A case of the Tuesdays

Jason Gregor
January 28 2009 07:35AM

"WE WANT TEN! WE WANT TEN! WE WANT TEN!" rained down from the rafters with five minutes to go in last night’s debacle. You know it’s not a good game when the home crowd is routing for the opponent to score double digits in goals. But for the only time all night the hometown crowd got what they wanted -- a 10 spot.

Does Groundhog Day have to happen consecutively, or can it happen 42 days later?

It did last night for the Oilers and the Nation -- with one difference. This time the opposition scored ten goals rather than a measly nine. If you were at Rexall Place last night then you witnessed history, because an eight-goal loss is the worst home loss in the rich history of the Oil. On Dec. 16 Chicago led 3-0, before the Oilers scored a PP goal.

  • Last night Buffalo led 4-0, before the Oilers scored a PP goal.
  • Then Chicago scored six straight before the Oilers buried an EV goal.
  • Then Buffalo potted five straight before the Oilers buried an EV goal.

But Buffalo, to the delight of the crowd, responded and scored their 10th, shorthanded for good measure, and mercifully the night was over for the fans.

The Oilers are now 1-3 at home on Tuesdays this year, and have been outscored 25-10 in those four games.

Since the lockout here is their home record on Tuesdays:

  • 2005-06: 2-3-1-1
  • 2006-07: 3-3 and they gave up seven goals to the Avs one night.
  • 2007-08: 5-5-0-1

So they aren’t as bad in the past few years, but now I would guess Oiler fans are starting to say “I Don’t Like Tuesdays”. Did you know there was a song titled exactly that?

I’ve never heard of Geoffrey Keezer, and now I think he is even more of a dork for not having audio or lyrics to the song.

While you wake up today, pissed at another horrific Oiler loss, here is a classic song and even better video to let you release the rage.

The Boomtown Rats -- what a legendary ‘80s band. Sing along, and just switch Monday with Tuesday and you should feel better. If not, look at the video and take in the uncanny resemblance between the lead singer and Tom Gilbert. Look closely, it’s there, especially the fascination and complete NO REASON to be playing with his hair.

Still can’t see it? How about the back up singer top right. He looks like almost any Russian who played in the league in the ‘80s. And what is with the bottom right singer? Does he have lock jaw before his big “NO REASONS” contribution to the song? And top left guy has an eerie resemblance to Raimo Summanen. Bottom left guy I’m guessing is a mix between BM and JS.

Regardless of who they look like, the synchronicity from left to right with the "NO REASONS" should make this one of the top 10 videos of all time. Or how the couch scenes that made this an absolutely ground breaking video, one that has never been duplicated.

I’m sure you thought the same thing when you awoke back on Dec. 17. “The good news is there is no way the Oilers can play that bad again this year, no chance.”

Well, you were wrong.

They did play worse, much worse. The game was over before the two-minute mark of the first period, when the Sabres went ahead 2-0. From there it was just an exercise in futility.

This team does not know how to handle success. Just when they get on a bit of a roll where their coach is cautiously optimistic, the fans think they are turning the corner and even the media think they might just be able to move from pretender to contender, they soil the sheets to the tenth degree.

Groundhog Day has nothing on the Oilers. It has been Groundhog Year since 2000. Struggle with mediocrity, stay close until March and then scratch and claw to try and make the playoffs. Three times it works, three times is doesn’t and one time they absolutely collapse, only to win their final game and avoid getting into the lottery.

Until this team can put together a string on solid hockey games, before their usual March push for the playoffs, it is impossible to call them anything other than a pretender.

And Wanye, how do you explain Denis Grebeshkov being an EVEN player in both lopsided loses this year. Outscored 19-4, yet your favourite player was even…Truly amazing.

I’ll leave you with another completely nonsensical video, but a song title that is fitting, because I’m sure some of you did this last night. Unable to shake the gory, repetitive, embarrassing, and horrific display you watched last night at Rexall Place.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 OB
January 28 2009, 10:53AM
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I wonder how many of the players will be walking funny today; they were bent over and taken dry.

The team is the laughing stock of the message boards today.

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#52 Travis Dakin
January 28 2009, 10:55AM
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I even got a friggin message from my EX at 8:00 this morning chirping me about this loss. Brutal.

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#53 OB
January 28 2009, 10:55AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

This team is perplexing because just when you think they might turn a corner, they slam on the brakes, and blow their the tranny.

Lowe's brought in a Tranny? Well, there's the problem right there!

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#54 CurtisS
January 28 2009, 11:04AM
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We would all love a update after practice Gregor.

Thanks in advance.

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#55 Jordan
January 28 2009, 11:05AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Practice starts at 11…It will be interesting to see…I wouldn’t be surprised if both of them dress, because after the debacle last night, there is no way they want Strudwick or Stortini fighting the Bogeyman at home. A MacIntyre/Bogeyman clash could be something to look forward to, but last time I thought it would happen it didn’t, so I’m not predicting it this time. Only because I don’t want to jinx it…

We could then see the magical line of macintyre stortini and strudwick reunited for that game hah so brutal. Jason, are you going to oil kings game to check out eberle play on saturday? Its impressive they sold 11k tickets for that game.

