We are enthusiastic collectors of reader pics from summer vacations that Rock the Red, and in-season roadtrips that do likewise. OFB reader Chris made his first-ever visit to the great city of Chicago this past weekend, scored some prime seats for the big game, took in a little pre-St. Patty’s festivities within the Windy City’s best-known watering holes, and shared with us a digital pictorial scrapbook.
First up, the invaders from the District enthusiastically profane a Hawks’ monument out front of United Center.
Inside, the first puck sodas of the day have a way of easing tensions between foes.
Ovi invaded Chicago alright . . . and made short work of his visit.
United Center is a massive building — 22,000-plus cram it for hockey every night these days. Unfortunately, its rafters are clogged with too much hoops hardware.
Can there be a sweeter moment for a fan on a roadtrip than to have a great perch from which to see his team score the game-ender — the culmination of a remarkable last-frame comeback — and to stand up in the uniform of his heroes in salute amid a sea of despondent home fans?
You’re in no hurry to exit the rink while awash in victory’s glow.
When you do, Chicago’s got just a few good taverns to victory toast by. Even recently disappointed young Hawks’ fans could see past defeat and be charmed by an invasion of a company of the Red Army.