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23’s A Pie In The Sky Summit And Tonite Means Everything

He was a little too tall and he was most definitely wasted.  He could have used a few pounds back then, but he's made up for it in beer weight since the Wings grabbed him in the spring of '97. 

For two years in Toronto, Larry Murphy wasted away in a puddle of his own mediocre feces.  He was jeered because Leaf fans had forgotten by then what a winner looked like. 151 regular season games played in front of the worst fair-weather fans in hockey history. 6 playoff games is what he tallied for Toronto, two of them wins.

Then, with the snap of a finger and a flash of Ilitch cash, he was headed to South Detroit, where the winners live.  

Over the course of the next two playoff years, Larry Murphy played 42 games, winning 32 of them, along with two Cups. He drank beer during press conferences, fed Nick Lidstrom slick little bullets along the blue line and watched as he poured them into net after net. 

Playoff wins, Cups, parades, puppies and hookers. Murph had it all in Detroit. All of it.  And they watched him in Toronto and twisted their little cold, bitter lips into angry, angst-filled grimaces. They watched and watched as year after year the Wings kept coming. Deep runs. Cups. More parades. Swedes in Novi, parties on the river. Fire trucks. Yoohoo. Cheddar. First pitches at Tiger games because that's what winners do.  

And still they watched in Toronto. Coach after coach. Choke after choke. Not even a sniff while the Wings just kept coming.

You think they hate the Wings in St. Louis, in piss-ant Denver? Nashville? You don't know the bitter stench of jealousy until you've been in Toronto in May.

Larry Murphy was a Leaf once, but they dealt him to Detroit and watched him start a dynasty. I have to believe that's a story best untold to the darling little doves come bed time in Ontario.

Naturally, he stayed in Detroit, because winners don't leave the Wings.  He stayed then retired. Took a job babbling between the benches, then the Wings let him go and we know that story, too.  Too many pops, probably. And we dig that. We do.

Now? Murph would probably man the point on our second power play. That's how bad the injuries are. But I won't rehash it. I haven't been here to suffer through it like the rest of you, so I have no right to whine.  I just know what is real.  And what's real is that this team has no business being where they are. This team, should have been eliminated the minute Sochi sunk its Putin-smeared teeth into Hank. 

If Toronto had the injuries Detroit does now? They'd be getting their asses kicked by Bay City John Glenn, instead of clutching the final spot with less than ten left. 

But we're not Toronto.  Tomorrow they'll wake to their 8th straight loss. Us? We'll wake tonite, after too many warm PBRs and a big Wing win, to the sound of thunder.  Southern Michigan summer time is not far off. Puppies, children laughing, green grass and the playoffs await for us? The Leafs?  The chill will remain because baby Jesus likes it that way, and so does Murph.

This might as well be the playoffs. You know it and so do I.  I'm back for this one, and maybe a few more. We'll see.  Whore style. 

It's a Live Blog, bitches. 

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mrfluffy's avatar

Well fill my head with canon balls and powder my behind, it’s the Chief.

Our Two Points.

Let’s do this bitch.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 03/29/14 at 04:31 PM ET

perfection's avatar

yes.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/29/14 at 04:36 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Just what I needed to get revved up for this game. Fuchin a-mazing to hear from you Chief. LGRW!!!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 04:40 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

lol @ Babcock on Legwand: “He’s been good; I didn’t think he was great [Thursday], but he was with some other veteran guys that weren’t good either”

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 04:42 PM ET

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I am looking forward to hearing the boos reign down as the Wings dominate tonight! An early goal could completely unhinge the crowd and team, and Glendening definitely will get under someone’s skin tonight.

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/29/14 at 04:53 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Raise a cold one for two!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/29/14 at 04:56 PM ET

BrendonR's avatar

Chief back is a good omen, as is Helm on the top line. The angst here in TO is pretty intense, makes me feel good about how steady Babs has had the ship this year.

Posted by BrendonR on 03/29/14 at 05:00 PM ET

Riviera's avatar

HELL YES! I’m starting in on the PBR right now!

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 03/29/14 at 05:13 PM ET

dougie's avatar

An unexpected pleasure, Chief, and an omen that means I need a liquid diet for dinner tonight.

3 fingers of Jameson Special Reserve for pregame.

I wonder if the “24/7” film crew wishes they were in the locker rooms tonight.

Our 2 points.

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 05:16 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Evenin’ Bitches!

“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” 

“If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

Whatever it takes to make the Playoffs!

Welcome home, Chief.

