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#2291788 WCQF Game Four GDT : Predators 3 at Red Wings 1

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2012 - 10:45 PM

Did Holland know Hudler would say "f*** off" and take more money from the KHL? In that case YES, Holland made a mistake, otherwise, I think his choice was justified by the numbers Huds and Filp had that post season


In my mind, who the hell cares? If I'm Holland and I've got a chance to sign one of the top players in the game who's a phenomenal asset and team player in every regard who desperately wants to be here for a $5 million cap hit, the last thing I'm thinking about is Jirif****** Hudler. There's a run on sentence for your asses.


#2291751 WCQF Game Four GDT : Predators 3 at Red Wings 1

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2012 - 10:35 PM

I'ld take two great players over one super awesome player any day. Good thing you picked Huds and Mule, they strengthen my argument. Those two were the two top goal scorers on the team this year. Plus, look at Dats. Pasha is arguably the greatest player on the ice, but he is part of a TEAM. If the chemistry isnt right, it doesnt matter how good a single player is. (check how the Wings did in the '09 playoffs, Hossa was behind Hank, Franzen, Lids, and Filp in points, and was 10th on the roster for +/-)


Hossa was a harder worker than just about anyone on the team in his time here. He hustled like few guys in the entire game and had phenomenal two-way presence because of it. On top of that, he's a bonafide superstar.

And he really, really, really wanted to be here and turned down a lot of money and security to even get a chance at one year.

I would build a team around a guy like that any day over a floater like Franzen and a guy who peaced out to Russia for money.


#2291608 WCQF Game Four GDT : Predators 3 at Red Wings 1

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2012 - 10:03 PM

with his lucky ass goal? Mule should spend less time focusing on hisf****** commericals and more time on actually playing hockey. Glad we kept him over a hard working two way player like Hossa, brilliant move Holland....


I will never forgive Holland for letting Hossa walk.


#2230057 Jimmy Howard - Vezina winner?

Posted by gcom007 on 26 November 2011 - 04:04 PM

You an expert?


Okay.


#2222587 When Pride Devolves Into Complacency

Posted by gcom007 on 03 November 2011 - 11:48 PM

I'll generally be the first to admit that quite often, perhaps far more often than not even, staying the course and riding out the bumps in the road proves to be a wise decision. It's too easy to let your emotions get the best of you and I'd stilly firmly say that far more often than not, our emotional responses serve as very poor indicators of the actual status of a situation. As Red Wings fans, we've gotten used to an organization that is run with this idea at the center, more so than ever now that we're well settled into the cap era. Over the last 7-8 years, we've seen significant individual transitions take place within the organization, but we really haven't seen a true rebuild. Frankly, we haven't needed it, so naturally we haven't seen panic-induced trades, we haven't seen too many major signings and we've seen a great deal of loyalty continue to be shown to long-standing Wings and younger guys that developed in our system.

This is not a bad thing. We've seen a lot of success over the last 10 years despite many pieces of the previous foundation moving on. When you can rest with that kind of confidence and continue to be successful, it's very easy to develop a sense of pride over the whole matter. And why shouldn't we (or "they" when referring to management)? Our resilience is something to be proud of. Loyalty is something to be proud of. The simple act of not succumbing to the emotions that lead to panic is something to be proud of.

And many of us are quite proud. Many of us do indeed take a great deal of pride in our steady insistence that things will work out in the end. And again, with this team's success even in the many years we failed to win the Stanley Cup, we've been faced with little reason to question our stance. After all, even when things don't quite work out perfectly, there are far worse positions to take up than those in which one's enslaved to ever-fickle emotions.

It's occurred to me though more and more over the course of the last couple seasons, just as a hint in the back of my head, that my pride was served up with a larger and larger dose of a little something known as complacency. It's become less about confidence in my beliefs and more about having any beliefs at all. And if I were to be honest, I'd say that it's clouded my perspective on things in certain situations. But as this off-season came and went and lead into this season, it's gotten harder and harder to sit here and rattle off any variation of the line "we'll be fine down the stretch." Even though a large part of me still believes that to be true on some level, an increasingly larger part of me is looking at this team with a desire to skip the stock lines and the filters and call it exactly how I see it.

