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#2593145 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 14 April 2015 - 10:05 AM

Just look at this forum. there are or where thousands of members. But most are gone now and maybe 40-50 ever post anymore. Mods feel free to add traffic numbers to this.

I used to look forward to watching the RW's on TV-man I miss gary thorne but that is a side issue, now I fall asleep half of the time. This team is boring as hell to watch. Some of the best games the past few years are when the west coast teams hook up. Kings-Ducks-Sharks. All are big, fast, physical, and have as much skill as anyone does. Which brings me to college hockey. I am a huge Michigan fan and I never watch college hockey. It is boring. Always has been. On the West side of the state, we have/had the same issue with the Griffins. Going to the VA to watch a game can and will involve sleeping. Boring games where no one touches each other, an arena that is overly PC, and a crowd that largely is there for something to do before they hit the bars downtown. Games at LC Walker in Muskegon have always been more fun.

Long story short in the game has lost something. some of it is the fact the RW's are not a dominate team anymore and we are effected by that. But the game itself isn't the same.

Get rid of the points all together. Every game has a winner and loser, so just go back to tracking wins and loses. So simple.......

Years ago I used to look forward to Red Wing games on Sportschannel, and ESPN.


Maybe it was because there were so few games for those living outside of Michigan who could watch when they were on national tv, but maybe I looked forward to these games for the excitement that they brought as well (now I'm spoiled with DirecTV, and the Center Ice package).


I honestly don't have the enthusiasm as I did years ago, and truth be told much of it lies within the fact that I find this team a bit dry...Up until the recent dismantling - the Bruins for the better portion of 3 seasons were 1 of the more entertaining teams to watch since they reminded me of our Wings from years ago...It also helps that I find Jack Edwards an entertaining 'homer'.

#2593118 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 14 April 2015 - 08:26 AM

"But the fans! The entertainment!"

GMs couldn't give less of a s***. It's all about winning.

I'd like to think it's both winning, and entertainment.


I'd say the vast majority of Detroit Red Wing fans (including  those who don't visit this site) would agree that the Cup winning teams from the 90's were much more entertaining than what we had in 2008.

#2593082 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 14 April 2015 - 12:03 AM

No this thread is not about the Wings.  


So the league leader in points this year was Jamie Benn, with a whopping 87 points. Ovechkin led the league in goals with 53.  Only two other players even hit 40 goals!  Only 15 players hit 30 goals.    


I know this is the era of butterfly, oversized pad goaltending, but this can't be what Bettman and company want to see.  You'd think all the top players in the league spent the season overseas when you look at these stats atop the leaderboards.  


Oh and only 16 players hit 100+ PIM, with only 4 of those players hitting 150+ PIM.  I can't imagine that happening any other time in a full season in the modern era.  


To sum up, this "new NHL" has no scoring and no fighting.  I guess if you're a fan of big goalies swallowing up pucks, you'll love today's game.   :sleepy:



Oh I almost forgot.  There's parity, so that makes everything more fun to watch, despite the fact that nobody scores, hits or fights.  Parity is what really counts here folks.  

You forgot the instigator rule.


As barbaric as it may sound - the notion of getting pummeled by an opposing teams enforcer kept some players on their best behavior.

#2592617 43-25-14......3rd seed in Division. Success or Failure?

Posted by F.Michael on 12 April 2015 - 06:16 AM

Success, with a really obnoxious hiccup in March.

Dunno if I'd call it a 'hiccup'.


I'm thinking it was more like a sneeze that resulted in sharting themselves.....Luckily nobody saw what took place so they just cautiously made their way back home to clean up.

#2592616 2015 Round 1 Photoshop War: Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by F.Michael on 12 April 2015 - 06:11 AM


Actually Yzerman always had a sense of humor.  He was one of the biggest smartasses on the Wings, but he kept it pretty well out of the public.  You didn't really hear stories until later in his career, and especially after he retired.  


Though there is the infamous moment of him taunting Domi from the bench with the heavyweight belt gesture after Domi's rematch with Probert.


