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An order of cliches and heavy on the crapola...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by slappy4428, May 8, 2007.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I saw this before breakfast and lost my will to eat.

    Ga'head... guess whose lead this is?

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As we always say, you can never have enough Swedes on your hockey team. Mikael Samuelsson may not be the first name you think of when rattling off Swedish Wings, but Monday night he was the Nordic Nuke, the Scandinavian Slayer, the Go-To Goteburger.

    mods: i refuse to start this on the J-board... he ceased to be there a long time ago...
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Re: And order of cliches and heavy on the crapola...

    do we know he actually was in san jose?
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    my guess is yes, because he always jumps on the Red Wing bandwagon.
    He used to drive Jacques Demers and later Scotty Bowman to Joe Louis Arena on game days because you didn't mess with karma.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    OK, the rest of the crapola with a special comment at the end from a readerr...

    Wings moving on: How Swede it is!

    May 8, 2007



    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As we always say, you can never have enough Swedes on your hockey team. Mikael Samuelsson may not be the first name you think of when rattling off Swedish Wings, but Monday night he was the Nordic Nuke, the Scandinavian Slayer, the Go-To Goteburger. His two goals in less than five minutes continued a streak of Swedish successes that have finally, finally, given the Red Wings two things they desperately wanted:

    1) A return to the Western Conference finals for the first time in five years, and ...

    2) A day off.

    Swedeness and light.

    "A few bounces go our way tonight, I should say," Samuelsson gushed after the 2-0 victory.

    He should say. Samuelsson was an unlikely hero. Until this past weekend, the man they call "Sammy" (Sammy the Swede? Isn't that a "Sopranos" character?) had never scored in the playoffs. He was not a big presence in the first round. A foot injury marred much of his season.

    But in the last five minutes of the first period, Sammy was the Can't Miss Kid. One puck he chased and caught and backhanded. Another puck he carried, deked and swatted. Both went past Evgeni Nabokov. And combined they put the Wings up 2-0 -- the first time that has happened in this series -- allowing them a chance to breathe, dig in, and finish this thing.

    He started the scoring. He ended it, too.

    "It's unbelievable, I should say," he said.

    Swedeness and light.

    Not that Samuelsson was alone in the Swedish highlight department. The pass he took for his first goal was a perfect thread from fellow countryman Johan Franzen. And in between goal No. 1 and goal No. 2 was a play for the ages by Nicklas Lidstrom, the captain.

    Here's what happened: The Sharks' Mike Grier chased a loose puck down the ice, with Lidstrom following in hot pursuit. The crowd rose. Goalie Dominik Hasek came out and swept the puck behind him, but Grier got to it and swooped around from behind the net, which was now as empty as a beggar's pocket.

    And then Lidstrom. I don't know how he does it. Somehow he stretched that reedy body and surged his stick across the mouth of the goal a shaved instant before Grier released the puck. It hit Nick's stick and frittered away, and the Sharks' optimism frittered away with it.

    "So you play goalie, too?" Lidstrom was asked in the locker room afterward.

    "I try to help out a little," he said.

    Hey. Nick made a joke!

    Swedeness and light.

    And now, with the Game 6 victory, it's back to the conference finals -- against Anaheim, Mike Babcock's old team. The Wings are slowly working their way down the western side of the continent. They defeated Calgary in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, they defeated San Jose in the shadow of the Santa Cruz Mountains and now they get the Ducks in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

    They are going to the conference finals for the fourth time since 1997. The good news: The other three times they won the Stanley Cup.

    And why not this time? The Wings are showing resilience, perseverance, toughness and -- oh yeah -- great goaltending. Hasek was so good Monday night you almost felt sorry for the Sharks. It wasn't like they didn't have chances. They outshot the Wings all night. But Hasek stonewalled them, taking point-blank shots, rebound tries, the big swings, the little chops.

    "I was laughing, all the matchups and other stuff," Babcock said of Hasek, "it's like it doesn't matter anyhow, he's decided."

    That gives you chills. Because the last time the Wings won a Cup was the last time Hasek was in their net. But while Dom is the same, let's be clear: The rest of the team has changed. These are not your older brother's Wings, with the Hall of Fame lineup, the Yzerman, Shanahan, Hull, Larionov or Fedorov Wings.

    These Wings are quieter, less flashy, maybe less recognizable -- and more Swedish. Their last four goals have been scored by Samuelsson and Tomas Holmstrom, and Lidstrom had the play of the night. I hear the coaching staff is taking up tennis, blond hair and neutrality.

    Whatever. The Wings got it done. They're in the conference finals. The upset rounds are over. It's an E ticket now. Swedeness and light.

    Game on, we should say.
    And this from the comments section...

    Mitch again shows why he should stick to writing pappy schmaltz and avoid facts. And why the Detroit Free Press really needs to hire him a fact-checker.

    The swedes aren't known for their neutrality, the *swiss* are.

    Until 1814 Sweden maintained a large empire in northern europe. They generally remain neutral in conflicts, but were tacitly supportive of the occupying Nazis during WWII.
  5. MartinEnigmatica

    MartinEnigmatica Active Member

    Kudos to the comment for bringing "Pappy schmaltz" to the table. Luckily I already ate before seeing this. Reading "Swedeness and light" every couple hundred words made me cringe.
  6. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Swedeness and light wasn't clever the first time, but I guess he thought he could tear a page from the Family Guy playbook and write it over and over until the repetition magically made it so.
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    If you were a high school English teacher and someone handed in this, what would you give him/her?

    C Minus?

    It reads like the idiot just heard there were Swedish players in the NHL.

    God, he is beyond awful.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Repetition is just a page in the Dwarf's playbook...
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Don't you know? If a tree falls in the forest and The Dwarf doesn't hear it, it didn't happen.
  10. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    To be fair, most anything written in today's newspaper would get a low passing grade from high school teachers who wonder why your thesis statement isn't at the end of your first paragraph. And where in blazes is your outline?
  11. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Ok, let's say "average intelligent newspaper reader" instead of "hich school teacher".

    So, I'll give him a D for banality and attempted cleverness.

    The mind boggles at his popularlity.
  12. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    He also forgot to mention that they may be the most boring damn team in the NHL.

    They've taken over from the Devils.

    Probably why 2500 "Hockeytown" season ticketholders aren't renewing for next year.

    I so don't want to see them in the Final. At least Anaheim has some kick-ass guys.
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