Though I'll never admit to being a bandwagon or fair-weather fan - I'm a die-hard like most of the rest of us here - but I will admit that after that puke-up loss to the Desert Dogs and three straight losses, the Wings became "persona-non-grata" and I just couldn't handle being a Red Wings fan for a couple of days.
So I disconnected from Wings-nation for a couple of days, and it's with slight trepidation that I jump back into the fray here.
Now, I'll also admit that I HAVE TO get back into it this week because of the realities of the week - H2H2 (which I'm excited for even though I'm not attending) and the Wings / Blues game in St. Louis this week (which I am attending with my wife and son). I have to get ready for the game, St. Louis is bad, the Wings will be tired, but they have to find a way to grind out a win against Conks and the Blues. And my thoughts will be with all of you in Detroit on Friday night for H2H2 against the Oil.
Other thoughts - the San Jose game REALLY bothered me. The Sharks always look big, strong and fast - they remind me of the McCarty, Lapointe, Shanahan, Kocur, Matlby Red Wings teams from the late 90s that won the Cups with Power Forwards (yes, I know it's an NBA term, but so what....that's what they were). Even when the Wings carried the play in the game, I had no positive feelings that we were going to come out on top that night - it was the same feeling I had watching the same teams in the playoffs last year. I know the Sharks history, but wow, they look scary for the playoffs.
L.A. is going to be tough this week, they're fighting for their playoff lives in the 8th spot right now and having three other teams breathing down their neck. So that should be a good test. We need to beat both Edmonton and St. Louis to finish the week - not because of H2H2 on Friday and my attendance on Saturday - but because we're the Detroit Red Wings and good teams find a way to beat bad teams no matter what.
Back into the fray I am, for better or worse (but please don't do that to me again Wings - that road trip wasn't fun at all!)