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#2555069 Favorite arena

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:35 AM

I've been to Nationwide Arena a handful of times (twice to see the Wings) and while it's a nice arena, the fans are absolutely horrible.  Half of them have never seen a hockey game and the other half are only there because the Buckeyes aren't playing.  I understand the second half since it's a huge college town for one of the biggest schools in the country, but it's annoying having to watch a game next to their fans.  At least they're quiet for the most part and there's a lot to do in downtown Columbus.

lol - you wanna see some bad fans?


Go to the UC with Red Wings gear on.

#2555063 Favorite arena

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 11:06 AM


Mom and I were in Toronto visiting relatives. I was 12. We had no tickets to the Leafs game but someone knew someone that worked at Maple Leaf Gardens. They brought us in the back door used to access the zamboni bay and took us through a bunch of tunnels and stairwells to find and usher, who then proceeded to find us season ticket seats that they knew were going unclaimed for the evening.


It was a crappy game (vs Rangers) with no star power and I've always hated the Leafs. But man, that place was awesome.



Was never there for a game (did see a few games at the ACC)...The old MLG reminded me of a cathedral...A special place.

#2555061 Favorite arena

Posted by F.Michael on 09 December 2014 - 10:53 AM

I've only been to a handful but JLA and the Bell Centre are both great.


Maple Leaf Gardens was such a cool arena too with it's one long-sloped side and generally weird layout.


I wish I could have made it to Boston Gardens as well.

Back in 1990 - a buddy of mine, and I took a road trip to Toronto in late June.


We stayed at the Neill-Wycik dorms which was a short walk from the Maple Leaf Gardens...The front doors were wide open, and the security guys let us walk around for nearly 30 min...Had a good laugh with 1 of the maintenance guys; talking about the Leafs, etc.


Toronto is a fun city to visit.


The Joe hands down. And I have been to Scottrade, TD Garden, United Center (Joe Louis West as I call it.)

Yeah - back in the late 90's I was at the UC for a Hawks/Wings game...Half the crowd - maybe more - were Red Wing fans (keep in mind this was when the Hawks really sucked).


Everyone around me, and my buddies were Wings fans, and when the Hawk fans started their usual 'DETROIT SUCKS' chant - we started our own  'STANLEY CUPS' chant.....Within a few minutes many other Wing fans in surrounding sections joined in, and before you knew it we were drowning out the Hawk fans.

#2554907 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 03:05 PM

We is a contender.



If the Wings can stay healthy, and continue to play as they are then I don't see any reason why they cannot compete for the Eastern Conference championship come spring.


A good number of our rivals have lost some players due to cap issues, or injuries (suck it you d-bags!), and it appears our youngsters are becoming the players we had hoped that they would become.


It's been a while, but I'm really beginning to feel confident about this team, and their ability to stay at, or near the top in the standings...It's really awesome, and as a handful of analysts/critics  like Pierre Maguire have said  - 'Detroit doesn't rebuild - they just reload'.

Now that we have that cleared up... Call up Callahan while Abdelkader is out, if he doesn't earn his spot, we can send him down before his 10 games is up, if he does pan out, which I'm certain he will, trade Andersson for a late round pick...



I firmly believe that a guy with most of his teeth missing adds bite - erm - character to this team...Mind you I have all my teeth.....

#2554892 Senators fire head coach MacLean

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 02:21 PM

What concerns me most is what will happen to the guy who sat behind the Sens bench, and dressed up like MacLean?




No doubt.  He'd make Johan Franzen into Mark Messier.  Such is the power of McGrattan. 

Never underestimate the power of punching the faces of an opponent  can have on a teammate!

#2554787 Jonathan Bernier - Nelson Mandela Comments

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 09:56 AM

Toronto has a basketball team?

#2554786 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 09:54 AM


I have no hate for Buffalo and I would love seeing them getting McDavid. Finally the team has a great owner, the fan-support is still huge - given on where the team is ! - and they are doing this rebuild thing right. The Oilers in my mind have had more than enough first overalls and still couldn't get the job done that's on their management.


Also I don't want to see McDavid in a soon to be relocated/sold market the guy should focus on hockey because he is incredible fun to watch and ridiculously talented.



Really hope buffalo gets him so I have something to watch here in buffalo other than grirgensons lol

Agree with both...I'd rather see a team with a pretty solid fan base such as Buffalo get McDavid.

