My two cents: Cleary and Babcock know they’re full of ****

There’s simply no way to look at the Muzzin check on Cleary and see anything dirty or illegal. It wasn’t a high hit. There was no head contact. He just hit his visor on the glass and cut himself. And the Penner check on Smith? Could have called interference. Didn’t. So what? Those kinds of calls happen or don’t happen ten times every game. It’s a judgment call. The refs don’t see everything. And there are plenty of examples of refs sucking. That just doesn’t seem like a glaring example of it.

Babcock and Cleary know this. They’re just rallying the troops. Hey, whatever it takes. But the Detroit press (etc.) are hysterical, literally. Not hilarious. Hysterical. “Blindside hit.” “Could have blinded.” I think they (the press, not the team) might be buckling under the pressure of realizing the Wings aren’t as good as they used to be.

Personally, I think they’re plenty good. But the writers seem to be looking for a scandal. (And, yeah, since Datsyuk was offsides on his pivotal goal in the first game against the Kings, I don’t think they’re in a position to complain.)

 
  • ned

    I just wrote this 4 paragraph response that disappeared when I was made to sign up with disqus..my point, whatever. Cleary was pissed he got cut, but he was probably more pissed to see that it was a clean shoulder hit when he watched the replay. The wings were just lobbying for some calls. Penner just blew a perfectly good opportunity to put Smith out for the rest of the year. He can’t even blindside a guy right ;)

  • OneTimer

    I’m surprised no one (that I’ve yet to see) anywhere has pointed out the fact that if Cleary would bother to STRAP DOWN HIS HELMET … he doesn’t get cut. Because that’s precisely why an area of skin up ABOVE his EYE ever makes contact with the glass in the first place. The hit was legal. His helmet was so f*****g loose, the visor was able to swing up so much so that he got cut. Look at the way the strap “swings in the breeze” under his chin as he skates.

    • USHA#17

      Looked like the edge of his visor cut him, not the glass.

      • OneTimer

        May have … but kinda still proves my point, right? If the bottom-edge of a visor can get lifted up that high …

      • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

        Yep. I thought he was referring to the visor glass anyway.