Mr. Fartcatcher: so far, so good

Robin Brownlee
November 10 2009 11:27PM

Pardon me while I slip on my copper and blue PJs, but the Edmonton Oilers have two more points in the standings than I thought they'd get through the first two games of their road trip, even with their 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators.

I was thinking in terms of a 1-3-1 record going out, but their 5-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche to open the trip has them in reasonable shape going into Buffalo, Atlanta and Columbus.

Even two more points in one of those three stops makes it at worst a .500 trip. While that's nothing to write home about, it's reasonable given that Pat Quinn had to dress a handful of AHLers against the Senators because of injuries.

While I'm not liking the Oilers chances in Buffalo Wednesday or Columbus on Monday to end the swing -- then again, I was totally out to lunch about their prospects in Denver -- there's a deuce waiting in Georgia.

At 8-8-2, the Oilers are doing a pretty decent job treading water when you consider they've been without Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky for awhile and Sheldon Souray since the third game of the season.

I was betting the Oilers would have stumbled far worse by now, but they've been more resilient than I thought they'd be and they're not far from getting healthy again.

ON THE TUBE

It's their product, so the Oilers are free to package and sell it anyway they want, but if they're going to keeping expecting fans to cough up for pay-per-view, at $16 a pop for the HD version, they need to provide more bang for the buck -- not to be confused with telling fans to grab their ankles.

Even if you're willing to accept the insistence by the team that more PPV dates this season isn't a cash grab, as Sportsnet play-by-play man Kevin Quinn dutifully explained today on Oilers Lunch with Bob Stauffer -- not sure I'm buying it --  I'm guessing some fans are feeling stiffed.

What added value are fans getting for their money? Is there any real behind the scenes content? If the Oilers are going to ask for $16 bucks each time out, shouldn't the content change?

While I can appreciate where he's coming from, how many times have we seen Sam Gagner point out that bad drivers are a pet peeve of his? At least twice, probably more, in what's supposed to pass as added content. Giving fans old stuff that's been in the can for weeks is nothing more than cutting corners

And, please, if Quinn is going to pique my interest during a stoppage in play with, "Now, an update," it should be an update, not another Crystal Leriger spot flogging tickets for the Oil Kings or a repeat spot on moustache growing contests -- yes, I know it's for charity.

That's not an update, it's an infomercial. Finding out Souray is ready to play or that Steve Staios slipped in the shower and suffered another concussion, well, that's what I'm talking about.

THE GOOD

-- PPV or not, I've got to admit former tough guy Louie DeBrusk is growing on me as the colour analyst. Ray Ferraro he's not, at least not yet, but DeBrusk has a decent eye for the game.

THE BAD

-- Please enough of the interviews with coaches on the bench during the game. There's no insight there. None. It's an imposition on the coaches in the heat of the battle. The last thing they're thinking about is providing an answer with any depth to one of Gene Principe's penetrating questions. It's like watching somebody interrogate a guy who has to take a crap really bad.

THE UGLY

-- Again, the lack of real value-added content. Don't feed fans hamburger with spots that are nothing more than in-house cross-promotion and tell them they're getting steak. I don't consider Dan Tencer in his brown suit (again) standing in front of his 630 CHED backdrop talking about the Dany Heatley trade a bargain for the money.

AND...

-- Horcoff and Hemsky arrived in Ottawa with Ryan O'Marra before the game, so there's a pretty good chance one or both of them will play on this trip, and sooner rather than later.

If you saw Horcoff toting his own equipment bag into the dressing room on the PPV, you'd have to think he's close to being ready to go. The question is whether Quinn decides to put them in against Buffalo or give them three more days off before the Atlanta game Sunday.

-- While Stauffer has suggested Souray might be eight or nine days away from returning from a concussion, which would take him past the end of the trip, I have a sneaking suspicion he'll play in Atlanta.

