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#2470383 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by 55fan on 03 January 2014 - 01:31 PM


That's interesting.  The coverage of him that I saw pointed to the fact that he went undrafted in 2010 because he had just had his spleen removed & there were questions about whether he would ever play hockey again.

Some sell their souls to Satan to play with the Wings; others sell their spleens.  Both start with S.


Not expecting him to bring down the house, but I hope he has a good showing.

#2470183 Howard on U.S. Olympic Roster

Posted by 55fan on 02 January 2014 - 08:53 AM

Congrats to Jimmy!  I, for one (apparently!  LOL~) am very proud of him.   It's likely he will not see any ice time, but if needed, he will rise to the occasion. 

Or butterfly, as the need may be.

#2469429 The Hottest Red Wing

Posted by 55fan on 01 January 2014 - 08:54 AM

I decided to change my desktop background.  No reason, just like a change every now and then.



#2469195 The Hottest Red Wing

Posted by 55fan on 31 December 2013 - 03:22 PM

Bert and GusGus having fun at practice today.





#2468557 Howard on U.S. Olympic Roster

Posted by 55fan on 30 December 2013 - 06:48 PM

I wonder if Ryan is actually grey too or if he dyes.  Only his hairdresser knows for sure.


(And if you remember that commercial, you're old.)


I think (barring injury) it'll be Miller- Quick- Howard. 

#2468494 Leafs/Wings 24/7 Episode 3 Discussion (12/28)

Posted by 55fan on 30 December 2013 - 02:52 PM


That's awesome!  The scene where Abby and Smith were driving into Detroit for practice from the second episode, and they saw that truck spin out was like three blocks from my house. 

Side note: my friend used to work at a restaurant in Royal Oak, and based on what he's told me, combined with HBO and other media sources, I'm like 90% sure that Helm, Abby, Smith, and Tatar all live in those nice condos on Main St. in Royal Oak.  Does that make me creepy? :ninja:

No.  Creepy is when you run out and buy a bunch of makeup and dress up as the Avon Lady to find out for sure.


I'm not sure if I'd want the camera crews to give too many hints about where I lived.  Most of us are just interested, but there are stalkers out there.  If I was a player, especially one with kids, I'd be keeping it a bit more low-key.

#2468401 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Predators 6

Posted by 55fan on 30 December 2013 - 03:36 AM

I will be at this one,before I head back to Louisiana on Tuesday

I know you're a Preds fan, but since you like the Wings too you need to sit between fans of both teams. 


When the Preds score high-five Preds fans with your right hand, and when the Wings score high-five Wings fans with your left hand.  I hope your left hand gets slapped silly!  :P

#2468400 Leafs/Wings 24/7 Episode 3 Discussion (12/28)

Posted by 55fan on 30 December 2013 - 03:30 AM

Did anyone pay attention to the part where Babs talks about the morning skate? He says that because he has "Kids" on the team he has to make morning skate mandatory, Implying that young players are not as good/ready blah blah blah. He says that if it was mostly vets he wouldn't have to make it mandatory.

I for one always beleived Babs and Holland favored vets for a variety of reasons. But that exchange made, at least to me, it seem like to me that young players are just basically completely unappreciated here. thoughts?

Not really.  Kids need more practice.  It's like that with anything you do.  If you've been doing something for 20 years, you're probably as good as you're going to get at it.  If you're 20 years old, there's still a lot of room to grow.


Another thing is that the kids are still getting used to the NHL game, and since they're call-ups, they're still fitting into the lineup and getting used to their teammates.  The vets that have been here a while know each others' tendencies, and the ones like Alfie may not know the individuals, but they've been around enough to adjust quickly.


Both the need for practice and the need for making them more comfortable in their surroundings are reasons to have the kids practice more.


Other thoughts:  "Go dye your hair."  Really?  That's like calling the fat kid "fatso".  Shows no originality or effort.  -oooooooh burn, did you wake up at three in the morning thinking "hey!  he has grey hair!  I'll tell him to dye it!"- Don't quit your day job.