Let’s Roll!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 05:17 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Chief. //stick taps// Great to “see” you.
HUGE day in the East today:
Boston at Washington (GO Bruins!) [Final: 4 – 2, BOS]
Tampa Bay at Buffalo (GO Sabres!)
Montreal at Florida (GO Panthers!)
New Jersey at NY Islanders (GO NYI!)
Columbus at Carolina (GO Hurricane!)


and, ...  of course ...

Detroit at Toronto (Let’s Go Red Wings!!!)

Our.Two.Points.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 05:20 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

The Master Chief.. Hell Yes. It’s gonna be a wonderful night. WhoreStyle it up, everyone.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/29/14 at 05:21 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Whoa, even the “metaphorically dead” have risen to cheer the Wings on to victory – or some journalistic rubbish like that. Welcome back, Master Chief. I hope your journeys have all been “fruitful.”

We’ll wake tonite, after too many warm PBRs and a big Wing win, to the sound of thunder…

Perfect choice because it all leads to this: “...points all her own sittin’ way up firm and high.” And just like Bob himself, we’ll take two of those firm and high points – the two that are sure to send the Laffs fans into the streets with their torches.

Drop the puck. It’s game on now.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/29/14 at 05:22 PM ET

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Great to see you, Chief.  Welcome back

Posted by bobbo on 03/29/14 at 05:23 PM ET

dougie's avatar

It’s gonna be a wonderful night. WhoreStyle it up, everyone.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/29/14 at 06:21 PM ET

Well, I just took my pants off. Does that count?

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 05:24 PM ET

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Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 06:24 PM ET


That’s a start.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/29/14 at 05:27 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

HELL YES! I’m starting in on the PBR right now!

Is Founders Centennial IPA in a can ok?

Evenin all.

Maybe we score two early and the crowd will dismantle them for us.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/29/14 at 05:32 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Permission to come aboard Sir….

I think ya picked a good one to drop by for.

Leaf fans will boo him and Alfie will still put a stake through their hearts tonight.


Leaf fans lets better start warming up…lets go blue jays…

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/29/14 at 05:34 PM ET

gowings's avatar

Great to see a post from you! This has to be our lucky day!!!!! One for the chief smile

Posted by gowings from MTL on 03/29/14 at 05:42 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Abby supposedly back tomorrow. With all do respect, it ain’t Abby I’m waiting on.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/29/14 at 05:43 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Welcome back Chief.  Good to hear from ye. Alfie seemed to play with a hard on the last time we played the laffs. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/29/14 at 05:45 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Evening bitches

Anybody tried a beer called “Diabolic”  One sip told me it was something the 19 would approve of

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/29/14 at 05:46 PM ET

aerodude's avatar

Fuch Yes, Hail to the Chief!

I will salute the 19 tonight with some ethanol based beverages.

Posted by aerodude on 03/29/14 at 05:47 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Desperate Toronto team tonight. The Red Wings need to keep it simple, and limit turnovers if they expect to win.

Posted by bigfrog on 03/29/14 at 05:54 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Well, I just took my pants off. Does that count?

Yes.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 05:57 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

We’ll see.  Whore style. 

haha….I didn’t catch that the first read through.    Love knowing I left my mark

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/29/14 at 06:02 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Good to see you Chief.  This post was the shot in the arm I needed.  I hope it is the good luck the wings needed too.

Let’s go Red Wings!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/29/14 at 06:04 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hejsan och valkommen back Chief.!!!

Just F$#^%ing get those two points !!!
L.G.R.W

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/29/14 at 06:08 PM ET

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I was not part of the inner group, Master Chief, but always followed your blog.

So glad you are able to be on board tonight to cheer our beloved Wings on.

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/29/14 at 06:13 PM ET

monkey's avatar

So a team can finish fifth in their own division in the regular season, then win the other division in their conference in the playoffs.  Sweet.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:14 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

ugh the only feed i can find that’s worth a shit is CBC

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/29/14 at 06:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

just win, boyz.


Just.

Win.


L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 06:15 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Hail to the Chief and the rest of you bastards.

Let’s do this.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 06:15 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

ugh the only feed i can find that’s worth a shit is CBC

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/29/14 at 07:14 PM ET

For any Canadian team other than the Leafs, CBC is great… at least it’s not NBC?

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 06:16 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

LGRW

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 06:17 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggh

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 06:18 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Evenin’ bitches!  Good to see ya Chief!

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 06:23 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

” ... practice safe breath.”

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 06:25 PM ET

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Really need to get the faceoffs worked out.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 06:27 PM ET

monkey's avatar

LeBron’s neck beard is hideous.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:27 PM ET

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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