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The Commodore 64 War

So, I take a weekend completely off the clock and away from hockey, and what happens while I’m gone? Puck Daddy and A2Y managed to end up in some kind of Commodore 64 War.

First off, from an outsider’s point of view, it kind of looks like The Chief has acquired a stalker.  I mean, getting called “the piece of garbage that runs the worst hockey blog on the internet” sorta crosses the line from ‘dislike’, storms past ‘creepy’ and closes in on Fatal Attraction territory, no?  Glenn Close, a pair of scissors and a bunny, all rolled into what looks like a bit of a hockey blogger meltdown. 

Ryan Lambert’s comment in full:

Not that I’m going to plug them, but the piece of garbage that runs the worst hockey blog on the internet is trying to organize a campaign AGAINST the Commodore 64 thing. Because, he says, he doesn’t want Commodore — A RED WING!!!! — to be a “gimmick.” (Ignoring the fact that throwing an octopus and singing along to a Journey song are absolutely gimmicks, because why allow logic to enter into any such debate?) And also, presumably, because he hates charity.

Hates charity? Yeah, logic seems to be faring really well in this whole debate…

And all of that just because A2Y doesn’t like the Commodore 64 name plan from the Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy crew? Good lord, my 1 year old daughter hasn’t figured out how to have a tantrum quite that pointless yet.

About the Commodore 64 debate, I personally think it would be a cool number choice for MC, but A2Y obviously disagrees, and has his own reasons. Fine. Whatever. Why would I care?

As for those accusing him and his 19 of taking themselves too seriously,  check out your own mirror… when it comes to hockey, we ALL take this crap too seriously sometimes.  Lordy, some of the Chicago hockey media alone almost flipped the earth’s axis with their over-the-top editorial freakouts every other day of the Canucks’ playoff run. (I don’t think I’ll be able to read a Chicago paper ever again without needing a valium with a whiskey chaser to settle my nerves.)

But the truth is, everyone has issues about their team that they feel passionate about… reasonable or not.  Consider the fact that we, as a bunch of grown-ass adults, spend hundreds and hundreds of hours watching and discussing a bunch of other grown-ass adults slap a black rubber disc around some frozen water.  And we all think this actually MATTERS?

Well, it doesn’t. But that’s hockey fandom, and we enjoy it anyway. And anyone who says they have never had a passionate opinion about anything related to their favourite team, they’re either a saint or a lying liar. Pants on fire.

So if the Winged Wheel brigade does or doesn’t want a 64 slapped on a Detroit jersey, what the hell does it matter so much to Ryan Lambert and the Puck Daddy crew?

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—A2Y has already addressed this in his own shrinking-violet sort of way. (*cough*)
—Ryan Lambert states people are forwarding him comments from Bill’s site for him to ridicule. So I guess we’re supposed to be clear that it’s not like he is reading those comments himself into the wee hours of the night. (Gotcha.)

Incidentally, Puck Daddy’s efforts to raise money for charity in this whole situation are certainly noble.  I hope those who’ve pledged money follow through, regardless.

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Chet's avatar

a few points:

i wonder if lambert was pissed when the mighty ducks became the ducks.

i hope the boston bruins will all wear fake bear hats during warmups this coming season. for charity.

i hope sidney crosby croons the national anthem like bing crosby before a few games. for charity.

i hope corey perry gets sponsored by perier water…anyway, you get it.

this is an original six franchise. it might be fun to have a guy named mike commodore pay homage to an old computer system. it has a kitschy, fun, throwback vibe. but i also understand those people who like their original six teams to stick to some type of decorum, i.e. the only so-called gimmicks are decades old traditions regarding octopi and winning cups, how is that opinion any less valid?

and saying someone “hates charity” is just bush league.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/11/11 at 07:40 PM ET

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Well this:

because he hates charity.

was obviously just a (bad) hyperbolic joke so I have no clue why one would even pretend like he actually meant it like you say here:

Hates charity? Yeah, logic seems to be faring really well in this whole debate…

But still most puck daddy followers don’t like Ryan Lambert at all either so nothing he says means much. Maybe that could be a point of unity?

Posted by Alex from Michigan on 07/11/11 at 08:03 PM ET

Number9Loyalist's avatar

In an ePissing match, Lambert fails!

