GDB 41: Sterility 101

Wanye
January 11 2009 03:00PM

After watching a mind numbing Eagles and Giants game all morning we finally figured out something that has been bothering us about this mind numbingly mediocre season thus far,

It's way too sterile.

Sterile as hell. Absolutely nothing interesting is going on as game after game of warm crud is served to the Citizens of the Oilersnation. A losing team can be entertaining to watch as it self destructs. Ask the fans of the Detroit Lions who still show up to scream the same seven suggestions on TV, Radio and websites all over the place. But these Oilers?

BO-RING.

Where is the drama? This is a team of highly skilled veterans and punk ass rookies. There should be some serious swagger in the Oilers dressing room. They went into this season thinking they were going to contend for the Northwest division for heavens sakes. Now look at them. Trembling before the lowly St. Louis Blues as they roll into town. Where is the fire? Where is the fight in practice as Steve Staios shows Robert Nilsson what it means to be an Oiler? Where is an inappropriate comment thrown out by an angry Ethan Moreau who looks Terry Jones directly in the eye and say "I am going to bust some heads in here. Everyone out now."

Where are the trade rumors? Where are the vague comments being issued from Oilers brass about "looking at options" or "having conversations with other teams right now?" Where is any sort of bone being thrown to the masses of Oilers fans who are currently pissed with the team - but may be bordering on bored and might even become (gasp) disinterested if this sterility both on and off the ice keeps up?

Shit. we watched a Giants game today and we were able to stay interested. Now we are watching Corner Gas. That can't be good can it?

If you want to read something out of the ordinary go read Robin Brownlee's Marc Crawford story. It's a comment on this weeks Righteous Sack Beating. THAT has some fire.

Oh yeah.

Go Oilers

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#1 Milli
January 11 2009, 03:11PM
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Sad, very sad but true. I've resorted to just bagging the Nucks and Lames fans as they come in my store, then, showing them my replica Stanley Cup Banners. It is getting old. I'd like to tell them how we kicked there asses and are getting another banner this year.....MAN I HATE THE MARC CRAWFORD.

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#2 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 03:25PM
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There it is. Thanks for the GD.

I guess Robin was right.

How did you get up in time to watch the Eagles game though?? Or did you just watch the highlites?

Anyways a few things today.

Mact's comments on Schremp. Maybe it is the case but to say them things about him when hes on a team struggling in Springfield is totally unprofessional. Why stab him in the back when he isnt even playing for you. What a pathetic loser of a coach. Im not saying Schremp should be here right now. Im just saying to throw a player under the bus that isnt even here is a disgrace.

Did mact forget that the Oilers were 3-1 with Schremp in the lineup with 3 points in 4 games and was +2.

How could he say he cant help the Oilers win??

Just shows his true colors.

Another thing. 2 times this year now a player that has had a concussion skates the rest of the game to sit out one after. That should not happen. Ever. Never.

One last thing. I hope we get killed tonight. 5-2 Blues. Than I can tune into the post game and listen to Mact blame injuries on the teams lose. Meanwhile St. Louis is without 2 of their top 3 players. That will really show me how pathetic that loser really is.

Enjoy the game all.

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#3 David S
January 11 2009, 03:31PM
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CurtisS wrote:

How could he say he cant help the Oilers win??

Actually, I thought he was pretty clear in his explanation.

Schremp is a bust. Get used to it.

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#4 RobinB
January 11 2009, 03:33PM
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Well, let's spice things up. Another little yarn, from just yesterday morning . . .

I was having a gab with Souray in the Oilers dressing room, just shooting the breeze. In mid-gum flap, "thwack," I take a rolled up ball of sock tape off the melon. I turn around, looking rather unimpressed, and the closest guy was Dustin Penner, sitting 15 feet away. "Was that you?" I asked. "I was aiming at Shelly," Penner says.

