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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?

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Little Redhead's avatar

JIMMAH

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 07:51 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

James.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 07:51 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/11/13 at 07:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Dong.Huge.com

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:52 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Dong.Huge.com

It’s stuffed with money.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 07:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Geebuz Yak

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 07:53 PM ET

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Could Fil be any softer on the puck?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/11/13 at 07:53 PM ET

Bent's avatar

This really isn’t going to well.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 07:53 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

There is no team in the league that plays as bad as Detroit is playing right now.  Not Calgary, not Colorado, nobody

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Could Fil be any softer on the puck?

He’s been studying under Mule.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

It’s stuffed with money.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 07:53 PM ET

That’s an awfully big roll of quarters to hide in your jeans…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

Bent's avatar

And my grammar is horrible.  Too, not to.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Drink up everyone, this may not end well

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

The Shark feed is HD

Pavel - - fuching shoot

Just fuch

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/11/13 at 07:42 PM ET

Oh god… the only thing that makes the NBC broadcast more annoying than San Jose’s is Douche Canoe.  Drew Remenda is a fecking moron.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 07:56 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Did not know that Dangles is second in the NHL with 6 GWGs.  Tonight would be a good night for #7.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 07:56 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Malibu, I owe you an apology.  I didn’t find out until late Sunday night that you and your band were here in town this past weekend.  I would have definitely have come to hear you play.  My only excuse is I’m old and my mind is slipping. (further)

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 07:50 PM ET

What are you referring to? Because the only thing we’ve done since getting back from Europe on March 8th is one show in Mexico City.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 07:56 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

... this may not end well

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

That’s pretty optimistic there, pal.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 07:57 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DET surely don’t seem to realize the need to play with some urgency.

And Vlasic rings one off the post - - cuz Mule is slow getting back

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 07:57 PM ET

dougie's avatar

  It’s stuffed with money.

  Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 07:53 PM ET

That’s an awfully big roll of quarters to hide in your jeans…

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 04/11/13 at 07:54 PM ET

Here’s hoping the Six Million Dollar Dong doesn’t shrivel up like he stuck it in a snow bank, once the ink dries.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 07:58 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

That’s pretty optimistic there, pal.

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 04/11/13 at 07:57 PM ET

I thought it was poor form to signal doom this early.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

Bent's avatar

So the wings could score now right?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Well Franzen’s backcheck failed, Smith gives a puck away, Quincey can’t clear the zone…

... got ‘em right where we want ‘em.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Boys - - I’m not just brimming with confidence

Where is Eeyore?

DET will cure the Sharts PP woes, fer sure

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Woulda/coulda/shoulda been 3-0 Sharks already

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:01 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

We look terrible.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

It’s freakishly hilarious how many times the Wings have their backs to the play or to the open slots.  And that’s both on the even strength and PK.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:01 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Boys - - I’m not just brimming with confidence

Where is Eeyore?

DET will cure the Sharts PP woes, fer sure

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

Its hard to type and drowned my sorrows at the same time

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:02 PM ET

dougie's avatar

We look terrible.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:01 PM ET

Which makes it a bad night to be seeing double.

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:02 PM ET

calquake's avatar

What are you referring to? Because the only thing we’ve done since getting back from Europe on March 8th is one show in Mexico City.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 07:56 PM ET

Just rechecked the Yellowcard Tour website and the info that was there Sunday night is gone.  It said you were playing at Rock City Studios in Camarillo.  Either it (the info) was taken down or those mushrooms I bought were much better than I thought. LOL

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:02 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Boys - - I’m not just brimming with confidence
Where is Eeyore?
DET will cure the Sharts PP woes, fer sure
Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

 photo Eeyore-under-a-raincloud.gif

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/11/13 at 08:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

We look terrible.

You are being too generous Malibu

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:03 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

It’s freakishly hilarious how many times the Wings have their backs to


I thought you were gonna say, it’s amazing how many time the Wings have their backs to the wall and .... SUCK

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 08:03 PM ET

dougie's avatar

She had that Camarillo Brillo…..

Posted by dougie on 04/11/13 at 08:04 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/11/13 at 08:02 PM ET

Thanks Capt., I have assumed the full-on Eeyore.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:05 PM ET

SYF's avatar

GET IN THE FUCHING GAME, WINGS!!!!111!!1!1!!

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:05 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Ok Wings how about a Goal ~Thanks!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 08:05 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

.... SUCK

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 08:03 PM ET

Whore-style.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Great effort by Abber in front.  No finis.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:06 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Boys - - I’m not just brimming with confidence

Where is Eeyore?

DET will cure the Sharts PP woes, fer sure

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/11/13 at 07:59 PM ET

this?

(with credit to CaptainDennisPolonich)

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:06 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

The defense always looks so unaware of where the puck is, or at least who is supposed to be going to get it

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:07 PM ET

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