-- What is it about Gilbert Brule that Quinn doesn't like? Brule scored the 3-3 goal on a night he got just 10 shifts for 8:10 in ice time. Ryan Potulny, meanwhile, played 18:17. Lucy, somebody 'splain.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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A sports writer since 1983, including stints at The Edmonton Journal and The Sun 1989-2007, I happily co-host the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 twice a week and write when so inclined. Have the best damn lawn on the internet. Most important, I am Sam's dad. Follow me on Twitter at Robin_Brownlee. Or don't.
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#1 Shapeman
November 10 2009, 11:29PM
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fist me!

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#2 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 11:44PM
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You know, I'd be a little more inclined to believe that these PPV games aren't a cash grab if they weren't 16 bucks a piece. 5, alright then I can see it being a lot more realistic option. But come on man. There is 6 damn PPV games this month. And there's no way I'd be willing to shell out 100 bucks to watch Oilers hockey unless I was physically there. The only thing I used to like about the PPV games were the "Mic'd Up" segments. Those produced a few gems every now and then. But from the sounds of it all the PPV games this year have been nothing more than a mash-up of Sportsnet and the Oilers website. Thankfully, with the advent of the internet, you can get anything for free! Take that "the man"!

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#3 GSC
November 11 2009, 12:04AM
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Robin,

I think it had less to do with Brule himself and more to do with his linemates, as well as the Potulny line playing well in a shutdown role. I'm guessing Quinn didn't want to break up those lines in order to get Gilbear in on some more ice time.

I place the blame squarely on his linemates, particularly Comrie. O'Marra is a rook, he's obviously not going to get a tonne of minutes. Comrie, meanwhile, has been incredibly bad in his own zone and can't be counted on right now to play a lot of minutes, especially late in games. As much of a fan I as am of Mike's, he has to be better.

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#4 Bob Cobb
November 11 2009, 12:28AM
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@Shapeman

Your a Douche Bag!!!!

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#5 Oilfan6
November 11 2009, 01:02AM
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I live 45 minutes from edm and i didnt have to pay for ppv cause i have sportsnet east HD and it was on there for free but it was blacked out on sportsnet east SD

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#6 blu
November 11 2009, 01:32AM
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Maybe I'm partial to brown suits, but I'll take Dan Tencer every goddamn time if I never have to see Gene Principe ever again. Or hear him. I'd like not to hear him either.

I agree about DeBrusk. He's been growing on me too.

I badly want Souray back, and I think we'll see those close games go our way more often than not, for a change. We have been treading water decently well in hindsight though.

Comrie looks like much less of a bargain these days, based on how badly he bleeds pucks in our zone.

I've noticed a lot less smashing of the Boulin deal lately. Thank you people. He plays with the passion of an Ethan Moreau, and the skill of a real live pro hockey player. It's a very effective combination.

Everyone else being critical of all the PPV, and the PPV in general makes me happy. I have little hope that the state of PPV in our town will change any time soon, but I'm down for some good old fashioned unrest about it.

*goes looking for his pitchfork and torch*

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#7 Joe
November 11 2009, 02:05AM
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I'm not sure why Quinn doesn't play Brule more, but my best guess would be the turnovers. I've seen him turn over the puck in the neutral zone mid rush quite a few times this year. It's even more striking when you think about how little ice time he's been given.

The fact that he's producing is great though. You can see the talent bubbling under the surface, and that's nothing but good news for Oil country. He's really starting to use his speed, and he's been banging bodies every chance he gets.

Oh yeah. How about that Penner guy

18gp 11g 11a 22pts +10 Pretty good spread by anyone's standards

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#8 Ogden Brother
November 11 2009, 02:19AM
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You've always got the option to not order the pay per view. Best way to tell a company their product isn't worth the $$$ is to stop purchasing.

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#9 Peter
November 11 2009, 03:13AM
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blu wrote:

Maybe I'm partial to brown suits, but I'll take Dan Tencer every goddamn time if I never have to see Gene Principe ever again. Or hear him. I'd like not to hear him either.

I agree about DeBrusk. He's been growing on me too.

I badly want Souray back, and I think we'll see those close games go our way more often than not, for a change. We have been treading water decently well in hindsight though.

