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#41 blackbarbie11

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:09 AM

QUOTE (skacore @ July 17, 2009 - 08:26PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think he just means it will be nice to play in front of a full crowd rather than just half an arena full and being able to hear them cheer and stuff and feed off them


Why do you say that? They don't have full crowds in Detroit? Let's see don't the Red Wings play at the Joe Louis arena? Just wondering.... BB11

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:16 AM

Just for those of you who are saying that Chicago is a crazy hockey town or that they looove their Hawks; that wasn't the case until this year. Their games were hardly attended until about December of last year when people had finally begun watching the games on TV after their owner, (I'm too lazy to google his name) who did not allow games to be televised, died. After the new year I saw decals on cars and more hats and jerseys showing up around here.

In my opinion as someone from Chicago, these fans need to prove that they're not fair weather fans before Chicago can be called any type of hockey town. The team has been abandoned by its fans since the mid-90's.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:28 AM

QUOTE (Jon22 @ July 18, 2009 - 12:16PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just for those of you who are saying that Chicago is a crazy hockey town or that they looove their Hawks; that wasn't the case until this year. Their games were hardly attended until about December of last year when people had finally begun watching the games on TV after their owner, (I'm too lazy to google his name) who did not allow games to be televised, died. After the new year I saw decals on cars and more hats and jerseys showing up around here.

In my opinion as someone from Chicago, these fans need to prove that they're not fair weather fans before Chicago can be called any type of hockey town. The team has been abandoned by its fans since the mid-90's.



really? he didnt allow games to be televised? Im not surprised that the fans abandoned them, who would want to go spend money on tickets to a team they've never seen?

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:32 AM

QUOTE (blackbarbie11 @ July 18, 2009 - 06:09PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why do you say that? They don't have full crowds in Detroit? Let's see don't the Red Wings play at the Joe Louis arena? Just wondering.... BB11

JLA is rockin in the playoffs, probably top3 buildings in the playoffs.. but a homegame versus phoenix on a tuesday night in november the building can have 6-7000 empty seats to be honest but from what ive read its mostly due to the horrible economy in the state of michigan.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:50 AM

I think the Wngs fans are alot more hockey-savy than the Pens fans. I still can't believe the uproar from Pens fans last year when

1. They lost in the finals
2. Hossa left.

This year we experienced both of those things and had a completly different reaction.

1. Well it sucks to lose in the finals but we gave it our all and if not for the injuries, the ridiculous schedule, Boston losing in game 7 to Carolina, and the Pens having no significant injuries, we would have won. We didn't get the breaks but we will next year.

2. Hossa was a 1 year experiment that didn't work out. He didn't help us as we hoped and Kenny was smart enough to make sure that we were only on the hook for 1 year.

After the 2008 SCF, Hossa was a very sought after commodity. After the 2009 SCF, not so much.

He's gone. Oh well, at least Kenny signed Franzen and Z for life.
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:57 AM

QUOTE (mindfly @ July 18, 2009 - 12:32PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
JLA is rockin in the playoffs, probably top3 buildings in the playoffs.. but a homegame versus phoenix on a tuesday night in november the building can have 6-7000 empty seats to be honest but from what ive read its mostly due to the horrible economy in the state of michigan.


Detroit has a higher road attendance %, Chicago's is higher at home. Overall they are 1 and 2 in the league. Overall, their isn't alot of difference. 1.59 million people saw the Wings and 1.63 saw the Hawks.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE (wmubronco420 @ July 18, 2009 - 12:28PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
really? he didnt allow games to be televised?




"Dollar" Bill Wirtz. He never allowed their home games to be televised. You could only listen to them on the radio. Away games were always televised, though. He was of the opinion that if you televise home games, people won't show up, opting to see the games from their living rooms instead. So he forced peoples' hands basically and took that option away. He was a cheap bastard.


I listened to my dad ***** about this over and over and over and over and over again. When he finally took the big dirt nap, his son loosened the purse strings and allowed the home games to be televised.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 02:54 PM

QUOTE (flip @ July 17, 2009 - 08:48PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For God's sake. Yet another asinine post from xtrememachine.

"A hockey town.

Not "Hockey Town" or "THE hockey town," but "a hockey town."

Chicago most certainly qualifies now, based on its ability to sell out a 20,000-seat arena for every home game last year.


One of the dumbest threads I've ever seen here.


I think he felt that Hossa was suggesting, in expressing his delight at being in "a hockey town", that Detroit, by contrast, had not been "a hockey town."

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:30 PM

This is definitely the media trying to blow things out of proportion, and possibly put Wings' fans in the same light as Pens' fans, who were collectively described as holding a grudge against Hossa.

Its just a quote, and I promise there's no ill will against the Wings when Hossa said it.



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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:31 PM

QUOTE (Echolalia @ July 18, 2009 - 05:30PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is definitely the media trying to blow things out of proportion, and possibly put Wings' fans in the same light as Pens' fans, who were collectively described as holding a grudge against Hossa.

Its just a quote, and I promise there's no ill will against the Wings when Hossa said it.


Well we arnt burning his jerseys yet..tongue.gif
And he should have chose his words more carefully, not our fault

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:48 PM

If he would have added "and Lord knows I wasn't in one last year" then there might be something article-worthy in there. As it is, it's a tempest in a teapot. Lest we forget, he's not a native English speaker either.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (chrisdetroit @ July 18, 2009 - 12:57PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Detroit has a higher road attendance %, Chicago's is higher at home. Overall they are 1 and 2 in the league. Overall, their isn't alot of difference. 1.59 million people saw the Wings and 1.63 saw the Hawks.

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numbers are irrelevant when they don't actually show up and make noise and create energy

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 06:38 PM

QUOTE (skacore @ July 18, 2009 - 04:14PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
numbers are irrelevant when they don't actually show up and make noise and create energy


And that problem could be fixed if our third and fourth lines carried nothing but hard-hitting, oft-fighting enforcers, eh?

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:14 PM

QUOTE (Crymson @ July 18, 2009 - 07:38PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And that problem could be fixed if our third and fourth lines carried nothing but hard-hitting, oft-fighting enforcers, eh?

this isn't the thread for that

but are you suggesting the Joe Louis is packed and energetic? or just being a dick?

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:39 PM

Hossa's statement had more to do with the fact that he had signed, basically, for life and was glad he had signed in a city that was a hockey town rather than a place like Los Angeles or Tampa Bay where he would have been playing on a bad team that nobody would have cared about even if they won the Cup.

This is the same kind of situation as the comment last year; Hossa said he had the opportunity to make a lot of money or he could try and win a Cup. Pens fans thought he was taking a shot at their team, when he was really directing it at the Oilers and Kings who offered ridiculous amounts of money that NO player should be making, and offered it over a long term. Hossa gave up over $80m dollars to play for the Wings last year in trying to win the Cup; it would have still been more than $50m on the table if he had stayed in Pittsburgh. Any Pens fan who thinks Hossa was taking a shot at Pittsburgh didn't realize what other offers were out there, and assumed Hossa was taking a shot at the Pens.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:41 PM

QUOTE (xtrememachine1 @ July 17, 2009 - 07:58PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And yet another attack from a guy that thinks Hawks GM... wait former GM Dale Tallon, is a genius. Are you still mad at me because I put you in your place last time we talked? Get over it.

As I had mentioned before, I think its interesting that a month after he leaves HOCKEYTOWN, he says its great to be in a "hockey town". Its a bad choice of words, just like last year. And you would think after all the crap he went through with the media over the past year, he would choose he words more carefully. He didn't say that after he left Atlanta or Pittsburgh, he says it after he leaves Detroit which is called Hockeytown by everyone.

I'm not disputing that Chicago is a great "hockey town". Its an original six city, it better be. I think Hossa's choice of words are bad. That's pretty much all I was trying to point out in this post.


YOU PUT ME IN MY PLACE?

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

We disagreed over Campbell's utility. I conceded he's overpaid. Then I reminded you that the Wings are dedicating nearly five million dollars of cap space to dead weight, including Holmstrom, Draper, Maltby. You didn't reply.

The thought of you putting ANYONE in their place is beyond hilarious. It makes me wonder about your mental wherewithal. Then again, you can barely speak the language (His choice of words "are" bad? Did you drop out of grade school?). It's only fitting that your weak grasp on the language precipitated this thread in the first place.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:43 PM

QUOTE (Crymson @ July 18, 2009 - 12:54PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think he felt that Hossa was suggesting, in expressing his delight at being in "a hockey town", that Detroit, by contrast, had not been "a hockey town."


Yes, he did, and it was an inane assumption. Attribute Hossa's word choice to the fact that he doesn't speak English all that well. What's xmachine's excuse?

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 07:52 AM

QUOTE (skacore @ July 17, 2009 - 07:26PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think he just means it will be nice to play in front of a full crowd rather than just half an arena full and being able to hear them cheer and stuff and feed off them


Sad, but true. Playoffs were just NUTS at the Joe. Need some of that energy during the regular season.

Edited by Zion, 19 July 2009 - 07:55 AM.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 08:49 AM

QUOTE (flip @ July 18, 2009 - 08:41PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
YOU PUT ME IN MY PLACE?


Yeah the true hurts huh?

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We disagreed over Campbell's utility. I conceded he's overpaid. Then I reminded you that the Wings are dedicating nearly five million dollars of cap space to dead weight, including Holmstrom, Draper, Maltby. You didn't reply.


Wow, a whole 5 mil to players that will be off the books after next year. Plus, we're not risking our franchise players in having them like the Hawks with Hossa, Huet and Campbell.


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The thought of you putting ANYONE in their place is beyond hilarious. It makes me wonder about your mental wherewithal. Then again, you can barely speak the language (His choice of words "are" bad? Did you drop out of grade school?). It's only fitting that your weak grasp on the language precipitated this thread in the first place.


Yep and you make it easy too. If you could argue your point without being a jerk and without resorting to personal attacks, then it wouldn't be so easy to put you in your place. I respond to you with facts and you respond to me with insults and attacks.

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Edited by xtrememachine1, 19 July 2009 - 08:52 AM.


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Posted 19 July 2009 - 08:50 AM

QUOTE (flip @ July 18, 2009 - 08:43PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, he did, and it was an inane assumption. Attribute Hossa's word choice to the fact that he doesn't speak English all that well. What's xmachine's excuse?


Wow, can you go one post without mentioning me? I must REALLY be in your head. LOL





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