We won't get fooled again

Wanye
March 31 2009 09:01AM

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Just when you think things couldn’t get any more insulting to Oilers fans – it happens.

We were forcibly sat down late last night and made to listen to this Oilers appeal to the fans on Dan Tencer's blog. If you haven’t gone and listened to it we can fill you in quite quickly. A bunch of Oilers who didn’t identify themselves - Horcoff was there (we would know his voice anywhere) and perhaps Gilbert,  Strudwick and even a Hemsky at the end? It's neither here nor there - whoever they were they collectively made a flat and unemotional appeal to Oilers fans to be supportive of the team in the next 6 games in a clip with about as much production value as an OilersNation Podcast. They certainly didn't sound like a bunch of players that were about to catch fire and start rag dolling teams in their final 6 games. They sounded more like tired and defeated hockey players who would rather have worn a beard of angry bees than face Tencer and his micromophone. This is at least an acknlowedgment of the gillions of Citizens of the OilersNation, albeit a strange way to go about engaging the good party people. But that too is neither here nor there.

After sitting down and giving it the benefit of the doubt we listened to the appeal three seperate times. Three seperate listens and we have one real take on the matter:

Are you serious?

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“We the Oilers need you the fans, to cheer” they said. Uh, we need the fans need you the Oilers you to win some games!! If there is one party in the fans-team relationship that is failing the other we hardly think its the billions of devoted citizens of the OilersNation.

There is a touching part of the audio clip where the player reminisces about the fans on the route to the Cup run. Unidentified Oiler #2 mentions vague sentiments about how awesome it was when the fans would sing the anthem before the game. MY GODS MAN!! You do realize that you are basically rubbing salt in our collective wounds right? You do realize that we want nothing more than to get behind this team and cheer you idiots to 10 Stanley Cups in a row right? Invoking these memories as if to somehow suggest it’s the fans fault that you and your coworkers are anything short of bad right now is an absolute slap in the face to the hundreds of millions of fans that live and die with your every word. Rather than getting on the radio-blog thing and calling for support maybe you could go out there and earn it the old fashioned way:

Go out and play some friggin playoff hockey.

We would personally give our left testicle, 3 toes and half of our thumb if you idiots would win a Stanley Cup. So don't you go on the air and somehow infer that we are letting you down in any way shape or form. It is you who is letting us down. Get that very, very clear in your collective minds.

Perhaps we too should go on the air and make attempted emotional pleas that come off insincere and self serving too.

"Please Oilers on behalf of the fans, please go out and play better hockey. You have no idea the lift it provides to all of our frozen spirits when you and your cohorts go out and play some decent puck. It would be just lovely if you could find it in your hearts TO PLAY SOME FUCKING PLAYOFF HOCKEY"

Playing the heart strings of Oilers fans in the powder keg of emotion we have going right now may not be the brightest idea guy-signed-to-gigantic-contract-starting-next-year. But if that is the game you want to play Shawn Horcoff, we will play along.

We have reached out to our vast network of criminal associates and have arranged tickets to tonight's game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The fact we are going to drag ourselves to the game despite the performances we have witnessed at RX1 as recently as last game should say something about commitment. We will join the other 1.4 million committed fans who will be filing into RX1 or dejectedly plunking themselves down in front of a telematrix to witness the hockey match this evening. We are going with our boy MSG who is one of the most knowledgeable hockey fans and biggest Oilers fans around. The two of us sat side by side for the bulk of the games during the SCF run in 2006. We will do as you ask and will personally drink ourselves under the table (as usual) screaming and yelling all the while (as usual) while making off-handed quips much to the delight of our section mates wherever we are sitting. 100% positive and 100% believing as we have done since we were 4 years old and started watching your predecessors play. We will do as you ask Oilers, but know this:

If you show us the same effort you showed us when we attended the games against Minnesota, Buffalo and Chicago this year we don't know what we can do next but it will be dramatic. Not that anyone really cares what we think, but WE care what we think and we won’t be able to look ourselves in the mirror at the bus depot in the offseason if we know we let you kick us again when we were down.

But OK Shawn Horcoff. You have earned the right to make an appeal to the fans. We will do as you ask and we put all the negativity on hold. We will try and encourage the other dejected Oilers fans we know to cheer as though it is a playoff game tonight. We have collectively gone to the trouble of buying tickets and everything so why not right?

