Those of you in the Chicago area probably felt it Monday: the first real crisp air of fall
I know, it's still summer, and there will be many more warm days before the real chill sets in. But we all felt it. And to many, that means it's time to get ready to complain that Jay Cutler has no heart or that Mike Martz (though they'll probably pronounce it "Mertz") doesn't run the ball enough and that you never liked this Lummie Smith.
But to some of us it means that hockey season is just a tick away.
The Hawks report to camp next Friday for medicals and weigh-ins and probably some turning of heads and coughing, with the training camp festival the next day. But the players will return over the next week to the city and start to skate on their own at Johnny's over the next 10 days. You'll be seeing more promotional events and hearing more stories about where they're at. And of course, I'll be getting closer and closer to a full mental breakdown.
So let's tie up some loose ends here:
Sam Fels is the proprietor of The Committed Indian, an unofficial program for the Blackhawks. You may have seen him hocking the magazine outside the United Center at Gate 3. The program is also available for purchase online. Fels is a lifelong 'Hawks fan and he also writes for Second City Hockey .