Monday morning confessions

Wanye
January 19 2009 09:45AM

We have to confess that we are WAY too young for any sort of understanding of this “Hall and Oates” that was bumping on the PPV last night. But having little to do on a Monday morning, we've been listening to them on the YouTubes for the last several hours. We hate to say it -- we can’t believe that we would say it -- but we like Hall and Oates (?). The intense spotlight provided to Hall and Oates by the Oilers PPV broadcast could lead to a resurgence of the careers of both Daryl Hall AND John Oates, provided that they are both still a) alive, b) capable of performing, and c) speaking to one another. When one looks at the first comment on the YouTube clip above it reads:

tapewar (9 minutes ago) wow this song is awesome! MY favorite hockey team the Oilers were playing this in their locker room after a win!

By our count that just doubled the Hall and Oates fans in the civilized world from four to six. For posterity here is a complete list of Hall and Oates fans:

  1. Hall
  2. Oates
  3. Mrs. Hall
  4. Wanye Gretz
  5. “tapewar”
  6. Oates

The actual game

Anderson retires his number. We must confess we were not only too young for Hall and Oates but we also have about zero recollections of Glenn Anderson playing for a Professional Ice Hockey Squadron. Perhaps we could lean on our esteemed colleague Robin Brownlee to regale us with some tales of #9 from the Glory Years.

The Oiler Alumni are still looking pretty good, and the Hockey Club rolled out the big guns in the pre-game ceremony yet again. It doesn’t get old either -- Messier still looks like he could put a puck through a brick wall. Kurri is still unintelligible in an interview but seems nice. Fuhr looks ecstatic to be on camera and Louie Debrusk must have been secretly waiting for all the other, more articulate, ex-Oilers fighters to exit the building and leave his commentator job intact.

Then the Oil go out and light the lamp six -- count 'em: six --  times including a hat trick for the sometimes criticized Captain Moreau. This is one of the most amazing things we have ever seen since this happened:

Yes, that’s right. We were eating Triscuits the other day and we had two that came stuck together. We took the picture immediately and have put the cracker on top of the fridge to impress visitors for the next 75 years. If any of the Nation readers want an autographed picture of the triscuits, they can be had by emailing us directly at wanyegretz@gmail.com.

Man -- go listen to “Out of Touch” by Hall and Oates. Where have these two been all of our life?

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#1 Travis Dakin
January 19 2009, 10:13AM
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clap, clap!

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#2 The Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 10:15AM
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I love triscuits. Almost as much as I love spelling it. The U is silent!

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#3 Monday Guy
January 19 2009, 10:19AM
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I Love "Monday Morning, Everything's Fine" days

they're so calming and joyfilled

... much better than the Moogly Googly days of the recent past

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#4 Oilboy76
January 19 2009, 10:20AM
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Always a good read!!!!!!!! nice cracker

I also think your fan calculations are slightly off as word on the street is that the "all american gay mens choir" are huges fans of Hall , not too sure about oates though!

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#5 Zamboni Driver
January 19 2009, 10:23AM
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Okay, I'll be the fly in the ointment...

Now that we are pretty well done with the old school oilers in the rafters....can we all agree, to

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

STOP putting middle aged men in ill-fitting uniforms for 'one last skate' around the ole rink? [I didn't see last night's event in detail, so don't know if Rod did the Play-by-play, which is even more nuts.]

It was OKAY (barely) when Wayne sent a pass to (a very hefty) Jari...but that was it. No more.

Get your hatchets out if you must, but one man's opinion.

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#6 Zamboni Driver
January 19 2009, 10:24AM
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Oh and Hall and Oates were on Colbert recently - pretty funny actually.

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#7 greenlightning86
January 19 2009, 10:33AM
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Hey Wayne are you going to set up a season 2 of the Hockey pool the current one ends at the All Star break.

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#8 Cam
January 19 2009, 10:40AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Okay, I’ll be the fly in the ointment… Now that we are pretty well done with the old school oilers in the rafters….can we all agree, to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP putting middle aged men in ill-fitting uniforms for ‘one last skate’ around the ole rink?"

Well I think someone has a fetish about middle aged men in illfitting uniforms - Did you happen to see Bob Stauffer at the skills competition? That was ENTERTAINMENT!!