You have now have our full and undivided attention Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and we are going to come through in spades like Oilers fans do time and time again. But if you fail us, so help you Gods Edmonton Oilers.

So help you.

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#1 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 31 2009, 09:15AM
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I heard Gilbert saying this yesterday on CHED. I think it is ridiculous you need fans to motivate you. Do think the 10 people attending games in Florida really have that much to do with on ice performance?!?!

Ridiculous, look deep & get some balls boys. Play some fucking hockey for the +/-17000 people attending the game.

While attending just about every play-off game in 2006, the first few games against Detroit were not the same as the games in the SCF. Give the fans a reaon to cheer & they will.

Ridiculous to ask fans to cheer, almost as ridiculous as radio people in Caroina telling fans to stand the entire game 7 of the SCF.

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#2 jayoilfan
March 31 2009, 09:16AM
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Thank God I live in Calgary and only have the boobtube and internet to follow the Oil If I saw them in the streets and heard them on the radio I'd probably punch one.

Does this mean they are going to mail it in for the rest of the season? The answer we shll see tonight.

Prove me wrong and man up Oil, win it tonight, and then the next night and then the next night. That is how you get our support. We've been supporting you all along, reguardless of results. Now it is your turn...

Go Oilers GO!

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#3 Zamboni Driver
March 31 2009, 09:16AM
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The twits on “Moron Sports” picked up on this, guilting people into cheering.

Please.

People pay half a car payment per night to go watch the sh*tastic display night after night. They gobble down watered down twenty-eight dollar beers, pay a reasonable 9 bucks for FRICKIN’ POPCORN…..POPCORN!!

And want to be entertained.

By a bunch of millionaires who think it is OUR job to motivate THEM?!

What a complete, utter joke. This is the most disgusted I’ve been. Why in the holy hell should we cheer for these crybabies? Because of the logo on their chest?

That only goes so far, when the people INSIDE the sweater are a collective bunch of….well think feline reference.

*End of rant - should switch to decaf probably*

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#4 socaldave
March 31 2009, 09:16AM
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Godspeed, Wanye…

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#5 bcjames
March 31 2009, 09:17AM
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While I agree that the players' 'plea' to the fans was cheesy and half-hearted, it probably wasn't their idea. They were likely asked to do it by Tencer who thought it would make for great radio. Blame him (or his Inside Sports producers)not the players.

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#6 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 31 2009, 09:17AM
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Give me a reason to use my fucking play-off tickets & I assure you I will cheer Shawn Horcoff & Tom Gilbert...

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#7 JRocks247
March 31 2009, 09:21AM
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you can see the video version on the Oilers website...unnamed #2 = Sammy G.

You're perfectly right, talk about an unemotional plee...where's our Captian?.....

"Some day the oilers will look to me to help, and I'll whisper, no.."

not today though, not tonight....GO OIL!

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#8 Wanye Gretz
March 31 2009, 09:21AM
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@ bcjames:

I agree that it was a terrible idea by Tencer. The concept might be OK on paper but statements that self servicing and impossibly unconvincing by the players should have led any producer listening to it to scrap the idea completely.

Look how upset the website is getting by all this drama! It is incorrectly counting the comment numbers!

*starts to fix problem, remembers he knows nothing about the interwebs and calls on the brains of the operation to take a peek*

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#9 Chaz
March 31 2009, 09:23AM
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As cheesy as this was, it's kind of true. Why put so much energy and time into supporting this team all year only to lose faith while they are still mathematically in it? We may as well go down with the ship and try to enjoy these last few games. I agree the Oil need to give us more to cheer about, but let's show the boys some love tonight and hopefully with a win we can start building some momentum. If they do miss the playoffs, there will be plenty of time to point fingers, and to moan and groan about what could have been, but for now....LETS GO OILERS!

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#10 cambosmash
March 31 2009, 09:24AM
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1 - Shawn "Scream talker" Horcoff 2 - Tom "The Hair" Gilbert 3 - Sam "I can't get my point across in under 4000 words" Gagner 4 - Jason "I love everything except getting the puck out of my zone" Strudwick 5 - Denis "The Menace" Grebeshkov 6 - Sam "Ya I'm still talking" Gagner They're all on edmontonoilers.com

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#11 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 31 2009, 09:24AM
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JRocks247 wrote:

where’s our Captian?

