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Burn Down The West

Syd Crosby earned his first Messier Leadership Award Nomination in 1998 at the tender age of 11.  Naturally, his glorious NHL career wouldn't start for another 3 years, but Gary Bettman felt his future endeavors warranted the nomination.  The fact that the award hadn't been invented yet was inconsequential to the diminutive commissioner.

Ten years later, Crosby lost his "C" after a then-future Red Wing captain emasCulated him.

We used to dig Jonathan Toews.  He reminded us of another former Captain. The number, the demeanor, the commitment.  He was the sole character guy on a team full of peckerheads.

Well.  That's gone, too.  Now he's just a bitch (with a Messier nomination) like Syd.  And you can blame Hank for that one, too.  Now Toews isn't event worthy of that cool-sounding name.  Taves...it just sounded smooth but tough at the same time.  A man's name.  Not a whining bitch's.

So we're taking the W away and he can't have a cool name anymore. Now he's just...Toes.  And you can play with that however you want. Whore style, if necessary.

Oh, the world is in disarray.  The unbeatable Hawks have been laid low. Not just Sunday, either.  The Wings outplayed them in the first period of Game 1 then went nappy nappy because Gary forced them to fly Disney, then back to Hockeytown, then back and all that.  Like 8 times.  Game 2 was pure domination and it was incredible to consider what lies ahead for the Wings (especially if a certain magician decides not to return home to mother Russia in 18 months or so).

Yes, Zetterberg shut down Toes.  Yes, Brunner has miraculously reappeared just when we needed him the most.  Yes, Wally seems to be actually playing.  Yes, Howard has been Howard. 

But this one belongs to Mike Babcock.  It might be one of the most daring, amazing coaching feats in recent history: Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, White, Tootoo...all sitting.  Make no mistake. They would be playing on any other team.  Not Babcock's. No.

You had last change, Joel?  What happened Joel?  Joel? You got on your bike, pedaled home and pulled out a Cosmo.  That's what. 

But that's done.  Game 2 is done and over with and if this were February we'd absolutely expect a total egg tonite.  But here's something interesting.  Where was the collapse?  Huh? Where was the third period meltdown that every single one of us knew was coming?  How does this team implode late against Anaheim, then batten down against a better team in Chicago?

Don't ask questions. Just don't.  The roof is coming off the Joe tonite.  Can you imagine that place with 90 seconds left, a Wing lead, a timeout and Journey blasting?  I know it's a cheesy song, but I love that scene.

Man, man, man. What an opportunity.  Do it Wings.  Burn this conference to the frigging ground.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  11 to 12.

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SYF's avatar

Hola, Amigo.  Guinness at the ready.  Tipping an afternoon bottle to you and yours, Sir.  Slainte.

Burn this conference to the frigging ground.

Hell, yeah.  Let’s play hockey.

LGRW.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/20/13 at 04:41 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Can’t get excited about hockey. Listening to a live report from a reporter at one of the elementary schools that took direct hits by the tornado.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 04:45 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

praying for those effected by the massive damage in OK.

word from Jeff is he is “ok”:

Thanks for the thoughts.  My clan is safe.  But the City of Moore took a direct hit.  Babies trapped in a school, they need your thoughts and prayers.  Power out here, so no LB.

Wings need to take care of their business tonight.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 22 on 05/20/13 at 05:17 PM ET

 

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/20/13 at 04:50 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I can’t wait for the Cawks to go out of their way to try to injure some Wings and get burned on the breakaways.  If there’s one thing you can count on a mad team to do, one where they feel like they had liberties taken on them, is to not pay attention to details.

Meet their physicality with swagger, laugh as they knock you to the ground, laugh because the puck is already on another players stick and they’re sex punching Crawford on the breakaway.

Let them throw their tantrum.  Let’s win this fucher while they’re doing it.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/20/13 at 04:50 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Can’t get excited about hockey. Listening to a live report from a reporter at one of the elementary schools that took direct hits by the tornado.

Listening to it as well.  Crying.

