Breaking news this morning says that Bill Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks and a major liquor distributor in Illinois died last night at age 77.
For Chicago Hockey fans this may present an opportunity to celebrate the rebirth of the franchise. Wirtz was called the "3rd greediest owner in sports" by ESPN and is widely regarded as the reason that the Blackhawks have sucked so bad for the last 30 or 40 years.
On the wine and liquor front Wirtz has been implicated as one of the driving forces behind new restrictive liquor laws that have recently been passed in Illinois.
While I'm sad for his family and the end of a human life, as an Illinois hockey fan and wine fan I can't pretend to be too broken up. This may present an opportunity for change in Chicago sports, and hopefully the liquor distribution business as well.