Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On the Beat with the Chicago Rush

I must admit I bristled a bit when I heard that the Chicago Rush had moved a couple games to Rockford, due to scheduling conflicts at the Allstate Arena.  I would much rather take the 15 minute drive to Rosemont, than the 60 minute drive to Rockford.
After stewing for a few minutes, I realized how positive the entire Rush organization has been throughout the ownership troubles.  If the Rush could keep making the effort, I could certainly give Rockford a try.
The game was held in the BMO Harris Bank Center (formerly the Rockford MetroCentre).  It opened in 1981 and was home to the AFL’s “test game” between the Chicago Politicians and Rockford Metros in 1986.
There was a palpable and contagious positive buzz around Rockford for the Rush.  The arena event staff did everything possible to make the team and the fans feel at home.  This was starting off as a very pleasant experience.
The game started with the teams trading touchdowns and Utah lead 14-13 early in the second quarter.  The Rush took the lead on a 15 yard touchdown reception by Jared Jenkins.  The Rush never lost the lead and cruised to a 67-43 victory.
In the post-game media session, Coach Bob McMillen discussed the Rockford situation.  He also fielded a question by yours truly.  Yes, was on the board!  We weren't done however.  Cuzz Gekas got in a question to the players.  It was a two-fer!
The Rush turned the negative scheduling conflict into a positive.  Once again, I was very impressed with Coach McMillen, who continues to be a positive force in the locker room and one the field.
The Rush will play two more games in Rockford.  We plan on making the short trip for both.  What started out as two friends going to watch exciting indoor football has turned into future getaway plans.  I am looking forward to going back to Rockford and to seeing the Rush continue their excellent season.  As Coach McMillen said, “It is a great place for football and more.”

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