‘I know exactly what I'm doing’

Wanye
September 15 2008 01:33PM

First of all, we hate posts on the OilersNation that are about the OilersNation. That has to be the lamest thing ever. The OilersNation reports the news; we aren’t news. No one around OilersNation World HQ™ wants to see us do anything but bring Oilers fans the thunder.

Having said that, here is a post on the OilersNation about the OilersNation. It’s the last one like this you will see from me for a long time—I want to talk about a 6–2 OT win for the Mighty Oil, not this kind of stuff.

Now that we have a team of writers and a boat-load of traffic, it’s getting more tricky for me to post. I didn’t ever intend to be a blogger here. I just wanted to read an Oilers site that was funny and different and talked to me as a young beer-swilling-corner-fighting hockey fan.

Look what my man Charlie said on here on Sept 12:

Ok, (signing Gregor) is pretty sweet, but boys gotta be honest. A lot of the appeal for this site (as a guy who’s been checking this site since it was just a coming soon icon) is that it’s entertaining, not just informative. With all of the ‘legitimate’ talent you boys are bringing in, PLEASE don’t get too serious.

Good call Charlie. See the thing is, I am not a serious writer. Hell, I’m not even a writer! I’m not doing this to try and get some job at TSN or at the Journal. That’s for real writers who understand what a Corsi number is and, where, commas, should, go. I have no intention of ever writing on anything except a Nation site. I will never be a “good writer” but I will also never be “serious.”

I’m just an Oilers fan who wanted something better. And you know what? If it hasn’t already arrived it’s very, very close. And that isn’t because of me. It’s because someone went out and signed Lowetide (hotness), Gregor (hotness), Brownlee (hotness) and Willis (hotness), and all you good people have come to the site and left all the hilarious comments/battles that you do.

All the changes at the Nation explained

See, when you don’t really care what people think you can do whatever you want. We built the site we like and we hope you like it too. We just want it to be awesome. The whole reason we went out and hooked up deals with mainstream media-types recently was to bring some credibility to the site. We recognize that a guy who calls himself Wanye Gretz isn’t the most credible dude in the world. So here are Robin Brownlee and Jason Gregor—some of the most credible sports journalists around.

We realize that our gutter mouth and what not isn’t for everyone. So here: read Jonathan Willis and Lowetide. They’re classy dudes; we aren’t. Are you a member of the fairer sex? Read Amber McCormick; she’s a fox (or that’s what her “Casual Encounters” photo on Craigslist led us to believe). Want something else? Tell us. Ever build a website? It’s friggin hard!

All we know is what we want to see and who we like. And you know who we like? Robin Brownlee. Yeah, he might be the meanest dude this side of the Edmonton Remand Centre but he knows hockey. We used to cut his articles out of the Journal and save them when we were in Junior High. He might yell about this and that and might be 173 years old but he’s Robin Brownlee. Didn’t he actually assist in delivering Mark Messier into the world at birth?

You know who else we like? Jason Gregor. We do have a supreme beef with him for playing the Brass Bonanza during the SCF ‘06 but that’s a different story for a different day. He gets sports in general and is actually worth listening to. Now unfortunately we aren’t long haul truckers so we don’t get to listen to AM Radio all that often. In fact, we wish We were long haul truckers because we could listen to Jim Rome every day. But when we are able to listen, it’s evident that Gregor is in charge. That’s why we approached him to write for the site.

One other thing about credibility

One time we wrote this. And then the dude who runs Oilfans.com said this on his boards:

MJ 08 September 2008 18:36 I also find it a bit odd that all we get telling about this is a fellow who calls himself Wanye Gretz. Is this news? Should we take it for face value?

Buddy, are you kidding me? I speak the truth. When I say that Rexall replaced parts of it's ice plant, it’s because they did. I know this because I talked directly to the dude that did the work. So if you want to call me out as a liar, come and say it to my face. And I’ll smack the crap out of you—and then I will go sit in a chair.

You know why no other media reported on that, MJ? Because no one cares like guys like you and I do. To us, Rexall Place getting a new urinal mint in section 112 is news. We think it should be shouted from the hilltops. But old school media won’t touch that story with a ten foot pole.

I get it, though: you’re a real Oilers fan. I like the site you have, too. It’s good work. But don’t think that I get up in the morning and think “Gee, what can I lie to the nice people about today.” I can’t be bothered to make up fake crap.

Why we do this

We aren’t doing this for Robin Brownlee or Jason Gregor or Glenda from Scottsdale or for the Pope’s brother Gary. We’re doing this for Oilers fans like an MJ or the guy who called me “a complete F*****G idiot” awhile back. Real Oilers fans. Real ones mind you, not “fans” who emerge when they happen to be sitting near a TV when the games are on or during a playoff run. Fans that read websites during the off-season and think that Rexall Place maintenance schedules should be front page news in the Globe and Mail.

My kind of people.

But I can’t stress this enough:

I do this cause I want to—no one tells me what to do. I am my own editor. This is a site for all of us.

I am Wanye Gretz and if 31 million people come to this site daily in September I am going to say exactly what I want to say.

PS: Bite me, Flames Fans.

