Friday, October 12, 2007

Hawks Fans Still Gun Shy

"On Thursday, in a four-paragraph press release, the franchise announced that Senior Vice President Bob Pulford would change his focus from Hawks matters to NHL matters.

Forget hockey. Religion-wise, this should get agnostics off their disbelieving butts.

Pulford was the general manager who never went away. Oh, the Hawks would periodically change his title, but his cold, clawed fingers always were holding the strings. He did the bidding of William Wirtz, who viewed change as something to be left on top of the dinner check.

But Pulford was complicit in the franchise's fall from quality to embarrassment. And so to think of Wirtz and Pulford now is to think of creaky stairs, sheets over furniture and collected dust. They have haunted this franchise for too long."

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