Abel to Yzerman
Fox Sports Detroit is smelling very much like shit right now. Michael Petrella, of The Production Line, tweeted yesterday that the Wings had absolutely nothing to do with the firing of Larry Murphy. JJ's got the chronology here. That's important, because if the organ-I-zation had directed it, but wanted it kept on the DL, you could see FS-Detroit falling on their sword and looking like the bad guy in order to maintain a good relationship with the Ilitch brood.
But...not so fast.
With Petrella's info that the Wings were as shocked as the rest of us? Well, that's downright irresponsible on the part of Fox. Stupid, really.
The 19 will be well represented at the Cuddly Panda Center tonite. Surfer Ken will be holding a sign you won't be seeing on Fox Sports Detroit.
DET sit 7th in the Conference today; 3 points from 4th, and 3 points from 11th.
Last GDT I was predicting all doom and gloom for this road trip - and we won? That just proves how little I know about hockey.
But I do know about superstition - there is no chance in hell for Detroit today; we are doomed. Play it Slow-hand!
And it starts, as it must, with the transplants. Tomorrow, at Anaheim's Honda Center, the movement must begin. With the entire FS-Detroit audience listening, we need the Wing fans in attendance to start a simple chant, a ditty that will begin here on the left coast and spread east. "Bring Back Mur-phy". To the tune, of course, of "Lets Go Red Wings".
Wing bloggers, and all you silent mainstream media readers: a little help on this effort would be appreciated. Larry Murphy fired due to ratings? What survey did any of you participate in, Wing fans? Did anyone ask you what would make the product better? How do you fire an on-air talent, claim it's ratings-driven, but ask for no feedback from the audience?
Bring Back Mur-phy.
Detroit's next JLA game is 31 March, against Chicago. We have a week to get this thing off the ground. Transplants in Anaheim, Phoenix, Northern California? It starts with you. Get the ball rolling and those in Detroyet will bring it home.
This was captured and posted this morning by A2Y's RWBill. It's one of the greatest things I've ever seen. We, the 19, thank you fans of all other teams. We thank you for despising our Wings, and even us. We know why you do, and it's awesome. Enjoy this picture, just as we've enjoyed watching our Wings rule this league since 1997.
We brought a Brazilian refugee to Detroit. Getting Larry Murphy re-hired by the shrivs at Fox? That should be cake.
Here's a link to a petition. Sign it. Let's get Murph back between the benches where he damn well belongs.
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.
We're about to Live Blog a shipwreck.
The Wings currently sit 7th in the traffic jam for Western Confernce playoff position, 3 points ahead of twelfth place NSH; thats the good news. The bad news, well, it may be a small miracle if DET manage to collect a point the rest of the month. DET take their 5-6-2 road record to the away-and-away with ANA (13-1 at home - thank you Gary; ass), then go to PHX (10-5-1 at home), and finish the road-trip at SJS (8-1-4 at home) before ending the month hosting CHI (13-2-2 away). 10 points on the table, 4 teams chasing DET for playoff spots including SJS and PHX.
Hard Times (if you like the blues, you really should click the link). LGRW
Look. Richard Harris was "A Man Called Horse". Have you seen it? You should. He was a bad, bad man. A tough man. So, why then--in 1968--did he feel the need to sing a song like MacArthur Park?
It's an age-old mystery, rivaled only now by this question:
Why would Ryan Suter and his BFF Zach Parise go to Minnesota where they'll never win anything more than a division crown (if that) when they could have gone to Detroit or Chicago or Pittsburgh, where Cups would have been guaranteed?
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