FIRST OF ALL…
What a weekend. As we all return to reality, and the relative break that work will be, it’s time to reflect on what can only be described as three days of awesome. Friday was legitimately one of the best days of my life – I had an unbelievable time meeting everyone, doing a little partying, and welcoming a friend from South America to the States. I am truly honored and grateful to have had a role in making this come together, and it’s something everyone should be proud of. We raised over $5,300 for Children’s Hospital, and that’s above and beyond what was raised to get Herm to Hockeytown. So we’re looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $7,500. I’ve said it before, but the generosity of Red Wings fans shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore, but that’s a huge number. Your pledges accounted for about a third of that grand total — and that’s nothing to sneeze at.
Rob and I felt a little strange not having anything up on TPL for a few days, and here’s hoping you’ll forgive us. It’s been a wild 72 hours, but we should have you back to your regularly scheduled jailsexing shortly.
The sincerest of thank you’s to everyone who had a hand in making H2H happen, but particularly Jennifer Macrostie, Mike Serven, Chris Hollis, Ellen Manuszak, and Bill Houlihan – the Chief architect that couldn’t be with us, but was there in spirit. That’s a cabal I’m humbled to be a part of.
Herm, it takes serious cojones (sorry, I don’t know the Portuguese word for “balls”) to do what you’ve done – between meeting hundreds of strangers and having a camera in you face for two days.
To the Detroit Red Wings – particularly Ryan Michaels and Nicole Yelland. These two people are perfect, shining examples of why the Red Wings are the best organization in all of professional sports. The lengths to which both went to make this dream come true is inspiring and everyone needs to know how much they’ve done for us. Some of the photos and stories that follow will help paint that picture.
If you’re looking for photos, videos, and recaps, check out these links. If you’ve got photos you’d like to share, or a post I may have missed, send me an e-mail and I’ll rectify that situation pronto.
:: Herm2Hockeytown Official Site – for all your H2H needs.
:: Fox Sports Detroit – Trev takes on Herm.
:: Fox 2 – feel free to mute my interview.
:: WXYZ – with jumbotron footage.
:: Herm in the locker room with Darren Helm.
:: The Detroit Red Wings Twitvid.
:: Detroit News – photo gallery. Check out photos 10-16.
:: Hollis’ interview on XM Radio.
:: Kris’ mom‘s photo gallery. These are awesome photos.
:: Part I of Herm’s recap at Red Wings Brasil.
:: Caue’s post at Red Wings Brasil.
:: J.J.’s must read for some perspective.
:: Paul Kukla‘s Post at NHL.com.
:: Abel to Yzerman
:: A Nueie Perspective photos
:: Babcock’s Death Stare
:: Big Red Machine
:: Jennemy‘s Flickr Stream
:: Etched in Cold (and Part II)
:: Motown Wings
:: On the Wings
:: Red, White, Black and Blue
:: Sara’s LiveJournal recap
:: Snipe Snipe Dangle Dangle
:: The Triple Deke – who totally pre-stole my timeline idea.
:: Winging it in Motown
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW AND SEE
If you weren’t there, hopefully this will give you a tiny glimpse into the extravaganza. If you were there, hopefully it’ll help piece together what may otherwise be a total fog of beer, accents, and the occasional hockey game.
The flight that Ellen and I were on landed in Detroit at 2:41 on Thursday. That’s basically the last time I realized what time it was. We went from baggage claim to Joe Louis, where I found Herm and Orst a few minutes later. It was in the mid-40’s, but our favorite Brazilian was freezing his ass off, so we headed on inside.
Fittingly, longtime-blogger-turned-Red-Wings-staffer Christy Hammond got the tour kicked off right, telling Herm he’s going to meet grinder/deity Darren Helm after the Wild game.
A few seconds later, Nicole presented Herm with a Hockeytown: No Limits sign, graced with the signature of the entire club.
Saturday was mostly wasted, as nearly everyone was comatose until the late afternoon, but some of us worked up the energy to go to Cheli’s/Hockeytown Cafe/Town Pump to watch the Wings 1-0 shootout victory over the Predators. Pictured (poorly – my bad) are Kris (poking in the corner), Sara, Nurse Nitz, Brian, and Natalie.
I am, in fact, real. As is Sara.
The fucking-hipster-DJ-that-Natalie-hopes-dies-of-herpes did his best to drawn out our laughs. To make matters worse, he didn’t pump the Megamix or Walk the Dinosaur. I have absolutely no idea why Serven and I were talking about Wakl the Dinosaur, but I assure you we were. Putting a cap on a perfectly awesome weekend, it came on the radio as I drove back home. I shit you not. Fate intervened upon H2H this weekend.
