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Jul 24

Anonymous said: do you really think jonny toews is a drug addict?

zarathuse:

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

yes 5000% that boy does lines for breakfast lunch and dinner

for srs, though:  no, anon, i do not think tazer is a drug addict.  and even if he were, i don’t think he’d be stupid enough to try to foist coke on underage randos.  for the record, i also do not think kaner and sharpy got into a fistfight.  nor do i think kaner is/was a cokehead.

thanks for this ask, though, it was wonderful.  <3 

zarathuse is just being diplomatic. We’re all so concerned about young Jonathan and the bad influence he’s being on the children of Chicago, NOT TO MENTION all the bright-eyed little moose cubs up in Canada. Kaner wants to stage an intervention (after all, he’s come through some Dark Times of his own), but Jonny is too busy snorting lines off teenage girls to be receptive to that idea. And Sharpy? He’s no help. He can’t take time away from his busy schedule of sleeping with all the women in Thunder Bay instead of changing his baby’s diaper, and also getting into fistfights with teammates.

This team is a MESS, anon, and it’s time we all spoke about it openly and honestly :(


puckling said: I realize that I'm not in any way actually involved, but I am also very excited for Bicksy Galore. WILL YOU BRING HIM/HER TO VISIT MEEEE? :D

Of course! Little Bicksy is going to have to go see a Hawks game at some point in their young life.

Also, I feel like I’ve accidentally ensured that its favourite player, at least until it gets a mind of its own (I hear that happens), is going to be Bryan Bickell. I’m confused as to how I let that happen.

<333333 you, btw. I haven’t been online in six hundred years because I’m working full time an hour away and I spend every waking minute on the brink of exhaustion. But I MISS YOU.



sharpy at the white house

sharpy at the white house


7/23/14: Kane & Toews on new contracts [X]

Blackhawks Leadership Panel

puckling:

So this panel started on a high note when I spotted these lovely people in the crowd:

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(Krugs Tre Kronor Jersey)

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(Q Whaler Jersey) 

Tres chic.

This was basically a panel of all the front office bigwigs, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Stan Bowman, Jay Blunk, Al MacIsaac, and Chris Werner. I went originally because I am a giant worrier and I needed to stare at these dudes and mentally be like “TELL ME YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I PROMISE NOT TO TELL THE INTERNET, BUT I NEED TO KNOW YOU HAVE A PLAN.” While I failed to achieve mind meld with StanBo to learn the masterplan, I *was* there for the single best question of the entire convention.

This is a question that made me, and the rest of the audience, applaud madly, made me so, so proud to be there as part of this fanbase, and made me literally write “CASEY IS GREAT” in my notes.   

First though, let me back up a bit to cover some pertinent pieces of information that came up during the moderated portion of the panel:

  • Jay Blunk (EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT) really emphasized how important the Hawks considered fan feedback on everything that happens during a game including little details like how the bathrooms at the UC are, what could make the experience better because it should be “like a fine hotel” and “everyone who walks in is a customer”. He brought up how important it was to have a dialogue with the fans, especially calling out a volunteer organization called Fan’s Voice. He also mentioned connecting with people who don’t make it to the UC.

  • Chris Werner (VICE PRESIDENT, TICKET OPERATIONS AND CUSTOMER RELATIONS) also called out the Fan’s Voice, and basically requested feedback, noting that they’re always looking to improve. I literally have “Feedback plz” written in my notes.    

  • Blunk also noted that the Blackhawks have the fastest growing female fanbase among the Chicago sports franchises (here’s an article with some numbers from the beginning of last season).

So to return to the BEST QUESTION, everyone stepped up to the mic, announced who they were, where they were from, and then stated their question. Casey steps up to bat a few questions in, announces herself, and then asks a rocking, kick ass question, that took what they had put out there and really asked them to listen to what they were saying. I’m going to paraphrase because I was applauding/nodding/fangirling too hard to get the exact wording:

You mentioned female fans as a growing segment of your fanbase, and I was wondering what you were doing to increase the diversity of female representation at Blackhawks games? Right now what we’re seeing is very one dimensional, with things like Ice Girls and the organ playing “The Stripper” when it’s a female fan’s turn during Shoot the Puck, but not much else.

The Hockeybrunch Blog provides a pretty good summary of what then happened.

Everyone on the dais took a nervous swig of water, the sort that says “Hoo-boy, we’ve got no good answer to this one,” before providing a solid non-answer, that the concern was appreciated and they would be careful about their practices going forward.

And despite the requests for feedback that Werner and Blunk both made, Kate Conway reports there’s been no follow up on the question.

While I actually learned lots of interesting things at the panel and would have considered it worthwhile even without Casey’s question, I’m so glad that she did bring it up, and that the Hawks front office is learning first hand:

Rathunde told me she asked her Ice Crew question not to attack the Blackhawks, but because she loves the team and wants them to do better by the fans. Roughly two-thirds of the convention’s attendees, by the extremely scientific count from “my eyeballs,” were women, and 38 percent of local fans are women, according to New York-based Scarborough Research. Thus far, we’ve been happy to shell out for Blackhawks tickets and merchandise, but that won’t last forever.

Listen up, Blackhawks. Your female fans are asking you to make changes. Eventually, we’ll get tired of you covering your ears. (x)

PAY ATTENTION, HAWKS.


crownofbananas said: glad to hear your weird alien baby's doing well! :)

<3 This is a late reply, but thank you! It’s currently quite wriggly, which is still nice because it’s too small yet to do any damage to my major organs :D


s-endeavour said: Just a drive-by message to properly say congrats and I'm super excited (far more than I should be) for Baby Galore. I have, thankfully, never created a human (I'm having mini meringues for dinner, I should not be in charge of a tiny person) but my friend who has successfully baked, expelled from within and raised a baby to toddlerhood has said that it's all completely worth the vomiting.

<3 YOOOOOOOOOOOU. You’re the best. December seems so, so, so many months away, and there’s so much to go through before then, but my god, it’s gonna be worth it. Eventually. Oh god.

And dinner plans are hopefully no indication of whether you’re ready for motherhood, because for the last week while Trav’s been back at sea I’ve had homemade nachos twice and scrambled eggs once. And by ‘homemade nachos’ I mean I dumped a bunch of salsa on some Mexican Doritos, grated half a block of cheese on top and put it in the oven. Sigh. I’m a mess.


Anonymous said: I really truly sincerely doubt you're Larry. Larry is the worst. Larry is the fungus on a rock that infects your foot when you're creek walking. I highly doubt you're creek scum.

Well THIS is also pretty reassuring.


Anonymous said: I just wanted to say I think you're an amazing person, and I know you and Trav will be great parents to baby!Galore.

<3 You’re incredibly sweet, and this makes me incredibly happy. Thank you! It’s a terrifying prospect, but thank you!


hockeybroad:

Corey Crawford was very animated at this weekend’s Blackhawks Convention.


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