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Memo To Drew Sharp: We Have Questions

Updated below with the first Detroit media backhand to Sharp.

You know, I’ve given this a lot more thought than it deserves today.

But Drew Sharp must really think we’re stupid.  Naturally, by discussing this, we’re proving him right.  But the more I think about it the more it pisses me off.


What’s worse?  That Sharp really believes what he wrote today, or that he decided it might be fun to rile up the Wing fans?

I honestly don’t know.  But I’ll tell you this:  either answer says a lot about him and about the Detroit Free Press. 

What the fu** kind of “writer” are we dealing with here?  And what kind of newspaper lets that kind of crap run?  Yeah, I know it’s a column and I know columnists, by job description, are supposed to voice their opinions.  But on what level does that make any sense at all?

What statistical basis do you have Drew, to claim Dominik Hasek deserves that kind of recognition, the most prestigious honor a Detroit athlete could possibly achieve?  Those are a few questions I have for Sharp.  I’m a Wing fan and a reader of the Detroit Free Press and I want some frigging answers.  To those.  And to these:

1.  How has Dominik Hasek, in 2.5 full seasons, merited the same honor bestowed on Steve Yzerman?  What kind of impact did he have on the organization to deserve it?

2.  Is it unethical for a columnist to write something he doesn’t believe just to elicit a response, or hits on a paper’s website?

3.  Did you ask any member of the Wing organ-I-zation their view on this?  Did any of them punch you in the temple?

4.  What qualifies you to write anything about the Detroit Red Wings, ever again, when you’ve proven that you know nothing about the team’s tradition or heritage?

5.  Do you intend to respond to the responses to your column today?  At last count more than forty readers have commented.  Every single one claims or infers that you are (a) wrong, (b) offensive, (c) an utter and absolute idiot.

—-Examples for you: 

-“Is this some kind of joke?”
-“Maybe Drew is planting the seeds for the Freep to retire his own LogonID. After ridiculous articles like this, that can’t be soon enough!!!”
-“Never write about hockey again .......”
-“If I was as incompetent at my job as Sharp is at his, I’d have been punted from the 35th floor in front of crowd of my (former) fellow employees.”

A few more questions for you Drew.

6.  Have you ever responded to a single comment on any of your columns?  If not, today would seem like an appropriate day to do so.

7.  How many regular season Detroit Red Wing games have you attended, or covered?  A round number will do.

Don’t bother answering here Drew. It’s in your inbox.

So, yeah, that’s kind of where I am right now.  Overreaction?

Yep.  Maybe so.  Stupidity is one thing, and I believe that could very well be the case.  But writing something just to gain a reaction, just to generate hits or sell papers?  That’s irritating, Drew. 

Oh, and the editors of the Free Press? I assume you have some sort of job description?  This isn’t Mitch Albom we’re talking about here, who probably has it written into his contract that no one short of Oprah is allowed to edit his stuff. 

It’s Drew Sharp for god’s sake. 

Updated 1402: Jamie Samuelsen’s views on the idea.

There is no way you can retire the No. 39 at the Joe. First, Hasek wasn’t here long enough. He really had two and a half good years with the Wings. Second, it sets a dangerous precedent. If you retire Hasek’s number, here are the other numbers that you HAVE to retire. Lidstrom’s (who is a lock), Shanahan and Fedorov (who are debatable, I say no), Draper, Maltby, McCarty, Vernon, Osgood, Holmstrom, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Larionov. And I’m sure more that I’m not thinking of. There will be no numbers left to wear. I know Hasek had a greater impact than say Kirk Maltby, but he was the starter for ONE Cup here, Maltby has won four. Who’s had a bigger impact on the organization?

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