Look, I know. There's nothing that can be said or done that will take away the sting of the Predators' first round exit at the hands of Western Conference champions Chicago. Bear with me, though, as I run through five reasons why we want the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup:
- Up to now in the Hawks' run, its pretty obvious that Chicago had more trouble dealing with the Predators than two supposed 'elite' teams in Vancouver and San Jose. I'd take a small measure of satisfaction in knowing that if the Blackhawks won the Cup, Nashville was the team that made it the hardest on them.
- I understand that a lot of Predators fans will be on the Philadelphia bandwagon thanks to Michael Leighton, Ryan Parent, Kimmo Timonen, and Scott Hartnell all having suited up in Nashville blue at one point or another (excepting Parent who was just a prospect), but I'm not one of them. The Flyers ice Dan Carcillo and Chris Pronger, two of the league's more reprehensible characters. Hartnell and Timonen contributed to the franchise admirably, but we've since moved on. The Flyers aren't the 'Broad Street Bullies' for no reason. Anyone remember this?
- Tying in somewhat to item one, a Blackhawks Cup victory would immediately make the NHL's Central Division its most difficult. The Central sent three teams to the playoffs this year with 100 or more points: Nashville, Detroit, and Chicago. Any success next season against Chicago for the Predators would instantly have more credibility.
- As much as I dislike him, you have to admire Patrick Kane. Not anyone has the, ahem, Grebeshkovs, to forsake hockey tradition for a mullet. When was the last time we had business in the front and party in the back on a Stanley Cup photo?
- Finally, because if the Hawks win, the boys over at Broad Street Hockey owe our pals at Second City Hockey some cheesesteaks. And no matter who or where you are, everyone needs more Philly cheesesteak.
So there are my reasons for wanting the Chicago Blackhawks to win the 2010 Stanley Cup. Who are you rooting for, and why?