Above, you see the touching tribute from the Chicago Tribune to the city of Boston the day after the horrific marathon bombings. Erasing any and all rivalries, one city reached out to another to say, “We stand with you.” I was particularly proud of this gesture for two reasons:
1. I live in Chicago
2. I am originally from New Hampshire, which means Boston teams are our teams.
The next week, the Tribune expanded on its generosity by buying lunch for the entire Boston Globe staff. Again, another touching gesture from one city to another.
Well, now that the Blackhawks and Bruins are vying for Lord Stanley, the Tribune has turned its act of kindness into the act of a petty teenager in some sort of misguided attempt at humor or sporting rivalry or something pointless. Behold what wound up in Wednesday’s supplemental edition of the Tribune:
“It’s kind of clever but we’re pretty sure there’s an unspoken ‘no takeseys-backsies’ rule in place when it comes to heartfelt tributes to the victims of a national tragedy,” Eric Randall writes in Boston Magazine. “No disrespect to Boston was intended, and we regret that some readers were offended,” a Tribune spokesperson told Randall in an email. “Our original sentiments of support for Boston and the victims of the recent bombing still stand.”
“Takeseys-backsies” is the perfect term, considering how juvenile the Tribune’s act is. The original point of the first sports cover was that this was NOT about sports and was about cities around the country supporting Boston. The fact that the Tribune then MADE it about sports is classless.
It would have been in the paper’s best interest to just cover the series as they normally would, rather than try to make light of their own heartfelt gesture, or even worse, a horrific tragedy.
I hope the Tribune thinks its act was worth losing the respect of at least an entire city, if not more people. And all before the series is even decided.
Boston sports fans don't deserve any respect anyway. They show none to anyone else so why should they be given any? Let them all eat dicks.
That's all they could come up with. Come on REALLY . We are Boston Strong and they are The WINDY City. Windy hardly threatens me. There is no real hate people. Don't fake it. It is pure ENVY not HATE. We pretend to hate what we can not have. Here is why you are envious. Since 2000 in all 4 major sports, Boston teams have 37 playoff appearances in a possible 48 opportunities. In other words they are in the playoffs every year sometimes 2 teams or 3 or even all 4. Boston teams have made it to their respective conference or league finals 15 times. They go deep in the playoffs. They have been to the Finals 11 times and the kicker is 7 world championships. Unless they beat the Blackhawks it will be 8 out of 11... In summary you Chicago people have 5 teams and have made 24 playoff appearances out of 60 possibilities and been to the championship 4 times with 2 titles. You really need this one. We have baseball and football after this. Soooooooooooo .........You can put that on the board.....YES!
C'mon, not a big deal at all... I'm from Boston and this strikes me as good 'ol sporting rivalry. Clever, indeed, good for them - and by that, I mean "Go Bruins!".
I really don't see too much of a problem with this. Lets not forget sports are for fun, write-ups like this suck all that fun and playfulness out of sports.
Geez, I guess ESPN is doing a lot better job these days if THIS is what you have to get all butt-hurt about... (although now I've given you "butt-hurt", which may or may not be offensive)... come on, you're better than the PC Police...
Sheeeet, maybe I wouldn't run with this but this is certainly not "taking back" the tribute. I don't really see people taking great offense to this, generally. It is sort of lighthearted, maybe it missed the mark a little. This is very much a trolling sort of blog post, taking a way overly strong reaction to get page views. (Who would read/react to a reasoned response here?).
Do better, Reva.
While I agree that the shirts are beyond tacky and offensive, you must realize that every fan base has its idiots...you can't control them, nor can you blame the actions of a few on the whole. I don't hold everyone and everything associated with the Toronto Maple Leafs responsible for one of their knucklehead fans displaying a "Toronto Stronger" sign.
And this: http://youtu.be/ACJk5SIG5ZY
"Takeseys backsies?" Sounds like a politically correct term for "Indian Giver," and since this involves a team named the Blackhawks, appropriately done. Plus it makes me think of this: http://youtu.be/RjTcMEFhhQQ
Between this and the whole failed 'Chicago Stronger' T-SHIRTS that a company was putting out...yeah. As if I needed another reason to hate the Hawks and their bandwagon fanbase.
(This coming from someone who, despite being born and raised in Chicago, is a diehard Boston sports fan in every sport.)
@firefox91 wow, all I've gotta say. as a Boston sports fan, from Boston, I take some offense that you put me under the same window as some of the others (although we obviously don't know each other). we should all eat dicks because we were grieving about a bombing that happened 2 months ago? & we should also all eat dicks because the Chicago Tribune decided to be childish by doing this whole "takesies-backsies" approach? I'm not sure what your problem is, but not all Boston sports fans are the same. I show respect to those who are my elders, & those who deserve it. you sir, get no respect whatsoever for that comment
@AdamChappelleYou do realize the irony of you commenting on the "Chicago Stronger" t-shirts when your avatar has a riff of the "Keep Calm and Carry on Thing". You know, what the British used to boost morale after an attack on their city. So explain to me exactly how its ok for you to take that and put one of your players names in, but for us to use our city and put the word "stronger" is bad?
@AdamChappelle The Hawks and their "bandwagon fanbase" had nothing whatsoever to do with this.
One happened two months ago. The other was 72 years ago. In a different country.
One was/is a widely used slogan. The other was almost unknown to the public and was never publicly displayed.
@juliepie628 Someone had to think this was a good idea. Someone had to greenlight the shirts. Someone has to buy the shirts. You slap a logo on something, and it reflects negatively on the team...regardless if they signed off on it or not.
@AdamChappelle If your basic argument is that its too soon, then I'm fine with that. I'm just pointing out though that the variations of "Keep Calm and Carry On", are really no different than the variations of "Boston Strong" except that more time has passed. Even with more time passing, I'm sure there are people surviving today that know the true meaning behind the "Keep Calm...", and it may be just as offensive to them. They both were done for the same reasons, and at this point both are being used for profit. To me, philosophically, you can't be ok with one and apalled at the other.