Cal Nichols stepping down

Wanye
March 06 2009 11:42AM

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As we learned from the OilersNation on Twitter, Cal Nichols has stepped down from his post with the Oilers.

"Nichols stepped aside while he leads a business group's fight to save the City Centre Airport.  Nichols, a key player in the original investors' group that kept the Oilers in Edmonton before the sale to Daryl Katz, says he doesn't want to drag the team into the politics of the airport fight."

Nichols, pictured above with Paul Coffey and a dapper Sam Gagner in a suit is one of the good guys here in Edmonton and a major reason why we have the luxury of being frustrated with the Oilers on a Friday Morning.

The article continues on to say that Nichols "recently took on a new role as the head of the Alberta Enterprise Group, a pro-airport advocacy alliance of business leaders. Oilers president Patrick LaForge says the team respects Nichols' decision and supports his view that a clean break is needed, quote, "particularly as plans move forward for the development of a new entertainment and sports district in downtown Edmonton."  Nichols says his future with the Oilers' organization will be at the sole discretion of the Katz Group upon the completion of the City Centre Airport hearings in June."

Is there a story here? Is this related to anything other than Nichols' unparalleled desire to help the City of Edmonton? A better writer would know answers. Instead we ask you. We should probably all discuss this before Deep Oil gets wind of the story and comes on here and explains to us how Cal Nichols is actually a director of the CIA planted at the discretion of the industrial military complex, or something equally mind blowing.

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#1 The Towel Boy
March 06 2009, 11:45AM
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shhh....they're listening....

*puts aluminum foil hat on*

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#2 baggedmilk
March 06 2009, 11:49AM
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When you write something about Bernie Nichols then I'll be interested. Pfft... In the mean time, Gretz, we have to find Patty O'needslovin and give that kid a hug.

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#3 Zamboni Driver
March 06 2009, 11:58AM
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Nichols doing this is, in a way, typical Oilers. "Let's revisit battles from the good old days!"

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#4 baggedmilk
March 06 2009, 11:58AM
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Further more I have just decided that from this day forward, everytime he scores that the goal song shall be Patio Lanterns by Kim Mitchell.

Our house had the biggest Patty O...

See? It works. I do good work.

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#5 The Towel Boy
March 06 2009, 11:59AM
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Patty O'furniture?

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#6 Wanye Gretz
March 06 2009, 12:00PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

See? It works. I do good work.

You do excellent work. Where have you been??? Did you know Erik Cole got traded???

*reminds self of Erik Cole trade and starts crying again*

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#7 baggedmilk
March 06 2009, 12:04PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

baggedmilk wrote: See? It works. I do good work. You do excellent work. Where have you been??? Did you know Erik Cole got traded??? *reminds self of Erik Cole trade and starts crying again*

I did know he got traded, and I'm glad you saw that I called it on the JSBM website. Not to mention I told you it would happen a couple months ago. Twas a sad day.

*wipes single manly tear*

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#8 Wanye Gretz
March 06 2009, 12:13PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Not to mention I told you it would happen a couple months ago. Twas a sad day. *wipes single manly tear*

It's been a hard week.

*seconds single manly tear*

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#9 Greg MC
March 06 2009, 12:14PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

baggedmilk wrote: See? It works. I do good work. You do excellent work. Where have you been??? Did you know Erik Cole got traded??? *reminds self of Erik Cole trade and starts crying again*

He is gone and never coming back, get over it. Medication may help.

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#10 Jay
March 06 2009, 12:27PM
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Nichols was a great defender of Lowe and to a lesser extent MacT under the old ownership group. Did he not save their jobs when some of the other board members wanted them out?

maybe here's nothing more to it.

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#11 B-rad
March 06 2009, 12:32PM
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Maybe he needs MacT to help him...... go forth Mac...go forth...

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#12 Tombo
March 06 2009, 12:38PM
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"Those Patty O'Lanterns they were the stars in the sky. Those Patty O'Lanterns lighting up our lives."

Yup, it works.

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#13 baggedmilk
March 06 2009, 12:40PM
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Tombo wrote:

“Those Patty O’Lanterns they were the stars in the sky. Those Patty O’Lanterns lighting up our lives.” Yup, it works.

See? I knew it would be a hit.

