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Boom! Straight cuckold city from this fan. Might be the GOAT when it comes to fan. Just a stone cold face. Gotta keep your head on a swivel if you are gonna get romrodded into the stands at the United Center. It’s like being throwing into a pack of hyenas.

P.S. Only a girl would dump their expensive 12oz beer on a player.

-Gonzo

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Slightly confusing title, but the point of this blog has to do with the whole Boston Strong motto or phrase, that has been used widely ever since the Boston Marathon Bombings. I’ll preface it by saying this is solely my opinion and my opinion does not reflect the opinions of our other writers here at Benchwamer Sports.

Recently, Chubby Tee’s, a T-shirt and apparel company based out of Chicago, IL, has received a pouring of public outcry, regarding one of their recently released shirts, using the “Boston Strong” phrase, but changing it to Chicago Stronger, with part of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the shirt as well. It looks like this:

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The public outcry that followed the release of this shirt, caused Chubby Tees to immediately issue an apology and pull the shirts from their website.

Now, onto my opinion. Most may not agree with me, and that’s fine, that’s the reason why debates were created and why each and every person is entitled to their own opinion. If I am being totally honest here, I have zero problems with these t-shirts, or people/companies using the phrase and adding their own spin on it, zero qualms whatsoever in that department.

It should be noted, that I fully realize the Boston Marathon Bombings and the tragedy that is the bombings should not be something that is turned into a joke or downplayed. What people may or may not see, is I actually have a lot of friends who go to school in the greater Boston area and were there near the finish line and along the route the day of the Bombings. I have friends that ran in the Marathon that day and friends who ran in the Marathon previously. I have friends who live in Boston and some who were directly affected by the faithful day. So before anyone starts to bash me, note that beforehand. It’s not like I am some West Coast Elitist that is out of touch with reality, I’m fully aware of the reality and magnitude and gravity of the situation at hand.

However, that being said, I think the whole issue is being way over blown and being distorted. First, it should be mentioned, that the ‘Boston Strong’ phrase came from a couple of Emerson College Students. Who are we to dictate how the phrase is used and by who? Shouldn’t it be them, the creators of the phrase, the ones to dictate the use of it? If they had came out and either copyrighted it and/or voiced publicly that they did not want the phrase used in such a way, that it makes light of the tragedy in Boston, then it would be a completely different story. Because they did not, it’s all fair and game as to who uses the slogan and for what reasons they deem to choose.

What’s astonishing, or what I find astonishing, is that ‘Boston Strong’, the phrase, was turned into a for-profit business scheme less than a full day after the Bombings by many companies across the country. That’s something I do not agree with, however, everyone else seems to think that is okay? Companies that are not even from Boston, not even on the East Coast making and selling shirts using the “Boston Strong” phrase and selling them purely for profit, with no intentions on donating any proceeds to the victims. To me that is extremely ironic and deplorable. People seem to have no problem with companies and entrepreneurs profiting off of tragedies, but get bent out of shape when the phrase is misused and believe that is making a mockery out of the Bombings.

What would people say, if shirts were made using the phrase “Army Stronger”? Or “Marines Stronger”? Would people still get all upset over it? Army Strong has already been around for to many years to count, so would using ‘Army Stronger’ have the same effect on people, as “Chicago Stronger”? Or is some level of bias and “cityism” coupled with the Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks playoff series, turning this into a bigger deal than it should be?

Of course there is A LOT of critics out there and rightfully so, their points are extremely valid. However, most likely, they are either from Boston and/or are a fan of the Boston Bruins, so there again is this cityism or bias idea popping up again.

You want to know what is despicable? This asshole who made this jersey and posted it on Twitter.

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Now that’s something to be worked up over. Now that’s making a mockery of the Boston Bombings. Everybody needs to be ripping this guy a new asshole, and needed to be ripping it yesterday.

Thoughts on this matter? Is things like “Chicago Stronger” and “Toronto Stronger” making a mockery out of the tragedy in Boston? Or does you have no real problems with the whole idea of it? What are your thoughts on companies making pure profit off of “Boston Strong” shirts and not donating a lick of the profits to the OneFun charity for Marathon victims. Any and all thoughts are welcomed. Whether you now hate me is also you opinion and welcomed just as much.

-Gonzo

I’ll preface it by saying, that these t-shirts being printed and made into reality is solely dependent on IF the Boston Bruins win the cup. Being the professional bloggers we are, we know our market and it’s respective demographics, we know we must cater to our market and if the people are going to want Bruins shirts, we are going to give them Bruins shirts. That’s just how professionals run things. Economics 101.

Now if Chicago wins, well then it would be a huge waste of time, however, wouldn’t be the first time I have wasted a ton of time before.

So without further ado, rate these shirts! Give us feedback, we love constructive criticism.

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Right in Pierre McGuire’s face, I love it. Pierre probably didn’t even know what hit him, probably still doesn’t. And c’mon Pierre, no one cares what was being discussed in the dressing room between OT’s, you seriously had to ask that question? Your interview game Pierre, makes my interview game look flawless. Just stick to being stuck inside the glass, were you belong, preferably with no microphone.