Still looking sour, I say, "Oh, really?" To which Penner responds, "Yes. You look kind of mad. Want to talk about it?"

Now, it wasn't a "I'll kick your fat, old backside if you want to push it" kind of "want to talk about it?" but more of a "Hey, I didn't mean to hit you and it's no big deal unless you want it to be a big deal" kind of "want to talk about it?"

Being the easy-going guy I am -- and ignoring flashbacks to the time I wanted to fight Georges Laraque in Minnesota (that one would be over as soon as I swallowed my teeth) after he kept throwing nickels and dimes at me in the press box -- I opted for no big deal.

I saw what happened to Landon Wilson when he "wanted to talk about it."

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#5 c-bass
January 11 2009, 03:43PM
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Come on Robin, take one for the team. If you getting lunch handed to you in the Oil room would've fired up Penner then so be it.

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#6 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 03:44PM
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@ David S:

Great asset management. Dont you think.

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#7 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 03:44PM
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@ RobinB:

The mood im in today, I would of talked about it.

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#8 Milli
January 11 2009, 03:47PM
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Where are the comments on Schremp?

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#9 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 03:50PM
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@ Milli:

Go to www.edmotonoilers.com preview and scroll down to the interview with Mact about Schremp.

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#10 Milli
January 11 2009, 03:53PM
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@ CurtisS: Sweet, Thanks.

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#11 jeanshorts
January 11 2009, 04:02PM
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Sheesh. Did Schremp nail every member of MacT's family or what? I know Robbie has been extremely underwhelming and looks to bust any day now, but my lord that is some unbridled hatred. MacT hates Robbie Schremp more than everyone on here hates Marc Crawford.

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#12 Milli
January 11 2009, 04:09PM
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That is unbelievable. I was not a schremp fan, but when he was up, he seemed to be in position and effective. 3 points in 4 games I think. You can hear how absolutly personal it is, he is dripping with sarcasm. But, this seems to be typical with this guy, if your one of his, untouchable, if not.....Look out. Shouldn't coaching be buissinesslike? Doing what is best for the team, leave the friggin ego out of it? Not MacT, not at all. And hey MacT, if you don't want to have to defend your desicions, start winning, and winning alot, or, quit and get a job with Anahiem, or maybe south Florida, probably not much scrutiny there.

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#13 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 04:10PM
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@ Robin

What do you think of the Schremp comment. Just to make this clear. I dont think Robbie should be on the team atm. How can you say Rob isnt helping his team win when:

Rob's stats in the last 11 games 5 points

Potulny's points in the same span 6 points

Jdd in the last 5 games. 1-4 and got pulled last night and didnt play today.

I would say Springfield has more problems than Schremp.

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#14 BUCK75
January 11 2009, 04:35PM
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@ RobinB:

AWESOME!!! 2 hillarious stories today, the reason to read OIlersNation daily...

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#15 Jack Bauer
January 11 2009, 05:06PM
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I hate Craig Mactavish. Hes a god damn useless coach.

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#16 David S
January 11 2009, 05:50PM
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Shremp vs Potulny:

http://stats.theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=skaters&subType=24&season_id=16&&leagueId=4&lastActive=&singleSeason=

Potulny callup seems like a no-brainer to me. Schremp got his look. Played 2 OK games and sucked the next two. Oilers know what they'll get from him barring a miraculous turnaround. Right now he's soft and slow, not having proven otherwise back in the AHL. This isn't news. Since this is now becoming a development year, why not give the best guy on Springfield a crack at the big show?

MacT gets asked for the zillionth time "why not Schremp?", answers truthfully and you guys rake him for it. Its not like he called a press conference to announce that Schremp sucks. He just finally came out and said what alot of us have known all along. Schremp's lack of trade value is all on his own shoulders. If he wants to be on the big boys team, he has to earn it. So far, he has been found lacking. And that's MacT's fault how?

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#17 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 05:56PM
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@ David S: There was no reason to say what he did. None at all.

