GDB 75: Robert Frost's hockey wisdom lives on

Jason Gregor
March 27 2009 01:43PM

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A few weeks ago my neighbour strolled up to my door toting a bottle of Bacardi Limon -- best drink going if you mix with water -- so I let her in. We yapped for a bit, poured a few Limons, but the Oilers game came on so I pretty much gave her the proverbial nod every few seconds suggesting I was listening to her. She must have caught on that I wouldn’t be engaging in any conversation until a commercial or intermission, so she sat at my computer and checked her e-mail.

I thought it was harmless enough, until the next morning when I open my Outlook and I have some email from Audri and Jim Landford. I’m like WTF, why isn’t my spam detector working? But, of course I had to see who it was from...

Maybe Carney Lansford, one of the greatest third basemen ever, died and left me something in his will. I wasn’t a baseball enthusiast growing up, but he was one my favourite ball players.

I never played ball -- hated it in fact. I tried it once when I was seven and they put me in the outfield. After six innings of swatting mosquitoes, looking like Les Nessman from WKRP in Cincinnati and getting no balls hit to me, I announced to my dad that I would not be coming back. At that age, there is no more boring sport than baseball.

Anyways, Lansford rocked and he had a great ‘stache too. And he had a cameo as Kit “hit or Die” Kesey in the 1994 remake of Angels in the Outfield.

** Yes it was a Disney movie, but I’ll watch any sports movie, and don’t say you didn’t believe in the possibility of angels when the kids started flapping their arms in the final game. Admit it, you believed a bit.***

Well Audri and Jim aren’t Carney’s parents; rather, they are some inspirational speakers or something, and my neighbour felt it was necessary that I receive these quotes. Every day now I get an inspirational quote from some famous person that is supposed to brighten my day. Yesterday it was:

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." -- Mark Twain

Thanks Mark, I’ll try that one.

Today this is what I got -- brace yourselves Oiler fans:

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -- Robert Frost

Frost is a famous American poet, in case you didn’t know. And I can tell you that without those inspirational words I might not have realized that in fact I would still be breathing today. Thanks, Tips.

Oh bla dee, oh bla da

Life does indeed go on, but after watching that debacle last night, you wonder if the Oilers will go on to the playoffs. And if they, many of us will have a big part of our lives put on hold until next October.

While life goes on, it sure sucks going on in a city void of playoffs. Everyone is happier when the Oilers are in the playoffs. Hell, even Brownlee’s scowl softens as young lasses who can’t name two players on the team drive around the city flashing passing motorists. (True story in the run of 2006, the JAG mobile got flashed every day by random girls after the Oil beat the Sharks in round two. Some days it pays to have your show name plastered on the Kia.)

It’s been two springs of nothing since, and after yesterday’s incredibly bad effort against the lowly Phoenix freakin’ Coyotes, I’m worried we’ll experience another flashless spring.

It was game 74 last night, and you would think that by now the PP could at least string together three consecutive passes. Or how about this novel idea: if the first unit can’t do anything, then start the second unit on the PP. Do you not want some healthy competition amongst the units?

Where was the desire? The urgency? Don’t give me this garbage about Phoenix being loose, so it’s easier for them to play. They aren’t that good. Colorado is supposed to be loose and they keep getting blown out by five or six goals a night.

The Oilers better wake up tonight. The Ducks have won five straight, and six of their last seven. They’ve won two in OT and two in the SO.

In their last two home games they are a ridiculous seven for ten on the PP. They are rotating their goalies, yet they still win. The Ducks are playing aggressive, in-your-face-yet-disciplined hockey right now. They look like a team that wants to be in the playoffs.

We’ll find out tonight if the Oilers truly want to be in the playoffs.

  • Show up early.
  • Compete.
  • Hit.
  • Shoot the damn puck.
  • Crash the crease.
  • Play Stortini.

I know he isn’t a game breaker, but at least Stortini gives you some energy and spark, and he’ll stand up to Anaheim, something very few forwards on this team seem willing to do.

As the great American Poet Robert Frost said about life: it goes on.

Well Mr. Frost, in Edmonton life sure sucks if it goes on without some NHL playoffs. And it sucks even worse if you drink pansy American beer while doing it. Here’s to some good old fashion Pilsner, Molson Canadian, OV, Labatt Blue, Black Label, Grasshopper or any other Canadian Beer that tickles your fancy.

Tonight we drink real beer, (Or Bacardi Limon with Water) and we get set for some playoffs!

** Game day update:

  • Stortini and JF Jacques are in.
  • Nilsson and Reddox are out.

This is a smart move by MacT, and we'll see more energy in tonight's game because of these moves.

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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 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 08:43PM
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wow, that is 2 awesome penalties in a row.

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#102 David S
March 27 2009, 08:43PM
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Staios! You iiiiiidiot!

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#103 Sandra
March 27 2009, 08:44PM
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Looks like the Vets are leading again Horcoff and Staois, sorry game looks lost now

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#104 17
March 27 2009, 08:45PM
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what the f, is Giguere back in net?

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#105 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 08:47PM
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awesome play roli

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#106 yo
March 27 2009, 08:47PM
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You gotta love the poise of our veteran players. Moreau then Hork and Staios in together. What a-holes.

