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#2650466 Amusing stories you have heard or lived.

Posted by 55fan on 29 January 2016 - 10:55 AM

Another graveyard shift story-


This was many, many years ago.  A guy came in wearing a baseball cap, glasses, sandals, one of those half t-shirts, and a g-string.  He was followed by another guy who was giggling and carrying a video camera.  This was back in the days before smart phones and (fortunately) the internet as we know it.


Videotaping was not allowed in the store, but since there was no way of it getting out for the world to see, I didn't stop him and just went along to see how it all played out.


The guy in the g-string strutted (like he had anything worth strutting) back to the pop section of the cooler.  I kept a straight face.  It just about killed me, but I managed to look bored.


He brought his pop to the counter and gave me a $10.  I gave him his change.  He held the coins in his hand but put the bills in the g-string, saying, "I like to keep my bills in here."


You know how you always think of something funny to say when it's too late?  Yeah.  I'd been keeping the perfect straight face, but the perfect comeback was out of my mouth before I could stop it.


As soon as he tucked the bills in the g-string, I said, "Good thing they're small bills."


His friend was doubled over laughing, unable to tape.  The guy turned beet red and I had to crack a smile.


Wanting to let him off the hook, I said, "Is this for a bet or dare or something?"


He chuckled and went back to the same strutting-type personality he had before and said, "Why no.  Why do you ask?"


They left laughing.  I smiled and had fits of giggles for the rest of the night.

#2649424 1/22 GDT : Detroit Red Wings - Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 EST

Posted by NerveDamage on 22 January 2016 - 09:38 AM


Finally, GDT Updated. LGW!!!

#2649395 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by kliq on 21 January 2016 - 07:08 PM

Not sure how people still blame Yzerman for Martin St. Louis leaving.  That guy whined for not being selected to Team Canada (hardly a team anyone can join) and then asked to be moved because his ego was bruised.    


I wouldn't if it means losing Stamkos.  Cooper did get them to the Finals last year, but coaches can be replaced.  You can't replace Stamkos.  


Managing people is not an easy task, this is something I personally do everyday of my life and I believe it is something I am pretty good at. Along the way, I have seen others that do it well, and others that do it horribly.


One thing I have learned over the years is that is is not always the message that angers/frustrates an employee, it is the delivery. Every person responds to things in a different way, and as a person's boss you need to know how to read them and know what methods work with each particular person. What works with person A, may fail miserably with person B.


I am not saying that Yzerman delivered the message poorly, I obviously don't know, I wasn't in the room. But to anger a guy to the point where he demanded a trade mid season when he has played for the team for longer then 10 years, they were good, and he only had 1.5 years left in his career is a very weird thing.


To give an example of what I mean, maybe if Yzerman did something as simple as call St. Louis into his office and explain to him that he did not make it, St. Louis would have been fine. Maybe St. Louis found out via press release and that is what pissed him off. Again, I dont know, this is pure speculation on my part, but to say Yzerman is 100% free of blame to how the situation played out is a bit silly IMO. He may be, but we dont know and can only guess.


For the record though, I do think St. Louis should have sucked it up regardless of Yzerman's delivery.

#2647697 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 13 January 2016 - 12:23 PM

What if they wanted Tatar instead?

Then I wouldn't do it. It would defeat the purpose of trying to get more aggressive by keeping the passive guy and trading one feisty winger for another.

Also, Tatar is better than Nyquist IMO. So no.

#2642005 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by kickazz on 10 December 2015 - 11:40 AM

I think there might be a rule where if they scored on the empty net we would forfeit our overtime point and get no points even though it was an OT loss. Can someone confirm/deny? I'm not 100%

"Clubs who pull their goaltender for an extra attacker during the overtime period (other than on a delayed penalty) will be subject to the potential forfeiture of their one (1) point earned for the tie at the end of regulation in the event the opposing team scores into the empty net."

Per 2015 rule changes for 3 on 3 - Board of Governors approval. 

#2641366 Hey!

Posted by DatsyukianDekes on 05 December 2015 - 07:21 PM

Greatest GDT thread ever.

#2641201 12/3 GDT : Arizona Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by LeftWinger on 04 December 2015 - 12:14 AM

great game by the Wings!



:ranting: I  f***in HATE when a team gets screwed out of a win by refs, and the Lions got f***in screwed!!! No way that was a facemask, f***in refs suck in all leagues, but damn are they blowing s*** left and right in the NFL!!!! That play  should've been able to be challenged! :furious:


Ok, back to the NHL. Thank you for letting me rant...

#2640838 Wings Need on D and Glaring Inconsistencies

Posted by e_prime on 02 December 2015 - 10:51 AM

Why does it have to "problem" defensemen?
Why does everything have to be so negative all of the time?
...and why pick on Ericsson? Sure, you might see it as him having an off game last night, but it wasn't as if Kronner played a stellar game either?
Also, why do Red Wings fans think that our defensemen are more prone to defensive gaffes than any other team? I sometimes wonder if you guys regularly watch any other games or follow any other teams than the Wings.
I'll be honest. I never "played the game" so I don't have a great understanding of defensive systems, etc. but feel like I watch enough games around the league to know that the Wings aren't too far off from other teams defensive play. Certainly, there are teams in the league that outshine us on defense, but we're not as terrible as imagined by some.

