If you haven’t been keeping up with the National Hockey League, then you will be surprised to learn that long-dominant Red Wings are 0-5-1 in their last six games.
They became the first team in NHL history to start the season 5-0, then go winless in their next six games.
Detroit fans booed them off their own rink during their 4-1 loss to Calgary at Joe Louis Arena. Some wise guy threw an octopus on the ice, mimicking Motown’s time-honored tradition of celebrating triumph with a ceremonial seafood toss.
“It can't really get much worse than this,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall told reporters.
“It's still early,” forward Henrik Zetterberg said. “We still have time. But we can't just let it go, game by game.”
No they can't -- or they could go home smelling like sushi after each fan-riling defeat at the JLA.
THE NOT-SO-BIG EAST
The incomparable Pete Fiutak of College Football News sums up this conference’s desperate bid for relevance: “Okay, okay, Big East; I guess I’ll join your league. Oh, wait a second. I got a call on the other line. What’s that? The McRib is back at McDonalds?! No . . . NO . . . don’t hang up. Hold on . . . Big East? Yeah, sorry about that. Yeah, I’m out. Good luck with that whole trying to stay viable thing. Stay handsome!”
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
Boston College clinched its first losing season since 1998 by folding against Florida State on its own field. The 35-7 loss left the Eagles 2-7 overall and 1-5 in ACC play.
Coach Frank Spaziani summed it up: “We got licked. Couldn’t get a first down; couldn’t get out of our own way for a little bit there.”
Will anybody watch the Rams play the Cardinals Sunday?
Is Jay Cutler the anti-Tim Tebow?
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Darren Rovell: “Riddle: If the NBA loses a season, what do the percentages matter if the overall revenue becomes 5% less?!”
Ross Tucker: “Thinking about Bama/LSU Sat. Night & PIT/BAL Sun. Night gonna make my head explode. Physical Football Lover's Nirvana.”
Jimmy Traina: “ESPN's Thursday night football game has been a complete disaster this year. Been a blowout every week except one.”
Stewart Mandel: “This year has been the worst set of Thursday games I can remember. Where have you gone, USC Oregon State?”
Jeff Schultz: “B.C. is awful. This is going to make at least 12 sports fans in Boston miserable.”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
Can’t Stop The Bleeding took aim at the sorry Mets situation:
In the not so distant past, Frank McCourt’s inability to make payroll, the source of future funding, etc. was cited as justification to wrest the Dodger franchise from his control. That McCourt failed to understand he was merely a caretaker of a something that really belongs to a larger community (as opposed to his personal playtoy or cash cow) made him a pariah in Southern California (allegedly a hotbed of casual, unsophisticated sports fans). Further east, however, the Wilpons’ cozy relationship with Bud Selig has bought them time (if not a loan).