Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Ah to be a Red Wings fan. To be a member of the Order, and belong to one of the most despised sub-cultures on the planet. Hated in the hockey world like Yankees fans in baseball, Cowboys fans in the NFL, Notre Dame fans in the NCAA level and loving every damn minute of it. I always look to our undying spirit yet unreasonably high expectations as a function of the sustained success we have enjoyed over the past 20 years. A score of consecutive playoff appearances, where 1 score is equal to 1 Nicklas Lidstrom playing career. It has also been pointed out that these expectations to win make us bratty, arrogant, and the reward of consistent success has given us an entitlement complex. Sure has. But like I say, we love every damn minute of it. Things are different this season. We are not the powerhouse we used to be, we have seen declining defensive statistics in Nick’s latter years take off with his retirement. Offensively, we cannot seem to make people pay for taking dumb penalties against us the way we used to. The Big Red Machine is human afterall, it seems, and vulnerable. And we are scared. And it is coming out, showing itself in strange forms I never expected to see from this fanbase. People calling this team an “embarrassment” after the CBJ 4-2 loss immediately following the big win against the Blues. I even spoke out during the crapfest that was the Calgary game, remarking that Kyle Quincey on the point for our PP was such a bad fit, I wouldn’t mind seeing a “Hudler-Sammuelsson human centipede thing back there” because it seemed funny to me at the time and I was very, very pissed off. Though, if you think about it, a centipede that is difficult to knock off the puck with Sammy’s machine gun fire shooting style and Happy’s soft hands may not be such a bad idea after all. Look into that, Science. Point is I don’t know if it is the Lockout, Nick’s retiring or Sammy’s return, but Red Wings fans are different this year. Much different. And it feels not quite right. I know for me the Lockout was the biggest influence in my behavior. I liken it to being jilted by a selfish lover, only to have them return and say “oh thanks for supporting me still, you mean the world to me and hey I need your money” and me responding with “I’d rather have Samuelsson back there.” Sounds odd. I know. The 2013 Detroit Red Wings certainly are not the Red Wings I grew up with, but I think the fans have changed more than the team. And though I could get on my soapbox and blast little Gary about it all damn day I would rather ask if anyone else has noticed this change. And does anyone think it will go away next season when the Lockout isn’t quite so fresh in our minds? Or is it the type of ailment – a like that which so many Detroit fans suffer – only winning can cure?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eagles trying to trade Marcus Smith for another duck?

Chris Paul-Blake Griffin no longer a fragile relationship

Marijuana reportedly found in Jon Jones' car after crash

Did Olynyk cost Celtics a chance at landing Love?

Adam Wainwright injury leaves innings void for Cardinals

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys not in running for Adrian Peterson

Kevin Love injury a powerful argument for playoff reform

Jon Jones wanted for questioning in hit and run

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

Greg Hardy faces teammate, Cowboys locker room leak

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

WATCH: Former NBA’er Darko Milicic is enjoying life

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Marijuana found in Jones' car

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.