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#2560104 Red Army Documentary

Posted by Playmaker on 01 January 2015 - 09:34 AM

Its scheduled to be out in limited release January 23, 2015.  ESPN has an upcoming 30 for 30 special about the Miracle on Ice from the Soviet/Russian point of view, and it's aftermath.  Looks as though Slava Fetisov is featured in that one as well.  I think the initial airdate for that special is February 8 on ESPN.

#2559162 NJ fires DeBoer. Scott Stevens & Adam Oates named coaches

Posted by Playmaker on 27 December 2014 - 11:54 AM

The Wings don't need a young defenseman with potential, they have plenty of those.  They need someone in their prime who can step in right now, RH, that can play the point on the PP. 


This situation reinforces the amazing job that Ken Holland has done in rebuilding the Wings on the fly.

#2555243 It's gotta be asked....What's up with Hank?

Posted by Playmaker on 10 December 2014 - 01:30 PM

Too much puffy hearting Emma?


Sheesh, Henrik Zetterberg is probably last on my list of concerns for this team.  Despite the myth that he gives 100% every game and shows up every shift, this is what Z does every season.  He always goes through an extended pointless streak or what not.  But when the team needs him, he's there.  Every guy isn't always on a hot streak at the same time.  That's the difference this year with the team's depth.  Different guys are brining it on any given night.  That's what makes for a winning team.

#2552715 Saluting the fans

Posted by Playmaker on 30 November 2014 - 07:39 AM

The saluting the fans thing is neither here nor there to me. 


I admire fans like those of the Leafs and those of the Lions and other teams who stick with them through thick and thin, through more losses than wins, good players, owners, coaches and bad.  I think there's only very few professional sports organizations who really "don't care" and dump star players because they're too cheap and have no interest in building a winner.  I know many believe it's as simple as getting good players, hire the right coaches, draft well, get the best scouts...but that's easier said than done.  It isn't like the Leafs haven't spent money.


I think if you want to talk fickle, arrogant and entitled fans, look no further than right here.  Getting into the playoffs now has become a big yawn and it's wake me when we get to the Conference finals mentality.  Who cares if we've won 4 Cups, we can't miss the playoffs, we have to be contenders for the Cup every. single. year. Every decent free agent must sign with us and if they don't fire Holland, what's that guy ever done anyway? In the late 90s, there were thousands on a wait list to get season tickets, now they're running ads during games to get your seats for this great up coming game and throwing in all the gimmicks to boot.  Don't even get me started on the faux "sellouts". 

#2552676 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by Playmaker on 29 November 2014 - 03:06 PM

I'm not going to overthink or overanalyze this season and just enjoy it.  It's been cool to enjoy watching the Wings again.  It's such a far cry from last season.  Could it be possible the brain trust does know what it's doing?

#2550876 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by Playmaker on 21 November 2014 - 09:31 PM

As much as I will miss the leadership in the locker room, his absence is giving the kids a chance to play.  The kids are part of the reason why I enjoy watching the Wings this season.  The kids are our future, and so far the future is very bright.

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades....

#2550784 Alfie not playing this season

Posted by Playmaker on 21 November 2014 - 01:50 PM

I kind of felt like he was never "ours".  Having guys like Yzerman, Lidstrom, etc stay for their entire careers, I feel disappointed that he had to leave Ottawa.  That it only turned out to be for one season makes it especially unfortunate. 

#2550738 CBJ's Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy

Posted by Playmaker on 21 November 2014 - 10:00 AM

Higher standards in that I went there and YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH

I see both sides of this one, but I've gotta say--hiring a professional that is skilled in handling large amounts of money does not equal not trusting your parents. My mom is my favorite person in the world, great at her job, and I trust her beyond any other human on this earth. That being said: she knows f*** all about handling millions of dollars (not to mention she can't remember where she put her own glasses half the time), and I would never place her in that position because she would feel terrible when she inevitably screwed everything up. Add that to the fact that JJ's parents sound like absolute trash cans, sprinkle in a little bit of why the hell would he give them power of attorney and you have one big WTF Pot Pie. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

Sad situation either way--hopefully he learns from this and moves on, but from the sounds of it he'll unfortunately be moving on without his parents.

