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Bring The Bitterness. Live Blogging The Boys Of January.

So I guess it’s on then.  Another chance for another baby brother to flex and stomp and spew their bluster.  January hockey for another wannabe and a game that for them is the “most important of the season”, yet for the Wings is just…January hockey.

I don’t have to point you anywhere to tell you just how pumped Blues fans are.  We know they’ve been lifting all day and choking down Pall Malls in between sets.

Most of them—statistics show—have been raised, and even conceived, by first or second cousins.  Literacy, hygiene and electricity are frowned upon.  Few even realize where the city of St. Louis is and even fewer have actually attended a hockey game.  But, for some reason, they’ve latched on to this train wreck of a franchise and have refused to let go. 

They deserve substantial credit for that, for this loyalty to a team that has brought them nothing but statically transmitted losing seasons of Blues hockey.

Most of all though, and this is frequently discussed in the dark corners of The Hasek, where Voox refuses to let the youngsters frolic, Blues fans live to hate you, Red Wing fans.  Even in times like these, the cold months, when double rainbows make them quiver along with winning records and disgustingly misguided hope, they reserve a spot in their pointy heads for a very legitimate brand of bitterness.

It’s legitimate because we have custody of them.  Physical, legal custody.  The Blues laugh when Detroit lets them.  Blues fans smile when we allow it.  If the sun shines on that shithole of a city it’s because Ken Holland gave the swaddled gift child a nod and a wink.

Oh, but now they’re competitive.  Now they have a big eater at the helm and all is well.  All. Is. Well.  Right up there with the big boys: Detroit and the middle brother in Chicago.  If the playoffs started today, they’d be the 4 seed.  Oh the chills.

But, alas Babylon, it’s only January.  And if Blues fans have learned one thing over the last twenty years…it’s that January means exactly jack shit.  Nonetheless, here they are and good for them. The little tykes. Good for them.

We’re wondering though, Blues fans.  Oh yes. We’re wondering when the fall will come, because it always does.  We’re wondering if maybe it won’t start tonite in cozy little Joe Louis, where the bad men play and the noises hurt, where the memories are brutal. 

Sooner or later, because history and providence and everything else that is holy decree it, the wheels are coming off.  And just like every year since 1997, we’ll be there to remind you that talking shit about Vladimir Konstantinov guarantees you nothing but earned sadness.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  And if you’re a Blues fan, just dropping in…Fuch Detroit?  Oh no my friends. Oh no.  Fuch you.

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42jeff's avatar

Holy nice play Pav

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/23/12 at 11:35 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebra suck. SHORTY. NOW!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/23/12 at 11:35 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City… on 01/23/12 at 08:30 PM ET

WHat the heck is that quote from.  What the hell did I miss?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 11:35 PM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Bitter Bitches bitch-slapped by a badass backhand. Way to go Dangle Dangle!

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/23/12 at 11:35 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

This camera in the corner has got to go. Great for replays, screw it for live.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 11:36 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

This team is just full of dirty Swedes.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 11:36 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

ITDuece:  Tim Thomas skipped the ivite to the White House.  That was his explanation why.  I posted in response to someone going off about disrespecting the office but then noted that we do usially keep polictics outta here so dropped it.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/23/12 at 11:37 PM ET

monkey's avatar

WHat the heck is that quote from.  What the hell did I miss?

Google it.  NO POLITICS

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 11:37 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Helm is a monster tonight.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 11:38 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Helm leveled Oshie, nice

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/23/12 at 11:38 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Nice step up from Helm.  Fantastic.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 11:38 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

dirty Swedes.
Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 01/23/12 at 08:36 PM ET

Swedish bikini team mud wrestling.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 11:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Helm is a monster [every night]

fixt

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 11:38 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

if everybody wearing red played as hard as Darren Helm, they’d never lose a game.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/23/12 at 11:39 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

if everybody wearing red played as hard as Darren Helm, they’d never lose a game.

Or score on a breakaway.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 11:39 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Swedish bikini team mud wrestling.

Mmmmm.  Mud.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 11:40 PM ET

monkey's avatar

If I could only combine the speed of Helm, the skill of Datsyuk, and the serial killer’s lust for human flesh of Bertuzzi…

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 11:40 PM ET

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Yes, Canoe…Blues are going to be really good for awhile, just like has been said a couple time in the past dozen years or so.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/23/12 at 11:40 PM ET

dougie's avatar

if everybody wearing red played as hard as Darren Helm, they’d never lose a game.

Somebody would have to finish a scoring chance once in a while, I would think.

Posted by dougie on 01/23/12 at 11:40 PM ET

journohoff's avatar

Does anyone know where a video of Stuart’s fight? I can’t watch the game!

Posted by journohoff from Detroit, MI on 01/23/12 at 11:40 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Jeebus Dats.  That scared the fuch out of me.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Datsyuk hits!!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

ITDuece:  Tim Thomas skipped the ivite to the White House.  That was his explanation why.  I posted in response to someone going off about disrespecting the office but then noted that we do usially keep polictics outta here so dropped it.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City… on 01/23/12 at 08:37 PM ET

Thanks KC.  Good for Tim.  That’s what I say.  I like a man of conviction.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

WTF is going on here?

Were they just praising the Wings?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Pav practicing back hand magic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzeXxI7_Ou8&sns=em

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Pavel absolutely destroyed those boards, never saw the hit coming!

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Trying to make Bert angry is suicide.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Jagoffstini just pulled a massive pussy move ducking on Datsyuk like that.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 11:42 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Did I just see fupa in a Bud Light commercial?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 11:42 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I like a man of conviction.

Yeah, me too. Hannibal Lechter

Posted by dougie on 01/23/12 at 11:42 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Mick: “Woohoo Pavel Datsyuk just found out what its like to wind up on fourth street by accident.”        ......wat?

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/23/12 at 11:42 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hope Pavs is OK. Looks like he might have banged his noggin on the ice.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/23/12 at 11:42 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Jagoffstini just pulled a massive pussy move ducking on Datsyuk like that.

And yet Pav didnt run around the ice bitching about it like Lecavalier

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 11:43 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Golden ticket

fools gold - - egad

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 11:45 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Elevate that puck Cleary!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 11:45 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Great shift by the 3rd line

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 11:45 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Yeah, me too. Hannibal Lechter

Say what you want about the tenets of Hannibal Lecter, but at least he had an ethos.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 11:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Mick: “Woohoo Pavel Datsyuk just found out what its like to wind up on fourth street by accident.”      ......wat?

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/23/12 at 08:42 PM ET

“Fort Street.”  A Mickeyism to express how far a player went out.  He used the same expression on Dangles’ deke on then-Preds goalie Tomas Vokoun.

B’Lose playing smashmouth Norris Division hockey.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/12 at 11:46 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

C’mon Buckets, you gotta pot that.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 11:46 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

SWEET

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/23/12 at 11:46 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