Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just your average referee rant

Well that was pukey. The Wings lost to the Stars 3-1, and as I'm sure all you who watched the game are aware, the score should have been 3-2.

Play whistled down? Intent to blow the whistle? Really? It took him over two seconds to raise his hand to his mouth? I don't even know. I could put some of the blame on Toronto for being lame, but I'm not. I'm putting it on Dennis LaRue. I will always put it on Dennis LaRue, because it's always his fault. Trisha said it best back in May:

"I hate Dennis LaRue. Every time I see a tiny man skate onto the ice wearing a striped jersey with a number 14 on the back, my stomach drops because I know I’m about to sit through at least sixty minutes of ridiculousness. I hate it. There are some refs in this league I give second chances to, allow occasional mistakes from, try to forgive a little even if I can’t forget (because we’re all human) – but Dennis LaRue is not one of those refs. I want to get him alone in an elevator so I can kick him in the shins more than I do Jarome Iginla."

As you can see, there's not much love going around Hockeytown Static for that man.

Besides that outrage, this game put back a lot of the worries that I had in the beginning of the season back in my head. It's not that this game was extraordinarily bad, but the Wings just didn't seem to have the same drive that they've had for the last few games. Maybe I'll just forget this game ever happened...

But at least I got to watch the game. Our dad is in Texas for a couple of day on a business trip, and he was happy the Wings were playing the Stars because then he would be able to still see the game. So he went back to his hotel room, and there was no game. Then he went to TGI Friday's, and still no game. Finally he went to a bar and asked the bartender if he could turn on one of the T.V.s to the game, and the bartender responded "Sorry but we don't have it. We don't watch a lot of hockey in Texas". I can't decide if this is funny or sad. Maybe it's both. Here's to hoping Friday's game against Florida is less painful to watch.


Scott said...

That fourth paragraph is particularly interesting. LaRue says he had killed the play before the puck was in the net, right? Well if he had killed the play before the puck was in the net then that means he would have had to blow the play while the puck was traveling towards the net because as we all know, the only time the puck stopped moving was when it was already in the goal.

That reminds me of the Yankees/Angels ALCS. A Yankee tagged up on 3rd base on a sacrifice fly and scored, but the 3rd base umpire called him out for "leaving the base before the ball was caught" It was obvious BS because A)replay showed the player waited until the ball was caught and B)the 3rd base umpire upon replay was not even looking at the Yankee on 3rd base because he in fact was watching the player catch the ball in centerfield. In the postgame conference the umpire said AND I QUOTE, "In my heart, I believed Swisher(the Yankee in question) left the bag early"

C'mon, that's bull.