It is amazing what sports does to a city. An estimated two million people flooded downtown Chicago Friday morning to celebrate the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win. In a weak moment I asked for a photo pass, and went down there. What a mess. Walked about three miles to get to the stage. There I heard one very selfless act taking place. Patrick Kane, the MVP of the playoffs, acknowledged the work of Corey Crawford, the Hawks goalie, who should have won the MVP, by giving him the symbolic belt that the teams awards after every game to the best player.
Corey, usually very soft spoken, then gave one of the greatest one minute speeches in the history of Chicago sports. In front of the Governor, the Mayor, two million people and a host of television cameras, he uttered this famous line:
“These guys worked their fucking nuts off to win this championship!”
That line will go down in Chicago sports history!
That night I went down to the lakefront to be treated like a photographer should be treated while photographing my friends O.A.R. Great guys, great songs and a good time was had by all of the 8000 people that were in the audience, many still in their Hawks shirts from the rally that morning.