The State of Hockey and Chicago are the 'home' to two of the most memorable group of brother's in the history of American cinema. For the Windy City its Jake and Elwood Blues played by Saturday Night Live original cast members John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. The pair of trouble-making musicians who go on a mission from God to save an orphanage they once belonged to formed the plot for the film the Blues Brothers. For Minnesota you have a trio of brothers from the "Iron Range" of Dave, Jeff and Steve Hanson played by real life professional hockey players Steve and Jeff Carlson from Virginia, Minnesota and St. Paul's Dave Hanson. The brothers from the cult classic hockey film Slap Shot who loved playing with toy cars when they weren't beating the hell out of their opponents on the ice as they hoped their thuggery could save their hockey team from being dismantled. The brothers and their films share some interesting comparisons. Both sets of brothers were made famous in part due their choice in eyewear. The Blues' and their classic sunglasses which they even wore at night and the Hanson's for their taped up coke-bottle glasses which the players did their best to keep on even in the middle of a hockey fight. Both sets of brothers were no strangers in getting into trouble with the law and both were great crowd pleasers. But which group of brothers kicked more ass?
Which 'brothers' kicked more ass, the Blues brothers or the Hanson brothers?
The Blues Brothers certainly started their share of fights but they spent most of their time running or morte often driving away. It was in their various car chases that they managed to send a whole group of Illinois Nazi's jumping off the side of a bridge as well as the destruction of a shopping mall in addition to countless police, sheriff and state patrol cars as they raced to the Cook County Assessor's Office in downtown Chicago. So on a property destruction level, the Blues Brothers win hands down. While the Hanson Brothers didn't have an old police car to drive, they road a bus with holes bashed in the side to make it look mean. And unlike the Blues who ran away from the fights they created they fought ferociously making the Charlestown Chiefs one of the most feared teams in the Federal League standing up to such thugs as Ogie Oglethorpe, Tim "Dr. Hook" McCracken and Gilmore Tuttle. Only the national guard could finally reign in the Blues Brothers while the only thing stopping the Hanson brothers was the flagging economy in Charlestown. So which group of brother's kicked more ass? That's up for you to decide. Meanwhile in the NHL, the Western Conference's top team faces off the upstart Minnesota Wild. Will the Blackhawks be singing Sweet Home Chicago by game's end or will they be singing the blues?
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