Comrie looks like much less of a bargain these days, based on how badly he bleeds pucks in our zone.

I've noticed a lot less smashing of the Boulin deal lately. Thank you people. He plays with the passion of an Ethan Moreau, and the skill of a real live pro hockey player. It's a very effective combination.

Everyone else being critical of all the PPV, and the PPV in general makes me happy. I have little hope that the state of PPV in our town will change any time soon, but I'm down for some good old fashioned unrest about it.

*goes looking for his pitchfork and torch*

You take Tencer over Principe must mean you are under 25 and appreciate a guy with no insight. Tencer is the worst sports host we have seen in years.

Gene's job is to be the host, not be an indepth interviewer, and he is great at it. For my money I will take Gene any day.

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#10 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 07:29AM
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That was the 1st game in a VERY long time, win or lose, that the Oil dictated the play. Even through overtime you (well I anyway) always had that feeling the next rush was going to lead to a goal. Watched the whole thing online (visiontv I think) was the site provided by a generous ON'er.

Not gonna get my hopes too high up there yet but....

I'm even a little concerned how the team reacts once the injured players begin returning, could it possibly do more harm than good? It seems the AHL'ers have brought a little pizzazz to the team.

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#11 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 11 2009, 07:44AM
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Bob Cobb wrote:

Your a Douche Bag!!!!

Your a Douche Bag!!!!

you're... as in you are...honestly...

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#12 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 11 2009, 07:48AM
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Bob Cobb wrote:

Your a Douche Bag!!!!

@brownlee

c'mon now, have some sympathy for tencer and his over-worn brown suit.

he probably spends all his spare change on man waxing and white strips.

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#13 Robin Brownlee
November 11 2009, 08:19AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

@brownlee

c'mon now, have some sympathy for tencer and his over-worn brown suit.

he probably spends all his spare change on man waxing and white strips.

I'm not singling out Milhouse or Crystal, rather the spots they've been asked to do. Both are taped back at the studio several days before the broadcast. I understand you have to have some things in the can because you can't produce everything live, but I just want more up-to-date stuff -- what's happening here and now, especially when the PPVs are from the road.

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#14 rubbertrout
November 11 2009, 08:47AM
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Isn't the number of PPV's just a question of what games get left over after the networks have taken what they want? Admittedly there have been quite a few in the past few weeks but at least the team is putting the games that aren't televised out there so we can watch them if we want. If there was no opportunity to watch teh games at all everyone would be bitching about that too.

If you don't want to shell out the $ watch the highlights instead. I'd love to watch all 82 games but I recognize that I don't have the time to do so.

Better yet go to a bar and feel good about not spending 16 buck until you realize that a few beer and some nachos means that you just spent more than you would have if you had just watched the game from home.

That said I do agree with Brownlee about the quality or lack thereof of the "added content".

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#15 Shawn-The-Hof-Horcoff
November 11 2009, 08:52AM
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I ain't gonna pay $16 a night to watch a half filled AHL team fight for a tie or an 8-10 spot in the conference.

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#16 Senator Theo
November 11 2009, 08:56AM
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RB- I couldn't agree more about wanting less fluff pieces and more inside information. I know that I'm not the "average fan" in my thirst for everything Oilers, but I can't imagine that anyone wants to see those cotton candy segments.

Someone else suggested people vote by not purchasing the PPV at all, but I suspect the draw of the game will outweigh how people feel about the filler material.

I don't think it's fair to talk about Gene and DT in the same breath. I mentioned in another post that Gene does exactly what is expected of him, and he's always prepared. He's also never a douche.

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#17 Senator Theo
November 11 2009, 09:03AM
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Shawn-The-Hof-Horcoff wrote:

I ain't gonna pay $16 a night to watch a half filled AHL team fight for a tie or an 8-10 spot in the conference.

You won't, but a lot of people will. Otherwise, the number of PPV games wouldn't be increasing every year.

