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Fox Fires Murph: Fox Can Suck It.

I've done a lot of really lazy things in my life. And I mean thousands of them.  Jimmy Buffett, and I'm too lazy to link to this song so I'll just paraphrase (it's an exact quote even though I'm paraphrasing, by the way), said, "Any manual labor I've done is purely by mistake."  That's a great line from a great song ("It's My Job"...find it).

It applies today, because what I'm about to do is so slovenly, so remarkably lazy, that I obviously feel the need to announce my guilt before I'm even accused of this dastardly crime. 

George Malik undoubtedly watched last night's game, then probably spent three hours compiling his Wings/Poultry late-game post, plus a few other posts that came before it.  I did nothing. I watched, "Brave" with my daughter, kept track of the game on my phone and laughed after every Abdelkader goal.  

Then I went to bed and now I'm going to comment on a few stories George found and posted. I'm not going to link to them because George already has, and--yes--I just don't feel like finding the actual links.

George: on behalf of all of us, thanks for what you do.  I may not agree with every pro-organ-I-zation stance you take, but we're all better Wing fans for your efforts.  I'm serious. 

Fox Sports fired Larry Murphy last week.  What. The. Fuch?

Look. We've absolutely lambasted 55 for years. We have. But it's been in good fun.  At no point have we ever said Murph lacks hockey knowledge.  He's a shit-ton smarter about this game than any of us (except for HockeyinHD) and he seemed to be a good guy we can all relate to. He, OBVIOUSLY, liked his pops, his hot dogs, his Wings...it's sad.  Unless there was something there that we're not privy (I said "privy") to?  This is some bullshit.  Apparently, according to Khan(!), it's a ratings thing?

Really?  Hmmm. What else could account for shitty ratings on FSD?  How about mediocre play from the Wings? How about a lockout still souring a knowledgable fan base who know when they're being bent over?  How about a number of other FSD "personalities" who are without, I don't know, personality?  Darren Elliott did you cough? Because that's more interesting than 98 percent of what you've told us this year.

Murphy, Ken Daniels and our saviour, Mickey Redmond, had real chemistry and it was fun to listen to.  

Ratings, eh?  BULLSHIT.  Bad move, Fox.  

This pisses me off.  This quote from Murph.

“I haven't decided what I want to do,'' he said. “I envisioned myself being here for a long period of time. This is a curveball.


“I'd like to stay in the industry, but I'm not sure if I want to move. I enjoy living in Detroit.''

That's a Michigan guy, Fox.  He "enjoys living in Detroit."  He loves the Wings. He loves our city and he's a good guy we all enjoy.  And you shitcan him.  Who else is getting "furloughed", eh Fox?  Any marketing people?  Any producers?  No? 

Ridiculous.  Don't we have enough firings in the state of Michigan? Wing fans enjoy Larry Murphy. We like kidding him. We like listening to him. We relate to him and he's a reminder of some damn good days with some great hockey.

Fox. You suck.

We'll miss you Murph.  Have a few or ten on the 19.

Justin Abelkader scored three goals last night in Anaheim. That's called a hat trick. Trevor Thompson told me so. Maybe John Keating, or Jennifer Hammond.  Maybe it was Elliott. I don't remember. But it was someone smart and someone employed who fed me that nugget.

Yes.  A hat trick.  After weeks, months, of abuse from me and you and thousands.  Good for him.  Maybe Uncle Mike's been smarter than we gave him credit for. Maybe he's seen this coming, anticipated it.  It's possible.  

Or it's blind luck and some kind of wack reward from baby Jesus for sticking to his principles. I don't know.  But we'll take it.  Good for him, good for Home Keys. Joy to us all.

Bruce Boudreau is a bitch.  A fat whiny bitch.  And this is funny.

"I would be jacked up just so I didn’t hear their fans cheer. In our building, that’s embarrassing enough."

Again, George brought us that earlier. It's so good. So very good.  Transplants in his head. Thousands of transplants in his Mickey Rooney head, swimming and laughing, shouting and chanting.  LOL....seriously, I just laughed out loud.

My wife is doing a yard sale today. I hate yard sales. It usually means I have to get off my ass.  I'm being beckoned.  Buffett, you are a prophet.  

More later.  Great game last night.  More stress to follow.  Go Blue. Go Green. LGRW and suck it, Fox,

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Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Already signed the petition. I think it only need 500 signatures. We all love Murph and his trusty flask. I cannot believe he was let go. Did they keep Daren Eliot? Now he is boring.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 03/23/13 at 10:40 AM ET

NIVO's avatar




anyone work for one of the hot dog companies?, we can get some sponsorship.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/23/13 at 10:50 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

And all I have to say to Abby is:  Good job, now do it again

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/23/13 at 11:58 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Braindead move Fox.  I woke up this morning to gloat in the aftermath of a red wings victory, but it has had a little bit taken off of it.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/23/13 at 11:59 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

dumb move FSD

bring make our merf



Get Fox Sports Detroit to rehire Larry Murphy

sign here

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/23/13 at 12:22 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

We’ll miss you Murph.  Have a few or ten on the 19.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/23/13 at 12:56 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I was too sloshed to comment further after last night’s posting in the LB (and, yes, it was hopeful pessimism - or cautious optimism - that I posted that), but I was clear-headed furious about Murphy’s firing.

Bring him back, FSD.  You talk to Gary.Ass and his marketing cronies about your lousy ratings.  Almost the same bullshit move that they did to the Tigers broadcasting teams.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 03/23/13 at 01:13 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Go Blue!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/23/13 at 02:16 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I signed too.  This morning, when I saw the link on George’s blog.  I also posted the link in last night’s live blog comments.

Firing Murph just sucks.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 03/23/13 at 04:02 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

Fox can suck it. Murph was the best.

Posted by joedaiceman on 03/23/13 at 05:10 PM ET

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