GDB #1: Down with the haters

Jason Gregor
October 03 2009 05:25PM

 

(Editors note: Author is Jason Gregor. We'll attribute to him properly when he gets on the system)

Finally the Oilers will play a meaningful game for the first time in almost six months. That’s right Oiler fans six freaking months since a game really mattered in this city, and now Brownlee is already ensuring you will only have six months of hockey before another long off season.

With all due respect: Screw you Brownlee.

How the hell am I supposed to respect your picks when you changed your mind in a matter of three days? On Wednesday you had a man crush on Marc Crawford and his Dallas Stars. You had them in the playoffs, now they are out. 

The Oilers PK dropped 22 spots last year. In 2008 they were 5th, and last year 27th. Is moving up ten spots this year that hard?

So Khabibulin wasn't great in preseason. Who cares? Any idea what his pre-season record was in previous stops? Me neither.

The Oilers need players to overachieve for once, and this year they actually have guys who will be put in a position to do so. You question Deslaurier's ability to play well, fine. But has he shown you he can't? It's a question mark either way.

When you lined up at the goal line three years ago against Stauffer, no one gave you a chance, but I said you could win. Little did I know you'd had 87 knee surgeries, and had sucked back your daily dose of 16 colts prior to the race. But I still gave you a shot. And I'd do it again this year, because I don't think you'd be any slower, but Stauff would.

Sometimes you have to believe the unexpected will happen. I ran out of gas on a date earlier this week, yet the girl thought it was funny. The fact I knew how to pour gas through the carburetor made me look good in her eyes. Who the hell who have expected that?

I want the playoffs in Edmonton, because the fans deserve them.

Wives will have the game on when their man comes home from work and they won't complain if you watch it; in fact, they'll watch it with their hubby. They'll invite the neighbours over to watch the game. You'll get tipsy and if the Oil win, the hubby’s chances of scoring increase immensely. Are you saying you don’t want that for all the guys in town?

Single guys and girls will cram the bars and many of them will lose their inhibitions during a playoff run. If a guy strolls in wearing a Souray jersey, the ladies will take a run at him, just because they want a Souray jersey lying on their floor later. If Wanye wants any action in 2010 he needs the playoffs.

Damn you Brownlee for trying to ruin that.

Don’t give us your logic on a day like today, especially when it differs from Wednesday.

No one picked the Blues and Blue Jackets to make it last year, so it is possible that the Kings and Oilers can make it this year.

After today though, the pressure is off of you. Whether you picked them to miss or I picked them to make it, starting tonight at 8:07 it’s all on Quinn and the players.

Hemsky: become a point-a-game player. Don’t tell me it is hard. I know it is, but you are damn talented so produce.

Horcoff: Don’t whiff on one-timers. You’re the hardest worker on the team, so put that effort into your one-timers and you’ll be a 28 goal scorer.

Jacques: Don’t be the hot girl at the bar. The one that lets you buy her drinks, laughs at your jokes and then goes to the washroom never to return. (Wanye told me this happened to him at the Pint last night). Don’t be a tease. You’ve shown you can be physical and add some offensive punch. Keep doing it.

O’Sullivan: You can score more than 53 points. Is 60 points too much to ask for?

Comrie: Oiler fans haven’t had a feel good story since Pisani in 2006. They won’t expect you to continue your two-point-a-game preseason pace, but I bet they’d all buy Hillary’s next album if you score 30 goals.

Stone: I’m not sure half the fans even know what you look like yet, and while 32 is the worst forward number ever, you can change all of that by staying gritty. Run with your opportunity.

Penner: Somehow the faithful have stopped ripping you during every article, don’t start coasting and giving them the ammo. Just skate, if you skate hard your 245 pound frame will get you 25 goals. Oiler fans just want to see an effort out of you. Don’t let them down.

Cogliano: Back-to-back 18 goal campaigns was pretty impressive, but it is time to take the next step. Force Quinn to put you on the top two lines, or at least some PP time. You are back on the PK and your speed should get you some breakaways. Bury them.

Brule: Win faceoffs, be a pest, and live up to being a top-ten pick. You’ve been out of the Blue Jackets organization for two years now; it is time to regain your offensive instincts. Piss off the opposition and you’ll be revered by the fans.

Moreau: Play on the edge, and the fans will be okay with a few aggressive penalties, but not one every second game. Be a leader amongst the youngsters, run the other team’s star players and chip in with your usual 15 goals. Do that and no one will question why you are the Captain.