What I simply cannot deny seeing at this point is an organization that's run down, more than a bit off the path and still desperately trying to rest on it's laurels. I see management that looks more complacent and timid than truly prideful and confident. I see a lot of players that are familiar faces that I've grown to like, but they're becoming known more and more for their face and less and less for what they're doing on the ice. And as for the coaches, it's been a bit of a revolving door, but from what Babcock's said about the players and management over the last couple years, I can't help but think that he's truly aware of what the problems are and what needs to happen, but he can't force Ken Holland to make a move nor the players to shoot the puck more.

Still, all factors considered, the Detroit Red Wings organization has become a comfortable, functional mess.

How do I know that that's the plain, simple truth? I'm not upset about it at all. I'm more bored than angry. I can't even muster up the frustration level enough to feel annoyed. And I can't sit here and tell myself that I haven't been thinking this more and more each day over the last couple of years.

So what am I getting at? I'm not entirely sure. I don't know exactly what needs to happen. But it's getting to the point where I can't tell if it's pride based on a somewhat-objective sense of confidence or just plain stupidity when I try to tell myself and others that Franzen will pick it up "down the stretch." And what I've realized though is that it doesn't matter either way. The fact that it's a question says it all and there are too many questions just like that one right now with this organization.

It's still great to be loyal and stalwart and it's still silly to be impulsive and impatient. I'll never say otherwise, but perhaps what is most important is that you also have to be able to adapt to changing times. Adaptability is everything. To do so, you don't need to be impulsive, but you do need to be agile. You have to balance loyalty with objectivity. You have to step out into the darkness and take some chances to gamble a bit, knowing full well that sometimes you win, but sometimes you lose. That's life. In either circumstance, adaptability is still everything. "Survival of the fittest" has far less to do with strength than it has to do with adaptability.

I have no trade possibilities to offer. I don't even know if trades are truly what we need right now or the best choice in the current landscape. I don't know if Datsyuk or Zetterberg should play together or be split up, or if Z's back is or isn't hampering or bound to eventually hamper his effectiveness. I don't know if we can trust that Franzen will or won't become a consistent scoring threat again.

All I know is that when pride devolves into complacency, you stop moving forward and making progress and you begin digging your grave.

I can't take pride in beliefs for the sake of beliefs or positivity of the sake of positivity.

I take pride in objectivity.

I take pride in aiming to be the best every time, with little regard for the value of the end result so much as the value of the effort leading to whatever the result may be.

I take pride in the idea of perfect successes and perfect failures. By that I mean that win or lose, I don't want to have to look back and second-guess every decision. I want every decision to be made not with the end goal in mind being to just get by, but to be the best, giving it my all, win or lose.

The presence of that attitude in the Wing's system is largely why I've grown to love the Detroit Red Wings so much over the years. They weren't only brilliant and loyal and patient, they also had all the drive in the world to be the best in every way possible. Their enthusiasm was infectious; their passion, utterly and completely contagious. They weren't just the class of the NHL, they were the class of the sports world in general.

But as 2011 winds down and 2012 approaches, my reaction to a five game winning streak to start the season is the same as my reaction to the six game losing streak that followed: I just don't care at all. Complacency has become a stronger force than pride. The passion is gone. It's hard to care about a team that doesn't seem to care about the game. It's hard to care about management that openly admits to not getting the job done as well as they'd like. And while I'm somewhat more sympathetic to the coaches that have to sit in the middle of these two sides and try to make the most of it, I'm tired of hearing the same lines about working harder and shooting the puck, if only for Babcock's sake. I'm sure he's infinitely more sick of them than me.

Again, I don't have answers or even suggestions, and I don't know who or whom to blame or praise. I don't know if we need trades. I don't know if we need to truly rebuild this team from the ground up.

I absolutely know one thing for certain though. It's been hard to ignore for awhile and it's clear as day now.

It's time to think differently.


#2222520 11/3 GDT: Flames 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by gcom007 on 03 November 2011 - 10:01 PM

There is clearly something very wrong with the Red Wings, but the more I see of this losing streak, the more I believe other teams have figured the Wings out.