Nice bit on DeKe.  It's what the series needs: more slow-mo getting-dressed shots not involving equipment.  The whole "putting on skates and/or pads in slow-mo" is getting old.


Johan's Eddie is getting to be a big boy.  Cute as a little muffin.


Hank moved three years ago?  After he and Emma re-did the kitchen in their old house?  Wow.  That rich and still flipping houses.  Wonder if this one was a fixer-upper too.  That would be a cool show.  Hockey + DYI = my kind of show.


Smith's dad is funny.  Loved the "went down like a cheap suit" comment.  Was waiting for "hooker" rather than "suit" but I guess even dads draw the line somewhere.


Not in the show, but would have been cool props:  Dec. 19th was 3 years of sobriety for Tootoo.  Good for him. 

#2467963 Alumni Games...I'm confused

Posted by 55fan on 28 December 2013 - 06:44 PM

Were you looking at the Wings' official site?  Those rosters probably haven't been updated in months.  Toronto revealed their rosters on HNIC a few weeks ago, they have PLENTY of guys.  (I counted 15 ex-Wings playing for Toronto!!)  Here are their rosters, with a partial Wings roster at the end...



That's the one!  I knew I'd seen one somewhere.  Thanks!

I was looking at the Official NHL Winter Classic page of the Official NHL website.  Should have known that they'd not be able to keep up with all of the happenings during this busy One-of-a-kind Outdoor Classic Games Jamboree/Free-for-all.

#2467888 Alumni Games...I'm confused

Posted by 55fan on 28 December 2013 - 11:37 AM

It could happen.  Some of those guys did play for both teams.  I'm just surprised that they aren't being featured on the Leafs side as well.


After looking at the Leafs roster, I am surprised that they have so few people.  Of course, if the second game is Cup winners, the Leafs might be unwrapping the mummies as we speak.  (Oh, that was mean.)

#2467774 Official Detroit Lions thread

Posted by 55fan on 26 December 2013 - 05:58 PM

The Detroit Lions.  Finding new and interesting ways to break their fans' hearts since 1958.

#2467716 Your favourite Red Wings misfit of all time

Posted by 55fan on 26 December 2013 - 08:56 AM

I like Robert Lang.  He was kind of a misfit here.  He did well before he got here, but just didn't fit here.

At least he gave the Hobbit a hold to grow up in.

#2467669 Merry Christmas, LGW

Posted by 55fan on 25 December 2013 - 07:52 AM

I second that. 


Thanks to Matt and the mods for giving us this great place.  Thanks to all the in-staters who have the info for all us out-of-market people.  Thanks to the friends- new and old- and people who "watch" the games with me.


For those who are celebrating today, may you enjoy time with family/friends and get joy from the gifts you give and receive (thanks, Loo!  I'll be toasting you!).


May you all have a wonderful 2014, filled with health, wealth, dreams that come true, and many Red Wings victories to celebrate.

#2467628 Leafs/Wings 24/7 Episode 2 Discussion (12/21)

Posted by 55fan on 24 December 2013 - 04:44 PM


I think the reasoning is that "Leafs" is the plural of a specific thing, a specific leaf, namely the Canadian Maple Leaf. The players play for and represent that leaf.


But I'm not Canadian, so I'm probably wrong.

Conn Smythe quote:


“The Maple Leaf to us, was the badge of courage, the badge that meant home. It was the badge that reminded us all of our exploits and the different difficulties we got into and the different accomplishments we made. It was a badge that meant more to us than any other badge that we could think of... so we chose it... hoping that the possession of this badge would mean something to the team that wore it and when they skated out on the ice with this badge on their chest... they would wear it with honour and pride and courage, the way it had been worn by the soldiers of the first Great War in the Canadian Army."


Got it from the Leafs website.

#2467186 USA vs Canada woman's fight

Posted by 55fan on 22 December 2013 - 02:45 PM



Seriously though, the Lamoureax gals are good North Dakota chicks. 


Got to cheer them on.