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More Advice For Wing Fans

Some of you feel like victims.  You feel the world is, because you’re a Wing fan, against you; even hoping for your sorrow.  You greet each day knowing there are fans out there who take great joy in your misery, and that of your team.  Many of you revel in this.  It makes a small number of you cranky and itchy.

Whatever reaction happens to be yours, prepare yourself because I’ve got a stimulant for you.  Yet another voice from another state, representing another fan base, who would like to tell you how to support your team.  Shockingly that voice comes from down South.

Carolina way to be exact.

Over the weekend, we were told specifically how to act as “transplants” in another team’s arena.  Teri Frei, sobbing Dive apologist, whimpered his way through an ESPN column, indirectly pointing at Wing fans in Denver who have the gall to show up at The Ass Can and support their boys from Hockeytown.

Now, Dave Lee, owner and proprietor of Red and Black Hockey, feels we overreacted last evening when Nick Lidstrom hobbled back to the Wing bench, and then to the Wing room. Dave Lee feels we should have taken Lidstrom’s injury with a grain of salt.  Dave Lee said we “whined” about our Captain’s fate.  I think Dave was even trying to say we singled ourselves out, falsely claiming we’re the only team to lose a key guy to injury.

While they’re happy to have won the game, they’re more concerned right now with the fact that they have just become the only team in the history of the game to see one of its star players get injured.

After reading around some of the Wings blogs, it’s clear that most of the “ZOMG, it’s the end of the world!” posts were hastily written before details were available, but it still reeks of hubris to whine about a minor injury, as if that kind of thing can’t possibly happen to the Red Wings.

I’m not sure what “ZOMG” is.  I have a teenage daughter and I do read Dive blogs, so I guess I’ve seen it…but it hasn’t stuck yet.  And I’m positive I don’t know what “hubris” is. Again, it’s just not a word I care to investigate too deeply.  Sounds kinda French, kinda like “derrier”, or “perrier”, or Laperriere, or even LaFairierre.  None of those words feel good on my fingertips when I type them. 

Despite Dave’s high-brow lexicon (see? I’ve got a few up my sleeve), I understand the point he’s making.  And because I like Dave Lee, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt today because his Canes just lost their Captain for the season.  But Dave is clearly not placing himself in our position when he chooses to scoff at our sprint toward the Stress Train.

This is far from a “worst-case scenario”. Rafalski is day-to-day with a sore groin. Kronwall is about a week away from returning from a shoulder injury. Lidstrom is not expected to be out for more than 10 days.

It’s a good point, were we tempted to take the Wing organ-I-zation at their word, which is highly discouraged ‘round these parts.  You see Dave…we assume our team officials lie to the press (the Diggers) on a regular basis, and we like it.  Because if they’re lying to the media, they probably have a good reason.  We accept that.  In this case, there is always the distinct possibility that Lidstrom’s hurt worse than advertised and that info has been kept from us (and you) so that Ken Holland doesn’t get fleeced at the trade tables in Naples.

Oh, and when we posted our “Worst Case Scenario” ditty last night?  Lidstrom had been injured for about fifteen minutes, and no one had any clue as to the extent.  So, a “worst case scenario” was—indeed—staring us in the face. 

You see, when the best player in hockey, the second best defenseman of all time, the Captain of your team, the five time Norris winner, the conscience and the confidence of your franchise, when he’s got a potential knee injury two months before the playoffs begin…that’s kinda, yeah, “worst case.”

So, Wing fans, another voice—clearly with your best interests at heart—has elected to provide you with some wholesome advice as to how you should be reacting today.  I’m sure you’ll take it onboard and give it the kind of attention it deserves.

Me?  I’ve got my engineer’s cap on ready standby. 



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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