11 weeks until fall training camps open!
It is my tendency in any sport, when my own team(s) drop out, to root for the team that has had the longest wait for a championship. Thus I rooted for the Hawks in '10, the Canucks in '11 (they had never won -- and still haven't), and the Kings last year.
I was in a bit of a conundrum this year because the NHL's final four teams were the previous four champions ... none of the teams had waited long since their last Cup. I took to rooting against Chicago more than anything since they had knocked my Wings out. But I try to be gracious in defeat ... so congratulations once again Blackhawks!
The bandwagon filled up nicely there at the end thanks to everybody but especially Elizabeth, Jane and Sheila for your never ending optimism and good cheer! They did it!!!!!!!!