Andrew Shaw Makes Gay Slur, Twitter Reacts, NHL Investigates

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Chicago Blackhawks Center Andrew Shaw may have played his final game with the team. As you can see from the picture deliberately chosen above, Shaw didn’t really have a reputation for being homophobic; until now. That’s him with Blackhawks face of the franchise Patrick Kane, re-enacting the iconic scene from the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic.” 

The photo was taken days after the Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup, and it shows Shaw warmly embracing another man. Although that situation and that photo are light-hearted and fun, today’s atmosphere is serious and a little bit disturbing.

Today, due to his actions in the Stanley Cup playoffs, social media has branded him a homophobic bigot.

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Jurgen Klopp Calls United-Liverpool “Mother of All Games”

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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp is pretty psyched for the Reds matchup against arch-rival Manchester United tomorrow night. When two rivals like this meet, emotions will be very high on both sides.

“Everybody needs to be in the best shape and the crowd is involved. I believe in the influence of the crowd,” the Liverpool boss said at his pre-match press conference.
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The Sports Bank: Five Greatest Hits Collection

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The Sports Bank turns eight years old today. Time to look back on our eight “greatest hits.” These aren’t the most viewed articles of all time. For that list, with links to all those stories, go here. That list is an exact science of boolean values, while this one is more subjective.

Of all the stories that I broke first during the course of my career, these eight had the most impact.

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Jeremy Roenick taking his candor to new podcast

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Chicago Blackhawks legend and NBC Analyst Jeremy Roenick is launching a new podcast with NHL Network broadcaster Billy Jaffe. The new weekly podcast, entitled “Roenick Life Podcast with JR and Jaffe,” will debut on December 16th.

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Playing Patrick Kane is a bad look for the Blackhawks

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The Patrick Kane criminal investigation overshadows everything Chicago Blackhawks related right now. Any and all Stanley Cup feel-good puff pieces need to be postponed because as of right now they’re completely irrelevant. (I made this same mistake myself just yesterday) Even the nitty gritty hockey stuff, preseason training camp position battles and such are inconsequential in juxtaposition to the current situation.

Sorry, I just don’t care who the fourth line center is going to be right now.

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Chicago Blackhawks made impression at Notre Dame

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Tonight the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings to begin the preseason. They opened training camp this past weekend at Notre Dame’s Compton Ice Arena in South Bend. Camp opened with a dumpster fire of a press conference that featured Patrick Kane, John McDonough and ND grad Stan Bowman.

We’ve already covered what a huge mistake it was for Patrick Kane to do Q&A. We’ve already detailed how the biggest loser of that day might have been Team President McDonough, as he was everything on Thursday that he’s not known to be.

Now it’s time for a break from that.

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John McDonough failed the Blackhawks community today; miserably

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John McDonough, the so-called genius of message control and marketing, defined today’s Patrick Kane and Chicago Blackhawks press conference with two soundbites.

“I can assure you I am anything but tone deaf,” he said in response to a reporter who asked the best question of the day. McDonough actually didn’t have any response to this journalist, who showed strong reporting by getting to the point of this brutally painful exercise.

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Patrick Kane, Blackhawks press conference in Tweets

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Patrick Kane are in an extremely tough spot. Whether they had stayed silent instead of holding the worthless and pointless press conference that they did this afternoon, it’s a no-win situation. And it’s a no win situation for anybody involved. Make no mistake though, Patrick Kane, and the Blackhawks brass in charge of this thing are not sympathetic characters.

Quite the contrary.

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Patrick Kane attending Hawks camp despite sexual assault investigation

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Chicago winter sports icon Patrick Kane is currently under investigation for sexual assault. In spite of this very serious situation, he will still be at Chicago Blackhawks training camp. The team will begin their preseason preparation Friday in South Bend, Indiana on the Notre Dame University campus. Players are due to report tomorrow.

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Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks should initiate separation

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“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning,” Sir Winston Churchill once famously said.

The oft-quoted sentences could describe the current situation between the Chicago Blackhawks and Patrick Kane. There is still so much that has to happen before we truly see what direction this is really going, but the first two steps have been taken. It’s not the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning; for both sides.

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Stanley Cup coming to Northwestern’s Ryan Field on Saturday

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Thine most trophy of all highest esteem within all of sport, thy Cup of thee Lord Stanley shall be descending upon thy gridiron of Northwestern University.

Yes, the Stanley Cup came to Ryan Field in 2010, it didn’t come in 2013, but it will be here Saturday for NU’s 3 p.m. kickoff against Eastern Illinois.

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Our Patrick Kane judgments are actually irrelevant; and that’s good

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Right now, many of you have made up your mind about whether Patrick Kane is innocent or guilty. Your mental jury began deliberating inside your head as soon as you first heard that Kane was accused of rape. That’s what the court of public opinion is. As more details became public, some people quickly condemned Kane, and others went the opposite route- swiftly attacking the accuser.

Those who are shaming and blaming the alleged victim have obviously decided Kane is innocent, as have the “he’s good at hockey/a celebrity/a Blackhawks player/Stanley Cup Champion, so therefore he can do no wrong” crowd.

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