They can’t all be Mike Quigley.
Politicians show up at championship celebrations for teams – it’s the PR equivalent of kissing a baby, but with polished trophies instead.
More often than not, they show up in brand new gear – a nod to the fan base, but not the well-worn jersey or sweater of a die-hard. On Thursday, the mayor and the governor turned out with the Indian head logo on their chests to fly the Blackhawks colors. But both bits of gear looked fresh and clean, a clear sign of a last-minute staffer scramble to keep the boss in the mob’s good graces.
Rahm Emanuel, on a humid day, opted for a plain gray shirt. Nothing fancy and available at any convenience store, but it gets the job done.
Bruce Rauner came at the parade and rally scene in the more formal black sweater, though not a game version, it should be noted. An odd choice because of the humidity – especially when you consider the button-down shirt he’s wearing underneath, ever the businessman.
The edge probably goes to the mayor based on comfort level alone. But, should we find ourselves watching the same ceremony next year, as Duncan Keith and other players suggested will happen, maybe a little red between the two of you?
Then again, maybe not …