"uh no thanks. lol" "What? No real Blackhawks updates?" "This is hockey, not a fashion show ladies. We want a Stanley Cup, not pretty-boys!!!" (aw, can't we have both?) "who gives a rats ass about the sexiest athlete!!!! we want the Stanley Cup!! forget this BS !!! its HOCKEY not some fag sport!"
OH NOOOOO THIS RUINS HOCKEY AND GETS IN THE WAY OF OUR STANLEY CUP CHANCES AND BEING ATTRACTIVE TO WOMEN IS...GAY...
it could bring new fans to the game (not that the Hawks have trouble filling up the United Center). if they notice the sexiness first then get into the game itself, I don't mind (as long as they sit down during games and don't yell anything stupid, I don't really care who's at the UC. not all of us can brag about how we grew up hockey fans, you know...especially those of us who grew up in the middle of Iowa...)
if a guy doesn't want this to show up in his browser history or have someone see it over his shoulder at work--fine. but if a straight guy can handle the oppressive chore of having to go to the Victoria's Secret website, and figure out the scroll bar on the contest page (it took me a few tries; the design could be better), he could vote Sharp for sexiest athlete (Brian Urlacher and Derrick Rose were the other choices, btw) and Blackhawks for sexiest team. then click the "no homo" button, so people know you're just doing this to promote hockey.
seriously, it doesn't affect the sport and it doesn't affect the Stanley Cup chances (given how many things over the course of 48 years have messed that up...). it doesn't affect your masculinity to acknowledge there are people who find hockey players--including Blackhawks!--attractive. hey, the Hawks blog Hockeenight posted an item about the contest, and that's undeniably a manly hockey blog with swearing and fight videos and whatnot.
now, I'll keep you updated on this story, but posting sexy photos and writing up fake dates with hockey players and discussing crushes isn't really my thing so there won't be much of it here (I enjoy all this stuff on other blogs, however). but I will leave you with an item, about the Bruins @ Blues game Monday I was already sad about missing in person and missing online. from Fire Wagon Hockey:
"Milan Lucic deflected the GWG into the net with his crotch. Now there's a SLIM possibility it grazed his hip on the way in but I am prrrrrrrrrrrretty sure it grazed his jock and changed direction."
"Lucic," "goal," and "crotch" all in the same sentence...I hope you will understand the truly heroic restraint I am showing by not making any kind of followup comment to that. dammit...