Wednesday, January 11, 2006
The Curse of Muldoon has prevented the Chicago Black Hawks from "finishing first" - whether in their division or, one could theorize, "first over all" which would be when one is the last team standing... the Stanley Cup champion! And the Hawks have not finished first in that absolute sense since 1961. (They will not finish first in any way imagineable by recuperating the likes of Martin Lapointe... a player the Boston Bruins could not wait to see depart for somewhere else! Ironically, Bruins and Black Hawks are linked by another curse still - the curse of the Espositos! "There is a Curse of the Espositos, resulting from the 1967 trade of Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield to the Bruins for Pit Martin, Jack Norris and Gilles Marotte. This trade not only gave the Bruins the scorer they needed to join with defenseman Bobby Orr to become Stanley Cup champions and a perennial contender, but may also have denied the Hawks the chance to win some Cups, and denied Phil a chance to play alongside his brother, Tony Esposito, who arrived in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens in 1970." ~ I knew Phil to be into some cussing but... wow, a curse all his own! Well, okay, he shares it with brother Tony... but that is another story, of course.)
Muldoon was no goon, by the way - he was in fact the Hawks' coach who was unjustly and quite unceremoniously fired by team owner Frederic McLaughlin after his team lost its very first playoff series in 1927 to... the Boston Bruins.
The Hawks' top line was comprised of Mickey MacKay, Babe Dye, and Dick Irvin (...) "each finishing near the top of the league's scoring race". And I thought "Babe Ruth" sounded effeminate... "Babe Dye" takes the cake! As for Dick Irvin... NOW I understand why his prodigal son had such bias against the Boston Bruins during the course of his broadcasting career...
Baseball had Babe Ruth.
Hockey had Babe Dye!
What does Football got...?!?
No need to answer that!