Tue May 19 06:48pm EDT
If the Chicago Blackhawks have proven anything this season, it's that they're far from subtle in their public displays of enthusiasm and swagger. We're talking about a team that walked the red carpet at their season opener, hosted a Winter Classic in Wrigley Field and advanced to the Western Conference finals to face the arch-rival Detroit Red Wings well before many thought the brash young team was ready to play for a championship.
Just when you thought you've seen it all from Hawks-mania, along comes a Brachiosaurus in a Chicago jersey.
The city's Field Museum placed this Jonathan Toews(notes) replica sweater (looks to be at least an XL) on the full-sized cast model of a Brachiosaurus located on the Northwest terrace overlooking the Chicago skyline. The Field Museum is a natural history museum and research institution that also houses "Sue," the world's largest T. Rex and a former pet of Detroit Red Wings veteran defenseman Chris Chelios(notes).
Traditionally, the Wings have placed a team jersey on The Spirit of Detroit statue when they advance to the Stanley Cup finals; a practice that should continue if the Wings win the conference title thanks to a recently announced price break by the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority for decoration of the statue.
But a 2.5-story-high Marshall Fredericks piece of public art vs. a roughly 3-story-high cast-iron Brachiosaurus? Look, no matter what happens on the ice, the Blackhawks win the all-important "who has the best local landmark dressed in a hockey jersey" competition. Which has to count for something.
Besides, isn't it refreshing to know there's a dinosaur in Chicago wearing a Blackhawks jersey that's not named Stan Mikita?
(Thanks to the Field Museum for the images.)