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#18 Robin Brownlee
November 11 2009, 09:03AM
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Senator Theo wrote:

RB- I couldn't agree more about wanting less fluff pieces and more inside information. I know that I'm not the "average fan" in my thirst for everything Oilers, but I can't imagine that anyone wants to see those cotton candy segments.

Someone else suggested people vote by not purchasing the PPV at all, but I suspect the draw of the game will outweigh how people feel about the filler material.

I don't think it's fair to talk about Gene and DT in the same breath. I mentioned in another post that Gene does exactly what is expected of him, and he's always prepared. He's also never a douche.

It's the features, not the people doing them.

The bench interviews offer nothing because the minds of the coaches are on the game, thus, you don't get any insight. That's not Gene's fault, it's what you'd expect in that situation.

I've interviewed players and coaches etc and if their minds are elsewhere -- late for the bus, rushing to a team meeting, whatever -- you get nothing because they're thinking of getting the hell out of there, not providing insight. When you're interviewing a coach with 10 minutes to go in a tie game, he's thinking about which D pair he's putting out next, not answering your question.

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#19 jake
November 11 2009, 09:15AM
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Selfishly, I love the games in Ottawa (my regional RSN is East channel so games aren't blocked and I get to bed earlier. I am surprised the teams agree to be interviewed during a game at any point (seems these networks trying to outdo each other). As a player, I would be like get that (*&^% mic outof my face.

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#20 MrOiler
November 11 2009, 09:23AM
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I'm not sure what the big PPV deal is? If you don't want to pay, don't pay. It's not a charity. Why expect 82 free TV games a year?

And speaking about content, Robin, the Nation itself was a little guilty of running nothing but Willis and Wanye articles for a week or two last summer.

The way I look at it is if Joe Fan really needs to see every Oiler game, you're going to have to pay. Just like if you really need to wear Nike runners or Under Armour gear.

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#21 Senator Theo
November 11 2009, 09:27AM
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@Robin Brownlee

I know - the features are terrible; it's the same crap that's on the home site.

The comment about gene and DT was directed at Blu (comment #6). Damn you no edit button. Oh, sh!t.

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#22 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 09:28AM
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@MrOiler

"And speaking about content, Robin, the Nation itself was a little guilty of running nothing but Willis and Wanye articles for a week or two last summer."

What,

ON writers aren't allowed a summer vacation?

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#24 Senator Theo
November 11 2009, 09:33AM
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@MrOiler

I'm not saying PPV games shouldn't be there. But if I'm paying, there should be some fresh content.

As far as ON goes, that's a ridiculous thing to say. Are you paying to read any content here?

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#25 jake
November 11 2009, 09:36AM
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The Buffalo game ce soir is on TSN (for all of ON to enjoy) .. sweet. MacT will have to speak once again about Penner.

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#26 BUCK75
November 11 2009, 09:37AM
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I have to agree, the product could use some improvement.

WTF was Tencer looking at all of the time during his minute on the air. Dan, it's not radio, we can see your eyes wandering all over the place.

I appreciate the regurgitation of a radio interview with Comrie. I was starting to wonder during the interview on the radio what colour shirt MC was wearing. NOW I KNOW!!!

I don't mind springing for the game once in a while. I can't understand why a game in Canada has to be a ppv though. I can understand the Atlanta game, as I was looking for the habs vs ATL on center ice. Nobody was doing an English broadcast, so I guess there are no Thrasher games ever on TV?

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#27 MattL
November 11 2009, 09:52AM
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@Robin Brownlee

"The last thing they're thinking about is providing an answer with any depth to one of Gene Principe's penetrating questions. It's like watching somebody interrogate a guy who has to take a crap really bad."

This is why the internet is such a perfect venue for you, Brownlee. How many newspapers could you write that in? None! But it IS the perfect metaphor.

Next time someone has an Oilers marketing guy on, can you please ask if the Oilers have any say in what games are carried by SNW, since they are CO-PRODUCTIONS?

My biggest problem with the PPV's is that the team keeps insisting they're just doing all us fans a favour. That and the lame, fluffy content. It's like watching the news in North Korea. You can't expect even 5% real insight.

