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  1. Hello again, my friends. It has been nearly a year since I have posted here. For the last year, I have been almost completely uninterested in the Red Wings or anything to do with hockey and the NHL (I did however, attend a single home game thanks to getting some free tickets). I decided that enough was enough. The bogus and phantom calls, and Bettmans' favoritism toward Pittsburgh were enough to completely drive me away from anything NHL/hockey related. And I post this to you now, as I hear from my friends in real life and fellow posters of LGW, that the situation is largely unchanged. And so I ask... Why? Why is the topic of officiating in the NHL such a taboo? Why does the NHL not only refuse to acknowledge their mistakes, but refuse to fix them? Furthermore, why are the teams and their owners doing f*** all about the situation? Why, in this modern age, do we still officiate sports of this caliber, using the judgement of a couple morons ON THE ICE (where they clearly cannot see everything)? Why have we not even attempted to move toward a better system? The state of this is absolute trash. And I would think that it's bad for the NHL in general. What is some new potential fan going to think when he sees a player for his team get tripped up and no call is made? They're going to call it bulls***. And it is, in fact, bulls***. How many times has Holmstrom been called for goaltender interference when it is clearly not? Call it part of the game. Say that it cannot be changed. I'll say that's bulls***. There's already a war room in Toronto. Get rid of the rule enforcing referees who can only be watching one direction at a time, and replace them with people whose sole job is to drop the puck and break up fights. Staff up the war room with people who can watch the game from many different angles at a time. Have a button in the war room that signals a whistle / immediate stoppage immediately. And for god sakes, get rid of goals being waived off or bogus penalties by people who can't even see the whole game at once or review it themselves in slow motion. When will something finally be done about the state of the officiating? When will teams and their GMs finally speak out against the NHL? I hope it's soon, because I'd really like to enjoy some hockey again.
  2. My rebut to that would be that all of the games except #4 were close. Detroit was sloppy in them. If they weren't so sloppy, maybe they would have been able to overcome the bad officiating.
  3. Oh, stop blaming the referees. When you don't win face-offs, don't play with any strength or heart, or any "give a damn", you're going to lose. And the Sharks showed Detroit that. Not that Detroit gives a damn. Yeah, there were tons of bad calls against Detroit. The winning goal came off a non-call. Who cares. They had PLENTY of time to get back in the game. This Detroit team deserved to lose. Call me an idiot, a bandwagon fan, whatever. If they played like game #4, I would be singing a different tune. But they only played like they wanted to win twice in these playoffs. Sorry, but no matter how big of a fan I am, I'm not going to pretend like they are superheroes. Instead I am going to see them for what they were this postseason: Real people with a bad work ethic. If your co-workers were lazy, you'd be pissed too.
  4. Phoenix was the better team too.
  5. "Please trade coaches with Detroit."
  6. Absolutely disgusted in this team.
  7. Enjoy the golf course, lazy asses.
  8. Just got here. Anyone see the 2003 playoffs?
  9. No. Nobody should cry over a bunch of people who get paid more in a month than some people do in a year, even when they are lazy at their job.
  10. Series is over.
  11. Lil' Ja
  12. Sorry, but if Detroit loses this game, it's their own fault. They have absolutely no ******* hunger whatsoever.
  13. This team. Seriously. Does not belong here.
  14. And now part 2 of Detroit's mastermind plan: Sit on a two goal lead with a rookie goaltender.
  15. I don't really think Detroit knows the meaning of the word "momentum"... Just bear with me here.. How many times have they stopped playing and sat on a lead? How many 3rd period comebacks has Detroit had in recent years?