 

 

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/20/13 at 04:51 PM ET

jsquigg's avatar

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/why-chicago-blackhawks-owned-joe-louis-arena-201834946.html

Another journalistic abortion by punk daddy…..

Posted by jsquigg on 05/20/13 at 05:07 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Chief, hoping everyone in Okie land comes through OK and that the Wings take care of their business tonight.

No LB for me either. 

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/20/13 at 05:07 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Another journalistic abortion by punk daddy…..
Posted by jsquigg on 05/20/13 at 06:07 PM ET


Don’t give him the clicks.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 05:08 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Babies trapped in a school, they need your thoughts and prayers.

This really puts thing in perspective. Some out there think” It doesn’t affect me.”

Wrong. No man is an island.

Sincerely,
Kate

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/20/13 at 05:09 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Just turned on the TV.  Oh my…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/20/13 at 05:11 PM ET

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To think Babcock dod not even get nominated for Gary’s “coach of the year” award.  What a joke.  Babs owns Joe.
My 9yr old daughter loves her cheesy Journey song played at the end of every WIN.

Go Wings!

Posted by Jeff from CO. on 05/20/13 at 05:12 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

#40 led by example and the rest of the team followed. If he does the again tonight, expect a win to be in Toe(s). We have not received that lucky “bounce” or “puck luck” yet either in the entire playoffs thus far. We are due to cash in that way as well.

GAME ON!

Abby, Gus, E-52 bomber are my picks.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/20/13 at 05:12 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

http://www.cnn.com/

CLick on this instead of puck daddy

Posted by pgoody on 05/20/13 at 05:13 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Burn this conference to the frigging ground.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  11 to 12.

This.  This is what I’ve said since before the playoffs.  Leave it in such a state so Bettman won’t recognize it next year when the Jets return to it, and leave the East cowering in fear at the Wings’ arrival.

Can’t get excited about hockey. Listening to a live report from a reporter at one of the elementary schools that took direct hits by the tornado.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 05:45 PM ET

They’re saying the tornado was 2 miles wide at one point.  I just… I can’t even comprehend that.  I’ve seen tornadoes in real life, and to think that something can cut a path that big…

Posted by Primis on 05/20/13 at 05:13 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

word from Jeff is he is “ok”:

Thoughts and prayers…

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 05/20/13 at 05:14 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Here is local NBC live feed in OKC. They are over the Plaza Towers elementary school right now. Not much is left.

http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 05:21 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Praying and thinking of those affected by tornado. I’ve lived it and its devastating but the people are amazing resilient and those not affected in same areas are very compassionate and giving.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 05/20/13 at 05:22 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Here is local NBC live feed in OKC. They are over the Plaza Towers elementary school right now. Not much is left.

http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 06:21 PM ET

Been watching that too.  Absolutely devastating.

 

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/20/13 at 05:24 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Chilling picture a while ago one of the few walls left standing had a couple of row of backpacks hanging on it.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 05:25 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

All: I’ve been in a damn cocoon all day and hadn’t been aware of the tornadoes.  Not sure I would have been quite so lighthearted had I known.  Hope the situation improves and good to hear Okie and family are safe.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 05/20/13 at 05:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Man, man, man. What an opportunity.  Do it Wings.  Burn this conference to the frigging ground.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  11 to 12.

Evenin’ Bitches, CMC. Just play your game, Wings.

Play. Through all the zebra suckage, and cheap shots, and “subtle interference”. Burn them. Burn them all to ashes. Give no quarter.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/20/13 at 05:29 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Here is what that school used to look like.

http://goo.gl/maps/ysPpQ

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 05:30 PM ET

RhymeTimeWingsDings's avatar

RAPE AND PILLAGE!!!!

Posted by RhymeTimeWingsDings on 05/20/13 at 05:32 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I don’t live far from tornado alley and have been less that 2 miles from an F2.
Indeed scary shit and I don’t get skeered easily. Mother nature is not to be underestimated.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/20/13 at 05:36 PM ET

TKShreve's avatar

L.G.R.W.

Going to get beer right now. Should I grab a couple extra tall boys to douse the raging inferno that will continue to scorch what’s left of Clarence’s little shop of whorers?

