Category #1: Your Put Your Nickname on Your Jersey?
Detroit: Once again takes the high road. And because putting “Greatest Team in All of Professional Sports” wouldn’t really fit on a jersey.
Category # 2: We Employed Barry Melrose
Tampa Bay: On June 23, ESPN reported that Barry Melrose had been chosen to be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2008-2009 season which was confirmed by club next officially the following day. After getting off to 5-7-4 start, Melrose was fired after losing to the Red Wings (a game that Chris and I watched in a bar across from Fenway Park in Boston). Melrose went on to say that he hoped the team didn’t win another game all season after getting the boot. They would, but only 19 of their final 66 games.
Detroit: Melrose played 35 games for the Red Wings between the 1983-1984 and 1985-1986 season he managed to register 1 assist in those games. It was rumored that Melrose wanted the coaching gig in Detroit in 1993…we decided to go with Scotty Bowman instead.
Winner: Detroit…canning any new coach after 16 games is ludicrous, even if it is Barry Melrose
Category #3: I’d Like to buy a Vowel, Please
Detroit: Andreas Lilja
Tampa Bay: 14 Games Played, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, -3
Detroit: 17 Games Played, 3 G, 2 A, 5 Pts, +5