Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 03/21/07 at 03:54 PM ET
Look, I'm not saying I'm some kind of hockey genius. I'm very, very smart and have a child-like charm that keeps all 12 of you coming back.
But a hockey genius? Certainly not. Just a Red Wing fan who happened to see into the future on a cross country flight while a fat men slept just a few inches to my left.
Yes, I write this on the way to Sailortown, USA also known as San Diego. And I write after having just watched an NBC inflight mini-doc on Sidney Crosby. Midway through I saw the end of May, and with it came the re-birth of hockey in the U.S.
Good God!, you're saying. He's having, as Shooter said in "Hoosiers", strange visions. I most certainly am. What are they you ask?
Thank you for asking. Thank you kindly. I see Crosby in the Finals. I see a city that almost lost its team ride a euphoric Crosby-led wave right to the cusp of glory. And, yes, there he will meet...
...your Detroit Red Wings. You must believe me when I tell you that I saw this unfold so very clearly. The Kid against The Rejuvenated Dynasty.
I see seven games. I see shutouts and offensive explosions. I see double overtimes and I see players dealing with pain and playing through it....inflamed discs or not.
I see a mainstream media frenzy, their hands forced because the story is just too good to ignore. I see a hockey fan base formerly split in their feelings about Chris Chelios come together as one, pitchforks and torches at the ready, as they watch Cheli abuse The Kid.
And I see heartbreak that will light a fire for redemption. I see Steve Yzerman visiting a crestfallen Crosby in a somber Pen room, consoling him as the Conn Smythe sits lonely in the corner.
The fat guy is nodding and drooling and I'm considering poking him in the neck with my coffee straw. My vision is fading, but I believe it. I see it and will make my playoff guarantee now.
Wings over Pens in 7.
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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977. No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y. Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation. There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature. Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org