Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Free Hockey Finally?


Bill Wirtz, the man who did more to destroy NHL Hockey in Chicago than any other human being, died this morning after a battle with cancer. Wirtz was a popular target of fans and media for his frequently expressed desires to win another Stanley Cup, then spending no money to attract actual talent to do so, often allowing All-Star caliber players to leave.

We always figured Wirtz was making so much money at his hotels and liquor distributorships, that it mattered little to him whether the Blackhawks ever won a game. He even stuck with the media blackout for home games, long after other teams were attempting to cultivate a following through free local television contracts. The final result? A team in the shitter and a fan base than can't even generate 12,000 warm bodies per game.

Hopefully, Peter and Rocky Wirtz can pull this Original Six franchise out of the sewer into which it descended, spend a little money, generate a bit of buzz, look into broadcasting games locally, (even an NFL style "no sell out - no broadcast" wouldn't work until they start winning again) and restore a bit of pride in what used to be the best game in town.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stingy bastard will only have a cardbaord coffin

R.I.P. Bill
Love,

Bobby Hull

9/26/2007 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An time someone dies, it is a sad ting for the family and friends, but in this case, it might be a good thing, not just for Haks fans, but for all the people, venders, security, andy fran who work there. He ran the team into the ground. The Hawks used to be huge in this town. There are probably alot of people who depended on working at the UC at Hawks games who needed the money who couldn't work because the Hawks weren't drawing. Of course Wirtz didn't care being one of the richest men in Illinois. My prayers are with the family, but I'm happy for the fans.

Pallidin

9/26/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe hockey will finally die. It's a stupid sport anyway.

9/26/2007 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Wirtz RIP=ROT IN PURGATORY!!

9/26/2007 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Wirtz Family is a multfaceted corporation.
Unfortunately the Hawks were the martian-baby of that corporation.
D.C.F.S. should have removed the Hawks for flagrant neglect!
Young Wirtz's,PLEASE PUT THE HAWKS ON T.V.or sell the team.
We are a hockey starved town.
Maybe we should get Sharpton involved and tell him the Wirtz's hated the BLACKhawks.

9/26/2007 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they make this team great again. Its the most exciting sport on the planet.

9/26/2007 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

My personal death pool has 3 people in it: Castro, Clinton and Wirtz.

One down 2 to go!

Grieving for this guy would be like missing someone like Mr. Potter (from it's a wonderful life). The fans hated him, his staff hated him and the players hated him.

Burn in hell Wirtz - Go Hawks!

9/26/2007 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who are the original six?

9/26/2007 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? They still play hockey? I thought that sport went the way of the dinosaurs!

On the serious side, isn't being a Blackhawks fan an exercise in masochism?

9/26/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good riddance

9/26/2007 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hockey? can this sport please go away with golf, soccer, tennis, and any kind of car racing? thank you.

9/26/2007 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys be careful out there a convicted high ranking GD was stopped for traffic violations and had a police scanner and video and stated he was filming for Ald.Smith trying to catch police doing wrong, why doesnt Smith have them filming the dope spots. Strange how certain empty blocks that hve dope tips are cleaned bfore any other streets and kept clean during heavy snows in Ald. Smiths ward.

9/26/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pension News


PENSION FUND UPDATE: 26 September 2007
Recently, the Chicago Sun-Times has run a series of articles concerning pension funds that cover City of Chicago employees. The City of Chicago Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund is one of the pension funds identified as awarding 15 million dollars to DV Urban Realty Partners.

At the April 25, 2006 Investment Committee Meeting of the City of Chicago Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund, the first order of business on the agenda was to consider committing 15 million dollars to DV Urban Realty Partners. After a presentation to the Board and discussion concerning this investment a motion was made and seconded to commit 15 million dollars of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Funds monies to DV Urban Realty Partners. The Motion passed 7 to 1.

The one dissenting vote was cast by Board Trustee, Sgt. Michael Lazzaro. Trustee Lazzaro is the elected representative for sergeants on the Executive Board of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund. Trustee Michael Lazzaro is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association. Trustee Michael Lazzaro based his decision in part to vote against this investment citing the fact that DV Urban Realty Partners did not have an established track record and history for this type of investment. Further, Sgt. Michael Lazzaro did not believe this type of real estate investment with DV Urban Realty Partners warranted the risk verses the projected return.

