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#2430567 Red Wings popularity in Detroit/Michigan

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 July 2013 - 07:53 PM

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.

#2430545 Red Wings popularity in Detroit/Michigan

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 July 2013 - 05:35 PM

If the Lions were to ever win anything, you would see how huge football is here. Even with them sucking, they are still very very popular.

I agree, but that is my biggest problem.


The Michigan public drools over a bunch of L-O-S-E-R-S!!!

#2430532 Red Wings popularity in Detroit/Michigan

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 July 2013 - 03:26 PM

97.1 was talking about this today.


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...

#2429083 Holland on SiriusXM w/ audio link

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 09 July 2013 - 04:25 PM

It's getting a little weird in here with all of this "manhandling" that has been going on...

#2425267 How much is too much?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 July 2013 - 08:30 AM

$4million per for Stephen Weiss is too much.

#2423291 Jonathan Ericsson - should we consider trading him?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 29 June 2013 - 07:09 AM

I somewhat disagree with pretty much everyone.


IF IF IF IF......Big E could fetch us a scorer the way Goligowski fetched Pittsburgh James Neal, then I would definitely consider it. It all depends on what we get in return.

#2422569 Bryan Bickell

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 June 2013 - 10:55 PM

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.


That's why signing him is a pretty decent risk.

#2422326 drew miller signing a mistake - who are we gonna get rid of?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 25 June 2013 - 08:51 PM

Miller hits, kills penalties, is defensibly responsible and has marginal size. He can skate, has played center in his career, and is relatively cheap.

As much as people second guess the role players on the team about .500 or .650 K a year, there should be much more scrutiny placed on several others.

Miller is a 'Gander too, lets not forget. I love having him on the team. He loves being here.
Miller is win - win. Why are we asking these types of questions again?




The Miller signing is inconsequential. Not signing him wouldn't have solved our roster issue. Drew Miller only makes us better. You can't ask for more from a 4th liner than what he gives.

#2421706 Lidstrom or Orr

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 June 2013 - 08:43 AM

Serious question: what were Orr's actual defensive abilities like?


My impression of him as always been he was a forward who played defense (Sergei Fedorov). Was he a Karlsson/Letang?

#2421396 Who would you rather have: Marchand or Shaw?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 22 June 2013 - 07:48 PM

And that isn't even counting the two flying elbows he delivered on Wings during our series...


Filppula slew foot.

#2420557 Datsyuk agrees to 3-year extension, $22.5m total, $7.5m/year

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 18 June 2013 - 11:39 AM

This is huge for free agents considering the Wings.

#2420249 Wings interested in Weiss

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 June 2013 - 10:33 AM

Like who?


I'm not saying that I personally have a solution, but I know what we already have and what we need.


Like Clarkson or Horton as was mentioned.

#2420243 Wings interested in Weiss

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 17 June 2013 - 08:38 AM

I agree with everyone leaning towards the idea that we already have enough smallish forwards who are pass first.


Give me size and goal scoring before Weiss

#2419388 Bylsma and McLellan Extended

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 12 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

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...

#2417483 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 June 2013 - 09:25 PM

It's funny to me how we are cheering them now, but Boston may turn out to be our biggest rival next year.