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Not ALL Southern Teams, Just One

Here’s the great thing about blogging.  One guy (the emperor) points to an article about the Wings offering some 9 buck tickets, then a few other guys scoff or applaud the move.  Then a reader who happens to be a fellow blogger drops a few bombs in the comment section until she’s formed her argument to the extent she’s ready to post it on her own site.  At that point, I read it, agree or disagree, and point you right back to both, throwing in my own elitist views for good measure.

And away we go.

Our pal the Acid Queen has earned her title, repeatedly.  There can be no doubt how she feels about you (Wing fans), and her arguments where we (Wing fans) are concerned are typically colored by her hatred of Wing Nation (her words, not mine). 

You heard me: Boo hoo, the poor Red Wings are having attendance issues. My heart really bleeds for them–not.

What kills me is that there are excuses being made by one of the Deep Diggers: It’s the economy. The economy!  The old double-standard is hard at work in Wings Nation, kids: It’s OK for a northern team like Detoilet to make excuses for falling attendance, but heaven forfend a southern team doesn’t sell out every game!  Oh noez, we have to contract all those southern teams because they don’t sell out–but it’s OK for Detroit to have issues, because they’re Detroit.

Lots of you have issues with AQ, and that’s understandable.  I don’t.  I’ve got a pretty good idea where her hatred of Wing fans stems from: 2002, then some obnoxious northerners transplanted in Carolina who’ve dared to actually raise their voices at Cane/Wing games in Raleigh. Plus, I have a hunch that she’s a closet fan of Bubba, simply because they’re from the south and the Queen’s a staunch defender of all things redneck, particularly hockey.

Queen will have her readers believe we feel hockey has no place in Carolina.

I had to put up with ar-tards like “Josh from MI” heaping scorn on the Hurricanes and calling for their contraction (along with the contraction of every other team south of Chicago and not named St. Louis or Washington) because they didn’t sell out every game.

Nope.  I have no problems with Atlanta, Tampa Bay or even the Canes.  If your community supports the team and your owner is spending the money he should to keep the team competitive, have at it.  Growth to those areas has been, for the most part, ok for the league. 

My problem with the NHL’s migration south boils down to one city and that’s Nashville.  It was a bad move because Bettman wasn’t guaranteed corporate sponsorship when he placed a team there. It’s looking worse now because the sponsors have stayed away, so have 90 percent of the state’s residents.  You’ve got the 13,000 who regularly attend and that’s where the interest ends.  Bubba could leave tomorrow and no one, NO ONE, but those 13K would care.  A state that can’t muster interest five miles away from the arena in which the team plays doesn’t deserve that team. 

Browse to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the state’s second largest paper and the voice of western Tennessee. Search for “predators” and tell me what you find.  Bears, sex offenders, a high school field hockey team…not a single reference to Nashville hockey. 

Acid Queen’s got some good arguments, and they’re always entertaining to read.  As I’ve said on many occasions, she’s brilliant because she’s blunt and holds nothing back.  But, on this one she’s wrong.  Idiot message boarders don’t speak for all of us.  We have no problem with Carolina and our excuses for not filling The Joe do include economics, but we all point to the organization as a culprit as well.

Are we arrogant? You’re damned right we are.  Ten Cups and consistent success will do that to you.  Winning a Cup then missing the playoffs the following year is probably frustrating.  I wouldn’t know.


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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