GDB XL: Battle of the Dregs

bingofuel
December 30 2009 11:22AM

The last 24 hours have been sobering for citizens of the Nation. From Brownlee's indictment of Oilers' management to Willis heaping on the shame, things look grim. What looks even more grim are a few Oilers fans so readily leaping off the bandwagon, so let's get a few things straight, shall we?

Under no circumstances does a true fan abandon ship. We complain, we lament, we gnash our teeth. But we stand firm on the deck of this sinking ship. The Dive for Five doesn't stem from a desire to suck. It stems from a desire to return to the glory days of playoff runs and cup wins. DFF is rooted in the sad-but-true knowledge that in order to be awesome, there have to be sacrifices.

(By the way, that image was provided to us by Nation citizen Gerald R. Ford.)

So while some of you reconsider your season-ticket purchases and pay-per-view subscriptions, remember this: the Oilers will be good again. However, just like Andy Dufresne from the Shawshank Redemption, we have to crawl through a tunnel of poop in order to get there.

I'm sorry, that reference came out of nowhere.

Just for Leafs

While the Leafs haven't fared much better than the Oilers this season (they're 14-17-9), they're still three points ahead of the Mighty Oil. Which means tonight, we're all paying to watch bottom-of-the-barrel hockey. I find no solace in the Oilers' home record (8-10-2) or the Leafs' road record (7-9-4) either. This could go either way.

However, I'm going to err on the side of optimism. The Oilers have lost seven games in a row. This streak needs to end, and I'm thinking right f@%king now. In the Oilers' two meetings against Toronto last season, they won. (I was off on this. My bad.) It remains to be seen whether or not we can do so on home ice against a Burkefied Leafs Squad.

Les Olympiques

I'm sure a lot of you were sitting at your radios or in front of the television listening to the extremely drawn-out Olympic Mens Hockey roster announcement earlier this morning. There were very few surprises here: neither Sheldon Souray nor Dustin Penner made the team.

Still, I'm pretty happy that Yzerman picked the guys he did — and that he didn't pick a single Calgary Flame to play defense. I'll take my Schadenfreude where I can get it. Misery loves company and all that.

Take a look at the entire roster on TSN.ca.

Note that both Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov will be in the Olympic for their countries, Slovakia and Russia respectively.

Last words

It's hard to watch, but loyal fans will keep the faith... or keep the DFF alive. Tonight, the Oilers do it on PPV, and they win it 3-1 as well.

Trust me.

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#101 Wanye
December 30 2009, 09:21PM
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Oh hey everyone I wonder how the Oilers are doi-

*looks at feed on justin.tv*

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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#102 Eddie Shore
December 30 2009, 09:22PM
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Patty O'Who? Where the hell has this guy been? These god damned guys are going to force me to watch the game tomorrow night, aren't they...

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#103 Heavyd
December 30 2009, 09:37PM
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@Eddie Shore

I think so, hell I even bought the game tonight.

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#104 Heavyd
December 30 2009, 09:41PM
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Nice fight. Cuts him open.

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#105 Jeremy
December 30 2009, 09:48PM
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Is it just me or does Kessel look like the bad guy from The Incredibles?

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#106 RossCreekNation
December 30 2009, 09:58PM
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Heavyd wrote:

Nice fight. Cuts him open.

Who went?

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#107 crash
December 30 2009, 10:02PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Who went?

JF Jacques and Komisarek

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#108 Quintana
December 30 2009, 10:10PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Holy sh*t Kopitar just got murdered by Phaneuf. Talk about good timing to look up from my computer. That was a dirty play by Dion.

Hopefully Celine get a suspension..................

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#109 Archaeologuy
December 30 2009, 10:17PM
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Maybe that was the Oiler's problem. They just needed to make sure that no one was watching before they could win again.

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#110 crash
December 30 2009, 10:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Maybe that was the Oiler's problem. They just needed to make sure that no one was watching before they could win again.

Actually what I believe they needed to get back in the win column was a game vs. Toronto

I really do believe it's that simple

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#111 Colin
December 30 2009, 10:27PM
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Well that will be regretable later.

Nice to see that POS can score once the season is effectively over.

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#112 Librarian Mike
December 30 2009, 10:46PM
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Colin wrote:

Well that will be regretable later.

Nice to see that POS can score once the season is effectively over.

He's the next Joffrey Lupul.

In your faces, Toronto! hahaha..ha...ha...meh...

http://www.tobiasfunke.com/images/thumbs/tobias-crying-shower.png

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#113 Chris.
December 30 2009, 10:55PM
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HAAHHAA! DFF! DRIVE FOR FIRST!

*Looks in the mirror and finally admitts a drinking problem*

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#114 bigrroberto
December 30 2009, 10:56PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

I'm expecting at the very least a physical game tonight, there should be a dust up or two.

Oilers 4-1, POS scores 2.

Haha very close.

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#115 bigrroberto
December 30 2009, 10:57PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

there are no joys working for a cable company...

i get them free, and refuse to even waste my time watching

I like my job.

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#116 jeanshorts
December 30 2009, 11:57PM
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Is it a coincidence that the one game a year I go to, the Oilers win*????

I DON'T THINK SO! YOU'RE WELCOME!

Wait, we're further away from the number one draft pick? Crud.

Well, whatever. It's nice to win one every now and then, especially against the god awful Leafs.

*except, uhh, you know, last year.

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#117 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 31 2009, 07:17AM
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bigrroberto wrote:

I like my job.

i am so sorry to hear that. my deepest sympathies to you and your family

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#118 CM
December 31 2009, 08:18AM
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@Dan the Man

almost right on the money...

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#120 Dan the Man
December 31 2009, 09:31AM
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bingofuel wrote:

Yes, very close. But not as close as my precise 3-1 prediction in the game-day post. :P

Stop trying to steal my glory bingofuel and also where is my prize?

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#122 Dan the Man
December 31 2009, 02:22PM
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@bingofuel

There should be prizes for being pretty close shouldn't there be?

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