I went to a hockey game Thursday night and a scoreboard broke out.
The Blackhawks misspent four different one-goal leads and dropped their home opener to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4, before 21,455 at the United Center. It was not a defensive gem for either squad, but rather the kind of track meet that finds coaches mulling strange thoughts about their career paths.
Otherwise, the star of the show was the new scoreboard, a stunning addition that got a workout. This amazing structure, hovering above center ice, dispenses puffs of smoke, or fog, whenever the Blackhawks score a goal. That, coupled with a throbbing sound system, offers customers everything they could possibly want, except maybe a beer tap. You might even go two or three hours without checking your phone.