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#2561325 Visiting Fan

Posted by F.Michael on 07 January 2015 - 01:24 PM

I am a long-time Wings fan from St. Louis.

I will be visiting Detroit to attend the March 22nd game.

I will most definitely be in Wings gear, but a friend who is attending wants to wear her St. Louis Blues jersey.

I have never been to The Joe before and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what the atmosphere will be like for her.

Honestly, she asked if she shouldn't wear it for fear of aggressive fans.


Any warnings?

In my travels - 95% plus Red Wing fans at the Joe are very friendly, and reasonable (unless trash talking, or stupidity takes place).


I've pretty much felt the same in St.Louis when I wore my Wings jersey there; the vast majority were very nice, and I had no issues.


I honestly think your gf will be fine with her Blues jersey...Have fun!

#2560560 1/3 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Canucks 4

Posted by F.Michael on 04 January 2015 - 01:40 AM

I don't get how in all this time that Franzen has essentially 'clocked out' of being a factor for this team on most nights, no one has ever really called him out on it, I mean from the coaching staff and/or players


It's always crap like, 'Yeah, 'ol Mule's gotta get going, we need him out there' and generic stuff like that- perhaps more is said behind closed doors, but if it is, it still isn't getting through


I wish a coach and/or teammate would publicly call him out, might wake his despondent ass up

The 'Mule' wouldn't have lasted long on Bowman's 97/98 teams - be it in the locker room, or on the ice...Yzerman, and others would've have a few chats.

#2558824 12/23 GDT : Sabres 3 at Red Wings 6

Posted by F.Michael on 23 December 2014 - 08:58 PM

I think were gonna see kindl waived soon.
Its kind if obvious that it needs to happen.

That won't happen...Instead Holland will reward Kindl with a 3 year contract extension.

#2558688 John Scott Butt Ends Tim Jackman's Face

Posted by F.Michael on 23 December 2014 - 02:37 PM


I know you're not defending goons here, but I've got to ask, how is he any different than any other goon?


Everybody always says about Scott, "its a farce that he's in the league".  But how's he any worse than Orr, Parros, McGrattan, Westgarth, etc.?  I remember Milbury going off on Scott and how he's such a disgrace, but he was completely mum on all the other guys in the league who do the EXACT same thing on the ice.  I honestly don't care about goons so I don't pay attention, is he a particularly disgraceful goon?

How much you charge for painting a house?


With such large strokes of the brush - you certainly cover alot.

#2557094 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by F.Michael on 16 December 2014 - 02:22 PM

Are you kidding me?! *Chamomile*? IT'S NOT EVEN A REAL TEA!! It's a fricking *herb*. Are you so full of yourself that you can't appreciate a decent green tea? You're probably the type that prefers English Breakfast over Irish Breakfast. I just don't know what to say to you anymore. You're clearly an uncivilized ass.

.....and to think I was gonna ship a bottle of 16 yr Lagavulin to the desert.

#2557040 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by F.Michael on 16 December 2014 - 09:48 AM

You don't like fighting...you apparently don't like entertainment.....IMG_1374.jpg

Besides whats wrong with the WWF?

If that's Earl Grey, or Chamomile - please set up another place setting for me!

#2556928 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by F.Michael on 15 December 2014 - 05:39 PM



So your blaming poor ticket sales on the fact we don't fight anymore.... Would have nothing to do with the economy.


I would love for you to explain to Bob Probert's wife and 4 kids as well as countless other familys that lost someone way too soon because it will sell more tickets. Ignoring the long term effects of head trauma due to toughness is ignorance. 

Not to nit pick, but Probie's death was caused by cardiac arrest aka a heart attack (years of alcohol, and drug abuse were contributing factors).


But yes - his brain was donated for research, and signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) were present.

#2556891 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 15 December 2014 - 01:34 PM


Not really.  He's a little bit like Maltby in attitude, but his skill set is almost entirely like Draper.  Both Draper and Glendening are/were matchup defensive centers, with excellent faceoff and penalty killing capabilities. 


The only thing Maltby and Glendening have in common is that they're both pretty big douchebags lol.  They love chirping dudes, being quasi-dirty, and facewashing guys. 


