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Back To ‘97

Pulling out all the stops at JLA tonite, for the game that signals approximately the 25th game before the final game At The Joe.  Replica hats. Replicates of the ones worn by The Champs after they dispatched The Legion of Broom(ed) in '97.

A ‘97 Replica Hat?  Surely there is a pallet of the real thing still sitting around a warehouse somewhere that they’re desperate to get rid of…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 05:47 PM ET

I actually have a real one. Not sure where it is. Probably in a closet somewhere along with the, wait for it...Wings power play.

LOLzzzz.

We like to keep up with current events here at A2Y.  It's been a rough few days for the boy banders and the Star Wars geeks. George Michael and Carrie Fisher both gone.  We're mourning them all over Facebook, because it's the law.  Meanwhile, Richard Adams also died today.  Don't know who he is? Google him and you'll be reminded of your childhood and one of the greatest books ever written. 

We also mourn the Lions, because that's also law for you and I.

But, have no fear. The Wings will break us from our doldrums.  Brendan Smith returns tonite. Petr Mrazek appears to have whined himself into a start.

Surely things are looking up.

So, you know, go ahead and drink a little.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

LGRW.

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stonehands-78's avatar

the time is now

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/27/16 at 06:31 PM ET

calquake's avatar

It’s a great night for a hockey game.  L.G.R.W.

Still have my ‘97 cap… and my ‘98 cap also (didn’t care for the silver mesh brim).

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/27/16 at 06:44 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Funny seeing Vernon out of his gear….he looks so tiny next to Ozzie…kinda looks like a used car salesman not a two time cup winner.

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/27/16 at 07:07 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Wings pre game is reliving the 96/97 teams accomplishments.

It’s fun remembering how good they were.

It’s also depressing remembering how bad of an announcer Mike Goldberg was that year… sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/27/16 at 07:17 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

what a team THAT was

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/27/16 at 07:22 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I wish I had bought hats from those years but I had more hair back then and didn’t wear hats often. I bought jerseys instead.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 12/27/16 at 07:27 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

I have a few things from 97. I just gave away some Coca-Cola 97 special bottles.
Doh!

Happy Birthday Mickey Redmond!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:32 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Kick some Sabres ass! LGRW!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/27/16 at 07:36 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

I loves me some Ozzy!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:40 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Homer!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:41 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

After the gut-punch that was today with our Princess passing away, seeing that clip of Vladi absolutely ending that poor Flyer at Center-Ice during the Finals made me smile. 

As did getting a shout-out in the Live Blog intro.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 07:41 PM ET

calquake's avatar

My allergies are acting up.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/27/16 at 07:42 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Any chance Barry Smith wants to come back to coach?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 07:42 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Cuppy, Cuppy, Cuppy!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:43 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Scotty hasn’t aged.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 07:44 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Scotty. Pure winner.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:44 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hejsan y’all !

wow that’s a group of really really good hockey players LGRW

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 12/27/16 at 07:44 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Murph and his trusty flask.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:45 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

100% Class.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:48 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Thin Lizzy. Me likey!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 07:49 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Man I sure do miss watching vladdie & Homer play

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/27/16 at 07:49 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Nice celebration!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/27/16 at 07:50 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Nice celebration!

It was, now need 2 points. grrr

Posted by bigfrog on 12/27/16 at 07:56 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

glennie on the brawl tonite

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/27/16 at 08:02 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

SWM Ken.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 08:02 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Let’s just make some new Stanley Cup memories, Mickey.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 08:04 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh

gotta bury them

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/27/16 at 08:04 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Cheap little bitch shot on Z.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 08:04 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/27/16 at 08:07 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

0-1. Didn’t take long. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 12/27/16 at 08:07 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Crap

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 12/27/16 at 08:07 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Ugh.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 08:07 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Cheap little bitch shot on Z.

Let’s just make some new Stanley Cup memories, Mickey.

SWM Ken.

Kate, you been hittin’ the eggnog hard tonight? smile

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/27/16 at 08:08 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Ack! Get it back boys!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 08:08 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Fuch.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/27/16 at 08:08 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Can we start a fundraiser to buy O’hallaran a house somewhere outside of the Detroit area, so he isn’t officiating every night at JLA…....

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/27/16 at 08:09 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Allowed first goal in the last 10 games…

Well, there’s that consistency that Blash is always asking for.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 08:09 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

STEVIE!!!!!!!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 08:10 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Cheap little bitch shot on Z.

Let’s just make some new Stanley Cup memories, Mickey.

SWM Ken.

Kate, you been hittin’ the eggnog hard tonight? smile

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin’ on my manifesto on 12/27/16 at 08:08 PM ET

No. I’m just reveling in the past for a minute. But Buffallo put the brakes on that real quick.  shut eye

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 08:11 PM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

Puck to throat! Yes Mickey.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 12/27/16 at 08:14 PM ET

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