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#2162101 Red Wings in San Jose

Posted by Uncle Danny on 30 April 2011 - 03:36 PM

Red Wings bars in SF:

Kezar Pub (Stanyan near Haight): This is probably the premier Wings bar in town -- the owner/bartender is from Detroit. Lots and lots of tvs and the best wings in town (no pun intended -- they're tasty!). The only downside is that it can get a bit crowded, especially for weekend games. I would imagine that this place is insane for this matchup. If you can get a seat, this is the place to be... just be sure to get there a little early.

Kilowatt (16th St. between Valencia and Guerrero): Less of a Wings bar than in years past, as the two bartenders from Detroit have moved on...but you can always get a TV with the game on it, and the local crusties at the bar itself are typically Wings and Toronto fans. This place is decidedly NOT a sports bar, though... more of a punk rock dive that happens to be filled with Red Wings fans. You won't be able to get any sound here, as they'll be playing music.

Shotwells (20th St. and Shotwell): Not a hockey bar, but they do have the NHL package and will show Red Wings games on request (assuming there isn't a Giants game on). Best beer selection in the city, and the staff and locals are amazingly friendly. If you land here, tell them Dan sent you...hell, I might even be there ;)

I should add that Kezar runs shuttles from SF to San Jose for games. Something like $60 for the ride, a keg on the bus and some nosebleed seats. Very rowdy bunch of fans. I've never done the shuttle myself, but when I make it to the Shark Tank, I always go up and say hello to the Wings faithful. Friends who've done the whole package say it's one hell of a good time.

#2155993 Money On The Board - Playoff Style

Posted by Uncle Danny on 21 April 2011 - 05:35 PM

Welcome to the pledge group and DAMN, boy, just put us all to shame! The plan is to make one lump-sum donation when it's not possible to donate any more under the terms of your pledge. (I'm being purposely circumspect) If you prefer to donate per round just to get it out of the way, that's fine, but it will just sit in my PayPal account until all the pledges are received. PayPal address is wingsdiva@gmail.com JIC.

Money being sent as I type (well, almost)... if I don't now, my wife might find out and take something far more valuable from me!

Honestly, it's for the kids, as silly and cliched as that sounds. I don't get how anyone with a few spare bucks wouldn't give for this.

#2155947 Money On The Board - Playoff Style

Posted by Uncle Danny on 21 April 2011 - 03:08 PM

So where do we send the loot? This is the happiest $200 I've spent in a long, long time :)

#2154692 Money On The Board - Playoff Style

Posted by Uncle Danny on 20 April 2011 - 08:27 PM

Late to the game here, as I was out of the country for the first three games...but I'm in! Seeing as we're already three deep, I'll eschew with most of the individual pledges and go straight for the jugular:

$100 for a round 1 series win
$100 for a round 1 sweep

I'll re-up if/when the hockey gods grant us a round two with a new set of criteria.

#2142452 Turco making bets during game

Posted by Uncle Danny on 06 April 2011 - 12:23 PM

I really hope the league doesn't make an issue of this. This is hardly Rick Tocchet or Pete Rose... just harmless fun with a fan. I actually dislike Turco a little less after this episode.

#2140193 Hopefully our problem vanishes tonight

Posted by Uncle Danny on 02 April 2011 - 12:03 PM


Problem? What problem?

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#2140185 Coyotes or Thrashers to Winnipeg

Posted by Uncle Danny on 02 April 2011 - 11:52 AM

I think it's wishful thinking to believe that the NHL would allow Detroit to move to the east, regardless of what happens with other franchises. The east already has four of the original six, and the top two non o6 teams from a marketing perspective (Caps and Pens). People talk today about the eastern conference bias -- moving Detroit would multiply that.

As much as I'd like to see it, I sincerely doubt it'll happen. This is a business, after all.

#2116448 Draper the goal scorer

Posted by Uncle Danny on 14 February 2011 - 01:43 PM

Sorry to be pedantic, but what I think what you meant is:

"What I believe would be best for the team in the long run is for Draper to retire."

Draper "should" retire when Draper feels like he has no more hockey at a top level left in him, or when he decides to become a lover of the life of leisure. If this season is any indication, now isn't when he "should" retire.

Personally, I'd welcome him back for another season or two if his play doesn't decline. Part of what has made this organization great is their dedication and loyalty to those that made this one of the most successful and respected franchises in all of sports. Illitch was clear from day one that he wanted to run his team like a family, and we've all enjoyed the fruits of this philosophy.

I understand why many of you say that it's time to give the kids a chance, but, from where I sit, that's Kris' decision to make (with some help from Ken), and I'll support whichever decision he makes. Giving him the respect to go out on his own terms is what separates our team from, say, Dallas giving Modano the boot.

#2116439 Forsberg Joins Avalanche

Posted by Uncle Danny on 14 February 2011 - 01:22 PM

Could be that the guy simply wanted to retire as an Av, and this was his/the brass' plan all along. I wasn't there, so no way I'll ever know.

Either way, I loved to hate him in the 90's, and always loved his game. He was the definition of elite before his injuries. Say what you want about his numerous comeback attempts, the game will miss him.

#2032773 Who will be the whipping boys for '10-'11?

Posted by Uncle Danny on 12 September 2010 - 03:06 PM

I think a lot of good predictions have been made, and can't really disagree with any of them (and lol'ed at the remark about Rafalski having the nerve to not be Nick).