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#28 HansBaurMesserschmittWatson
November 11 2009, 10:07AM
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if you keep a hammer on your waist, clap your hands. no jewelery just a couple rubber bands.

its nice we get to see mact with the oilers tonight, but it comes with the price of seeing that bald little man that use to carry a clipboard on the pittsburgh bench.

take the skinny jeans back, take the autotune off and stop acting all soft.

what up with grebs and gilbert lately ? smid looks light years ahead of those two most nights. i think a week or two after souray is back i can see one of them leaving for a cheaper horcoff like centre.

if you love it in the nation, clap your hands. late night stripclub honey do that dance.

does anyone know how tencer got his job ? i thought he was a fill-in intern type first i say him, like paul from mtv. he does good radio interviews. i like gene, je is a good host. he tries. i do not agree with some cheese like interviewing people at work on the bench. i want them to mic more players, that would be intresting and somewhat entertaining.

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#29 roughneck
November 11 2009, 10:08AM
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jake wrote:

The Buffalo game ce soir is on TSN (for all of ON to enjoy) .. sweet. MacT will have to speak once again about Penner.

MacT could get Stauffer to do it.

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#30 HansBaurMesserschmittWatson
November 11 2009, 10:11AM
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MattL wrote:

"The last thing they're thinking about is providing an answer with any depth to one of Gene Principe's penetrating questions. It's like watching somebody interrogate a guy who has to take a crap really bad."

This is why the internet is such a perfect venue for you, Brownlee. How many newspapers could you write that in? None! But it IS the perfect metaphor.

Next time someone has an Oilers marketing guy on, can you please ask if the Oilers have any say in what games are carried by SNW, since they are CO-PRODUCTIONS?

My biggest problem with the PPV's is that the team keeps insisting they're just doing all us fans a favour. That and the lame, fluffy content. It's like watching the news in North Korea. You can't expect even 5% real insight.

where do you get the korea tv, id like to watch some of that ?

or are you just showing why you aint a writer, with your sh itty metaphor ?

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#32 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 10:16AM
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HansBaurMesserschmittWatson wrote:

if you keep a hammer on your waist, clap your hands. no jewelery just a couple rubber bands.

its nice we get to see mact with the oilers tonight, but it comes with the price of seeing that bald little man that use to carry a clipboard on the pittsburgh bench.

take the skinny jeans back, take the autotune off and stop acting all soft.

what up with grebs and gilbert lately ? smid looks light years ahead of those two most nights. i think a week or two after souray is back i can see one of them leaving for a cheaper horcoff like centre.

if you love it in the nation, clap your hands. late night stripclub honey do that dance.

does anyone know how tencer got his job ? i thought he was a fill-in intern type first i say him, like paul from mtv. he does good radio interviews. i like gene, je is a good host. he tries. i do not agree with some cheese like interviewing people at work on the bench. i want them to mic more players, that would be intresting and somewhat entertaining.

Wow, and your slamming @MattL's writing?

Your sir should proof read your posts before clicking on "Post Comment". Or better yet, don't post at all.

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#33 David S
November 11 2009, 10:17AM
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If the team really wanted to make sure blackout games were available for fans, they'd show them on the Oilers site like during the pre-season. Maybe not all, but a few anyways just to take the sting out of the increased number of PPV's.

These days I think they could even show all the games on the home site as they must have some idea how many people are finding free feeds online anyways. If I were the marketing guy, I'd rather have people on my site where I could at least control some of the peripheral content than on justintv watching the kids scroll idiotic comments on the right side of the feed.

As far as the PPV production quality, it stuns me that the Katz-led team doesn't make these things something special. After all, they're trying to position themselves as the new entertainment kings of Edmonton. You'd think they'd actually try to sell the PPV's as something special with content people couldn't get anywhere else. Instead you get production department cut-and-pastes and the scintillating duo of Dan and Gene.

What if Brownlee and Gregor had a live spot in between periods? What if there were PPV only segments - that were only posted to the Oil site AFTER the game? What if Crystal were doing remote 'casts from Edmonton bars?

