Saturday, March 03, 2007

Baby Hockey Fans

I took my daughter to her first hockey game in January.

Dorrie's first Blackhawks game

I was terrified when I took her because I had taken her to a Bulls game in November and she HATED it. Hated it beyond believe. I ended up walking the concourse the whole time while she screamed every time people cheered.

But for some reason, she adored the Blackhawks game. Same place, far louder goal horn (which I did cover her ears for - if that doesn't force you to watch the game closely and not get distracted, I don't know what will!).

So we figured that we'd try her with the Bulls game again last night. She's 7 months old now, so she's a lot more interested in what is going on around her.

No dice. We walked in, the crowd cheered for something, and she lost it.

My theories on this are as follows:

1.) We had seats very close to the ice (11 rows off the glass!) vs. our 11-game ticket package with the Bulls that has us sitting up in section 312 where I fear falling to my death every time I stand to cheer. Maybe she just likes seeing the action?

2.) Basketball games have more cheering. Hockey tends to be lots of "Oooh!" but then only 6 or 7-ish actual legitimate cheers.

3.) Maybe she just likes hockey and hates basketball like her mom.

4.) There were probably 3 times the number of fans in the stands at the Bulls game.

This is a lengthy way of coming to the point that I hate Bill Wirtz. He owns the Blackhawks and has done more to mess up hockey viewership in Chicago than I thought anyone possibly could. People in this city love(d) hockey. They know the history.

But they won't go to games.


Each of these issues could (and probably eventually will) be its own post.

But he won't show home games on TV, so he doesn't build a younger, less rich fan base. Every time the Hawks got a good player who excited the fans, he would trade them (some examples: Roenick, Hasek, Belfour, Amonte, Chelios - who was traded to the Red Wings for approximately a bag of pucks and was the first trade between the teams in 50-something years). He hasn't done anything to help the team win since the early 90s and doesn't even seem to be interested in putting a winning product on the ice.

There is more. But it depresses me to talk about it. I need some time off to play with a baby and maybe watch Slapshot before I can delve deeper into it.


Sherry said...

That's adorable, Leah. Your baby obviously has great taste.

hockeygirl said...

3.) Maybe she just likes hockey and hates basketball like her mom.

Awesome! Future fangirl - raise her right, Leah.

Bethany said...

Your baby is adorable...and I still don't understand why they don't broadcast the home games...the attendance there is one of the worst in the league only ahead of NY Islanders and St. Louis...why doesn't he want to promote the game? I don't get it...oh well.

Jordi said...

Maybe it's because family friendly hockey is what it is. Okay probably not but of course, it's always in the genes!

Ellie said...

aww so cute! she knows what sport is worth watching : )

Paige said...

What an adorable little girl! Hey, maybe a future HLOGger! I never really got basketball either... or football or baseball for that matter.

Heather B. said...

First of all, cute baby! I'm jealous!

Second of all, what's with the no televised games? Is this a money/rights issue? Does he think if the games are on TV people won't actually go to the games? And if so does he realize people aren't going to the games anyway?

It is definitely a shame that hockey has fallen so far in Chicago.