An article was written a couple days ago saying the Blackhawks are "despicable" after two incidents: Goalie Corey Crawford got in a fight against the Blues' Robby Fabbri after Fabbri collided with Crawford. The other incident was right wing Andrew Shaw shouted a gay slur towards the referees at the end of the game. This exemplified how the Blackhawks are the scum of the NHL, obviously.
Can you hear that?
It's the whambulance, flying down the streets.
I'm no math whiz, but there are 23 players on an NHL roster, and to generalize a team as being despicable for the actions of two players comes off as a bit salty if you ask me.
But you know, I should expect my hometown team to be berated like this. Winning three titles is six years might aggravate some people. The Hawks are under a microscope unlike any other team in hockey.
I'll admit, I was surprised Crawford wasn't punished for fighting. But here's the thing.
Yeah, we get calls. All great teams and players do.
I think the real issue people had here was Shaw. Shaw shouldn't have said what he said, nobody is excusing him. But I don't think Shaw's a homophobe.
Let's be real, most players probably talk like this. Shaw just got caught, and now he's the scapegoat.
Shaw, and most athletes, have grown up in a culture that threw around the f****t word as part of normal vocab. It takes time to remove word from your vocabulary.
Shaw was handed a crap ton of sensitivity training hours to fulfill, which is fair. But why are we being reactive to incidents, and not proactive in order to prevent them? Why not make all players undergo sensitivity training during their rookie year or something?
Again, Shaw needs to and will pay for his mistake. But c'mon, let's not blow this out of proportion and broad brush the whole team as despicable.
When have we cheated? Who's been killed by our players? What warranted the Blackhawks to be compared to the Patriots and the Yankees? You'll bring up 2009 Patrick Kane and his taxi incident, but I think everyone agrees he matured past that. What happened this summer with his sexual assault accusation doesn't count for anything, charges were dropped and he was acquitted. His Art Ross trophy is going to look great next to his rings, by the way.
Our captain is nicknamed "Captain Serious" for crying out loud.
People are mad at the Blackhawks because they win. The only thing that's despicable is the petulant whining fans of inferior teams hurl our way. This was supposed to be a rebuild year anyway (I hope your team is enjoying all of our old players), and we still might advance in the playoffs after falling behind 3-1 in the series against the Blues. While you're complaining about how you want a parade for once, I'll be sitting here enjoying good hockey and a good team that does things the right way.