Gagner: The coach has challenged you by starting you on the fourth line. The organization and the fans want you to be a star, so play with a chip on your shoulder and prove it. Move your feet, don’t be too fancy in the defensive zone and your ice time will increase.

Stortini: Just keep fighting and causing havoc in the offensive zone, and don’t ever play with a clean shaven face. Your character demands a missing-tooth, scruffy look and a constant yapping towards the other team. The fans are starting to warm up to you, play and fight the way you did the final 40 games last year and every time you go in on the forecheck the Rexall faithful will cheer.

Nilsson: When you get in the lineup, stop trying behind-the-back passes in the defensive zone. Use that in the offensive zone. You are probably the second-most skilled player on the team, so when you get in, showcase that. If not, it’s probably your last chance in Oilerville.

MacIntyre: Keep working your bag off in practice, so when you do get on the ice Quinn will play you some. Oiler fans have always loved the heavyweight, and if you can chip in two goals like you did last year, you should be fine.

Pisani: Try to get healthy.

Pouliot: Prove me wrong that you aren’t the goat.

Souray: Have a repeat performance from last year, including tossing one of your teammates out of the way to fight a guy. Fans love that stuff. And be prepared for the women of Edmonton to swoon even more when you ESPN half nude photo shoot comes out. Don’t get mad if they follow you all over town. Just get 100 copies and auction them off for charity. You’ll be even more of a stud.

Staios: Show that you are steady Steve. Make the simple play. Keep blocking shots, but cut down on the turnovers. The blue collar fans in Edmonton appreciate hard work, just make sure it is the effective work and they’ll support you.

Gilbert: You are 6’3”, use your size a bit more. The fans won’t expect you to be a crusher, but rub some guys out now and then. A third straight 40-point season will be good in their eyes.

Grebeshkov: Just because Wanye picked you as a goat two years running doesn’t mean you don’t have supporters. You cut down on the fire drills in your own zone and the horrendous turnovers last year, so continue that and please SHOOT the puck a bit more.

Visnovsky: Just stay healthy.

Smid: Keep battling, but keep your head up and don’t get concussed, and if you score a goal this year the fans expect one hell of a celebration afterwards. Two full seasons without a goal isn’t right. (Another crazy prediction from me, says the Smid scores a goal before Dec 1st.)

Strudwick: A repeat of last year would be fine in the eyes of Oiler fans. A few goals, some spirited scraps and if you can be an even player they will be pumped.

Khabibulin: You’ll need to win at least seven games by yourself, if you can do that you should be fine. Stay rested, mentor Deslauriers and be six games over .500 and the fans will chant “Khabby” very quickly.

Deslauriers: The orange pads will make you stand out, but your overall play needs to stand out as well. You showed since of greatness in NJ and NYR, were average and below average in your other appearances last year. The good news is you’ll get to play more frequently this year, now it is up to you to prove you are a legit back up.

Quinn: Keep the players accountable, and stay consistent with your message. And keep the funny quotes coming, because in the dog-days of the season they are a welcome change.

Who knows if the Oilers will make the playoffs, but I picked them because the city needs it. Beer prices went up, the rink is too small, and it’s been three long years since you fans have anything to really cheer about.

If I can get a second date after running out of gas, then the Oilers can make the playoffs.

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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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#101 RossCreekNation
October 03 2009, 11:47PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Ice Time amongst Oiler forwards: Horcoff - 19:16 JACQUES - 17:53 O'Sullivan - 16:37 Hemsky - 16:37 Cogliano - 16:24 Dustin Penner - 16:01 Gilbert Brule - 15:42

How do you format it better or when will it be rectified. Enter button is now useless?

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#102 Archaeologuy
October 03 2009, 11:47PM
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@Citizen Alpha

Thanks man, dont pay too much attention to my suggestions if you get tired of seeing my comments. I work in the Quality Assurance department of a software company and bugging stuff is what I do all day. So I'm not complaining at all, just trying to help.

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#103 Dallas
October 03 2009, 11:48PM
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BarryS wrote:

No prize for jumping off the band wagon after the first game.

Do not ever call me a bandwagon jumper I have NEVER jumped off the beloved oiler wagon. Just a lil upset with the ending but all in all a much better game than what I seen all of last year. Side note did I really get rid of ross creek that easily WOW.

