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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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stonehands-78's avatar

I didn’t think I could clinch that tight ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 08:38 PM ET

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Smith saving everyone’s ass…...yeah, that happened.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 08:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Of course the customary last minute penalty zebra suckage on the Wings.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 08:39 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Smith saves a goal…..WOW

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/29/14 at 08:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

pucker up

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 08:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Pucker pucker

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 08:40 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Stay Strong, Jimmy.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 08:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hang tough and clear the puck. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 08:40 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Huge clear

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 08:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hold the line, bitches. Hold the line.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 08:41 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Sounds like a Toto song…..

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 08:42 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

My name is 42Jeff and I approve of this final score

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/29/14 at 08:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Your 2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs—Winter Classic Champions!  LMAO!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/29/14 at 08:43 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

OMG! Two big fat juicy points. A HUGE WIN! Bitches.

Lets Go ?Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 08:43 PM ET

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Eat it, Toronto, Don Cherry and Randy Carlyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/29/14 at 08:43 PM ET

SK77's avatar

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

1st ★ – Darren Helm
2nd ★ – Jimmah Howard
3rd ★ – The Chief

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 08:43 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

YEAH WINGS WIN - 4-2, we chalk up 2 points!!!!!

Happy Saturday!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/29/14 at 08:43 PM ET

Bent's avatar

HUGE win.  Necessary for sure.  Have a good night everyone.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/29/14 at 08:44 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

YESSSSSSSSSSSS

HUGE win, boyz.

sweet

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 08:44 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

We win Bitches. Redheads for everyone

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/29/14 at 08:44 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Suck it leafs!

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 08:44 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

We win Bitches. Redheads for everyone

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/29/14 at 09:44 PM ET

Redheads with a side of curly fries. Yumm-o

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/29/14 at 08:46 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

YIHAAAAAAAAA 2 Points !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/29/14 at 08:46 PM ET

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Glorious.

Posted by maltby18 on 03/29/14 at 08:47 PM ET

Chet's avatar

in the US it’s mahzduh

in cahnaduh it’s mazde

weird

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/29/14 at 08:47 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Most homer comment of the night, Leafs media guy kind of shocked Franson lost foot race with Helm.

I sure do appreciate Bill doing the Live Blog tonight. hopefully more from him coming, after all it is his blog and always will be.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/29/14 at 08:48 PM ET

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Yay, we get to do it all over again in less than 24 hours.  I’ll need to hit the liquor store to restock.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 08:49 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

We win Bitches. Redheads for everyone

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/29/14 at 09:44 PM ET


um, ... I’ll have one, please.

wink

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 08:51 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

I sure do appreciate Bill doing the Live Blog tonight. hopefully more from him coming, after all it is his blog and always will be.

+19

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 08:52 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

Redheads? Make mine a double

Posted by Rdwings28 on 03/29/14 at 08:54 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Howard sure came through tonite.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 08:55 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Right-O, Paul.  Chief jump started a win here, you can’t screw with game rituals when on a streak, especially this time of year.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 08:56 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Howard sure came through tonite.

ab-so-lute-ly

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 09:01 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

This win was for the Chief. Thanks, man.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/29/14 at 09:01 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Master Chief!  Brilliant, perfect post for this evening and you obviously brought our Wings some good fortune. Hope to see more of you!  Cheers!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/29/14 at 09:03 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

TBL at DRW, 5 ET, tomorrow

Sunday, SUNDAY, SUNDAY ...

be there.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 09:03 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Hey Jimmy, great game!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/29/14 at 09:04 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

To the Chief and St. Larry. Nosdroviah. Let’s do it again tomorrow Bitches.

Good game by the Jimmah and all the d support which was very timely when needed.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/29/14 at 09:06 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

I sure do appreciate Bill doing the Live Blog tonight. hopefully more from him coming, after all it is his blog and always will be.

Thanks all.  And, I’ll be back for the next one, maybe even for the rest of the regular season.  Ironically, in a whore-like way, we start getting back underway again just as the second round would be scheduled to begin.

 

 

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/29/14 at 09:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Ironically, in a whore-like way, we start getting back underway again just as the second round would be scheduled to begin.

priorities

Thanks for all you do, Chief.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 09:12 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