Holy shit, that’s an actual NKOTB song title! And appropriate, as we’re entering our fourth game of H2H Pledge Games.
Anyway… I had the entire pre-game written, again using a Whitney Houston theme. But then I thought, ya know what… we’ve never done two previews using the same theme before, and I wasn’t quite sure Whitney was an appropriate jumping off point for such things. Besides, Larry Murphy and Ken Daniels combined to drop a massive bomb on the audience during the second period of the Wings/Predators game. It’s a bomb we can’t ignore. Yes, folks. Larry Murphy is beyond familiar with the New Kids.
As you can see above, Casey from Winging it in Motown fashioned an absolutely incredible ‘shop of the NEW New Kids on the Block. It must be spread throughout Red Wings Nation. But first, I pose a question: which Red Wing-related personality is the most like his New Kids alter ego? I think we can all agree that Murph is, clearly, Joey. Bertuzzi’s an obvious “Donnie” because of the legal issues, but Casey has chosen to fashion him a “Danny.”
As much as I love Drew Miller, I think he’d make a good alternate Donnie. Ya know…he’s good…but not quite as good as his brother.
WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?
The Red Wings and Blackhawks play an NBC matinee, 12:30pm Eastern. It’s the fifth meeting of the season — Detroit’s only won one, but that was when the lineup was closest to what we’re icing now. And it’s Oscar day, so let’s wrap it up, shall we? That blinking light in the rear of the audience seating means shut the fuck up, Pierre.
Todd “We’re Rouuuggghhh” Bertuzzi
Jimmy “Well I Guess Its A Brand New Day After All” Howard
Kenny “Tick Tick Tock Tock” Holland
Darren “I May Be Young But I’m No Beginner” Helm
STEP 1. Jimmy Howard has to be better than Cristobal Huet. On the surface, that doesn’t sound like it should be too difficult. Huet isn’t as bad as everyone pretends he is, but Jimmy Howard’s no slouch. If he plays better than his counterpart, we’re halfway home.
STEP 2. The Red Wings defenders can’t sleep walk through this game (I’m looking at you, Brian Rafalski and Brett Lebda). If they play strong and cut down on chances from Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and company, we’ll three-quarters of the way home.
STEP 3. Detroit’s big-guns, notably Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Johan Franzen, need to capitalize on the very few chances they’ll get. If they can net one early, they’ll be in very good shape.
STEP 4. I can give you more
STEP 5. Oh, all of these things have to happen for all sixty minutes.
STEP 6. I hate you, Pierre McDoucheCanoe.
STEP 7. I will have Danger Helm’s babby if he goes for two more against little brother.
I will be heading out to the game in about an hour (11:30 start, WTF?!).
-IF this game goes to a shootout: I will find my way behind Jimmah and flash my cans to each Hawks shooter. Doin what I can for my team bitches.
-Remember, if Kandy looks shocked, awed, and a little shamed, I just totally JAILSEXED him in the tunnel before the game.
Let's go Red Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sadly, I didn't put much thought into putting certain people with their personalities–just the way their heads were haha.
Personally, my favorite is Trevor Thompson just hanging out in the back.
That photoshop will haunt my dreams. I'm sending this to my sister immediately. She used to make me watch the NKOTB Saturday morning cartoon show.
Man, I want to kill some Hawks today.
Wow, I hope I end this day a lot poorer.
Also, Dena, if you do that and get arrested for it, you will be our hero and we WILL arrange a Thin Lizzy style Jailbreak
Dena, that was the single best comment of the month. Hands down. I will assist Andy in his jailsex — I mean jailbreak.
Casey, no apologies. Not allowed. It's too full of awesome.
JJ, share your sister's reaction with us please.
Andy, I hope we all end up a lot poorer. There's a ton at stake today…
That photoshop of The Murph will haunt me for all time…
Your line nick-names made me LOL so hard I almost fell out of my chair at work. Floodgates… just awesome.
I'm hoping for lots of money to go to my rival hospital (I work at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor) today!
2-0 already. I blame you for leaving Whitney on the bench.
Sister from Kansas says you guys are crazy, but she likes the photoshop job.