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“Faux”...Interesting.  Do You Use “Faux”?

Well, that was quite the day eh?  The league came out and tried the “intent to blow” reach around.  That didn’t work, because it’s a crock.  But they tried, and now they’re even a bigger piss pot than they were before.  You know our league is the absolute laughing stock of the sporting world when Tony Kornheiser is using it as a punchline because of the May no-goal.

The night it happened, we said it would be interesting to note how various people covered this farce.  In my opinion, how various bloggers reacted said a lot about their character and their product.

For instance, it took a certain “national” blogger a matter of just a few hours, or even minutes, to use this as an opportunity to rub another shaft job in the faces of Wing fans.  Then he spent the rest of the day defending his biases, dashing off emails or taking his case to Twitter.  Yep, boy.  Nothing like stating your case in 140 or less.  Oh, and hey…

Would you use the phrase “et al” in conversation?  If so, how would that work?  Who does that?  Am I being indignant, or is that just “faux indignation”?  Curious about that one too.  If you’re drinking some beers, watching a game or even a stripper, have you ever turned to your boys and said, “you know I’m really tired of the faux indignation?”

I guess so.  “Faux” objectivity.  “Faux” neutrality.  “Faux” standards.  Fee, Fi, Faux, Flat Out Joke.

The real bloggers, the ones who actually care more about what they write then whether their drooling readership gets a giggle, didn’t find time to take potshots.  Not at Wing fans anyway.

Am I indignant about this? Yes.  Is it “faux”? Well, if “faux” means “fake”, like I think it does?  Hell no.  That blogger used a shitty situation as an opportunity to pile it on.  Screw him.  And then he comes over here and tries to defend it, rambling on and on..whatever. 

Dan Rosen, at NHL.com, has a job and gets a paycheck.  He works for a living and sometimes when you do, you have to follow orders like it or not.  You can argue, but not for long, not if you want to stay employed.

So he wrote this article.  It’s a pathetic joke and it should be Gary Bettman’s ultimate manifesto.  But it’s not Rosen’s fault.  He did his job.  Mike Murphy?  A little harder to take.  Now we’re talking about a guy who is compromising.  Now we’re talking about a guy with something on his chin.  Now we’re talking about a Bettman lackey and he should feel dirty that he actually uttered some of the crap that left his mouth yesterday.

“The way we’ve always handled it and the way we will continue to handle it until we have a procedure change is the referees call on the ice stands. He sees the shot and he sees the save and doesn’t see the puck in the net and kills the play or blows the whistle,” Murphy said. “It’s not when you hear the whistle blow, it’s when he intends to blow the whistle. There is a little bit of a gray area there between when he intends and when the whistle sounds.

“In this case Dennis LaRue was clear with what he saw and clear with what he interpreted and that was, ‘I had killed the play before the puck entered the net.’ When we scrutinize it and go through video review I think everybody would concede that the puck was in the net, and Dennis didn’t see that unfortunately.”

“We will continue to handle it….procedure change…intends to blow…gray area…intends..”.  Blah, blah, blah…STFU.

One sentence, maybe two, or a few more, would have sufficed.  “Dennis LaRue has been suspended.  We are immediately revising the way situations like this are handled, with replay, on ice officials and the ‘war room.’  We boned this because Gary Bettman’s oversight of this league has led it straight into the toilet, but who cares, the owners make their money, bloggers on Yahoo get to laugh it off and the only ones who really suffer are the fans but in the long run who really gives a flying foxtrot about them because they’re saps who keep buying tickets, keep paying for center ice, keep drinking our kool aid. Idiots.  How’s that Gary?”

Is that “faux”, et al?

And while we’re at it, you know, while I’m feeling it a little…I expected the trolls to come out of the woodwork yesterday. In fact, I had no doubt that the minute the Dallas game ended the same idiots would be here, and they were.  They were expected and easy to deflect.

But if you’re a Wing fan and you came here yesterday to tell me this is overblown, or that the way we react to things is an “embarrassment”.  Awesome.  Get out. One of you is a friend of A2Y and a loyal Wing fan, and I blasted you unnecessarily yesterday.  I apologize and you know who you are. 

I’ll remind anyone else who cares or has read this far:  I don’t do this for clicks, for money, recognition, attribution or for any other reason than this: I’m a Detroit Red Wing fan and I like to write about them, and I like to give 19 other fanatical bastards like me a place to do the same. 

Everyone else?  Suck it.  Stay if you want, but never forget that this blog is for Wing fans.  Paul has never asked me to change a single thing about what we do here.  Not once.  We’re not changing and we’re not compromising.  We’re not selling out and this is who we are.

Deal with it or leave.  But if you think you can use scenarios like this as an opportunity to pull out phrases like “tin foil hat” and giggle at the expense of people I respect, friends I’ve made here over three years?  You’re going to get slammed.  Not once. Repeatedly, until I’m bored with it.  Again, don’t like the redundancy? Don’t frigging read it.

Would that be “faux”? No? I didn’t think so.


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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