The Red Wings are at their best with the puck (a lot) and their ability to get their skilled players in open space to create scoring chances. It seems fairly obvious opponents realize this and are forcing the Red Wings into coughing the puck up by clogging the neutral zone or forcing low percentage shots from the perimeter. It blew my mind tonight how the Red Wings can't/won't dump the puck in and chase it when the Flames sat back with the lead. The only player on the team that is willing to forecheck hard and go after the puck in deep is Helm. Everyone else wants to make fancy passes and skate through five guys at the blueline.

The Wild and Flames were hardly making any attempt to put the pressure on the Red Wings. Take advantage of a couple mistakes and poor calls and let the Wings self-destruct with their inability to do the things that can end a scoring drought. There's too much talent on the Red Wings roster to just say all of them can't score goals now, a mere couple months after a regular season where they were second in the league in offense. They certainly need a legit sniper (or three), but at this time they need to make adjustments and work harder to score some goals.

I don't know what else can be said. They can keep doing what they have done expecting better or decide enough is enough and rally as a team quickly before it gets ugly where the playoffs are in serious jeopardy. There is no quick fix in the minors or via trade this early in the season. Work harder Saturday and turn this thing around.


Losing Rafalski's outstanding passing abilities certainly isn't helping in this department. Again, Ian White was a good pickup any day of the week, but let's be clear about one thing: we absolutely have not replaced Brian Rafalski yet. Not even close.


#2206937 Red Wings Sponsor?

Posted by gcom007 on 08 September 2011 - 05:28 PM

In reading the press release, the contact info for the Red Wings PR Coordinator, Richard Bowness, was listed. Probably a good place to start if you feel lead to express your disappointment in this partnership. I would encourage everyone to respectfully state your position if you do call. And to be clear, I do encourage anyone and everyone who disapproves of this partnership to call in and protest this.

I plan on letting them know that I will not be purchasing any Red Wing tickets or memorabilia so long as this partnership goes on, and I'm firmly committed to that. I will continue to bring up any points of contact worth writing to or calling.

But again, please, be respectful! We as fans and oftentimes paying customers have a strong voice, but let's use it in a manner that reflects well on us.

Anyways...

Richard Bowness, PR Coordinator (313) 396-7518, office (313) 405-6929, cell

http://www.clickonde...01/29049381.pdf


#2206329 Red Wings Sponsor?

Posted by gcom007 on 06 September 2011 - 12:32 AM

My post somehow got relegated to the end of page 4.

Maybe a bump is in order.

Where are my mod powers at so I can /thread?


With the announcement of this relationship, how Amway conducts their business is very much now tied to the Red Wings image. That's why people are pissed. I imagine that simple fact is why this thread has been allowed to go on. There's no way to discuss this matter without acknowledging what Amway stands for. It's a profoundly negative association for this team to have. Even I'm shocked by how in a matter of days my respect level has sunk for this organization. Again, literally, Amway is the absolute last company I would ever want to be this closely associated with the Wings. A close second would be "the Detroit Red Wings presented by Wal-Mart." The Red Wings have been epitomized by pure class, but now it reeks of pure greed and negligence. At this point in time, I cannot believe that this is an organization that cares about the well-being of it's fans. No one with genuine care or concern for the people is going to want to team up this publicly with a company like Amway. This is about money, plain and simple, no matter the cost.


#2206312 Red Wings Sponsor?

Posted by gcom007 on 05 September 2011 - 11:15 PM

Not totally familiar with the intricacies of Amway, but they ARE shady. That being said, it's not their fault people fall for it. They are not technically doing anything illegal. From what I understand, they even buy back the merchandise that an IBO doesn't sell, which sort of disqualifies it for the "pyramid scheme" plan. If people get way too caught up in it, that's their own problem. It's really no different than blogging online. You're not going to make a ton of money doing it, and you should realize that, not let it destroy your life thinking you're "next big payday" is just around the corner.

Still do NOT like this partnership, not a great organization and kind of makes me wonder about Illitch now.


A) I know a guy who lost $15,000 alone in products that people under him "bought" and didn't pay for. It wasn't in one fell swoop, but the way the numbers are incessantly distorted by the higher ups and with all the propaganda and "positivity," it's a matter that easily gets overlooked. And it's most certainly not a matter in which Amway/Quixtar was willing to help him out on at any point in time, despite him making the effort. I'm not sure what they have in print on the matter, but I think most anyone with a bit of knowledge on their inner workings understands that the written rules don't dictate the way the company is run. They're just their to satisfy lawmakers for a little while and give the impression of security and support.