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#14 David S
March 06 2009, 12:43PM
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I'd bet a night out with the #1 ranked hooker in Edmonton that Nichols has substantial business interests that have something to do with this airport. Deep OIl will no doubt clarify the matter. heh heh

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#15 MJ
March 06 2009, 12:57PM
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Very simple. The Oilers want not part of the political affair AEG has opened up and will continue to jam down the city's throat. If Nichols doesn't publicly castrate himself with trying to expand / reopen CCA, he may have a job with Rexall Sports again. Savvy and predictable move by Rexall, Katz and the Oilers.

Plus I'm sure someone wise in the Rexall organization took note when Nichols was put down on record saying the Oilers support expansion/reopening CCA. That may well have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

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#16 MattL
March 06 2009, 01:05PM
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Does the Oil charter fly out of the city centre?

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#17 Deep Oil
March 06 2009, 01:19PM
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MattL wrote:

Does the Oil charter fly out of the city centre?

No - Shell Centre YEG

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#18 Zamboni Driver
March 06 2009, 01:19PM
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@ MattL: Nope...no big jets allowed.

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#19 Zamboni Driver
March 06 2009, 01:26PM
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MJ wrote:

AEG

Not sure how "Grumpy Old Millionaires" translates into AEG as an acronym.

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#20 SquidRx
March 06 2009, 01:40PM
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I think Cal Nichols leaving is as news worthy as baggedmilk spankin' the monkey. Who really gives a sh*t? I say that with all due respect to baggedmilk and his self-flagellating ability. Why was Cal still with the organization anyway? Thanks for all your great work, we truly appreciated it, have fun with your airplanes in the sandbox, check ya' later.

*fires off the double finger guns with tongue click*

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#21 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 06 2009, 01:42PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

everytime he scores that the goal song shall be Patio Lanterns by Kim Mitchell. Our house had the biggest Patty O…

Right after they start playing "Hungry like the Wolf" by Duran Duran whenever Horcoff remembers how to score? ;)

As a person who doesn't live in Edmonton, don't they have like 3 airports around Edmonton?

Edmonton/Villeneuve Airport Cooking Lake St. Albert

Isn't that WHY they made all of those improvents at YEG?

Why don't they just put a Heli-Pad on top of Rexall?

Good luck Cal...

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#22 yo
March 06 2009, 01:56PM
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Someone from the Oilers, Patrick Laforge i think, said the Oiler community activities in the north move in and out from the CCaiport not the teams charter specifically.

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#23 Deep Oil
March 06 2009, 01:56PM
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I believe that there is honor here on all sides.

Nicholls stepped aside, Oilers are silent, very silent, and this appears to be a respect issue. No harm, no foul - except to the public knowledge that Mr. Nicholls health is not well. Returning to Rexall Sports is not in the script - it is called retirement - I am just not sure that is in Mr. Nicholls vocabulary.

Just wondering what the fuss is all about, the real story here is who will replace or be the interm Chair.

Nicholls was hired as a spokesperson from the past.

He was rewarded in this short time to repay for the wrongdoings of some EIG members in terms of reimbursement etc. (Edmonton Journal related story)

I wish Mr. Nicholls the best, as the real reason I believe that is his health is not the best (public knowledge - no scoop here) and a less stressful environment is needed - this lobby position allows him to keep his brain sharp. With over $12mm - possibly $14mm (pretax) in the payout of EIG, plus this honorarium as Chair to be spokesperson so Katz can maintain radio silence - this is not a dollars item.

Lobbying EIA, YEG for CN makes sense, he has experience with incomptent non profit boards such as Northlands, so the ERAA is even worse than the farm asylum.

Trouble is we have the worst air service in terms of having to fly to YYC, MSP, SFO to get anywhere with limited service to LAX, PHX - even Westjet (thank god for some effort) avoids YEG and still makes the passengers hub through another city (Calgary).... IMO, the muni (YXD) is a white elephant and caters to the north for labor workers, medical flights, and supports the Kingsway Business district slightly...... I just don't understand the value of having this facility open - when EIA overcharges for it's AIF and has trouble providing the CUSTOMER services that are acceptable to the business traveller.

Rant: Getting stuck on the USA side for hours due to a flight delay - you have a starbucks and a deli/bar to satisfy your anger at the airlines. The USA side is more of a mousetrap for well behaved Canadians that never question authority.

