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#2630749 Why Is The Joe Half Empty?

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 14 October 2015 - 01:06 PM

There wasn't a seat to be found in the "Canadian Club", er, Olympia Room.

What a lot of people don't understand, is during the 90's, times were pretty good in Detroit, and all the small shops that did work for the auto companies were the ones that were buying season tickets. With the success of The Wings, tickets became more of a valuable commodity, and people used tickets as gifts, to help schmooze buyers from the Big 3. Right around 2000, 2 things happened. The first, was the Big 3 telling their employees that they could no longer accept "gifts" from suppliers. (It still happened, and still does, just a lot fewer purchasers, and even more playing within their companies rules.) The second, and more important part, is in late 2000, the local economy was getting shaky, especially in the auto industry. Over the next 5-10 years, most of these small suppliers went out of business, or were purchased by larger companies, and they no longer had the need, or the funds, to continue purchasing tickets. (A quick drive up Groesbeck Hwy, will be a quick reminder of how many small businesses, disappeared.) During this time, The Wings remained competitive, and tickets were still in demand. Ticket brokers started snapping them up, several of them from out of town. The Red Wings organization was happy to be replacing their lost customers with new ones, and wasn't all that concerned about the addresses of the new owners. Plenty of locals still had extra money, and would pay for these "broker" tickets, to go see a game. When 2007 came around, even more jobs were gone, and discretionary spending for a hockey game was nonexistent for the average fan. This is around the time that the sellout streak ended. I'm pretty sure, that the 07-08 season, was the first in 15 years that wasn't all sellouts. The year we win The Cup, and we can't sellout the barn. Tough times indeed. Even more people gave up season tickets, and even more ticket brokers bought them up. Now, there are so many season ticket packages that are owned by brokers, that places like StubHub, and Ticketmaster, are full of seats that go unsold, especially during weekday games, and less desirable teams. The only times The Joe gets really full, is on weekends, for high demand teams, and for the playoffs. A quick look on StubHub, shows several tickets in the lower bowl available for Friday night against Carolina. Some people even wanting $1000 per ticket, but several priced around double face value. For Carolina. I'm sure that I'll once again have plenty of room to spread out, Friday, as the tickets, both in front of me, and next to me, are owned by the same broker from New Jersey, and I doubt that their secretaries will want to make the trip to Detroit, to see Carolina.

#2406093 Russian Youth Hockey Brawl

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 18 May 2013 - 04:21 AM

This kind of stuff wouldn't happen if they got rid of the instigator penalty.

#2403979 Valtteri Filppula's Value?

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 13 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

There's two things that makes me think that Kenny will re-sign him. First is the status of Helm. At this point nobody knows if we will play again, and if he does, how effective he will be. He may come back only to need surgery, and never return to 2009 WCF penalty kill Helm. And I really doubt he'll make a career on his scoring touch.

Two, is the rumour of Datsyuk leaving at the end of next season. With that being held over Kenny's head, I have a feeling that he goes the safe route and re-signs Fil to somewhere between 4-4.5 mil at 4-6 years. Kenny is a boy scout and tries to always play it safe. I don't expect to see him let Fil and Dats walk away in consecutive years. He already learned that lesson with Raffi and Nick.

Just my thoughts.

#2374246 I hate to admit this but....

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 26 March 2013 - 01:59 AM

Yeah, it really sucks to see one of our defensemen playing well. I'd hate to piss off some young college kid who expects us to put him on the first pairing before he's even played a single professional game.

#2370466 Brunner downgraded to the third line!?

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 17 March 2013 - 05:50 AM

Neither of them have done anything on offense, but Z still is our shutdown center. Brunner has a lot to learn in his own zone. That's why he got bumped down against The Sedins. Is that too hard to understand?

#2362067 2/27 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Kings 2

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 27 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

Anyone else find it funny that we're playing LA on "Rivalry Night" in the NHL?  According to their website.  Since when are Detroit and LA rivals?

Can't wait to see Magic and Isiah go head-to-head again.

#2357586 2/19 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Predators 4 (OT)

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 19 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

Is there anyway that you could move #11 to the recycle bin and put #21 in its place. That would be great. And, um, I'm going to need you to work this Saturday and Sunday, OK?

Let's Go Wings. Time to take the trash out.

#2357141 2/17 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Wild 3

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 17 February 2013 - 08:59 PM

So,.... Who's starting the Mrazek=Average thread? After all, if he was "elite", he would have posted a shutout. The guy has no future. Kenny was wrong about him. Etc. Etc.

#2355684 Bertuzzi's continuing back problems

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 15 February 2013 - 02:00 AM

Zetterberg has the most points on the team and is showing no signs of wear or of not playing to his contract. Your analogy stinks, bud.

Two years ago, you would have been throwing bags of shat at Kenny, because Z was nursing a bad back all season long. My analogy smells of roses.

#2352427 Isles acquire Tim Thomas to get to cap floor.

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 07 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

ESPN surely knows their hockey! :lol:

At least it wasn't Clarence Thomas.

#2351917 Toughness

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 06 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

Im getting a little fed up with soreness issues.

Have you tried Midol?

#2349283 Zetterberg's Great But...

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 30 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

The puck bunnies that chase Z, are 1% cuter than those that chase Pavel. I feel that Babcock is behind this, also. Such a conspiracy.

#2341463 1/19: Red Wings 0 at St. Louis Blues 6

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 19 January 2013 - 02:26 AM

Looks great, Mike. You've set the bar high for the year. Hopefully, The Wings can come out looking as good as the GDT. I'm expecting a whole lot of odd man rushes, some breakaways and plenty of blown coverages. Expecting an 80's era score tonight. Hope Brunner gets at last one tonight, to pop his cherry, and hope Franzen finds this game exciting enough to score. Drop the puck. LGW.

#2341146 Eaves Cleared to Play

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 18 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

Glad to hear that our shootout ace is back. :thumbup:

#2334919 New fan.. need advice

Posted by BigWillieStyle on 29 November 2012 - 06:21 AM

I know that reading the dictionary is probably more exciting than this, but, it really is a must read for most fans. Unfortunately, it gets about as much attention as a cars owners manual.


Edit: And BTW, welcome to the greatest sport around, and welcome to our big disfunctional family.