-Gonzo

I know you probably know this already, unless you only watch ESPN then I guess you don’t know, but Chicago outlasted Boston through three overtimes to take control of the series. In a remix of the presidential race (Obama is from Chicago Romster from Mass) the team from Chi Town pulled out the victory (four more years) and they did so with grit and tenacity.

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I could break down the whole game, but seriously, you wouldn’t read it, this link has all the highlights, so if you’ve got like 15 minutes give it a watch. What I will say in this post is this series is going to be great. Both teams fought hard (cliche I know) for all 112 minutes, at one point I don’t think they even wanted to score. What really surprised me was how Chicago didn’t give up. Like I don’t know if they just blast Kanye West’s Stronger or what, but down 2-0 early they fought hard, and a little luck from the hockey God’s there in the third and they were ready to go in OT.

Plus who else saw Hossa put Kelly down in the 2nd OT, Hossa honestly looked like a giant huge scary man, he just ate his lunch and then skated away. Sidenote here, but best analogy I heard was likening Andrew Shaw to a second grader and Zdeno Chara to a 6th grader on the playground. Shaw will just be a pain and annoy Chara but we all know Chara won’t do anything…keep being that annoying little prick Shaw, it’s working well.

Leave a comment, let me know your thoughts, maybe I’ll put the best comments in a blog post and you’ll be like mildly famous.

-El Perro Grande

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Now yes he got pushed, but if that’s not an embellishment, I don’t know what is. He flew like 10 feet backwards on a relatively simple push, no way that’s natural. On a different note, I could literally watch this GIF all night, it never gets old.

-Gonzo

Yes, I realize this an extremely last minute playoff preview. I don’t consider myself the king of procrastination for nothing, procrastination is my middle name. If you don’t like the fact that I am writing this at 9pm, as two pucks have already dropped in their respective games, then sue me.

With out farther ado here is my little preview for the first 3 games of the playoffs.

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Huge series right here, might be one of the best western conference series of the playoffs. 2013 Presidents Cup Trophy winners versus a revitalized Wild club. There are a lot of people having the Blackhawks sweeping the Wild, this is going to be a better series than everyone is suggesting.

The Blackhawks started the season red hot, unlike anyone has ever seen in the past decade. Although as of late, they haven’t been the Blackhawks they were in the beginning. However, that’s not saying much, as they still won 11 of their last 15 games, but they just seemed like a different club. That being said, Chicago is still an absolute powerhouse team and a real threat to win the cup. They have the players needed to make a deep run, the defense, the goaltender, head coach, they have it all.

Their competitor, the David in this matchup, is no team to take lightly. They have brought in great players in the name of Suter and Parise to give them that much needed skill to compete with the rest of the league. Their netminding is what brought them this far and inevitably what pushed them into playoff contention.

The Wild are the undeniable underdog here and I am a huge fan of underdogs. Am I saying they win this series no, but I am saying they are a force to be reckon with and will provide the Blackhawks with some real competition.

Pick: Blackhawks in 7

*Note, Niklas Backstrom was injured in pre-game warmups. If he is unable to come back in due time. Chicago wins in 5. Would be a huge loss for the Wild here.

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This is a great matchup, but not getting the attention it deserves. We have the defending Cup champs coming off a fairly quiet season and even from the beginning has gotten little media attention. The Kings are facing off against the St. Louis Blues, who regularly get little media attention if any on the National stage. All of this combines, for a very quiet series, but makes for an excellent matchup.

The Kings are no team to take lightly, they have the experience, in the fact they just won the 2011 Cup and retained the majority of their players, they have the underdog status that they also had last season during playoffs. They are an exceptional team all the way up from goaltending in Quick, straight up to the head coach. They have it all and are serious contenders in my book to make a deep run once again.

Then you have the Blues. Rarely talked about in the in the world of hockey, yet constantly finds themselves in the playoffs. A team with no big league names, no Stamkos’, Toews’ no Crosby’s or Ovechkin’s, yet somehow continue to make waves in the playoffs. The problem with the Blues is they can never seem to make an actual push once they get into the playoffs, always seem to come up short in the opening series. And I don’t think this year will be any different.

Pick: Kings in 5

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This is an epic matchup. One of my favorites. The Detroit Red Wings are a classic hockey team, a much older squad with years upon years of playoff experience, adding to their 22 year playoff appearance streak. They are the class act of the NHL, a constant role models when it comes to NHL teams. However, they are aging quickly and they just barely made it into the playoffs this year coming in at a 7th seed in a weak Western conference.  They aren’t to be taken lightly, but they are not the powerhouse they once used to be.

And their foe, the mighty young Ducks of Anaheim. They have the experience, the fire power, the young bucks, the goalie. They have everything needed to make a decent run this year. They are a team that is often overlooked when it comes to NHL teams, but they are a proven young squad and a great club and as a result I have them going deep.

Pick: Ducks in 6

*editors note* I will be posting the rest of the opening game matchups as they come, i.e. tomorrow and the next day. El Perro Grande will also be posting a NHL playoffs blog tomorrow as well. Its the the Cup baby, no rest for the wicked.

-Gonzo