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#9 Sean
January 19 2009, 10:41AM
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Moreau clapping to this song on the post-game interview was priceless...

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#10 Wanye Gretz
January 19 2009, 10:56AM
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greenlightning86 wrote:

Hey Wayne are you going to set up a season 2 of the Hockey pool the current one ends at the All Star break.

I sure will greenlightning. I will even try and follow it more. I got out to such an early deficit that I completely lost interest. We will force Gregor, Brownlee and Willis to enter and that will up the interest factor. I will also do a closing ceremony for season one.

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#11 caveman pacino
January 19 2009, 10:57AM
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the guitarist with the moustache is all business...penner should let his get to be that serious.

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#12 Wanye Gretz
January 19 2009, 10:58AM
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Having reread our post why did we say "Anderson retires his number." Does that even make any sense?

"What an illiterate idiot that Wanye is" - Wanye Gretz Jan 19, 2008 10:58 AM

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#13 greenlightning86
January 19 2009, 11:00AM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Ok sounds good. It will be real interesting if you can get those guys to join.

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#14 Wanye Gretz
January 19 2009, 11:04AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Get your hatchets out if you must, but one man’s opinion.

The fact you called the hatchet play takes all of my thunder. Let's just leave it at this: "I'd rather see a middle aged Glenn Anderson skating in warmup - even though I can't recall his playing years - than a young Dennis Grebeshkov do anything."

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#15 Wanye Gretz
January 19 2009, 11:05AM
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@ greenlightning86:

I have considerable pull around here ever since I once threatened to hold my breath until I passed out.

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#16 Ender the Dragon
January 19 2009, 11:05AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Having reread our post why did we say “Anderson retires his number.” Does that even make any sense?

That happens to me all the time on here.

[cough-cough-editfeature-cough]

If only there were some way to change what you had typed after you hit the darn 'post' button . . .

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#17 greenlightning86
January 19 2009, 11:07AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

@ greenlightning86: I have considerable pull around here ever since I once threatened to hold my breath until I passed out.

Now that is a threat that needs to be taking seriously.

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#18 Zamboni Driver
January 19 2009, 11:07AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

a young Dennis Grebeshkov do anything.”

True enough, but if you're like me, you watch him and think "Garbage-kov"...and giggle every time. Silver lining...

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#19 Zamboni Driver
January 19 2009, 11:08AM
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Cam wrote:

Did you happen to see Bob Stauffer at the skills competition? That was ENTERTAINMENT!!

A new definition for 'sausage party'?

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#20 Wanye Gretz
January 19 2009, 11:10AM
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@ Ender the Dragon: The only way we can have an edit function is if we force everyone to sign in. Otherwise a simple 'edit' button would allow everyone to edit everyone elses comments. That could turn into a gong show, but could also lead to someone fixing Deep Oil's punctuation...

I hate having to sign in to websites to make a comment. What do you kids figure?

@ greenlightning86:

Super seriously. I can also wet my pants on command which greatly unnerves Brownlee.

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#21 n00b1aNpR1n(355
January 19 2009, 11:11AM
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wanye I just jizzed in my pants. thank you. Add Teh n00b1anPr1nC355 to you list of hall and oates fans who is from a similar era as yourself.

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#22 BUCK75
January 19 2009, 11:14AM
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They had some pretty funny videos during the game last night. I tried finding them on you-tube, to no avail.

The one featured Andy riding an exercise bike - next to him was some hotty (80's hotty) in a horizontal rainbow striped exercise outfit complete with leg warmers. Then Moose in a hot tub with another scantily clad 80's hotty in a swimsuit dipping her toes in the hot-tub. It made Moose laugh last night when they pretty much embarassed him, he was probably thinking "where did they find this piece of video that was supposed to be destroyed 25 years ago?".

I did manage to find a clip of the 'boys on the bus' music video. For the yougins' (like myself) this is what it was like before 1990 - the year I actually was 12 & understood hockey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PRBr43emtw

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#23 Ender the Dragon
January 19 2009, 11:21AM
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The people that are on here all of the time are serious enough about the site that the 10-second login isn't going to make anyone think 'Man, it's just not worth the effort. All that typing . . .'

