Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 11/01/09 at 09:53 AM ET
Just when you thought Pittsburgh fans and media had settled into comfortable acceptance that the Pens are actually Stanley Cup champs? In rides another idiot to prove that this particular community of “fans” and media has no concept how to deal with success.
Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.
After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.
Paul posted a lot more at the main page, but it really boils down to that closing passage.
Cup champs. Best record in the league. Living in a city that has had more pro sports success than any other the last two years…and still their inferiority complex is so severe that they can’t stop focusing on the Wings. It’s what we’ve said it would be and it’s awesome.
I guess, though, when you have a “captain” like this….
So in a crucial point in the game, Zidlicky took Crosby off the ice for seven minutes. In the third, Brent Burns got away with snapping Crosby’s stick in half (Crosby was called for the same thing earlier in the game on Mikko Koivu). Crosby was furious there was no call, threw up his arms and got a new stick with play stopped. Then, he kept on yelling at the ref after the linesman blew his whistle. So on a PP, the linesman dropped the puck and the Wild cleared the zone. And then Crosby was upset at that.
Antics like this are the reason why many people say Crosby doesn’t get superstar calls. You can’t be throwing up your arms and screaming at refs all game long. I respect the tremendous stardom and competitiveness all the time from Crosby. He’s a phenomenal player, but he definitely lost his cool tonight.
What’s amazing is Crosby played 23 minutes, 46 seconds and took nine penalty minutes, meaning he spent less than half the game on the Pittsburgh bench.
No one here has ever doubted Rosby’s ability. He’s a phenomenal talent, an amazing player. He’s also a little bitch. A whiner who disgraces the C worn by actual leaders.
Back to Red Wing arrogance. Yes. It is a staple of this organ-I-zation and it’s deserved. Nobody, not a single franchise anywhere, has had the level of sustained superior performance the Wings have displayed for nearly twenty consecutive years. That’s a dynasty. Put that in quotes and throw it back at me if you want, even if you claim to be a Wing fan. It is what it is. A dynasty.
And you’re damn right…we, the fans, are just as arrogant. Don’t like it? Too bad. Don’t want to hear about it? It’s not a law to read this blog or any other Wing blog.
Just how arrogant? Arrogant enough to scoff at the legions of bitter Wing haters who point to our current circumstance and predict the Wings will actually miss the playoffs. We’re stockpiling that stuff. Stowing it away.
The Wings are 5-4-3, 11th in the conference, nine points behind Denver. Are we nervous? Yes. But more because it’s just an unusual scenario and we’re not eager to accept it. Want to know why the realists among us are sitting back, silently watching the riots? Because the Wings have Ken Holland and Jim Nill and Mike Babcock and Steve Yzerman. Even Jimmy Devellano. The greatest collection of hockey minds anywhere.
But Fil’s down, Franzen’s out..we’ve lost 130 goals. Osgood’s inconsistent, the defense is leaky, Brad McCrimmon is still employed.
Don’t care. The ship will be righted. Take a look at last night and tell me. Was that a fluke or was that the way this team can, and eventually will, consistently play.
Arrogance is not stumbled upon. It doesn’t take you by surprise and it’s not misguided. It’s earned and it’s healthy and it’s ours.
Again, as we said yesterday, climb off if you want. Seek another wagon. Those who stay on this one will be rewarded, as usual.
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