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.
Oh, the good old days, when students actually went to games, UM dominated MSU and we had good reason to be arrogant asses
Only 8 of his 24 points came on the PP. So it's not like that's inflating his stats. He scores 5 on 5 despite not spending a lot of time there. Which was my point. And I think it's relevant considering our team is awful at scoring 5 on
He did pull a Franzen earlier this season in between his injuries when he put up a good portion of his goals/points. I want Weiss to do well, and if he's the guy that can help get the offense going, I'm all for it. But he came in here touted as solid defensively and as an offensive upgrade to Filppula, the #2 center the Wings have needed.
As I was saying in another thread, once you get in Babcock's dog house, it seems nearly impossible to get out.
I am just saying, heart and inspiration wins games. Bad ankle? Super, Yzerman needed injections in his knee to even walk on to the ice, but guess what? HE DID IT! I am not bashing Dats in the way I bash Franzen, but the player of today is in NO comparison to the player of yesterday. Todays player wouldn't even think about taking injections and playing for the good of the team. Guarantee, Yzerman would have been on that ice both yesterday and Tuesday...and he would have been a factor and he would have inspired a team that, right now, needs its leaders to inspire them!
I am sure the team is not calling Dats out for not playing, but man, if they saw him get in there, like Steve used to do, they'd be like, look at Pav playing through that pain, WTF is my excuse for not pushing a bit harder? I am just saying, in probably the two most important games of the season, the team really needed more than locker room presence, they needed to be pushed to the brink of elimination.
Also, don't EVER question my passion and fandom for this team, I am just not a rosey glass wearing fool who thinks everything is awesome because its the Wings...if you think this team is good and if you think the leaders are leading, then you sir, need to ask yourself if you understand how this works...
Clearly, you've forgotten how many games Yzerman missed throughout his career. He wasn't "in there" every game, no matter what. Yzerman didn't have to fight for the playoffs in his later years because, oh yeah, he had future superstars in Datsyuk and Zetterberg to pick up the slack, not to mention the best defenseman of all time still in his prime on the blue line. As no one really knows what's wrong with Datsyuk, I'm not sure how anyone can sit in judgement of him not playing. We saw Datsyuk just last year play on a severely injured knee for weeks for nothing but the pure honor of playing for his country. So kiss his Dangling Russian Ass.
No, you're not a "rosey" glass wearing fool, you're just an unrealistic geezer who clearly has no accurate recollection of how the "good old days" actually were.
The Wings have made the playoffs for 23 years and won 4 Cups by sticking by the formula of playing veterans at critical times and letting young players overripen. Like it or not, it's been relatively successful. Continuing to play Mrazek when he's clearly not ready for prime time is just Babcock cutting off his nose to spite his face. Seems like when someone gets on his s*** list or his "pet project" list, it's almost impossible to get off it.
Yeah, if only the Wings could be like the LA Kings, you know, they win every year and never are in danger of missing the playoffs. Or maybe the Blackhawks. A team like that wouldn't fall into a wildcard spot. I mean, really, Holland should've had the foresight to get a star goaltender like Devan Dubnyk.
I can't imagine how exhausting it must be to have such unrealistic expectations and the constant negativity as a result. I don't love the Wings losing, but I think there are fan bases of twenty or so other teams who wouldn't mind having a team like the Red Wings.