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Bye OLN, Hello NBC and Don’t Try To Pretend It Shouldn’t Be ESPN Because You Know It Should Be

A new year. A new network. The same commissioner which means the same pathetic, tired excuses for not having the world’s only sports network as the true and just host for hockey.

But hey, the house that Costas built can pretend they’re a hockey haven, eh?  Hey, Gary? Did Lorne Michaels tell you we need a shootout in tonite’s game too? Just wondering.

Whatever.  I started writing this Live Blog at 2300, something like 12 hours before the game actually starts because I literally overslept the last one. I picked it up again this morning at 0600, two hours before it starts at 8pm.  I don’t understand it and I don’t expect you to either.  But here’s something to chew on: we used to hate Dallas when they were in our division. That was a nifty little venom-fest for a few years with crazy Eddie and fat Hitch and Choppers and the gang.  Then they went away.  Some of the bile remained and now everybody hates Steve Ott.  But that’s league-wide and I try to avoid lumping us in with fans of other teams because I’m pretty sure we don’t share their…sophistication.

And we’ll hate them again soon, Dallas that is.  Because Gary’s bringing them back to us, placing them in the Konstantinov division with us and Baby Brother and Bubba and the Hummers and the Brittle Bitches and the token Candian(en)s plus Pinky.  So we can be all apathetic and shit when it comes to hating the Stars tonite, but that’s gotta change and we’ll make that transition over the summer.

Meanwhile?

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

12 in ‘12.

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TheRealYooper's avatar

feels like a week since the wings played last. there is snow on the ground, the tempiture this morning was below 0F. in my book that means there should be red wings hockey.

game on bitches.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 08:29 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

By definition, any team not named the RedWings is a potential target for venom. Being the sophisticates that we are, we do save it for only the most vile which includes such street suckers as the Sharks and Penguins. The Stars will have to wait.

Posted by joedaiceman on 01/03/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Heaton's avatar

I’m still surprised that you want the NHL on ESPN Chief.  The NHL was treated horribly when they were on ESPN the first time, nothing will have changed.  OLN, Versus, NBC whatever is the best place and the fact that they’re making an effort is 100% more than whatever ESPN would’ve done.

Posted by Heaton on 01/03/12 at 08:35 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

ESPN can bite my ass. That network’s a joke.

That said… NBC can bite my ass. That network’s also a joke.

Screw CSN, Altitude, and Root Sports while we’re at it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/03/12 at 08:46 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Being the sophisticates that we are,.......

I like the way you think.  Welcome to the Hasek. Grab a seat, help yourself to a beer.  Nah, don’t worry, the bartender is AWOL and the owner is cruising the seven seas.

Rumor has it there is a bowel game of note tonight.  RW Bill has been careening south bound for a gathering of the faithful in the Super Dome. (In my mind, I picture the Blues Brothers rolling towards Joliet.)  Surely those folks at NBC Spurts Network will keep us, uh um, abreast, of the situation.

Let’s Go Red Wings !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/03/12 at 08:46 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Yep,  RWBill will be at the Sugar Bowl. Asked me, on Twitter, to tell all of you that he’ll miss the LB tonight, but for a good reason.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!  LET’S GO BLUE !!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/03/12 at 08:50 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Hockey Weather -  Absolutely - We even had snow @ Washington DC today and it was below freezing….

(12 n 12)
Lets Go Red Wings!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/03/12 at 09:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Ahoy, Sailor.  Loud and Proud from the Vinson, we hear you.

A new year. A new network. The same commissioner…

IF they hire Gary Thorne and Bill Clement from the Disney Channel, I’d be a lot more forgiving.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/12 at 09:08 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Chief I think you just broke 3 or more of your New Years resolutions, and I thank You.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/03/12 at 09:35 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

IF they hire Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

I miss Thorne.  Clement I can do without.  LGRW!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 09:39 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I see that OLN…err..Versus….errr…NBC Sports just selected Pavel’s “wind-aided ” goal as the

#2 highlight of the Winter Classic games thus far.  Gee I wonder what #1 was??  Remember,

no picking on the savior of hockey.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/03/12 at 09:50 PM ET

Avatar

Go Wings and Go Blue.