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/20/13 at 05:36 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Do it Wings.  Burn this conference to the frigging ground.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/20/13 at 05:37 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Evenin bitches. I’m pickin Drew Miller and Abby tonight.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/20/13 at 05:38 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/20/13 at 06:36 PM ET

stay safe, MO.

weather is moving east-northeast thru the evening

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/20/13 at 05:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

  word from Jeff is he is “ok”:

Thoughts and prayers…

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 05/20/13 at 06:14 PM ET

Nice to see ya Gabriel. You appear at the right time with “good tidings”.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/20/13 at 05:42 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Ray Manzarek died today.

C’mon Wings, we need something good to happen.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 05:49 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ray Manzarek died today.

C’mon Wings, we need something good to happen.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 06:49 PM ET

Yea. I just read that Captain. 74 yrs. old.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/20/13 at 05:51 PM ET

TKShreve's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 06:49 PM ET

Wow. Guy probably carried some wild stories to the grave with him.

RIP sir.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/20/13 at 05:56 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I’ve seen tornadoes in real life, and to think that something can cut a path that big…

I missed (by a couple hundred yards) being in the path of the F-4 tornado that leveled Standale (now Walker) west of Grand Rapids in 1956. Nothing you see on TV can really convey the enormity of what the aftermath is like on the ground.

This monster reminds me of the one that hit Xenia, Ohio in 1974. It’s literally sickening to see that level of devastation.

I’m rooting for complete domination of the Hawks by the Wings tonght. But even if it happens, it’s just not going to be as joyful an occasion as it might have been.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/20/13 at 05:59 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

My mother grew up in East central Iowa. whenever there was a tornado warning when I was a kid she would go outside and look for it (instinct). My sensibility was necessarily corrupted (not that I don’t get scared).

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/20/13 at 06:02 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Don’t give him the clicks.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 06:08 PM ET

This.

Thoughts go out to those in Oklahoma.  Hope those kids are alright.  Okie, if you get power back soon, I hope you and yours are alright.

LGRW!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/20/13 at 06:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thank God,  all the children at Briarwood elementary have been accounted for, no fatalities there.  Apparently two other schools heavily damaged, no word yet.  Amazingly, unless you are one if those involved, only five fatalities today - at least so far. 

Thank you all for your concern.  Junior is out on SAR.

Still no power, so no LB.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/20/13 at 06:03 PM ET

dougie's avatar

My daily ten minutes of news was over at 7:10 this morning. Would have heard nothing about the storm, except for reading it here.

That’s some fuched up shit. I am as close to speechless as I get.

Posted by dougie on 05/20/13 at 06:04 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

west of Grand Rapids in 1956

They had tornados back then?


I hadn’t heard about the OK tornados either, wish it wasn’t so far away to go help out.  Sure they could use it.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/20/13 at 06:05 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Why I love this blog, Part 1

Can you imagine that place with 90 seconds left, a Wing lead, a timeout and Journey blasting?  I know it’s a cheesy song, but I love that scene.

Man, man, man. What an opportunity.  Do it Wings.  Burn this conference to the frigging ground.


Why I love this blog, Part 2

This really puts thing in perspective. Some out there think” It doesn’t affect me.”

Wrong. No man is an island.


Why I love this blog, Part 3

Ray Manzarek died today.

C’mon Wings, we need something good to happen.


Forgive the crazy mixed references, but…

Let’s roll for justice, let’s roll for truth.

Let it roll baby roll.

All night long.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/20/13 at 06:05 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Thank God,  all the children at Briarwood elementary have been accounted for, no fatalities there.  Apparently two other schools heavily damaged, no word yet.  Amazingly, unless you are one if those involved, only five fatalities today - at least so far. 
Thank you all for your concern.  Junior is out on SAR.
Still no power, so no LB.
Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 22 on 05/20/13 at 07:03 PM ET

That is good news. The feed I’ve had on in the background is so focused on Plaza Towers, that they have not updated Briarwood.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/20/13 at 06:07 PM ET

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