A Campaign of Manifest Despair (Review: Calgary Flames and Fight of the Night)

Calgary Flames 3 – Detroit Red Wings 0

The depression sets in.  Embrace the darkness.  The dawn must come eventually…

Sad Mickey, the dog, knows how you feel.

It’s too tough to do a review of tonight’s game.  The Wings are trying, and it’s not good enough.

I want to take a cue from Kenny the sleepy panda and nap until the playoffs, and hopefully Detroit will be there when I wake up in mid-April.  This hurts.  It hurts really bad.

I’m not attacking any particular player or coach after today.  I just don’t have the energy.  Please let’s just score a goal tomorrow against St. Louis.

We’re such a delicate team and fan base right now.  Hold strong everyone, the refs cannot hate us forever.  Gary can’t screw us into oblivion.  We need to take a cue from the little guy and get scared…

There.  Are you scared yet?  Are you scared that maybe the Red Wings are not as good as they have been over the last 14 years?  Are you scared that the playoff run will have to come to an end at some point, and this year is as good a year as any?  Are you scared that all that we have held to be sure in Detroit is failing, and that everything we thought we had seems to have been taken?

Now…take that fear.  Embrace that fear.  Convince yourself that it is still worth it to be a Detroit Red Wings fan.  It is still worth it to be a hockey fan.  When you are scared that everything you love could be taken from you, you’ll begin to cherish what you have so much more.  Every amazing play from Dats and Z, cherish it.  Every time Helm creates a scoring chance because he’s the fastest guy in the league, cherish it.  Every time Jimmy Howard gives up a huge rebound but Nick Lidstrom sweeps it away from trouble, because he is all that is perfect, cherish it.  We cannot have excellence forever…but we do have the Red Wings forever, both good and bad.  I’m still on board.  As painful as this season is, it  only serves to make the wins that much sweeter.

Let’s. Go. Red. Wings.

Random Fight of the Night:

Joey Kocur in late 80’s form…


3 Responses to “A Campaign of Manifest Despair (Review: Calgary Flames and Fight of the Night)”

  1. Baroque Says:

    The scared little panda almost made me cry.

    We’re hockey fans – we’re tough enough to take this.

    Besides, I watched the Tigers’ 2003 season and can thus deal with almost any level of sports awfulness and pain. “Mediocre when injured” is better than “nearly historically horrible” any day, any sport, any season.

  2. That is a fair point. The 2003 Tigers were truly awful.

    I do feel though as if this Wings season is hitting much harder right now because of all the following: the recent collapse of the Tigers in the playoff race, the ineptitude of the Piston’s so far, the Lions, and how both Michigan and MSU football had mediocre to terrible seasons.

    Deep down we’ve all counted on the Red Wings to make watching sports a joyful experience, and thus far, this season has certainly been a lesson in patience. Your point about “mediocre when injured” is very much taken. With patience and recovery time, we’ll be back in the hunt and doing well post-olympics.

  3. Mesas de comedor…

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