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Bye OLN, Hello NBC and Don’t Try To Pretend It Shouldn’t Be ESPN Because You Know It Should Be

A new year. A new network. The same commissioner which means the same pathetic, tired excuses for not having the world’s only sports network as the true and just host for hockey.

But hey, the house that Costas built can pretend they’re a hockey haven, eh?  Hey, Gary? Did Lorne Michaels tell you we need a shootout in tonite’s game too? Just wondering.

Whatever.  I started writing this Live Blog at 2300, something like 12 hours before the game actually starts because I literally overslept the last one. I picked it up again this morning at 0600, two hours before it starts at 8pm.  I don’t understand it and I don’t expect you to either.  But here’s something to chew on: we used to hate Dallas when they were in our division. That was a nifty little venom-fest for a few years with crazy Eddie and fat Hitch and Choppers and the gang.  Then they went away.  Some of the bile remained and now everybody hates Steve Ott.  But that’s league-wide and I try to avoid lumping us in with fans of other teams because I’m pretty sure we don’t share their…sophistication.

And we’ll hate them again soon, Dallas that is.  Because Gary’s bringing them back to us, placing them in the Konstantinov division with us and Baby Brother and Bubba and the Hummers and the Brittle Bitches and the token Candian(en)s plus Pinky.  So we can be all apathetic and shit when it comes to hating the Stars tonite, but that’s gotta change and we’ll make that transition over the summer.

Meanwhile?

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

12 in ‘12.

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Down River Dan's avatar

What the hell is a Hokie?

I believe it’s a distant cousin to the Hoosier

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/04/12 at 12:51 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Faking it. Beautiful!

GO BLUE!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/04/12 at 12:51 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Field goal fake sets up a Michigan first and goal with 8 seconds to go in the half.  Time out.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/04/12 at 12:51 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Blue puttin a late period butt whupping on dem Vag Tech folks.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/04/12 at 12:52 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Denard down to the 1 yard line with 2 seconds left…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/04/12 at 12:53 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Dallas radio announcer “even though it is 5-3, the Stars are playing a really good game.”

so if the Stars were not playing a really good game, the score would be what?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/04/12 at 12:54 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It is a rarity for me to allow any flipping what so ever during a Wings game.

Go for it Wolverines!

GO BLUE!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/04/12 at 12:54 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Michigan field goal.  10-6 Michigan at the half!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/04/12 at 12:54 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

How’s your boy doing at UCI. His first semester go OK?

He’s having a ball and his grades reflect it.  Made the 8 man crew team and is up everyday at 4:30 AM to row. All in all…good.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/04/12 at 12:55 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

What is a Hokie?  Is a Turkey…..just saying.  Been to 2 Hokie graduate weddings, and I thought the Chicken dance was bad. but the Hokie dance wins hands down.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/04/12 at 12:55 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Va Tech actually has two nicknames.  Not sure which one is less flattering, Hokies or Gobblers.  Call me either one and I’m pretty sure I’d be offended.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 12:56 AM ET

jimathor's avatar

Anyone else notice the irony in Conk’s biggest addition to the team this year? Walking out of the shitter with an “it’s all yours buddy” is pretty much all he’s done of worth this year.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/04/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 01/03/12 at 09:57 PM ET

Goldschaleger thru the nose on that one….well done!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/04/12 at 01:00 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

The Benn brothers don’t look old enought to shave

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/04/12 at 01:00 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Goldschaleger thru the nose on that one…

New meaning to “digging for gold”

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/04/12 at 01:01 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Been watching Big Blue finally show up.  They must have taken a cue from Detroit’s notorious slow starts.

Nice to note the 2 line showing up large.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/04/12 at 01:01 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Michigan leads at the half.  Wings lead after two.

GO BLUE !!!  LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/04/12 at 01:02 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I thought the Chicken dance was bad. but the Hokie dance wins hands down.

So ...it’s kinda….hokie? 

