Both teams were bad for years. The Wings got good- really good- and started kicking butt for years. The Blackhawks stayed bad until 2010 when they finally won a cup. Now they're actually pretty good.
We fans were pretty disdainful of them before they won, just like they are of us now. I recall making this little item for the photoshop war in 2009.
Since then, they've won a cup, but then they didn't do so well after that. We have lost a bit of our overall dominance, especially with Lidstrom retiring, but the future is looking good with the young'uns coming up. Chicago had a good youth movement with Kane and Toews, who eventually took over the team and lead them to victory.
We may not be as good as them on paper this year, but we have leaders who have tasted success for more than just one season, and hungry kids coming up.
It may take us another year or two to regain the glory of the last 20 years (give or take), but thanks to guys like Stevie and Nick, our team has been given a good past on which to build and from which to learn.
Their team has had a nice season or two in the last few years. Credit is certainly due to Toews and his group for what they've done, and they may well be headed for another cup this year, but it in no way makes them the superior team for years to come. That will be determined only by time.
As for this year, yes, they look better, but looks can be deceiving, and as long as we have Hank and Pav, I wouldn't write us off so easily.
Speaking of Vladifan, it seems she lied. Big time. She is about to waffle, welch, and wuss out at keeping her pledge at $5 a goal. God love them Wangs and I fervently hope they'll keep playing out of their heads but bankruptcy ain't an option. My zeal was obviously bigger than my wallet. SO. Let's round the present amount out to $100 and from now on let's put it at $1.00 a goal. I should be able to take it over sometime this Wednesday, Catherine. THANKS!!
*ducking, dodging, weaving*
Don't feel bad. I did the same thing last year, but I welched out before the playoffs had even started. For some reason, I had mis-remembered what I had done the year before and over-did it. Once I realized how deep I'd be in, I had to take it back and make it more like what I have this year.
Had I known we wouldn't go far last year, I'd have kept it.
I pretty much agree with your assessments. Grading is somewhat subjective without a hard rubric, but I'm pretty much with in a + or - of your assessments, although I had to miss a couple of the games due to work, so my assessments might be incomplete or slanted in a different direction due to incomplete data.
However, I'm not posting this just to say that I agree. I'm also posting to give kudos for a very well-written and well-thought-out piece. It was an enjoyable read.
Someone needs to make one about Hawks fans thinking the Hawks were founded in 2010. I moved to Illinois less than a week after they won the cup, and the amount of bandwagoners is amazing. There's guys that wear Hawks apparel and can't pronounce the names of players on their own team!
You're warped, Gord. I'd hate to see what you'd do with Rocky Horror.
Wings must win this one. (Duh)
I want to see EVERY SINGLE WING with at least 10 shots on goal (preferably not the one with Jimmy in the crease) and I want to see EVERY SINGLE WING playing strong defensively.
I also want to see Bert bite off Perry's head and spit it out, but since that would be at least a 4 minute penalty, I'd like to see it when we're up by no less than 12 goals, although with the officiating we've been seeing, he might just get away with it.