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Kings Parade vs Hawks Parade

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Right, but the exercise is to determine whether the claim even 1 million people went to the parade is plausible. So whether it's 8 million or 6 million, it's ultimately the amount of people in the entire country that just turned on their TV to watch the game. So no matter how many people watched the game in the Chicago area or live around there, it's a safe assumption that far far fewer of them are going to a parade on a weekday to celebrate a championship for a team they weren't even rooting for.

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I think location matters, over a million households in the Chicago area watched the game. I think that's a lot more relevant then the total number of people who watched. I did assume far fewer attended then watched, I said 1 in 3. might be less, might be more. But those are households, who, on average probably have at least a spouse and a kid that they would take with them.

Then there are people who are outside the TV market who traveled to Chicago, there is probably another big chunk of people aren't really hockey fans but wanted to celebrate Chicago winning something and as DR33 said, a lot of people who used it as an excuse to take a day off school / work. Seems completely feasible to me.

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This isnt fair to LA. 300,000 is an excellent number for a city with crap public transportation. Daniel also is spot on in saying many of the Chi/NY parades include people who just happen to be in the area. Lord knows we will get hammered for our next cup parade.

We should be so lucky to be getting 'hammered' for a Cup parade lol.

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People fail to realize that LA shares a hockey market with 2 other nhl teams. Where as Chicago has its own market that spreads throught all of Illinois most of Wisconsin,Indianna and Iowa

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We are just going to have to disagree. You should see the jump from any big market in the game before the clinching one to the winning one. That might be because you have Baseball fans or Football fans wanting to watch a Chicago Sports team celebrate a championship. It could be because everyone in the city is talking about it, and even though you don't care about sports, you'll check it out. It could be because anyone who is a Hawks fan that has work/school/other commitments is cancelling them to watch the game.

 

Then it comes to parade day. The entire city is stopping. It's an excuse to party. Maybe your boss is a giants Hawks fan, and he is closing the office for the day. Like someone said, you take your spouse or your kids. You tell your friends, "I know you don't care about sports, but let's skip school/work and have a great time DT with the entire city"...is that person saying no?

 

You're right that there's not much further we can take this.  The last thing I'll do to try to convince you otherwise is to show you an aerial view of a packed Central Park Great Lawn (about 13 acres) for the Garth Brooks free concert which at one time had a grossly exaggerated attendance figure of 750,000.

 

This article tells you that all of those numbers for free concerts at Central Park are complete fantasy.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/nyregion/23about.html?_r=0

 

Anyway, this is what the Garth Brooks concert looked like.

 

 

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These are the best aerial views I could find of the Blackhawks parade.

 

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Again, I don't know how one can plausibly say that anymore than 500,000 people showed up for the Hawks parade, and even that's probably exaggerated.

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People fail to realize that LA shares a hockey market with 2 other nhl teams. Where as Chicago has its own market that spreads throught all of Illinois most of Wisconsin,Indianna and Iowa

San Jose is 6 to 7 hours away. Not the same market at all.

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People fail to realize that LA shares a hockey market with 2 other nhl teams. Where as Chicago has its own market that spreads throught all of Illinois most of Wisconsin,Indianna and Iowa

 

I'd guess most of the casual hockey crowd in those areas were Detroit Red Wings fans for a long time, with a few people switching over to Minnesota and recently Chicago because of their 2 Cups. 

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Nah, that Original Six hype/"aura" is brainwashing garbage (no offense to you). Until Boston won 4 years ago or so, it was just a bunch of perennial underachieving teams lacking relevance in the league and, especially in Chicago's case, with no one even going to the games or giving a sh!t. The Bostons, Chicagos, New Yorks, these cities weren't "hockey crazy" cities 4-5 years ago.

 

The franchises I'll give credit to for tradition and "aura", for lack of a better word, are the Habs and Detroit.

 

The point wasn't that original six, meant a type of status, I merely meant they have a long history in the market, as opposed to LA which is relatively new by comparison

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I wish we had a parade that we could be arguing about like we are with these.

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These pictures are misleading. I've seen several pictures of LAs parade that looked absolutely mobbed. Our next parade is going to look great, Newark blocks are so tight, we're going to be piled on top of one another, obviously considering the route. Wasn't the parade on Monday, during the USA-Ghana game?

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