After watching the shootout, Kris and I formed, under the watchful eye of Sara and Nitz, the Coalition for Making EAVESED Happen. Look out for the new vocabutastic word in the near future.
H2H2 is going to have its hands full matching this level of awesome, but I don’t doubt it happens. We’ve all made friends for life — not just internet friends, the real kid — and I’m looking forward to doing this again. To those of you that couldn’t make it, know that you were with us and absolutely a part of the fun, thanks to Twitter and whatnot. We’ll see you all next year.
I don't think my life was complete until I saw The Shirtuzzi. And there is no question that HTS will be at H2H2 next year.
…Jesus christ Petrella I didn't know this til just now reading your post but I WAS ON THAT FREAKING BUS! How…attractive…was the lady who lost her phone? I particularly liked her gap tooth. And how chill was that bus driver? That was by far the best bus ride I've ever had, including Tunnel Bus rides back to Windsor after playoff games. I'm proud that I was actually a part of some of the H2H fun now 🙂
Lindsay, I can't wait. We're going to rock it out next year, too.
Rob, the guy screaming most of the time was me. You should have come said hi (or punched me in the throat). I LOVED that driver, and yeah that lady was a goddamn nightmare. MAKE THAT CALL ON THE SIDEWALK HUSSY
Awesome write-up. I'm definitely coming to H2H2 and I'm giving out bear hugs and drunken compliments in spades when I get there.
You guys are the best imaginary friends anybody could ask for.
JJ, after meeting your sister, you are both absolutely real friends. She is one hell of a lady and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to her. I wish I had more time to chat with everybody, but she was legit one of my favorites. I can't wait to meet you at H2H2 — congratulations on your absolutely beautiful Emma, best wishes to mama, and how appropriate she had a 19 hanging over her. The Real 19 were all thinking about her all weekend.
Awesome post and a fantastic event. A BIG thanks to you and everyone who planned H2H!!
The Triple Deke – who totally pre-stole my timeline idea.
I wish I would've actually called it a "timeline" instead of stealing Running Diary from Bill Simmons.
Glad your plane made it back alright. (Insert drunk pilot joke).
(standing ovation, slow hand clap)…. that is how it's done sir, you are fucking amazing.
So jealous. Sounds like so much fun. I am so pleased Big Jonny Rig netted one for TPL Mom and that you guys had such a fantastic game.
Those are some seriously creepy demon eyes. They may haunt my dreams.
Excellent recap. Excellent pics (especially like Serven, ladies man, and the dancing one). And I know I said it before, but really well done on the pledge drive. ^_^
Oh, and rightclicksaveas to the pic of us.
Jessie, it was awesome meeting you. Wish we could have hung out more, but I feel that way about every single one of the attendees. Great bus right, though, no?
Dena, I love you to pieces. Wear that underwear each game for the playoffs.
Kron, next time – we better see you. And yeah, she went ape-poopoo when Ericsson scored. Stay tuned for a TPL Mom post.
Sara, I just added your LJ post to the list of must-reads. Thank you for that, it's very sweet.
Awesome. Jealous. That's all I've got to say!
Petrella, the post at Red Wings Brazil was made by Caue and not by Herm.
Gander, be there next year. For reals.
Matheus, thanks for the heads up — I've just changed it. Sorry for the mixup.
Went ape-poopoo huh. I think I did that when Kronner scored the shoot out winner, I just didn't know what to call it.
I plan on it!
Wow, sounds awesome.. Looking forward to H2H2. Who knows if there will be Brazilians there, but as far as I know there will be Norwegians, Russians and Canadian latinas 😀
Did you guys happen to snap any pictures from the bus ride? That'd be weird if I ended up in them somehow…where were you sitting? Also if you have a picture of The Nightmare on the Bus, it must be posted ASAP so everyone can appreciate how truly hid' she was
Did anyone figure out why that jackass stood in the doorway of that bus and made a phone call? I was so confused. Almost as confused by Hollis jacking the Detroiter bus to go to Hockeytown. Craziness abound.
But nice post sir. I think this is a great summation of all the awesomeness that happened this weekend
I think that he wanted to help her find her phone…but also didn't want to hand her his own phone to make the call, cuz she looked skittish. Like, she might bolt and sell it for crack money. Or eat it. She had some gnarly chompers.
Incredible post. Nice to have all that H2H awesomeness in one spot. Feel free to add my flickr set to your list!
Your pictures just put mine to shame. Excellent recap. Thanks for linking to all the other posts, I know I missed some the first time around 🙂
Epic write up and collection of links.
Thanks you all of you for absolutely EVERYTHING.
Unfortunately I didn't meet everyone… but feel like I'm going to have H2H withdrawls now.