by Vince Maranto on 11/15/11 at 12:03 PM ET
Sunday, my son and I attended the Hawks game at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Oilers 6-3. As a side note, the last game we attended was Game 4 of the Playoffs against Vancouver last season, when the Hawks won 7-2. 13 goals in 2 games for the Hawks. If the boys get shut out the next couple of times that I go there, I have nothing to complain about, but that’s not the point of this.
We arrived early for the 6:00 start, to see and take some photo’s of the new Bobby Hull & Stan Mikita statues that are outside of the U.C. There are even more remarkable, in person than the pictures and videos that I saw of them. The artist(s) did a truly fantastic job catching both the likeness and the essence of both of the athletes. After taking about 100 pictures, we got in line for the game. This is where the fun begins.
We got in line, on the inside of the first set of doors, around 15 minutes before the gates opened. The was a guy, military hair cut, maybe 5 foot 7 inches, inside with around 25 of us. Being a early evening Sunday game, they were mostly families of 2 or 3 kids, predominately in grade school. This guy started pulling on the doors, swearing loudly, and speaking mostly gibberish. He began to talk to the children in a very uncomfortable way. Before I could find a security guard, 2 of them came out and asked the lunatic to come with them into the parking lot. We never saw him again. Nice job guys. It’s pretty amazing when security has the presence of mind to locate a potential problem before it occurs.
When we got to our seats, I was very happy that a very thin woman was seated next to me. This makes up for the usual 300+ pound fat guys that usually occupy the seat next to me, spilling more beer and food than they consume.. Behind us, we were not so fortunate. There were 5 or 6 guys (I really didn’t need to see them) who were obviously HAMMERED. The second that the puck hit the ice, it was clear that their only objective was to scream out profanity and insults to the Oilers. Keep in mind we were up in the 300 level of the United Center, where you can’t even hear the whistle. After about 5 minutes, (and 2 Hawks goals) they finally quieted down. Then, out of nowhere, a DETROIT SUCKS chant erupted from the Mensa gathering. I thought, at first, that this was rather random. Then I saw the reason why this occurred. A guy, wearing a Red Wings jersey, was walking up and down the aisles. Why would you come to a Hawks / Oilers game wearing that? Parading up and down the aisles, answered that question, as well as the idiots who were yelling. Attention.
I couldn’t help but notice that none of these guys were with a woman. Hey guys, if your “packages” were as big as your mouths you’d have a date. I just don’t get it. When I go to an event it’s to see a show, not to BE the show.
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