Sorry, low hanging fruit…usually Monkey grabs these.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/04/12 at 01:02 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Anyone else notice the irony in Conk’s biggest addition to the team this year? Walking out of the shitter with an “it’s all yours buddy” is pretty much all he’s done of worth this year.

Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 01/03/12 at 09:57 PM ET

If the plunger fits.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/04/12 at 01:02 AM ET

jimathor's avatar

Goldschaleger thru the nose on that one

Well It’s not how we drink it around here, but I guess i’m up for anything new

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/04/12 at 01:02 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

We have seen the next great Red Wing, and his name is Gustav Nyquist.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 01:04 AM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

I’ve seen at least 4 players just fall down.  Wonder if the ice sucks.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 01/04/12 at 01:04 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

This Nyquist kid is… dare I say… Datsyukian?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/04/12 at 01:04 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

If the plunger fits.

You musn’t acquit.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/04/12 at 01:05 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I’ve seen at least 4 players just fall down.  Wonder if the ice sucks.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 01/03/12 at 10:04 PM ET


It’s Texas…


and fuch Ott.  Seriously I hope he catches a puck in the mouth.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/04/12 at 01:05 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

ott could not find someone more his own size? has to pick on our happy pimp?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/04/12 at 01:07 AM ET

jimathor's avatar

We have seen the next great Red Wing, and his name is Gustav Nyquist.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 10:04 PM ET

Having watched a little bit of the juniors this week, I can honestly say that with a little luck and Tick Tock willing, there are quite a few ree-diculously exciting players waiting in the (excuse the pun) “Wings”.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/04/12 at 01:08 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

If the plunger fits.

You musn’t acquit.

Quoting Jackie Chiles?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 01:08 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

America’s Hairline Center?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/04/12 at 01:10 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Having watched a little bit of the juniors this week, I can honestly say that with a little luck and Tick Tock willing, there are quite a few ree-diculously exciting players waiting in the (excuse the pun) “Wings”.

Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 01/03/12 at 10:08 PM ET

For sure,  Pulkkinen, Jurco, Tvrdon and Mrazek all looked really good in the World Juniors.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 01:11 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Go Redwings & Russia .....

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/04/12 at 01:12 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Not smart to piss off the Squirrel!

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/04/12 at 01:13 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

America’s Hairline Center?

I’m not just a guy in the third row wearing an Yzerman jersey, I’m also a client

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 01:13 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

looks like abby has his game face on.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/04/12 at 01:14 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Quoting Jackie Chiles?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 10:08 PM ET

“You can’t let the defendant have control of the key piece of evidence. Plus, she’s trying it on over a leotard, of course a bra’s not gonna fit over a leotard. A bra gotta fit right over a person’s skin. Like a glove!”

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/04/12 at 01:15 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

looks like abby has his game face on.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 10:14 PM ET

He’s actually wearing my game face…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/04/12 at 01:16 AM ET

Avatar

the same pathetic, tired excuses for not having the world’s only sports network as the true and just host for hockey.

There’s plenty of hockey on TSN…

Posted by Garth on 01/04/12 at 01:16 AM ET

jimathor's avatar

For sure,  Pulkkinen, Jurco, Tvrdon and Mrazek all looked really good in the World Juniors.

They really did, plus, between Jurco playing injured and Mrazek in “that game”, they demonstrated the tenacity and full-on love of playing that I think is required to be a Red Wing.

It breaks my heart to know that one day Homer, ‘Tuzzi and the “Perfect Human” may not be there, but knowing whats on it’s way makes that a little less terrifying.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/04/12 at 01:17 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Quoting Jackie Chiles?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 10:08 PM ET

“Who told you to put on the balm?  I didn’t tell you to put on the balm”.

Posted by calquake on 01/04/12 at 01:17 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 10:15 PM ET

Beautiful,  I knew one of you would take that and run with it.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 01:18 AM 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