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Booing A Dead Man

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     "When the dear Lord created athletics, he created owners to be booed and players to be cheered,"  Chicago Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz once said. "I'd rather be booed and be in business than be loved and be in Chapter 11."

 

      How about being booed when you're DEAD?!?

 

      Wirtz wasn't around to hear the on-ice tribute he got before his beloved Hawks opened the home slate this past weekend at Chicago's United Center.       The freshly dead Wirtz was lustily serenaded in the key of 'boo' as franchise reps soldiered on with the ceremony.

 

        Talk about ice cold.

 

        Hockey fans are a salty lot, and there's no doubt a lot of Blackhawks faithful had their fill of "Dollar Bill" over the years--ask anyone from the AHL's Chicago Wolves and they'll tell you that Wirtz' handling of Chicago's NHL entry was the best thing that ever happened to their minor league club's fortunes.      Among his alleged crimes against the fan base: refusing to spend big money to keep talented free agents, and his ban on local television broadcasts (Wirtz always said he wanted to protect the investment made in the Hawks by those he called "season reservation holders"...folks we call season ticket buyers).

 

       Still, to boo a guy....when he's DEAD?!?

 

       You've got to say this about Hawks fans--they're consistent.     Check out this video from back in the day when Dollar Bill still walked on this side of the dirt, and he was trying to do the right thing for the lengendary Hawk Denis Savard.

 

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