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Status Quo

Last year, at this time of day, on this particular day, I was asleep.  The loss to Ohio was so damaging, that I simply couldn't take it.  All I could do was sleep.

Today? As soon as I knew John O'Korn was starting, it prepared me for the inevitable.

Yes, this is a Michigan football post. Sorry.

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Down. Set. Vomit.

This is where we'll be all year.  A couple games of optimism, followed by episodes creating circumstances leading to massive, violent expulsion of bodily fluids that may or may not require hospital visits or at least plane rides with Jiri Hudler. 

So, yes.  I'm a little ill. My tumbly is rumbly.

But not about the Wings. Oh no.

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Let's just get this out in the open. I don't discuss horrible losses. I don't think about them, read about them, certainly don't blog about them or acknowledge them in any way.  

So don't expect a rehash of that. Ever. 

Hell, I'd read a St. James annual hard hitter on "Thanksgiving traditions" before I scan a single sentence about the Wings' last game. 

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Dive In Detroit

I was reminded of what it's like to be a fan of the Red Wings today. I was reminded of the pain that inherently accompanies being a fan of a team that has been the benchmark of success in a shoddily run league.  For a quarter century you and I knew, more than any other fan base, what it was like to truly feel that kind of stress, the kind that comes with playoff losses and OTs and all the other collateral aches we've been through. 

I was reminded of it today because I realized that the only thing that could possibly rival being a Wing fan during the playoffs is being a Lion fan during every, single regular season game. My god. 

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Striving For Mediocrity,Kenny

There's one team in the East. One.

It's Tampa and everyone else.  So, essentially, as we move toward the cruel winter months (it's 68 in Florida as I write this), the goal is not just to make the playoffs. No, Kenny, the goal is to get the 7 seed. Because the first round is a bye for Steve Yzerman's team, the team he manages now because you, Kenny, wouldn't, you know, leave the job you've proven incapable of doing anymore. 

Tampa and, probably, Pittsburgh.  And then everyone else. 

Tampa and Pittsburgh and, maybe, Toronto, the team coached, Kenny, by Mike Babcock because he didn't want to coach this team anymore because, you know, you don't have the ability to bring anyone to Detroit anymore. 

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Back In Business

It's been 11 days since the Wings played.

Well, it seems like that.  When you've got a bad BJ on a Saturday, days run together.

I know. Sorry. 

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Everybody who's ever bought a home knows this, but I'm going to say it again.

The only way to break in a new house is with a BJ.

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Holy Hell. It’s A Streak And It’s A Live Blog

Two in a row, sister. Two. In. A. Row.


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“1957 and Counting…”

That's the tail end of a text exchange between our Emperor and me, just minutes ago. As he's want to do on game days, Paul will send me a text gently reminding me that the Wings play tonight. I'll typically respond with, "with your permission, Emperor, I'd like to host a live blog, keeping in mind the restrictions you've placed on me not to pick on Ken Holland, the Diggers, George or Darrel  Evans' base running blunder in the '87 ALCS."

Tonight he granted that permission and felt the need to needle my sensitive transplanted underbelly, my soft spot for all Detroit sports teams. "They'll be on just as the Lions are about to lose." 

I responded mildly, to which he quoted the title of this specific Live Blog.

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Live Blog- Wings/Oilers

Last minute Paul here replacing your normal host.

Puck drops around 4:08pm ET which really feels like an hour later since the clock rolled back overnight.

Hopefully the Wings start on time, play a complete game and give Petr some support.

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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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