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Picking Up the Rice In The Church Where The Wedding Had Been

Naturally, you understand that's a line from the ultimate old person song, "Eleanor Rigby."

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Hockeytown Todd: Injuries And Officiating

Gramps was a staple here for a long time.  The voice of reason amidst 19 reactionaries.  The sage old man who'd seen it all.  Todd used to remind us when we got too excited that everything evens out in hockey.  One way or another, there will be a makeup call, karma, or just bad luck...the kind he'd seen for nearly four decades before baby Jesus and the Captain brought the Cup back home in 1997.

Of all the wisdom he forced on us, "injuries and officiating" was the common refrain. 

If something was going to fell the best team in hockey between '95 and '09 it would have been injuries and officiating. 

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Breaking: Wings Now Suck

Unconfirmed reports out of Detroit are disturbing at this hour.  Events are fluid and happening fast and could rapidly change even as we bring you this report.

Here's what we know so far:

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Streaking? Hell Yes

And away we could go. Again.

But this one is much tougher if it happens.

Because truly, genuinely, honestly. This little one stops tonight.

Surely, it must.

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Let’s Talk About The Gales

41 years to the minute.

The puck will drop at JLA exactly 41 years after the Edmund Fitzgerald and the saltwater vessel Avafors had the following radio exchange.

Fitzgerald: "I have a bad list, lost both radars. And am taking heavy seas over the deck. One of the worst seas I've ever been in."

Avafors: "If I'm correct, you have two radars."

Fitzgerald: "They're both gone."

Minutes later, more than the radars were gone. The entire ship and all 29 crewmembers. 

Gordon told us the rest a few years later, of course.

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Ugliness Awaits

All I'll say is this: there was a logical choice for a guy with a job like mine, whose national priorities are fairly clear. I made my choice, didn't discuss my choice on facebook, opting to post pictures of PBR cans and miserable Chief Selectees the last few months. I voted. I do not believe my candidate will win and I believe this country will be worse for the choice of the majority.

And that is honestly all I'm going to say about that.

As for the other issue preying on our minds?  Not. Much. Better.

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“This Is Your Team.”

Norman Dale said that in 1954, addressing a restless crowd a few nights before the Hickory Huskers opened their season against Terhune, a turbulent loss that featured Dale putting 4 men on the floor as a testament to "system."

Jimmy Chitwood watched that pep rally from an isolated corner of the bleachers, with the intention of sitting out the season because Myra Fleener, the homely, bitter, teacher who'd informally adopted him, thought it best. 

"This is your team," said a defiant Dale. 

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LB- Will The Streak End Tonight?

Not Detroit's losing streak but rather my undefeated streak this season for the live blog.

So let's get one more win and put some pressure on Bill for his next live blog.

Jets played last night, lost in OT to the Capitals while the Wings took yesterday off.

All signs point to a Wings win, but these days who knows.

Turning it over to the 19.

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Game 11: Bipolar Behavior Is Authorized

Six days ago we were thinking about puppies and Charleston Chews, fire trucks with happy clowns, not the sadistic bastards running our streets with bad intentions. We were wondering what down river prices would be in June, because a Cup winning June usually means, you know, discounts down river.

But not now. Oh no. 

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Game 10: As Expected

We pretty much saw that coming. Yesterday.

Zetterberg had warned us. The pharmacists showed us stats to predict it.

Goalies are good. Offense is not.

Vanek is still out.

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About Abel to Yzerman

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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