SO. MUCH. POTENTIAL.

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#34 Milli
November 11 2009, 10:21AM
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Being in BC and having Center Ice, I watched the high Def feed out of Ottawa. I have always wondered about the coaches being interviewed between whistles, well, the Ottawa guys interviewed a Dman who gave up the first goal coming out of comercial break!!! I thought WTF??? If I'm that guy, no way, I got a game to play. Man, if we have Hemmer, horc and Souray by the end of the trip, that would be AWESOME. And did anyone see what time Omara walked into the rink? 15 minutes before puck drop, now that must have been an adreniline rush!!!

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#35 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 10:23AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I thought the headline in the online version of The Sun today was interesting. "Oilers snake-bitten in Ottawa."

Does that mean Oilers opponents were "snake-bitten" in the 14 games in which they outshot Edmonton?

I guess the games where the Oiler's were out shot in the worst of ways but managed a win the opponents were bitten by the Bulin Rattler.

Having said that, I really never understood why the term "snake bitten" was used in that context?

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#37 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 10:30AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Gregor, yes. Me, no.

Gregor is pretty slick on the tube, but I've done TV in the past and I'm not good at it. Balding, overweight guys don't come across well on TV -- unless they're named Scotty Bowman.

Brian Hall, now THERE's a face made for radio. Every time TSN or whoever pans up to the broadcast booth during an Eskimo's telecast I get the giggles. Gotta love the hair.

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#39 Dan the Man
November 11 2009, 10:38AM
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Has anyone ever watched another teams PPV? Just wondering how they compare?

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#40 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 10:41AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

That's Hallsy's real salad, though. Not a weave or a rug like some people think.

And don't be too harsh on Bryan. He's a helluva guy when he's not doing his schtick. Don't know if you read Curtis Stock's piece on Hall in The Journal, but it was good stuff. The man is in his 70s and he still works his bag off. I admire that.

Robin,

Any chance you'd have a link handy to the Curtis Stock article you referred to? And you're right, other than when he talks about "his Yankees" he's pure gold. CHED's lucky to have the man.

He's to the Eskimos what Curt Kielback (sic?) was to the Winnipeg Jets. I loved listening to him. The Bombers had a pretty good announcer as well during the same era, just can't remember his name. Bob Nicholson maybe?

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#41 Horcsky
November 11 2009, 10:42AM
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I agree about the PPV's, too much money for the "fluff". The only thing I have to say is that with all the coverage we have on the Oil, between the newspaper, Ched, Sportsnet, and the Nation, there's not really much insight left to be had by the time the PPV comes around, there's nothing new for them to tell us. There's only so much interesting info that comes out about a hockey team over a season, what can the PPV guys tell us that our beloved ON writers haven't already?

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#42 Chris.
November 11 2009, 10:46AM
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The PPV thing is an insideous cash grab... The schedule seems to grow every year, and I suspect this trend will continue if we (the fans) are stupid enough to show a willingness to offer up our hard earned money just to watch hockey on television. I pay thousands to attend games. The parking fee alone at RX1 is comparable to a PPV... I'm not a cheapskate; but I refuse to pay to watch hockey on T.V..

Why?

This is a slippery slope that can only lead to gouging. How is it wise to limit access and exposure to new fans? What about the optics? Comming off a recession, I think it's absolutely ignorent that a perfectly good game feed from Sportsnet East is locked out so that the team can bilk regular Oiler fans and season ticketholders out of more money just to watch a road game. BOOOOOO!

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#44 Dyckster
November 11 2009, 10:54AM
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Here's the link to the Curtis Stock article on Bryan Hall if anyone is interested -

hxxp://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Discovering+second+HALLway/2198727/story.html

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#45 Matt Henderson
November 11 2009, 10:59AM
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Been boycotting PPV hockey for a long time. It seemed pretty suspicious to me that the number of games kept going up every year. At first it seemed that the games on PPV were against some pretty terrible teams. I understood why no one would pick them up on TV. However, I've been seeing Oilers PPV against some pretty good teams recently and I cant help but feel like next year there will be 20 PPV games or more. I see this trend continuing until I cant watch the Oilers on regular TV except for the 8 games a year they play on CBC.

