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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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SK77's avatar

God, the replay on Helm’s redirection is classic. Only reason he got a goal was because he wasn’t trying, hahah.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:24 PM ET

monkey's avatar

HELL YEAH

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 07:25 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Flipping Franzen give away, awesome save by Howie.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 07:25 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Jimmy you beautiful sonuvabitch!

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:25 PM ET

Riviera's avatar

Jimmah!

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 03/29/14 at 07:25 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

JAMES TIBERIUS HOWARD

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:26 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah on the spot!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:26 PM ET

dougie's avatar

CBC sez Wings are just lucky tonight.

Suck on those sour grapes.

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 07:26 PM ET

SK77's avatar

HELL YEAH

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/29/14 at 08:25 PM ET

Lemme guess ... Neil Armstrong just set foot on the moon?

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:26 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Lemme guess ... Neil Armstrong just set foot on the moon?

What science fiction world do you live in?  The Nazis finally surrendered.  Hence “AMERICA, *#$%@& YEAH”

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 07:27 PM ET

Riviera's avatar

Looks like a dejected Leafs bench to me

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 03/29/14 at 07:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Halfway to those seven second period Goals with 10 minutes left

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 07:28 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Over finesse by Mule.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:29 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Halfway to those seven second period Goals with 10 minutes left

Halfway to that stroke too.  The Wings are not hard to play against, you know.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 07:29 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

mule—- shoot the puck

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:29 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Obviously, Toronto is untruculent tonight.

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 07:30 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

.  The Wings are not hard to play against, you know.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/29/14 at 08:29 PM ET

A good man is hard to find, and a hard man is good to find.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 07:31 PM ET

SK77's avatar

A hard man is good to find.

Posted by RWBill

Is that list of member quotes still a thing?

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:33 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

PP for DRW

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:35 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

AMEN

Posted by joedaiceman on 03/29/14 at 07:35 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Wow… that’s a horrible call against Toronto.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:36 PM ET

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Good effort by Helm, but that was a weak penalty call. Let’s cash in on the PP, because I think a weak call will probably go Toronto’s way pretty soon.

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/29/14 at 07:36 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Holy meltdown, double minor against Bolland!

GET IT WINGS.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:37 PM ET

Riviera's avatar

Helmer is on tonight

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 03/29/14 at 07:37 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

double?

wow

well,

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:38 PM ET

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Come on, get it settled down.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 07:38 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

sheesh

no setup on the PP

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:40 PM ET

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Are we sure Toronto isn’t on the PP here?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 07:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Come the FUCH on! Score!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:40 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could score here

Wouldn’t it be nice

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 07:40 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Weak sauce PP so far

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 07:40 PM ET

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This power play is putrid. Come back Datsyuk.

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/29/14 at 07:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

we are on PP, aren’t we ???

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:41 PM ET

Riviera's avatar

Jeez man, homer hnic play by play really reaching on that phantom six man call

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 03/29/14 at 07:42 PM ET

SK77's avatar

This power play is putrid.

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/29/14 at 08:41 PM ET

#Jimmy’sFault

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:42 PM ET

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That was a pretty sad 4 minutes.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 07:43 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Waste.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:43 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

UGH

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/29/14 at 07:43 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

sheesh

sad

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 07:43 PM ET

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