—WG

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#1 Douggy
September 15 2008, 01:54PM
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you couldnt ask for a better site than this one! oilfans is nowhere near as good, or as funny. i like the tell it all mentality. keep up the good work, and the flames do suck!

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#2 tricksnard
September 15 2008, 02:00PM
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This article picture is way better than the first one you had up. ;)

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#3 exbarstar
September 15 2008, 02:05PM
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I love you Wanye. The negativity comes from people who are resentfully or painfully desirous of your obvious advantages. In other words player hating. p.s. I saw Georges Laraque walking his Doberman Pinscher yesterday. I like that he still resides in Edmontonia...he is all right in my books.

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#4 BUCK75
September 15 2008, 02:18PM
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What was wrong with ol'Blue Eyes? :P

I agree with Douggy - this site is WAY better than OilFans. The opinions of the posters might be good, but the navigation is terrible...plus the cafepress "oilfans" clothing line should be donated to the salvation army.

I am a big fan of NEWS, such as the beer stand above section 216 appears to have the shortest beer line & coldest beer. Who cares what some guy named MJ thinks.

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#5 charlie
September 15 2008, 02:44PM
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I don't know if you can really compare oilfans and the Nation...

This is news and entertainment, oilfans is a thousand and one message threads about EVERYTHING.

If something happens in hockey, it's on that site in seconds, but I am on this site a hell of a lot more.

Cheers boys.

Charlie

or, on oilfans The Flying Stortini

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#6 Greg MC
September 15 2008, 02:56PM
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Laughs and Oiler stuff together, what more could a guy want? Sex? Beer? This site is first in line during a long workday of surfing!

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#7 Wanye Gretz
September 15 2008, 03:40PM
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For the record I like Oilfans.com and I wasn't trying to diss it in the least. MJ was running an oilers site when I was running around in diapers.

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#8 JB
September 15 2008, 04:23PM
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Keep it real Oilers Nation! Love the site fellas. Nice mix that could be referred to as sports edutainment.

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#9 Brian Fellows
September 15 2008, 04:51PM
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I like Oilfans too Wanye. You guys need to get some message boards or join with Oilfans or something.

Oh and say crazy stuff. I like it!!

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#10 Ed
September 15 2008, 05:16PM
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As crazy hobos go Wanye you are the best

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#11 David S
September 15 2008, 06:39PM
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I'm more than a little amazed that the ice plant story never made the news. The ice in the parking lot was better than what the boys were playin' on last year. Seriously, it was total crap some nights.

Good to see you guys haven't totally caved to the political correct pressures, although I've seen alot of movement to the "family friendly" side lately. Wanye, you have to write more to even stuff out.

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#12 outkast
September 15 2008, 09:55PM
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If we're gonna talk about the 'Nation', we should address the current lack of women up in hurrr. Like wtf? It was stated earlier that this is in fact the 'International House of Sausage.'

Recomendations

1. Hot girls on the banner. Hot girls, attract other hot girls.

Girl: "Hey look, they have a hot girl on that website. Perhaps i should read it."

2. Suggestive pictures of Wayne Gretz and Robin Brownlee. This will increase the female readership by one or two. Quite the accomplishment.

3. Perhaps some content about Nilsson's fashion forward style. What products he puts on his hair, where he shops and what type of conditioner to use for maximum volume.

Girls = BETTER NATION

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#13 BUCK75
September 16 2008, 06:58AM
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Sausage Solution

Something like www.puckthathit.com had "the hottest icegirls competition"...although we would need icegirls to be in the running. Although that website doesn't appear to be running now.

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#14 BUCK75
September 16 2008, 07:18AM
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http://www.hottiesofhockey.com/

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#15 jayoilfan
September 16 2008, 08:20AM
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I love this site Wayne Gretz, I found it after last season and it is now my first read in the morning. Keep up the good work, as an Oiler fan I really apprieciate the time and effort you put into the site. Thanks.

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#16 Wanye Gretz
September 16 2008, 08:29AM
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Wow easy everyone. We can get girls in here. You just let your ol' pal Wanye do some hunting around.

"Suggestive pictures of Wayne Gretz and Robin Brownlee. This will increase the female readership by one or two. Quite the accomplishment."

If you want naked pictures of me, you will have to go through my agent. He has taken some "art photos" of me that got pretty racy. But they start at $12 for a set of 1,000.

And he's not really my "agent" he is my "neighbour." And they aren't so much "art photos" as they are "photos taken without my consent"

Price stands at $12.

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#17 Oilers suck
September 16 2008, 08:27PM
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OILERS SUCK!!!

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#18 GOD
September 16 2008, 08:29PM
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Your right, Oilers do suck

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#19 Tony Romo
September 16 2008, 11:11PM
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Wow. You guys might have to start editing your comments.

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#20 DJ Spyn Cycle
September 17 2008, 08:02AM
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Hey GOD, it's really weird that you and "Oilers suck" post from the EXACT SAME IP ADDRESS.

Also, I really would expect the Lord of All Creation to be a better speller. It should read "You're right"...

Please don't smite me.

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#21 Fish
September 17 2008, 02:29PM
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HA!

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