Jonathan Toews kissed and hoisted the Stanley Cup as he was introduced toward the end of the latest raucous rally honoring the Chicago Blackhawks. Then the captain headed toward the back of the stage at Soldier Field.
The roaring crowd wanted more and, as usual, he delivered.
"We all know this is amazing to be able to hoist this thing," a hoarse Toews said. "But to do it on home ice in front of you guys, in front of our fans, to share this with you guys, the best fans in the world — it doesn't get any better than this."
He thanked the crowd and added: "Maybe the only way it does get better is if we win four."
Tens of thousands of fans turned out on a warm, humid Thursday to cheer their beloved Blackhawks as they celebrated their third Stanley Cup championship in the past six years with a downtown parade and a rally at Soldier Field.
Goalie Corey Crawford told the fans "you guys made this unbelievable." Duncan Keith, the defenseman who won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP, hinted at another win saying, "four sounds better than three."
Former star runner Crow dies
John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, died Wednesday. He was 79.
A cause of death was not disclosed.
Crow was the first Heisman winner for the Aggies, who were coached at the time by Paul "Bear" Bryant. During the 1957 season, Bryant famously said: "If John David Crow doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, they ought to stop giving it."
He had 129 carries for 562 yards and six touchdowns during his Heisman season. He also threw five touchdown passes and played defense, where he grabbed five interceptions. He ran for 1,465 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught four touchdowns in his three-year career at Texas A&M.
Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/ St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Crow piled up 4,963 yards rushing, 3,699 yards receiving and threw from 759 yards in his 11-year NFL career.
... New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire, a civil judge ruled as he dismissed accusations by Benson's estranged heirs who've been ousted from ownership positions with the clubs. ... The Bears signed safety Sherrod Martin and running back Daniel Thomas to one-year contracts. ... Cornerback Johnathan Joseph signed a contract extension with the Texans.
LSU suspends QB, three others
LSU coach Les Miles suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings and three other players indefinitely following their arrests.
LSU police booked Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain with unauthorized entry of a residence. Defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao was booked by Baton Rouge Police with simple battery and attempted simple robbery. Police say Lealaimatafao dug through the pockets of a man knocked unconscious outside a bar and punched the man's girlfriend.
... Central Michigan coach John Bonamego said that he has cancer but plans to continue working during treatment.
AROUND THE HORN
NBA: Grizzlies forward Jeff Green exercised his player option, keeping him with Memphis for the 2015-16 season. ... Pelicans guard Eric Gordon exercised the $15.5 million final-year option in his contract.
Colleges: Todd Stansbury, the athletic director at Central Florida for more than three years, was named athletic director at Oregon State.