Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hey, Denver: You're Going Down! (Because Dallas Did Detroit)

See ya! Wouldn't want to be ya!

Sorry, Denver, but you're going to have to pay for Dallas' transgression.

Last weekend in that Lone Star State city, the Mavericks and the Cowboys took our boys from the Pistons and the Lions, respectively, to the woodshed, sending them to bed without dinner. It wasn't very hospitable of the hosts, if you ask me.

Well, look who comes into Detroit tonight: the NBA's Nuggets, and the NHL's Avalanche.

So with apologies to Denver, the home of Haas Rock Publications -- the parent company of Motor City Sports (MCS) Magazine, and which also publishes Mile High Sports (MHS) Magazine -- I hope your teams get the snow kicked off their peaks, if you know what I mean.

Nuggets-Pistons isn't much of a rivalry, to be sure, although there are some connections. Larry Brown coached both teams. Ummm....forget about that one -- half the teams in the league can make that claim. The Pistons beat the Nuggets 186-184 in the highest scoring game in NBA history. I wonder if the Denver faithful are still smarting from that one? Doubtful. Earl Boykins, the Nuggets' tiny guard, attended Eastern Michigan University. Okay, so I'm grasping for straws here. See what I mean? Not a lot of rivalry-making history here. But the Nuggets should still be shown the door and kicked between the back pockets on the way out.

180 degrees away from Nuggets-Pistons is Avalanche-Red Wings. The only thing is, who even plays for the Avalanche anymore? Patrick Roy is long gone. Peter Forsberg is gone. So is Adam Foote. And Mike Ricci.

But Joe Sakic is still kicking it, and the Avs are 11-7-3, so they must be doing something right. So it's okay to still hate them, even if their roster is populated with a bunch of guys you look at and say, "WHO?"

It may not be as much fun to spew venom and vile against the Avalanche now that some of the names from "back in the day" are gone. But as long as they are called the Colorado Avalanche and have that stupid bigfoot paw on their sweaters, they are Public Enemy #1 to Red Wings fans.

Happy Thanksgiving, Denver. But your teams are going to be the turkeys this holiday.

Blame Dallas.

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