One of Chicago Bulls Biggest Fans: President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama, perhaps the most famous Bulls fan in the world, sat court-side on Tuesday October 27 to watch the Bulls defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the opening night of the NBA regular season.

In a halftime interview with TNT, Obama predicted the Bulls and Cavs will be “two of the top teams” in the Eastern Conference, but he couldn’t withhold his favoritism for his hometown team.

“I am a big Bulls fan,” Obama told TNT’s David Aldridge. “It’s very promising.”

During his interview with TNT, Obama also thanked the NBA for supporting his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which helps young men of color.

“It’s a program to make sure that all of us are supporting disadvantaged youth and particularly disadvantaged boys,” Obama said. “The NBA stepped up. Every team in the league is sponsoring mentorship programs.”

Following the game, Obama took to Twitter to applaud the Bulls’ victory.

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said “it’s always an honor” to play in front of the president.

This wasn’t the first time Obama attended a game while in office. In February 2009, during his first term, Obama sat courtside for a game between the Bulls and Washington Wizards in D.C., and he drank a beer as he took in the action.

When Lebron James was interviewed before the season opening Bulls vs Cavs game, he said “I believe our league is the greatest league that we have in the world. We have the greatest athletes and greatest fans and so on and so on,” said James. “So [for] the president of the United States to grace us on opening night in Chicago, I’m just honored. [It’s] something I can tell my kids a long, long time from now. I’ll actually be able to have the film showing them — kids don’t believe me sometimes — I’ll be able to show them the film that the president of the United States was at a ballgame I played in. That’s pretty cool.”

To read more about Obama’s love of the Bull’s, click here.

The Best Things About Being a Bears Fan

Alan Rasof chicago_bears_logoChicago Bears fans are some of the most genuine, motivated fans that will do anything to show support for their favorite team. The Bears have been around since the creation of the NFL, so their fans go deep back into the roots of American football. Since the beginning the Bears have always been supported by their fans. Here’s a list of just some of the many reasons why it’s great to be a Bears fan:

First, Chicago is one of the best reasons to love the Bears. From 1921, when they were known as the Chicago Staleys, Bears fans support one of the greatest cities in the world. It may not be as big and luxurious as New York, or as celebrity-infused as LA, but Chicago’s atmosphere on game day outshines any other city’s. From the delicious aromas of barbecue at tailgates, to the views of the stadium situated near the lake, Bears fans have love for not only their team, but for their city that makes it all come to light.

Next, the Bears have the best players in NFL history – there’s no question about that. The 1985 Bears Superbowl team was stacked with the most Hall of Famers of all time. From arguably the greatest running back to have ever existed, Walter Payton, to Mike Singletary, Danimal Hampton and Richard Dent – the team was stacked. From backfield players to middle linebackers and a quick-as-lightning offense, no team in football history has ever come close to the Chicago 1985 Bears, and fans will not let you forget it.

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George Halas is another reason it’s great to be a Bears fan. Known as the father of the NFL, coach Halas reached more than 300 wins in his career, including the time he played defensive end for nine of those seasons. Halas was so influential for the Bears that they have adopted his initials, GSH, onto their jerseys.

Another popular name, and number (51), in Bears history, Dick Butkus, is one that Bears fans will never forget. Selected to play in eight consecutive Pro-Bowls, Dick Butkus is one of the most famous linebackers of all time. He ruled the field from the mid 1960s until 1971, and has gone down in history as a legend. And, since he’s known as being one of the most intimidating men on the field, why wouldn’t you want Butkus on your team?

Lastly, it’s great to be a Bears fan because of their incredible track record of success. The Bears hold the most wins in NFL history – 729, and that includes playoffs. They also have the best winning percentage of any other team at .575. Their continued success has made Bears fans some of the strongest, most dedicated fans in the business.

To read more about why it’s great to be a Chicago Bears fan, read this article published by The Bleacher Report.

Duncan Keith – The Best on the Blackhawks

Alan Rasof photo of Duncan Keith blackhawksAs we all know, the Chicago Blackhawks took home the 2015 Stanley Cup last week on June 15th. But, who proved to be the best player throughout the final rounds in the tournament? Most people would immediately jump to Toews, Crawford, and Kane, but according to an article recently published by USA Today, “Duncan Keith is the best player on the Chicago Blackhawks right now,” (Jhaveri, Not you, Patrick Kane. Or you, Jonathan Toews). So, why does Duncan Keith deserve this title? Here are some of the many reasons:

First, Keith’s undeniable stamina and fortitude as a defenseman throughout the post-season play are what made many fans and spectators look to him as MVP. During the Wednesday night Game 6 Western Conference Final, Keith’s efforts really came into light as he assisted the first 3 goals for the Blackhawks within a span of 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Keith played for an impressive 28 minutes and 35 seconds throughout the crucial game over the Ducks.

According to the USA Today article, “While Keith didn’t notch a goal, he was still the best player on the ice, using speed, skisl, patience, and toughness to help the Blackhawks to a win,” (Jhaveri, Not you, Patrick Kane. Or you, Jonathan Toews). Keith’s initial long pass to Kane ended in Sadd’s goal, putting the Blackhawks first on the board for the night. Then, Keith maneuvered his way through the Anaheim defensive with a double pump fake which led to Marian Hossa’s goal, shortly followed by his ability to keep the puck in the Blackhawks zone that quickly followed by the third goal placed by Kane.

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Furthermore, “With 16:40 left in the third period and the Blackhawks clinging to a one goal lead, Keith also made the save of the night on Corey Perry. There’s not much else Keith could have done to help the Blackhawks win,” (Jhaveri, Not you, Patrick Kane. Or you, Jonathan Toews). Keith’s consistency during this game carried on throughout the remainder of the tournament, proving that great players, not just great scorers, are what leads a team to winning a championship game.

For more information on what makes Duncan Keith one of hockey’s greatest players, read USA Today’s article here.