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Final Day and Final Game

Well, the season of our absolute discontent ends today.  What a shit show.

But, the Holland Failure pales in comparison (temporarily) to what this game means.

One more game at Joe Louis Arena.

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Remembering the Joe With Osrt and Jules

We're going to get into this more tomorrow.  But, I've got to tell you, the best night I ever spent at Joe Louis Arena was with one of you, one of the 19.

Two straight goals from Sammy and Osrt is pretending he’s Robert DeNiro in Cape Fear.  He’s talking but I can’t understand a word he says, and it has nothing to do with the volume at the Joe.  Two goals in a Stanley Cup Final game from the Enigma Jr., William Tell, our whipping boy…and it’s just too much.  Osrt’s lost it completely.  He’s turned a napkin into a paper football and he’s asking Pen fans to hold their index fingers up so he can kick an extra point.

That's just a taste. More tomorrow. That was Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2008. I went to Detroit with two tickets. One of my friends had to back out. I posted on A2Y that I had an extra and Osrt responded in less than a minute. The rest was history that we'll recap tomorrow. I'm not even going to link to that recap. Tomorrow. On the Joe's Final Day. 

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All Good Things….....

With just three games left I know there are 19 hard core Wingaholics that can look back on the past quarter century with a great deal of pride, and,  look forward toward the future with a great deal of hope.

Some say all good things must come to an end. Be that as it may, it's been fun. It's been a great run. We will be back.

So, no whining, and, let's go oot on high like we should. Loud and proud!

It's a Live Blog! Bitches!

Let Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Olympics Rained Out, Wings Play On

Rainy afternoon/evening in Chicago so the beginning of the season for an aging, star-studded, Ilitch-owned team is delayed.

The shrew has decided to decree the NHL will no longer participate in the Olympics.

I almost typed "impotent shrew" but changed it because that little guy is far from impotent.  He may not run the most popular league amongst North American professional sports, or even the fifth most popular, but he's the most powerful commissioner in sports, comparatively speaking. 

Gary Bettman gets what he wants. 

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It’s A Saturday Night Live Blog

The Leafs are in a pretty comfortable playoff position.  They lead the Lightning by four points for the second wild-card spot and trail the Bruins by one point for third in the Atlantic but Toronto has two games in-hand.

The Wings, uh, 15th in the East.

Play the games out then the team is in the hands of Ken Holland.

The LB is now yours.

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Spoiling For a Live Blog

Helene St. James used to be the lead Holland apologist in this town.  She's still a lap dog, gobbling and gulping every word Tick Tock says then regurgitating it to us for our naive and myopic consumption.  She's a pro.

But, she's not alone anymore, not even at her own paper.

Jamie Samuelsen wants you to know he's opposed to your stance on life.

I understand that the streak has come to represent a burden for some fans. They think that general manager Ken Holland has made moves simply to keep the streak going. That’s misguided.

Remember. You can't be a Detroit columnist unless you consistently reference the unwashed fan base's opinion and then blast away at it from your elitist, 12th estate perch.

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Third Time’s A Charm

Good things are supposed to happen in sets of three. So with that in mind, on this third game in three nights, I'm expecting a regulation win. And, the best thing about tonight's game will be our three shiny young players. Mantha, Athanasiou, and Larkin.

Since the third time is the charm, I'm going for broke now and calling a hat trick, for any Wing's player on the ice tonight.

Curly fries. It's a Live Blog! Bitches!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Almost Home, But Two In Carolina First…Thanks Gary

And when I say "home", I mean done. 

That feels like home, sounds like home, beckons me like home. 

Meanwhile, you guys talked goaltending today. 

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Time Is A Wicked Drug

I don't know what the weather's like in Michigan today. I could check, because Al Gore invented a device that would help.  But I'm too lazy, as you're aware.

I do know that it's going to be 83 and sunny here in Florida, so I'll be at the beach.

During the early afternoon, my mind will wander. 

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I NOW Consider Brad’s Wife The Greatest Internet Victim Of All Time

The Detroit Red Wings are playing their "rivals" tonite, the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

I haven't given it more than a moment's thought, because I've been...

(a) mourning Michigan's loss, perhaps the worst basketball game I've ever seen

(b) aware that the Wings haven't beaten the Lightning yet this year because our father, Steve Yzerman, hasn't wanted it to happen and where the Wings are concerned, no matter whichever backward argument I'm making, Daddy gets his way unless his way means being the Wings GM. In that case, Ken Holland had his way and that's why the Wing Way essentially sucks.

(3) I've been much more concerned about Brad's Wife

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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