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Entries with the tag: attendance
The Attendance Dilemma even has the reputable mainstreamers sniffing glue. Bob Duff, who typically keeps a level head for the Windsor Star, has bought into the Euro-conspiracy.
Study the history of this so-called Hockeytown and one thing you’ll learn is this: They don’t take a hankering to foreigners.
When things went wrong for the Wings in the 1990s, it was always Sergei Fedorov’s fault. Hasek and Datsyuk took much of the heat for last season’s playoff departure.
Whether they come on four wheels or two blades, the Motor City won’t pay for imports.
I told you I wasn’t going to talk about attendance anymore, so I will today. But only because my hand has been forced…again. Apparently, there’s a guy in Grand Rapids who hosts some show on some radio station that some people probably listen to.
I don’t know if Bill Simonson is genetically an idiot, or if today was the exception. I don’t know because I’ve never heard of him before.
It won’t be just a local story this time. Nope. The Wing win last night, as fun as it was to see, will be secondary to the echo chamber they played in. As Mike Emrich and Ed Olczyk did their pre-game deal on camera, the results of Red Wing apathy jumped out at us on Versus. A thousand empty seats just minutes before faceoff.
So prepare yourselves because that’s going to be the story today. When Detroit can’t fill the Joe on opening night against a team that barely beat us in the conference final…well, just stand by.
Jeremy Bonderman’s hurt. The Lions have begun their trek to glory. Tiger Woods won again and I’m sure a redneck drove pretty fast before taking his sister out for a romantic dinner. So finding Wing news today may be tough.
But not as tough as it was a month ago. Thankfully.
Here’s the great thing about blogging. One guy (the emperor) points to an article about the Wings offering some 9 buck tickets, then a few other guys scoff or applaud the move. Then a reader who happens to be a fellow blogger drops a few bombs in the comment section until she’s formed her argument to the extent she’s ready to post it on her own site. At that point, I read it, agree or disagree, and point you right back to both, throwing in my own elitist views for good measure.
And away we go.
Pointing you to a couple of places this morning addressing Wednesday's Oil/Wing game, the crowd at JLA and the hit on Williams. First, a dose of bitterness from Alanah at Hot Oil (a recent addition to the blogroll on the left).
Whenever I hear Detroit referred to as "Hockeytown" without a trace of irony, it's all I can do to keep my head from exploding. Hockeytown, my ass. In a true "Hockeytown," fans would stick around the arena until the final buzzer or, you know, actually sell out the games in the first place. In a true "Hockeytown," the cheers when Winchester was knocked flat on his back tonight would have been deafening. In reality, all the TSN microphones were able to pick up were a few halfhearted "whoo"s. Pathetic.I grudgingly see her point (although it would have been better received had it not come the day after the Wings dominated her team). Dead crowd, or so it appeared on tv, last night too. Two big rivalry games and a fairly mild audience. Before you blame the fans though, Alanah, you might want to point the finger at the organ-I-zation. While we're on the subject of the Oil/Wing game, we return to The Hit. I've expressed my opinion that I believe it was clean. Some of you disagreed, and I can see why. It's turned into quite the debate. I'm going to point you to two different sites where opinions are being intelligently expressed. Matt Saler and Brian List are really nailing this topic at On The Wings, as is Jeff from SISU Hockey. I suggest you visit both sites and read the accumulation of opinions on the Torres hit, and hits to the head in general.