This short article is in response to the article posted at Kukla's Korner in the Abel to Yzerman blog on 11/4/11.
I suggest you read that article first before reading this one...not that I want to send traffic to that blog...but I'll ask you guys to stomach it before reading this.
Ok...how was it?
Yeah, I thought the same thing. Sorry you had to suffer through it.
In this article, I'm not going to ask for "a solid" because that's just a douchebag thing to say. (Who talks like that?)
What I am going to say in response to his question of "How do I write about a team playing so badly?" is this...
Ask your dad that question.
Let me know when your dad is finished smacking you upside the head, because you see, in the late 60's through the early 80's, your Red Wings sucked...and sucked hard (not that anyone in Detroit cared since nobody was showing up to watch them play). In a 17 year span the Wings only made the playoffs twice. And in one of those two playoff years, they were under .500. I feel the need to point this out to you, because most Wings fans I have encountered have only been a fan since 1997. Gee...I wonder why?
Starting off the 2011-2012 season 5-0-0 and then going winless in the next six (hilarious by the way...especially that 4-1 loss to Columbus...few have managed to actually lose to them this year...so kudos to your favorite team) and then ripping Blues bloggers in the manner you did is...well...umm...is...now that I think about it, actually pretty typical of Hockeytownians and is one of the reasons why most of the hockey world can't stand Red Wings fans and Wings bloggers. So I'm not sure why I am surprised at your article. It's pretty much what many Wings fans are all about.
But do us a favor and spare us the ridicule. Yeah, yeah, we know, the Blues haven't been very good the past few years and the Wings have been quite good. We get it. We are aware. Not news. Not funny...well...maybe a little funny, but not laugh out loud funny.
However, I would like to say congrats to you. Congrats on your ability to watch the evening news to seek out a winning hockey team and then shrewdly convince yourself to cheer for them in the stands while proudly waving your foam "Hockeytown" finger in the air and sporting a tucked in Red Wings jersey with your own name on the back. You are the model Red Wings fan. You are what every Wings fan aspires to be when they reach that unique level of mature Detroit douchebaggery. This isn't something you can teach...good Deroiters are born with it, along with the bird flu, erectile disfunction and an uncanny ability to not find a job.
I would like to help you out, but alas, the Blues have quite a ways to suck before they reach the epic level of suckitude that the Wings achieved in the late 60's through the entire decade of the 70's and into the 80's. The Blues have never stunk that bad for that long (unless you count never winning a cup as "sucking"...then I've got nothing). So there's that. (yeah, I went back 50 years in history to help my argument...so what? If folks from Detroit can brag about winning 10 cups (history), then I can mock them for sucking for decades (history as well).)
Not making the playoffs much lately is actually something of a new experience for Blues fans. I'm not sure you know this since Wings fans in general usually aren't aware that other cities actually have hockey teams...and God forbid those Wings fans are actually aware of the history of any of those clubs. So if you are a reader of our site, you'll quickly see that we haven't figured out how to write for a poor team. Maybe I'll ask your dad how it was done in the Red Wings dark ages...because I grew up watching the Blues in the playoffs every year.
We were fortunate enough to watch the Blues in the postseason for 25 straight seasons up until 2006. From 1967 through 2004, the Blues only missed the playoffs three times. It was impressive. The only thing more impressive is somehow not winning a cup during that span. You'd think we'd at least have won one accidentally (kind of like when you guys won in 1998)...but I digress.
The Blues will get there...sooner rather than later we hope...and when that day comes, there will be much rejoicing. Until then, at least we have the Cardinals. Remember 2006? Thank you Detroit. Good times.
Now, if you'll excuse me...the Blues just fired Davis Payne and hired Ken Hitchcock (God help us). I have more pressing matters to attend to.