Monday, July 26, 2010

25:19 - week 1: Opinions, girls names, fans and more

Welcome to 25:19, a new feature that will run every Monday for 19 (duh!) weeks. Every week I will make 5 (Nick) lists, with 5 (number of rings Nick will retire with) points on each list. Thus having 25 (DMac) points in total every week. The lists will be random hockey stuff, some rankings, other in random order. Some will be opinions, others humour. I will leave it to you judge what is what. Hopefully you will find it entertaining and/or provoking enough to leave your ideas on things I missed and what I did wrong in the comments.

1. Five controversial statesments I honestly believe in.
- Nicklas Lidström is the best defenseman ever. Sorry Bobby, you are number 2.
- Showfights between two enforcers like May vs. Barch or Brasheer vs. Boogard are not only useless, but hurtful to the game and its image.
- Don Cherry has been irrelevant for a long time and it is time to throw his nationalist ass out of TV.
- Hockey in the South is a terrible idea.
- If it continues like now with 2 per year and the same teams again and again, the Winter Classic will not be exciting at all five years from now.

2. Five ideas for fan behaviour I wanna see
- Devils fans should throw copies of the CBA on the ice when Kovy scores.
- Try and make a chant longer than "Let's go [team name]". Go to a European football game. Listen to their amazing chants and songs. Make something similar.
- For fans in stupider markets we require less. Chicago fans only have to learn their teams name, so they can root FOR them instead of only knowing to chant "Detroit sucks"
- Colorado fans we require even less of. They can start improving by actually showing up.
- Every Phoenix fan should have their faces in Doan-face position during every game

3. Five hockey players with girls names
- Marian Hossa
- Marian Gaborik - Yeah I know, same name, but they both deserve a mention
- Jody Shelley - Oh well, maybe it needs to be Jodi to be a girl, but still
- Kari Lethonen - Old Norwegian farmer ladies are named Kari
- Cindy Rosby - Cop out? Unfair? Cheap? Maybe, but it's my blog, so sue me!

4. Five songs that should be played when a certain player scores
- Pat Kane - Been Caught Stealing (Jane's Addiction) - Okay, so what he did was robbery, but close enough
- Kovy - Money, money, money (Abba)
- Derek Boogard - Once in a liftime (Vandenberg) - Cause that's how usual that event is.
- Kris Versteeg - London Bridge (Fergie) - I wanna see him sing and dance along
- Sami Salo - Unbreakable (Westlife) - Cause well.. That's just mean.

5. The five most memorable Red Wings playoff goals in my time
1. Darren McCarty vs. Philly, SCF game 4, 97 - Best goal ever
2. The Statue of Liberty - Royahahahaha
3. Steve Yzerman vs. Blues, game 7, 96 - I love that he even stole the puck from # 99.
4. Nick vs. Canucks, WCQF, game 3, 02 - We were all so scared, then this happened.
5. Z vs. Pens, SCF, game 6, 08 - Because the Stanley Cup winning goal probably should have been waved off.

Eye candy
Gotta give you all a reason to read these, so there will be eye candy in every one of these. Here's Emmanuelle Chirqui:

And seeing as most of my readers are women, there will be some for them too:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New blogs on the block

During the last two weeks we have had two new Red Wings blogs pop up and they both look good so far.

First of all we have Babcock's Fly Hair created by Liam. You can find him on Twitter at @BabcocksFlyHair. Real good stuff so far and a funny name.

And today my mate Jeff Hancock, of Good Old Hockey Show fame, decided to start the awesomely named Brendan Smithsonian Institution. Really looking forward to see Jeff's views on things this upcoming season. On Twitter you can find him at @JeffHancock41.

So bookmark them, put them into your google readers or whatever, just make sure they are there for you to enjoy during the next season.

Also, in the shameless self promotion cathegory, please become a fan of FightNight on Facebook.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Bob Probert dead at 45

EDIT: Updated with career stats and videos under the picture

Reports from Windsor say that former Red Wing Bob Probert collapsed today when out on a boat, was rushed to the hospital and has now been pronounced dead. He was 45 years old.

I am too young to have experienced him with the Wings, but I have seen the clips and know his legacy. These news sadden me incredibly. Let us all hope that the reports are wrong, but if they are not, let us remember a hell of a hockey player who gave incredibly much to the Red Wings. Rest in peace Bob. You will be missed.

Sadly, the news now seem to have been confirmed. Probie will be missed for sure, both by Red Wings fans and the whole hockey world. He was one of a kind. Among the toughest and best fighters the world ever saw.

Bob Probert played for the Wings from 86-94 and for the Hawks from 95-02. During his NHL career he played 935 games, scored 162 goals, 221 assists for 384 points. He racked up 3300 penalty minutes. In the playoffs he had 81 games, 16 goals, 32 assists, 48 points and 274 PIM.

Let us remember him by watching video:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Modano, Norway fact # 5 and some other babbling.

Sorry for the abscence, but there is really little to write about these days. We don't really have any Red Wings action to speak of and it would be dumb of me to think I have something useful to say about other teams' signings.

However I feel like I should weigh in on Modano. I don't care much, but I would say that under the right circumstances, if he would take a deal close to the league minimum, or at least under a million dollars, I would love it to happen. He would provide some nice veteran presence and some offensive talent for a 3rd and 4th line. And of course there would be a nice sentimental value to bringing this Michigan boy home to the D to end his career. However I am not willing to break the bank or let go of several RFAs for him.

So I'll just jump straight to a Norway fact here :P Seeing as it is July 4th today I thought I'd ask myself the question: How old is Norway?

105 years old? 196? 1100 years old? This is a hard question to answer. Norway seems to have existed as an idea or as a country/area divided into several smaller kingdoms for a long time. Then, according to most sources, Harald Fairhair gathered it into one country in 872 and ruled until 930. Some sources claim he only ruled the coastal regions, but what is certain is that the unity of the kingdom was not preserved after his death. Various small kings and the king of Denmark ruled us for the next century. But Magnus the good became king of Norway in 1035 and the country established itself over the course of the next decades.

After some troublesome years, deaths, lack of royal heirs and other issues lead to Norway, Sweden and Denmark uniting in the Kalmar union in 1397. However Sweden pulled out of the union in 1536 and after that Norway was weakened and the fucking Danes took more and more control. We became a kingdom ruled BY Denmark.

In 1814 however, this ended. As a part of a post-Napoleonic war treaty, the Danish king, who had been on the losing side, had to give Norway to Sweden. They kept Iceland and the Faraoe Islands (who were both ours). May 17th 1814 Norway adopted a new constitution. However we stayed under Sweden, but with our own parlament. It was sort of a personal union where we were directly under the Swedish king, not really under Sweden. After a conflict about consulates, Norway declared its independence July 7th 1905 and after some negotiations, the Swedes were kind enough to let us go later that year.

So, 1100, 196 and 105 are all good answers.