#2554770 Oilers schedule presser tomorrow

Posted by F.Michael on 08 December 2014 - 02:24 AM

I hope the Oilers get McDavid and not Buffalo orFlorida. Last thing I want is a franchise player helping turn around a team in our division. With Tampa Bay, Montreal, Boston  and Toronto our division is hard enough.

I'd rather see the Oilers land 3rd, or higher in the draft order...Those morons have had more than their fair share of high-end draft picks...It's time for another franchise to get an opportunity to get outta the basement regardless what conference they're in.


Mind you - that's just my humble opinion.

#2553726 Red Wings Bell Ringing on Friday

Posted by F.Michael on 04 December 2014 - 01:23 PM

We should start a collection...


I'll drive the 7 plus hours to Hiller's Market where Babs & Kenny will be...


I won't shower for a week, and be sure to have some scotch on my breath...


I'll arrive disheveled - my partially tucked-in shirt protruding thru my open fly...


'Hey guys.....Waz the deal with no fighters on the team?!!!.....Eh?'


Betcha I make the late night news.

#2551888 Doggone it Danny Cleary

Posted by F.Michael on 25 November 2014 - 09:41 AM

I am a Cleary fan, even with the knowledge that he must step aside soon for the younger kids.  In the meanwhile, he brings veteran presence to the locker room, and intangibles like heart and desire.  He's contributing.  Bravo, Daniel.



Cleary came into the league as a 1st round pick by Chicago...He thought he'd have it easy because he was a top player at ever other level of the game prior to the NHL.


He found out the hard way how one can be on the outside - looking in...Lucky for him that Holland saw some redeeming quality, and gave him a chance...This experience is what Cleary can pass along to the youngsters within the Wings organization.

#2551554 Doggone it Danny Cleary

Posted by F.Michael on 24 November 2014 - 03:24 PM

Not surprising...Danny more or less 'grew up' in Detroit after he bombed in Chicago/Edmonton/Phoenix.


Even though his best playing years are behind him; I could see him as part of the Wings organization down the road.

#2551426 11/24 GDT : Ottawa Senators 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by F.Michael on 23 November 2014 - 11:46 PM

Awesome GDT!


Go Wings!

#2550933 Lucic tasting some knuckles...

Posted by F.Michael on 22 November 2014 - 09:47 AM

See i think Lucic should be suspended for something like that. He throws a punch through the ref after its all over then throws his glove. The guy is an effing baby. No one is apparently allowed to hit him or make a good play on him. He comes back with a punch to Prouts head because he is fruatrated someone is playing D.

Personally - I want Lucic to play more.....That way there's more opportunity for every fan around the league to witness what a jerk he really is, and hopefully - fingers crossed - he comes across another guy like Prout who takes Lucic down a few more pegs.


Lucic is lucky he's in today's NHL.....Back in the 80's/90's - he would've had his lunch fed to him each, and every night.

#2550919 Lucic tasting some knuckles...

Posted by F.Michael on 22 November 2014 - 07:42 AM

It's official...I cannot tolerate this jerkoff any longer...


#2550729 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by F.Michael on 21 November 2014 - 08:26 AM

Higher standards in that I went there and YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH

I see both sides of this one, but I've gotta say--hiring a professional that is skilled in handling large amounts of money does not equal not trusting your parents. My mom is my favorite person in the world, great at her job, and I trust her beyond any other human on this earth. That being said: she knows f*** all about handling millions of dollars (not to mention she can't remember where she put her own glasses half the time), and I would never place her in that position because she would feel terrible when she inevitably screwed everything up. Add that to the fact that JJ's parents sound like absolute trash cans, sprinkle in a little bit of why the hell would he give them power of attorney and you have one big WTF Pot Pie. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

Sad situation either way--hopefully he learns from this and moves on, but from the sounds of it he'll unfortunately be moving on without his parents.

'WTF Pot Pie' - :lol:




To answer your question, I guess I'd trust...Pat Brisson.  The agent he stupidly fired, but who nevertheless seems to managing Crosby, Kane, and Toews just fine.  Johnson was duped, in large part because he's dumb, and easily duped it seems. 

That right there is what leaves me scratching my head...Obviously JJ isn't the brightest guy on the planet, nor are his parents.