I knew there was something especially intelligent about you  ;)


I'd give my mom every cent every day of the week and twice on Sundays.  I'd likely get double back.  


I don't know what lead to him firing Pat Brisson, but it doesn't necessarily mean it was a bad thing for him.  Agents negotiate contracts, they don't necessarily give financial advice.  In someone like Jack Johnson's case, he may have felt Brisson was spending too much time with his "star" clients and not enough with him.  As far as Crosby, Kane, Toewes, etc, they have good contracts, we don't know how or who is managing their money.  Just because they haven't filed for bankruptcy doesn't mean they're necessarily making all the right moves with their money either.


If anyone else saw the ESPN 30 for 30, Broke, you'd see that there are agents, lawyers, investors, parents, siblings and others who have taken advantage of athletes.  Many of them who were thought of as "professional" and "trustworthy".  Sometimes it's a deliberate scam, other times it's an attempt to turn a good amount of money into an obscene amount of money in what may have seemed like a good investment.  Many of them often mistakenly thought their agent was "handling" things.  


In any case, sounds like this all happened relatively quickly and it isn't like he let it go on for years before he noticed anything.  I hope it all works out well for him.  

#2549613 Kevin and Kelly Klima....

Posted by Playmaker on 17 November 2014 - 10:15 PM

Nah, his boys would be named Kevn and Klly  ;)

#2549255 Wings great Gordie Howe resting after 'serious stroke'

Posted by Playmaker on 16 November 2014 - 06:38 PM

Brittany Maynard had the right idea.  Just seems crazy we let our pets die with dignity and without pain but not other human beings. 

#2548303 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by Playmaker on 09 November 2014 - 07:46 PM

Never said Tampa was a bad team or that Yzerman wasn't doing a good job.   But sheesh, some fans here area already anointing them as one of the greatest teams of all time before they've really done anything. 


That's *my* point as well, that there ARE 29 other teams.   Winning the Cup isn't easy. Tampa may win multiple Cups, they many never win any in the Yzerman era. Like it or not, in professional sports, that's usually the way a team or player is perceived.  Many Wings fans only judge the Wings on whether they win the Cup or not.  Making the playoffs is not an accomplishment any more for the Wings, but yet it is for other franchises. 

#2548210 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by Playmaker on 09 November 2014 - 06:44 PM

Dear Amazon.com customer service,

I would like to order a Stamkos, yet I don't see any available on your website. Why is this? There is no "out of stock" notification therefore this is unacceptable.


Red Wings Fans

Dear RWF,


We already sent you an Yzerman, a Lidstrom, a Datsyuk and a Zetterberg.  Your 4 Cups runneth over.  We are however, looking into the defective Weiss you received.  Thank you for shopping.

#2548136 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by Playmaker on 09 November 2014 - 05:39 PM


Not having their #1 goalie in that series sure didn't help them much. 


The Bolts have a scary amount of depth, and are building a team that will be great for a lot of years. It is a team that has as much, if not more, talent in their system as the Wings do, with the exception that their stars are still very young. Winning doesn't happen over night, and Stevie Y has done a lot of a job with that team. They will become the class of the East sooner rather than later.

Good thing the Wings were 100% healthy in the playoffs.  


If the Wings don't win the Cup every year, Holland sucks and the team needs to be blown up and he needs to be fired.  If Holland had signed Filppula, he'd have been an idiot, but Yzerman is a genius for signing him.


Completely rebuilding a team with low draft picks while not missing the playoffs doesn't happen easily or overnight either.  

#2548098 Brendan Shanahan: a letter to my younger self

Posted by Playmaker on 09 November 2014 - 11:57 AM

Wonder if his younger self told his older self to boink a team mates wife

#2547460 GDT 11/5/14--Wings @ Rangers

Posted by Playmaker on 05 November 2014 - 10:48 PM

Are you saying Cox sucks, BoS?