I can't tell you how often I've responded to some gutter remark and then thought 'Why did I even go there?' Or when you post something accidentally that you recognize as assinine (can I say that here?) or blatently wrong 30 seconds later, and just start to cringe knowing that Travis Dakin is going to tear you a new one for the sheer absurdity of it all, but it's t-o-o-l-a-t-e. Heck, sometimes you just spot the hole in your argument and want to plug it before someone says 'But Wayne,'.

Bring on the login. If it gets us an edit feature, small price to pay.

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#24 Chris R
January 19 2009, 11:41AM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Where is the Righteous Sack Beating this week? I work with BM and I was hanging out with him when he was writing part of it.

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#25 Wanye Gretz
January 19 2009, 11:42AM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

A few questions then spring to mind:

1. Can I ask inappropriate demographic questions during signup like "Are you an Eskimo or a Spaniard?"

2. Can we have premium pay-for content for members only like PPV footage of Robin Brownlee cage fighting?

3. Can the site play this song when you log in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxUGR8vc8NE

Know that when I say "I never sign in to sites" that includes this one. If we have to login I will no longer comment on anything. I'm too just too lazy and I haven't really bought in to what goes on here enough to sign up to it.

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#26 Cam
January 19 2009, 11:53AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

A new definition for ’sausage party’?

That Jersey was stretched, just like a sausage skin. That is an unnerving comparison.

You gotta give Bob credit for going in front of all those fans and trying to hit the target. He was basically asking to have verbal shots thrown his way. The man has to be a pretty good sport to do that.

Oh - I think the lack of the edit button increases integrity. I hate being on sites where someone writes something stupid and people are jumping on it, but you can't see what they wrote since they editted it out. If you make an error - a subsequent post can get yuor meaning across, but prevents people from wimping out and deleting opinions.

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#27 freeze
January 19 2009, 11:58AM
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*clap, clap*

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#28 Travis Dakin
January 19 2009, 12:19PM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

I.... I.... I'm sorry dude.

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#29 Ender the Dragon
January 19 2009, 12:44PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

1) First off, if I could admit to being an Eskimo (or even an Argonaut) I would in a heartbeat; sadly, my pro football career was stalled due to . . . well, mostly sucking at football. Unjust, because they let that Rocket Ismail guy play, but whatever. (and who are the Spaniards? Expansion team, or just the latest incarnation for Ottawa?)

2) If you can't see the potential revenue for a Browlee cage-match, you're not very good at this investment-capital analysis stuff. Do you have any idea how much money I'd pay to see that? And authentic Canadian coin, too; none of this $JSBM - Brownlee is worth it. (Unless he's fighting Gregor, in which case the outcome is so predictable that the only value left is in the entertainment of watching the beating.)

3) I was going to limit the song to audio only, but the card-trick thing salvaged the video. Run it in full, my man.

Edit feature VS no WG comments. Damn, that's hard. I guess I'd still take the WG comments, but why do you have to be so freakin lazy? What if your percentage of the Brownlee fight was significant? Wouldn't that be worth the login? Can't we have our cake and eat it too? Heck, with programming these days, you should be able to get the site host to recognize your computer and just automatically log you in. The Gregor-beating alone would cover that cost. :)

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#30 RBK
January 19 2009, 01:17PM
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I missed the PPV. Was this playing at Rexall?

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#31 freeze
January 19 2009, 01:24PM
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*clap, clap*

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkXGEXrz7EU

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#32 Corbs
January 19 2009, 01:48PM
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You are young... its been atleast 10-15 years since I first found two triscuit square things stuck together...

You wanna have a pissing contest wrt stuck together shreddies... irc, it was a 3x3 or 4x4 square that i pulled out of the box back in the day...

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#33 Jonathan Willis
January 19 2009, 02:01PM
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Check out this story:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=263874&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl

The story is titled "Divisional Battle" and features the following:

Minnesota is tied with Chicago for last in the Northwest Division with 47 points, two back of third-place Edmonton.

Even TSN gets it wrong sometimes.

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#34 Hemsky Fan
January 19 2009, 02:06PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Unless he’s fighting Gregor, in which case the outcome is so predictable that the only value left is in the entertainment of watching the beating.)

