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#2328025 Were you at a cup-clinching game?

Posted by TheXym on 08 September 2012 - 06:31 AM

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend games 3 and 4 of the '98 series against the Caps. The MCI Center (as they called it at the time) was easily filled with more Wings fans than Caps fans, and the section where I sat had just about everyone on the roster represented on a jersey.

Before the clinching game, I remember a rather attractive blonde in a McCarty jersey distributing gummi octopi to the Wings fans in the section. On the concourse there was a Motown style band playing before the game (they weren't bad), and bashing the Detroit team, fans, etc. in a somewhat good natured way (just a bit ironic, IMHO since they were being paid to play Motown). At one point they started playing "We Want the Funk" which almost immediately was sung along to by a bunch of Wings fans as "We Want the Cup".

The game itself in many ways is a blur to me, but It was almost like a party in the stands where I was for most of the evening. During the third they showed Konstantinov on the screen and there was a Vladdy chant that was pretty loud. The Cup ceremony was surreal. Lots of tears of joy, and when Vladdy was handed the cup, they flowed even more.




#2325765 This or That

Posted by TheXym on 17 August 2012 - 09:34 PM

Shower, always. I don't recall the last time I took a tub bath. :eh:

spray for mosquitoes or let them give everyone deadly diseases? :scared:


Mosquitoes suck. Spray the heck out of them.

MC Escher or MC Hammer (though a collaboration on a music video would be seriously messed up, wouldn't it?)


#2325453 The person below me game...

Posted by TheXym on 16 August 2012 - 08:01 AM

Sleep, get up, go to work, avoid a troll, go home. Pretty much straight-forward.

The person below me knows better than to use an apostrophe when making a plural except in the cases of numbers, letters, symbols, and acronyms, or when the lack of the apostrophe might cause confusion.


Guilty as charged. Punctuation and capitalization are important. Without them, the following statement would be pretty gross. "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse."

TPBM gets annoyed when someone butchers the English language.


#2325387 Holland losing his moxie? Is Detroit slipping as UFA destination?

Posted by TheXym on 15 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

The presence of multiple RH shots creating one-timer opportunities should do wonders for the offense, particularly on the PP. Z Winged Dangler hit it on the head.

How many times last season during GDT threads were people complaining about not going for a one timer on the PP. I recall mentioning the lack of one-timer setups quite a few times myself. I think we will be pleasantly surprised by the PP improvement this season.

Edit: Does anyone remember if we've had a legit one-timer threat up front since Hull and Shanny left?


#2324612 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by TheXym on 10 August 2012 - 10:56 AM

Ah, so you have read the league proposal? One of those is on a max contract length. That would solve the problem that you point out in the first part of your post.

I don't deny what you are saying about Bettman losing his job though. There should not be a strike everytime the league CBA is up. At the same time, he is making the owners a lot of money. The chances of them firing Bettman is slim to none. At the same time, the NHLPA has to bargain in good faith, and if anyone here believes that the NHLPA is doing that while the league are a bunch of devils, they are delusional. A deal is made by two sides working towards a common goal. If a deal doesn't get done, its not the fault of one side alone, its the fault of both.

Thats just my .02 cents.


If one side flat out refuses to bargain in good faith I have no problem calling them out on it. However, I also think neither side in this dispute is angelic. In some ways the initial league proposal is forcing the NHLPA to respond with an equally ridiculous offer to set the stage to eventually reach an equitable middle ground.

Maybe Fehr's reputation from his MLB days pushed the league to offer such an outlying proposal, but I'm inclined to think Bettman is just that much of a f**ktard.


#2324598 2012 Lockout Watch

Posted by TheXym on 10 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

The poison dwarf is living up to his name. I guess he wants ticket prices to mirror gas prices. A third lockout is beyond grossly unacceptable. The forced socialism of the cap isn't working, other than to punish the franchises that can make money. If you are depending on revenue sharing to maintain your franchise, you have absolutely no frakking business offering mega deals to free agents then crying poverty in CBA negotiations. If you can't legitimately afford it, don't expect others to bail you out.

Heck, I'd LOVE to drive a Lamborghini, but since I'm a teacher, not a doctor or lawyer, or professional athlete, it's not happening unless I get lucky with a powerball ticket or, like some of these owners, over extend myself or outright lie on the credit app. And when I can't make the payments, there isn't a bailout or revenue sharing. If that means certain well-run franchises have a better shot at the cup, so be it. Spending more is by no means a guarantee for a championship.

