Warriors/Red Wings Golden Era

A.K.A. – There is nothing else going on.

Listen up terrible employees,

If you are reading this, it is probably because you are bored at work and are trying to burn some time.  No worries, you know it is the dog-days of summer when shit like this article is popping up on sports blogs; figured I’d give it a shot.

Recency-bias, but the 2017 Golden State Warriors team is the best basketball team I have ever seen; cue Jordan fans spazzing out.  One of my all time favorite teams to watch was the late 90’s Red Wings.  With everyone freaking out about not making the playoffs, it is a good time to reflect on the best era in Wings’ history.  I will do my best to compare the main pieces of the Wings Dynasty of late 90’s early 2000’s to the current Warriors squad.  I realize this is an enormous waste of time, but shut up and enjoy it.  Here we go.

Steph Curry:  Steve Yzerman

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Both guys are the leader of the team; edge to Yzerman, as he is recognized as one of the best Captains of all time in the NHL and Curry is known for being mainly an unbelievable scorer.  However, both “lead by example” and keep to themselves for the most part; other than Steph chewing his fucking mouthpiece non stop.  The team needs each guy to win and looks to them when the team is struggling.

Kevin Durant: Sergei Fedorov

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This was a tough one.  Hear me out.  Both are/were considered one of the top players in their perspective sports.  Both were loved by their teams and hated by others; Durant for joining a super team and Fedorov for being a bit of a preppy/primadonna.  Both were also a stud on a team filled with talent.  Both were also key factors in putting the team over the top compared to all other squads in their leagues.  (I understand that Fedorov will most likely not be remembered as highly as Durant may end up)

Klay Thompson: Brendan Shanahan 

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This one is pretty accurate.  Klay is just an all around solid player; offense, defense, go to scorer, tough, smart, and also knows when to pass to the scorers.  The same goes with Shanahan.  Guy was a badass.  You just knew he was going to make the right move when he had the puck.  He was lock down and is an all time great Red Wing.  Both are solid pros and are guys you have-to-have in order to win multiple championships.

Draymond Green: Darren McCarty

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I will not budge on this.  McCarty is one of my all time favorite players and I am team-Draymond.  I have been called borderline insane for saying that the Wings would not have won those cups without McCarty on the team.  Back then, if you did not have a solid enforcer your star players were siting ducks.  If anyone touched the Russian Five (other than Vladi – he could handle it himself), Draper (ask Lemieux), or god forbid Yzerman, then McCarty would whoop their ass; or die trying.  Not only was he the enforcer, but he also scored some key goals in key moments (i.e. ’97 cup vs Flyers).  The same goes for Draymond.  Not only is he an all around solid player, but he is also the enforcer for the Warriors.  He brings attitude to a team that needs it.  Personally, I believe he has given Curry confidence/swagger.  He is semi-insane himself and will not let anyone mess with his team.  Neither team wins championships without these guys on the team……. yea I said it.

Andre Iguodala: Niklas Lidstrom

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Had to get Lidstrom on here.  No brainer, he is a HOF Wing.  Obviously had to compare him to a defensemen (defencemen in honor of the Russian 5); since Iguodala is a wiley vet who is known for his defense.  He is a also known for hitting some big shots in key moments.  Iguodala may never be remembered as an  all time great, however he was still integral in these Championship teams.  Lidstrom will be remembered for being one of the great captains/best defensemen, but in the late ’90s he and Iguodala were in similar spots in their careers.  Both are true-pros and are respected in their leagues.

Others I had trouble leaving out:

  • Shaun Livingston/Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy
  • ZaZa Pachulia/Larry Murphy, Chris Osgood
  • Matt Barnes/Martin Lapointe, Joey Kocur, Kirk Maltby
  • JaVale McGee…..
  • ……The rest of the Russian Five

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$5 Hot ‘N Ready Arena……. seriously?

Listen up Greedy Gluttons,

The more and more I talk to Detroit fans about LCA (the new home for the Red Wings and Pistons), the more I hear “it’s going to be awesome…. too bad the name sucks.”

For those of you not from Michigan, Little Caesar’s Pizza makes up around 21.5% of the diet for Michiganders (shout out to Big John’s, YaYa’s, Halo Burger, Vernors, and Faygo for making up the rest).  They’re known for the $5 Hot-n-ready pizza; gets most college kids through the week.  I genuinely love Little Caesar’s.  They do not pretend to be “made with fresh ingredients etc.,”.  They almost have a Taco-bell-kind of thing going on where they call it like it is: cheap pizza, shut up and eat it.  While this is not a diss on Little Caesar’s Pizza, it is a diss on the reason we are naming this arena after the franchise.

And while I say “we”, of course “we the fans” had no say in the matter.  The worst part about this is according to all of the articles, it was a thought out choice.  As opposed to a thought out debate on the best name for the arena.  Can we all agree we want a real name for this new arena?  While I understand that they are attempting to keep the legacy of Mr. I alive by naming it Little Caesar’s Arena, I do not believe that this name does him justice.

We all read the article that broke down how they could have had $6.25 million/year from an outside bidder.  However, how is no one admitting that this is just free advertising of a pizza chain to a state that literally only eats from this chain?  $5 Pizza Arena should not be what the city of Detroit should agree to.  I understand, that at the end of the day, it is not our call, but c’mon….Little Caesar’s Arena.  Seems like a convenient humble brag to “not take on any outside bidders, to honor Mr. I’s legacy”, then name it after your billion-dollar pizza franchise.

And if we really wanted to honor Mr. I, how about calling it MIKE ILITCH ARENA or ILITCH ARENA????   If you are from Michigan and you do not equate the Ilitch family with Little Caesar’s, Tigers, $5 Hot-and-ready’s, or the Red Wings, then you have been living under a rock.  Going from “The Joe” to “Little Caesar’s Arena” is tough to swallow.

Check out this petition that was started that has almost 30k signatures: LINK HERE

In reality, the place could be nameless and I would still go there and love it.  The arena is going to be awesome and it is going to be even better for Detroit; year round sports downtown will be unreal.    Check out some new name options below.

Real possibilities:

  • Mike Ilitch Arena
  • Gordie Howe Arena
  • Great Lakes Arena
  • City of Detroit Arena
  • Open to Suggestions….

Michigan Ideas (why not?):

  • Vernor’s Arena
  • Big John’s Steak & Onion Arena
  • YaYa’s Flame Broiled Chicken Arena
  • Faygo Rock ‘n Rye Arena
  • Empress of China Arena
  • The Vu Gentleman’s Club Arena
  • Halo Burger Arena
  • Pothole Arena
  • I-75 Construction Arena
  • Oberon Arena

Tweet us suggestions: #newLCAnames

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