To Howie and Shoelace

Posted by selke13 on 01/03/12 at 09:52 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

12 in ‘12.

Evenin’ Bitches. Hey Sailor. Great Resolutions to throw overboard.

I never make any so, I never break any.

Tonite my lucky half(and I) are celebrating 39 years of him being the luckiest man in the world.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 09:53 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Congrats on your anniversary, Kate!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/03/12 at 09:54 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Mike Milbury is the biggest sack of chit to spew on the airwaves….. good gravy.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/03/12 at 09:54 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I still remember how douche canoe wouldn’t shut up about the wind at our winter classic. The best part was all the other announcers ignoring him, he was like a little baby desperately trying to climb up into his highchair so he could sit with the adults. Good memories. . .

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 09:54 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

celebrating 39 years of him being the luckiest man in the world.

nice. someday i too will be celebrating that.  if the creek don’t rise and the corn comes in.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 09:56 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I still remember how douche canoe wouldn’t shut up about the wind at our winter classic. The best part was all the other announcers ignoring him, he was like a little baby desperately trying to climb up into his highchair so he could sit with the adults. Good memories. . .

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 07:54 PM ET

No one talked about more than Douche Canoe at the last WC.  Holy hell, just STFU, Pee-air.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/12 at 09:57 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

@-MsRedWinger. I didn’t take any offense from the comment on the GDT.  Sorry if I came off the wrong way.

It’s all good.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 09:57 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Evening 19.  Nice to see the Chief in playoff form today.  Tonight’s as good a time as any to start to turn this awful road record around.

LGRW!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 10:00 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 07:57 PM ET

Oh good!  Thanks!

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/03/12 at 10:00 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Thanks one and all for the nice Congrats. It ain’t easy being hitched for eons. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 10:00 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. As always, gimme a Win.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 10:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

FSD Feed.  It’s unusually choppy.  It may help to clear your cache to run.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/12 at 10:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Arrrggghhhxxx…brb, 19.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/12 at 10:01 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Has Kenny Albert always lacked a neck?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 10:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Hey bitches, just popped in to say hello.  No LB for me tonight, gotta catch the Maize and Blue.  Praying Michigan goes two for two.

LGRW and Go Blue.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/03/12 at 10:02 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Mike Milbury is the biggest sack of chit to spew on the airwaves….. good gravy.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 01/03/12 at 07:54 PM ET

What happened with that whole weird incident anyway?  For some reason I assumed Milbiury was still in jail.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 10:03 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

In the Glass should be changed to, Up the Ass.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 10:04 PM ET

calquake's avatar

It ain’t easy being hitched for eons.

But it beats the hell out of the alternative.  Congrats Kate to you and the lucky half.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 10:05 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

What happened with that whole weird incident anyway?

The charges were dropped. Meaning, Pay-off.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 10:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Another FSD feed that seems a little less grumpy.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/12 at 10:07 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I’m watching Michigan and listening to Ken and Paul for the Wings.  Don’t know how much I’ll be in here for the LB but…

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/03/12 at 10:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Best wishes to you and yours, Kate.  Slainte.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/03/12 at 10:08 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

But it beats the hell out of the alternative.  Congrats Kate to you and the lucky half.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 08:05 PM ET

Thanks Quake. Wait, there is an alternative?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 10:08 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 08:06 PM ET

Thanks Kate.  And Congrats on the 39 years.  A toast to you both!  Cheers.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 10:10 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Thanks Quake. Wait, there is an alternative?

Yes, but for men it involves lotion and a box of kleenex.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 10:10 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Congratulations Kate!  Awesome! smile

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/03/12 at 10:11 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

find it hard to believe cole only got three games for the hit on abby. not because the hit was so bad, but because of his past.

game on bitches

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 10:11 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Happy New Year everyone.

Season of sucking on the road continuing or are we turning over a new leaf in the New Year?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 10:11 PM ET

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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: wphoulihan@gmail.com