Back to the list of pension topics.

© 2007 Chicago Police Sergeants' Association

9/26/2007 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federal agents arrest Chicago cop at home
By David Heinzmann and Todd Lighty | Tribune staff reporters
10:24 AM CDT, September 26, 2007

9/26/2007 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to dwell on the death of this man, but now maybe things will finally change.

9/26/2007 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for being honest... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

9/26/2007 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but Finnigan arrested by the fed this afternoon for allegedly hiring a gang member to kill a former P.O. who was a potential witness against him in his upcoming trial. Check it out on the tribs web site. Unbelievable!!!!!!

9/26/2007 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic so please forgive me. I've heard a couple of stories recently and I was wondering if they were true and if somebody can verify. When I first heard them I dismissed them as B/S but then I began wondering if perhaps they are true. Anyway here they are.

1. A female Officer assigned to the Traffic Division is pulled off to the side of the road and appears to be distressed. The street deputy who just happens to be driving by,see's her and thinking that he can help her, pulls along side next to her, rolls down his window and says "Officer, are you OK?" She replies "I will be just as soon as you get off that damn cell phone". The street deputy thinking that perhaps she is under so much stress that she doesn't realize who he is, shows her the gold star and once again asks if she's Ok. She replies "Pull over and let me see your drivers license and insurance. Now keep in mind that he's in the company car. He replies "have a nice day" and drives off. She now pursues him and he,after realizing that she's behind him and wants HIM to pull over, does so. Once again she states to him that she wants to see his insurance and drivers license. Once again he asks if she's OK and shows her his star. She makes a few comments at which time the street deputy then drives off once again. She, now realizing that she might be dealing with a Police Officer, call's her husband at home. The husband who is a Lt. tells her to get a CR number on this Officer (street deputy) if he won't produce his d/l and insurance after she TVB's him. So she tries to pull him over again. Now, the street deputy is pissed and from what I hear, get's a CR number on her, for what I don't know. Maybe for being stupid, I would guess. She also gets a number on him, for what I don't know.

2. A certain district on the westside is guarding a prisoner at the hospital who had killed his father earlier in the day. Because the investigation was on going and the offender was in the hospital and under guard, an arrest report was not done. The w/c however a few hours later gets on the air and asks the car that is guarding him what he's doing to which the Officer replies "I'm sitting on the homicide offender". The w/c then says "probable cause has not been approved. You are released from your detail. Resume your normal duties". The officer asks the w/c to repeat what he just said and he did. So the Officer and his partner left. Now the hospital nurses realizing that they had a homicide offender on their floor understandably became upset and called 911 asking to see a supervisor. 016 responded and took care of the situation. Shortly therafter, the district in question re-instated the guard detail.
Can anybody verify any of this?

9/26/2007 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hibidy jibidy jaber jamble hopidy whooooo = Hi

9/26/2007 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's already a winning season for the Blackhawks with this guy gone....i'm a season ticket holder and it's going to be funny when they ask for a moment of silence on opening day and everyone boos!!!

9/26/2007 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

I can't wait until the season starts. I'm sick of football and I'm sick of baseball.

Here's hoping the Flyers have a much better year...

Oh, yeah - hope the Blackhawks kick ass too.

9/26/2007 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Sgt TightAss said...

The Blackhawks might have a chance to be a contending team in the NHL once again.

Rest In Peace Jagoff !

9/26/2007 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wirtz also had an iron grip on liquor distribution in this state and in Nevada. All laws passed were to favor only Wirtz distributors and his friends.

He cared not about interstate commerce. Maybe with his death, we can finally get our liquor at fairer and lower prices.

The man and his companies were a menace to interstate commerce and a boon to the pockets of corrupt politicians.

9/26/2007 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Wolves!!!!!!!

Blackhawks (and their fans) get what they deserved all these years.

9/26/2007 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic:

If anyone purchased tickets to the Fundraiser for P.O. (J.F.) of SOS fame you might want to seek a refund.