Maybe a luxury tax/soft cap system would be better, but the owners like Mr. Ilitch who can actually run a franchise should speak up. Sadly, there are some owners who apparently need to be saved from themselves.

The Wings sucked and sucked hard for a long time before the Ilitches bought the franchise. Good management paved the way for the rise to prominence and excellence.


#2324588 Prayers/Good Karma Requested

Posted by TheXym on 10 August 2012 - 09:25 AM

Got to the hospital about 15 minutes ago. He's sleeping but they finally extubated him this morning, which is a huge step in the right direction. They are also going to pull a bunch or other tubes out today it looks like.

Thanks again for all the prayers and positive thoughts!


#2323932 Our current forwards.

Posted by TheXym on 05 August 2012 - 08:03 PM

I'm reserving judgement until training camp and the preseason. I like some of the unkown potential we have with the youth, but I also feel that once there is a more solid sense of what the new CBA will bring that Holland will surprise us.


#2323277 Your thoughts on Sergei Fedorov

Posted by TheXym on 31 July 2012 - 06:01 PM

What about a second-tier type of honor like I believe Montreal and Toronto have for players? A ring of honor or something like that. Players like Fedorov, Osgood, Red Kelly, Black Jack Stewart, Vladimir Konstantinov, Larry Aurie (if they don't re-retire it), maybe Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, John Ogrodnock, Mickey Redmond, etc. could get that recognition.




#2322090 Mark Fistric Re-signs with Dallas

Posted by TheXym on 26 July 2012 - 11:37 AM

Well we got Sammy....


Doesn't he have the moves like Jagr?


#2322089 Holland losing his moxie? Is Detroit slipping as UFA destination?

Posted by TheXym on 26 July 2012 - 11:34 AM

What happens if Nyquist and Smith both have Calder worthy seasons, Brunner surprises, and Filppula increases his point total? Will the same people bashing Holland now turn around and call him genius?

The point about the mighty Wings falling back to earth after decades of excellence due to late drafts and significantly increased parity in the league is one we all need to remember.

The Blues had a longer streak of playoff appearances than the current streak of the Wings. How many Finals appearances and Cups do they have to show for it. A lot less than the Wings do during theirs. To sustain the level of franchise he did across the salary cap inception is impressive indeed, since the draft and cap were largely geared to keep a franchise from maintaining such lofty height for so long ("parity"). Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised if most GM's would up their trade prices for the Wings out of jealously or not wanting to be seen as helping to feed the beast.

With the looming CBA changes, things could radically alter the playing field again. Part of Holland's plan may be to see what happens with that so he can react accordingly. Until the wheels come off, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. In some ways he is like the chess grandmaster who can see seven or eight moves ahead, and can sacrifice short term in what looks like a rout to end the match by springing a well disguised trap that NOBODY saw coming.


#2321981 This or That

Posted by TheXym on 25 July 2012 - 08:32 PM

Patrick Stewart was EXTREMELY cool when my Dad took me to a sci-fi con when I was a kid, so I'll say Picard.



Tom Clancy or Michael Crichton?


#2320154 Flyers sign Weber to offer sheet: 14y/$110m ($56m 1st 4yrs)

Posted by TheXym on 19 July 2012 - 07:20 AM

I seem to remember reading that draft picks used for RFA compensation had to be your team's own picks, not picks acquired from other teams in trade, that may be a factor in Holland's thinking, as well as other GM's.

I see this as Philly going all in to snag a cup with their current young core before they are open to FA themselves. The current CBA negotiations are also a huge question mark, particularly in light of the first offer from the league and its contract implications moving forward. As others have said, this is likely the last year for the ridiculously long mega deals so Weber went for the greenbacks.


#2307248 15 years ago today

Posted by TheXym on 13 June 2012 - 07:52 PM

A sad day indeed. Richard Gnida is a waste of genetic material. It's a travesty that someone would be driving on a suspended license for a limo service, and if I recall correctly there were reports of him being under the influence as well.

Vladdy was a sure fire hall of famer had he not been injured in that wreck. I rocked my white Konstantinov jersey today, and shed a few tears. My fondest memory was being in Philly for a game and rocking the jersey during a Wings win that featured a monster hit on Lindros by the Vladinator.


#2305662 In Anticipation of 2012 Draft

Posted by TheXym on 06 June 2012 - 03:23 PM

The good old days of cloak and dagger to get guys out of the USSR. Was it Klima or federov that we helped defect in the dead of night.....been so long now.....


If I recall correctly it was Fedorov, and he defected during a Goodwill Games.