Toews just seems like he has zero personality. 

At the 1:45 mark you see Stevie with the gesture...


#2591971 Definition of a real fan

Posted by F.Michael on 10 April 2015 - 09:01 AM

Mustard, or ketchup stained?



What kind of fan are you?


Everyone knows the answer is 'neither' since Larry would've licked the stains off.



#2591938 Red Wings clinch 24th consecutive Playoff appearance

Posted by F.Michael on 10 April 2015 - 06:56 AM

I was 21 when the Wings won it all in '97. The dead Wings era is still in my memory.


I hope this streak is all a lot of you will ever remember.



Yeah - I remember the 80's 'Dead Wings' era.


Even though it's unlikely we'll get outta the 1st round - at least we're not the Leafs.

#2588828 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by F.Michael on 04 April 2015 - 06:45 AM

I still firmly believe we need some 'bench enforcers' who are willing to punch out teammates  who screw up.

#2585883 3/26 GDT: Sharks 6 at Red Wings 4

Posted by F.Michael on 27 March 2015 - 01:48 PM

After further extensive research I've been able to identify the primary factor to the Wings lackluster play.....No goons in the line up.


EDIT - allow me explain...We could use a guy on the bench to punch a fellow Wing teammate for playing like crap...You cough up the puck at the blue line POW! a punch in the face.


You don't back check, and the winger you were assigned to cover scores a goal BAM! a knuckle sandwich...You get what I'm sayin :crazy:

#2580731 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by F.Michael on 12 March 2015 - 08:50 AM

Helm has shown decent touch this season. Besides, if he skates around like a maniac and forechecks hard like usual, that's insanely valuable. Tatar and Pav will score on that line anyways. Pulkkinen can't get the puck to those two or create space anywhere near the level that Helm can.

Helm's play style is even more valuable come playoffs.

#2580730 Franzen on IR

Posted by F.Michael on 12 March 2015 - 08:45 AM

Mule retire... it's not worth it... Great Wing when healthy, but take care of your son

I agree that it's probably best for his own health to 'hang'em up' - however he'll go on LTIR just as Marc Savard, and Chris Pronger had done (collecting a paycheck for the duration of his contract, but the $$$ will not go against the cap).

#2577135 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by F.Michael on 02 March 2015 - 02:16 AM

If Esteef were here he would approve of this logic.

I miss Esteef - he made me giggle.




#2575663 Couture suspen.....no wait, just fined pocket change

Posted by F.Michael on 27 February 2015 - 04:20 PM

Logan Couture has been fined a measly $5k for his dangerous slew foot of Brendan Smith.

And the NHL wonders why they're not taken seriously.

Which is why we need goons :crazy:

#2575574 Sounds like the New York "Islanders" are no more...

Posted by F.Michael on 27 February 2015 - 10:26 AM

It's more likely that they change the name to the Brooklyn Islanders.  Brooklyn is ON Long Island for those of you that are geographically challenged. 

I'm cool with the Brooklyn Islanders.

#2574442 Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

Posted by F.Michael on 24 February 2015 - 06:12 PM


Meh, I started law school one year before I joined this forum.  You can post here and do school at the same time. Just need to know how to multitask.  


Speaking of, I was studying for the bar in law school when we lost game 7 of the SCF.  You're more than welcome to read my post game comments that night.  You'll see what you have to look forward too.   :lol:



I should have known you're a JD. It explains so much. In all seriousness, you deserve some kudos. The legal market is still pretty bad, but you got in at the worst possible time.

I try to avoid multitasking, especially when I'm working on something that is particularly dry, like reading for corps. I'm too ADD. I prefer to just buckle down and get it over with, not that it always works.

I too was well on my way to law school - except I didn't find it all that challenging.


Instead - I opted to attend MATC (Milwaukee Area Tech College or Milwaukee's Alternative To College), and immersed myself into the world of Respiratory Therapy, and a whopping 2 years later I was the proud recipient of an Assoc. degree...Woo-hoo for me!