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Lindbloom’s View: On Questions and Gimmees

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By Rich Lindbloom

The gimmee in golf is often described as an uneasy agreement between hackers who have no clue what to do when grasping the magic wand. Many golfers take issue with this stroke shaving device, calling it a blatant bastardization of the rules of golf. They would claim you’re making a mockery of the game. I suppose it is hard to honestly say you shot an 89 if you’ve “picked up” 3 or 4, two footers in a round. Always with the caveat of course that you’re just trying to speed up play or you “know” you could make it.

Some golfers feel no compunction when given the opportunity to avoid stressing over a putt that is often times “outside the leather.” My friend Ken could drive the ball a country mile. Like many long ball hitters though, putting was not Ken’s forte. Although many golfers struggle with their conscious a bit when accepting a gimmee, I remember one of my friends once saying, “You never have to tell Herme twice to pick a putt up.” The truth is the ball would be in his pocket before you finished the phrase, “That’s good.” With a big smile on his face! Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Flying on Dirty Boulevard

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“Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on them
that’s what the Statue of Bigotry says
Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ‘em to death
and get it over with, and just dump ‘em on the boulevard.” – Lou Reed

By Rich Lindbloom

Chicago has had the moniker, “Second City” for as long as I can remember. Following is an excerpt from Wikipedia that describes some possible originations for the always second best label:

“Second City:

For decades, Chicago was second to New York in city population rankings and New Yorker magazine writer Abbott J. Liebling used the term as a title for his 1950s tongue-in-cheek book titled, Chicago: The Second City. The book was not well received. Today, Chicago is actually the third largest city in the United States following New York and Los Angeles. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Puzzling even for a Puzzler

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“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.” – George Santayana.

By Rich Lindbloom

Am I the only one who gets goose bumps when I read a quote like Santayana’s? It seemed to be a snapshot of the Blackhawk season this year. And to think many of you thought I possess no more knowledge than, “Hit Someone.” I’m not sure even most of the intelligentsia in the 100 section can digest that run-on-ish sentence! I guess if you’re a philosopher you can get away with that stuff.

For those of you who need help digesting such a heavy thought, allow me to interpret it for you; the good news is it’s rather apparent the Blackhawks have not peaked too early. In fact, were pretty tangled up in those nasty thorns.  Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: On Pond Stars and Kimmo Time

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By Rich Lindbloom

“Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional.”

The picture above depicts five “experienced” (i.e. – old as dirt) players that Stan Bowman overlooked in his attempts to fill the Black Hole that was created by Kaner’s injury. It was taken in the backyard of Spencer Arena last Saturday, on a beautiful afternoon for outdoor hockey. Pictured above is my brother John, yours truly, Kirk, Stash and Don “McSorley” Blocker. Literally, there is over 280 years of hockey experience in that snapshot. While many of you may be cursing the lingering presence of Old Man Winter, I think it’s safe to say all five of us are hoping for a few more weeks of sub 32 temperatures.  Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Seeing Things In The Dark

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“I’m mad…and that’s a fact
I found out…animals don’t help
Animal think…they’re pretty smart
Shit on the ground…see in the dark

They wander around like a crazy dog
Make a mistake in the parking lot
Always bumping into things
Always let you down, down, down.” – David Byrne

By Rich Lindbloom

When a friend of mine once told me he had bought about his seventh Talking Heads album he said, “I don’t know why I keep buying these albums?” To say the Talking Heads have an inimitable style is grossly understating there zaniness. Quirky isn’t quite the right adjective, but sometimes I think David Byrne ain’t right. Something tells me that he and I could have about as engaging a conversation as Einstein and me. (I could always counter Albert’s, “What do you think of my Theory of Relativity,” with a “What do you think of the Hawks third defensive pairing?” Obviously there would be considerable confusion, although I think I’d have a better chance of finally figuring out the Theory.) Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Makin’ A Wreck Out of Me

Lindbloom_Header_2015FEb09“The Big Crap Game”

“Oooh, Las Vegas
Ain’t no place for a poor boy like me,
Every time I hit your crystal City you know
You’re gonna make a wreck out of me.”

