There are a lot of things for Red Wings’ fans to be excited about this year including: the debuts of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, Danny DeKeyser’s first full season with the team, the development of Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, and the list goes on and on.
But, in terms of excitement, there is one event this season that stands alone for me.
The prospect of HBO filming their critically acclaimed 24/7 special following the Detroit Red Wings as they prepare for the Winter Classic vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs is something that has me foaming at my hockey hungry mouth.
To say that I’m an HBO television fanatic would be putting it mildly. Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm,The Sopranos, Band Of Brothers, you can’t really go wrong with this station.
Give it to me straight you say. Okay, well here’s the ugly truth: I hit the HBO pipe early and often. It’s impossible to overdose on Larry David or Nucky Thompson. Believe me I’ve tried.
However, as a rabid sports fan what I truly get my rocks off to is their sports specials. I’ve seen every season of NFL Hard Knocks, and their lead-up 24/7 specials to boxing events are second to none.
With that being said, the one wish that I’d had when watching 24/7 is that they would one day cover the team I am emotionally invested in…the Detroit Red Wings.
This year my wish has been granted. We will finally have a behind the scenes look into the world of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports.
We all saw how Bruce Beaudreau came off as some sort of raving lunatic after people witnessed his profanity laced locker-room rants on 24/7.
So, I am very intrigued to see what Mike Babcock’s pregame and postgame speeches are like with cameras rolling.
Will Babs be dropping f-bombs with the same sort of frequency that Mr. Budreau did? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to tune in and find out.
Plus, we will get a unique peek into the common everyday events of Red Wing players and staff: plane rides, bus rides, restaurants, life on the road, and family time.
I eat that expletive up, not afraid to admit it either.
However, 24/7 can also come at a cost. Hopefully the cameras won’t be too much of a distraction for the Wings and they will manage to stay focused on the task at hand.
But, as we saw with Ilya Bryzgalov situation, the filming of 24/7 can sometimes be a detriment to a hockey club. Brygalov’s career was both made and broken by his appearance in 24/7 in a lot of ways.
Either way I’m totally jacked for it.
Pavel Datsyuk has kind of a quirky sense of humor and he’s Russian, so maybe he can be the Wings next Ilya Bryzgalov?
Let’s just hope Pavel doesn’t play like Bryzgalov after the camera crew leaves town.