This is a pretty good article, short, but good. It kind of covers why no one really gets excited about the Wings anymore. LINK It is kind of sad really, when I walk into my favorite Party Store (that's like the beer store to you Micro), and start to shoot the breeze about sports with my favorite clerk, he asks me about the Lions. What have I read? What have I heard? My boss and some of my co-workers ask me for news about the Pistons. Have they secured HCA yet? How's Ben doing? Any news on Darko? (yeah, I know) I even work with one guy who is a hardcore Tigers fan. I ask him the questions. But it seems strange to me that the only people that talk about the Wings are the hardcore fans. I mean this IS hockeytown (alright, it's really about and hour and half away, but it's Michigan at least). The Wings have been successful for so long (this is the 15th straight year they've made the playoffs) that people do take it for granted. People see my Wings cap, or the flags on my car, and it's like they even take that for granted. Usually a winning team has no problem garnering fans. Yet the tenacity that I follow the team with... everyone else seems to follow the other teams with, and forget the Wings. Don't the lonely hardcore fans usually follow losing teams? Like that guy I work with who loves the Tigers. Really, the only time that casual fans mention the Wings to me, is when they've lost in the playoffs. Oh, and I wanted to mention this: Some people say (insert whiny voice here) "Well, half the teams make the playoffs, so the playoffs are a joke..." (insert cynical Superstarov voice here) Let's see... 30 some teams... 16 make the playoffs... sounds like another sport that get's a lot of attention nowadays. Oh, and by the way, the Wings won the President's Trophy again. Best record in the league, again (5th time in the last 11 seasons). Home ice throughout the playoffs.