When Adam and I went to the Blackhawks game at the United Center this past Monday, we got a little bit more than just the viewing of a great hockey game. We also interacted with a prominent member of the Hawks' auxiliary staff!
|Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk|
Let me back up a bit to divulge some history. A couple of years ago, Adam and I were at another Blackhawks game at the UC, this one between the Penguins and the Hawks. (You can read his full recap of the game here.)
To put things into context, the Pens are the only team that Adam will root for above the Hawks, and the Hawks are the only team that I will root for above the Pens. As such, I was wearing my Hawks jersey and Adam was wearing his Penguins jersey. Suddenly, Tommy Hawk came by and sat on my lap for a few minutes to take a picture with a kid that was sitting next to me. Adam wasn't thrilled with Tommy Hawk sitting on my lap to begin with. But, as Adam describes it, Tommy Hawk stared at him and his jersey before he did it, "clearly mocking the superior fowl."
To quote Adam directly:
"For a moment I ponder going Brent Johnson on him and throwing a right cross to the beak. I mean what’s my worst case scenario for premeditated avian assault? Five for fighting and a four day suspension?"
Ever since that incident, Adam has not been eager to brush with Tommy Hawk again. End of story.
Or so we thought.
Fast forward to this past Monday night. We were in our seats enjoying the game. All of a sudden, Tommy Hawk came by out of nowhere to give a birthday greeting to a woman sitting right behind us. He whipped out a giant can of silly string and began spraying her into oblivion.
While doing this, Tommy Hawk noticed that Adam and I were enjoying his antics (OK, maybe more so me than Adam). Not to be outdone, Tommy Hawk turned and at point-blank range he barraged Adam with an enormous plume of silly string. He then proceeded to vigorously rub Adam's head with his wing.
It's a good thing that there are smartphones around to take pictures in the heat of these types of moments. Check out this action shot!
As you might imagine, Adam was resigned after his second encounter with Tommy Hawk.
Me? Not so much.
Much to Adam's chagrin, I immediately proceeded to post the picture onto Facebook and onto Twitter.
Shortly thereafter and thanks to the magic of Twitter, I soon received this notification:
That's right, ladies and gentlemen. The United Center retweeted my picture to over 19,300 followers.
I know that Adam is thrilled to receive such publicity! How could he not be!?
This is hilarious!! The back story makes it even better.ReplyDelete
Thank you!!! You should have seen Adam's face after it happened, and after he found out about the RT. Too bad I didn't get a picture of that, too! =)Delete
Haha that is great! First read through I kept reading- Tony Hawk and was like, where is he??ReplyDelete
Thank you!!! Tommy Hawk is quite the character, isn't he? He's very easy to spot in a crowd. =DDelete
Words cannot express how much I love this :)ReplyDelete
The game was a saving grace to a downer day. And your picture on fb made it even better!
Thank you!!! From one huge Hawks fan to another, hockey really does make things better when we need a respite from the craziness of life, yes? I am sorry that it happened on your birthday, too. But we'll definitely do a belated celebration in Wisconsin!!!Delete
While I certainly hope my wife's readers will click on the referenced link above to the original game story (as written by her loving hubby...February 22nd, 2011), I would ask that everyone at least read this ful excerpt. And no matter what Emily says about "Mr. Hawk's" facial expressions never changing...he was CLEARLY mocking me...ReplyDelete
3:15 – The single most disturbing moment of a difficult day. Hawks’ mascot Tommy Hawk perches himself on Emily’s lap for nearly five minutes. He stares right at me (and my jersey) before he does it, clearly mocking the superior fowl. Apparently it’s not enough that for 24 hours I’m an outcast in my home town. Now some dude dressed like a giant bird is hitting on my wife. For a moment I ponder going Brent Johnson on him and throwing a right cross to the beak. I mean what’s my worst case scenario for premeditated avian assault? Five for fighting and a four day suspension?
(FYI, Brent Johnson is a former Penguin goaltender with "anger management issues."
Ah yes. I most certainly recommend that everyone read Adam's recap of his first encounter with Tommy Hawk. It really is great stuff!Delete
And I know you think there is something about Tommy Hawk's big beady eyes, yes? =)
I miss Johnny Vezina!
Yeay for the huge RT! That's pretty effing cool! And it looks like y'all had a great time!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Amy!!! I'm not a big tweeter so this was a really big deal to me, LOL. The Hawks game was a blast and the perfect way to take my mind off of the Boston incident for at least few hours.Delete
That is hilarious. Can't believe you got retweeted by the UC and that you had a second encounter with Tommy Hawk! :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Pete! Since I don't tweet very much I considered this to be the equivalent of my five minutes of fame, LOL. Tommy Hawk is quite the character, too - he looks even more cartoonish in person than he does on TV. ;)Delete
Haha! Nice. My husband is a Packers fan, and I'm of course a Bears fan, so someday we may end up in Soldier Field with our own story ..... or he may sucker me into a trip to Lambeau.ReplyDelete
Oooh, there must be some very interesting times in your household during NFL season! I have never been to a Bears game or to Lambeau, but I hear that the atmosphere gets pretty heated from all the diehards!!!Delete