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Some Showed, Others Didn’t

The plight of a Red Wing blogger.  While most of you sat back with lukewarm, reasonably-priced, yet still satisfying beverages of pilsneric heritage and enjoyed one of the most memorable nights of your hockey-loving lives, I suffered.

You watched The Inevitable occur last night and you enjoyed it.  You’ll nitpick it, because that’s what we do here…but you found it satisfying, appropriate and just.  Me?  I stressed.

Why?  Because I’m a hockey blogger and all I could think about was how bad Christy at Behind the Jersey was going to kick my ass on this one.  Oh, and she did. No one covers Yzerman like Christy.  And you just knew she’d pull out all the stops on this one.  Premium seats at the Joe.  Video coverage.  Minute-by-minute description of events.  Don Cherry chance meetings.  Still coverage.  It’s almost unfair, and I’m more than a little bitter today. 

How bitter?  This bitter. I’m not even going to link to her.  I won’t give her the satisfaction.  Just the opposite.  I refuse to direct my 13 readers to BTJ because, well, because I’m a little frigging baby who wishes he could have been there instead of watching it in a sports bar with the sound turned down and a 53-year old woman falling asleep in her 55-ounce Redskin beer mug elbowing me in the ribs every time she reached into her purse for a Camel.

So there.  I hope you enjoyed the festivities Christy.  Dammit.

Hey, here’s an idea.  Let’s see what the big boys had to say. 

We all know that if it’s a BIG STORY then Mitch and Wojo are all over it.  Police escorts, firetrucks, private detectives dressed as Marvel Comics heroes clearing the path, Jack Bauer making one last perimeter check before our two world famous columnists arrive.  Yes, indeedy.  19’s headed to the rafters brother.  Let’s just see what the icons had to say about it.

The World Famous Mitch Albom, Star of Print, TV and Radio

It’s supposed to be the ocean that smacks against you in these parts, but on Monday it was the Southern California defense that crashed like waves against Michigan quarterback Chad Henne, over and over, chasing him, knocking him down, stuffing him into the turf, until you half-expected some “Baywatch” lifeguard to come flying out of the stands to save him.


Oh.  I guess Mitch was too busy watching the Orange Bowl. 

No. We won’t dwell. We won’t because that’s not what we do here.  We’ll move on because you just know this story was too big for Wojo to pass up.  There is no frigging way Big Bobby was going to miss this one.  How could he? He’s the working man’s columnist and by God, Steve Yzerman was the working man’s Captain.  Let’s see what Bob had to say.  Man, I’m excited.  You just know that when the big stories break Bobby’s going to bedevil us with brilliance.

Bob Wojnowski’s Coverage of 19’s Ascent to the JLA Rafters

The score was 3-3 at halftime but it already was apparent the Wolverines simply couldn’t block USC. You wonder why the coaches were slow to adjust to the constant pressure, utilizing quicker passes instead of placing Henne in unwinnable situations.

Do I need to say another thing about Detroit’s media?  Ever again?  Let me be very clear about this.  Steve Yzerman’s jersey was retired at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena last evening and the lead columnists for both Detroit papers did NOT cover it.  I started this blog one year and 4 days ago. Why?  Because of garbage exactly like that.  I am disgusted. Offended. 

Not now.  Not today.  I’ll be back to that.  You know I will. 

Nope, not done yet.  Hey Mitch, Wojo…the greatest captain in hockey history was honored last night by a city that considers him a true hero.  If you want to read about it, since you didn’t cover it, I have an idea for you.

Head over to Behind the Jersey, because a UM sophomore, 20 years old and “only a blogger”, kicked your candy asses.



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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

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