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Babcock’s theory for home team’s poor record in Winter Classic? Parties

Dec 31, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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Teams that host the Winter Classic are 1-3-1 and entering the sixth installment of the New Year’s Day event, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has an idea as to what might be holding the home teams down as he told the media this afternoon:

Partying with the family.

“Well let’s just go with what’s going to happen at my house,” Babcock said. “My wife’s maiden name is Dunham and my kids say, ‘No one parties like a Dunham.’ So you can just imagine at my house tonight. That’s why a couple blocks down the road I got myself a hotel room. Because when 11 comes, they’re not going to care that the Winter Classic is tomorrow, they’re still going to be on time.

“So the home team has won one game. We went through this with our players. They know there’s an opportunity in our schedule for you to have a heck of a New Year’s Eve party on New Year’s Day. Make a decision, but if you’re counting on your family to do it for you, I don’t like your chances. That’s my theory.”

So basically, if you don’t want to wind up in Babcock’s doghouse, you’d better not show up bleary-eyed to Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day. Also, if you really want to have a great party you have to hang out with the coach’s better half. Good to know.

Here’s video of the full presser from this afternoon:

  1. shaundre93 - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    That’s actually not a crazy theory… Bruins are the only team to win it at home! Marco Sturm baby!!!

  2. jrocknstuff - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Babcock makes a great point. However, he’s counting on his players to individually book hotel rooms for the night as opposed to mandating the team stay in one? I’d like the Wings chances more if they were forced to stay in a team hotel and maybe watch the ball drop together, that way the coaches could actually monitor their alcohol intake tonight. It’s a great point, but who knows how many players will actually follow Babcock’s suggestion?

    • joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Question; does the CBA contain language allowing teams to mandate players to stay in hotel rooms during the regular season when playing at home?

      Anyway. Its not rocket science. You cant expect players to party late into the night and then be at their best for an early afternoon game the next day. Makes no difference whether you’re home or on the road.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM


    teams have been booking hotel rooms outside of home cities forever…les canadiens always took the team off to the laurentians

    a collective bargaining agreement does not restrict management from managing its assets…it’s their property after-all

    most families like to see their player’s backside heading out the door and staying gone until pivotal or playoff games conclude

    toooooo much tension

    • joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      never have they done it during the regular season to my recollection. Vrai?

  4. steelers88 - Dec 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    This might be a bit of topic. I hate how the NHL has scheduled so many outdoor games this year. It makes the Winter Classic less special. I know when it started to is something to look forward to even if your team wasn’t participating in the contest. Now not so much. I think the NHL should have only 2 outdoor games a year the Winter Classic and the Heritage Classic. The NHL is going to ruin the outdoor games if they keep scheduling so many in the same season.

    • shaundre93 - Dec 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. The only way they could keep all the games and keep me happy is if it was just a one day event. 4 outdoor games all on New years day would be fun. Kinda like thanksgiving football. Spreading it out over 6 games or whatever over the course of a week is not fun. It makes it seem like less of a special event and more of a gimmick

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        I only agree completely totally and absolutely. The highlight/lowlight could well be the Vancouver event. In a domed stadium where it often rains at that time of year, there is a good chance we’ll see the first indoor “outdoor” game. Also, the Dodger Stadium game might be a little wet. I hear they are trying to get Yasiel Puig to drive the Zamboni. That could boost the ratings!

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