First: last evening we checked the "healthy eating" box for about the next 90 days.
That's YrHmblScrb enjoying a double-order of grilled ahi tuna at Outback Steakhouse, along with a Big-Ass Patron Silver margarita. The ahi at Outback is first cousin to sushi and I dearly love that stuff. It was ALL I could do to finish the 20 pieces I ordered; SN1 provided assistance by eating two of the slices. That's a LOT of semi-cooked fish! Apropos o' nuthin... You may file "dinner at Outback" in the Big City Amenities category, along with all the other stuff I mentioned yesterday.
SN1 dropped a bomb on me last night at dinner: Number Five retired yesterday. I had NO idea; SN1 assumed I knew but I didn't, all because we kept our inner-nets experience yesterday to the bare minimum required to do the usual, customary, and reasonable bid'niz... and that did NOT include reading the hockey blogs. So I was gobsmacked, and much hand-wringing and angst ensued, on both sides of the table. This is a decision all Wings fans knew was coming in the future, but we were all hoping for that proverbial "one more season." How important is Lidstrom? Here's Mitch Albom, writing in The Freep:
To that end, here are a few. Professional. Exceptional. Graceful. Deft. Nimble. Clutch. Prepared. Admired. Disciplined. Determined. Courageous. Enduring. Humble.
That's why so many former Wings and teammates were there for him, why Wings owner Mike Ilitch called him "our Rock of Gibraltar," why even hard-bitten media members gave him a thick round of applause.
We will not see his likes again. Twenty seasons with one team? A 12-time All-Star? A guy who missed just 44 regular season games his entire career -- some of which he was being rested? A guy who came in great and retired while still excellent?
His standard of play was so high, that in the end, only Nick Lidstrom was able to be critical of Nick Lidstrom.
"Sadly, this year it's painfully obvious to me that my strength and energy level are not rebounding enough for me to continue to play. My drive and motivation are not where it needs to be to play at this level. That's why I feel that it's time to retire."I suppose I'll fall back on that ol' military sayin': No one is irreplaceable. But Number Five comes as close as it gets in the hockey world. We're ALL gonna miss him.