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Finally…Someone Who Gets It

You know…we don’t ask for much.  As Wing fans, we don’t want you to like us.  We don’t want gifts.  We’re not looking to recruit you if you’ve ever had a fleeting affection for any team other than Baby Jesus’ favorite.  All we want is honesty.  And when I say “honesty”, I mean the occasional admission that our team is better than yours.  From top to bottom: from drafting to scouting to management to coaching to excellence on the ice. 

What we’re asking for is this…

Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Big Red Borg conduct their activities around one common purpose…to expand their ever-increasing dominance in the NHL, overtake ever NHL opponent they come across and to add the biological and technological distinctiveness of those other opponents into their own in pursuit of hockey perfection.

Or in other words…they’ve come looking to kick our collective butts, much as they have done to others all season long.

Exactly. 

 

I’d suggest that this manifesto should be mandatory reading for all NHL fans, particularly those in cities where hockey fans have found it hard to come to grips with the fact that dynasties are good for sport, good for hockey and that one is alive and well in Hockeytown.  That, in case you’re new to A2Y, is called Swagger.  And we bathe in it.

Oh, and your daily Hart monitor from the same genius bit of prose…

Then there is Detroit’s own human cyborg, Nicklas Lidstrom. At the age of 40 he seems to never wear down…if anything he just gets better as he advances throughout the years. He’s dished out 17 assists so far to go along with 3 goals and is a +3 during this 2010-11 NHL campaign. He career +434 is, dare I say, almost superhuman.

I’m not sure if I’ve said this recently, but man…it’s good to be a Wing fan.

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Lucce's avatar

Before away game!

Opposing team press:

Insert free compliments here [    ]

Kind regards

Wings fans

Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 11/24/10 at 10:42 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

resistance is futile

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 11/24/10 at 11:09 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I take exception! He said TPH is ALMOST superhuman. That’s blasphemy.


It’ll be nice to see the wings take on the Blackhawks southern franchise tonight. I don’t have to work tomorrow so hangovers are on the table. LETS GO RED WINGS

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/24/10 at 11:16 AM ET

Alan's avatar

I’ll be at this game tonight. As my comment from the AJC blog says (Yes, I am Alan R. there), I’ll be sporting an Atlanta sweater tonight, the red third sweater.

I’ll be quite pleased if both of my teams come away with points tonight. I’ll be cheering every goal, every save, every hit. It’s the only way I can handle it, otherwise my head would explode.

My two favorite teams going against each other is always a fun time for me.

Go ThrasheRed Wings!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 11:19 AM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

It’ll be nice to see the wings take on the Blackhawks southern franchise tonight

Haha does this mean we can start referring to the Chicago Blackhocks as “Atlanta’s farm team”?  Because that would be sweeet.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 11/24/10 at 11:23 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Haha does this mean we can start referring to the Chicago Blackhocks as “Atlanta’s farm team”?  Because that would be sweeet.

+1

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 11:24 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

I’ll be at this game tonight. As my comment from the AJC blog says (Yes, I am Alan R. there), I’ll be sporting an Atlanta sweater tonight, the red third sweater.
I’ll be quite pleased if both of my teams come away with points tonight. I’ll be cheering every goal, every save, every hit. It’s the only way I can handle it, otherwise my head would explode.
My two favorite teams going against each other is always a fun time for me.
Go ThrasheRed Wings!
Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 09:19 AM ET


Sounds to me like somebody hoping for a shootout.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 11/24/10 at 11:38 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Sounds to me like somebody hoping for a shootout.

You could say that. I just want both of my teams to benefit.  I think any fan of two teams going against each other would feel the same way.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 11:49 AM ET

Twig's avatar

I just want both of my teams to benefit.  I think any fan of two teams going against each other would feel the same way.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 09:49 AM ET

i don’t know how you pull it off, man.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 11/24/10 at 11:53 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Well we don’t like shootouts Alan, so heres to a good game that we win w/o the skills competition cheese

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 11/24/10 at 12:02 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Well we don’t like shootouts Alan, so heres to a good game that we win w/o the skills competition cheese

“We” could mean either team, to me… wink

I’ll settle for overtime. No shootouts, although that’s something Pavelec has been pretty weak at (Pavelec has yet to win a shootout).

i don’t know how you pull it off, man.

Well… when one is in the west, and one is in the east, it makes it pretty easy. If we played each other four or more times a season, I don’t know how I would be able to function.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 12:11 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

My wife is a Wings and Sabres fan. I end up watching Buffalo a lot, but those games are as enjoyable for me as I imagine making out with one’s sister would be. Sure, it’s kissing and maybe a little heavy petting, but it’s your sister.

I could wear another team’s jersey, but it’s difficult to root for anyone else unless I’m rooting against some opponent.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/24/10 at 12:23 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Well… when one is in the west, and one is in the east, it makes it pretty easy. If we played each other four or more times a season, I don’t know how I would be able to function.