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#104 Calvin
October 03 2009, 11:49PM
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Why can't I change my picture with the new setup? I have to sign up for this "Gravatar" (that sounds like a Pokemon if you ask me).

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#105 RossCreekNation
October 03 2009, 11:50PM
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@Dallas

Sorry pal ;-)

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#106 Senator Theo
October 03 2009, 11:51PM
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What do I have to do to change the "Role" under My Account?

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#107 RossCreekNation
October 03 2009, 11:54PM
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No comments on Jacques seeing the 2nd most minutes amongst forwards? Yikes.

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#108 yegCopywriter
October 03 2009, 11:57PM
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Goateshkov looked sloppy tonight. My Oilers fan instincts hope he improves, yet I get the feeling that every night he doesn't show up will be a highly satisfying experience for me. I'm a barrel of oily mixed emotions... OilersNation - what have you done to me???

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#109 RossCreekNation
October 04 2009, 12:00AM
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I WON'T miss seeing Roloson's stupid baseball swing at all!

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#110 JeffG
October 04 2009, 12:00AM
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@RossCreekNation

Why? He was fine. Overall, the team was fine. Some days...you don't get the bounces.

When was the last time the Oil had that many hits?

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#111 Citizen Alpha
October 04 2009, 12:02AM
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Calvin wrote:

Why can't I change my picture with the new setup? I have to sign up for this "Gravatar" (that sounds like a Pokemon if you ask me).

We're a big fan of outsourcing. Gravatars make things easier for us. Of course, we reserve the right to give you all more profile picture options in the future.

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#112 RossCreekNation
October 04 2009, 12:02AM
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@JeffG

Not saying anything bad about Jacques, but should he be seeing the 2nd most minutes?

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#113 Paq Twinn
October 04 2009, 12:02AM
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That was a crappy ending to an exciting game.

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#114 Citizen Alpha
October 04 2009, 12:03AM
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Senator Theo wrote:

What do I have to do to change the "Role" under My Account?

Bingofuel was mentioning he was lonely tonight. Perhaps you can "grease the gears" for a promotion.

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#115 17
October 04 2009, 12:04AM
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Had a good time at the game, it was nice to see a solid effort. Loved seeing Penner dump Regeher on his ass - seems like after he did that he behaved himself.

Sucks that the game was lost on such a strange ass play but oh well. Bring on the Stars!

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#116 Racki
October 04 2009, 12:04AM
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New site looks great!

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#117 Racki
October 04 2009, 12:07AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Not saying anything bad about Jacques, but should he be seeing the 2nd most minutes?

As usual, he looked great tonight.. so yes. He didn't do anything to negatively effect the team, and he generates a lot of energy and good offensive chances. No issues at all with him seeing a lot of ice time.

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#118 RossCreekNation
October 04 2009, 12:08AM
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@JeffG

"Some days...you don't get the bounces." Days? Heck shift to shift, bounces go different ways. Both teams had some bounces go there way. Gagner & O'Sullivan got gratuitous bounces... as did the Flames. Iggy hasn't looked good yet. The Oil played well for the most part, the Flames got some work to do. Regher had an off night too, I thought. All in all, impressed with Oil debut, not too worried about the Flames... yet.

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#119 Harlie
October 04 2009, 12:08AM
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i hate change.

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#120 MattyFinch
October 04 2009, 12:13AM
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i really hope long term this doesnt effect khabibulin, he started slow, and until then looked better as the night went on.

side note, i chuckled at crosby beating roli 5 hole with little to no effort as anyone who went there had his whole 3 + years here.

Its like he doesnt know his stick can go there!

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#121 z
October 04 2009, 12:30AM
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ARGGGGGGGGGG BLOODY MURDER!

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#122 Antony Ta
October 04 2009, 12:34AM
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At least DesLauriers going to get some valuable experience this season.

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#123 AlbertaRanger
October 04 2009, 12:51AM
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Here's a joke I just heard from a buddy of mine:

Knock Knock.

Who's There.

Khabibulin.

Khabibulan who?

I go out to play zee puck with 30 secs left in the game....awwwww, it's in zee net!

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#124 Westmount Wookie
October 04 2009, 02:22AM
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Khabibulin - The 'Bulin Wall' is missing a few bricks!

Congrats on earning your first GOAT star of the year.

For a veteran 'tender between your dehydration episode and out of net puck handling tonight your not exactly winning over any fans.

