You would expect Chicago's reception to the Lightning's coaching staff to be less than warm, as the team holds a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, but it is being treated like kings in the opposing city.
After dining out at Chicago Cut Steakhouse free of charge courtesy of Charles Barkley, 20 members of the team's staff headed back to the restaurant on Tuesday night only to find their bill picked up again, this time by Chicago native and Blackhawks fan Vince Vaughn, according to RedEye Chicago.
Vaughn and Cooper spoke for a while when the Old School star first arrived at the restaurant, and Cooper attempted to pay the check for Vaughn's party of 12 as a way to pay Barkley's kindness forward, but Vaughn caught wind and turned the tables on the coach, says the steakhouse's managing partner David Flom.
"Vince looks at me and says ‘I know that guy just called you over to pick up my check. That’s not how we roll in Chicago.’ He goes ‘This is Chicago, my town. This is how we treat people. I got his check."
The Lightning are going to be in for quite a surprise when the series returns to their home town and they are forced to start paying for their own dinners again.
- Brendan Maloy