Put Down the “Big-Un’s,” Al Bundy! (or, Why It’s an Awesome Chicago Sports Week)

Wins, and all that jazz. (Jeff Gunn)

Wins, and all that jazz. (Jeff Gunn)

OK ladies, I know stats may seem dull, but (as I explain here), keeping up with the major ones can go a long way in making sports more fun. And Chicago is having fun right now.

Unless you were like me last night, watching the Washington Capitals’ Eric Fehr score the winning overtime goal after a jaw-dropping, let’s just leave early to beat the crowds comeback (0-3 to 4-3) against the Boston Bruins, you might have noticed a few other astonishing accomplishments by the Chicago Blackhawks. In defeating Minnesota, they nailed a 10-game, franchise-record win streak and extended their streak of “points” to 23 this season, and 29 straight since the 2011-12 season. (Two points are awarded, for example, for a team win.)

(Ladies, an interesting little fact is the Blackhawks’ 23 points are the same numeral as Michael Jordan’s famous jersey. Bet your husband didn’t catch that. See? Kinda cool.)

Speaking of Jordan:

Things were looking pretty good for point guard Derrick Rose when he was drafted number-one by the Chicago Bulls after one season at the University of Memphis. He got to return to his hometown and earned Rookie of the Year followed by MVP the next season, the youngest ever. Then came the ACL tear that has kept him benched for 10 months now.

But tonight, maybe, just maybe, the team Michael Jordan built might just get to see its phenom–oft-compared to Sir Michael himself–return to the court against the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Tom Thibodeau is calling Rose “day-to-day,” but he has reportedly been going full-contact at practices.

Unfortunately the Bulls will meet the NBA’s top team (47-14) at San Antonio. But at least the weather will be a little better–and the Spurs are currently missing their own injured point guard Tony Parker (sound familiar? He’s the former spouse of “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria–now, ironically, the new host of NBC’s new show, “Ready for Love.”)

Maybe Al Bundy will get to strike his famous “Polk High” touchdown stance once again.

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4 thoughts on “Put Down the “Big-Un’s,” Al Bundy! (or, Why It’s an Awesome Chicago Sports Week)

  1. So the longest points streak in NHL history? It belongs to the 1979-1980 Philadelphia Flyers, who went an amazing 35 games without a loss (25 wins, 10 ties). When the season is only 82 games, that’s just sick. Philly was a fun place to be then: Phillies won the WS in 1980, and Eagles (was Michael Vick even alive then??) made the Super Bowl for the first time in Jan. 1981! Yes, Washington, there IS hope.

  2. Hi Laura! While we all know that basketball is not a contact sport 😐 , it’s typically more correct to say that he is practicing at full speed; unless I missed your humor here or it was a quote from a coach. Love the blog!

    • It was a quote from Thibodeax, but regardless, no I didn’t catch that – thank you for the help! (I need it 😉 Funny, I quit basketball in 8th grade because I couldn’t stand people touching me and crowding me (just one of many 8th grade weird things on my part). But one of my teammates did go on to win an Oscar, so clearly she and I were meant for better things….

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