Posted by Number9Loyalist on 07/11/11 at 08:41 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

  because he hates charity.

I’m proud to be evidence 1-A against that one.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 07/11/11 at 08:59 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 07/11/11 at 06:59 PM ET

Case closed.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 07/11/11 at 09:08 PM ET

Alan's avatar

and saying someone “hates charity” is just bush league.

And certifiably false.

Someone got his panties in a knot, and it isn’t The Chief.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/11/11 at 09:47 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

After Lambert was allowed to write that piece of hate-spewing venom for everything related to both the Red Wings, Detroit and Michiganders as his “eulogy,” I did my own Lambert-style research.

First of all, his Twitter page states, “Your team sucks and you suck,” which summarizes his attitude.

Second, I would best describe him as a “sports gnostic”: He thinks that sports are fantastic, but he believes that anyone who supports a team or wears a jersey is a moron as sports are wonderful but fans are idiots, so he’s here to enlighten us about both the great stuff that happens on the ice and the fact that if we care about it in a partisan manner, we’re the biggest chumps that ever existed.

He’s kind of like Evil Drew Sharp, or in your terms, Alanah, Ed Willes when he gets carried away….and he not only despises the Red Wings for some unknown reason, but he also laps up Twitter comments and insults that fans throw his way like he’s licking up baby tears. He genuinely gets his rocks off not just ticking people off, but also, and perhaps moreover, from their reactions to him. The angrier they get, the more pleasure he takes from it.

And on top of hating the Red Wings, he and Wyshynski—who’s been very good to me, despite supporting Lambert—seem to have this feud going on with the Chief for another reason that I don’t understand.

That’s what I know. It took me about three hours to realize that trying to argue with Lambert about the concept that it’s OK to be a fan and that we’re supposed to take things too seriously was like talking to a wall, so I try not to pay attention to him, and when he does blather something out, I say, “Well, that’s Lambert for you” and move on.

I guess the best thing I can say about him is that his perverse sense of sports fandom means that he’s missing out on all the fun.

Otherwise, he’s just a bully who wraps every punch he takes at partisan sports fans under the bully’s biggest excuse for verbal warfare: “Can’t you take a joke?”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/11/11 at 10:35 PM ET

Ajax19's avatar

Wow. 

Who knew that something so wildly insignificant, such as what number the Wings # 6/7 defenseman will wear, could cause such silly reactions and vitriol.  Then again, this is the internet where silly reactions and vitriol over insignificant things is common place.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/11/11 at 10:50 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Will someone please foward to Lambert the total money raised by the 19 for the children’s hospital at the Master Chief’s suggestion? What a tool.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 07/11/11 at 11:29 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

After Lambert was allowed to write that piece of hate-spewing venom for everything related to both the Red Wings, Detroit and Michiganders as his “eulogy,” I did my own Lambert-style research.

First of all, his Twitter page states, “Your team sucks and you suck,” which summarizes his attitude.

Second, I would best describe him as a “sports gnostic”: He thinks that sports are fantastic, but he believes that anyone who supports a team or wears a jersey is a moron as sports are wonderful but fans are idiots, so he’s here to enlighten us about both the great stuff that happens on the ice and the fact that if we care about it in a partisan manner, we’re the biggest chumps that ever existed.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/11/11 at 08:35 PM ET

Yeah… I mean, that’s the whole point isn’t it?

He’s a paid troll. He’s one of thousands of paid trolls on the internet.

Outrage. Clicks. Ad revenue.

It’s a business model. He’s not someone who exists in the real world outside of his non-prescription hipster glasses.

Hasn’t this been established already?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 07/12/11 at 01:17 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

The Wyshy is cool and I read his blogs but Lamberts I just skip over.
Just a number Commie may up wearing. Wings had Brad May and Downey and McCarty before who were all tough guys with very likeable personalities and Commie no different. He’s going to be here like what the Tigers got in Valverde, a dance to his beat funny character.
Wearing 64 or not he’s not going to be boring in interviews cool smile

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 07/12/11 at 03:10 AM ET

NickLidstrom's avatar

Yeah but Valverde is an All-Star and Commodore is just going to be taking Kindl’s ice-time

Posted by NickLidstrom from a Higher Ground on 07/12/11 at 06:17 AM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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