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JFH On The Verge And We’ve Got Business To Tend To

One more day in sunny Rhode Island and then some semblance of regular posting will continue.  Tonite? 

Trouble's brewing, brother.  More on that in a quick minute.

James Tiberius Howard is close (and it's probably a done deal by now) to a six-year contract extension.  Ok, Kenny.  We trust you.  Really...and that's despite recent troubles.

But I'm curious.

Jimmy Howard's staying.  He loves Detroit.  He could have gotten equal money in lots of other places.  But he loves Detroit.   You know who else finds Detroit to be ok?  Reggie Bush.  Prince Fielder. Torii Hunter. Anibal Sanchez.  Yes, all signed for big bucks. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that new safety.  Big name players who could write their own tickets in warmer spots, in cities with better reputations.  It's just strange.

Briefly, I'm not buying the "Detroit isn't a nice place to live and play" argument now anymore than I ever have.  Good players in other sports are coming here because they feel the teams they join offer good chances to win.

All that stuff needs to be tabled now, until this summer most likely.  For now, the Wings hang barely on to 8th.  A disgusting place, really, when you consider that Chicago awaits unless Detroit wins a lot and moves up quickly.  Disgusting because this team is not getting by Chicago in the first round.  The second round? If the Wings get there, have some confidence, a playoff series victory under their belt? Maybe.  But not in the first round. No way.

Tonite's a biggie. Tomorrow.  The seven after that.  Every game is a must-win, because you know they're not winning them all.  Make sense?

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

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SYF's avatar

Hola, Amigo.  Toasting you and yours a Davalos on a safe return trip to sunny SD.

Fuch…just get the two points, Wings.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 05:35 PM ET

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Big name players who could write their own tickets in warmer spots, in cities with better reputations.  It’s just strange.

Not that strange.  The Tigers beat all offers for most of the guys you listed other than Hunter who is one of those ‘end of the line and I need a title’ guys.

Detroit’s an awful place to live, but the places outside of the city where the rich athletes live looks a whole heck of a lot like anywhere else that rich athletes live.

The weather blows compared to lots of other cities, but compared to lots of other NHL cities, not so much.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/11/13 at 05:37 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Regulation wins for 2 points. We lose tie breakers if it comes down to it, and it might. Just like the chief said, all 9 are must wins. 7 might be the magic number to get a bump. Hate the fact that we will need help for that bump but so be it.

Game On!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 04/11/13 at 05:53 PM ET

Zqto's avatar

Tonite’s a biggie. Tomorrow.  The seven after that.  Every game is a must-win, because you know they’re not winning them all.  Make sense?

Makes more sense than I like to admit

Posted by Zqto on 04/11/13 at 06:07 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

I’m not saying we need help but… we need help. Go Wings.

Posted by gt500x on 04/11/13 at 06:12 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I absolutely don’t need ANY more stress today, so our boys damn well better show up for this one. Or I will, I will, dammit, I will drink even more heavily.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 06:36 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I like Del Taco tacos de carne asada.  Worth a trip to Chino just for those.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 01:29 PM ET

Something you’re not telling us RW? You get sent to Chino for stalking or something? I didn’t know that California penal institutions serve Del Taco. wink  (Chino=Jackson, for those not familiar with the California penal system.)

Saw your comment about bike computers long after the fact. Cateye makes good basic wired ones that are on sale for under $20 at nashbar. I tried mapmyride. I used it twice. It is a real battery killer. Phone was fully charged when I left and the battery died before I got home both times. If you’re only riding for a couple of hours, it might be worth a try. I also worried about my phone surviving a crash. At least if it’s in my jersey pocket, it’s got my fat bod to protect it.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 06:39 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

What you drinkin tonight bitches?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 06:44 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Jameson Gold Reserve, straight outta the bottle.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 06:57 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Jameson Gold Reserve, straight outta the bottle.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 06:57 PM ET

Thats good, but its no Burger Classic.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

big surprise

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 07:01 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

What you drinkin tonight bitches?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 06:44 PM ET

Chlorox, if things don’t improve.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 07:11 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Thats good, but its no Burger Classic.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:00 PM ET

Admittedly the Jameson has no umlaut in it’s name, which I imagine generates much extra flavor

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:12 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 04/11/13 at 07:11 PM ET

*Clorox

My apologies to The Clorox Company.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 07:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Thats good, but its no Burger Classic.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:00 PM ET

All I got left is some Redds Apple Ale, but Ill make sure to drink it with my pinky out.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 07:13 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Davalos, you bitches.  What the hell.