As far as "problem" defensemen, go I will say this:
When Quincey is ready to return, one of Kindl or Smith are in trouble.
Marchenko is far and away a more solid defenseman and than either and has earned that seventh sixth spot! (thanks Zombo)
Younger, cheaper, and more reliable.

Kronner - Green
DeKeyser - Quincey
Machenko - Ericsson

OMG. I just claimed "Ye Olde Eyeball Test" for myself.

#2637986 11/18 GDT : Washington Capitals at Red Wings, 8:00 EST

Posted by number9 on 18 November 2015 - 09:03 PM

If only Tatar would learn to forecheck we might be winning this game right now

#2633400 10/27/15 - Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings - TACKY Mad Libs

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 27 October 2015 - 11:37 AM

Tuesday Night, October 27th, Dana Carvey watched as the Detroit Red Wings slowly slid out of the dressing room and harshly stepped onto the ice for their pregame skate.  Niklas Kronwall fired pucks at the tape dispenser while Santa Fe fans watched in envy.  You could tell that the slippery referees were going to have to keep an eye on the spork, as it was going to be a fast game due to the green skating abilities of both teams.  Eric Staal's dusty hair was flowing ala 90's Fedorov style, and Henrik Zetterberg's hard beard could have scared a Flying Spaghetti Monster.  The Red Wings line-up was depleted due to a severe case of erectile dysfunction, while the Hurricanes were sporting a fairly bloody team full of beautiful youngsters and feathered veterans.  Jeff Blashill's high school principal needed no adjusting, and Nick Kronwall's preparation was nothing short of odiferous. Instead of Jouney's "Don't Stop Believing", the music selector was going to play Too Drunk to F**ck if the Red Wings prevailed.  The starting line-ups were announced, but Echolalia couldn't believe Blashill was going to start Justin Abdelkader. jimmyemeryhunter tripped Brendan Smith while number9 encouraged Henrik Zetterberg.  The ref finally shaved the puck, and everyone could, at last, start calling out Drew Miller as the lemur.


#2632406 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by rick zombo on 23 October 2015 - 12:01 PM

I know... I know.. It is way too early to tell if the Jeff Blashill experience will be celebrated or despised.

#2632377 10/21 GDT : Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 23 October 2015 - 08:53 AM

I actually agree with a few others that we need one more big bodied, digger.  Either that or we need Jurco to step up in a hurry.  I've said before that I don't like any line that has two of Tatar, Nyquist, or Pulkkinen on it.  You can now add Larkin to that mix as well.  I just don't like two small wingers.  I don't think we need some superstar power foward or anything.  But with Franzen hurt, and Jurco still struggling, we need another Abby for the second line. 

#2631957 10/17 GDT: Detroit Red Wings @ Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 EST

Posted by Buppy on 20 October 2015 - 09:45 AM


I really don't know how to make this more clear. Our team's goals against average is slightly above average (statistically).  And it's negatively skewed by our bad penalty kill (30% of the goals scored against us have been powerplay goals).  So our PK is bad.  Not our defense.  30% is terrible. 


For context, 13% of the goals we've scored have been on the PP.  30% for them.  13% for us. 


We also have the tenth most penalty minutes per game (most of which were taken by forwards). 


If you're shorthanded all the time, and you're not very good at killing penalties, you A) Don't get shots, B) Get shot on more often, C) Get scored on more (remember that 30%). 


Through 5 games, we've been abysmal offensively and on special teams.  Our goaltending and defense have both been decent to above average.  And that's why we're 3-2.  Any attempt to paint some "the defense is just as bad as the offense and special teams" argument is completely ignoring reality. 


Through 5 games, the defense is the least of our concerns. 

Over the last 3 years around 22% of all goals scored have been on the PP. 30% may look "terrible", and would be if it stayed that way for the whole year, but given it's so early in the year it's meaningless. It's one goal. If your stats can so easily be skewed by just one or two goals, you need to take them with a grain of salt. Shot attempts are a much better indicator at this point since they are much more frequent events. Even that, given how little time we've spent on special teams, isn't very good. 


I said in the other thread; pretty much everything has been bad this year. That includes the defense. Maybe not as inept statistically as the offense, but just as bad as special teams, and much worse than the goaltending.


Furthermore, I think most people would include the PK in the broader "defense" category. Certainly possible to be good on one but poor on the other, but they're not exactly separate.


Further-furthermore, there's "defense" in the sense of our ability to prevent goals, which is a product of both our defensemen and forwards (most people I think exclude the goalie from team defense). But I think when it was initially brought up, "defense" was meant in the sense of our group of defensemen, and includes both the defensive and offensive contributions.


Bottom line is we can't hold on to the puck. When we lose it, we have trouble getting it back. We have the same problem at every strength. It means we generate few shots, allow a lot, and take more penalties. 

#2631764 10/17 GDT: Detroit Red Wings @ Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 EST

Posted by chicagooverrated on 17 October 2015 - 09:17 PM

Will the red wings bounce back from the 2 game losing streak?

Will Larkin get another point?

Will Jimmy Howard be in goal

Find out next time on DRAGON BALL Z

#2628262 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 04 October 2015 - 01:59 PM

You know what? f*** it, I like it. Larkin showed this preseason that MAYBE, just maybe, he's NHL ready. Slap him in the top six until Dats gets back.


You Owe Larkin One?