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#56 shakey
January 28 2009, 11:05AM
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Is a possible SMac vs. Boogyman tilt worth the $14.00 for PPV on Friday? After last night's game it'd be hard to find another reason to pay to watch. Never mind pay...just watch period.

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#57 Dennis Castro
January 28 2009, 11:20AM
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Hey MacT "do-over's" only apply to horseshoes, but you probably know a thing or two about horseshoes seeing as how somehow you managed to retain your job for this long. They better play better against Minnesota!!!

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#58 POKIE Reddik
January 28 2009, 11:32AM
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I like the way Jason finally calls out MACT inthis article, as did Fred Flintstone last nite on post game. It's about time. Now which reporter has the Gonads to ask Lowe why is MacT still here? and not just take any answer,Let him try defend his record. At the postgame press conference, When MacT said 'FIRE" I was hoping it was him.

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#59 Mike Krushelnyski
January 28 2009, 11:37AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

CurtisS wrote: Nope playoff teams never ever lose that bad. Actually you are wrong…In 1984 the year the Oilers won their first cup… They lost, 7-2 in LA 8-3 in Toronto 9-2 in Wash 11-0 in Hartford 7-1 v. St. Louis…

Oh, Gregor. Any excuse to pimp the 11-0 loss to the Whale eh?

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#60 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 28 2009, 12:19PM
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When I read the article that Mactavish was telling his coaching staff to make sure the team didnt overwork themselves and save some energy for the stretch run make me think of a story.

Mike Millbury told a story when asked if its tough to get back into 100% focus after a break. He said he was going to give the boys a day of rest, get them into a good frame of mind, nice and relaxed right? Well the GM of that team called him in and tore 105 strips off of him. They were a 1st place team at the time anhd the GM was like "you want us to miss the playoffs, what are you thinking" etc. etc. Well Millbury went and threw some stuff around the locker room and yelled and screamed for a good hour about being intense etc. They went and won that game.

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#61 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 28 2009, 12:21PM
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@ POKIE Reddik:

Regular beat writers and reporters for a local team wouldnt dare ask that question if they ever hope to get a press pass for the next game, let alone keep their job. Part of being a regular reporter for the team is you need rapore with the participants to be able to do your job effectively.

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#62 Jason Gregor
January 28 2009, 12:31PM
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CurtisS wrote:

We would all love a update after practice Gregor. Thanks in advance.

Watching now, and it was not a bag skate. High tempo for 45 minutes, then a flood and now second session. Line rushes, and lots of skating, but not a "no-puck, puke bucket at centre ice" practice.

One differene is that Cogliano is back with Moreau, while Pouliot is with Cole and Nilsson. Will wait for that explanation, but clearly he likes Cogliano with Moreau.

Or that Pouliot is an upgrade on Gagner because he has six goals to Gagner's four...I have no idea, but right now the combinations don't matter as much as the fire necessary to compete. And it looks like 33 and 46 on fourth line for Friday.Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Oh, Gregor. Any excuse to pimp the 11-0 loss to the Whale eh?

It was with a point this time, but yes it will always be there. I can guarantee that no team will ever be as good as the WHALE to crush the Oilers 11-0...Never. The Green and White will always be part of Oiler history.

***And expect a real insightful piece from Brownlee today. He has already chewed off half of his pen watching practice. I'm guessing the hamster has been in constant motion in his head all day, so it should be a gooder...haha..

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#63 CurtisS
January 28 2009, 12:44PM
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@ Jason Gregor:

Thanks Gregor. Should be intresting from Robin.

They should of really had a puke in the bucket pratice. I cant understand why you wouldnt. Clearly they didnt have their attention last night as a coaching staff. A 2 hour beg skate would get it for Fridays game.

Pathetic IMO.

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#64 mwhite.dking@nf.sympatico.ca
January 28 2009, 12:53PM
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Buck: it was over after 3-0. And then JDD comes in and he's being pulled all over the net. No, it wasn't the kid's fault but he did almost as little as did Roli.

I was shocked that you didn't see more outrage over the dealing off of Garon. If JDD had super numbers in the A AND we got something tangible in return for Garon, then, yeah, maybe that's a decent deal.

But it leaves us really thin and I had that opinion from the first time I heard it.

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#65 Chris
January 28 2009, 12:58PM
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@ Jason Gregor:

Sorry Gregor. Didn't mean to make it sound like I would be better than you at your job or know how to craft a proper, tasteful, time appropriate question in that scrum. As a FAN, however, I was concerned about a lack of HITS thrown.... and not just last night. (I Don't care about the lack of fighting) Our D completetely surrendered the line. Marchment would have killed someone had they made that many pretty passes at the blueline. Why no hitting? Systems thing? Personnel thing? Injury concerns? No answers and no inquiries.

I also think MacT has never come clean about the unexpectedly poor level of offensive execution this season from our forwards. Aside from Ales and the D this has been a big problem. We don't generate enough QUALITY chances. Throwing the puck at the net without close support is pointless in today's league. Why aren't our forwards attacking as a cohesive unit. Where is the compete level the Oilers were once famous for?

