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In Topic: My Greatest Wish

21 May 2007 - 06:33 PM

This series has played out so far exactly like the Avs series in 02. The Wings lost games 3 and 5, losing game 5 in OT, falling behind in the series 3-2. As it turned out, Forsberg's OT winner was the last goal of the season for the Avs as Hasek pitched two shutouts to close out the series in 7. So there is a precedent.

In Topic: Who owns this town? Wings or Pistons?

18 May 2007 - 09:08 PM

QUOTE(CupChamps979802 @ May 18, 2007 - 08:57PM) View Post

Like I said in the topic of the Pistons vs Wings news article, this issue is really starting to make me angry. I don't hate the Pistons, or the NBA, but I am really not a big fan. I think the truth is the media has the strongest influence, and with the newspapers, local news, and quite a few fans, the Red Wings come second to the Pistons. I think the main reason lies in the media coverage that the NBA gets that the NHL does not get. ESPN, the major sports coverage team, could care less about the NHL and Red Wings IMO. The lockout did not help things, but the NBA is just being pushed and given to the fans a lot more than the NHL. Another thing that I think is to blame is our TV contract. I have tons of friends, that are not that big of Wings fans, but fans nonetheless, that are unable to watch PLAYOFF games because their cable provider does not carry Versus. If you can't even watch your hometeam, the fans are going to decrease.

I'm also sick of a bunch of these ignorant NBA fans who do not give the sport of Hockey at all.
Sorry for the rant, but this is something that I am truely angry about.

It's a waste of energy to get mad at something that boils down to simple economics. Hockey is a regional sport. Basketball is universal in America. It's going to get better ratings regardless of how many southern markets Bettman tries to force the NHL into. Also, don't think the Wings are totally blameless in this. They haven't done the fans a lot of favors lately. And the Pistons as an organization do a lot more in the department of fan relations (especially for their season ticket holders).

In Topic: Who owns this town? Wings or Pistons?

18 May 2007 - 08:12 PM

As much as I love Detroit, I have to admit that we're kind of a fair-weather town. That's why the Hockeytown moniker is kinda ridiculous, in my opinion. Were we Hockey Town when the Joe was at 40% in the early 80s? Will we still be Hockeytown if, God forbid, the REd Wings find their way back to the cellar? Toronto sells out their arena even when they suck, and so does Montreal. Both of those towns are bigger hockeytowns than Detroit. Right now, we're seeing how powerful the Tigers are. When the Tigers are good, this is a baseball town. But I actually truly believe that if the Lions got to a Super Bowl, this town would absolutely get turned upside down. It would be as crazy as last summer's Tigers run, the 02 Cup run and the 04 Pistons run COMBINED!

In Topic: Tonights Difference Makers

17 May 2007 - 09:35 PM

Robert Lang. I don't know why either. lol I guess I just have a feeling that he's going to score another huge goal.

In Topic: Burnside on the Wings, post-Yzerman and Shanahan

17 May 2007 - 09:27 PM

Am I the only guy in the world who thinks that Steve was our best player in most of the Oilers series, and definitely the best player (maybe for either team) in game 6?

QUOTE(StevieY9802 @ May 17, 2007 - 07:22PM) View Post

This has been the best playoff run in a while I think. Better than 98 or 02. I didn't see this run coming and when you don't expect it is when its the most fun.

It's been the most exciting, but if that softy by Lang in game 4 against the Sharks is gloved like it should have been, the Wings fall behind in that series 3-1 and they're probably toast. The Wings haven't been sailing threw this thing. It's been a grind and they've needed some breaks.

Let's step back from the excitement of the moment for a second and take an honest objective look at what is happening this season: the Wings are not that much better than they were the last three seasons (except in goal). They're just getting more bounces and breaks this year (which, admittedly, might have something to do with their work ethic, having younger legs, etc. But we're still a pretty old team). Like I said before, the Wings were not light-years away from title contention in their previous playoff flops. Each team that dispatched the Wings in 03, 04, and 06 wound up coming within a game of the Cup. And none of those teams blew the Wings away. All of those series were tight (even the sweep by the Ducks).