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Strickland Chimes In…Of Course

Yeah. I've been watching.  And it's been tough.  I'm not talking about the losing. We expected that and I have like 5000 percent confidence in the Rightful GM and what he will do for us and our famililes. 

No. I'm not talking about the losing. I'm talking about our Uncle Mike and some revelations that aren't really all that revelatory.  None of us are incredibly surprised that Babcock is, was and probably always been an a-hole of the highest order.

If memory serves, it's why we dug him for as long as we did...or at least one of the reasons.

Frankly, reading about Mike Babcock and the way his players in Toronto reacted to him made me look deeply at my own leadership style.  Babcock's (my) style in 2002 doesn't translate to 2019.  This generation of player (Sailor) is different. They were raised differently. Society (the Navy) is a little more accepting of young people who ask "why?".  I've recognized that and slowly (some would say much too slowly) changed my approach.  I'm not sure Uncle Mike did.

So, I read the reports from Toronto. I read the quotes from Franzen and Chelios today.  If the reports are accurate, his treatment of the Mule was just not acceptable...by any generation. 

It's very easy to believe the players we followed so closely did not harbor much affection for my Uncle Mike.  I believe Franzen. I believe Chelios. I believe the Toronto kids and I even believe Mike Commodore.  

I also believe that Andy Strickland was, and is, a garbage reporter with a vendetta against the Wings.  Then, now, always. 

I too was verbally attacked and intentionally intimidated by Mike Babcock outside the Red Wings dressing room back in 2007. Former Detroit video coach Jay Woodcroft brought him to me. Had me up against a wall while screaming and pointing in my face b/c of a story I had written

That's Strickland today, via Twitter and re-reported by Detroit Sports Nation

It got me to remembering. I googled myself back to 2007 and found an A2Y entry that explains why Babcock may have wanted to kick Strickland's ass, and it even comes complete with a full defense from the Diggers via email and their published reports.  

Do I believe the Wings and the Leafs and any other players who dealt with Babcock? I do.  Do I believe Andy Strickland has inserted himself into this in true 2019 fashion, literally aligning himself with guys who were actually victimized/treated poorly, unjustly due to his childish dislike of the Wings and Babcock, personally? Absofrigginglutely.  The guy was a tool in 2007 and remains a tool today.  Believe the players.  Do not believe a word Andy Strickland writes. Garbage then. Garbage now. 

Here's the A2Y post from '07.

Oh, and?

Faith in Yzerman: get it. Keep it. 

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Red Winger's avatar

Nice to see you, Chief, Happy Holidays to you and yours.

I see Santa brought you a new big word:  revelatory

It’s down right redolent

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/03/19 at 01:55 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Oh, and by the way, I believe you’re 100% on target here.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/03/19 at 01:55 PM ET

Paul's avatar

I saw Strickland, I don’t post Strickland.

Glad you did.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/03/19 at 02:17 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

reading the ‘07 post ... I miss the good ‘ol days

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/19 at 03:14 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s so nice to see you here, Chief.  It’s like Santa gave us an early present/presence.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/03/19 at 03:28 PM ET

Paul's avatar

As I wrote earlier I don’t do Strickland but a little bird just emailed me and said the tweet from Strickland has bee deleted and sure enough it is.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/03/19 at 07:09 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Ahoy, Master chief. I hope what you’re doing these days fulfills you. And even though Kate has done a great job with the live blogs (thanks, Kate), “The 19” miss you around here.

Stop back in now and then, will ya? If for no other reason than to let us all know that you’re still alive and kicking – but not kicking any young sailors, of course.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/03/19 at 08:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Ahoy, Chief.  Getting fat on the fried chicken and cheddar and Yuengling?

Glad you’re back.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/03/19 at 08:26 PM ET

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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