20 Greatest Red Wings #12
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12-11-2012, 11:53 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Brighton, MI
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Serious fans are the guys who hang out on the history of hockey board and think they have the uncanny ability to rank any player of all time -- and you're not allowed to disagree with them if you want to be called serious.
Hockey fans who think they've made an "intellectual pursuit" of the game.
I don't think you need to get deep into hockey history to be a 'serious' fan, but knowing a bit about the history of your own franchise and appreciating the value of absolute legends of the game who played for the Wings before your time is a fair prerequisite, if we care to define 'serious' fans, which I don't care to beyond a post or two.
Yeah, I think a 'serious' Red Wing fan should know about Larry Aurie, Red Kelly, Norm Ullman, Ebbie Goodfellow, Marty Barry, Syd Howe, Marcel Pronovost, Jack Stewart and quite a few others.
It does not take a mental giant to understand Larry Aurie was a much better player and Red Wing than Kris Draper, but he is probably guaranteed to lose even on this forum, which I would consider mainly 'devout' fans but maybe all not as 'serious' (caring about the history and context of the team), as a more serious fan might be googling a name I mentioned they did not recognize, while a less serious, but very devout fan will gloss over it in a hurry to check out Canada's Junior tryout scrimmage results.
I'm not saying one fan is better than the other (I consider myself both), but mainly just playing at semantics.
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