First Toronto, now Chicago.
Several weeks after a Maple Leafs fan modified Boston’s post-Marathon bombing rally cry that has since been adopted by the city’s sports teams, a Chicago company started selling “Chicago Stronger” T-shirts for $19.95 apiece.
Cubby Tees’ description for the shirt read, in part:
“Chicago is the City of Broad Shoulders – our town burned down, our winters are legendary, our Cubs have floundered for a century, yet we endure. Other cities may be strong, we’re stronger. The Bruins are strong, our Blackhawks are stronger.”
Hysteria ensued. After a multitude of tweets, many of them profanity-laced, and other forms of public outcry and ridicule, Cubby Tees issued an apology and ceased selling the shirts Friday morning.
The tone of the “apology” was, well, defensive.
“Greetings to our many new ‘fans,’ ” the statement posted on the company’s website opened. “We wish that more had read the description or the ‘Chicago Stronger’ shirt (or that we had more fully expressed it), but that might have let facts/intent get in the way of a good new-fashioned Twitter-lynching and the intertube’s click-generating outrage machine that brought you here.
“Anyone who believes that the shirt mocked those injured in the horrible events of Patriots’ Day regrettably missed our point and did not read/process our accompanying commentary. Nowhere on the shirt’s face (or within its subtext or motivation) did we take aim at the victims or make light of the incident — nor would we ever. The design poked fun at the embarrassing self-congratulatory branding of the tragedy, and its inappropriate adoption by SOME BOSTON FANS AS A MINIMIZING SPORTS ANTHEM, not the sad reality of that day’s mayhem.”
Here’s a look at what others in Chi-town are saying about the Bruins and the Stanley Cup finals.
The Chicago Tribune included a touching “Chicago Red Sox/Celtics/Bruins/Patriots/Revolution” graphic on the front page of its sports section on April 16 as a sign of solidarity. Now, though, the paper has changed its tune, Ed Sherman reports. The paper ran a modified version of the cover showing a hand ripping out the Bruins logo with the tag line, “Yeah, not right now we’re not.”
Sherman also wrote that nearly 1 million Chicago TVs were tuned into Game 1. Nationally, the game did a 4.8 rating, double what the Kings-Devils did in their opener last June.
The Tribune reports the Blackhawks echoing a similar sentiment to that of the Bruins, that the two days off between Game 1 and Game 2 are crucial. The paper also credits the Blackhawks with “cooling off” Tuukka Rask, just as they did to Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick of the Red Wings and Kings, respectively.
The Chicago Sun-Times (free account necessary) takes a look at how the Blackhawks can win even when their stars are contributing, as well as heralds goalie Corey Crawford as the Game 1 hero and assesses a lackadaisical Chicago power play.
CSN Chicago writes about Dave Bolland’s breakout game, including the assist on the game-winner.