Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Anatomy of Stanley Cup championship celebrations

2010
Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime. We watched the game with Mom, Dad, Dave, Nick, Josh and Sami. As we drove home, people were standing on street corners screaming and cheering. Everyone driving was honking and flashing their headlights. The news stations stayed on the air until well after midnight showing people celebrating in the streets.

2013
Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins. We watched the game with Mom, Steve, Reenie, Jake and Zack. As we drove home, people honked and cheered from their cars. We honked and flashed our headlights. The news stations stayed on the air showing people celebrating in the streets.

2015
Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightening. We drove home in silence. No one was out cheering or honking or flashing their lights. It wasn't that people weren't happy about the win. It was just that people were in shock. Three wins in six years? No one saw that coming. The news stations stayed on the air showing people celebrating, but not very much past the normal news programs.

The first time everyone went crazy because they couldn't believe the team actually won. It wasn't that we didn't think they had the talent, but winning wasn't something we understood. The second time everyone went crazy because they couldn't believe that the team won two Stanley Cups in our lifetime.  The third time we knew they would win. There was no way the team would pass up the opportunity to win at home. And, we finally understood that this team was so special that third time was the charm.

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