Abel to Yzerman
by VooX on 05/13/10 at 02:11 AM ET
As a Red Wings fan there is a lot to be happy about. There is also a lot to get pissed off about.
The happiness comes from the Red Wings, the best Organ-I-zation in sports, and their fans. The two greatest forces in hockey. The anger comes from everything outside of that.
As the first post since the Wings were eliminated, you might expect some sad reflection and wondering on what could have been. Maybe on any blog other than A2Y that would happen. Over here, cocky arrogance is never replaced with quiet melancholy. It’s not in our DNA to get all emo and pout. Real Red Wings fans remain optimistic.
There will be those who cast doubts on the future of the team. The lips on their mouths flapping in the wind like the wizard sleeves they are to anyone who will listen. You can almost hear the Delicate Genius’ wizard sleeves slapping together when he writes this:
In Hockeytown, when the team wins, it feels like destiny, and when it loses, destiny took a breather, sure to be back next year, ready for a kiss, right?
Well, at the risk of having my head taken off, don’t be so sure.
Sure, Mitch. We’ll listen to what you have to say. You’ve been so good to Red Wings fans writing the semi-annual article in between feeling up old ladies you meet on your book tour. Of course, this blog was created as an opposing force to the moronic drivel Red Wings writers like the Delicate Genius offer us. So why stop now?
There is a reason real Red Wings fans hate the Delicate Genius. He is the definition of a bandwagon journalist. A hack who draws a salary to comment on something he knows nothing about, and cares even less for.
But ignorance doesn’t stop the Delicate Genius. Tell us, Mitch, why the sudden negativity?
I had a unique chance to watch this second round from afar—for the first time in years—and minus the coating of our hometown optimism, I have to say this:
They were beaten.
And it could easily happen again.
Give me a fauxing break, Mitchell, I can read between the
sentences you wrote. You watched this second round from afar? Bullshit. You were too busy on tour selling the saccharine drivel you pass off for books to mindless Oprah housewife-zombies to watch any playoff hockey this season. As we know, Versus is carried in very few US cities, and exactly none of the retirement centres and schools on your book tour.
Real Red Wings fans deserve so much more than you. We deserve more than the Deep Diggers too. We deserve journalists who understand how well this team really did this season. Despite the early playoff exit, Wings fans should be proud.
Looking back to January, the playoffs seemed like a remote possibility. We kept the faith and it was rewarded. Not only did we make the playoffs, but we ended up in 5th position when many other teams would have gone fetal after being molested by Jobu all season. We overcame incredible odds but ultimately lost to the 2nd place team in the NHL during the regular season, San Jose. There is no shame in that. It’s not like we lost at home to the 19th place team in game 7 to end our chances of another Stanley Cup. That would be pathetic.
The future is bright in Hockeytown. Every player on the team buys into our system. Every player is committed to winning. Every season. We have the best management, scouting, and cap management in the NHL. In Tick-Tock we trust.
Not the Delicate Genius, however. More drivel from his wizard sleeve:
And remember, the Wings’ recent success has coincided with years of the Sharks’ underachieving. If San Jose finally has figured it out—along with coming teams like Chicago and defending champion Pittsburgh—that’s not good for Detroit’s chances.
STFU, Mitch, you have no idea what you are talking about. The Western Conference should be renamed after Mike Ilitch. After all, it was his leadership at the helm of the Red Wings which led to our style of management and play. No other team has shaped their competitors like the Red Wings have. Ever.
The reason the Western Conference dominated the Eastern Conference for the past decade is because of the Red Wings. The Wings forced the entire conference to learn how to play defence in order to have a shot at beating us. There is a reason they say to get the Cup you have to go through Detroit.
While other teams may emulate us, they are always a little behind. The Wings style continues to evolve and adapt to the changing game. We will be a front-runner again next season as we chase Cup #12. We will be a front-runner the season after that. And after that.
So spare the fair-weather journalism for those who don’t understand hockey. Hockeytown is too smart not to believe that the legend of the Red Wings Dynasty will continue to be written. Never bet against the Red Wings. Real Wings fans know better than that, and so should you, Mitch. We don’t deserve, or care for, bandwagon journalism. Save it for a more appropriate audience. Like Pens fans.
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