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  1. 55fan

    Non-Michigan fans: How did you become a Wings fan?

    My hockey story is more about returning to my roots after a long absence. Dad was born in Detroit, so it was Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Wings in our house. When I was a three, we were living in Wolsely, Sask. I was mesmerized by watching the puck going back and forth across the ice, although I really didn't understand the game. I told dad that when I grew up, I wanted to be a professional hockey goalie. At that time, people thought it was so cute that a little girl wanted to play hockey. Dad started me in figure skating lessons. After we moved back to the States, there wasn't any place for me to skate, and I got out of it. Living in ND, it was all about football and baseball (on the pro level). Baseball bored me, but I grew up as a rabid Lions fan, which is almost anathema in Vikes country. A few years ago, my sister moved back to the area (SD) from the east coast, where she had gotten back into hockey. She got dish, and Center Ice. When I'd go to visit, I'd sit and watch the Wings games. I found that I was still mesmerized by watching the puck. The turning point for me was the Joey Harrington incident. When the Lions first got him, he was touted as the new saviour of the franchise. I watched the interview during the Thanksgiving game, and thought "they're setting up the next scape-goat". I continued to follow Joey's career, but soon noticed that my prediction came true. As any Lions fan knows, the Thanksgiving game is Football. When Joey and the Dolphins beat Detroit, I couldn't stand to watch. I could never root against my Lions, but my heart belonged to Joey. It was a dark day for me. Football had lost its hold on my heart. I went home, connected to nhl.com, and downloaded the rules. Side note- is it just me, or is it odd that they say "click here to download" and once you have downloaded it, they tell you that it is illegal to copy by any means including electronic? Anyway, soon I was talking hockey with Dad and little sister. I have watched old videos, spent countless hours online, and have taken to hockey with reckless abandon. I'll always be a Lions fan, but the Wings have taken over in my life. I truly feel like I have come home. ETA: The video of Vlad standing at the game, and getting the cup from The Captain set me into tears. I believe.
  2. 55fan

    Pronger at it again: elbow to McAmmond's head

    I didn't actually get to SEE it, since the NBC station here had a telethon going. <glare at station manager for poor scheduling> I was listening to the Ottawa station, and boy did they have some words for Pronger. I totally agree with scotvm- except I'd say if a time out doesn't work, get out the belt. This kid needs a woodshedding and now. If the league won't do it, I hope Ottawa will. Not original on my part, but I must echo whomever said it: Puck Fronger!
  3. 55fan

    So you know, if I had to make one change...

    Sorry, I have no idea. My beef was that the one and only channel I get that carries hockey is NBC. No ESPN, CBC, VS, or any other combination of the alphabet out there. I was just suggesting that they put it on regular (non-pay) TV, so that those of us who can't afford it can watch. I mean, look at the NFL, they're huge out here, and they're on the regular networks. Everywhere you go, you see someone in a Vikes, Broncos, Packers....jersey. I'm the one in Honolulu Blue. We are in Wild country, but half of the people out here have no idea that Minnesota (neighbouring state) has a hockey team. UND Fighting Sioux are huge. High school hockey is very big. NHL? A few people vaguely remember the Jets and North Stars, but that's it. There's no reason the NFL should be bigger around here except that we can see the games each week. If the NHL did the same, I think it would catch on. On the other hand, when you walk around in your Red Wings attire, you always meet another fan. Even people who favour other teams will chat forever, just because they are so thrilled to run into a NHL fan. TV could do it for us.
  4. past- Mr. Hockey, and Vlad is a true Hero. present- Kronwall (or did the 55fan give that away?) I'm looking at what he has done in other places when not injured (Sweden 2006, GR during the lockout) and I think the guy has great potential. Also love Cheli, Dats and anyone whose mother probably has a recipe for lingenberry jam. Flip is growing on me. Love to watch Malts, Cleary, and Draper together. Dad's fave is Lang. Hope they keep him or dad will want his Wings shirt back in place of his Lang one. Non wings- I LOVE Peter Budaj, for no reason other than the fact that my little sister thinks Jose is "dreamy" and goes bezerk when I say I LOVE Peter Budaj.
  5. 55fan

    So you know, if I had to make one change...

    They really need to get hockey on where more people can see it. I live out in the boondocks and can't afford cable. Wny can't NBC simply replay an earlier game from that day before they go off the air for the night? Have the cleaning staff shut off the equipment. Then those of us who have to listen to the games would get to see them, and those who are up at night with nothing to do might just get into the sport, which would mean better ratings during the day, which would translate into more games on prime time. We all win. Just a thought. They probably won't do it, but re-alligning my rabbit ears just in case.
  6. 55fan

    If each Wing had their own store....

    Maybe Zetterberg and Holmstrom could spend the summer hanging out at Twins' games selling Homer Hankies.
  7. 55fan

    You know you're a Detroit Red Wings fan if...

    if your initial reaction to this post was to wonder what Darren had to do with that, and then realize it didn't say "McCartyian". also...if you can't remember your locker combination at work without reciting Malts, Kopecky, Lebda
  8. 55fan

    You know you're a Detroit Red Wings fan if...

    ...you have a hamster named Niklas Mathieu Daniel Robert and your dearly departed hamster was named Henrik Pavel Tomas Nicklas Dominik. (may he rest in peace)
  9. 55fan

    which one of you toilet papered Gigueres house?

    It must have been Homer. Who else would be sending an NHL goalie a message saying "you haven't seen the last of my butt"?