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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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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Whew!

Anybody gonna LB the Lions playoff game on Saturday?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Damnit I wanna see Bert throw Ott in the bench.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Not the prettiest game but I’ll take the 2 points.  Jimmy seemed to be off from the stellar play we are used to tonight.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Bert threw Ott in to the bench!! SHOW ME!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ott with the cheap shot on Pavs. Douche puke-bitch.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Repeat after me kids—Any road win’s a good win.

Hell yes!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

That’s a win bitches.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

That was awesome Bert.  Good for you.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

WOO HOO - WINGS 5-4!  Awesome!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Yippee! Eat it Dall@$$.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/04/12 at 12:34 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

WOW!  Unibomber Returns!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

Wingfan191's avatar

Sounded like a crazy last minute, but good to hear we held on to win.

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

It’s a win!  It’s a ROAD win! 

Yea Wings !!!!!

(Did the Captain really punch somebody?)

Off to watch the rest of the Michigan game.

‘Nite, Bitches!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Whew!

Anybody gonna LB the Lions playoff game on Saturday?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 01/03/12 at 10:34 PM ET


Sounds like a plan to me.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

SYF's avatar

24 wins for the Jimmy.

Love the heads up by Franzen and Serial Killer after the cheap shot on Dangles.

I lost a few pounds in that last minute.  Wow!

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

3 Wings stars:
Flip
Huds
ehh..lets give it White.

Hon. mention to Gustav for being awesome in limited minutes and recording a point.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Lets go Redwings…back to watching Canada vs Russia..nite nite..

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/04/12 at 12:35 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Touchdown BLUE!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/04/12 at 12:36 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Touchdown MEEEEEEEchigan

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/04/12 at 12:36 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Night all.
Switching in 3-2-................................

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/04/12 at 12:37 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

I get to see TPH punch someone, Bert own Ott and flip back to the Sugar bowl just in time for a jump ball Michigan touchdown

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 01/04/12 at 12:37 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Missed the live blog, like I have done to many lately, and just went to start my recording to find out it is corrupted.  Missed the entire fuching game.  Pretty angry right now.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/04/12 at 12:37 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Ott with the cheap shot on Pavs. Douche puke-bitch.

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 10:34 PM ET

Yeah, taking a run at a guy as he’s going off the ice.  Dude’s a colossal douche bag.  Always has been.  Hopefully Pavel will put him on his ass next time they meet up.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 12:38 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

(Did the Captain really punch somebody?)

Yep. Accidental, but hard. Had the left hand free and tried to spin morrow in the corner. Morrow turns into him and Nick’s left gets up and pops him good.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/04/12 at 12:38 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yeah - Go WINGS and Go BLUES!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/04/12 at 12:39 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Both Mule and Serial Killer dumped Ott into the bench and the refs let it go.  For once, they did something right.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/04/12 at 12:39 AM ET

jimathor's avatar

That’ll do pig, that’ll do.

Rather enjoying Bert willing to stand up for the team/himself/anyone the last few games, particularly in that little throw of the douchenozzle that is Ott.

As it is, I will take that road win as a definite sign of progress for us away from home. Lovely.

Not sure what i’m working, so Saturday may be a no-go. We shall see.

Meanwhile, I’ve got a 6000 word deadline due in about, ohh, 8 hours. Time to get this beast printed and done.

Night all!

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/04/12 at 12:42 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Touchdown MEEEEEEEchigan

Ah, Bob Ufer.  Takes me back.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/04/12 at 12:43 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 01/03/12 at 10:42 PM ET

Thanks for hanging with us tonight, jimathor.  Best of luck on the paper.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/04/12 at 12:45 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

“Joe Louis Punch.”  Holy… who remembers that?

Posted by SYF from “Balls Hill” on 01/03/12 at 10:32 PM ET

Someone from the Cosmic Dust.

G’nite Master Chief. Godspeed.

Nighty, nite. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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

42jeff's avatar

Big Blue going to OT against the Hokies.

GO BLUE!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/04/12 at 01:48 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Whaaaat? Nobody else here?  A replay gift and a shanked field goal by VT.

GO BLUE!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/04/12 at 01:56 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Brady Hoke is an idiot… or whomever told the Michigan player to go on defense first.  The Hokies just drove some 80 yards on you to tie the game and you give them the ball in OT?  Unfriggin’believable.

Posted by calquake on 01/04/12 at 01:56 AM ET

calquake's avatar

And that catch was a touchdown… Michigan fans would be screaming if that was reversed.

Posted by calquake on 01/04/12 at 01:59 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Michigan fans would be screaming if that was reversed.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 11:59 PM ET

True dat.

But I’ll take it.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/04/12 at 01:59 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Considering other calls that have gone against the Blue in the past I’ll take it also but I’m not going to boast about it like some UM fans will do.  Have a good night 42jeff.

Posted by calquake on 01/04/12 at 02:04 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Youtube user, awood40, has posted short clips from last night’s game against the Steers.

Zata to Fils to Happy.

Nyquist’s first NHL point (Emmerton goal).

Datsyuk Steals, Franzen Laser.

If you haven’t already and you have a youtube account, subscribe to awood40’s channel.  The man’s got one jaw-dropping Wings channel.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/04/12 at 03:18 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Also, I found a blog by a California Wings fan named Courtney Dunagan.

She found some OUTSTANDING pics she posted from the Wings past.  Some of them, I’ve never seen before.

And even though her blog is on temporary hiatus, it’s for a GREAT reason:

I haven’t been able to update my blog for awhile because I was waiting to hear on some GREAT news. Recently I was given the opportunity to join the Detroit Red Wings organization as a Public Relations and Community Relations Game Night Volunteer for the 2011-2012 season. As a sports management graduate student and as a fan who has a great respect for the Detroit Red Wings team and organization, you can imagine how thrilled I am to be able to now be apart of it.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/04/12 at 03:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Bobby Ryan almost scored another highlight reel goal.  At about 3:45 left in the second period, he put a spin move on Brent Burns you just gotta see.  He didn’t finish but oh man, it was sweet.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/05/12 at 01:28 AM ET

monkey's avatar

The Hokies just drove some 80 yards on you to tie the game and you give them the ball in OT?  Unfriggin’believable.

I don’t see the problem.  Both teams are guaranteed at least one possession in OT.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/05/12 at 05:11 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