Oh, it’s local to Vegas.  Myyy baaaad.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:15 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

No extra pressure, but a loss tonight is probably elimination from playoffs , since tomorrow is a sure loss.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 07:16 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Jimmy Howard’s staying.  He loves Detroit.  He could have gotten equal money in lots of other places.  But he loves Detroit.  You know who else finds Detroit to be ok?  Reggie Bush.  Prince Fielder. Torii Hunter. Anibal Sanchez.  Yes, all signed for big bucks. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that new safety.

Now we just need player wives to realize Detroit is awesome and maybe the Wings can sign a UFA that doesn’t completely blow.

Posted by Primis on 04/11/13 at 07:17 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Howdy All! Hope you all are Good! Go Wings Go!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 07:20 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Evening bitches.

Had to try a new beer I saw at the class 6 tonight.

It didn’t suck….

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 07:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/11/13 at 07:20 PM ET


Dude, that’s…that’s juts tits.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

  Make sense?

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

Machines make cents. And they have to be in mint condition. 


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 07:22 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/11/13 at 07:20 PM ET


Dude, that’s…that’s juts tits.

Posted by SYF from the bottom of a pint of Guinness on 04/11/13 at 07:22 PM ET

Wish the packaging had been red.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 07:23 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Now we just need player wives to realize Detroit is awesome and maybe the Wings can sign a UFA that doesn’t completely blow.
Posted by Primis on 04/11/13 at 07:17 PM ET

That’s easy enough. Fly them in and out of Oakland County Airport. Show them the Somerset Collection. Tell them they can watch all the games on TV. And program the GPS’s in their Range Rovers to not accept destinations south of 13 Mile Road. cheese

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 07:25 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Admittedly the Jameson has no umlaut in it’s name, which I imagine generates much extra flavor

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:12 PM ET

One would think so lol.  Burger Classic… the broke beer.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/11/13 at 07:20 PM ET

I tried that a few weeks ago.  I enjoyed it, but I’ve got a weird thing for American beers.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:27 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Long Island Ice Tea is the beverage to my thirst tonight. 

I have drank enough already, NBCSports could have the play by play tonight and I would not care.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/11/13 at 07:27 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

  Make sense?
It’s a Live Blog, bitches.
Machines make cents. And they have to be in mint condition. 

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!
Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 07:22 PM ET

Rim Shot

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 07:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wish the packaging had been red.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/11/13 at 07:23 PM ET

Soooooo demanding!

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:30 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

FSD

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 07:31 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Sorry I’m late bitches, I was shining up my golf clubs

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 07:31 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/11/13 at 07:28 PM ET

An oldie.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 07:32 PM ET

dougie's avatar

An 8 oz tube of spicy sopresatta goes down well with Jameson, and a bag of Andy Capps Hot Fries with Sriracha sauce squirted down the in the bag.

C’mon Wings, make my happy face come out tonight.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:32 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Posted by SYF from the bottom of a pint of Guinness on 04/11/13 at 07:30 PM ET

I have taught you well young jedi…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 07:32 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

C’mon Wings, make my happy face come out tonight.
Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:32 PM ET

We’re not playing Columbus tonight, are we?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 07:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ken and Mickey. Whew!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 07:34 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Babs has turned into a mad scientist with his line combos…and not in a good way.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kenny reporting that Whorton was been demoted to the third line.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:36 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Dana Wakiji just tweeted that Brad Stuart got a nice reception from the Joe crowd when announced as starter for SJ.

Posted by Primis on 04/11/13 at 07:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/11/13 at 07:32 PM ET

Yes, you did, Honorable Padded Wang.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:37 PM ET

dougie's avatar

We’re not playing Columbus tonight, are we?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/11/13 at 07:33 PM ET

Columbus was no guarantee of a happy face this season.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:37 PM ET

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