Around The Blogosphere: Quinquatria

Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009 01:39PM

The Minerva Temple in Rome. Apparently, this has something to do with Oilers hockey.

Today being the 19th of March, no doubt everyone’s been busy celebrating their favorite ancient Roman holiday! This one day festival was dedicated to Minerva, who was busy even by mythological standards: she served as the virgin goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, and crafts. She also invented music; without her help, Hall & Oates would never have come up with the epic sound of Private Eyes (clap clap). In any case, if you can distract yourself from observing the holiday, here’s what’s happening around the blogosphere:

  • The Oilers rank 8th in the West in terms of winning percentage since the All-Star break, and that’s probably connected somehow to their current position in the conference – 8th. Don’t ask David Staples what it means for the rest of the stretch drive and the playoffs, though.
  • From that same Staples post, he suggests O’Horcivansky as a name for the Oilers current top line. It’s a little long for me – maybe something shorter, like O’Shorsky?
  • Is Ethan Moreau the worst forward on any playoff team? I think not, but he’s closer to the bottom than the top.
  • Scott does that thing he does: offers a rhyming psalm hoping for the Oilers to win tonight against Colorado.
  • Speaking of the game tonight, the odds coming out of Vegas aren’t encouraging.
  • Is Riley Nash the best prospect in the Oilers’ system? Lowetide offers a look at his last two seasons.
  • Are you still on the Rob Schremp bandwagon? You aren’t alone.
  • And to conclude, a brief look at the Oilers Corsi rankings over the last ten games.
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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Ssseth
March 19 2009, 02:01PM
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O’Horcsky get my vote.

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#2 Robin Brownlee
March 19 2009, 02:05PM
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There is nobody named O'Horcivansky playing for the Oilers. There is nobody named Lowebellini or Tambo managing the Oilers. Nobody named Conkkanen ever played goal for the Oilers. David, just stop.

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#3 Quinn
March 19 2009, 02:07PM
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Me, I suggest O'Horsky.

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#4 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 02:09PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

I take it that you aren't a fan of "the Flying Fridge" either, then?

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#5 Ssseth
March 19 2009, 02:15PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

There is nobody named O’Horcivansky playing for the Oilers. There is nobody named Lowebellini or Tambo managing the Oilers. Nobody named Conkkanen ever played goal for the Oilers. David, just stop.

Don't be such a spoilsport. I happen to like making nick names. There is nothing wrong with having a little fun. God knows there isn't enough of it around Oilers fans lately.

Not only that, but as you are well aware there have been plenty of popular nick names for lines throughout the years. The original kid line, the RPM line, the Nintendo line, heck even The Legion of Doom line to name a few.

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#6 Robin Brownlee
March 19 2009, 02:16PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: I'm in favour of what the namebar on the jersey reads.

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#7 Ssseth
March 19 2009, 02:16PM
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Quinn wrote:

Me, I suggest O’Horsky.

I was going to suggest that, and it does roll of the tongue best... but the Hor part of it made me think of the word whore for some reason. That's why I added the C.

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#8 Robin Brownlee
March 19 2009, 02:20PM
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Ssseth wrote:

the RPM line,

Yes, the RPM Line was coined by a clever, hard-working and occasionally grumpy beat writer at The Sun a fews years back. You can look it up.

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#9 The Towel Boy
March 19 2009, 02:21PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: I’m in favour of what the namebar on the jersey reads.

There, it's settled. We just have to get the equipment manager to put O’Horsky on all three of their jerseys and Robin will be cool with it.

*searches Rolodex (tm) for "Edmonton Oilers Equipment Manager"*

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#10 dw
March 19 2009, 02:22PM
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How about "The Irish-Czechoslovakian googily eyed monster"?

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#11 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 02:24PM
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dw wrote:

How about “The Irish-Czechoslovakian googily eyed monster”?

That's "The Irish-Czechoslovakian Heterochromatic Monster" to you, buddy.

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#12 dw
March 19 2009, 02:26PM
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I meant no offense to Heterochromatic people... unless there is one that plays for the Flames.

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#13 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 02:29PM
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Willis, as an expert in Roman Religion I heavily suggest the sacrifice of a Goat, a Pig, a Bull, and the pouring of libations to the Hockey gods. Of course all of this must be done in archaic Latin and strictly adhering to the contractual format of all Roman prayer.

It is obvious that the gods abandoned us long ago, so dont be skimping on your goats either. You have no idea how angry Jupiter gets when you keep the good goat for yourself.

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#14 dw
March 19 2009, 02:30PM
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The alternative answer would be "Hey, What Horc does in his free tim is his business. I'm just saying the dude's got freaky eyes..."

