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Red Wings fans need to Return the Hate

It was a cold, cloudy morning on January 1st, 2009.  The old man and I were driving through the wind-swept streets of Chicago, trying to find the nice, young lady who had offered up her garage as a place to park.  We called her on her cell-phone and she graciously came down to the street to meet us and show us where to go.  We jumped out of the car and started throwing on our Red Wings gear over long underwear, sweatpants, etc.  I put on my Zetterberg jersey that I’ve had since his rookie season.  The old man had a bright red Winter Classic Red Wing hooded-sweatshirt.

A few more cars pulled into the small in the adjacent alley as we got out our small grill and opened up a few pre-packed beverages.  Not surprisingly, the cars parking nearby were filled with Blackhawks fans.  One of them wandered over towards us and initiated some fairly friendly small talk.  We exchanged forced compliments of each other’s teams and discussed the current weather and our long drive from Michigan in the early hours of the morning.

It was at this time that the gentleman’s friend came over with his small child.  The little boy was wearing nothing hockey-related…just a blue winter coat and a non-denominational wool hat.  “What team do you root for?”  I asked in a friendly tone…the boy said nothing.  With a stone-cold look on his face, the boy’s father replied with “The Blackhawks…we don’t come from a trailer park.”  There was no jest in his voice; this was not meant to be taken lightly.

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