I get it…it’s like having two dogs. You love them both.  And if, on occasion, the one dog comes in and makes the other one its little bitch?  Well it doesn’t mean you have to love either one any less.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 11/24/10 at 12:27 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I get it…it’s like having two dogs. You love them both.  And if, on occasion, the one dog comes in and makes the other one its little bitch?  Well it doesn’t mean you have to love either one any less.

This, in a nutshell, is pretty much the feeling.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/24/10 at 12:38 PM ET

Twig's avatar

I get it…it’s like having two dogs. You love them both.  And if, on occasion, the one dog comes in and makes the other one its little bitch?  Well it doesn’t mean you have to love either one any less.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 11/24/10 at 10:27 AM ET

see, now i get it. thanks!

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 11/24/10 at 12:38 PM ET

edillac's avatar

Swagger - playing JoeyMac a couple of times,
I wanna see it,Jimmy needs a message

Posted by edillac from isolation on 11/24/10 at 12:42 PM ET

Trish's avatar

And if, on occasion, the one dog comes in and makes the other one its little bitch?

Photobucket

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 11/24/10 at 12:56 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 11/24/10 at 10:56 AM ET

Nice, Trish, but that there’s a pus….uhh…well, look, I didn’t say anything about being a Denver fan.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 11/24/10 at 01:05 PM ET

Trish's avatar

lol
I mightta been a bit confused, those teams are all starting to blend together.  Or perhaps that is how assimilation appears from the inside of the cube . . .  cool hmm

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 11/24/10 at 01:34 PM ET

Cwix's avatar

The Big Red Borg conduct their activities around one common purpose…to expand their ever-increasing dominance in the NHL, overtake ever NHL opponent they come across and to add the biological and technological distinctiveness of those other opponents into their own in pursuit of hockey perfection.

Or in other words…they’ve come looking to kick our collective butts, much as they have done to others all season long.

Shouldn’t that go on the right sidebar, Chief?

Posted by Cwix from Grand Rapids, now Chicago, IL on 11/24/10 at 02:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The Big Red Borg conduct their activities around one common purpose…to expand their ever-increasing dominance in the NHL, overtake ever NHL opponent they come across and to add the biological and technological distinctiveness of those other opponents into their own in pursuit of hockey perfection.

I love the Stark Trek reference. You must assimilate. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/24/10 at 02:35 PM ET

kcameron's avatar

Best thread ever! Aminal sex and incest! Where’s the Iranian porn?

Posted by kcameron from Portland OR on 11/24/10 at 04:32 PM ET

Osrt's avatar

I wanna see it,Jimmy needs a message

Posted by edillac

What message? That not losing a game means you don’t start after two days rest?

I understand that he isn’t controlling rebounds that well and off angle sometimes but, as has been said earlier, those are mental mistakes. If you want Jimmah to get mentally tougher and ready for long playoff runs, then you push him now when we have “points in the bank,” as Kenny said so eloquently.

No, swagger isn’t playing the emergency goalie for an un-needed message. Swagger is preparing for April in November.

Posted by Osrt on 11/24/10 at 04:52 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

No, swagger isn’t playing the emergency goalie for an un-needed message. Swagger is preparing for April in November.
Posted by Osrt

Agree
Jimmy is playing fine, the rest of the team could help by limiting SOGA.

He is as human as the rest of the Wings, and some nights are going to be better than others.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 11/24/10 at 05:43 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

What message?

Posted by Osrt on 11/24/10 at 02:52 PM ET

I think he meant “massage.”  I agree. Send that boy a message. And, much like when Jimmy starts, a happy ending should naturally be assumed.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 11/24/10 at 05:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

ATL’s not a pushover team anymore.  Those guys can stand up to the heavyweights and come out smelling like a rose such as this one.

Just because we see these guys once (I still want Tick Tock’s proposal of a home-and-home series against each team from the other conference) doesn’t mean they’re any less formidable.  That’s a good team they have there.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 11/24/10 at 05:53 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Love how the ass faced ATL fans start tossing shit at Detroit and Wings Fans in the comment section of the Atlanta Urinal & Constipation article though. 

They have exactly NOTHING to be talking smack about hockeywise in ATL.

NOTHING.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 11/24/10 at 07:15 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Love how the ass faced ATL fans start tossing shit at Detroit and Wings Fans in the comment section of the Atlanta Urinal & Constipation article though. 
They have exactly NOTHING to be talking smack about hockeywise in ATL.
NOTHING.
Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...Red Wing Central… on 11/24/10 at 05:15 PM

sURE THEY Do. The Flames won the Cup in 1989. Oh wait, that was nine years after they left Atlanta.

Here is a great highlight reel of the Thrashers playoff history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY1TGAML0t4

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/24/10 at 07:42 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