Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Stevie Wonder

Like a lot of Red Wings fans, I can't really imagine the team without Steve Yzerman. He made his NHL debut two days after my 7th birthday and he's been wearing the same jersey ever since. Fortunately, we have another year to wait before having to ponder the idea of a Red Wings team sans #19. This is great news. I spent the whole NHL lock-out worried that the final on-ice memory of Yzerman's career would be taking a puck to eye socket in game five of the 2004 Detroit-Calgary playoff series.

5 comments:

MDS said...

But the real question is, Who is the bigger hometown hero to fans in Detroit -- Steve Yzerman or Ben Wallace?

dhodge said...

Fans is Detroit proper or the Detroit area? I think that Yzerman is still more popular in the Detroit area as a whole. I wouldn't be surprised if sports fans in the city of Detroit favor Wallace. I think that once Yzerman retires, he will largely be forgotten, except in the hearts of die-hard Red Wings fans. He's always come off as being kind of shy and uncomfortable with a lot of attention, so I doubt he will seek out the kind of attention that former athletes need to keep their names in circulation.

dusty said...

I wonder if Yzerman would be groomed for a Joe D-level position in the future of the franchise. He's been the cornerstone of Illitch's team for too long to just walk away and suddenly stop seeing Little Caesars paychecks. Even if he doesn't know the first thing about how to draft players, I would think that the mad Macedonian would be more than comfortable with giving it the chance. He's more of a lead-by-example captain, so I don't forsee coaching duties.

MDS said...

Give a former player with no experience as a scout or personnel guy the opportunity to draft the talent? Where have I heard that one before? Oh yeah, the post above. I think it's fair to say Yzerman would be better than Millen, but I also think it's fair to say any fan at the end of a bar watching a game would be better than Millen.

Hodge, you say Wallace is more popular in the city but Yzerman is more popular in the suburbs. And yet the Pistons play in the suburbs and the Wings play in the city. I know what you're getting at, you racist bastard.

dhodge said...

Now you know why I have always been such a huge fan of the Detroit Vipers, MDS.