Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 10/15/07 at 09:59 PM ET
The Attendance Dilemma even has the reputable mainstreamers sniffing glue. Bob Duff, who typically keeps a level head for the Windsor Star, has bought into the Euro-conspiracy.
Study the history of this so-called Hockeytown and one thing you’ll learn is this: They don’t take a hankering to foreigners.
When things went wrong for the Wings in the 1990s, it was always Sergei Fedorov’s fault. Hasek and Datsyuk took much of the heat for last season’s playoff departure.
Whether they come on four wheels or two blades, the Motor City won’t pay for imports.
Hasek and Datsyuk took much of the blame for last year’s playoff loss? I’m sorry. What? Says who?
Peel another layer back Bob. Yes, Datsyuk took his fair share of abuse due to the postseason “failures” of his past/youth. But last year?
Yes, Sergei Fedorov was a lightning rod for criticism. But so was Paul Coffey and so was Manny Legace. But, see, whether the fans hated them or liked them, they still paid to see ‘em.
I’m not gonna buy into this anti-Euro garbage. It’s a crock and it’s a crutch. Detroit doesn’t “take a hankering to foreigners”? Dammit Bob. You’re right. Hockeytown hated them some Russians didn’t they? Larionov? Run out of town. Fetisov? Despised. Kozlov? Well, he took his fair share of abuse, but he was a streaky little bastard. And Wing fans don’t like streaky. Almost forgot about Konstantinov: hated, right Bob? Not to mention all those Canadiens, since they’re technically “foreigners”.
I’m not talking about attendance anymore. I mean it this time.
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