The only way this trend stops is if we as fans Pirate enough free feeds or just dont pay for PPVs. It worked for music listeners. No one has to pay 20 dollars for a CD with 2 good songs anymore. We can do the same to PPV hockey if we want.

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#46 freeze
November 11 2009, 11:01AM
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I don't mind the PPV when it is either that or nothing. I bought the game last night and the game was good so I was happy with the funds gone. I would have easily spent that much at the Pint if I went out for it.

The production values are pretty low but until the Oilers release financial statements we can't know if they are truly working to break-even. It is pretty galling tho that the Flames and Canucks games are $5 cheaper.

Also, FLA put Big mac on waivers today. Should the Oil pick him back up?

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#47 Jonathan Willis
November 11 2009, 11:14AM
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Random stuff...

If you think Brownlee couldn't write "crap" in a newspaper, than you haven't been reading the Edmonton Sun. Scatological humour is right up their alley.

I've seen a few Canucks' PPV broadcasts over the years, and frankly they aren't any better than the Oilers' productions.

Gene Principe, as some (including Brownlee) have noted previously, is incredibly gifted at his job. The fact that I can watch him slowly lob softball after softball and hawk whatever Oilers' promotion is up for hawking that weak and still find him both entertaining and likeable is a tremendous testament to his ability. Still, I don't know why the Oilers assume that unabashed pandering is what their fans want to pay for.

Debrusk and Quinn really aren't bad. Quinn's easy to listen to, and with Debrusk I find that I disagree with him one minute and then a minute later he points out something I missed. So while comments like "it doesn't matter how many saves you make, it matters when you make them" still bug me, I actually like the guy as a colour commentator.

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#48 brian glynn
November 11 2009, 11:18AM
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Yesterday during Oilers Lunch was the first time that it really seemed like Stauffer was playing the part of Oilers PR guy doing damage control. An example of 'Stauffer Lite', with Kevin Quinn along for the ride.

Why would Sportsnet drop from 48 games to 40? Could it have to do with the profit sharing arrangement with the Oilers? What other products could Sportsnet West air that would have better ratings than an Oilers game? There was an issue about less Edmonton/Calgary double headers, where the first 5 minutes of game 2 gets cut off because game 1 is in a shootout. I don't know how many broadcast games that caused to get chopped. Still, I think most viewers would be happy missing the first 5-10 minutes of the game if it meant they wouldn't have to shell out $16 for the PPV.

That was one reason that I heard mentioned when the schedule was released, but there must be more good reasons for them to reduce the broadcast number, right? So the reason that the games wouldn't be aired if it wasn't for Oilers PPV isn't a good enough explanation for me. Filling the commercial breaks with fluff garbage pieces is insulting to people when they're repeated over and over again.

Their product has improved somewhat but still has a long way to go. With the customer investment increasing every year, they damn well better make a higher quality product, and they're not up to par yet. Until then, I'm with Arch and I'll stream it for free.

P.S. The edit button is sweet.

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#49 Smokin' Ray
November 11 2009, 11:24AM
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I pay for most games. Sometimes I watch it free on the computer (atdhe.net) but it sucks compared to TV. (grainy and choppy) I hate the Oilers PPV. I hate the lame jokes that are tossed out like a bad salad and the bench interview is the worst idea in PPV history. I can't understand why the Oilers organisation can not put together a decent program. Copy TSN or Sportsnet for crying out loud (minus the commercials).

To top it off, the Oilers rarely win during a PPV. I'd like to know what the record is for PPV games. Doesn't the team know that it is a PPV? Couldn't they try a little harder for the fans?

I don't see the PPV's changing anytime soon. They have been the same format for 3 years.

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#50 Victoria
November 11 2009, 11:36AM
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@Dyckster

Nope. They're monkeys who, when they're not chained to their typewriters, are put in their cage.

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