March 4, 2010

Do You Get the Feeling that it's Just Not Going to Happen?

It's been a while since a full Wings recap. The next one will be delayed thanks to general busyness on my end, which prevented me from seeing this colossal gang rape from the Canucks, and will probably interfere with both weekend games. I apologize to both of the readers out there; time constraints the last month or two have really taken the rythem out of every-game recaps, which I enjoy doing the most. (No refunds, however.)

If I ever miss a Wings game that they lost, the first thing I jump to is the first Babcock quote. It's always candid and tells me exactly what I need to know about the game:

"We were poor. We were poor in goal. We were poor in the back end. We were poor up front. We were poor in the work ethic department," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The bottom line was we didn't look like a team that was dying to be in the playoffs tonight in anyway or shape of form."

I suppose that pretty much covers it.

The title of this post isn't meant to drive a fork into this season. But there are only so many "turning points" that I can get behind, only to have my hopes dropped like a bag of rhino shit.* It's now March 4th. It's not good to hear the coach talking about his entire team's lack of intensity on March 4th.

*A particularly weighty form of fecal, one of the heaviest in the animal kingdom. Is this true? Who knows. But I may or may not have just made you Google "rhinoceros poo + density". And that's all I really need for me to sleep tonight.


In other news, I had a blast at The Production Line with Mike, Chris, Rob and everyone else during our Jailsexed Trade Deadline Extravaganza (!). You can go back and read the seven or so hours of trade deadline yammering that included zero blockbusters, but if that actually sounds interesting then I'd appreciate it if you'd go and stab yourself repeatedly.

I just heard that the Wings picked up Riley Armstong from the Flames for Andy Delmore. As long as Riley isn't German for "Colby" and Delmore isn't actually Jason Williams, then I don't find this to be that relevant.


cmk said...

I'm afraid that we, as Wing fans, need to face reality. It is becoming more and more apparent that we DO need to stick a fork into it. We waited and waited for each player to come back from injury and it almost seems as if the team played WORSE whenever someone came back. Morale is in the shitter and I don't think anything will help them this late in the season. (I still feel--and always will--that the big problem with this team was signing Hossa last year. He wasn't really needed and the lines didn't seem to gel like they had the year before. The team has never gotten over him.)

Baroque said...

Yes, and I've felt that for some time now. I also get the feeling that it might long term not be all that bad - so many players on the team have been beaten up on long playoff runs, not just the last few years but over more than a decade, that the longer rest to fully heal and rest might be the best thing for them all.

Baroque said...

And oddly, enough, I'm kind of okay with that. The combination of a hangover from Olympic hockey and the increasing hours of daylight that herald the coming spring and baseball season have me really losing any motivation for yelling at horrible officiating or even really caring about NHL hockey at all, especially since I don't want to see Crosby's face any more and I know his name will be mentioned in every hockey game for the rest of the season, even when he isn't playing.

The only way people will stop talking about him is if he pulls a Tiger Woods in a decade or so.

J.J. from Kansas said...

What, exactly, are we talking about when we talk about sticking a fork in it? Our interest in the Red Wings this year?

Ok, bye suckers. I just don't want to hear anybody talking about what bandwagon fools Penguins fans act like when they switch over from Steelers mania after it's clear their football team isn't making the playoffs (ACTUALLY MATHEMATICALLY CLEAR...Not some "boo hoo we're in 8th place and lost another shitty game, but still have a lot of hockey left and a pretty good chance at a playoff run" kind of clear).

So the Wings aren't worth watching or caring about if you don't think they're going to win the Stanley Cup?

Even sour grapes don't taste this bad.

Anonymous said...

Jeff OKWingnut

I am starting to think it might not, 19 has been, apparently, ruled sacrosanct by the hockey gods.

I said in the A2Y thread, that the 63 game sample does not suggest the Wings will make it. Last nights game reinforces that with capital letters, expletives, and exclamation points.

No, that certainly does not suggest that I, a Wingaholic for almost 30 freaking years, is somehow jumping ship. I just don't have a whole lot of confidence in the team. And after last nights tilt, with so much on the line, and "injury free", why would you?

Obviously, I'd love to be wrong.

J.J. from Kansas said...

I don't get why it's so hard to look at this team, this roster, this coaching staff and think that they're good.

I also can't see where one can look at this roster and all they've done and see a lack of heart and leadership.

It's obvious you're incapable of understanding my position as much as I'm incapable of understanding yours. I'm just tired of all the chest-beating and bitching about how we're not going to make the playoffs, considering we're getting better as a team and, if the regular season ends today, we're in the postseason.