B) Opinion: maybe not technically illegal, but most positively should be. It's not hard to draw lines in the sand for good reason and enforce them with common sense. The intricacy of the legal manipulation of the law is where it gets muddy. The common sense, no-nonsense approach to enforcement would be simple: if you're more concerned with selling people on a business opportunity than selling the "product" you're supposedly selling, shut it down. It's bound to lead to scams and schemes that do society on whole no good. The source of any profits would clearly paint the picture too.

C) Sure, again, it is their own problem if they get caught up in it, but it doesn't excuse the purveyor of the scheme. Amway's business is built on lies and deceit. Blogging is a trap that's completely self-contained. You're not surrounded by a circle of people that are trying to isolate you from those that bring common sense to the table. There's no huge propaganda machine working directly in people's lives in so many different ways to trap you in, much like a cult does. Amway's psychological attack strategies are fairly unique and one of the primary and most-alarming problems with the whole system. It's the poison that makes Amway most dangerous.

D) again, not their fault? To me, it's the same as saying it's not a drug dealers fault people are drug addicts. It's as if it wasn't their plan to get people involved in such a manner. Make no mistake, everything Amway does is very intentional. It's not a happy accident they stumbled upon at all. Furthermore, again and again it's been illustrated how much the business hurts people, yet they continue to push it with more and more steam. I mean...I mean...I'm about to go caps lock here against my better judgement...I MEAN, WHY DOES ANYONE THINK THEY'RE TRYING TO NOW GET LINKED UP WITH THE RED WINGS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? It's just another door they're trying to pry open to get into people's heads with a system they know will almost certainly be a drain on peoples money, time and relationships. They know the score. They know exactly what they're doing. Make no mistake about it.


#2206307 Red Wings Sponsor?

Posted by gcom007 on 05 September 2011 - 10:47 PM

Thank you, at least one person in this thread understands the concept of personal responsibility. I can't believe people are actually ignorant enough to neg your posts. The good thing about capitalism is that it has lifted countless millions out of poverty, the bad thing about capitalism is that if you make uninformed decisions you lose your money. But don't blame the person who made the uninformed decision, he/she is a victim of the system and doomed to poverty by pure bad luck/scheming by evil rich people :rolleyes:.

On topic, I hate the fact that we have a corporate sponsor, but that has nothing to with it being Amway, I just don't want to see our sweaters start to look like the hood of a NASCAR car.


Wow, straw man, wow. If you're going to go there, I guess I will to while further defending my position on this matter.

The ideas of holding Amway responsible for their part in running a sleazy, manipulative business and holding individuals joining in that business responsible for their actions are not mutually exclusive. By no means would I suggest that all the Amway "IBO's" are any more victims of Amway's schemes as they are their own greed and gullibility. Ask any friend of mine that's gotten involved and then out of Amway if I ever gave them a pass and they'll tell you flat out that I didn't hold any punches in making them acknowledge what went profoundly wrong in their thought process.

The main colossal flaw in your perspective is very simple to illustrate. Just consider drug dealers and drug addicts. Is anyone in their right mind going to pronounce the drug dealer innocent by virtue of capitalism and the drug addicts guilty because they made the choice to buy the drugs? Does that make any sense at all? I don't think so.

Few things in life are black and white. Is it not possible that both have slipped up here? And in an effort to address a general problem, is it not reasonable to want to look for root causes? Is it not reasonable to objectively evaluate the whole of a problem to better understand it? Surely no more unreasonable than seemingly suggesting that we shouldn't criticize Amway, again, seemingly by virtue of the positive economic and social benefits of the capitalist system in general, as a wrong-doer.

The only thing black and white about this topic to me is that there are a lot of people running the scheme and placing their hope on the scheme that are making harmful choices. The primary difference between the runners and the participants though is that for the most part, in the short-term, an Amway "IBO" is making choices that hurt themselves. But Amway's decision to resort to a business model that clearly is centered around exploiting people's weaknesses and circumventing people's typical consumer defenses. It's a business model that is underhanded and predatory.

