GDB 57: Sharks n Oil

Wanye
February 17 2009 03:17PM

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Yeah, we're mocking small children for their choice of head gear. The game tonight is so intense we are literally starting a war! Can you feel the heat? Is the fire building up within you? Have you purchased an Edmonton Oilers garbage can in the past 72 hours? What kind of fan are you? (end NHL-esque marketing efforts here).

The Sharks aren't that good, Nation. Let's just call a spade a spade here shall we? 37 wins and 8 losses? You call that a hockey squadron? We call it a practice squad that would be throttled at the hands of a team of Oilers WHA Alumni from the late 1970s. How's that home record treating you? 23-2 is it? Good heavens. Let's not forget where one of your overtime losses came from.

Yes, if you are measuring the teams on bygone metrics like skill, winning percentage or past successes, this game is a slam dunk. But fortunately we are Oilers fans, prone to fits of irrational exuberance and bipolar mood swings. An hour ago we would have told you that the Oil were completely screwed. But then we remembered three things. A trio of facts that have been probably overlooked in all of the preparations done by both teams going into tonight's game:

1. The Oilers don't ever win the "gimme games" and often win games they have no business being in.

Example: A Gimme Game

30 Dec 2008:  Oilers v Senators (3-2 Oilers loss)

Playing on home ice and having won three in a row, the Oil dropped a 3-2 decision to an awful Senators team that has had more coaches in the past season than the Oilers have had in the last eight years. This is precisely the kind of game that the Oil have no business losing—and yet the results are entered into history as just that.

Example: A no-business-winning game

06 Dec 2008:  Oilers v Sharks (3-2 Oilers win)

Did anyone predict that the Oil would fly into San Jose to play a second road game in as many nights and would roll out with a win? We sure didn't. But that is exactly what happened on this fine evening in early December. It could happen again couldn't it? COULDN'T IT?

*falls on floor weeping bitterly*

2. The game is on pay-per-view and that means EXTRA entertainment.

Let's pretend that you're in charge of the Oilers' pay-per-view broadcasts. You sit staring at the season schedule and try to decide what games should be broadcast on normal cable and what games should be on pay per view. Let's review the criteria for tonight's decision to run the game on PPV:

Q: Do the Oilers have a 1/1000 chance of winning the game?

A: Yes. The Sharks crush opponents with startling regularity at home but that won't happen for some reason tonight.

Q: Is the game on an evening that makes sense to go to a sports bar and watch hockey?

A: Yes, nothing says "take me out to the bar" more than a Tuesday night. After a long weekend. In February.

If the Oil think tonight's game is worth $15 dollars on pay per view that must mean that they know something we don't. Like a win is imminent. Sweet.

3. Dwayne Roloson is a champion

How well is this guy playing right now? So well that the heir apparent to the starting job now collects paycheques in Pittsburgh. So well that his backup doesn't even put on his jock strap on most nights so that he can sit more comfortably on the bench. So well that there is talk of *gasp* an extension to his contract in the off-season. Think he is scared of any team in the league?

No Sir. He is not.

Goilers.

FMNF

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#51 Smokin' Ray
February 17 2009, 09:11PM
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Roli said that was dedicated for you Wanye. lol

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#52 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 09:11PM
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Thanx, he has interesting perspective

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#53 Yakman
February 17 2009, 09:13PM
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Sweet Oilers goal right there... karma baby!

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#54 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 09:13PM
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Does that mean Cole gets to stay awhile longer

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#55 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 09:14PM
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I don't want to let myself believe they have a chance... I know they'll just let me down...

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#56 Rev
February 17 2009, 09:16PM
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Hemsky looked injured after the end of the period. Any1 see that?

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#57 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 09:28PM
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Good period for us, hopefully mact doesn't get into too much thinkin and coachin between periods and screw it up

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#58 Yakman
February 17 2009, 09:35PM
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bah.

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#59 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 09:37PM
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We just can't stand any success, they should have switched ends and kept playing

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#60 TDSM31
February 17 2009, 09:40PM
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You Don't Mess With The Sourhan!

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#61 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 09:41PM
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Holy Sh*t Nice Dive Staios!!!

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#62 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 09:44PM
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First tip on a 5-on-3, put a shot on net.. What a useless powerplay

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#63 TDSM31
February 17 2009, 09:45PM
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When did Grier ever do that for us? Fag.

