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What they’re saying in the Windy City: ‘Chicago Strong,’ high TV ratings, heroes abound in Game 1

06.14.13 at 5:32 pm ET

First Toronto, now Chicago.

Several weeks after a Maple Leafs fan modified Boston’€™s post-Marathon bombing rally cry that has since been adopted by the city’€™s sports teams, a Chicago company started selling ‘€œChicago Stronger’€ T-shirts for $19.95 apiece.

Cubby Tees’€™ description for the shirt read, in part:

“Chicago is the City of Broad Shoulders ‘€“ our town burned down, our winters are legendary, our Cubs have floundered for a century, yet we endure. Other cities may be strong, we’€™re stronger. The Bruins are strong, our Blackhawks are stronger.”

Hysteria ensued. After a multitude of tweets, many of them profanity-laced, and other forms of public outcry and ridicule, Cubby Tees issued an apology and ceased selling the shirts Friday morning.

The tone of the ‘€œapology’€ was, well, defensive.

‘€œGreetings to our many new ‘€˜fans,’€™ ‘€ the statement posted on the company’€™s website opened. ‘€œWe wish that more had read the description or the ‘€˜Chicago Stronger’€™ shirt (or that we had more fully expressed it), but that might have let facts/intent get in the way of a good new-fashioned Twitter-lynching and the intertube’s click-generating outrage machine that brought you here.

“Anyone who believes that the shirt mocked those injured in the horrible events of Patriots’€™ Day regrettably missed our point and did not read/process our accompanying commentary. Nowhere on the shirt’€™s face (or within its subtext or motivation) did we take aim at the victims or make light of the incident ‘€” nor would we ever. The design poked fun at the embarrassing self-congratulatory branding of the tragedy, and its inappropriate adoption by SOME BOSTON FANS AS A MINIMIZING SPORTS ANTHEM, not the sad reality of that day’€™s mayhem.”

Here’€™s a look at what others in Chi-town are saying about the Bruins and the Stanley Cup finals.

The Chicago Tribune included a touching ‘€œChicago Red Sox/Celtics/Bruins/Patriots/Revolution’€ graphic on the front page of its sports section on April 16 as a sign of solidarity. Now, though, the paper has changed its tune, Ed Sherman reports. The paper ran a modified version of the cover showing a hand ripping out the Bruins logo with the tag line, ‘€œYeah, not right now we’€™re not.”

Sherman also wrote that nearly 1 million Chicago TVs were tuned into Game 1. Nationally, the game did a 4.8 rating, double what the Kings-Devils did in their opener last June.

The Tribune reports the Blackhawks echoing a similar sentiment to that of the Bruins, that the two days off between Game 1 and Game 2 are crucial. The paper also credits the Blackhawks with ‘€œcooling off‘€ Tuukka Rask, just as they did to Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick of the Red Wings and Kings, respectively.

The Chicago Sun-Times (free account necessary) takes a look at how the Blackhawks can win even when their stars are contributing, as well as heralds goalie Corey Crawford as the Game 1 hero and assesses a lackadaisical Chicago power play.

CSN Chicago writes about Dave Bolland‘€™s breakout game, including the assist on the game-winner.

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