On second thought, Glendening is a Maltby/Draper love child.  A perfect combination of the two. 



I guess the d-bag factor about Glendening stands out the most for me, and he reminds me of Maltby in that way.


And besides - I don't get into stats, faceoffs % won, nor their pk ability.....I just wanna see some abrasive hockey!



#2556824 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by F.Michael on 14 December 2014 - 11:55 PM

Rumor has it that Yandle and Boedker can be had.  The asking price for Yandle is rumored to be a top line guy, prospect, and second round pick.  We've got a top line forward on our third line.  No rumored asking price on Boedker.  So...


Franzen, Helm, Kindl (or Andersson), Pulkkinen, 2nd




Yandle and Boedker



Which would give us





Miller-Glendening-Andersson (or Callahan if Andersson went the other way)



Any trade that invloved  moving Franzen would make me smile.

#2556731 Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

Posted by F.Michael on 14 December 2014 - 02:33 AM

No. I don't see it that way at all. After the head shot, Brendan needed to go to the bench for concussion protocol. Someone else needed to step in. That's the deal. Cheap headshots will produce an immediate and angry response. At least they do for EVERY other team.

Disagree strongly here: a cheap shoulder to face on anyone should have the Wings buzzing like angry killer bees on the perp. That is NOT team play and needs to be rectified otherwise they will be known as pushovers and will be played accordingly. It is certainly not dropping gloves for no reason; it is avenging an ugly, intentional attempt to injure by illegal head contact. FWIW, I'd rather see goons bashing each other than cheap shot artists committing this kind of offence on players in vulnerable positions such as Brendan was. AND he got an extra 2 for 'slashing' when his retaliatory cross check was called. Not only were the team-mates MIA on this one, the referees were absolutely out to lunch.

Suspension forthcoming. If I was Brendan, I'd ask for a trade. He lays it out for the team every game and the team does not reciprocate. Brutal.

Not partaking into retaliation has been a theme for the Red Wings; it's been that way for a while (Hank's noggin getting bounced off the glass by Weber several years ago).


Smith will remain a Wing regardless...I honestly doubt any of the Wings have any concern of getting run by an opponent (if anything we fans have more of a concern than the players).


Come to think of it - we've seen more fights so far this year than what we've seen in years past.

#2556730 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by F.Michael on 14 December 2014 - 02:23 AM


It's super douchey, but speaking for myself (and probably some others here who played) when I played in HS I would always take liberties with bad team or when we were winning. It's part of the game. That being said, the red Wings probably would have cut me :lol: and for good reason.

As talked about in another thread - hockey still retains an element of intimidation.


I never played any organized hockey while growing up (just pond hockey), but did play in adult leagues.


I remember this team we played a few times were full of firemen, and cops, and they played rough...Being a bigger guy myself - I stood up to a few of them - traded jabs/gloves in the face - hurtful words exchanged - etc.


20 min after the game - we were all having beers in the locker room together  :lol:

#2555801 Jimmy sucks in a shootout Howard

Posted by F.Michael on 11 December 2014 - 12:06 PM

As poor as he is in the shoot outs - I'm more concerned with his play for the playoffs when Jimmy won't have to worry about them.

#2555768 Jonathan Bernier - Nelson Mandela Comments

Posted by F.Michael on 11 December 2014 - 07:17 AM

Someone uploaded the interview to YouTube.

Sooooooo painful to watch.

What a crappy hairstyle...He needs to roll with a pompadour.

#2555091 Senators fire head coach MacLean

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 12:47 PM


I'd love to say Crosby in Pittsburgh, but it actually makes sense that they play hockey there.  Anything California based is going to get my vote for "Most Douchey".  Every day of the week.  So yeah, Anaheim.  God, could you imagine a team with Crosby, Perry, and Selanne for all those years?  They'd be insufferable. 


Strangely though, Kesler seems less douchey in Anaheim than Vancouver.  Which, of course, attests to the truly profound level of Vancouver doucheyness. 

Should we start a petition to change the city name from Vancouver to Vandoucher?

#2555077 Ben Bishop and Darren Pang swap goalie pads

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:58 AM

Panger in Bishop's gear would've been the norm back in the late 90's thru mid 2000's.