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4 hours ago, drownwithyou said:

Why do people do this?  I feel a lot of second hand embarrassment when I see grown adults doing it.

It has always been my sincere hope that the 2 guys mugging for the camera at the 1:27 mark of this clip as Gretzky waves at it did not turn around in time to see Yzerman's game-winner go in. Miss a historic moment for being goofballs

 

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41 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

I was sitting on the blue line Yzerman unloaded that shot, camera side, about 8 rows up.

That and JV's no hitter in 07 were the best sports moments I have ve had the pleasure to attend.

And as we have discussed, I was also there that night (in the upper bowl) and I was the first person in the building to raise my arms and cheer.

I also remember after the game on the drive down the spiral from the cobo roof that many people were honking their horns  in celebration. My dad commented something along the lines of “these people need to check themselves; it was still just the second round and we’re acting like we won the cup.” I didn’t quite agree with the sentiment because come on that was awesome. Of course, we got bounced by the Avs after that. 96 really should have been the year. Although I suppose it was better to finally win the cup by beating the flyers than the panthers. 

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Just now, Shelton said:

And as we have discussed, I was also there that night (in the upper bowl) and I was the first person in the building to raise my arms and cheer.

I also remember after the game on the drive down the spiral from the cobo roof that many people were honking their horns  in celebration. My dad commented something along the lines of “these people need to check themselves; it was still just the second round and we’re acting like we won the cup.” I didn’t quite agree with the sentiment because come on that was awesome. Of course, we got bounced by the Avs after that. 96 really should have been the year. Although I suppose it was better to finally win the cup by beating the flyers than the panthers. 

I was on the air in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We had no TV.  The internet really wasn't a common thing just yet, not to the point where you'd get up to the minute info.    My friend's family owns a bar in Dearborn (the Biergarten).  I asked  his sister Carmen to call me on the station flashing hotline whenever there was a score for either side.   I kept calling thinking she'd forgotten about me.  I could not believe that 4 hours in there was not any goals.   Then the flashing phone went off.  I pushed the button to answer in on the studio speakers and all I heard was jubilant screaming - I could not hear what she was saying,  I didn't need to.  

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When I lived in Georgia I would have a friend send me VCR tapes (pre internet, pre you tube) of Coach's Corner segments because all those non-hockey southerners got a big kick out of Don Cherry even though they didn't have any idea what he was talking about.   I'd have to pause the tapes and explain the terminology.   

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I had a rudimentary website in 1996 and was logging in via dial-up to post a GDT. 9 posts: 6 by me, 2 by myself and 1 by I.

Actually, for some reason I was quite calm watching that game by myself in Vancouver. Obviously the stakes were high, but I felt it would work out. I did not have the same feeling for Game 6 of Avs-Wings the next year. That was the most nervous I've ever been for a sporting event during my adult life and even after the ENG still wasn't 100% convinced the Avs had been slain.

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Hockey memories are fun. 

I remember the game 7 in 2002 against the Avs. I was living in California and went to a friend’s place to watch with a bunch of other Michigan engineers that had been lured to the west coast. I remember picking up in-n-out on the way over for everyone. I also remember throwing the hypothetical out there, about whether you would want the wings to win a 6-0 blowout or for it to be tied late in the third, with a 60/40 chance of winning or something like that. 

It seems like a dumb question, because of course you want to win the game and who cares what the final score is. But there is also something about sports where the thrill of a close game can’t really be replaced, especially if you win. 

Of course, we go out and win the game 7-0. 

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1 hour ago, lordstanley said:

I had a rudimentary website in 1996 and was logging in via dial-up to post a GDT. 9 posts: 6 by me, 2 by myself and 1 by I..

A big step-up from my website around that time, mine was completely anti-Avalanche with many animated gifs all over, lots of text on fire, etc.  I just googled, and apparently Angelfire is still alive and hosting free websites?  I wish I could find my crappy site archived somewhere! 

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22 minutes ago, drownwithyou said:

A big step-up from my website around that time, mine was completely anti-Avalanche with many animated gifs all over, lots of text on fire, etc.  I just googled, and apparently Angelfire is still alive and hosting free websites?  I wish I could find my crappy site archived somewhere! 

Did you try the wayback machine?

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Speaking of hockey memories, in a little over a week I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of being a Red Wings fan.

A bit late, as I was a huge Tigers fan from 1973 onwards (6 years old) and while more casual about the Lions at that point do remember cheering for them at a home shutout win over San Diego at the then-new Silverdome in 1976 IIRC. I have little memory of the Pistons prior to Kelly Tripucka, except for listening to Blaha calling some games from the West Coast on WJR.

I had been to a game at the Olympia in 1976 versus Montreal but was at best indifferent about the outcome and was in awe of the Habs legends. My first hockey idol was Bobby Orr and my earliest hockey memory was the 1972 Rangers-Bruins SCF so was a Bruins fan for it. If the Habs were in the finals, I always cheered for them throughout the 70s. I even recall cheering for the Leafs (there, I said it) in a couple of mid-70s series versus Philadelphia. The Wings were a team totally lacking in appeal back then, although I did enjoy a couple exhibition games they played at Port Huron's McMorran Arena.

But in October 1977 I'm being driven home from hockey practice, my dad stopped at Mac's Milk to pick up a couple of things including a pack of hockey cards for my friend and me in the backseat. He left the car radio on to an early season game. Habs vs Wings. For once, what Bruce Martyn was describing piqued my interest. A 2-2 tie late in regulation. Call that the game in which my Red Wings fandom was conceived. By the way, that moment did not have the same impact on my friend. He was a Habs fans at that time but with Lanny McDonald's goal the next spring became a lifelong Leafs fan as he remains to this day. There but for the grace of God ...

I started following their results and by mid-November the Wings were off to an 8-6-3 start, which was great by Dead Wings standards. 

So on November 23, 1977 I for the first time I remember really being pumped for a Red Wings game. The Wings were hosting Philadephia. Listened to it on the radio. I had a transistor in my bedroom but my mom let me listen to the first period of this game on our living room stereo. Sid Abel at the beginning of the broadcast talks about the electric atmosphere in a jam-packed Olympia. Wings won 4-1, Bruce Martyn's distinctive "scores" call was crackling. I might still have in my mom's basement somewhere the "Aggressive Hockey Is Back In Town" t-shirt I bought that year. That 1977-78 season under Ted Lindsay and Bobby Kromm was a playoff season that culminated in Bill Lochead's series-clinching goal vs the Flames. Things fell apart that summer, beginning with the whole Dale McCourt-Rogie Vachon saga. But I stayed with the Wings from then on.

This clip hosted by Bruce & Sid prior to the final period of the 1978 season includes an airing of the worst sports song you'll ever hear, but it has dazzling footage from the playoff series versus Atlanta and Montreal that spring.

 

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I think I became a wings fan in the 91 or 92 playoffs. I recall the north stars were the opponent, and I think it had gone seven games and I remember hearing people talking about it at school. So I think I watched that series, or maybe just game 7.

i really miss being a hockey fan, to be honest. My son is old enough now to take him to some games. Yost is right down the street. I think it’s time. 

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