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#24 Deep Oil
March 06 2009, 02:10PM
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yo wrote:

Someone from the Oilers, Patrick Laforge i think, said the Oiler community activities in the north move in and out from the CCaiport not the teams charter specifically.

Oilers will take a puddle jumper to Kelowna etc for the Alumni Golf Auction to golf at Predator Ridge using the MUNI - (Penner shows up late with fluffer) - Oilers fly using a financial term called POWER BY THE HOUR with first class seats for all aboard.

Here is the FBO (fixed based operations)

Avfuel -- CFP : Flight Department - FBO DetailFuel Provider, Shell Aerocentre - YEG. Flight Operation Type, Corporate Configure Accepted. Telephone, (780) 890-1300. Fax, (780) 890-1310. Toll Free ... www.avfuel.com/commercialContractFuel/FDICenter/FboDetail.asp?AccountID=AEH4P0000255&SearchParamId= - 34k - Cached - Similar pages

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#25 Colin
March 06 2009, 02:51PM
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I saw the C and stepping down and my hopes went up and then I realized it wasn't MacT.

F*&#.

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#26 Robin Brownlee
March 06 2009, 02:59PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

MattL wrote: Does the Oil charter fly out of the city centre? No - Shell Centre YEG

They aren't using the Shell Centre any more.

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#27 Harlie Chuddy
March 06 2009, 03:38PM
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AEG - Aging Expensive Goats

or the positive spin

AEG - Aging Ex Greats

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#28 Harlie Chuddy
March 06 2009, 03:48PM
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MJ wrote:

Very simple. The Oilers want not part of the political affair AEG has opened up and will continue to jam down the city’s throat. If Nichols doesn’t publicly castrate himself with trying to expand / reopen CCA, he may have a job with Rexall Sports again. Savvy and predictable move by Rexall, Katz and the Oilers. Plus I’m sure someone wise in the Rexall organization took note when Nichols was put down on record saying the Oilers support expansion/reopening CCA. That may well have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

well said. *clap clap*

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#29 Ryan
March 06 2009, 03:54PM
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Nichols isn't the only one with business interests tied to the CC airport. Katz' own plane flies in and out of there as do many of the other business leaders in town. So there is not any conflict between Nichols interest in the CC and the Katz groups interests. As well, many of the private charters that use the CC, including Katz', have fairly long (as in 10+ year) lease agreements with the city. It will be very expensive for the city to buy themselves out of those.

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#30 Bob Cob
March 06 2009, 04:07PM
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Sam looks bigger than I thought he was, is he trying to bulk up so he can play the the fourth line with Stort's and Big Mac? Talk about a bang and crash energy line if there ever was one, I dont know about anyone else but I know I'm getting excited.

Thanks for all the hard work you did to keep the Oilers in Edmonton Cal, nice work from this life long Oiler fan.

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#31 the Menace
March 06 2009, 04:37PM
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My Villeneuve sources have indicated that this was mostly due to Edmonton's social scene. Cal needs to spread his wings.

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#32 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 06 2009, 05:38PM
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Jack "FMNF" Bauer thinks this is just a front so Cal can spend more time exploring Edmonton's night scene and trying to pick up girls. Jack "FMNF" Bauer insists that Darryl Katz needs to come out and make a public appearance to appease me and set forth the rumors I have started about his fiancial status. Jack "FMNF" Bauer also thinks there is more to the story than this.

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#33 Skidplate
March 06 2009, 05:45PM
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I think Gagne plays Sergei Pukizin for the MacD commercial.

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#34 Skidplate
March 06 2009, 05:45PM
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link http://www.jmshockey.com/hockey-general-f13/new-mcdonalds-hockey-commercial-t358.html

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#35 David S
March 06 2009, 07:16PM
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Skidplate wrote:

I think Gagne plays Sergei Pukizin for the MacD commercial.

It's Gagner. Sam freaking G.A.G.N.E.R.

And yeah, he looked pretty small when Reasoner pasted him up against the boards last night.Come to think of it, he got pretty fired up with that bloody lip. Maybe he should get Zack to punch him in the face during the next pre-game skate. Might work.

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#36 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 06 2009, 07:27PM
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It was Jason Smith that pasted him against the boards.

