Blackhawks fans still proud of team after gut-wrenching loss
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter June 1, 2014 11:56PM
Kevin Myers, 33, (left), and John Blaszak, 69, are neighbors and Hawks fans from Logan Square. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times
Updated: June 2, 2014 11:31AM
It sounded like everyone in the Bob Inn tavern in Logan Square got punched in the stomach at the same time when the Los Angeles Kings scored in overtime to end the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run late Sunday.
Erin Clark said she felt like she was going to throw up during the entire game. She didn’t. But the nail-biting game got to her. Her nerves were shot.
“I even wore the exact same outfit I wore to this bar last year when they won,” said Clark, 36, an art framer who donned an AC/DC T-shirt and jeans. “I’m devastated.”
Sharon Oglesby said a Hail Mary in the last few minutes of the game.
The loss hit her hard.
“I don’t have the words to explain. It’s been, like, anxiety. I can’t even talk right now,” said Oglesby, 45, who works at Jewel.
Hands shot toward the ceiling every time the Hawks scored. Cigarettes were chain smoked. “It’s time for Kane to do his thing,” one woman said, smothering a cigarette with her shoe.
During every scoring chance, John Blaszak, 69, of Logan Square, made a loud, yo-yo-ing noise that sounded like a cross between the calls of an owl and a wolf.
“I can’t imagine how they feel, because I am exhausted,” Blaszak said.
“I really wanted them to play the Rangers, that would have been a hell of a Stanley Cup,” he added. “It was a heartbreaker, but a great way to end the series. It was fierce.”
Kevin Myers, 33, of Logan Square agreed. “But it would have been really sweet to have come back and won that series,” he said.
Halfway thought the third period, as tensions were high, Reese Murry, 51, of Logan Square, turned to a pal at the bar and said, “I need a vacation.”
Afterward, Murry said he was happy with the series.
“A hard, tough-fought battle. You still have your pride and now you just wait ’til next year,” Murry said.
“I was hoping they’d play their asses off, and they did,” Blaszak said.
But nothing seemed to work for the Hawks.
As the Kings celebrated their victory in high-definition clarity, profanity was mumbled — and shouted. Unfinished beers were gulped quickly; no need to stick around.
After the game, life began to move on immediately. As folks walked out into the muggy night, someone asked: “Is ‘Game of Thrones’ on tonight?”