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#64 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 09:45PM
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Jeebez a shorty

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#65 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 09:49PM
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Theo needs to kick that old man's ass - claude lemieux only got older and dumber

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#66 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 09:51PM
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San Jose loses Lemieux for 10.. What a devastating loss

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#67 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 09:56PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

San Jose loses Lemieux for 10.. What a devastating loss

Why did he get the 10?

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#68 doggie-style D
February 17 2009, 09:56PM
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Oh my God - do I ever love Theo Peckham...Claude Lemieux was just askin' for that and it was great to see him get his (again) Hey, if he wants to come back to the game after all those years and be just as dirty and cheap I will always enjoy seeing that!

There is a God!!

P.S. Ron Hextall's best ever play wasn't a save - it was a shot!

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#69 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 09:57PM
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@ Travis Dakin - FMNF: Fighting after the officials had broke it up

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#70 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 09:59PM
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@ Travis Dakin - FMNF: And i use the term fighting loosely

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#71 TDSM31
February 17 2009, 09:59PM
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I'm lovin' the moxy...

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#72 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 10:00PM
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@ Cory Dakin: ah... so....

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#73 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 10:01PM
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Don't look now, I think I just saw a couple of wheels roll by

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#74 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:04PM
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Cory hang in there, its not all bad - yet

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#75 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 10:04PM
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@ Cory Dakin: Don't forget the JSBM thread.

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#76 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 10:05PM
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I'm hanging on for dear life, I'll go down with the ship if need be

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#77 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 10:06PM
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i just realized I referenced wheels and then a ship... I don't know what we're travelling on here, but at least it's an interesting ride

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#78 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:09PM
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I've hung in there for so long I forgot my second wife's name

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#79 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 10:10PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

i just realized I referenced wheels and then a ship… I don’t know what we’re travelling on here, but at least it’s an interesting ride

If your flying through the desert in a canoe and the wheel pops off.... how many bones does it take get to the center of an icecream cone?

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#80 jeanshorts
February 17 2009, 10:10PM
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How about this hockey exhibition! Thrilling!

Seriously though it's so nice to see this much fight in the boys. Haven't seen it for a long time. They look to be really coming together. And the Sharks always seem to bring the best out of us. Unless they are playing at Rexall......

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#81 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 10:10PM
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longtimefan wrote:

I’ve hung in there for so long I forgot my second wife’s name

Aggie.

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#82 Travis Dakin - FMNF
February 17 2009, 10:13PM
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when the hell did Stortini learn how to throw punches?

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#83 TDSM31
February 17 2009, 10:14PM
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Moreau, take your skate guards off when you fight.

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#84 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:15PM
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Good to see some passion - just about time for lemieux to return for another ass kickin

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#85 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 10:17PM
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It wouldn't be an oilers game if they didn't give up a goal with under a minute to go in a period.. Consistency, that's the key

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#86 nutsandgum
February 17 2009, 10:19PM
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@ Cory Dakin: There goes another wheel off the canoe...

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#87 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:19PM
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Cory - you see what those negative thinkin does? We are still within 2 and we get another gene principe interview

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#88 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 10:19PM
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And to top all this off Calgary and Vancouver of course go into overtime.. Awesome

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#89 Cory Dakin
February 17 2009, 10:20PM
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@ longtimefan: Gene will save the day... Gene always saves the day

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#90 Smokin' Ray
February 17 2009, 10:24PM
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This is the BEST PPV EVER! Who said fighting should be banned?

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#91 nutsandgum
February 17 2009, 10:27PM
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Canucks win in shootout...

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#92 nutsandgum
February 17 2009, 10:28PM
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Iggy & Big Bert flubbed...

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#93 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:31PM
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I wish my kids would show me how to watch the game without paying for it

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#94 Smokin' Ray
February 17 2009, 10:32PM
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@longtimefan:

There is a link to get to it. adthe.net but add the www part.

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#95 Smokin' Ray
February 17 2009, 10:34PM
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it's as easy as two clicks of the mouse. Granted you have good internet.

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#96 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:38PM
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Thanks good internet isn't the problem, I am, old guy and technology

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#97 Smokin' Ray
February 17 2009, 10:39PM
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@ longtimefan:

The best part is that the Oiler games are always there. Remember that link.

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#98 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:42PM
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Got it and trying it now

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#99 longtimefan
February 17 2009, 10:46PM
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Great stuff, link works, saving $ now, more $ for beer on game night

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#100 Smokin' Ray
February 17 2009, 10:49PM
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That's what hockey is all about.

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