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Hard Life Lessons For Baby Brother…Live Blog Them

You don’t win multiple Cups when you blow your wad on one year and five players.  You just don’t. You win one, then you fall into mediocrity and 6 seeds.  You make grand claims that your time has arrived to consistently compete for a block of cheese but in reality that wholesome nugget of delicious dairy stays where it is because sustained excellence is all your big brother knows. Sustained. Excellence.

No team can point to Detroit and say “we’re almost there.”  Nobody can say that because nobody is.  Nobody’s done it longer, better or with as much character as the Wings have.  Pittsburgh had to lose a million games over four years to get the picks that landed them their one Cup of the Bettman/Crosby era.  Chicago bought theirs. Bought it outright then sold it a few weeks later.  Anaheim pillaged their way to theirs but only a fluttering puck of sin that somehow knuckled over the shoulder of our insane goalie got them to the dance.  Boston’s a nice team but no pharmacist would ever tell you they have the staying power Detroit does. Not for two years, five, ten or 21.

All is normal. All is well.  The Wings lead everything that matters.  Chicago is fighting for the 6 seed because that’s what you do when Corey Crawford is your number 1 goalie because Stan is no Scott. Not by a long shot, sonny.  It’s big, bad nasty brother and the little tyke that wants so bad to just once prove to the world that they’re right there, shoulder to shoulder.

You’re not though.  You’re just not and there just aren’t any signs that equality is a real possibility tonite, in May or next year. 

So start your chants.  Start them early.  We know.  “Detroit sucks.”  We got it.  But we also get this: you stopped feeling that one a long, long time ago. 

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

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FranzensMouthguard's avatar

INDEED SIR!

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 02/21/12 at 09:03 PM ET

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It’s funny how hubris works.  Nobody’s done it for longer?  How about Montreal and Toronto?  Yeah, they suck now, but so did your team for a couple generations.  Anyone who remembers the 70’s and 80’s knows that Detroit was absolutely one of the worst teams of both those decades.  They’ve been a consistent franchise from the mid 90’s onwards.  But many teams have runs of excellence that can last years.  The 80’s Oilers had a decade of excellence when they were heads and shoulders above every other team in the league.  Detroit has never been heads and shoulders above any team in the league, even when winning cups.

Posted by Steve B from Sydney, NSW on 02/21/12 at 09:17 PM ET

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“Sustained. Excellence. “

Would not that be just a fine name on the back of a home sweater??? now wouldn’t it?

we have the trifecta…....Mr I. , Tick tock, and the hair. OMG

Posted by Rdwings28 on 02/21/12 at 09:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Aloha, Master Chief.  A big, tall, frozen mug of San Miguel Dark to you and your shipmates.  Hope you’ll find your rudders to the homeshore sooner than expected.

If you haven’t already, Sir, Quincey’s on the way back to the Wings; he’ll see action on Thursday at home against the ‘Nucks.

No Dangles but Jimmah’s in.  Keep on rolling, Wings.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/21/12 at 09:20 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Game On, Bitches. Game On.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 09:22 PM ET

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But many teams have runs of excellence that can last years.  The 80’s Oilers had a decade of excellence when they were heads and shoulders above every other team in the league.  Detroit has never been heads and shoulders above any team in the league, even when winning cups.

winning 4 cups in 10 years PUTS YOU HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE EVERYONE ELSE.

as for the teams in past decades, context escapes you, doesn’t it?  nobody is talking about then.  we’re talking about NOW.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/21/12 at 09:27 PM ET

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Posted by Steve B from Sydney, NSW on 02/21/12 at 06:17 PM ET

Another unregistered troll.  LMAO.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 09:28 PM ET

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Remember the last time a Hawks fan trolled us in the pregame?  Read this little ditty:

Game Time scenario:

The puck drops, 4,000 “diehards” will watch as the entire Detwat line on the ice falls, flails around like Euro soccer stars, get their penalty, magically get up as they all try to find Franzen and his hockey game.

I hope Seabrook punches Holstrom repeatedly in the face for being him.

Hawks 4 - The world that surrounds the hockey universe and demands respect - 2

Posted by Chaulker on 01/14/12 at 10:17 AM ET

Oops.  How did that end for you sonny?


Little brother needs put back in his place once again.  LGRW

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 09:34 PM ET

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From the Wings schedule:

TUE FEB 21, 2012   RED WINGS   BLACKHAWKS
8:00 PM   NBCSN(HD), TSN2, FS-D

Awesome.  I do not want to deal with that Cawk-sucker Olcsux.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/21/12 at 09:37 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

Evenin’ Bitches. Ahoy, hoy, Sailor. Glad you can join us for this one.

Is Quincey playing tonite?

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 09:41 PM ET

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FS-D Ken and Mickey talking Quincy. yum yum

Posted by Rdwings28 on 02/21/12 at 09:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kate, Quincey plays Thursday night against the ‘Nucks.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/21/12 at 09:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

FS-D Ken and Mickey talking Quincy. yum yum

Posted by Rdwings28 on 02/21/12 at 06:43 PM ET


He(Quincy) has 5 goals 18 assists in 54 games. Fights a bit too.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 09:45 PM ET

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freeredwings.tv received a cease-and-desist order from an NHL attorney.

