Well this also can be good thing, hockey is the far superior sport and it doesn't need all the drama, over the top celebrations and endless player fiascos. The fanbase may be smaller but way more passionate, loyal and the athletes are the most down to earth guys in all of sports. Long story short other leagues may be bigger but quality beats quantity 100 out of 100 times. I mean giving a murder a contract would never happen in hockey because gangmembers and other troublemakers do not have a place in hockey. Hello Patriots... The Wings problem is simple: as fans we have been spoiled and since Mr. I has to spend money in order to supsidize teams that should not have a Nhl franchise, instead of trying to built another team like 2002 the interest in watching an only behind the pack team is going down. Personally I would prefer less teams and free spending
I think that is a great point. You could even take that a step further and suggest that a part of the reason that hockey is so disrespected is because NHL players don't make negative headlines.
Obviously, that is a very backwards statement. I hope I'm wrong, but if I'm not, what does that say about us as a society in general?
Again though, point the finger at ESPN who likes to talk about talk more than anything. They will take a controversial subject and beat it to death.
The consenus is that the Lions and Tigers are (much) higher on the food chain than the Wings.
I completely agree, but I hate it. What does it say about the state of Michigan where the majority of us support arguably the worst run franchise in sports with bumbling idiots running around and yet we take for granted arguably the best run franchise in sports.
Factors that I understand to be true:
Winning has made Michigan sports fans lethargic
ESPN tells people to love the NFL and pay no attention to the NHL, so people love the NFL and ignore the NHL
Unfortunately I can't make everyone think logically...
To me this guy should be at the top of our list when free agency opens. He's big, he's mean and he scores ugly goals in front of the net. He hasn't had enough success to command big dollars and he's exactly what this team needs.
Right, he hasn't had enough success to command big dollars.......but he's going to.
I don't understand Doug Wilson. He hasn't changed anything in, what, 5-6 years? They haven't won and they haven't really even come close. I don't consider getting to the Conference Finals two years in a row with a 1-8 record being close. I remember when there were supposed to be big changes when they were eliminated from the Ducks in '09 in the first round. They aren't going anywhere.
With the Pens, they have had better teams since '09 and they haven't really threatened. Granted, I think the only team in the East that could have beaten them last year was the Flyers and this year was the Bruins, but Bylsma's inability to adjust in a 7 game series is very telling. He is Erik Spoelstra of the Heat without the results...