Yeah, we had a shitty game last night. Suck it up, princess. The 2001-02 Red Wings had shitty games. The previous two games were gritty wins and good performances. The previous 14 were god-awful, but we still had the injuries excuse back then.

Looking at the entire season and saying you don't think we have a good chance doesn't do sufficient justice. Yeah, we've had a disappointing season with fringe NHLers on our third line and fourth liners in the top six. We haven't done well with Mike Babcock distracted by the Olympics. Bertuzzi and Williams sure are no Hossa and Hudler. The 63-game sample actually DOES suggest the Red Wings will make it. We're in 8th place (a playoff spot) at the end of that sample.

I'm just amazed at how many people are building up their homespun justifications in MARCH.

Anonymous said...

Jeff OKWingnut

"I don't get why it's so hard to look at this team, this roster, this coaching staff and think that they're good."

But that is not it, I do think they are good, and when healthy can be extremely competitive.

But I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that they have the will to do so. And that is precisely what pisses me off.

It is one thing to play a solid game and lose. It is something altogether different to play like hammered shark shit when so much is on the line.

They have "19" games left to prove you correct.

Triple Deke Staff said...

When I asked if "it's not going to happen", I was referring to a huge roll that would put the Wings into decent playoff position, somewhat resembling the teams that I've seen every year of my fanhood; a major depature from what we've seen through 60-some games, like, actually dominating a few games here and there as opposed to grinding out every single one.

To be clear, the Wings could lose 7-0 tomorrow night and I'll still think that they're making the playoffs. "Do You Get the Feeling that it's Just Not Going to Happen" is more of a question about returning to what we perceive to be normal, because that's how I think most of us are watching this season. When you're clinging to a playoff spot with a month to play and the coach questions how hard his team is playing (or however you interpret those comments), it makes my mind wander.

But I'll be damned if I'm rooting any less now than I ever did. Quite the contrary. I am no Pens troll.

- Tyler

Anonymous said...

Jeff OKWingnut

But I'll be damned if I'm rooting any less now than I ever did. Quite the contrary. I am no Pens troll.

- Tyler


If I didn't care, I wouldn't be so freaking pissed off. I have always rooted for the home team, even when they were winning less than 20 games a season. That is never going to change. The older I get, perhaps I have become more cynical.

J.J. from Kansas said...

I'm not happy with the way the Wings have played either. I just don't think heart is the issue. If I don't think my players are trying to win games, I don't see a point in watching them. I haven't turned off a game early this whole season and I have no intention of doing so.

cmk said...

I will not abandon the Wings--they are my team and that's that. Do they piss me off with games like last night? Of course. Am I sadder than I can possibly be to think they probably won't be in the playoffs? More than I can say. But they still will be 'my team' and nothing--other than The Boy becoming a Wing--can change that.

I guess I'm just getting tired of hearing excuses. There has been something wrong, something I can't put my finger on, but definitely wrong, for a while. Until it is fixed, they can't get back on the right path. (I realize you can't fix what you can't see is broken--and I know a 'feeling' doesn't prove anything. Let's just say I'm a female and a mom and I have instincts about things.)

I also agree with Baroque: A good rest for the wounded warriors might not be bad. Let them have a good long vacation to lick their wounds, think things over, and come back next season with burrs under their saddles. (And I, too am suffering a hockey hangover--first time in years. Must have something to do with the Olympic overload and having The Boy shoved down my throat whenever I let my guard down.)

Baroque said...

I still think they are just burned out - I've been there (not in hockey, as I have next to no athletic ability, but in academics) and it's horrible.

You know exactly what you have to do to study for the class, you know perfectly well how to write a final paper on the subject you picked early in the semester, you are interested in the material and really want to do well and are motivated ... but somehow after taking extra classes the last semester and the previous summer you just can't quite find the energy no matter how much you try.

They may very well squeak into the playoffs, as Calgary management has gone off it's collective rocker, and maybe even win a round once there, but I think the team is going to be running on fumes until the end of the season, whenever it comes.

No dominating run with eight or nine straight wins, I doubt - not for lack of trying, or lack of heart, or lack of leadership or chemistry or anything else - I just think the entire team looks bone-tired, and that doesn't go away with a game off for "maintenance" here and there, or even a vacation in the middle of the season, but only with a solid long break. Mentally I think they're exhausted, regardless of how they are physically.

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Chris said...

Dear triple deke staff,

Eat a dick.

Love, The Detroit Red Wings

(Referring to the last two games.)

Though I do agree with honey. She makes some good points.