This blog was concieved after a long period of thinking. It all started when I got hooked on The Triple Deke and then Snipe snipe, Dangle dangle and then a whole lot of other Wings blogs. I started to think about how it would be to have my own hockey blog. And during games I started thinking about what I would write if I had one. So, on Tuesday November 3rd 2009, I was sitting at the uni, tired and bored, not in shape to do what I was supposed to do. So I started this blog instead. I was always clear on the fact that this first and foremost was supposed to be a Red Wings blog, but that there had to be a Norwegian perspective. And the first post was about current and former Norwegian NHLers and especially the two ex-Wings among them.
So... Hey! Welcome to this blog! As of now I of course have no readers and probably won't get any so what better time to write about Norwegian Red Wing history?
This is a Norwegian Red Wings blog with the emphasis on "Red Wings", but just for today, I feel nationalistic and I will hereby present the two Norwegians who have (for a veeeery short time) been Wings.
These were the first lines ever posted on this blog. They are from the aformentioned first post, which you can find here.
The next posts were previews and a write up on Stevie Y's Hall of Fame induction. I could never seem to catch a game early enough and get enough time to write a recap.
November 12th 2009
I finally get around to write my first recap. It was of the 9-1 game against the BJs and it followed the first of many blueprints for recap writing. Finding the right format is hard and I feel sure I didn't find the right one here.
November 13th 2009
The first picture of Kristen Bell is posted on the blog:
November 19th 2009I react to the Brad May non-goal with anger, anger and more anger. The next day I did a follow up, "translating" and dissecting the NHL's explanation of the call.
November 24th 2009
First of all, I changed up the format of the recaps again. But most importantly, I reached out to get readers. The few readers I had before that were all from a hockey forum I post at now and then. So I decided to send this email out to the people I had blogrolled:
I'm a Norwegian guy who started my own Red Wings blog a few weeks ago. Up until now, my readers have been friends from a few forums and a few other people, but I really want to get a broader base of readers. Therefore, I ask you guys, the bloggers I myself read religiously, if any of you would be willing to mention my blog on your classy blogs, have me in your blogroll or give me some tips on how to get some more people to read my blog? I would be really thankful if anyone took the time to do this.
Sorry for taking up your time
Thanks up front
Anders, Oslo, Norway
As you might notice, I forgot to post a link, which Triple Deke Tyler reminded me to do. He and several others responded to the email, and gave helpful advice. TPL had already blogrolled me, God knows how they found me. And I ended up on people's blogrolls. I finally stepped into this amazing community. And I wanna thank everyone for letting me in. It also lead to this interview over at Snipe Dangle.
December 10th 2009
I start watching every game live and not on demand later. I do my first "live-blog". Reading this will show you why this died very soon.
I also decide to blame the following people for Dan Cleary's injury. Yes, this was in my "I hate Bertuzzi"-period.
December 11th 2009
I try some psychology on the Red Wings. You can read it here. It kinda worked. Here's a few excerpts:
How would it boost the confidence of players like the already fragile Ville Leino to read that the bloggers are giving up and that they feel he should be playing in the Afghan elite league or something like that?
And Ville, you're doing great man. I can see that you're working hard and with passion every night. Sooner or later the goals will come. Believe me! Trust me!
I also decided to take a look at exactly how dominant Zetterberg is and found out that he is the world's most dominant player
December 14th 2009
My Monday morning thoughts contains a plug for the first TOV episode and the first in a long series of hints and ass licking to try and get in on the action.
I also debuted a new preview format. It was good, but it just took too much time, so I abandoned it after a while.
I also recapped the crazydebut of Kris Newbury and premiered a recap format that would stay for several months.
December 29th 2010
I preview the Norwegian Olympic roster. You can read it here
January 4th 2010
I review the first part of the season and it comes off much more positive than expected.
I release the first Swedish player name pronounciation guide. The file is still available for download it seems.
I also answer Nurse Nitz's contest winner question about what I would do if I took Gary's job. I also give you a day in the life of Gary Bettman. Read it here.
I start a game recap with a rant towards Metalli-haters. I also give the NHL farfetched lockout advice.
Steve Ott's shootout "goal" leaves me a tiny bit pissed.
All the hinting and ass licking paid off. I make my TOV debut.
I dream up a NHL job interview.
I make the NHL job interview post into an animate movie. I then make more Wings related animated movies.
I end a recap with a guide to the best of Norwegian music. The songs span many styles and are well worth a liten. Check it out here.
The second Swedegian lesson is posted. sadly, the link in this post is dead now.
I give you your official guide to the metric system.
I return to TOV for the second time. And me and my buddy sues our country and Olympic team (we later pulled the case).
I am in Vienna and completely wasted after a hard party. I decide to rant about Canada's gold medal.
Drunk late at night in Vienna again. This time telling you to pledge your asses off for H2H.
I celebrate a great game by writing limericks.
Due to popular demand I write more limericks. They are not as good this time.
I explain why I hate Sergei Fedorov
A day in the life of Mike Babcock is posted. And loved. Great success!
I am mean. A day in the life of Ozzie (and Jimmah) proves that. A day in the life of Bert is surprisingly more gentle.
I post A day in the life of Kenny Holland, set to the melody of Kesha's Tick Tock.
I write a long tribute to the game that gave this blog it's name.
I make some History will be made parodies. This got linked to on Puck Daddy. The same happened to a few playoff recaps.
I start a recap with a long story and info about hockey in Norway/Oslo.
Recap full of BJ-jokes.
I make a video tribute to past cup victories.
I write a regular season player evalution.
I present the Fight Night playoff drinking game. You win if you survive.
I lead off a recap with a weird analogy including the Leprechaun living in my kitchen cupboard and Kristen Bell.
My game 7 recap explains why Nick is the best defenseman ever.
A tribute to my mom
That is it for this season. Thanks for reading the blog. Keep reading. It has been fun.
Here are the results of FightNight's player of the year, based on number of times I selected a player as player of the game:
10. Ozzie, Abby, Miller, Malts, Stuart - 1 each
9. Cleary - 2
7. Bert and Eaves - 4 each
6. Mule - 5
5. Nick - 6
4. Hank - 8
3. Helm - 9
2. Jimmah - 12
1. Pasha - 13