We were down one game in the Stanley Cup Finals and desperate times needed desperate measures. Game #4 against the dreaded Tampa Bay Lightning was set to begin at 7:00 PM that evening. Wearing our Blackhawk’s jerseys and securing the unofficial Blackhawk theme song, Chelsea Dagger in the boom box, our crew of Blackhawk enthusiasts set out on a mission – to cheer the Chicago Blackhawks to victory.
Beginning on the first floor, our team began with a strong entrance. The Chelsea Dagger song was playing in the background as our squad of black and red Hawk cheerers entered the dining room. Singing and lifting our custom made Blackhawk signs up and down to the beat of the music, we paraded through the room. Soon our passion became contagious. A loud chorus of “Let’s Go Hawks” with clapping hands and tapping feet began to escalate throughout the room. Confident that the team spirit had reached the optimum level, we moved on.
The next stop was the second floor dining room. Much to our surprise this was a tougher crowd. Apparently there were some non-Blackhawk fans who managed to let out a couple of boos, before the majority of diners drowned them out with cheers. Shoulders were bobbing and toes were tapping as our Blackhawk fans made themselves known. “Do do do do…” could be heard down the halls, as the chorus singing the theme song grew louder and louder. It was so loud and vibrant, that we were certain they could hear us at the Mad House on Madison (United Center) where the Blackhawks would be playing that night.
Now we can’t be 100% sure that this pregame enthusiasm and cheer propelled the Chicago Blackhawks to a victory, tying the series with the Lightning. But, the Hawks certainly did win. We aren’t superstitious. But, we aren’t taking any chances. Chelsea Dagger and the Red and Black Squad will be back here on Saturday, loudly leading the cheers so that our beloved Blackhawks will be able to hear it at game #5 all the way in Tampa.
Let’s Go Hawks!