It’s bad form to rip on the deceased, but let’s just say the passing of Bill Wirtz in fall of 2007 brought more tears of joy than cries of sorrow to Hawks fans’ eyes. The man was disliked, to say the least, and the team’s Stanley Cup drought has for some time seemed the direct result of his unfortunate frugality. (There’s a reason Sports Illustrated named this the worst franchise in sports history.) Bill’s son Rocky took over as chairman, and a new age dawned—the future suddenly became brighter, bright like a television set, maybe even one broadcasting a Hawks home game.
Best of Chicago 2008