He was talking about the same kid with 3 points in 4 games and was a +2 in that time. Im not saying he should of been called. The team went 3-1 in that span. They were on a losing streak before he got called and went on one after he got sent down. Im just saying.

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#18 Dropping Deuces
January 11 2009, 05:58PM
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He's says Shremp is soft and only good on the powerplay. Is that not what we are looking to replace in Hemsky? Not that Hemmer doesn't like the physical play but he doesn't exactly dish it out. Could we not use someone on forward who can actually pass the puck on the PP?

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#19 CurtisS
January 11 2009, 05:58PM
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@ David S:

To add on to that.

The kid is trying to play his own game 3000 miles away.

Did I say "no reason for that" yet?

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#20 Wanye Gretz
January 11 2009, 06:01PM
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DING DING

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#21 David S
January 11 2009, 06:04PM
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Enough with the Schremp. It's a discussion for high school kids on smoke breaks.

Man is it strange to hear the HNIC anthem on TSN. Just doesn't work for me. At least we get Ray Ferraro tonight. Ray, an Oilers win and Evanka would make it a perfect night.

Now if we could only get some ice girls.

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#22 RBK
January 11 2009, 06:05PM
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I miss you barnaby. You were everything Sean Avery wished he was

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#23 Jack Bauer
January 11 2009, 06:06PM
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Does anybody have the link to the live stream of the game?

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#24 Wanye Gretz
January 11 2009, 06:06PM
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David S wrote:

Now if we could only get some ice girls.

Here here!

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#25 freeze
January 11 2009, 06:07PM
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http://atdhe.net/live-tv.php?i=11453641

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#26 Wanye Gretz
January 11 2009, 06:08PM
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How appropriate is a Gavascon ad during an Oiler game?

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#27 Wanye Gretz
January 11 2009, 06:10PM
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"Damn I wish the Oilers were a good team." - Everyone tuning in right now

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#28 RBK
January 11 2009, 06:11PM
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Roli's numbers aren't even that badd...

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#29 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:12PM
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Sweet half of the springfield squad is starting tonight

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#30 freeze
January 11 2009, 06:13PM
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nice to see some spunk off the go.

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#31 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:13PM
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we won a draw

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#32 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:14PM
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man is ManIntyre huge

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#33 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:14PM
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orbibobobow bone....come on Ray

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#34 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:15PM
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I dont recoginze any of these uys on the Blues

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#35 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:16PM
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good songs non working lights

broken score clock

equals oilers hockey

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#36 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:18PM
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that a boy Smid, move that old man

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#37 RBK
January 11 2009, 06:18PM
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@ OilersNinja: He is a thick dude

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#38 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:20PM
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the new guy is sleek

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#39 RBK
January 11 2009, 06:21PM
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Gags, you are killing me my friend

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#40 freeze
January 11 2009, 06:23PM
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yikes! bad bounce!

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#41 RBK
January 11 2009, 06:23PM
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hols sweet Jebus that was close

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#42 freeze
January 11 2009, 06:24PM
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this TSN telecast is a nice breath of fresh air after so many on RSW.

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#43 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:25PM
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Brule got tossed there

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#44 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 11 2009, 06:26PM
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A fresh breath of nice, agreed.

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#45 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:26PM
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@ freeze: This very true!!! Louie Debrusk is terrible and is rumoured to be retarded

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#46 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:27PM
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decent play

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#47 freeze
January 11 2009, 06:27PM
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nice shift!!

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#48 jeanshorts
January 11 2009, 06:28PM
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OilersNinja wrote:

@ freeze: This very true!!! Louie Debrusk is terrible and is rumoured to be retarded

Is it still a rumor when it's true?

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#49 OilersNinja
January 11 2009, 06:28PM
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@ jeanshorts: Touche

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#50 Wayne Gretz
January 11 2009, 06:29PM
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