It appears he is now really fucked. He was arrested by the Feds and appeared in court today. This time for arranging a "murder-for-hire" scheme to have several officers who he thought were cooperating and were going to testify against him "rubbed out."

This was recorded by the G on the 21st and 23rd of September via "a wire.

He is to appear Monday before a U.S. Magistrate Judge again on Monday.

Can you say "no bail!"

What a dipshit..any sympathy I had for him just evaporated!

It will be on all the news outlets tonight!

9/26/2007 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the f*ck was JF thinking....he has no chance with a federal lasso around his nutsack !

9/26/2007 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear they will bury him as opposed to the other option = cremation.

If they try and cremate him,he'll probably burn for a week with all that old whiskey in his body!

No 10

9/26/2007 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the fuck would have a fundraiser for this jaggoff. Are you kidding me? Go fuck yourselves, giving that prick a fundraiser.

If you were kidding, that was good. If it's true, who ever organizies it should be hung by their pricks!!!

Yeaaa, din dong the dick is dead, the wicked wirtz is dead. GO BLACKHAWKS!!!!

9/26/2007 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what all of the Finnigan defenders on this site have to say now!

9/26/2007 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here all this time I thought J.F. was a standup guy who was being set up by gready lawyers and dope dealers. . . NOT! When will you guys ever learn. . .

9/26/2007 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Old Hockey Fan said...

The original SIX were , CHICAGO ,
MONTREAL , TORONTO , DETROIT , NEW YORY , & BOSTON . That was real HOCKEY ! The guys that played then were 120 of the BEST players in the world. Not like today's teams, there are to many so so players .
I hope Mr Wirtz is in hockey heaven , because the Bastard dosen't belong in the real heaven.

9/26/2007 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hocky ? Yawn, Yawn, Yawn

9/26/2007 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice the HUGE subliminal message sent by the FEDS and the State's Attorneys at the news conference stating the charges against JF?
There were no CPD members present. None. No DS, no DK.

9/26/2007 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well obviously the sergts pension board representative is the only one not bought and paid for by the fund managers and city hall. The retired rep., the PO's rep. and the Lt. and above rep should be voted out. They've had their fill of vacations (conferences, cruises and other perks) at the behest of the pension lobbyists and financial people eager to get their hands on pension money.

9/26/2007 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/26/2007 07:49:00 AM

I can give a you a good reason why hockey is the best sport. No convicted felons.

9/26/2007 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Original Six National Hockey Teams are the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

9/26/2007 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me why Steve Wilkos would be a worse choice for superintendent thn what we have had in the past?

9/26/2007 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who are the original six?

9/26/2007 09:26:00 AM

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If you have to ask, you don't need to know.

9/26/2007 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop picking on Finnigan, he is innocent. Bullsh*t!!!! For all you SOS assh*les defending this major d*ckhead, I hope he had the hit on you, handj*bs.

Rot in hell Finnigan.

9/26/2007 08:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the f*ck was JF thinking....he has no chance with a federal lasso around his nutsack !

Maybe he figured he'd rather do his time in the fed. vs. the state penn.

9/26/2007 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. A female Officer assigned to the Traffic Division is pulled off to the side of the road and appears to be distressed. The street deputy who just happens to be driving by,see's her and thinking that he can help her, pulls along side next to her, rolls down his window and says "Officer, are you OK?" She replies "I will be just as soon as you get off that damn cell phone". The street deputy thinking that perhaps she is under so much stress that she doesn't realize who he is, shows her the gold star and once again asks if she's Ok. She replies "Pull over and let me see your drivers license and insurance. Now keep in mind that he's in the company car. He replies "have a nice day" and drives off. She now pursues him and he,after realizing that she's behind him and wants HIM to pull over, does so. Once again she states to him that she wants to see his insurance and drivers license. Once again he asks if she's OK and shows her his star. She makes a few comments at which time the street deputy then drives off once again. She, now realizing that she might be dealing with a Police Officer, call's her husband at home. The husband who is a Lt. tells her to get a CR number on this Officer (street deputy) if he won't produce his d/l and insurance after she TVB's him. So she tries to pull him over again. Now, the street deputy is pissed and from what I hear, get's a CR number on her, for what I don't know. Maybe for being stupid, I would guess. She also gets a number on him, for what I don't know.