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#15 Robin Brownlee
March 19 2009, 02:30PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: @ Jonathan Willis: I’m in favour of what the namebar on the jersey reads. There, it’s settled. We just have to get the equipment manager to put O’Horsky on all three of their jerseys and Robin will be cool with it. *searches Rolodex ™ for “Edmonton Oilers Equipment Manager”*

I could convince Sparky to put "STFU Tards" on somebody's jersey before "O'Horsky," which sounds like somebody hacking or sneezing loogy on themselves.

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#16 Quinn
March 19 2009, 02:31PM
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BTW, I really like the name of this holiday. I assume it has something to do with celebrating me? Probably involves sitting around reciting inane trivia related to medieval wars and kings while people fall asleep.

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#17 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 02:31PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Willis, as an expert in Roman Religion I heavily suggest the sacrifice of a Goat, a Pig, a Bull, and the pouring of libations to the Hockey gods. Of course all of this must be done in archaic Latin and strictly adhering to the contractual format of all Roman prayer. It is obvious that the gods abandoned us long ago, so dont be skimping on your goats either. You have no idea how angry Jupiter gets when you keep the good goat for yourself.

Just to clarify: OilersNation in no way condones or accepts blame for the sacrifice of Denis Grebeshkov to Roman Gods.

Unless it leads to victory.

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#18 Quinn
March 19 2009, 02:32PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I could convince Sparky to put “STFU Tards” on somebody’s jersey before “O’Horsky,” which sounds like somebody hacking or sneezing loogy on themselves.

Part of the beauty of the name for this team, which hacks up a furball on a regular basis.

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#19 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 02:33PM
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Quinn wrote:

BTW, I really like the name of this holiday. I assume it has something to do with celebrating me? Probably involves sitting around reciting inane trivia related to medieval wars and kings while people fall asleep.

Supposedly, the holiday eventually evolved to one day of feasting followed by four days of gladiators killing each other in the Colloseum.

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#20 Quinn
March 19 2009, 02:37PM
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Li@ Jonathan Willis: You mean like the holiday break for the NHL followed by the outdoor classic?

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#21 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 02:40PM
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Quinn wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: You mean like the holiday break for the NHL followed by the outdoor classic?

Slightly more violent.

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#22 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 02:41PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

You make it sound barbaric. Roman religion totally got a bum rap from those lazy Christians.

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#23 The Towel Boy
March 19 2009, 02:41PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I could convince Sparky to put “STFU Tards” on somebody’s jersey before “O’Horsky,” which sounds like somebody hacking or sneezing loogy on themselves.

Stfutard....is that German?

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#24 Quinn
March 19 2009, 02:44PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Quinn wrote: @ Jonathan Willis: You mean like the holiday break for the NHL followed by the outdoor classic? Slightly more violent.

Meant to include a tilde to express my ironical tone.The Towel Boy wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: I could convince Sparky to put “STFU Tards” on somebody’s jersey before “O’Horsky,” which sounds like somebody hacking or sneezing loogy on themselves. Stfutard….is that German?

Hilarious

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#25 Malc
March 19 2009, 02:48PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Willis, as an expert in Roman Religion I heavily suggest the sacrifice of a Goat, a Pig, a Bull, and the pouring of libations to the Hockey gods. Of course all of this must be done in archaic Latin and strictly adhering to the contractual format of all Roman prayer.

Oh the mighty suovetaurilia...

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#26 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 02:49PM
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@ Malc:

Well after this long you really need to cover your bases

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#27 Malc
March 19 2009, 02:51PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Of course all of this must be done in archaic Latin and strictly adhering to the contractual format of all Roman prayer.

Archaic Latin? Why not just Latin?

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#28 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 02:55PM
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@ Malc:

Most public prayer was done by Religious leaders and used older, almost unintelligible, Latin. To most of the people in attendance the prayer was almost in a foreign language.

So I figured we just wanted to keep with tradition

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#29 The Towel Boy
March 19 2009, 03:02PM
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Look at all this valuable knowledge I'm learning here today!

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#30 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 03:03PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Look at all this valuable knowledge I’m learning here today!

We're unique here.

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#31 Bruthah
March 19 2009, 03:08PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

There is nobody named O’Horcivansky playing for the Oilers. There is nobody named Lowebellini or Tambo managing the Oilers. Nobody named Conkkanen ever played goal for the Oilers. David, just stop.

R Bro, you used to be cool.

*tears down his shrine to Rbro at work*

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#32 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 03:11PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Look at all this valuable knowledge I’m learning here today!

