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#2589257 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by number9 on 05 April 2015 - 12:40 AM

It doesn't show the fights, but there's a beautiful passing play between mantha, aa, and zengerle.


Blashill: "I don't think we played our best hockey"


Classic coach. Babs 2.0 in the making.

#2589255 If you don't live in FL... You're not invited to the party

Posted by number9 on 05 April 2015 - 12:34 AM

StoryTime with BoS (STwBoS)/

I have a great memory from freshman year of college at U of M. It was the UM/MSU game, and our student tix were waaaaay up in the nosebleeds of the student section (like row 92 or something). It was all UM fans and there was a great atmosphere (because this was moons ago when UM football was awesome), and about halfway through the first quarter this guy stands up and rips off his UM shirt to reveal an MSU shirt underneath. Everyone starts hootin' and hollerin', good times were had, then it quiets down. A voice comes out of the stillness, and confidently asks: "Hey bud, do you want all of our scholarships to State? We're not using them." Much raucous laughter ensued, as everyone looked to the person next to them "did you get a scholarship to State? SO DID I!" And the infiltrator snuck out, never to be seen again.

So that's what I imagine it will be like at Bolts games, only with a mass of away fans absolutely DRAGGING the home crowd.

/end STwBoS


I knew I didn't like you, but couldn't put my finger on it till now...

#2588858 Do Red Wings fans deserve better?

Posted by number9 on 04 April 2015 - 11:55 AM


Why does it have to be an American city?  


And to be clear my main issue isn't so much that I think it's technically inaccurate, it's that I think it's cheesy and a little gross.  There's several cities who love hockey as much or possibly more than Detroit.  If the Rangers or Bruins had dubbed themselves Hockeytown™ and trademarked it, we'd all probably make fun of them for it. 


If the Wings go through a downturn it's gonna be awkward to see that logo at center ice with all the empty seats in the stands.  Maybe they won't repaint it in the new arena. 


Cause every Canadian city is already hockey town


Well we'll just have to not go through a downturn then ;)

#2588817 Mikael Samuelsson announces retirement

Posted by number9 on 03 April 2015 - 11:40 PM


Nothing official yet. Played 2 games of his 25 game tryout with the Binghampton Sens, was released and underwent knee surgery. He's probably done.


His career could have played out so much differently if that tragic Moore incident had never happened. Was happy to have him while he was here though. I still miss yelling TUZZI! at my TV

#2588816 Do Red Wings fans deserve better?

Posted by number9 on 03 April 2015 - 11:37 PM

Yeah, I understand that Football is probably the most popular sport in Detroit, but that's the same for almost every American city. What other American city would deserve the title of hockeytown over Detroit? Boston? That's an old school baseball town. Minny? Maybe for college or the state in general... they couldn't even keep the North Stars going.


Detroit is a six-pack and power swim away from Canada, an original six team, and Michigan rivals Minnesota as a hockey state. I think hockeytown is warranted.

#2588815 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by number9 on 03 April 2015 - 11:18 PM

I will just end our debate by saying I know very well pre 1997, and the injuries Yzerman suffered causing him to miss time. You don't know me, know what I do or do not know,or who I do or do not know...if you feel confident enough to PM me, I would be very happy for you to show me when and where I have been proven wrong over and over. Outside of the Cup wins. I prefer pre 1997 Red Wings hockey. Especially 90-96. Even though Fedorov was my favorite, I never called for Yzermans head, nor did I want him traded. I only change the subject when I see the thread spirally out of control like it started to. Unlike you and your 1300 posts, in my nearly 10,000 and 12 years here, I have learn when to cut off a debate before folks get suspended. I know real history, I lived it. Half of you only know pre 94 because of the internet. I lived 1985, 1990, Proberts cocaine arrest, Kocurs destroyed knuckles, drafting Joe Murphy over Jimmy Carson. I lived the live telecast of Jim Lites talking about Feds defecting at the Goodwill Games. So please entertain me by telling via PM how many people have proven me wrong, because you certainly haven't, the only thing you've proven is you have a different view of being a leader. So its over, if you feel necessary to continue PM me




1985??? That recently?  You missed all the fun 60's and 70's times you whipper snapper.


