Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/12/13 at 05:00 PM ET
You've got some time so I want you to do something for me. Go whip out your "Live Bullet" and cue up the greatest rock and roll song of our generation, "Night Moves". Early on, just after Seger tells us about the aforementioned cornfields?
That's when he throws the line at us about the backseat of his '60 Chevy. He doesn't sing it though. He states it. Proclaims it. Brags about it. In the live version, Seger's swagger is unreal. He did some drilling that entire summer and he's not shy telling us about it.
Our boys used to drill like that. Our boys used to lay pipe. Backrooms, alleys, trusty woods. They'd live by the sword because that's what Red Wings did. They slung that shit because they could, because it's what young men with talent did in a target rich environment.
Well, the hunting's not so good these days and more than a few of us have found ourselves a little sad, humming tunes from 1997 or 2002 or 2008.
And it could all end tonight, or Sunday. Lose these two and the streak's over, the era fades away.
Chicago is a beast. A circling, dangerous, darting dirvish. Too much talent. Every line a hazard. Stingy. Well managed. Invincible, I'm sure.
I'm sure of it. The Hawks simply cannot be beaten, not by this Wing team. Too broken. Too old. Too stale. Poorly designed and downright neglected by a GM who have been fooling us all for years.
But if they win tonite? I wonder. I wonder what a win tonite could do, if it would be enough to remind these Wings of what they used to be, of the villages they burned, the swath they so brazenly cut back when we were getting much more than our share.
A win tonite lets them wait on the thunder, you know. It does. A win tonite doesn't guarantee jack shit but it does enough to remind themselves, and Chicago, that counting out these Wings may be ill advised.
What an odd ditty. With 8 games left the Wings are dealing with mysteries without any clues. A new place where none of us expect much. It's a Live Blog, bitches.
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