I found myself in full Chicago meatball mode before game 4 of the Hawks-Canuckers game. After seeing the skilled Canucks beat the Hawks to loose pucks, winning many of the battles on the boards, score virtually whenever they wanted, and seeing their stars outplay the Hawks’ stars, I was convinced the Hawks would start fast, and eventually blow a lead and lose. I was in fuck it mode and just wanted to see the big stiff John Scott unleash some right hand bombs to the dome of Raffi Torres. Hey, if you can’t beat them at hockey, beat em up. Yes, I was the complete opposite of everything I stand for. Then, the game started.
Dave Bolland returned to action and talked about karma biting you in the ass. He was referring to the Torres cheap shot on Brent Seabrook in game 3. Throughout the Hawks 7-2 smack down of the Canucks, I kept asking myself(still in meatball mode, but thinking clearer) could the Hawks do this? Could the champs put a streak together and reel off 3 more wins like the ’04 Red Sox did to the Yankees in the ALCS? Now that I’ve taken off my aviator sunglasses, put down the Polish sausage or saaaaaaasage if you know Carl Wolarski, Pat Arnold, and Todd O’Connor, and returned to real life, I’m asking myself, could they do this?
Maybe the Torres hit on Seabrook is the Hawks version of the Dave Roberts steal in game 4 of the ’04 ALCS. One play can swing a series, swing momentum, and swing karma. Who is to say the Torres hit can’t be that play? Sure, the Canucks had the comfort of knowing that game 5 will be played in their building. Maybe they slept through game 4 knowing they could close it out at home.
I get that thinking, but it could bite them in the ass as Bolland said. Now, all of the pressure is on the Canucks to close it out. If they do, then they did what they were supposed to. Win your home games, and steal one on the road. If not, the second guessing, and mind games start to trickle back into their brains. What if the Hawks grab an early lead in game 5? Those Molson Ice drinking fat asses will be glued to their seats in despair thinking “here we go again.” Karma……One play.
The Hawks have zero pressure on them at this point. They are expected to lose. That is the best position to be in at this point. The fact that the Canucks conceded this game shows a lack of killer instinct that will doom them at some point in these playoffs. Winners have a killer instinct and cut the head off of a snake to kill it. The Hawks are still squirming, still breathing, and still lurking.
If the Hawks can steal game 5, name me one player on Vancouver who will feel confident coming back to Chicago. I’ll hang up and listen for my answer. What separates the ’04 Yankees from these Canucks is that the Yanks had owned Boston up until that point. They didn’t have the doubts seeping into their heads about past playoff failures and the inability to get over the Blackhawks hump. I understand that it is still highly unlikely that Hawks win this series, but if there is a game 6? All bets are off. When you don’t kill the snake when you have the chance, it can always come back to bite you.
When your favorite team scores 7 goals in one game, it’s not easy to get the goal horn and Chelsea Dagger song out of your head. I still have this in my head. Hey, for a Hawks win, it’s worth it…..
The aforementioned super fans had a request. They asked me if I could show one of their favorite Blackhawks clips. Shit, who am I to deny those guys what they want…..
Since today is 4-20, I have to pay homage to one of my favorite 4-20 jams. Triumph by the Wu Tang Clan remains one of hip hops best songs. Any of my friends from high school who reads this will remember jamming out to this song in Jay D’s Green-Mo. You know who you are. Sit back, roll one up, and enjoy your 4-20…..
That song is the shit. Enjoy your 4-20, and Go Blackhawks.
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