28 December 2007
Now? I just don't know how to feel about the Beige Wings. I mean clearly they still generate some hatred, vile and bile. The "Red Wings sucks" chants at the Pepsi center clearly demonstrated they aren't just another team like the Kings or Hurricanes. But at the same time, they aren't the same level of evil they used to be. On the Altitude broadcast the other night they said only 4 players remain from the heyday of hatred. Lidstrom, Sakic, Draper, and Hasek. The only really hateable one, on either side of that 4-some, is Hasek. And that's just because he's a whiney, flopping, cheap shot bitch. But the Beige Wings as a whole aren't. In fact there's a reason I call them the Beige wings. They went from one of the most evil and despicable franchises to just being one I, and I feel other Avs fans, hate out of habit. Hell I call them the Beige Wings because, outside Chelios and Hasek, that red club has no discernible personality.
I mean there were 8 penalty minutes tonight between these two clubs. Sure Altitude kept trying to work up the rivalry, playing old clips and such, but really it was fun to watch the clips but you could tell the feeling wasn't there anymore.
Sure I still hate Beige wings fans. Mainly because there are 3 types of Beige wings fans in Denver.
- Those who grew up in Detroit/Michigan and followed the Beige Wings for their whole life. Really I can't hate them, they didn't have a chance. They were brainwashed from a young age.
- Those who didn't have a hometown team to pick up on and regrettably fell upon the Beige Wings. Let's face it, they had a lot to like. They were good, they had a brilliant and entirely honorable captain in Steve Yzerman, and I could see how a young impressionable mind could fall into the trance a Sergei Federov deke and even continue to watch in awe as Nikolas Lidstrom just quietly dominates the ice. I mean there's a sucker born every minute right? And if there were no trude guiding Avalanche to show the way, the Beige Wings could trick some poor susceptible fools into thinking they are the righteous team, I can really understand that.
- The Asshole local who wants to be "edgey, hip and rebellious" by selecting the very good, but hated rival of the home team. These guys are assholes and can go to hell. I grew up in a city where we had a hated rival in football, the Oakland Raiders, and it would be no surprise to me that fans of the Raiders, in Denver only, would also be fans of the Red Wings. When I lived in Columbus, OH we called these people "Michigan Fans."
Yet I digress. As the Avs missed the playoffs, and players moved on, the rivalry has faded. Not so amazingly the number of fans in the third category has decreased (and watch it plummet if the Red Wings ever miss the playoffs). The point being that even the fans are slightly less aggravating . Sure there's still the occasional Red Wing know-it-all that feels because you have only had your hockey club for 11 years that somehow you are an inferior fan, but they are pretty harmless.
So until these two clubs meet in the playoffs, I will still hate the Beige Wings, but really it's not the same.
Thanks for listening Doc"