I admit that I have a bit of a problem: I legitimately like every single player on the Red Wings.

Seriously. A lot of that obviously has to do with the fact that they are players on the team that I love, but I don't dislike any of them. Come to think of it, that's not really a "problem", is it?

That's why when I see players getting criticized, I feel bad for them. I get the feeling that they're out on the internet Googling themselves (come on we've all done it at some point, and we're not professional athletes who actually have things said about us), and when they come across people who are ripping them to shreds, a solitary tear rolls down their cheek. Didn't Darryl Strawberry's appearance on The Simpsons teach us that these guys are human too?

Fortunately, most players on the team are also loved by the rest of the fanbase, but there's always a few guys who can't escape the harsh spotlight. Maybe it's a desire to project blame on to one or two people in order to fool ourselves into thinking that the team as a whole is amazing except for these couple of players who are ruining everything, or it's just that people need whipping boys in order to feel better about the flaws of the team.