Moreau was already hung out to dry for suggesting the same thing earlier this season. I think it went something like this "it doesn't matter, the building is sold out every night"

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#12 Chaz
March 31 2009, 09:25AM
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...and if we don't win, let's find some of Pronger's old furniture to burn...

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#13 Rick
March 31 2009, 09:25AM
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I'm torn on this one. I get the sentiment from the Oilers and would love to see the joint rocking down the stretch not to mention into the playoffs.

The trick is, I doubt that there is a single person that goes to the games not wanting to cheer and have a good time. The lack of atmosphere isn't by choice it is because the Oilers haven't delivered. They haven't delivered at home in the W column and they certainly haven't delivered in the entertainment category.

If they want people to cheer, not a canned pre-medidated cheer but actual emotion investment in the game, then they need to deliver. They need to score goals before the third period, they need to dominate the chances from the drop of the puck, they need to do all the things they have failed to do up to this point.

The fans want to get involved but they need to have something to get involved over.

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#14 Wanye Gretz
March 31 2009, 09:27AM
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Chaz wrote:

As cheesy as this was, it’s kind of true. Why put so much energy and time into supporting this team all year only to lose faith while they are still mathematically in it?

Apparently you have missed the Oilers play of late. What have they lost - 4 of the last 5?

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#15 RBK
March 31 2009, 09:28AM
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They should have let Wanye do the interview. I would LOVE to listen to that. hahaha

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#16 jayoilfan
March 31 2009, 09:29AM
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Okay so I might have sounded a little harsh with my other post but with Wanye and bcjames, it doesn seem like it was forced on them by Tencer. This reeks of someone higher up trying to intice the fans or something.

Anyway Go Oilers GO! Lets hope some broiled duck is on the menu tonight!

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#17 tricksnard
March 31 2009, 09:31AM
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It's fucking GO TIME. Let's do it.

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#18 Wanye Gretz
March 31 2009, 09:31AM
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RBK wrote:

They should have let Wanye do the interview. I would LOVE to listen to that. hahaha

No.

I too am putting aside all negative vibes for the remainder of the day and I am going to bring the cheer thunder to the game. Not because I think they deserve it but because they have this one last card to play.

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#19 jayoilfan
March 31 2009, 09:31AM
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silly post, I meant "it does seam like it was forced". And yes my first post was written before I watched the video on the Oilers page. Usually commenting before you watch is a bad idea...

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#20 jeanshorts
March 31 2009, 09:31AM
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God dammit I'm already jacked up for this game. It's way too early for me to feel this rowdy. I may just have to go kick the Stargate over and punch Richard Dean Anderson's mouth if this doesn't subside.

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#21 Mike Krushelnyski
March 31 2009, 09:36AM
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I posted this in the last article because I didn't see this one up yet: but if the Oilers played on the ice with half of the balls it took to call out the fans that have supported this crapshack of a team all year, they'd be comfortably in a playoff spot right now.

6-1 Ducks. Pronger with the trick.

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#22 5Cups without another in sight
March 31 2009, 09:37AM
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Contrived, sickening and repulsive. How dare they plead like this. If they could honestly look at the camera and say we are giving it our all, I would have no problem with this. But since they can't, they should have used the time to name and shame the non contributors in a private meeting. Oh wait a minute, that would only lead to two things: them being late for the game as it would take 29 hours, or the meeting not starting as it would require a captain who had the respect of his team. I for one could only name one or two players (certainly would only need one hand) who have played to potential this season, let alone of late.

But ya, Go Oilers said with all the enthusiasm of someone being offered their 19th beer of the night at 4am

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#23 Greg MC
March 31 2009, 09:39AM
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My experience playing in front of a crowd didn't have any impact on me. When I am on the ice, I don't hear anything, I am into the play 100%.

So I call BS

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#24 DK0
March 31 2009, 09:41AM
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I don't get how not one of the players was smart enough to end their segment with the one sentence we all needed to hear: "And we'll give you something to cheer about." Seriously if that audio ended with that and the boys looking actually amped up and ready to go, this blog would be titled "F*CK YA ITS GHOST RIDE TIME"

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#25 5Cups without another in sight
March 31 2009, 09:41AM
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I watched the devils rangers last night. Could not imagine this oilers team playing a game like that. There were bodies flying all over the place. Not much left on the ice in that game. Can't say I have seen one of those all year from this team. But would be the first to say I was proven wrong!

