Tag:Red Wings
Posted on: May 2, 2008 1:48 am

Now we know who has the best fans in the division

I'm no longer sore over the Minnesota Wild's 4-2 series loss to the Colorado Avalanche. If anything, it helped me in a few ways because:

A) It further pointed out our flawed blue line which NEEDS to be changed over the offseason

B) Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are going to be bonafide Stars in the NHL, and...

C) Most importantly - we are the best fans in the Northwest Division, if not the conference.

I know it looks like I'm absolutely jumping for my high horse, that's not the case. After following the Avalanche in their second-round matchup with the Red Wings, one thing became obviously clear - Colorado is home to incredibly fair-weathered fans.

They gloated when their team beat mine. They said it had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the refs. They said it had nothing to do with our injury-depleted defense. They had the audacity to say that their team, and fans, were better.

Fast-forward to this series, and my, how the tables turned. After the first game, the Avs fans hung around. Said they were still in the series. After Game 2's drubbing, the hypocrisy came by the shovel-full. They said the refs were throwing the game, that the Red Wings had too many penalties. They said that the NHL wanted Detroit to win. They said that they were suffering from key injuries. And now that the Wings put an eight-spot (or, "The Ocho" for fans of the movie Dodgeball) on Jose Theodore aka "The One-Series Wonder," the fans have completely disappeared.

I'm sorry. I couldn't hold back. I had to sink my teeth into those posts. Was it mature? Probably not, though my articulation and logic were impeccable as usual. Was it necessary? No, they knew they aren't hardcore fans. Was it fun?

You bet your ass it was fun.

I'm a fan of all sports so my summer will be spent playing baseball and golf, watching a little bit of them on TV, catching a Twins game every week or so. I have things to occupy my time. So I'll be writing some baseball blogs this summer, and also reporting on any moves the Wild make. I'm sad the Wild didn't move on, but boy did I enjoy watching the second round of these playoffs.

Keep your stick on the ice,

~ Robtangle

Category: NHL
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