*Stares at his Masters Degree and reflects upon the last 8 years he spent in University while putting on his Chef's jacket. Somewhere in a dumpster outside of Hudsons on Campus a homeless man uses archaeologuy's crumpled dreams as a pillow.*

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#33 Poo Czar
March 19 2009, 03:19PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

*Stares at his Masters Degree and reflects upon the last 8 years he spent in University while putting on his Chef’s jacket. Somewhere in a dumpster outside of Hudsons on Campus a homeless man uses archaeologuy’s crumpled dreams as a pillow.*

Still not sure what's worse - following your dreams only to end up with no job, or crapping on your dreams to work in the Patch and earn skrilla. You did the former and I'm sadly envious. SCREW YOU MOM AND DAD, I WANTED TO BE A MARINE BIOLOGIST!!!

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#34 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 03:23PM
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@ Poo Czar:

The nice thing about going the oil-patch route is that there's always a chance you'll be able to afford your dreams later.

Signed, one-time engineering student.

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#35 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 03:31PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

@ Poo Czar: The nice thing about going the oil-patch route is that there’s always a chance you’ll be able to afford your dreams later. Signed, one-time engineering student.

Agreed, there are plenty of people in Uni at later stages of life. They usually do pretty well because they really want to be there.

And dont be too jealous, I have never earned more than 13 000 in a year and I had to spend a ridiculous amount of money to be qualified to tell you things almost no one cares about past mild curiosity.

I knew Willis had to have spent time in an engineering department at some point in his life.

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#36 Poo Czar
March 19 2009, 03:31PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: And that, Johnny Boy is why I'm on the 4-20 mA road right along with ya... So I can buy my happiness instead of living it!

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#37 roughneck
March 19 2009, 03:41PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

@ Poo Czar: The nice thing about going the oil-patch route is that there’s always a chance you’ll be able to afford your dreams later. Signed, one-time engineering student.

it would appear most patch guys dreams are included in the latest versions of the rv trader. thanks to your bank for the xstar at 25 cents on the dollar, and sorry the mam job on momma needs warranty work. Shes gonna look hawt for the next guy.

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#38 The Towel Boy
March 19 2009, 03:47PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Signed, one-time engineering student.

Hey! I have 1/2 of a Chemical Engineering degree...maybe we could combine our smarts and share a full degree!

It'll be awesome!

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#39 Archaeologuy
March 19 2009, 03:52PM
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@ The Towel Boy:

it seems like a fine plan until christmas when you want to bring it over to Grandma's house and Willis wants to take it back to the Super Computer for analysis. Then comes the messy breakup, who gets weekdays, what happens in summer break, do we alternate holidays, who loves who more. Ugh. No Thank You.

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#40 The Towel Boy
March 19 2009, 03:54PM
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It's the degrees that suffer most in broken households.

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#41 Chris
March 19 2009, 04:07PM
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Will a single line ever be played long enough for us to bother naming it? The Towel Boy wrote:

O’Horsky

How about The O'Ho'He Line? It's time to laugh at the opposition.

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#42 I'm a Scientist!
March 19 2009, 04:11PM
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I like Sulloffsky.

Sounds like what the oilers maybe SHOULD have done at trade deadline. Sell off the team...then go ski.

Wait, i should save this post for after a loss and everyone on here is super jaded. We are all still beaming from the last win... i take it all back. Amazing deadline aquisitions! Kotalik in OT! HEYOOO!

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#43 I'm a Scientist!
March 19 2009, 04:14PM
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@ Archaeologuy: @ The Towel Boy: Also, halarious.

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#44 Chris
March 19 2009, 04:15PM
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@ I'm a Scientist!: I like OFFSKY. Looks like those two are little offsky right now... GOLD!

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#45 Jay
March 19 2009, 04:20PM
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I'm gonna throw out Ale'O'Horc, or Hem'O'Horc, for our new triumverate of scoring

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#46 Dennis
March 19 2009, 04:20PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Ssseth wrote: the RPM line, Yes, the RPM Line was coined by a clever, hard-working and occasionally grumpy beat writer at The Sun a fews years back. You can look it up.

First, I thought the guy you were talking about was you but then I read the part where you said the guy was only "occasionally" grumpy:D

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#47 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 05:24PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

It’s the degrees that suffer most in broken households.

It's so true - I can't imagine putting a degree through that kind of pain.

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#48 Wanye Gretz
March 19 2009, 06:04PM
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Chris wrote:

How about The O’Ho’He Line? It’s time to laugh at the opposition.

That is funny. Is it game time yet?

BOING A LOING!

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#49 Greg MC
March 19 2009, 06:09PM
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Someone states their opinion. Then someone else disses it in an angry tone. Question: Who is responsible for the angry response. Answer: The angry person. Freedom of speech, just be careful where you use it.

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#50 Antonio
March 19 2009, 08:41PM
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How about the H2O line? Not sure if that's a good metaphor though...

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