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#26 swany
March 31 2009, 09:42AM
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Wayne Gretz, look at it this way don't cheer to pump up the Oil cheer your arse off to get to the other teams. In 06 every other coach told there players NOYT to let the fans get to them, well maybe we do have an effect on other teams. What the hell can it hurt maybe if the players feel the energy in pre-game they will come out alot harder. Everything Mact and the players have tried hasn't worked, maybe this will.

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#27 5Cups without another in sight
March 31 2009, 09:45AM
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@ swany: I love the fact that a multi million $ pay check can't motivate them, but yet they believe we can get them over the hump! Tell that to your boss and see what happens. Boss, I just did not feel that you motivated me well enough to deliver that presentation on time... Anyone need their record of employment?

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#28 David S
March 31 2009, 09:50AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I agree that it was a terrible idea by Tencer. The concept might be OK on paper but statements that self servicing and impossibly unconvincing by the players should have led any producer listening to it to scrap the idea completely.

I wouldn't give Tencer credit for this. I'd bet some large that this was something either Alan Watt or Patrick Laforge cooked up. Can you imagine how big of a tool you'd feel like if you were a player doing one of these spots? Of all the people around, they more than anybody KNOW they haven't played up to expectations. Just the fact that this sort of thing was produced means there's more than a little concern for season ticket sales. Renewals most likely aren't going anywhere near as brisk as management would like (duh).

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#29 I'm a Scientist!
March 31 2009, 09:51AM
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It is obvious to me that the team realizes that the coach can no longer motivate them to play better. This is their way of saying that they need support from somewhere...anywhere... why not be the people who paid to have a good time?

Anyone know Paul Lorieau? Can we send him a box of monkeys so that maybe he can pull off that ol' anthem trick again? Surely that would lift the spirits of everyone in RX1?

jeanshorts wrote:

God dammit I’m already jacked up for this game. It’s way too early for me to feel this rowdy. I may just have to go kick the Stargate over and punch Richard Dean Anderson’s mouth if this doesn’t subside.

Must have lost a lot of blood after yesterdays slaughter. Pull through little one...pull through!

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#30 kingsblade
March 31 2009, 09:54AM
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What the players don't seem to understand is that getting the crown involved is not necessarily correlated to wins and losses but to team effort.

I know that personally I could much more happily support a losing Oiler team if they would show up every game with their best effort.

It was much easier to cheer for the crappy team iced in past years than the crap team iced this year, and that is a direct result of the lack of effort, not the lack of results.

All I ask as a fan is that they earn their @%^^%#&#$%@$#% money by doing their job. I know if I half-assed my job I would never see another client again, so why are they surprised to see a lackluster crown when they half-ass theirs?

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#31 Archaeologuy
March 31 2009, 09:55AM
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At what point did Tinker Bell sign with the Oilers? Why do I need to believe in Fairies before the Oilers play good hockey?

Clap if you believe in fairies everyone, Clap!

*sense of wonder builds from within and starts to clap. Suddenly Shawn Horcoff's polychromatic eyes begin to glow a fairy glow and he begins to fly. Claps harder! Like a man possessed Cogliano starts winning face-offs at a rate not seen since the best hockey player to plow Rod Stewarts ex-wife was here. Claps even harder, the whole building is on its feet! The Oilers to a man play hard, like someone's paying them to do it!*

Wow, I cant believe that worked.

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#32 swany
March 31 2009, 09:57AM
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David S wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: I agree that it was a terrible idea by Tencer. The concept might be OK on paper but statements that self servicing and impossibly unconvincing by the players should have led any producer listening to it to scrap the idea completely. I wouldn’t give Tencer credit for this. I’d bet some large that this was something either Alan Watt or Patrick Laforge cooked up. Can you imagine how big of a tool you’d feel like if you were a player doing one of these spots? Of all the people around, they more than anybody KNOW they haven’t played up to expectations. Just the fact that this sort of thing was produced means there’s more than a little concern for season ticket sales. Renewals most likely aren’t going anywhere near as brisk as management would like (duh).

Don't think so 92% renewal rate I doubt they are conserned about ticket sales. plus they have a waiting list.

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#33 Rusty Shackleford
March 31 2009, 10:01AM
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I haven't had much to laugh at when listening to Oilers coverage lately, but they played the best commercial I've heard in a while last night on CHED. A guy apparently bought his wife new cabinets and was talking to his friend on the phone about how much she loves it... How much does she love it?

