sweater–not a jersey.) There is something about watching those guys do what they do on the ice. I am in awe of them. Truly. I may not watch every game, but I follow them throughout the season–the ups, the downs, the losses the wins.

This shortened season has been one heckuva ride for us Blackhawk fans. There was the amazing, unprecedented start to the season. There was the hype There was the President’s Cup. Then, the playoffs.

The playoffs have been incredible. The Hawks were almost eliminated by Detroit. They trailed the series 3-1..and came back to win it. They fought hard against the Kings. They had so many overtime victories…but they got it done.

The Stanley Cup Finals were one of those hard-fought playoff series that I love. The Blackhawks and the Bruins really fought to the finish. They were so evenly matched. (As evidenced by the 3 overtime games, 6-5 shootout last week, and to-the-very-end finish of Game 6 last night.) It has been quite an adventure to follow this team during the post-season. A rewarding one, though, and I’ll take it.

I have hockey hangover today. I couldn’t fall asleep last night because I was so excited. I was up too late watching post-game interviews and revelry. But it was worth it…because Lord Stanley is coming back to Chi-town!! We need to bask in this glory…because the heavens know, the Cubs and Sox are going nowhere fast…and well, the Bears?? Yeah…..I’m a Packer fan for a reason.

I’m off to get some coffee and rest a bit while I have a little quiet time. (Tate is in an ABA session, Jake is at summer school, and Cole is at preschool day camp.) Happy Day, all!



Comments on: "I’m a fan" (4)

  1. Congratulations. It really was an amazing series — hockey at its finest. And those it’s an overused cliche, there are some warriors on those two teams. Patrice Bergeron played last night with broken ribs, torn cartilage, and THEN he separated his shoulder — and kept playing. Handzus had a broke wrist — kept playing. Shaw takes a puck in the eye, bleeds all over the place, gets stitched up, and misses about five minutes of game time. Unreal. It was an honor to witness it up close.

    • Hockey players are tough. They play through injuries that would leave most of us groveling on the ground. It was such an exciting couple of weeks. I’m jealous that you got to watch it up close! How exciting!

  2. I’m not a hockey fan by any stretch, but I totally get what you mean about choosing your sports teams. The ONLY place worse for sports teams than Chicago is probably Cleveland. Yeah, I know the Tribe is actually doing OK this year… but they’ll find a way to screw it up… always do.

    Cheers on you for having a team that can put it in the W category — and even bigger cheers for sticking to your sport!

    • Ha! We say the same thing about our teams all the time…they’ll find a way to screw it up. 🙂 Maybe this is their year. 😉

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