Fuch…

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/21/12 at 09:46 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from a “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on 02/21/12 at 06:44 PM ET

Thanks SYF.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 09:46 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Buzz is hot in Motown, let’s keep it going in Chitown, down with the ‘Cawks.  LGRW

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/21/12 at 09:50 PM ET

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freeredwings.tv received a cease-and-desist order from an NHL attorney.

Fuch…

That guy is expecting a baby and lives in the US?  Ever running that site was ballsy.  He is making the right decision at this point.

The only way to get away with something like that is if you live somewhere that doesn’t give a *#$%@&.

Is Quincey playing tonite?

Isn’t that the same dude who cried about not getting a ring?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/21/12 at 09:50 PM ET

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freeredwings.tv received a cease-and-desist order from an NHL attorney.

Fuch…

Posted by SYF from a “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on 02/21/12 at 06:46 PM ET

Lil’ Gary didn’t make the game available on Sunday for those of us that PAY for Center Ice. What’s a Wing’s fan to do?

Thanks Gary. Ass.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 09:52 PM ET

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It’s funny how hubris works.  Nobody’s done it for longer?  How about Montreal and Toronto?

Toronto?  TORONTO?  Are you on crack?  What about the Cleveland Browns?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/21/12 at 09:54 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Isn’t that the same dude who cried about not getting a ring?

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/21/12 at 06:50 PM ET

Salty tears. Now he has a legitimate chance to earn the Cup Ring.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 09:55 PM ET

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Posted by Steve B from Sydney, NSW on 02/21/12 at 06:17 PM ET

Another Leafs or Habs fan driven to the precipice of insanity because, yet again, the Leafs / Habs suck, and Detroit just keeps on rollin’!

Suck it!!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/21/12 at 10:02 PM ET

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Salty tears. Now he has a legitimate chance to earn the Cup Ring.

Well, in his defense, and in his defense he says that what he originally said was blown out of proportion:

“The guy asked me a question, he assumed I got (a ring),” he said. “And I just corrected him and said I didn’t. I just said, ‘I guess it’s their decision not to give the Black Aces one. I obviously didn’t play any games in the playoffs. But it is kind of a gray area.

“I think Detroit really made a big thing that we’re a family, we were a big part of the team. I would never trade that experience for anything. It was a great stepping stone for where I am now.”

Now, he was with the Avalanche when he said this, but we will let that slide.  I hereby wish and demand that he goes on to win five rings with the Wings.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/21/12 at 10:02 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Fights a bit too.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 06:45 PM ET


And we all know that is all that really matters.  Don Cherry told me so

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/21/12 at 10:03 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Oops posted this in the GDT by mistake…..


Since the 1967 expansion from the Original 6, Has Montreal or Toronto made the playoffs more than 20 consecutive years?

I’m no pharmacist, and I ain’t gonna waste my time fact-checking, but I’m pretty certain that St. Lose is the only other NHL team beside the almighty Wings in the expansion era to make the playoffs 20 consecutive times. And we all know how many time the Blose have won the Cup, Zero.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 10:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Don Cherry told me so

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/21/12 at 07:03 PM ET

Good, ole, hard-working Western Canadian lad.

Wait…what?

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/21/12 at 10:16 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I can’t say why, but this song just feels like the right choice for tonight.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 10:16 PM ET

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If I was not a Wings fan, I would have to become on just because they piss off that blow-hard Cherry so much. Did you hear is rant on Coach’s Corner last Saturday?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 10:21 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Hola, bitches.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 10:23 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obvjSu93Pgk

If you want to see that blow hard

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 10:27 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

If I was not a Wings fan, I would have to become on just because they piss off that blow-hard Cherry so much. Did you hear is rant on Coach’s Corner last Saturday?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/21/12 at 07:21 PM ET

What did he say?

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:28 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

. D

id you hear is rant on Coach’s Corner last Saturday?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/21/12 at 07:21 PM ET

Oh yea. He needs to call it a career. He managed to insult anyone and everyone that is Red Wing connected. From the Illitches right on down to all of Europe, Scandinavia,every Eastern-block country, and, Mother Russia.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:33 PM ET

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Right on, Master Chief!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/21/12 at 10:33 PM ET

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What did he say?
Posted by RorSchach on 02/21/12 at 07:28 PM ET

“People say Detroit, I’m so sick and tired of hearing about Detroit, Detroit doesn’t fight and look how good they are.”

That’s the beginning of his rant and it goes downhill from there. It starts in the video at about 3:45

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 10:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Detroit doesn’t fight and look how good they are.”

He should have stopped right there. The truth hurts.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:35 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Oh yea. He needs to call it a career. He managed to insult anyone and everyone that is Red Wing connected. From the Illitches right on down to all of Europe, Scandinavia,every Eastern-block country, and, Mother Russia.
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!
Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 07:33 PM ET

What surprised me was how Ron McLean agreed with him about everything.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 10:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ready bitches?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:36 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Who’s gonna disagree with Cherry and live to tell about it. Sheesh. Talk about a chill pill.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:38 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Depressed. Need a feed link.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/21/12 at 10:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

What surprised me was how Ron McLean agreed with him about everything.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/21/12 at 07:36 PM ET

Maybe he was secretly hoping that was Grapes swan song. I was shocked he didn’t intervene.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:39 PM ET

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obvjSu93Pgk

If you want to see that blow hard

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/21/12 at 07:27 PM ET

The same rambling anachronistic archaic senile sonuvabitch.

Too old.
Too soft.
Too Euro.
Ad nauseum.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/21/12 at 10:40 PM ET

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