This is true.

9/26/2007 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Origional six-
Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit Redwings
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadians
New York Rangers

9/26/2007 09:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the subject of hockey how terrible is it that not only do we have to worry about outsiders harming p.o.'s but now we have p.o.'s putting hits out on other p.o.'s.

9/26/2007 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they gonna charge JF with Wirtz death??? I want an investigation.

9/26/2007 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand Bill Wirtz funeral was to be televised, but instead will be blacked out

9/26/2007 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. A female Officer assigned to the Traffic Division is pulled off to the side of the road and appears to be distressed. The street deputy who ...

Almost as good as the time several years ago the idiot from 018 pulled over John Farrell (then of A/4 VC) during a car chase with robbery offenders. Then went and cries to the Watch Commander when his authority was not respected by Farrell. I doubt nothing. This job is filled with idiots. Jerome Finnigan is Prima Facie evidence of that.

9/26/2007 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What a dipshit..any sympathy I had for him just evaporated!"

The only Dipshit is the Guy who had sympathy for him in the 1st place!!

You Sir are The Essence of an Asshat!!

9/26/2007 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats up with that piece of shit Finigan?

9/26/2007 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Dollar Bill said...

For the REAL hawks fans out there CICCARELLI SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He was from the North Stars (A team that doesn't even exist anymore). Forgettabout it.

9/26/2007 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now for some 'ol time hockey REG! Coach we're putting on the foil and we're ready to play.Here come the HAWKS the MIGHTY BLACKHAWKS!!!! Wirtz you cheap SOB ROT in HE-double hockey sticks.

9/26/2007 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice the HUGE subliminal message sent by the FEDS and the State's Attorneys at the news conference stating the charges against JF?
There were no CPD members present. None. No DS, no DK.

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I'll care when the feds can make thier own arrests, or street stops without fucking it up.

9/26/2007 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Wirtz gone maybe they ought to let Seiser run it for a while!

9/27/2007 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wirtz autopsy revealed a penny was stuck in his main artery. RIP Dollar Bill

9/27/2007 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wirtz is a piece of shit but dont expect changes for awhile.That fucking family still owns theam.And lets not forget they still have #53 as their starting goaltender.Genius Wirtz gave this guy a nice contract(6.5mil a year)after he won a Stanley Cup and he cant stop a 60 foot slapshot.WTF.GOD i hope I see one more CUP in this town before i die.GO BLACKHAWKS!!!!

9/27/2007 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the funeral be televised or do I have to get the out of town feed?

9/27/2007 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

1. A female Officer assigned to the Traffic Division is pulled off to the side of the road and appears to be distress . . .(Tried to write the Street Deputy a ticket) . . .
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This is true.

9/26/2007 09:36:00 PM
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Who was the street deputy?

Any more details??

By the way.. The transfer order comes out next Friday. I'm sure she will on it.

9/27/2007 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hockey was the most exciting game on the planet when there only the six teams. Montreal was awesome no matter who they played, and watching Hull, Mikita, goalie Glen Hall. etc......wow. Wirtz wasn't the only one who ruined the game....expansion did too.

9/27/2007 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO:
Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...

1. A female Officer assigned to the Traffic Division is pulled off to the side of the road and appears to be distress . . .(Tried to write the Street Deputy a ticket) . . .
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is true.

9/26/2007 09:36:00 PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Who was the street deputy?

Any more details??

By the way.. The transfer order comes out next Friday. I'm sure she will on it.

REPLY: she's not assigned to the traffic division. She was working a traffic division saturation patrol when ADS E.B. pulled up to check her well being. The female cop involved works in twelth district and her hubby is a Lt.!

9/27/2007 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 9/27 11:42am; yea she will be on the transfer order. and then filing a lawsuit for some b.s. which she will win. then some time in the near future she will be our boss!!! this city is a joke

9/28/2007 03:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REPLY: she's not assigned to the traffic division. She was working a traffic division saturation patrol when ADS E.B. pulled up to check her well being. The female cop involved works in twelth district and her hubby is a Lt.!

She is not very bright. However her husband is and he is hot!

9/28/2007 10:08:00 PM  

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