An Inch Is Better Than Nothing

At least I suppose. In what turned into, somehow beyond belief, into one of the dumber debates among Hawks fans in recent memory, the Blackhawks and John McDonough announced they won’t have Frank Pelico play “The Stripper” during the shoot-the-puck what-have-ya during the second intermission. This seems like the smallest of gestures, and the easiest one in the world, but at least it’s in the right direction no matter how miniscule.

I still can’t quite fathom how any Hawks fan would cling to this one small part of what is really a dumb tradition anyway, and one you wouldn’t even notice if they took away without any fanfare. Honestly, when the NHL banned on-ice promotions late in the playoffs to help keep the ice in any sort of usable condition, did you even notice at all? Of course you didn’t. I suppose there are always neanderthals out there who will cling to anything once they feel they’re being attacked or missing out on something they once thought was theirs. It’s really nothing short of pathetic on this one, though. We’d all be better off without them, I know that.

I suppose it’s the ultimate lash-out from those who still mourn the loss of the cult-status of the Hawks and their fandom (which, on some level, I do get, just not on this one). It’s a bitching that the Hawks are now mainstream enough to make people notice some things they do wrong and want changed. They no longer can fly under the radar. No one really clings to “The Stripper” itself, and I bet most people didn’t even know it was being played. Honestly, I never noticed the organ during the thing, because I’m rarely watching the shoot-the-puck. I’m either outside smoking or in the concourse hanging with friends or at home setting myself on fire. It’s a clinging to a certain type of Hawks experience that’s probably gone.

Of course, John McDonough didn’t quite manage to not step on his own dick again, at least partially. The point of #BanTheStripper wasn’t solely to get some fucking song off the organ for 30 seconds. When asked about the Ice Crew, the far bigger offense to female Hawks fans, McDonough could only come up with “they’re common around the league.” This has to be the lamest excuse ever. Everyone else is doing it! It’s like something you’d expect to hear from your teenager when you find his weed in his room (in my case, I could just point to the rest of my family as examples to keep my mother from screaming at me).

I’m sure McD and Jabe Blunk will squeeze this orange for all the good PR they can and hope that’s enough. It’s our job, along with our new hero Casey Runthade and all the other Chicago blogospohere to make sure it isn’t.

Hey, at least we know they’re listening? Like, sometimes? Now about that ice surface…

  • YoAdrienne

    I hope this also includes a more random selection of puck shooters. Although, after reading how these “shoot the puck” things tend to affect the quality of the ice, maybe they should just get rid of it altogether. Find some off-ice promotions that are more inclusive of the entire fan base.

  • thejigisuplyman

    the ice girls are fine as is. great looking girls doing work on the ice looking fantastic while doing it! no need to change ’em at all.

    • AirTrafficAJ

      I give this troll attempt 2 out of 5 derps.

      • DJ

        Unless it’s performance art…nah, it’s not really good performance art either .

        • raditzzzz

          needs more ribbons on a stick.

      • Every day makes for a brand new welcome to the internet.

        • AirTrafficAJ

          Why go to Mars? We have the comments sections on the internet.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        Can I get three derps for

        “And inch in better than nothing…” TWSS?

  • duncans peace pipe

    lol ice girls are offensive now? JFC.

    • Brain Sprain

      Nothing is inoffensive . Nothing!

  • Brain Sprain

    No brainer ditching the song. Management probably didn’t even think about it in decades. Low on the priority list.

    So is #CoverTheBlackhawksIceGirls trending yet? I better get their calendar this year as the writing is on the wall.

  • Andrew Heitman

    I think, in a pure business sense, getting rid of the ice girls makes perfect sense. Chicago is a sports town, and that includes the women. I want everyone to be a Blackhawks fan (or at least root against STL and DET) even the ones bandwagoning. Now, when they try to tell me whats what about the Hawks, thats another thing. But why exclude a whole half of the population just so I can see tits bounce around on ice? I mean, ffs- I have the internet at home…

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      At the very least, add some hunky Ice Guys to the mix.

      • Andrew Heitman

        Or just let them all wear normalish clothing…I dont want to put anyone out of a job here….

        • duncans peace pipe

          i know right! girls hate to dress up and look sexy! we are exploiting them!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SuperHawk27

    Holy f8ck would the season just start already……

  • raditzzzz

    im just surprised you managed to find a picture of the lady for shoot the puck that was actually wearing something team relevant. or is that a celebrity and i just don’t know it?

    • cjsax

      That’s Danica Patrick

      • raditzzzz

        i thought it might be her, but wasn’t positive. had my fingers crossed it would just be someone random.

        wah wahhhhhh

    • The Nutbrown Hare

      Looks like Danica Patrick. I assume she must save some of the more risqué articles from her wardrobe for Go Daddy commercials.

  • ShotsFired

    Danica can’t drive, can’t shoot a puck. What’s next? Foot golf?

    • Brain Sprain

      She may make commercials that sensitive types find offensive instead of light hearted and funny.

  • Sheila

    The Blackhawks need to remove “Chelsea Dagger.” “Chelsea Dagger” is about prostitution and goes far beyond “The Stripper” instrumental. The cover art of the single is a pin-up & the music video includes…stripping. The entire thing is offensive and degrading. STOP IT NOW.

    • Brain Sprain

      I don’t support changing the song for any reason other than it is a bit old and over played. But hey, i say the same thing about “thunderstruck” at Comiskey and “Go Cubs Go” at Wrigley. But the politically correct nonsense is going overboard.

      What is next? Frank Pellico can’t play “What Do We Do With a Drunk’in Sailor” because it could be offensive to the military personnel that were honored during the anthem?

  • Matt

    I dare you to look at the comments on the ESPNChicago article about the song change. I double dog dare you, even.

    • The Nutbrown Hare

      My eyes! Oh, dear God…my eyes!

    • YoAdrienne

      They’re at least as bad as the ones from the Puck Daddy article.

  • I’m in the camp that of “didn’t notice it being played.” I recognized “Pretty Woman” but I don’t have an extensive brass band vinyl collection so it went over my head. Either way, good move.

  • Sambo41

    The Ice Girls are fine as is, hot women shooting a puck are ok, and this Miller chick needs to lighten up and go back to her fellow crazies on Jezebel. She has way too much time on her hands if she is actually butthurt over this.

  • Leo W

    *Casey Rathunde, yo.
    love ya suit.

  • Bullitt315

    Stop Watching. If you watch the Hawks, you’re a misogynist

    Blog with 4 white male writers (ooh, after 4 years added a girl) complains about misogyny and racism, news at 11. Based on your own standards, this has to be the most racist misogynistic blog out there.

    You watch a sport played by 90% white guys, watched by 90% whites, and you have the nerve to accuse other people of “racism” and “misogyny” and your other favorite sport soccer is also fairly white (The German team was 90% white)