ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - A Blues fan’s passion runs so deep, Blues Chairman, Tom Stillman had to see for himself.
That fan, Gerry Wieczorek, is a math teacher at Parkway West High School. You've got to see his classroom.
Wieczorke grew up in Chicago!
St. Louis football fans could relate, he said.
Chicago fans despised the Blackhawks greedy owner back in the 80’s.
Wieczorek’s dad refused to support the team. Brett Hull was in prime.
Gerry Wieczorek has been bleeding blue ever since.
He truly seems to bleed blue…eat, drink, and sleep blue, too.
Nearly every inch of wall space in his classroom is covered with Blues posters, team photos, banners, and signs.
“It all started with having one sign. I had one sign I got at a playoff game. I put it on my wall,” he said.
When a friend told him McDonald’s was giving Blues signs away he got a little carried away.
“I asked the manager, ‘if I take a couple of these do you have enough?’” he said. “The manager at McDonalds pulled out a box, dropped it on the counter and said, ‘I’ve got tons of these, take the whole box.’”
Mr. Wiezcorek has decorated his past classrooms in other districts but on a much smaller scale.
His new masterpiece drew a visit from Stillman, former player Bob Plager, and announcer Chris Kerber, last week.
Stillman gave him tickets to a game and treated his class to pizza. The group hung out in the cafeteria, too.
It all reminded Wiezcorek of the time his son was bidding on an Alex Steen jersey at a charity auction.
“It got up to like $400 my son’s like, ‘I can’t afford that.’ So Alexander Steen bid for my son and bought him the jersey off of his own back and gave it to him, signed it. That right there tells you not only about the city of St. Louis but hockey players in general,” he said.
He bought Blues season tickets after getting his first paycheck as a teacher 18 years ago. He's had them ever since. He said there was a lesson here for professional sports teams: ownership matters.
If Stan Kroenke owned the Blues, he’d never buy another ticket.