And lumping Amway in with capitalists is disrespectful to the essence of capitalism. The product Amway is most profiting on is (false) hope. The "products" you supposedly join Amway to sell are almost entirely purchased by and for the Amway IBO's, though internally you're simply "investing into your business." All the while you're also pouring more money into your Amway membership, a never-ending supply of "motivational and educational" material to help you grow your business, conferences to further inspire you, and if you manage to wind up sticking with it long enough to get some people under you, you're buying their "consumer products" too, and by that I mean far too often, the people under you that you're purchasing the vitamins for don't pay up. Nothing you can do about that. Oh well, just chalk it up to an "investment in your business."

Bottom line, Amway is anything but a commendable capitalist venture. No corporation or business is perfect, but usually most businesses are actually trying to offer an actual product or service that is of some tangible substance to someone. And what truly is great about capitalism is that if you have a great product that a lot of people want, you will be rewarded for producing and selling it, and I take no issue with this concept at all. But again, when looked at wholistically and objectively, it's clear that Amway is not producing a product that offers consumers much in terms of utility. Indeed, their primary product, the hope and the dream, is essentially vaporware, to use the word generally.

Furthermore, they have engineered their system to trip people's defenses up by infiltrating organizations, churches, clubs, basically any group of people that already has a built-in trust factor. They use that trust and social pressure against people, as well as every other little trick to take advantage of the less noble aspects of human nature. They know this. They've spent years crafting their "drug," and just as much time pin-pointing the easiest targets. They know exactly what they're doing. Again, it's predatory and underhanded.

You can easily dig deeper and mine up plenty of information to suggest that their ill-informed financial choices hurt the society and economy on whole as well. Just like all the terrible real-estate loans given out in the late-90's that came back to haunt us in 2008, people made poor personal decisions that ended up hurting the economy and society on whole. In that case as well, it's absurd and illogical to only blame the banks for offering the loans or only blame those taking the loans for taking more than they could expect to reasonably handle. All parties involved made poor decisions. I don't care who you are or what side you're on, if you're making poor decisions, you're part of the problem.

By this reasonable logic, I conclude that Amway is very much part of the problem. They are not the whole of the problem and their part in it does not minimize the role of personal responsibility at all. But they are the purveyors of a blatantly crooked business model that has been shown time and time again to have a tremendous negative effect on people's lives. That matter has nothing to do with capitalism, and as clearly illustrated, the logic that justifies their actions by virtue of capitalism opens plenty of doors to effects that I absolutely guarantee would send you crying to your knees if they came knocking on your doorstep.

Quite simply, Amway does infinitely more harm than good for society. Most any reasonable, objective, informed person can logically understand and defend that accusation. To many of us, the logical side of it as well as the emotional side of having to deal with friends and family who's lives were devastated by joining Amway leave us with nothing but contempt and disgust for Amway. That is why we don't want to have a team we love have much of anything to do with Amway if at all possible, let alone having to incessantly read and hear "the Detroit Red Wings presented by Amway."

The Detroit Red Wings, one of the classiest organizations in all of sports, presented by Amway, a company always bound to be one of the scummiest on any list of sleazy businesses.

The whole idea is nothing short of utterly disgraceful.


#2206219 Red Wings Sponsor?

Posted by gcom007 on 04 September 2011 - 11:37 PM

I am genuinely shocked that someone can defend this company and not be a part of it. The only times I have ever encountered it in the past is when one has someone in their life deeply involved in Amway that they can't bring themselves to criticize or when it's a former-Amwayer trying to justify their wasted time and money. Otherwise, it seems next to impossible to defend Amway.

I just do not understand at all how we can somehow justify Amway's sleazy business because the Devos family is charitable and from Michigan. I just don't care, because I know how they made their money!

And I don't care that they're not a pyramid scheme. Pyramid scheme. Multi-level marketing. All the same when it comes to what Amway does to people's lives. They were "bodysnatchers" when they were based on a pyramid scheme and they're "bodysnatchers" now that they're based on multi-level marketing.

I personally do not want to constantly be reminded of the many close friends that have had their lives devastated on so many levels by the disgusting cult of Amway while I watch the team I've loved since I can remember with the little bit of free time I have. Amway is literally one of the only words in this world that just instantly incites anger in me upon hearing the name.

