Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/09/11 at 03:07 PM ET
IwoNote: Thought I’d bring this comment up top, because irritating people like this is really a joy that hasn’t stopped in five years of blogging.
Third, and most importantly… “You’re a Detroit Red Wing now, Mike Commodore.” is utterly, filthy disgusting arrogance.
Exactly. I’m a Wing fan. Filthy. Disgusting. Arrogant.
Yep, I’ll be the one to say it. Or, at least I’ll be the one to devote a post to it.
You’re a Detroit Red Wing now, Mike Commodore. You’re not a gimmick and you don’t need alternate story lines to endear yourself to the best fans in hockey. Play hard. Lay some wood in front of Jim Howard. Kill some penalties and be a leader.
This guy takes 64 and he’ll be a clown everywhere he goes. Every out of town paper will ask him about it. Every beat writer who needs a quick story is going to head right for Commodore. Wear it for exhibition season. Raise some money (and kudos to Puck Daddy for the idea). But when the regular season rolls around?
That’s when you get down to business. It’s your frigging livelihood, not a lemonade stand sales pitch for a franchise that doesn’t need it. Leave ploys like this to Carolina, to Denver, to Phoenix, to Nashville…wherever it’s necessary to sell tickets or gain attention for a reason other than hockey.
JJ put it best right here:
I’m more than happy to bark and clap like a seal for Commodore actually going through with it, but I want him to want to do it rather than feel some sort of overwhelming obligation to put on the clown nose and get hit in the face with pies for our amusement.
Bottom line is I don’t like that he basically has to become the jerkhole for choosing not to wear #64 for whatever reason he might have (which is just as valid as anybody’s reason why he SHOULD be wearing it)
And don’t even try to pull the charity aspect either - If it’s such a good cause, all the people who pledged should be giving the money to them regardless of whether Commodore plays along.
You want to give money to charity? Have at it. There’s a children’s hospital right around the corner who would love a donation, or even a few quiet visits to some kids who would love to see you. Hell, we’ll help you out. The hockey world knows the 19 have proven ourselves as some of the most generous fans around. But taking a number to appease the nerd sect, no matter the amount raised—an amount that could be equaled in many other ways—it’s not the Red Wing way.
You’ve been hired to keep Jimmy’s playhouse clear, Mike. You were brought on to be a bad man with a purpose, not a punch line. Not in Detroit.
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