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#107 Wanye Gretz
March 27 2009, 08:48PM
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@ Harlie Chuddy:

I have watched many a game at RX1 where I watch the highlights later on and it has been like watching an entirely new game. Value for the money right thurrr.

@ David S:

Much obliged Sir.

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#108 David S
March 27 2009, 08:49PM
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yo wrote:

You gotta love the poise of our veteran players. Moreau then Hork and Staios in together. What a-holes.

And you wonder why there's a division between the young guys and the vets.

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#109 Hoodlum
March 27 2009, 08:49PM
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we dodged a bullit there

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#110 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 08:49PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

oww...my head hurts to just think about those damn morning afters!

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#111 jeanshorts
March 27 2009, 09:02PM
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WE BUILT THIS CITY ON ROOOOOOCCCCKKKK AAAANNNNDDDD RRRROOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#112 17
March 27 2009, 09:07PM
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dammit.

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#113 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:09PM
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lucky bounce......well, better start on the doubles.

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#114 17
March 27 2009, 09:11PM
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Lets go powerplay!

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#115 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:12PM
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Souray is in the box for the whole power play?

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#116 17
March 27 2009, 09:13PM
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huzzah, Penner gets his second of the night, AND ON THE POWERPLAY!

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#117 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:13PM
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so we have to work it down low.....wooooo!!!!

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#118 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 09:14PM
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@ jeanshorts:

86753099999999999999999999!!!!!!!!!!

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#119 17
March 27 2009, 09:14PM
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WOOO ANOTHER GOAL!

GIGUERE HITS STORTINI! or someone.

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#120 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:15PM
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yes, and we should be getting another powerplay.

that guy dropped his gloves on jacques after the hit.

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#121 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:15PM
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Who is this #27 Penner?? Is this a new guy or what??

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#122 17
March 27 2009, 09:15PM
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Giguere being pulled again, who knows for how long this time.

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#123 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 09:16PM
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HELLLZ YEAH!!!! PDP BABY!!!!

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#124 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 09:17PM
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why the hell is the trainer giving PDP props? Where's MacT with the backslap??

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#125 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:18PM
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I don't think you ever see a goalie play a total of six minutes in 2 stints and let in 4 goals...thank you J.S!!

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#126 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:20PM
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what, where did hemsky get a penalty?

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#127 jeanshorts
March 27 2009, 09:21PM
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Too Many Men I believe.

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#128 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:22PM
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Horcoff looks like a retard on the pk. *apologizes to all retards out there*

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#129 17
March 27 2009, 09:23PM
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stop. taking. penalties.

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#130 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:23PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Too Many Men I believe.

I see.......WTF.....terrible call on Patti.....conspiracies abound........

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#131 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:23PM
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Thats a bullsh1t call!!

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#132 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:25PM
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this is getting ridiculous......selanne starting fights......we better not be short handed after all this.

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#133 17
March 27 2009, 09:25PM
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Souray vs Scotty Neids? haha Pronger comes in, so does Roli hahaha. Brawl would be nice right about now.

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#134 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:27PM
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Souray hasn't ko'd anyone in a while but me thinks tonite's the nite!!

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#135 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 09:29PM
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i just rewound and watched that scrum 5 times. This game f'n rocks. Nieds used his old man strength to get Shelly off balance but once they got on their feet you knew Shelly was gonna win the war if it came to that.

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#136 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:30PM
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ROLI! ROLI!

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#137 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:30PM
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Sweet Hands Strudwick

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#138 17
March 27 2009, 09:32PM
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oh for the love of pete. it's like a giant powerplay fest tonight.

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#139 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:33PM
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Harlie Chuddy wrote:

Nieds used his old man strength to get Shelly off balance.

Nieds would get tooled by Souray...it wouldn't even be close!

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#140 Al Hamilton
March 27 2009, 09:33PM
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17 wrote:

oh for the love of pete. it’s like a giant powerplay fest tonight.

At least our special teams are awesome.......

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#141 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:34PM
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It's funny watching the players point to the sky like a bunch of freakin tataltale 1st graders...

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#142 17
March 27 2009, 09:35PM
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Al Hamilton wrote:

At least our special teams are awesome…….

totally. I'm so glad we never seem to have trouble clearing the zone on the PK or otherwise.

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#143 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:37PM
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@ 17: I love sarcasm!!

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#144 David S
March 27 2009, 09:38PM
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Penner's playing pissed off tonight. Maybe MacT had the training staff intercept his pre-game Dominoes order.

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#145 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 09:39PM
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it's all bullsh*t. i've got an 08' superduty and it's had 3 recall's already.

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#146 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:40PM
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@ David S: SWEET!

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#147 Hoodlum
March 27 2009, 09:40PM
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@ David S: hahaha, well played

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#148 Harlie Chuddy
March 27 2009, 09:42PM
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how come the game can be so popular in california but not in Arizona?

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#149 R-DAWG
March 27 2009, 09:42PM
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@ Harlie Chuddy: Ford's are like the Tampa Bay lightning of trucks.

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#150 David S
March 27 2009, 09:54PM
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Man we're brutal in our own end. We'd kick azz if we had Visnovsky.

The boys have some confidence tonight. They're doing everything to get Smid his goal.

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