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#37 Skidplate
March 06 2009, 07:33PM
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@ David S: Ya I know, typo

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#38 David S
March 06 2009, 07:56PM
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Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

It was Jason Smith that pasted him against the boards.

David thanks Jack "FMNF" Bauer for the correction. He wonders if his error is somehow connected to Katz being financed by Mckesson. All is not as it seems at the ranch.

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#39 Deep Oil
March 07 2009, 09:20AM
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Ryan wrote:

Nichols isn’t the only one with business interests tied to the CC airport. Katz’ own plane flies in and out of there as do many of the other business leaders in town. So there is not any conflict between Nichols interest in the CC and the Katz groups interests. As well, many of the private charters that use the CC, including Katz’, have fairly long (as in 10+ year) lease agreements with the city. It will be very expensive for the city to buy themselves out of those.

FYI - Katz may not have his own plane - he has in the past had a share with another business leader in the city from PCL.... when the season opened - Bombardier flew him to Spain? on a new unit (test flight) for a rented yacht retreat....while Cal and real rexall player Barry Katz waved to the sheep.... I mean Rexall faithful for the opener.... our silent reclusive Rexall Sports (Dark Knight initials DK) owner now is commuting from Palm Springs with a condo interest in Vancouver. Northlands must be supporting this AEG with secret lottery money payments to this lobby group. As the INDY is a related interest on this property - lose this to affordable housing (another griesbach) and they will have to negotiate with Castrol Raceway and require permanent infastructure money from Uncle Ed .......the race will never make money, suck money from Mandel and friends while Northlands faces the wrath of city councilors freaking out after the fact in terms of the cash $5mm each year is lost to related economic benefit. Sales job of the week, community leaders and the rumor mill have touted that RX2 went down $100mm due to the economy being in the tank.... has anyone seen the $100mm that the DARK KNIGHT has promised - or is that just a surcharge added to the Oiler Season Tickets next year and so on..... pay to play, I mean watch.

Benefits of a CBC broadcast - no gene tonight - joke free. Drawbacks of a CBC Broadcast - government news that no one watches, and eastern bias, noting that the amount of people watching the leafs tonight outweigh oilervision (oops sorry that is a trademarked term)- things could be worse - we could have Mark Lee.

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#40 Deep Oil
March 07 2009, 09:59AM
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David S wrote:

Jack “FMNF” Bauer wrote: It was Jason Smith that pasted him against the boards. David thanks Jack “FMNF” Bauer for the correction. He wonders if his error is somehow connected to Katz being financed by Mckesson. All is not as it seems at the ranch.

Present cash flow from oiler season ticket holders and corp sponsorship can sustain this business entity, McKesson was a capital infusion to acquire the viability and security of the loan from CIT group for Rexall Sports to make an offer to EIG, prior to the financial 911 from the terrorist stock brokers this last September. Deep Oil knows the same people that ran Oil to $150 - also sold it short and brought it to it's knees - same people (Katz friends) will run it up again. 80% of all oil trades are paper, never take posession of the crude.

Deep Oil suggests that if the season ticket holders (sheep) start dropping like flies, then HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM - sorry RX2 is a pipedream.

Deep Oil hopes the oil lose tonight and fall below the Toronto Maple Leafs who are publicly in a rebuilding mode. Isn't it ironic that the MORON in Toronto is on equal footing with the DOHO in Edmonton - except that the young jedi knight (DOHO - KL) blew his budget on Horc and Penner - plus lost 3 picks in the process - moron moron in the mirror.....

NATION - DEEP OIL thinks this team in totally screwed cap wise for the following reasons....... this is a three year healing process, but the patient may not survive - even with a Rexall reminder.

1) Horcoff - overpayment 2) Penner - emotional signing - oiler fans were blinded 3) Increase in salary via the kids in 2010 - 2011 4) Perfect storm - see 1,2,3

ALL THREE COLLIDE IN 2010 - as per NHLNUMBERS.com Looks like you can take today's dollars (Coles) $4mm and just give it to Cogs and Gagner - bumping their numbers to $3mm each - but then again, it looked like Cole didn't want to be here and started playing better just before the trade deadline....

Note - as per Rogers Sportsnet MacLean, the new CBA is devastating to GM's as the "second" contract that the kids are signing these days are inflated and sometimes fall into the 25 year old UFA category. Deep Oil is feeling sorry for OILER CAPOLOGIST (eddies brother) as the telfon don DOHO has a pickle to solve that was created SOLEY from within DOHO - hiring TAMBO is not going to fool everyone.

