As you can tell by the new color scheme and the new blog title, I’ve decided to switch horses as we head into the playoffs. Some of you may be shocked that I, a long time Red Wings fan, would choose to become an Avs fan, but I ask you this: did not the rivalry teach us that the two best teams in hockey are the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche? Is it so strange that I would finally come to appreciate all the Avs have to offer?
They have Peter Forsberg, the incredible center who cannot be stopped by anything less than faulty skates. Joe Sakic, the Other #19. Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski, each European superstars par excellance. Paul Stastny, with hockey in his blood. Ryan Smyth, the sight of whose dank locks is enough to strike fear in the heart of any goalie.Â JM Liles, who does not give into peer pressure. Let’s not forget Adam Foote, the greatest teammate of his generation. Marek Svatos, whose nose-cutting skills know no equal. Jose Theodore, he of slick hair, guards the net like Avalanche goalies of the O7 era.
The Wings’ roster, filled as it is with players like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Nick Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary, Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart, Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Kirk Maltby, Andreas Lilja, Aaron Downey, Brett Lebda, Mikael Samuelsson, Dallas Drake, Dominik Hasek, and Chris Osgood, simply cannot measure up.
Only Mark Hartigan is worthy of an Avalanche fan.
So as the Avalanche prepare to enter the playoffs in the middle of the pack, I wish the Wings good luck in the first round. I’ll see you in the second, if you make it.
(As I’m sure you’ve picked up by now, this is absolutely a joke. I’m a Wings fan for life and the day I cheer for the Avs… is the day they play Anaheim. Seriously. And only with a tin of breath mints by my side so I can fight the bad taste in my mouth.
For a great April 1st post, see IwoCPO’s)