The Ombudsman

At the risk of overstepping bounds both as working partners and as friends, with word rapidly circulating around the community, this needs to be addressed, though I’m sure Sam will do so on his own when he finds the strength and time.

Last night, Sam’s older brother Adam, better known as “The Ombudsman”, both in jest and in official title for this and the print publication for the way he kept Sam and the rest of us honest, passed away. Adam and Sam were best friends, and I considered Adam a friend of mine and fortunate to have known him. The Fels men are cut from a more unique, wry and witty cloth than most, and Adam was no different. Though that never precluded him from being kind and friendly, even as he and I would butt heads on hockey and music and I’d progressively and predictably get more red-assed within the conversation.

Anyone who met Adam will miss him greatly, and my heart currently aches for both the friend of mine still here along with he who has departed.

  • mightymikeD

    thanks MM. This is horrible. My thoughts are with Sam.

  • Bob Lanz

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to you McClure and the Fels Family. I cannot begin to know what Sam is going through but hope he knows we all mourn with him. TCI has touched us all and I only hope you and Sam remember your interweb friends are sending our love in this sad time, we cheer together we laugh together and cry for both the great and the bad. Your not alone. God speed Adam there’s no standing room in heaven

    • Bannerman

      Well said

  • ChiCityKyle

    Truly sorry Sam, our prayers are with you and your family

  • Eric Rabbers

    This sucks so fucking hard.

  • thefearlessfreep

    So sorry to hear about this. Prayers and thoughts to the Fels family and all those close. Really awful news to get today.

  • MattC86

    My condolences to Sam and the rest of Adam’s family and friends. Though I don’t believe we ever spoke directly, I really enjoyed reading Adam’s work on Twitter, at Cubs Den, and in the Indian. He will be missed by more people than he probably knew.

  • Matt

    Many, many condolences to the Fels family and friends.

  • 334Rules

    Words are never sufficient in times like these. But they are all I have for Sam and his family. I wish peace and comfort for them in this time of loss.

  • OldTimeHawkey

    Just hoping the best for Sam and his family. Signed, everyone lucky enough to come across this website and the people involved.

  • Andrew Heitman

    Fucking brutal. Stick taps to the family.

  • AirTrafficAJ

    “Nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. Nothing to read that hasn’t already been read.”

    Safe Journey, Adam.

    Hang in there, Sam.

  • Marian Nation

    I am so sorry for your loss…

  • barnum22

    Im so sorry for your loss sam my prayers go out to you and your family

  • Dan M

    Sam – Very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  • AMR

    My thoughts are with you and your family, Sam.

  • birdhead

    I am so sorry for your loss, Sam. Arohanui from me to the Fels family.

  • JC

    So sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers to you.

  • BestPredsForward

    This is so awful. I’m so sorry for all of you who lost your friend so young.

  • Eric

    Sorry for your loss Sam and TCI

  • flahawkfan

    I’m so very sorry, Sam. I wish I could do something more than say that. Best to you, your family, and Adam’s brethren at CI and Cubs Den.

  • JB from PA

    Stick taps to all…

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    I posted this at the Cubs Den earlier, but thought I would post it here, too. RIP Felz. Your sense of humor and your writing will be deeply missed.

    No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend’s were.
    Each man’s death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.–John Donne

  • adelfiacco

    My condolences to Sam and the rest of the Fels family. Hang in there.

  • derlemke

    My thoughts go out to the Fels family. I truly enjoyed his work at the Cubs Den. I’ll remember his writing in the Indian making my brother-in-law laugh, which isn’t an easy task.

  • The Other One

    Now one less reason to go to Hockeybuzz – he posted over there all the time on Jaeckel’s blogs and made them all sound intelligent. I’ll miss Adam (yahoodi) and I didn’t even know him. Tear meet eye

    Sam and Crew – so sorry for your loss

    • 2883

      I don’t mean this to sound uncouth or anything but if someone can make Hockeybuzz to seem meaningful, they deserve to be canonized.

  • lizmcneill

    I’m sorry for your loss, Sam.

  • ShotsFired

    Rest easy Adam. And Sam, remember all the good times.

  • Cluster_Puck

    sam, sorry for your loss.

