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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Won one for the 'stache


In Chicago, it's widely believed that the success of the city's sports teams is directly proportional to the lushness of their coaches' mustaches. See: Phil Jackson, Ozzie Guillen (goatee), and, of course, DITKA. So last year, it came as no surprise to the Windy citizens when the Blackhawks were led to their first Stanley Cup win in 50 years by the gloriously sculpted 'stache of coach Joel Quenneville.

Sarah Spain
The power of the mustache lifted the Blackhawks to victory.

Well, early Wednesday morning Coach Q was hospitalized for an undisclosed health concern, and when I learned that the Blackhawks would be without their follically gifted leader for their tilt with the Wild, I knew they were in trouble. Currently sitting 11th in the West, the Hawks could hardly afford to lose two points against a conference foe that stands between them and the eighth and final playoff spot. So, knowing and respecting the power of the 'stache, my friends and I decided to bring a little bit of Q to the United Center last night.

It worked. With the rally cry "Win One For The 'Stache" echoing in their ears and the spirit of the 'stache in the stands, pressing them along, the Blackhawks couldn't lose. They defeated the Wild 3-1, picking up two very important points in the Western Conference playoff race. Of course, our fantastic, but faux, follicles could never replace the real deal, so best wishes go out to Coach Q for a speedy recovery and a quick return to the bench.