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
Posted on: April 3, 2008 7:56 am

Wait...offense is STILL our problem?

Dear Minnesota Twins organization:

I actually applaud your offseason moves. I really believed that the offense could compete this year. Now I know, GM Bill Smith, you're going to tell me to give it time. The pitchers are ahead of the hitters at this point in the season.

Good argument, my good sir - except the Los Angeles Sacramento Angels of Northern San Jose County Municipal Janitors of Anaheim put up a nine-spot on us not 24 hours ago. Twins, please split this series, or Torii's going to think he actually made the right off-season move. Justin Morneau, where are you? I mean, your stick, that is. Defense was great last night, I threw my beer on some kid because that no-look flip to Nick Blackburn was amazing.

Speaking of which, Morneau, you should write to ESPN. Your play was number 5 in their daily top ten. I think you got beat out by a water-skiing squirrel. But that's why I blog on this Web site, not theirs. ESPN can shove it.

Back to the point, though - we've scored four runs in three games. Ouch. An alcoholic college student (read: pretty much every college student) has a higher GPA than your runs per game. We thought that the pitching would be sketchy coming into the year, but it's STILL the hitting? Ugh.

I'm done ranting for now, but expect another letter from me if things don't change in a hurry.


~ Robtangle

P.S. - If you wish to add yet another overweight pitcher to your roster, gimme a call. My curveball is faster than Livan Hernandez's.

Category: MLB
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