That said, I'd like to throw JHo into the mix. He's ripe for a sophomore slump, and we all know how we Detroit fans love to trash our goalies.

#2005477 Is there a chance we can get Kovalchuk?

Posted by Uncle Danny on 27 June 2010 - 12:50 AM

Is there a chance we can get Kovalchuk?

Oh come on now, for pete's sake... the answer in the other 14k threads asking this question was no, and it's still no. A resounding no.

#1997740 Adam Burish: Chris Pronger Is The Biggest Idiot In The League

Posted by Uncle Danny on 10 June 2010 - 05:03 PM

Back on topic, I laughed when I first saw the clip, but in retrospect, it was a pretty low thing for him to say.

To Burish:
You just won the Stanley Cup, beating the man you're being asked about. Show some respect and be a good winner. You don't have to like Pronger (I certainly don't), but a simple "no comment" with a chuckle would have gotten your point across. Not only did you just put a huge target on your back for the next time you play against Pronger, you also you showed a large lack of (wait for it) class by berating a defeated opponent. Not cool.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not outraged or disgusted by this, and I'm sure he regrets saying it today once the euphoria of winning the Cup wore off some. I just don't think that's the way a professional should handle himself...

But it sure was funny.

#1995300 Favorite Announcers

Posted by Uncle Danny on 06 June 2010 - 02:21 PM

Thorne and Clement were solid. I've also always liked Jim Hughson. I've also always had a soft spot for Panger, although I'll admit that it may be due to his playing time in Saginaw (my original hometown) and friendship with Yzerman.

This one will be wildly unpopular, but I seriously enjoy watching Pierre McGuire. The guy is an encyclopedia and loves the game more than just about anyone else I've seen -- he's also a huge weirdo and excels at making his broadcast partners and interview subjects uncomfortable. I may not agree with most of what he says, but manoman is that little freak entertaining.

Oh, and Mickey, Dave and Ken, of course!

#1994317 please chicago win the stanley cup

Posted by Uncle Danny on 04 June 2010 - 02:06 PM

Fans of any team can post in this forum if they abide by the rules and don't troll. I certainly welcome them.

And what are we supposed to do now that there are only 2 teams left and the Wings are out?

And while I know a good bit of it is in fun, some in here definitely go overboard with the bulls**t of real vs. fake fans given by your own personal lists of criteria which are bulls**t. Just because you make the rules of being a fan doesn't make them true. (generally speaking here, not focusing on anybody in specific)

I want to see the Blackhawks win now. Why? The Wings are out, I have some family that live in Chicago and it'd be cool for them to experience, I have a friend who lives down here who is a Hawks fan from Chicago, and I personally don't like Philly sports all that much. If you don't like it, that's your tough luck. Who I want to win or root for does not make me any better or worse of a fan than anybody else in here.

So you can take your "You're not a real Red Wing fan" if you root for the Blackhawks or a team that Pronger plays on or whatever thought process and shove it up your rear end.

I could not possibly agree more. I am a hockey fan first and a Wings fan second... diehard on both accounts. I love the way Toews, Hossa and Keith play the game, have many friends from the Chicago area who are longtime Hawks fans and generally root for the West over the East since that is my team's conference.

Of course I'd be rocking the winged wheel and cheering my heart out for the Wings if they were still playing, but they're not. I still enjoy watching hockey, so the team I'm choosing to back until the offseason is the Hawks (nevermind that, once the Wings got bounced I was praying for a Sharks/Habs final....grumble).

This makes me less of a fan? That's plain silly.

#1972522 Will Malkin Ever Develop a Fedorov Complex?

Posted by Uncle Danny on 03 May 2010 - 03:24 PM

Sorry to continue the hijack, but a couple of things pop out to me here.

1) As much as I love Datsyuk (and believe me, I do), he's nowhere near the talent that Fedorov was. I won't rehash at length what's already been said, but Fedorov in his prime was the best player in the NHL. He could, quite literally, do it all, and do it all better than anyone else. His head for the game was only overshadowed by his physical gifts.

2) I know this is nitpicking, but I can't even put Lidstrom in the same category as Sergei in terms of pure "talent." Lids is one of the smartest players ever to grace the game, and his play style reflects this. He's not the biggest, strongest, fastest, and doesn't have any discernible skill (e.g. a blistering slapshot) that puts him ahead of the competition. His game is all about his head. Sergei, while not on the level of Lidstrom, still had an insanely high hockey IQ AND physical gifts few could approach. I'm not saying Fedorov was a better player, necessarily, only that based on pure talent, I've yet to see Red Wing approach what #91 had in his prime.

As for Malkin, I doubt it will be an issue. The team continues to win, and Crosby and Malkin's individual successes are largely helped by the success of the other. He's also far less comfortable with English than Feds was, and seems to enjoy the limelight a fair bit less. I honestly never saw Fedorov leaving as a measure of dissatisfaction with living in Stevie's considerable shadow, and more a measure of a rough period in his life (women will do funny things to a guy's head, no?) that led to a decision he stated regretting later.

If anything, Malkin should take a lesson from Fedorov and not mirror his mistakes. He's got a great thing going, and I hope/think he knows that. As much as I dislike Crosby for his hype, I like Malkin and his game. The hockey fan in me hopes they continue their success together. It's always more fun as a fan when you have a worthy adversary to root against, Malkin is a pretty likable foe and they both are sure fun to watch play.