Red Wings fans can be blithering, entitled idiots.
Because they're so used to officials' calls and supplemental discipline going their way, even when something so extreme happens that the league is forced to address it and hand Detroit its just deserts, they whine and cry about how the Wings are above the rules and shouldn't be subjected to the same penalties and regulations as the players on other teams.
The latest example of this is the response to Justin Abdelkader. While fans of teams from the rest of the league watched and cringed at the textbook dirty hit thrown by Abdelkader, in which he attempts to take off Toni Lydman's head, Wings fans cheered like cavemen, got indignant when the officials were forced to kicked him out of the game for his behavior, and then lost their collective shit when a deserved and expected suspension was handed to him yesterday from the Department of Player Safety.
So dumb are Wings fans, that most of them are insisting this is a "clean" hit. This means they are not aware that head shots have been a primary focus of the league these past few years, nor are they aware that charging has essentially never been allowed in the league. For "Hockeytown," you'd think they'd understand the basic rules of the sport. Nope.
Here are some Twitter responses from these intellectuals...
Justin Abdelkader is suspended for 2 games for fucking making a clean hit? Are you fucking kidding me!?!?— Flynn (@CLedzianowski) May 6, 2013
@nhlplayersafety you guys are a joke and a disgrace to the game abdelkader does not deserve 2 games you guys are making the NHL so soft— Matthew Schmidtke (@matthewschmitty) May 6, 2013
Justin Abdelkader shouldn't be suspended for two games he barely hurt him.— Amal Bieber❤ (@amalbazzi_22) May 6, 2013
Screw the #Abdelkader suspension UR SUPPOSED TO HIT IN FREIKING HOCKEY— Abdul Kadi (@abdul_kadi57) May 6, 2013
The guy that abdelkader hit is the one that deserves to be suspended for skating with his head down in the NHL— Matt Morris (@Mmorris87) May 6, 2013
abdelkader suspension is a joke, the guy is an unbelievable skater, and he's getting penalized for being fast, brutal call— Parker Mcintyre (@pmcintyre_15) May 6, 2013
You can't even hit in the NHL anymore without Shanahan up your ass about it. Abdelkader doesn't deserve to be suspended. #bullshit— That L.Hay (@LukeHayes4) May 6, 2013
Abdelkader suspension is such bull shit he did leave his feet but there was no head contact. The NHL is getting wimpier and wimpier.— Tyler Sather (@tsather30) May 6, 2013
Bullshit suspension for Abdelkader. Come on Shanahan you big pussy. I thought you were a red wing. Not a bitch— Caleb Abston ⚾ (@calebabston) May 5, 2013
Okay, you get the point. These idiots are completely oblivious. That last one even thinks that Abdelkader shouldn't have been suspended because the head of Player Safety was a Wing and therefore should be giving his former team special treatment. This is the actual mentality of many Detroit fans. Hockeytown, indeed.
There were some Wings fans in there who weren't complete idiots. They were reasonable people. Here, take a look:
Ashamed to be a Red Wings fan with all of these morons defending Abdelkader— ryjo (@dudebrahryeguy) May 6, 2013
Shanahan made the right call. I'm saying this as a Wings fan. Abdelkader's hit deserved the 2 games.— Jim Costa (@JimCostaCMU) May 6, 2013
Alright, that last one is in there just because someone said I was right about something.
Clearly I've been vindicated.