Finally I just hate the "Do-Over" thing. Professionals in any business don't say, "Oh I cost my company big time...DO-OVER!" Not twice in two month anyway. Will the Boys be ready to COMPETETE with Minnesota friday... or should I go to a movie instead?

Gregor, you weren't impressed with my questions... Doesn't change the fact that as an angry fan I want to hear MacT justify the lack of hitting, close puck support, quality offensive chances, and poor compete level... Is it personnel or systems? Does he even know?

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#66 Chris
January 28 2009, 01:01PM
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@ Jason Gregor: Oh and P.S.

I'm pretty sure three straight losses qualify as a losing streak.

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#67 Wanye Gretz
January 28 2009, 01:08PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

I even got a friggin message from my EX at 8:00 this morning chirping me about this loss. Brutal.

Oh man. That's low. The nation has your back bro.

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#68 RBK
January 28 2009, 01:08PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

***And expect a real insightful piece from Brownlee today. He has already chewed off half of his pen watching practice. I’m guessing the hamster has been in constant motion in his head all day, so it should be a gooder…haha..

AWESOME

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#69 CurtisS
January 28 2009, 01:22PM
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I would imagine Brownlee's post is another Deep Thoughts

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#70 OB
January 28 2009, 01:58PM
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I seem to remember MacT giving the guys a light practice a few years back just before a big game with Dallas. He used the same rational and what happened? We were blown out.

The guy doesn't have a clue on how to coach.

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#71 Kevin
January 28 2009, 01:59PM
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Anyone catch MacT's answer to which of the 2 goalies to put in? His response was: "Put both of them in??? Don't think it would have helped!"

At least he found a bit of humour. Pathetic, pathetic effort. How many times can this team showed up uninspired & stay intact? When did losing & excuses become acceptable in this town?

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#72 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 28 2009, 02:00PM
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"When did losing & excuses become acceptable in this town?"

About 2000-2001

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#73 TV
January 28 2009, 02:39PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

And not one of you even laughed a bit at the “I hate Mondays video”…come on that is pure GOLD…

I'll give you the Gilbert & Geldof hair-doo comparison J.G. but sadly Bob Geldof is no-where near as soft on stage as Tommy is in his own end. (& that is saying something!)

Do me a favor will you? The next time you ever bump into Mr. Katz, grab his IPod away from him & see if he has this tune in his playlists Ok..? "Someone's Looking At You"

I wonder if Geldof could drum up some Oil-Aid after last nite? I'm guessing the fans are jumping off the ledges as we speak & might need some serious assistance in getting through the final 35 games of 09'...!!!

Last but not least... 19 goals against in 2 games & Gretzbeshkov was even in both of them. #37 has earned that moniker my friends. Can Tamby please get Dennis's agent on the phone ASAP !!!

x6

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#74 Wanye Gretz
January 28 2009, 02:45PM
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TV wrote:

Last but not least… 19 goals against in 2 games & Gretzbeshkov was even in both of them. #37 has earned that moniker my friends. Can Tamby please get Dennis’s agent on the phone ASAP !!!

Nonsense. If Dennis Grebeshkov wasn't on this team they would have won both of those games by a combined score of 143-2.

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#75 APE
January 28 2009, 03:03PM
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Even a Jr. B team would've been bag skated after a shit-show like last night with 3 days off after. No accountability. Nothing new here.

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#76 TV
January 28 2009, 03:04PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

TV wrote: Last but not least… 19 goals against in 2 games & Gretzbeshkov was even in both of them. #37 has earned that moniker my friends. Can Tamby please get Dennis’s agent on the phone ASAP !!! Nonsense. If Dennis Grebeshkov wasn’t on this team they would have won both of those games by a combined score of 143-2.

I undrerstand Wanye... It's hard for people to admit when they're wrong. You'll come around. Baby steps 1st Wanye, baby steps.

BTW... The politically correct spelling is GRETZBESHKOV...

x6

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#77 Jason Gregor
January 28 2009, 03:26PM
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Jordan wrote:

We could then see the magical line of macintyre stortini and strudwick reunited for that game hah so brutal. Jason, are you going to oil kings game to check out eberle play on saturday? Its impressive they sold 11k tickets for that game.

That should be a good game, but I will be in San Jose broadcasting the Rush game Saturday aftenoon, and then I will be watching the Sharks and Blackhawks Saturday night.

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#78 Cory Dakin
January 28 2009, 09:21PM
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After watching that video I now see that tom gilbert has discovered the fountain of youth. He looks pretty good for a guy who's at least in his 40s. I would suspect that he must have made enough money off royalties to be able to live comfortably and not amble through embarassing 10-2 losses. I guarantee everyone here has heard that song on a monday morning on their way to work.. And when you hear it... suddenly you realize that Monday's do, in fact, suck.

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#79 Antony Ta
January 29 2009, 01:38AM
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If you thought the Oilers couldn't do worse than a 9-2 loss - you were wrong.

If you thought that Moreau was an actual NHL captain, you'd also be wrong.

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