"She spent 4 hours last night tossing salad"

So there you have it Nation... Buy you lady some cabinets and hope to hell you haven't run out of jelly or syrup!

It's nice to laugh again. Maybe the Oilers should buy their ladies some cabinets and they can play loose out there...

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#34 swany
March 31 2009, 10:02AM
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5Cups without another in sight wrote:

@ swany: I love the fact that a multi million $ pay check can’t motivate them, but yet they believe we can get them over the hump! Tell that to your boss and see what happens. Boss, I just did not feel that you motivated me well enough to deliver that presentation on time… Anyone need their record of employment?

Like I said maybe this GETS to the other teams, other coaches have said as much, when Edmonton gets it going we are the best building in the NHL. Other teams are saying it's like a church in here thats a challange to us fans to pick it up. And yes I agree with everyone there effort sucks, but maybe this picks them up it's worth a try for playoff hockey.

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#35 Nickler
March 31 2009, 10:06AM
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I am still going to cheer tonight like I always do, and for the rest of the games this season, in the playoffs or not.

I have been a fan since before the move to the NHL. (for you youngsters that was called the WHA), Even when I lived in Calgary (shudder) I bought a US satelite and paid for every Oiler game I watched. I think I can speak for a number of fans out there when I say, I won't stop cheering for my team but show me something! Give me a reason to be emotional! We are now being asked to be superfans for mediocre play.

To Mr. Katz and the rest of the Oilers organization; ENOUGH! Years and years of this is really starting to fade the colour of my inner Oiler Jersey!

I will continue to cheer even if we lose tonight but something has to change.......more sad than angry.

"feeling disapointed with a copper tear drop in my eye..."

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#36 Ted Saskin
March 31 2009, 10:07AM
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A plea to all Oiler Fans going to the game tonite. Cheer this team like we are in the playoffs and we have to win the next four of the sic to go to the next round. We all know MacT will not be here next year, I myself was a MacT basher. I really feel for this guy, watching him left to dry by himself.

There was a great call last night by Alvin who made me think. This mess is all Lowe. He jumped the gun and signed Horcrap to this crazy contract in his contract year before he realized that Horcrap had alreay peaked. What kind of contract would he have gotten now if Lowe had waited? Excuse "We didn't want the same "distraction" that Smyth had caused the team" Well Lowe put this team in a mess with his traders and contracts that we will be rebuilding for years. Penner (loss of 4.25M plus 3 draft choices) Smyth trade, Horcrap's extension, having 4 "offensive" defence men no shut down Defencemen. Pisani contract, Captain Ethan Mouron's contract, Gilbert's contract, now we lose a better D in Grebby. When a G.M. doesn't listen to his coach when he says he wanted Reasoner and Glencross back. Lowe does not know talent.

If anyone should take the fall it Lowe. He put this team together with no chance of chemistry. MacT was left to mop up after him, including the Smyth trade where MacT had to pinch hit because Lowe could not face the fans. MacT will leave this organization after the season, With calls from his best player (Hemsky) who says he was a checker, Your playing top line minutes , you lead the league in give aways and your bitching? he had asked you to be more defensive in your give aways, that is not a checker. Or as some radio personalities say no one to play with, well MacT put you with every player that Lowe had given him and you still couldn't be the "go to guy". If Zherdev was playing your minutes he would have more points, Shut up and pull out. He knows for what he said he won't be punished. What are they going to do trade him? No MacT will feel it instead. Lowe you set up this team and the fans for failure and now you are shielded from everthing. You should come defend the only man who stood up for you. You must feel the heat like MacT.

This is a sad day for a once pround organization. You have no eye for talent, your draft record and signing show it. Be a man and come take the heat. I beg all Oiler fans going to the game to Please cheer like we are in the finals and lets have at least 10 more games instead of 6.

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#37 5Cups without another in sight
March 31 2009, 10:08AM
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@ Archaeologuy: don't know if I believe in them, but somehow we have a team full of them

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#38 swany
March 31 2009, 10:08AM
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Nickler wrote:

I am still going to cheer tonight like I always do, and for the rest of the games this season, in the playoffs or not. I have been a fan since before the move to the NHL. (for you youngsters that was called the WHA), Even when I lived in Calgary (shudder) I bought a US satelite and paid for every Oiler game I watched. I think I can speak for a number of fans out there when I say, I won’t stop cheering for my team but show me something! Give me a reason to be emotional! We are now being asked to be superfans for mediocre play. To Mr. Katz and the rest of the Oilers organization; ENOUGH! Years and years of this is really starting to fade the colour of my inner Oiler Jersey! I will continue to cheer even if we lose tonight but something has to change…….more sad than angry. “feeling disapointed with a copper tear drop in my eye…”

Then maybe Mact should start the 4th line tonight, a big hit a fight maybe a goal that would go along way to pump us all up.

