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Rednecks Don’t Like Swedes

And that's a fact. They just don't. I've never spoken with a Swedish person, and that's a character flaw. But I have had the opportunity to exchange very short, simple sentences with rednecks and I can tell you they hate them some Swedes. I don't like friction. I've tried to mend the fences between the Swedes and Bubba. Here at A2Y I've directed the staff to recognize similarities between the two groups and write accordingly. But clearly the cultures are just too different. Bubba hates the Swedes and he's not changing his mind. Unfortunately last night's events didn't help matters on the diplomatic front. I guess Tomas Vokoun was concentrating on Anaheim a bit more than Detroit, just before he was concentrating on sitting instead of playing.

I guess Bubba was thinking more about that 1 seed when they should have been thinking about who the cheese belongs to.

John Glennon/Daily Tennessean

“We thought about (getting the best record), but it was really a game we needed to win because it’s a four-point game with a division rival,’’ forward Steve Sullivan said. “Detroit is trying to catch us and we’re trying to gain some separation from them.’‘

Someone should tell Sullivan that the best record doesn’t mean squat in January.  Actually, we can tell him the best record means even less in April.  But that’s an ugly road we’re not going to travel today.

Rednecks don’t like Swedes who spin around and do wacky stuff that confuses them.  They think it’s showy.  And they get especially angry when Swedes spin and put that rubber thing past their loud-mouthed Czechneck goalie.


“It just came into my head as I was coming down there,’’ Zetterberg said. “I just tried to spin around and threw a backhander at the net and kind of got a little lucky. I don’t know how it went in.’’

Wings coach Mike Babcock said the puck “crawled up the paddle of (Vokoun’s) stick.’’

“No excuses, no explanation,’’ Vokoun said. “The puck was in the net when it should have been stopped.’’
Zetterberg said he’s not sure if he’s ever scored a goal like that.

“It was unbelievable,’’ said teammate Jiri Hudler, who snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring what proved to be the winning goal at 14:16 of the second period. “Everybody thought he’s going to pass and then he spins around and it went in. Everybody went, `Wow!’ ‘

We’re giving you a ‘Wow’ today, Jiri. We’re giving you that because you have two straight game winners. And we’re also giving it to you because I whined like a girl that you should be traded and traded ASAP.  I still think you’re on the block, but you deserve a ‘wow’ for picking it up lately.

Most rednecks don’t like hockey, but a few do and those who do do not like the color red, which is amazing in itself.  Amazing, yes, but true.  Bubba doesn’t like red because he’s been looking up at red for so long that his eyes are burning.  He had the opportunity last night to overtake some water fowl, and distance himself from the red menace in one fell swoop.

But it didn’t happen, and now he’s got a race on his hands with 5 games left.  Bubba may not be all that smart, but he’s smart enough to know that the cheese will go to the guy who wins at least three of those 5.

I may not have described the true relevance of last night’s victory.  Fortunately for us all, we have Mike Babblecock to do that for us, in his MBCQOD.

“It was big, but it wasn’t. It was one game, but it was a game we looked at as a benchmark to see how we’d play one game against one team we know will be one team we have to beat in five more one-game scenarios. You with me Ansar?  It’s one game. One team. One fight. One is a lonely number Ansar.  The loneliest.  But one it is and one it will stay.  One game. One postgame meal. And tonight’s is chili-mac.  God, I love chili-mac.”

Ansar understands.


The teams meet five more times and Nashville can’t feel too secure at the top right now.

“There’s no statement, there’s none of that,’’ Babcock said. “It’s just a game we were able to win.’‘

Liar!!  Babblecock continues to fib to us and I like it.  It was a statement.  He knows it. We know it. Bubba knows it.  Statement, statement, statement game.

And while daddy continues to tell tall tales, his goalie rankled another opponent.

“Usually a coach doesn’t change a goalie after two goals,’’ Wings goalie Dominik Hasek said. “But, he made his decision, and probably for that team it wasn’t the right one.’‘

Dom…we like you.  We know you’re insane and we dig that.  Barry Trotz probably doesn’t like you today though.  That’s ok.  He doesn’t like Swedes either.

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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