I'm not going to take the time to dig through your posts to find where "you've been proven wrong" because I'm confident more than a few examples exist and most here are aware of that.


You called goalie blaming dumb in this very thread, yet you were bashing and blaming Howard in other threads just a few days ago.


Then there's that classic bit where you say you've always hated the Franzen signing, but a quick search of your post history in 2008/09/10 says otherwise (Kip I'm sure has that on hand)


You're pretty much known for your over-emotional knee jerk reactions around here.


Just last week you were calling Kronwall Pisswall lol


I'm surprised your surprised that people react this way to you at this point I guess.

#2588573 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by number9 on 02 April 2015 - 09:46 PM

Given how crappily the Wings lost that game, I have to say I'm surprised how mellow it is here in the GDT.  Everyone being pretty civil.  


The Wings are melting down more than this forum right now.  It's eery.   



Has our spirit been broken?




(and no, I'm not saying people should start acting out and personally attacking each other)


I expected a pre-playoff skid, per usual the last couple seasons, but it's getting unreal. The return of Dats and Cole would be nice right about now

#2588565 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by number9 on 02 April 2015 - 09:43 PM

He hasn't looked any worse than the rest of the team lately

#2588352 Time to move Howard?

Posted by number9 on 02 April 2015 - 08:56 PM

I read "Time to move Howard?"
I thought "Why, is it 2013?"
That was when I last really liked him. Since then he's just been okay, and only at times. Unfortunately, right now he sucks @$$ through a straw, so if anybody wants him, they'll offer a bag of warm pucks in trade. For now, I think his crappiness needs to be ridden out, and turf him when he's worth something.
This is my opinion only, and should not be considered a truly educated view on the subject.

Jimmy Howard? The 2014/15 all star?
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#2587971 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by number9 on 02 April 2015 - 03:29 PM

That's what we say about Howard including me so he's just saying it about Mrazek, IMO I give a much bigger leash to a kid who hasn't played 82 nhl games yet rather than a vet who just can't seem to consistently win games on this team and is making more money than Kronwall..

I don't give breaks to players just because they're young. You play how you play.

I'm fine with Mrazek as #1 right now, he's a good goalie so far. But all those hailing him as the new #1 in Detroit are going to be real disappointed when Howard is back as the go to guy in due time. And I'm guessing the Howard head hunting will only intensify from there.

I just don't think you can have a weak shootout performance be the basis for not going with Mrazek moving forward or in a potential playoff game where there are no shootouts.

Where were all of you when ppl were trashing Howard's first half of the season bc of his terrible SO's and defense that bailed him out?

#2587956 Time to move Howard?

Posted by number9 on 02 April 2015 - 02:53 PM

Mrazek is a fresh 23. He should go back to the minors and work on his consistency, or split time with Jimmy until he's ready.

#2587845 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by number9 on 01 April 2015 - 04:39 PM

Here is how I see it:
Top 1,2 D:
Webber, Suban, Keith, Doughty, Kronner.... (
3, 4 guys
Yandle, Letang, Hedman, Pitrangelo ....
I love Danny & I think he will get there but I don't think he contributes at a similar level to the above

Those are not 3-4 guys in this league

#2587823 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by number9 on 01 April 2015 - 01:15 PM

Agreed.  Anybody who thinks that Dekeyser isn't a top four defenseman is nuts.  The guy plays over 20 minutes a night, in all situations, against top opposition, AND puts up points.  Not sure what he'd have to do to be a top four that he isn't already doing. 

He's no Brendan Smith

#2587817 Drew miller injury *Graphic content*

Posted by number9 on 01 April 2015 - 12:58 PM

Need more tough guys like him

Not bad for an American

Maybe if we had actual tough guys on this team rats like Bobby Ryan wouldn't be injuring all our softies

#2587812 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by number9 on 01 April 2015 - 12:40 PM

Mrazek is a carbon copy of Howard. Streaky and terrible in shoot outs.
But I get it... Mrazek is shiny and new ooooo ahhhhh
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