Ender,

Four years ago I saw Gregor in a bar, and I saw him snap at some guy for hitting a chick. He kicked the crap out of the guy, and afterwards even his buddies were stunned. My pal and I overheard them saying they'd never seen him lose it before. I don't know if Brownlee would dominate as much as you think, but I agree I would pay to see it.

As for signing in, how about people just reread their post before they hit send? I don't care, but I've only posted twice so I might not be the guy to ask.

Great site guys, I have most of my buddies reading it daily now.

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#35 The Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 02:42PM
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I like sausage.

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#36 The Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 02:45PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

I like sausage.

HEY! That wasn't even me...the REAL Towel Boy! I didn't write that!

See where this lawless, no-user-account-control world of the future has gotten us!?

I don't mind logging in at all, if it saves this crap. The nerve of this random person to use my screen name to say I like sausage! Good grief.

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#37 The "real" Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 02:47PM
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No, really, I LOVE THE SAUSAGE!

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#38 The Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 02:48PM
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The "real" Towel Boy wrote:

No, really, I LOVE THE SAUSAGE!

Quit it!

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#39 Ender the Dragon
January 19 2009, 02:49PM
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Hemsky Fan wrote:

Four years ago I saw Gregor in a bar, and I saw him snap at some guy for hitting a chick. He kicked the crap out of the guy . . . I don’t know if Brownlee would dominate as much as you think

I'm just hacking on Jason 'cuz it seems like the right thing to do, and 'cuz he's got thick skin. In reality, I probably wouldn't fight him; there's just no predictability where follically-challenged men are involved. Safe to say Greggor can probably take care of his own against most. Robin 'Heinous' Brownlee, though . . . watch out!

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#40 Ender the Dragon
January 19 2009, 02:52PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Check out this story: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=263874&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl The story is titled “Divisional Battle” and features the following: Minnesota is tied with Chicago for last in the Northwest Division with 47 points, two back of third-place Edmonton. Even TSN gets it wrong sometimes.

If only they had had an edit button . . .

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#41 Travis Dakin
January 19 2009, 02:54PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

The “real” Towel Boy wrote: No, really, I LOVE THE SAUSAGE! Quit it!

Someone once told me that the Towel Boy Absolutely LOVES the sausage. Like I mean an insatiable desire for the sausage. This man loves a good pork product according to what my source said. But that can't be verified.

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#42 Jack Bauer
January 19 2009, 02:54PM
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Who is the OIlers representitive to the players union?

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#43 Travis Dakin
January 19 2009, 02:55PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

Who is the OIlers representitive to the players union?

Horcoff

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#44 Jonathan Willis
January 19 2009, 02:55PM
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@ Jack Bauer:

Horcoff, I think.

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#45 The Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 03:00PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Someone once told me that the Towel Boy Absolutely LOVES the sausage. Like I mean an insatiable desire for the sausage. This man loves a good pork product according to what my source said. But that can’t be verified.

Was it the fake Towel Boy? Did the fake Towel Boy tell you this crap? Tell me!

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#46 Ender the Dragon
January 19 2009, 03:07PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

HEY! That wasn’t even me…the REAL Towel Boy! I didn’t write that! See where this lawless, no-user-account-control world of the future has gotten us!?

Another excellent point. I get it wrong sometimes, and I'll take my licks if I've said something dumb and I got it coming. But when anyone who's ticked at me can pretend to be me and spew whatever crap they can think of . . . well, let's get those sign-ons going here.

Wayne, can we have the best of both worlds? That is, sign-ons with protected identities and edit feature for those who want it, and basic no-frills commentary for the masses? You could be a mass . . .

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#47 Dustin Penner's back sweat
January 19 2009, 03:09PM
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I smell like donairs.

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#48 The Towel Boy
January 19 2009, 03:10PM
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Dustin Penner's back sweat wrote:

I smell like donairs.

But the ability to do that ^^^ with the comments is awesome.

Ohhh, I'm so torn!

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#49 Wayne Gretz
January 19 2009, 03:11PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Wayne, can we have the best of both worlds? That is, sign-ons with protected identities and edit feature for those who want it, and basic no-frills commentary for the masses?

That's a great idea, Ender!

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#50 the "Real" Dustin Penner's Back Sweat
January 19 2009, 03:12PM
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Dustin Penner's back sweat wrote:

I smell like donairs.

Liar! It's cheeseburgers.

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