I got flash backs of Conklin the way you f'ed up with the puck out of the net!

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#125 BMart
October 04 2009, 02:57AM
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To quote Keyshawn Johnson but "C'mon Man"....Hemsky 16 minutes?

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#126 jeanshorts
October 04 2009, 03:09AM
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CRAPPIN BLUIN CRAPPY CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!!!!!!

*thank god for Karaoke. You're welcome Vancouver*

TRADE HIM! TRADE HIM! TRADE HIM! TRADE HIM!

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#127 z
October 04 2009, 04:25AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

CRAPPIN BLUIN CRAPPY CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!!!!!!

*thank god for Karaoke. You're welcome Vancouver*

TRADE HIM! TRADE HIM! TRADE HIM! TRADE HIM!

and i was wondering why you weren't on the list of "voices of the nation"

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#128 jeanshorts
October 04 2009, 05:25AM
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@z

Sometimes the chickens out grow the coop.

We'll always have the ever amazing Righteous Sack Beatings of yore.

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#129 Librarian Mike
October 04 2009, 08:17AM
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So....Khabibulin...

I love the changes, Bingo and Wanye. Very classy with a 'c'.

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#130 brian glynn
October 04 2009, 08:50AM
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Great game last night. Hopefully the team plays with that kind of attitude every night. We gassed a point at the end, but Bulin amde some nice saves to keep it tied, sh!t happens.

Much happier after that loss than almost all games last year. New site is sexy as hell, nice old school colors.

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#131 Senator Theo
October 04 2009, 09:24AM
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Even though they're 2-0, I would be quite concerned if I was a Calgary fan. Outside of a few minutes in the first period on Thursday, and a few minutes in the third last night, they've shown very little life. Their goaltender has won both games for them, and everyone knows from the last 3-4 seasons what happens to Calgary down the stretch when they've been riding Kipper all year.

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#132 blacksack
October 04 2009, 09:36AM
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I can't believe the amount of flamers in the city. I jumped on the LRT at Corona and was booed by a dozen flames fans before the game last night. Could not believe it.

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#133 Cool Beans
October 04 2009, 09:43AM
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What did Penner say to Scott Oake after the first?

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#134 kingsblade
October 04 2009, 09:57AM
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bingofuel wrote:

True, but the major problem with the other way of quoting on the old site was that people who often quoted entire comments other comments — to the tune of over four paragraphs.

This way just takes the quote from the last speaker in the conversation.

If you guys find it's really ruining your Nation experience, please let me know and we'll see about changing it.

I wouldn't say it's ruining the Nation experience, but if there is a choice I definitely preferred the old quoting system to this one.

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#135 HOFFFF
October 04 2009, 10:02AM
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Cool Beans wrote:

What did Penner say to Scott Oake after the first?

He wouldn't stop talking about Penners weight/diet etc. Oake is an ass.

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#136 kingsblade
October 04 2009, 10:04AM
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kingsblade wrote:

I wouldn't say it's ruining the Nation experience, but if there is a choice I definitely preferred the old quoting system to this one.

Nevermind, I should have kept reading the conversation with Arch before posting.

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#137 Smokin' Ray
October 04 2009, 10:08AM
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Ugh! It still stings this morning. :(

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#138 kingsblade
October 04 2009, 10:12AM
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Colin wrote:

If POS could bury one of his handful of chances the oilers win this game. He and Comrie both looked pretty bad today I thought.

Good games by the three goal scorers and the big bodies played pretty well, wasn't all that impressed with stone, but that may just be me.

This comment amused me. Even though he didn't score, how do you claim that a guy who had a "handful of chances" looked bad?

As a rule don't you have to be playing pretty well just to generate all those chances?

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#139 scorecoff hemmercules
October 04 2009, 10:12AM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

Ugh! It still stings this morning. :(

I know. That goal was the first thing that ran through my mind when I woke up, I hate that. And next game is a PPV, great.

Forgot to mention last night that the site looks awesome, nice work nation!!

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#140 douggy
October 04 2009, 10:17AM
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blacksack wrote:

I can't believe the amount of flamers in the city. I jumped on the LRT at Corona and was booed by a dozen flames fans before the game last night. Could not believe it.

it makes me sick! edmontonians should rise up and throw those brokeback mountain cowboy loving crap bags from the train. isnt there a law that we cant sell tickets to flames fans?

