The City of Big Shoulders meets the City of Mouse Ears. The town that made deep dish pizza famous meets the town that made overpriced hamburgers the theme-park standard. The stockyards vs. Critter Country … Michigan Avenue crosses Main Street U.S.A.
The Blackhawks toddle in from that toddling town to face the Ducks in their world of laughter and world of tears in Game One on Sunday, and it is a small world after all.
This is the third time a sports team from Anaheim has faced fellas from Chicago with a chance to play for a title as the prize. That’s major sports -- getting out of the
And the bad news for the happiest place on earth? Anaheim tends to get blown away by teams from the Windy City.
The Rams (remember them?) made Anaheim home from 1980-94. There were embarrassing moments, and the 1985 NFC title a ranks near the top. The Chicago Bears were the pigskin butchers of the world that season and these were Rams to the slaughter.
The Bears' 24-0 victory was captured best by a wobbly pass from Rams' quarterback Dieter Brock to receiver Bobby Duckworth. Noted CBS analyst John Madden, "that looked more like a duck to Passworth."
It took 20 years for Anaheim to live up -- down? -- to that moment. The Angels were a step away from the 2005
Or so they thought.
The White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski struck out on a pitch in the dirt to end the ninth inning, except …
While the Angels ran off the field, Pierzynski ran to first, having not heard home plate umpire Doug Eddings call him out. Eddings ruled that the ball had hit the ground. Replays showed it hadn't.
The White Sox scored the game-winning run moments later and were off, sweeping the next three games and the Houston Astros in the World Series.