It was great to see the stifling defense of the Chicago Bulls shut down the Atlanta Hawks last night to take their playoff series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
After three periods of play the Hawks only had scored 53 points!!
It brought back fond memories of the Bulls' defensive ethos when the so-called Mister Chicago Bull, the guard Jerry Sloan, was famous for his bruised elbows and burned knees diving after loose balls on the wood floor of the Old Chicago Stadium.
All those years as head coach of the Utah Jazz may have made Sloan more closely identified with that team in the mind of the public, but in my mind Sloan will always epitomize that hard-nosed, winning-ugly quality that has defined Chicago sports, from Dick Butkus to Greg Luzinski to Stan Mikita.