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#141 Librarian Mike
October 04 2009, 10:23AM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

Ugh! It still stings this morning. :(

Yeah, it's gonna be an interesting season...

On the other hand, how about that Ovechkin? He may look like Eegah (http://photos.friendster.com/photos/30/79/299703/67041457370m.jpg), but damn is he ever awesome.

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#142 Wedge
October 04 2009, 10:33AM
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Wow! abandon ship everyone! Seriously people - wouldn't you have Khabby do this in the first game instead of the last one against the flaming Sucks? Could we maybe give him some time before passing judgement? I think some of the Khabby haters would be the same ones screaming if we kept Rollie - " Why did we resign Rollie when we could have have the Bulin wall for the same price and he's 4 years younger!" Patience people! and yeh, O'sullivan and Penner looked great.

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#143 Milli
October 04 2009, 10:43AM
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Sweet new layout!!!! That was a tough way to lose a game, but damn, there was effort, hitting, skating, it was like they where a good team that cared about winning. Soft to play against, they where NOT!!!!!!

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#144 Deke Rivers
October 04 2009, 10:54AM
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Game 1, take the positives - we out shot a team!, we out hit a team!, we had better effort from the underachievers! - it's a start and the outcomes can only get better.

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#145 RossCreekNation
October 04 2009, 10:54AM
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Cool Beans wrote:

What did Penner say to Scott Oake after the first?

Wasn't that big of a deal. Penner provided hus usual comic relief. Scott Oake had asked him about losing weight coming into this season, something i'm sure Penner's tired of talking about. Penner kinda blew him off and said he's discussed all this stuff already.Oake said 'not on network tv' which Penner responded with 'cbc is a network, really' which caught Oake off guard. Penner then reluctantly went over it - 'everything in moderation, less wheat & barley based drinks', Oake made a comment about Penner should write a diet book, Penner asked if oake would buy it, Oake said no... It was a bit awkward, but I thought the guys on 1260 went a lil overboard in thinking it was a HUGE deal (moreso Wil than Corey). Milbury made a wise-crack about Penner just about eating himself out of the league last year and praised him for losing the weight this year. Never heard what, if anything PJ Stock had to say.

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#146 ochocero
October 04 2009, 11:03AM
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it's funny - i was happy with the team even before gagner tied it up.

POS looked good (except for the part where he didn't put the puck in the net), JFJ appears to have made his goal in life pounding phaneuf and regehr at every opportunity, and of course, i was ready to marry gagner.

but then the Bonehead Wall...

now, i feel really sick about the loss.

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#147 Librarian Mike
October 04 2009, 11:04AM
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@RossCreekNation

Penner's 'CBC is a network?' comment is the first gauntlet thrown down as quote of the season.

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#148 RossCreekNation
October 04 2009, 11:08AM
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@Librarian Mike

Indeed. Tried finding some video of it. Prob a tad early to find anything.

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#149 RossCreekNation
October 04 2009, 11:13AM
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Courtesy Derek Zona over @ Copper & Blue (http://www.coppernblue.com/2009/10/4/1068463/dustin-penner-mocks-scott-oake#add-comment) Scott Oake: Dustin Penner scores for the Oilers in the first period, Dustin a lot of talk about how you're in the best physical condition of your time as an Oiler but what you say, uh, is really changed is your mental approach, how so?

Dustin Penner: I guess it has to do with the atmosphere I'm in now. You know, everybody got a clean slate with the new coaching staff and you tend to get one with the new year as well. And I've been taking advantage of it and using it as an opportunity to learn from new coach. I think positive attitudes are contagious and there's a lot of them in this room right now.

Oake: Well you are lighter, are you prepared to say what diet adjustments you made to, uh, lose some weight?

Penner: You guys haven't been paying attention, I've said it enough.

Oake: Not on network TV

Penner: Not on network? CBC isn't a network?

Oake: Well you haven't said it to us.

Penner: Oh. Okay. I guess it was everything in moderation. Right? I've already said the wheat or barley based drinks. So, that's the key, I'm going to write a book.

Oake: Fair enough. Maybe you can start selling that diet.

Penner: Are you going to buy it?

Oake: No, not a chance.

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#150 stilldrinkingthekoolaid
October 04 2009, 11:13AM
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Great fist game, most fun I've had watching the Oil lose in a long time. Effort was great to see, Where was Ales?

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