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#39 Deans
March 31 2009, 10:08AM
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Great article Gretz, you are deadon on this one. This elitest sh1t is really pissing me off. I've always been a bit of a Tencer appoligist but last night he jumped the shark for good. After listening to a Tencer rant and "expert" analysis from Tencer and Debrusk we are forced to stomach the most overwrought propaganda since the Anderson retirment ceremony.

Here is my take, Hey Oilers... to quote the imortal Chris Jericho: DO YOUR JOB, DO YOUR F'ING JOB. We fans(you know the ones who shell out $44 to watch in standing room) do our jobs. That is why we are able to get collectivly gauged in order to watch you play hockey. It's fine if you want to play w/ zero intensity, thats your perogitive but we pay for the tickets and the overpriced "food" and we can react to the game anyway we want.

Come to think of it, you know which group of fans should be called out? The 50-100 Versace wearing douche bags who hang out in the pretencious lower lounge. These wanna-be Hills characters are hanging around a TV while the Oiler play hockey IN THE SAME BUILDING. If you want to socialize and act like a social parasite, go to The Bank like the rest of the slimey yuppies in this hole we call a hometown. But I guess its your money(or at least your trust fund) and you can flush it down the toilet if you want.

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#40 TOAST
March 31 2009, 10:10AM
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I, too, will be at the game cheering/drinking. I'm the abused wife who has dinner waiting on the table every night...such is the fate of the Oiler National.

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#41 The Towel Boy
March 31 2009, 10:12AM
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LET'S DOOOOOOOOO THIS!!!!

I've got a flat of Bud Lights chilling in the fridge. I've cleared my schedule this evening. The wife will be busy doing something.

I'll be ready for you, Edmonton Oilers. You will have my undivided attention.

I'll do my part and yell at the tv. You do yours and play your asses off. That goes for you too, Andrew Cogliano.

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#42 deepoil
March 31 2009, 10:14AM
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David S wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: I agree that it was a terrible idea by Tencer. The concept might be OK on paper but statements that self servicing and impossibly unconvincing by the players should have led any producer listening to it to scrap the idea completely. I wouldn’t give Tencer credit for this. I’d bet some large that this was something either Alan Watt or Patrick Laforge cooked up. Can you imagine how big of a tool you’d feel like if you were a player doing one of these spots? Of all the people around, they more than anybody KNOW they haven’t played up to expectations. Just the fact that this sort of thing was produced means there’s more than a little concern for season ticket sales. Renewals most likely aren’t going anywhere near as brisk as management would like (duh).

so now if the oil miss the playoffs - blood is on your hands for not cheering - in the corporate world, this is deflecting blame and saving your job..... based on tencer doing this and not gregor - this is a corus rightsholder lead from allan watt and patrick laforge......

it appears that people waiting in line for season tickets next year will be getting a phone call...

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#43 Archaeologuy
March 31 2009, 10:15AM
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TOAST wrote:

I, too, will be at the game cheering/drinking. I’m the abused wife who has dinner waiting on the table every night…such is the fate of the Oiler National.

uh, abused because you are forced to go to the game or is this a cry for help?

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#44 deepoil
March 31 2009, 10:16AM
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Nickler wrote:

I am still going to cheer tonight like I always do, and for the rest of the games this season, in the playoffs or not. I have been a fan since before the move to the NHL. (for you youngsters that was called the WHA), Even when I lived in Calgary (shudder) I bought a US satelite and paid for every Oiler game I watched. I think I can speak for a number of fans out there when I say, I won’t stop cheering for my team but show me something! Give me a reason to be emotional! We are now being asked to be superfans for mediocre play. To Mr. Katz and the rest of the Oilers organization; ENOUGH! Years and years of this is really starting to fade the colour of my inner Oiler Jersey! I will continue to cheer even if we lose tonight but something has to change…….more sad than angry. “feeling disapointed with a copper tear drop in my eye…”

I am sure the dark knight's director of security and communications will print this blog and read it to him during lunch - LOL..... falling off chair and lovin it

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#45 Rob
March 31 2009, 10:17AM
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Longest day of the season so far, and nothing to do all day *sigh* I Need a 10 hour coma to get me to gametime faster.

