And now we may put Don Cherry back in his Crypt of Ignorance
When the Leafs get there, he'll be Bill Simmons-y.
Man, you guys pull no punches on realism.
There's so much love for the Leafs in this city but after so much historical mismanagement and drama I think we have the right to be jaded. I'll still be in my seat on opening night and every other night I can be out to support our team, wearing my jersey in hope that maybe, just maybe MLSE will get its act together to get a GM, a coach and a captain to bring the cup back home.
Lord Stanley knows it's bloody well time, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
I respect the punches not pulled . . . I'm not sure what instances there would be where it wouldn't be right to be jaded.
A lot of the problems are at the top with any organization. It magically does manifest from the top down . . . Knicks are a great example of that. So are the Lions. If a business has below-par ownership or leadership, it is felt by the lowest of employees . . . consumers, on outward. In this case, fans as consumers. It's not just terrible, it's turrible.
The problem with MLSE is that it's the most profitable NHL franchise out there. So long as the shareholders get their money back and some, nothing will ever change.
Anyway, I'm glad the Wings won. They've been my second favourite team of the league since I started to get into enjoying hockey. Back in '97, Draper rocked the cup along his (and my) hometown Greektown in the back of a Jeep and took it to dinner in a little diner dedicated to Motown.
Go wings :)
(Look if I can watch the craptacular Lions for 15 years, I can follow the decent Detroit teams as well... )
I'm especially happy for Dan Cleary... I find it hard to believe he's the first Newfie to get his name on the cup.
I heard that, and yeah, amazing that he's the only guy so far.
As for craptacular Lions, well, I just turned on the NHL recently. I'm no different.
Hockey is something close to a religion in Canada (that and Tim Horton's, and he was a Hockey player) We have the ECHL Salmon Kings out here on the west coast, and I've seen more games of there's than my local football team when I lived in Sheffield (the mighty mighty Sheffield Wednesday... (ha!)).
People still care in Detroit, contrary to the popular belief of empty seats and pictures of people with disinterested looks on their faces.
4 in 11 years. After a while, 1st round just doesn't have that allure.
Oh that doesn't surprise me at all... it is Hockeytown USA, and one of the original 6 (even if you did steal the team from here :)), and one guesses there's a fair percentage of fans from just to the south of Detroit that go to the matches.
Back when the Sega Megadrive hit the UK, the ice hockey game was one of the standard packages, and Hockey WAS the Red Wings to my generation, as they were the best team on that game (in a sport that is definitely one of the minor sports in the UK).
Anyways, very happy for the good folks of Detroit.
Local radio is covering the event through the night - there was some guy from Toronto on the phone, arguing whether or not the Wings should take Hossa or his Sundin . . . the radio guy selected Hossa (subject: free agency and new guys next year), and the Toronto fan got pissy about Sundin being passed over . . . "have you seen Sundin in the playoffs?"
Well, I don't know what's stranger, local Detroit radio coverage in the wee hours for the championship, talking about new Wings at this hour, or some guy from Toronto calling up quarter to 2 AM to try and peddle Sundin to our club . . .
Any GM who would take Sundin over Hossa would be run out of town.
That's what the radio guy pretty much said without saying that. He wanted Hossa because he has a lot more years left in him.
Balls! Or should that be 'pucks'? Either way, we will riot!!
Hockeytown in name only. Philly is definitely the best non-Minnesota hockey market in the States.
Pffft. I'll get that from every city, but this place never stops with the hockey. They have big ice rinks all over the area. No way.
Looking around, it would seem Philly and Detroit are on a par for support. What it seems to me, as a casual observer, is that the Wings are unusual in having a reasonably large Canadian support base for a US team. I'm not sure any of the other US teams has that (maybe Buffalo?). I certainly know several die hard Red Wings fans out here in BC (most of whom pre-date the Canucks joining the NHL, mind).
Russia loves its Wings. We've made enough of their players stars since Federov defected.
Congrats... even though I dislike the Wings... at least it wasn't Crosby and his faggy Russian teammate Evgeni "Slue-foot Cherrypicker" Malkin
When I was a kid, I had Mario Lemieux Hockey for the Genesis. It was a really good game, but it would have been better if it was Steve Yzerman hockey.
That's why Sega lost the console wars.
Someone should have made Steve Yzerman Combat Hockey.
The game sells itself.
2008-06-05 07:47 pm (UTC)
Great Game Ideas of the 20th Century
i'm stoked! i gotta get some swag this weekend!
That has to take some of the sting out of the Pistons, right?
Damnit, I don't know why my comments end up in the wrong places -- this wasn't a reply to mizcrank.
The only team I can't stand is the Celtics.
Luckily, the Lakers will probably beat the living hell out of them.
The problem with Wings gear - I don't wear red, or white, in terms of t-shirts. Red bleeds too easily, and white stains too easily.
Amen. Wanted a Wings cap. I don't wear Red Caps. I am not Fred Durst.
Fred Durst deserves every ass kicking he ever got.
There have to be black t-shirts or that gray sweat variety.