I'm not trying to single anyone out here or be critical, but I don't think anyone who's defending Amway has really seen how ugly it can get.

I don't think they know people who have lost loads of money, countless friends and severed relationships with family.

I really do not believe that they've dealt with people in situations like these that I have unfortunately dealt with numerous times.

I don't think they know people who worked over 80 hours a week to make just enough money to buy their Amway/Quixstar products and books. All the while, bear in mind, these are at real jobs. They're not making any money at Amway. "Yet," they would say at best in acknowledging this simple fact. "I'm making an investment in my future because I want what's best for me and my family. You don't understand. You're ignorant and have no ambition." Heard variations on that too many times.

Worse though, I don't think any Amway defender has dealt with people who no longer will speak to their parents, siblings and friends because their new Amway family says to cut anyone or anything out of their life that questions or speaks negatively about Amway and their business. I've seen this way too many times, and it's just plain sad for all of those affected. It's like losing someone to a cult. No, it is losing someone to a cult.

And all the while usually the family in particular is just trying to help stop the blatantly-obvious financial bleeding that's taking place. They're just doing the simple math; tons of money going out, no money coming in, countless hours spent working. Simple stuff for most people; tougher for people trapped in a cult.

Again, I'm planning on calling and writing to the Red Wings to express my distaste. I would recommend that the many here, seemingly the vast majority, who are upset over this news do the same.


#2200922 Kris Draper announces retirement

Posted by gcom007 on 25 July 2011 - 02:21 PM

Hell of a career by Kris Draper. It'll be sad to see him go. Only one guy left from the 90's era now...sad off-season in many ways, but I'm excited for the future of this team. I'm also glad that we keep guys like Draper, Osgood, Maltby, etc. in the organization.

this offseason just gets better and better.


Congratulations on receiving the first negative I have ever bothered to give out.


#2199135 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by gcom007 on 18 July 2011 - 07:09 PM

Osgood did not do well in game seven. He failed to position his stick correctly on the first goal and completely lost his angle on the second.


We also only scored 1 goal. Last I checked, giving up 2 goals isn't exactly evidence for "not playing well" Usually the 1-2 goal range is what we ideally want out of a goalie in a realistic world to "give the team a chance to win." He wasn't perfect and you could say it wasn't his best game, but it's a stretch to say he didn't play well. He wasn't the only one who dropped the ball on the plays either.

The bottom line with that run was that our stars were too beat up to push us over the top. A 2-1 loss with a battered lineup is a tough loss to swallow on so many levels and it's easy to look at the goalie when they don't pull out the shutout or the 1 goal effort...but Osgood didn't exactly pull a Luongo either. What happened with Luongo this year was truly "not playing well" in game 7.


#2199121 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by gcom007 on 18 July 2011 - 06:36 PM

Including Ozzie. On that breakaway goal he had such terrible position that you could tell just by the camera angels. I still don't and never will buy in that he was the Conn Smythe worthy during that run.


Are you kidding me? So we should focus on the few isolated mistakes as opposed to the majority of his play which was nothing short of outstanding? He in many ways carried the team through the playoffs as we battled injuries throughout to our biggest stars. Even Lidstrom missed games! There was no way in hell anyone was going to win the Conn Smythe over him that year. Zetterberg finished the playoffs strong but was not a force throughout; and he was the only one close. Osgood's strong, consistent play was the highlight of that run. He had a great run in '08, better as far as stats are concerned I believe, but there's no question that he was a better overall goalie and a much bigger part of our success on the '09 run. It's a shame we couldn't pull it all off. Then we'd have another Cup and one less stupid argument.


#2199092 Chris Osgood announces retirement

Posted by gcom007 on 18 July 2011 - 04:26 PM

And let's be straight, in the context of their careers, a healthy Osgood is a MUCH better option than anyone else on the market. Conklin had a good year with the Wings. He's had lousy years since. And we're talking about a career backup with an isolated good year verses a 400-win, 3-time Stanley Cup champion. If he's healthy, this will be a great move. If he can't stay healthy, it won't be the end of the world at all because Macdonald isn't the worst 3rd choice.