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Uh oh. Big, Bad, Boston.

Well, if there's going to be a legitimate "rival" in this division, this is it.  Toronto? No. It will be fun to see them get pasted and it will be particularly fun to hear their fans whimper.  Montreal, Florida, Tampa...blah, blah, blah.  That's just science.

Boston's it.  But not yet.  Not until a playoff series.  Until then, it's all just talk.  Like this...

We'll start with their city.

That's from the Stanley Cup of Chowder, a Boston blog of the SB Nation variety. That means it looks, sounds, smells just like every other SB Nation blog.

A few key words from this manifesto, the same as the ones you'll read on the SB Nation Blues, Dive, Duck, Predator blogs. Ready?

...no matter what I say about their decrepit, run-down city, Detroit fans will find some way to cry about it. But if you think about it - that is such the epitome of their fanbase. Hardly any of them actually LIVE in Detroit city limits (find a Red Wings fan. Ask them where they're from. I bet you anything they're from like Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti or any number of other non-Detroit Michigan locales that you can hear about in a variety of Sufjan Stevens songs) and yet they all leap to whine and cry at you if you dare to invoke the fact that the city might as well be a war zone.

We know. We do. We get it.  Detroit's run down. We're all bandwagoners. None of us live within the city limits. 

And the Wings have 11 Cups. And the Wings pose the most serious threat to Boston's perceived favorite status.  And the Wings play a style of hockey the Bruins are not comfortable with.

Got it.

And in case you're wondering whether I made up the fact that the Chowder blog is precisely like every other cookie cutter from SN Nation?

Never Forget:

Konstantinov, what a punk.

Creative.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

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pgoody's avatar

Yea Jhonny umm ur never playing SS for Detroit ever again… sorry

Posted by pgoody on 10/05/13 at 11:11 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So, is anyone genuinely surprised at the result in BOS tonight?  Of course not.  Not on the 2nd part of Back-to-Back road games,

There’s really nothing more to say.  The glaring problems on the team remain the glaring problems.  Kenny’s “patience” is going to cost the team dearly.  “Patience”, “foolishness”...

Take either Sammy or Cleary out back and brain them.  Voila, nightly roster spot for Tatar.  There are no excuses left, good things whenever he’s around.


This baseball game aggravates me.  It seems no matter who you put in the lineup,no matter how much you shell out in salary… all the bats go silent at the same time on a semi-regular basis.  WTF is Verlander pitching a 0-0 game in the 7th?  RUN SUPPORT, people!

There is still much, MUCH potential for this to be Verlander’s “F-U” game though.  And as I type that he strikes an A out to end the inning.

Give us an “F-U” game, Justin.  All will be forgiven.

Posted by Primis on 10/05/13 at 11:40 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Give us an “F-U” game, Justin.  All will be forgiven.

He did.  The offense continues its month-long slumber though.

Torii Hunter looks like a scared rookie.  Deer in headlights.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/05/13 at 11:52 PM ET

Primis's avatar

He did.  The offense continues its month-long slumber though.
Torii Hunter looks like a scared rookie.  Deer in headlights.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/05/13 at 11:52 PM ET

I wouldn’t have gone with Smyly.  I’d have left Justin in there.

Posted by Primis on 10/05/13 at 11:59 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Given the situation—a chance to put Oakland squarely behind the eight-ball, I probably would have taken my chances and brought him back for the 8th too.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:03 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Given the situation—a chance to put Oakland squarely behind the eight-ball, I probably would have taken my chances and brought him back for the 8th too.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:03 AM ET

Instead we burn Smyly and now get Al Al, and screw that.

Posted by Primis on 10/06/13 at 12:05 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Al Al can be a nasty bitch when that slider is biting hard like that, but he’s about as unpredictable as a tornado—luckily we go the good Al Al tonight

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:15 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

of course I was assuming JL would take him out after the last half inning

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:25 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Al Al can be a nasty bitch when that slider is biting hard like that, but he’s about as unpredictable as a tornado—luckily we go the good Al Al tonight

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:15 AM ET

Or not judging by the fisrt 2 batters in the 9th.

Posted by Primis on 10/06/13 at 12:25 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Earlier I said this team will only go as far as their starting pitching will take them—but with the bullpen and offense sucking ass this badly—even that may be optimistic.

The starting pitching was brilliant, and it was only good enough for a split.  The Tigers lose 1-0 for what seems like the twentieth time in the past month.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:34 AM ET

Primis's avatar

The Tigers lose 1-0 for what seems like the twentieth time in the past month.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/06/13 at 12:34 AM ET

The 3rd time in 6 postseason games the Tigers have been shut out.  They have scored only 6 runs in their last 5 games (playoff or reg. season) total.

Posted by Primis on 10/06/13 at 11:27 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Not looking good for the Tigers, losing 3-6 going to the bottom of the 9th.

What happened to their bats???

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/07/13 at 04:28 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

What happened to their bats???

they don’t come out ‘til night

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 10/07/13 at 05:32 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Nice bounce back win today.  The Tigers showed a lot of character.  Looks like JV in game 5. 

Go Tigers!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/08/13 at 10:29 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

Is it just me or does it seem like Mitch Albom only writes Detroit sports articles when the team has a poor regular season or is about to be eliminated from the playoffs???

Posted by pgoody on 10/09/13 at 11:00 AM ET

monkey's avatar

What happened to their bats???

Don’t worry, you’ll see them soon enough.  Poor bastard.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 10/09/13 at 08:17 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

R U M B E A R !!!!!

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/09/13 at 08:55 PM ET

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