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#46 Peter Pan
March 31 2009, 10:20AM
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Are you guys kidding? The Rex is the deadest rink in the league when it comes to fans. And I am not only speaking of this season, but throughout the 30 year existence of this team. However, I only speak of the regular season. In the playoffs, no other rink can duplicate what we bring to each home game. But why only in the playoffs? We had 150+ consecutive sellouts. TV ratings have increased. PPV originated. Fan base has increased. Demographics have changed. We live amongst the finest of hockey fans, yet when we place our asses into the seats, we automatically go silent.

I think it has to do more with us being too tense and too analytical of the game rather than enjoying attraction of the sport. The players should not need fan involvement to get into the game emotionally; but these guys do. Is it any coincidence that we did better on the road this year than at home? Could it relate to more energy and emotion being drawn from other home team crowds? Modano used to say, playing in front of Oiler fans used to get his teams adrenaline rushing too. Could this be the case of the 20082009 Oil?

The fans do play a role in this. Hopefully we could live up to our potential this evening. And it should start with the anthem and germinate as the game develops.

But, as usual, I'm sure it won't happen.

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#47 Bruthah - FMNF, FLNF, NNC
March 31 2009, 10:20AM
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Wanye, every article of late is like it has been touched by Midas himself....... PURE GOLD!

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#48 deepoil
March 31 2009, 10:20AM
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David S wrote: Wanye Gretz wrote: I agree that it was a terrible idea by Tencer. The concept might be OK on paper but statements that self servicing and impossibly unconvincing by the players should have led any producer listening to it to scrap the idea completely. I wouldn’t give Tencer credit for this. I’d bet some large that this was something either Alan Watt or Patrick Laforge cooked up. Can you imagine how big of a tool you’d feel like if you were a player doing one of these spots? Of all the people around, they more than anybody KNOW they haven’t played up to expectations. Just the fact that this sort of thing was produced means there’s more than a little concern for season ticket sales. Renewals most likely aren’t going anywhere near as brisk as management would like (duh). Don’t think so 92% renewal rate I doubt they are conserned about ticket sales. plus they have a waiting list.

think about this equation

oilers don't make the playoffs creating a demand for renewals as this is a hockey starved city

interesting to note that each round has its own pricing

92% renewal rate - this is a soft number with the real money (full payment) due later - playoff ticket deposits are credited for september.....

this number will drop and then the oil will have to find another eric upton

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#49 Chaz
March 31 2009, 10:21AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I too am putting aside all negative vibes for the remainder of the day and I am going to bring the cheer thunder to the game. Not because I think they deserve it but because they have this one last card to play.

My sentiments exactly Wayne. Dwelling on the recent past (Losing 4 of the last 5 as you mentioned) does nothing to help the cause. The Oil nation must come together and provide all the energy then can.

That being said, if the Oil of late show up and deliver another craptacular performance, than I think the fans should be over the top in demonstrating their disapproval. The Oilers can't have their cake and eat it too. If they want loud fans, they'll get them. If they play well and win, the cheers will be positive, but if they mail in a stinker, get ready for the Bronx cheers.

I'm thinking "Let's Go Golfing!!" to the tune of the "Let's Go Oilers" will be a good one if we're getting worked by the Ducks. Either that, or "Let's Change Direction!". Or maybe "These Beers are Pricey!"

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#50 Hoodlum
March 31 2009, 10:22AM
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It seems kind of redundant to have a "win one for the gipper" peptalk now, after all the uninspired hockey we have seen on home ice this year. But we all know what it was like in RX1 during our run in '06. I couldn't hear myself think, and as a player, how do you not get up for that, 17000 screaming fans all wanting the same thing, how do you not play inspired, emotional hockey in that evironment? I hate the fact that these players have the audacity to ask us to cheer and support them. That is a slap in the face. We have every reason not to cheer them, but as fans, LOYAL FANS, we will cheer them and it makes me mad to be cheering for this team to just make the playoffs this late in the season....again. SO YES MR. HORCOFF, I WILL CHEER LOUD AND PROUD FOR YOU AND YOUR COHORTS, BUT I ASK YOU THIS, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR ME??

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