Oilers are in trouble due to 5PM MST start, without stating the obvious, but DEEP OIL has to... really.. they just won't be ready - their time clocks are set here in ETOWN and you can blame the conspiracy of CBC Eastern Start for the loss of the two points tonight.

Rexall Reminder to forward your clocks tonight - so none of us miss church, we all have to pray for the biblical sacrifice of LOWE, he could now be promoted to Chair, Tambo to DOHO and Bob Stauffer to GM.

The fire MACT saga is just getting old - how about letting him go quietly in that good night, miss the playoffs this will come to a mutual departure, he will get picked up by another team looking for the xoxo's.

Have a great Saturday with your wireless routers and laptops..... Deep Oil is not watching the game, major social event in Beverly tonight - heading north for an annual party - keeping it real with the common people.

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#41 David S
March 07 2009, 10:52AM
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I guess the one advantage of long blathering diatribes is that nobody is going to take the time to dissect the numerous misinformed and vindictive points you've made. But I'll mention two.

(1) You obviously don't have a grasp of the Indy situation past what you read at TSN's website or in the Journal.

(2) The "CBC conspiracy" is nothing more than 7:00 local eastern time - the same local time we start our home games (which has people in Toronto watching the third period at 11:00).

As far as the Katz hate you have going on, I can only imagine you were fired from your part-time front counter job at a Rexall pharmacy. Good news for you - the minimum wage in Alberta is going up. Odds are there's a subway sandwich artist job out there with your name on it.

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#42 Deep Oil
March 07 2009, 01:57PM
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David S wrote:

I guess the one advantage of long blathering diatribes is that nobody is going to take the time to dissect the numerous misinformed and vindictive points you’ve made. But I’ll mention two. (1) You obviously don’t have a grasp of the Indy situation past what you read at TSN’s website or in the Journal. (2) The “CBC conspiracy” is nothing more than 7:00 local eastern time - the same local time we start our home games (which has people in Toronto watching the third period at 11:00). As far as the Katz hate you have going on, I can only imagine you were fired from your part-time front counter job at a Rexall pharmacy. Good news for you - the minimum wage in Alberta is going up. Odds are there’s a subway sandwich artist job out there with your name on it.

1) Indy loses money - Northlands fills its boots with a blank cheque from the city with accounting ethics very similar to the Winnipeg Jets getting an unlimited amount of money from the city of Winnipeg.

2) Why do the Maple Leafs play the Oilers on a Saturday at the ACC - sounds to me like MLSE, CBC, and the schedule maker have a preferred agenda. To play in the Eastern Time zone is not the problem - not being ready for the dinner bell at 5PM EST is the problem. Is is true that Nilsson is benched in the EST because he left his alarm clock at home.

Last time I checked, the Leafs were a disaster, in a rebuild mode, fired their coach and GM (last 12 months) and are taking on draft picks - if the oil were to fire DOHO, let MACT walk and tube some brainless contracts, we would become what I have been saying for the past 6 months. The SHEEP keep believing it - but it really is billygoat gospel...... baaaaaaadd.

And BTW - subway has some great deals on, when I was in the states $5 gets you a foot long..... enjoy your blizzard tonight - not Dairy Queen either.

No Katz hate here - just amused at his LBO antics and wizard of oz act combined with the dark knight (DK).... this team does not have an owner, it has a silent majority shareholder - forgive me Allan Watt for the truth has been spoken. MLSE looks like a business in comparison to this buy and hold entity via Rexall cash flow that does not belong to the DARK KNIGHT.

I will not go to my room and sob - I know they are getting closer, can you hear them.

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#43 David S
March 07 2009, 05:15PM
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2+2=5 in this case.

Wild accusations with no sources quoted besides Google searched links are just that. Sad thing is that I think you actually believe what you write.

Suffice it to say that if you did know the real deal with Indy, you'd be looking at some goof writing what you write and laughing your guts out.

You're dangerous. You write wild accusations and slander, knowing full well the only way to prove you wrong is for the people who know the truth to out themselves, damaging any number of personal and business relationships in the process.

Nice one. You're the king.

Putz.

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