By Rich Lindbloom

In 1975, Emmy Lou Harris recorded her first #1 Country Album entitled, Elite Hotel.  Besides the very catchy, Oooh, Las Vegas, the album contained an assortment of songs that included, Feelin’ Single, Seein’ Double, Sin City, Satan’s Jewel Crown and Till I Gain Control Again. The album and song came to mind after a less than stellar performance against the Wild bunch last Tuesday. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Symphony of a Goalie

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“The sound of the orchestra is one of the most magnificent musical sounds that has ever existed.” – Chick Corea

By Rich Lindbloom

I recall talking to RoseLee and Earl between periods of a game last year, by the pillar they lean against in front of Section 101. Lonnie, one of the two “brothers” who sit in the row directly behind them, was also in the vicinity, and joined the conversation. Lonnie obviously had made note of the numerous musical references in my musings, asking me if I ever listened to classical music. I’m not sure if he was trying to encourage me to broaden my horizons in musical taste, or was subtly critiquing my hockey references to The New York Dolls or The Village People.

It seems that classical music is more of an upper class, “hoity-toity” genre of music. You know, tuxedos, bow ties, champagne – the sophisticates. If the truth be known, I have a lot more in common with the “hoi-polloi” like Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, than the upper crust. (Hoi-polloi = dregs of society, masses, rabble, riff raff) Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Never Let Go

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“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb – and a brief summary of the chaotic victory over the Dallas Stars

By Rich Lindbloom

The above photo is a picture of our two Newfie’s laying claim to the same toy. Digit, the beast on the right, normally ends up losing these games of tug-of-war. George outweighs him by about 30#’s and is 100% Alpha. (Think Andrew Shaw vs. John Scott) The tussle usually begins after their walk, with Digit picking up the stuffed animal and sticking it in George’s face. The ensuing struggle does bear a striking resemblance to two bulls in a China shop.

While quite amused watching the two goof balls battle over the same toy, (there are plenty of other toys, but they always want the one the other has), I keep a wary eye on things that are breakable in the living room. They both tend to back up, while tugging, with little regard for what’s behind them. I’ve come to admire their 100% focus. Besides, I’ve never really liked the picture on our flat screen in that room, although knocking the Christmas tree over would have landed both in the doghouse. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View” A Quiet Knight Indeed

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“I have been a gigantic Rolling Stones fan since approximately the Spanish American War.” – Dave Barry

By Rich Lindbloom

I came across the “Father and Sons” photo above one of the booths at Due’s on Ontario Street, in downtown Chicago. While we were waiting for our seats by the bar, my gaze was attracted to the photo like iron to a magnet. Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Mississippi Muddy Waters, (you know you bad when you have a state in front of your name!) and Keith Richards are caught in a black and white on July 8, 1978 at The Quiet Knight. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.

I’ve never been the hugest Rolling Stones fan – don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see them someday. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are the greatest “rock and roll” band ever. How the group could have survived over 52 years of life on the road, and remained together while producing countless hits, is certainly no small feat. (Although even the Rolling Stones have gathered a bit of moss during that time.) Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: The Buddy System

Lindbloom_RexKwonDo“The Buddy System is a procedure in which two people, the “buddies,” operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other.”

Advantages: In adventurous or dangerous activities, where buddies are often required, the main benefit of the system is improved safety; each may be able to prevent the other becoming a casualty or rescue the other in a crisis.

By Rich Lindbloom

Don’t ask me why, but I think the “One Goal” commercials have outlived their usefulness. We know them all by now; “Be the first one here every day,” “Be the goalie’s worst nightmare,” “Be the best ‘Johnny’ on the team,” “Make sure these guys are achieving their goals,” “Learn how to drink and attend concerts,” ‘Become a better rapper,” “Say two words – Hawks Win,” “Stop more pucks than the goalie,” blah, blah, blah. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any sappier, they show Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook in one that at least made me smile. Read more »

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