December 17, 1996 |
Once after covering a game between the Lakers and Bulls at the old Chicago Stadium, I was pulled over for driving the other way down a one-way street. Well, it was snowing, the street wasn't well lighted and I was from out of town. The policeman didn't want to hear it. He did want to know who had won the game. "The Bulls," I said. He was so happy that he tore up the ticket.
December 12, 1995 |
In a fit of whimsy, the Chicago Tribune asked a few of the city's architects to come up with ideas on a new stadium for the Bears. Jack Hartray's concept was sort of two-fold. "Bears winning: Hot-air balloon stadium floats over Chicago. "Bears losing: It will be released downwind to Gary." * Trivia time: Who was the last Laker to wear jersey No. 42 before James Worthy?
March 25, 1995 |
It was the moment everyone had been waiting to hear, and when it came, no one could hear it. Ray Clay, the public-address announcer at the United Center, didn't even get to finish introducing Chicago Bull guard B.J. Armstrong before the way-beyond-a-sellout crowd of 24,247 roared to its crescendo. Somewhere in there, presumably, was "And now . . . from North Carolina . . . a 6-6 guard . . .
January 26, 1995 |
Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull are memories. Joe Murphy made one Wednesday night in Chicago. Murphy scored the first goal in the long-awaited opener of the Blackhawks' new home, the United Center, and it sparked a surge that took them to their first victory of the season, 5-1, over Edmonton. Chicago had lost its first two games on the road, then found an advantage in its new home ice. "No place can ever be like the Stadium.
June 12, 1994 |
Dan Barreiro of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis fondly recalls the many sports events at Chicago Stadium over the years--even an NFL championship game in 1932: "(In 1932), the Chicago Bears beat the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, 9-0, at Chicago Stadium. A blizzard made it impossible to play outdoors, so the game was moved (inside) and played on an 80-yard field." The old stadium is scheduled to be demolished and replaced by the United Center across the street.
April 29, 1994 |
It was closing night at Chicago Stadium. The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a 65-year era with a 1-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Thursday night, clinching their first-round Western Conference playoff series, 4-2. It sends the Maple Leafs into the conference semifinals and ends the season and tenancy in the venerable arena for Chicago, which moves into a new building across the street next season. Felix Potvin stopped 27 shots as Toronto won a 1-0 game for the third time in the series.