  • DesertHawk

    Sorry for your loss Sam, you as well McClure. Hopefully everyone finds peace soon.

  • Justforkicks

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Sam. And my deepest condolences to you, your friends, and your family.

  • The Nutbrown Hare

    As someone who recently lost a family member well before she should have left us, my heart breaks for you, Sam. I hope you and your family find the strength to get you through this tragedy. My thoughts are with you.

  • My sincere condolences, and a loud “fuck off” to how the world works.

  • Jenbees27

    Thoughts go out to you and your family, Sam. My deepest condolences.

  • BDGallof

    Deepest condolences. Terrible to hear

  • I cannot begin to imagine the Heartache for those close to him. My sincerest condolences, and prayers to the friends and family to find their peace.
    -God Bless

  • 2883

    My condolences to Sam and the Fels family.

  • Brain Sprain

    Very sorry to hear this. Godspeed ombudsmen Adam

  • XMF

    Guys, from the bottom of my heart, you make my life indescribably more entertaining with your stuff here. Please accept all of our sincerest condolences. Your loss is our loss. Our hearts break with yours.

    • Alex

      Long time reader, first time poster. XMF above said it best. Thoughts with you and your family, Sam. Sticks tapping on ice.

  • DJ

    Sympathy to the Fels family in this sad time.

  • Michael Scott

    My sincerest condolences, Sam, and all of TCI as well. I truly wish you all the strength in the world as you find your way through this difficult time.

  • Iaaarmer

    Condolences to to the Fels family and friends. May you find peace and comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of Adam.

  • Flavius

    Sincerest condolences.

  • Joe Banks

    My heart goes out to the Fels family. My heart aches for you, my prayers are with you. We will all dearly miss the Ombudsman.

  • kcrvpn

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    My condolences to the Fels family and friends who are touched by the loss of Adam. My brother and I would never have considered ourselves best friends at any point in our lives, yet I would be devastated if he were gone so I can’t imagine the loss Sam is dealing with. Stick tap to you sir ;(

  • stacie7

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • imacopyouidiot9

    My condolences

  • westy99

    My condolences to Sam and the family.

  • CitizenKaner

    This is awful to hear. My thoughts are with you, McClure, and Sam and his family.

  • Preacher

    Sympathies on the loss, Sam. TCI mourns with you, and celebrates Adam’s life with you. He will be missed.

  • chidiver

    Terrible to hear. I am so sorry for your loss. Heartfelt condolences to the Fels family and the broader TCI family in this tragic moment.

  • FakeASeizure

    You and your family are in our thoughts, Sam. *Stick tap*

  • Paul the Fossil

    This is just awful to hear. Thinking about the entire Fels family today.

  • Hawkeytalk

    Oh God, just read this. Sam, my heart goes out to you and your family. Many hugs to you.

  • BigCSouthside

    My condolences Sam.

  • Bob in EP

    My condolences. Sorry for your loss.

  • MachineSlayer42

    Sending some love your way Sam! And sending some to the rest of Adam’s family and friends. To add to what XMF said, what you have done for hockey fans in Chicago by resurrecting the old “Blue Line” style of writing and commentary is most appreciated! Take care.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Very sorry to hear this. Best wishes, thoughts and prayers to the Fels family. Though I never met him, I feel as though I have found a cyber home here at TCI, and therefore mourn with you. Glad he got to see the cup hoisted twice here on Earth, now he can watch from the ultimate sky box.

  • The_FFF

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You’ll be in my thoughts.

  • tlite80

    Sorry for your loss.

  • MIHawksFan

    My deepest condolences.


    So sorry for your loss, Sam, and everyone who knew Adam.

  • Fleshrifle

    Condolences and strength to you, your family and your friends Sam.

  • Commit88

    Sorry for your loss Sam. We love you dude. I’ll pray for you and your family.

  • 1benmenno

    Terrible news. My sincerest condolences.

  • Hockey

    RIP Ombudsman. Loved his Cubs work. Condolences to Sam and his friends and writers of this blog (and others). The Hawks community is infinitely better off having you all.

  • thepuckstopshere

    Been out of the loop for a week with great things happening in my life, catching up and reading this once again drives home that life is so precious and always fleeting.
    Heartfelt sorrow for your loss Sam, your family and TCI