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Farm designs jumbo Blackhawks themed corn maze

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Farm designs jumbo Blackhawks themed corn maze

Corn fields aren’t exactly the most exciting thing in life. If you’ve ever driven through rural Illinois -- you know the scene. But at Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Ill., there’s been a slight change in plan.

The farm prides itself as the “World’s Largest Corn Maze,” and now it’s easily the world’s most epic.

Two hockey players, two logos, the Chicago skyline, ‘2015 Champions’ and a hockey puck? Yep. All cut out of five corn mazes into one gigantic 33- acre showstopper celebrating the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions.

In an interview with ABC 7 Chicago, the owner of the farm, George Richardson, explains how it was a lot more spontaneous than planned, making it even more impressive.

"So we called our maze designer out in Idaho and asked if he had time to create a new design," said Richardson. "Then we got permission from the Blackhawks to use their logo. The result is a bold design with the Blackhawks logo in the center and the Chicago skyline in the background, flanked by two hockey players and the word "Champions."'

[NBC SPORTS SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

The maze designer cut 11 miles of trails in the corn field using a GPS system for guidance. How cool, right? Here's a map of the full maze if you ever go up to Spring Grove to check it out in person (Although, you might need to jump on something with wings for an aerial view.)

The farm is open from Wednesdays - Sundays beginning Aug. 29 through Nov. 1. Try not to get lost!

But then again, go for it.

Visit www.RichardsonAdventureFarm.com for timings and more information. 

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: