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#2534456 Ice Bucket ALS Challenge: Bettman edition

Posted by 55fan on 18 August 2014 - 02:45 AM

Boogers? Pig's blood? T-Rex semen? Hitler's rotted entrails?

Or are we talking double rainbows? Sunshine mixed with clean sheets? PUPPY BREATH?!

I need to know. It's for science.


#2534342 Ice Bucket ALS Challenge: Bettman edition

Posted by 55fan on 15 August 2014 - 07:22 PM


Dan Cleary accepted the challenge.  I like that he put up the info for donating online.  I haven't seen anyone do that yet.

#2534308 Ice Bucket ALS Challenge: Bettman edition

Posted by 55fan on 15 August 2014 - 10:25 AM

So initially the idea was you either donated money to ALS research organizations, or you poured a bucket of water on your head. I love how this is catching like wild-fire, but I hope some of these people are sending a check in the mail, too.



Yep.  It's doing some good!

#2534289 Ice Bucket ALS Challenge: Bettman edition

Posted by 55fan on 14 August 2014 - 08:17 PM

Every once in a while for a fleeting moment, Bettman does something that makes me think he might not be the worst creature on earth.


Gotta give him props for doing that.

#2534096 Helmer: First one to get a herniated disc in the new Season?

Posted by 55fan on 12 August 2014 - 01:55 PM

Herlmer? Don't remember him being on our team lol. Must be related to hertl.

This must be why bans didn't like tootoo. Always making helm carry the load.

Bans didn't like tootoo? 


I'm a bit more worried that the Tootoos are honeymooning in Hawaii and Herlmer is with them.  Now that's carrying the load above and beyond the call o' duty.


Or maybe this is a different occasion.


Or maybe Herlmer and his lady split and Tootoo is teaching him how to pick up chicks. 

Commence the motorboat jokes.  I'm done for the day.


EDIT: was misspelling Herlmer as Hermler.  Can't have that.

#2533807 Rafalski to US Hockey Hall of Fame

Posted by 55fan on 06 August 2014 - 05:07 PM



Well-deserved.  3 Olympic teams, good NHL career, and all around good guy.

#2533699 State your unpopular opinion

Posted by 55fan on 04 August 2014 - 05:50 PM

I hate zombies and people dressed up like zombies and shows about zombies and pictures of zombies.

#2533560 NHL jersey's in GIF's

Posted by 55fan on 02 August 2014 - 06:06 PM

...and Florida was stuck using Kopecky for it's model.


Pretty cool.  I love how the older teams seem to go forever and then, all of a sudden, they add that newfangled piece of equipment called a "helmet".

#2533307 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by 55fan on 29 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

Exactly, HS.  I liked the guy a lot.  Quite frankly, if someone offered me big money to return to an old job that I liked but couldn't do as well as I once did it, and I knew they knew all about my physical state, I'd sure give it a go, especially if I was unemployed and looking for work.


I just wish he could have played one more game (not necessarily for us) to hit the 700 mark.


Best wishes, Sammy!


#2533146 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by 55fan on 28 July 2014 - 01:22 PM

Happy dance.  Happy dance. 


Now just give us DannyD and I'll be happy.

EDIT: Make that "I'll be totally happy".  I'm now happy enough to be doing a happy dance.  When we sign Danny I'll be doing a happy backflippy kind of dance.  Right now it's more of a happy cha-cha.

#2533057 Winter is coming..

Posted by 55fan on 26 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

Just a request:  My mom is a Wings fan.  Please do not show her these sweaters or let her know that they are in my price range.  Thanks.

#2533040 Babcock on using advanced stats

Posted by 55fan on 26 July 2014 - 08:34 AM

I was reading an article in The Hockey News in June and it was all about advanced stats like Fenwick and Corsi. The article said Datsyuk is the measuring stick for new stats as in if they test a new stat using him as an example and he doesn't do well, the stat doesn't hold up.
I wish I could find the original article online but I haven't been able to.

That's where I read it!  I remember reading something about Datsyuk and stats, but I couldn't remember what it was. 


Now we'll have to call him the Measuring Man.  Or the Standard Man.  Nah, Magic Man has a better ring to it.

#2532197 Red Wings & the Media

Posted by 55fan on 15 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

Everyone has a job to do.  If you're in PR, you have a responsibility to the team to make the team look good.  That's what they hire you to do.  The team is the one who's paying the PR guy, not the newspapers.


As for reporters/bloggers, they can write whatever they want within the laws of libel and the standards of their paper (in the case of reporters). 


If the PR guy for the Wings doesn't work well with some reporters/bloggers who don't report the team in a good light, he's just doing his job.  It doesn't silence the reporters/bloggers.  It just means that they don't have a red carpet that leads straight to their information.


There's news and there's opinion.  If a reporter is reporting news (i.e. Wings sign Player X) then what will be reported is the facts.  If the reporter is posting opinion (i.e. Player X is the next big thing) then that is what will be published. 


The PR people have a responsibility to provide the news reporters with their facts.  Any opinion reporters can take those facts and comment at will, but it's the PR guy's job to see that the news reporters get accurate data.


As a hyper-fan, I'd love to get more inside information, but these guys are people with lives and it's also the PR guy's job to protect that whilst still giving fans access to the players.  If you work for the team, you're not going to work with a reporter/blogger who wants access so he can rip a player apart or throw him under the bus.  That's not taking care of your team, which is part of your job.  There has to be a level of trust there if we expect the players to open up to the media for us.


I'm checking the news daily in hopes of seeing "Danny DeKeyser re-signed" and when I do, I will first seek out the facts, and then come here to get all of the opinion I can handle on the subject.  Sure, I will probably read some opinion articles and some blogs if I run into them, but at the end of the day, any one of us here who is reasonably literate could be a blogger if we really wanted to.

#2532010 Red Wings new assistant coaches

Posted by 55fan on 14 July 2014 - 12:36 PM

I vote for CHRIS DRAPER :thumbup:

If you can meld Chris Chelios and Kris Draper into one person, I'm on board with that.

#2531832 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by 55fan on 12 July 2014 - 12:31 PM


Holland made it quite clear to both of them, and to the fans through the media, that he only had the cap space to sign one of them, and whichever signed first would get the contract.  Franzen signed first, Hossa landed on his feet.

Franzen jumped first, for which I don't blame him.  He was coming off a season that few had predicted.  Hossa was coming off yet another good season.  His playoffs were bad due to injury.  I don't remember when it was that Franzen re-signed, but I thought it was a great deal at the time.


Hossa knew he could make more elsewhere, even though he'd probably have stayed if the money was right.  Franzen wasn't sure if anyone else would offer that plus he wanted to stay in Detroit. (The part about Hossa is a guess.  The part about Franzen was what I remember him saying, but after this amount of time, I have no link for it.)


As to the direction of this team, I'd say it's getting younger, but still with some veteran presence.  If this means a lag whilst the young guns get a couple years of experience under their belts, than it is what it is.  I just hope they don't wait until Kronner, Dats, and Z are old to get another Cup.