08 November 2006

Dinktown, USA


Whenever I hear Detroit referred to as "Hockeytown" without a trace of irony, it's all I can do to keep my head from exploding. Hockeytown, my ass. In a true "Hockeytown," fans would stick around the arena until the final buzzer or, you know, actually sell out the games in the first place. In a true "Hockeytown," the cheers when Winchester was knocked flat on his back tonight would have been deafening. In reality, all the TSN microphones were able to pick up were a few halfhearted "whoo"s. Pathetic.

You know what else is pathetic? The Oilers' zero shots on five powerplays. 16 shots total in the game. What in the hell is going on?

It seemed like the rookie line (Winchester, Petersen, and Thoresen) was getting a lot of icetime tonight -- I'm not sure if this was a good thing, especially when they were put out on the PP. Winchester in particular had a busy game -- Dude looks like a lady, but he was out-hustling almost everyone wearing white and punching everything in sight! Thoresen put in a pretty good game, too, with lots of sharp backchecking. These young guys should remind the veterans how to move their feet.

Aside from the rookies, my boyfriend Dwayne Roloson was the only Oiler who didn't seem to phone in tonight's performance. Stopping 42 of 45 shots, he finished the game with a .933 SV% and a second star. He's so cute.

8 comments:

Scarlett said...

It blows my mind when MacT puts out Peterson on the powerplay. Stop it. But yeah, womanly Winchester played great. And that great hit on him, ummmm totally interference. Of course it was not called. Thanks refs!

Detroit is soooo not hockeytown. Who the hell ever came up with that?

Zero shots in the first period....that basically sums up this game.

D. said...

This sucks.

Anonymous said...

"Hockeytown" is strictly a marketing gimmick, and has worked very well for the franchise. No need to be offended by it--no one there has any doubts about how important hockey is in Canada compared to its profile in the US.

And the unemployment rate is awfully bad in Michigan right now. When families are debating taking a buyout from the auto company and wondering if they will lose their house, hockey tickets aren't the highest financial priority. Cheaper to watch on TV at home while trying to figure out which bills to pay this month.

Alana said...

Fair enough, anonymous. It just annoys me when sports announcers propogate these "gimmicks."

~Shell~ said...

I'm choked. I could barely watch the entire game to the end, but I did. Someone needed to be standing there with Rolly at the end.

*sigh* Ryan and Jason...............

thehockeychick said...

For U.S. Hockey, Detroit has been about as close to "Hockeytown" as we can get. But true, it's when they're good. I believe most of their fans are in shock without Shanny or Stevie Y and the fact they're NOT number one. Give 'em a few... they'll come back. (the fans, not Shanny and Stevie Y)

Right now, I would certainly say the true "Hockeytown" is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Where the fans are going wild for the Wild.

But I know I must make it to Canada sometime to experience a true 'hockeytown'.

thehockeychick said...

oops... I meant St. Paul... not Minneapolis...

Anonymous said...

That was one frustrating game to watch. I can see why MacTavish was playing the fourth line in those times. Our other 3 lines were slacking, it was pathetic to watch. All in all this game was basically Roloson versus the Red Wings.