Hey Alberta... Hop On In...

Brian O'Neill
April 28 2009 05:24PM

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Well for the first time since 1994 the Vancouver Canucks are Canada's last hope to bring a Stanley Cup back to the homeland. Now that the Flames have crashed and burned, Alberta is stuck in quite a quagmire. Cheer for the Canucks? But they hate the Canucks.As a Canucks fan to my brethren in Alberta, I openly invite you to join in on the party. There is no shame in jumping on the bandwagon, hell the bandwagon is already filled with posers and wannabes from Vancouver.

When the Flames defeated us in the first round in 2004, it took a series before we warmed up, but by the Conference Finals, the Flames had our official endorsement. We watched you guys all the way to game seven. We have to admit that the loss did not hit us nearly as hard.

We were quick to follow the Oilers in 2006, mainly because the Canucks, in traditional fashion, choked and did not make the playoffs. We don't have the same aggression towards the Oilers as we do the Flames. This is because we traditionally have never done you any favors at the end of the season when trying to clinch. Yes we feel guilty. Much like highlanders, only one of us can make it to the post-season.

The message I am trying to convey is that you do not have to sit around and ponder what will happen next season, you can continue cheering on the Canucks while they are still in the playoffs. Don't worry, the smell will wash off immediately following the playoffs.

Give us your support. You be Scott Neidermayer, we'll be Rob. Hitch your post to us and help us get a taste of the glory.

I would have invited Eastern Canada, but they have never heard of these so called Canucks. They didn't even know there was a Western Conference.

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Brian is a portly hockey genius who lives in the mountains and dreams of a team that can make it beyond the second round of the playoffs.
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#1 Hey Alberta… Hop On In « Nucks Hub
April 28 2009, 05:29PM
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[...] Well for the first time since 1994 the Vancouver Canucks are Canada’s last hope to bring a Stanley Cup back to the homeland. Now that the Flames have crashed and burned, Alberta is stuck in quite a quagmire. Cheer for the Canucks? but they hate the Canucks. CONTINUE READING [...]

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#2 RossCreek
April 28 2009, 05:32PM
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No thanks. Jumped str8 from the Flames bandwagon to the Hawks' (a shame I was guaranteed to lose a team in the 1st round, but I guess it guaranteed 1 in the 2nd).

GO HAWKS!

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#3 Robin Brownlee
April 28 2009, 05:33PM
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"When the Flames defeated US . . ."

I should probably know this, Brian, but what position did you play?

There are more important matters at hand than jumping on your bandwagon. WE have to hire a new coach. WE have to shake up the roster. WE have to . . .

And this poke in your eye has nothing to do with my embarrassment at picking the Canucks to finish 10th and predicting Mike Gillis would make Vancouver, I mean YOU, a laughing stock.

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#4 Brian O'Neill
April 28 2009, 05:39PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: I am definately a WE user, in my defense, I was refering to the collective Canucks fans... didn't you know "We are all Canucks."

Also, there's no shame in picking the Canucks not to make they playoffs. When it is predicted that the Canucks will make it, they don't, and vise versa. You guys have plenty of time to shake things up in Mid-June-August.

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#5 Gene's Pubes
April 28 2009, 05:42PM
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No thanks.

The Hawks have many things that the Canucks dont. Chicago is an organization with class, talent, more than one star, a goalie who isnt over rated, a GM who isnt scum, and not to mention how much better of a city Chicago is than Vancouver.

You can take your 2nd round loss and shove it.

Love,

Gene's Pubes

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#6 TLP
April 28 2009, 05:43PM
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How about this: I ONLY hope the Canucks get swept and all their fans are evicted from their homes.

Best offer I can put together.

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#7 Jonathan Willis
April 28 2009, 05:47PM
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I actually do like the Canucks, so I'm a little torn. On the one hand, my dad would be overjoyed if the Canucks won the Cup, and that's a good thing. On the other hand, I live surrounded by Canucks fans and that's hard enough to take as it is.

It's a conundrum.

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#8 Lanny McDonald
April 28 2009, 05:57PM
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i'd sooner see the flames re-sign Bertuzzi than the canucks win the stanley cup - and I really hate Bertuzzi.

Go anyonebutthecanucks!

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#9 Hockey Gods
April 28 2009, 05:58PM
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Bite Me. I hate the Nucks almost as much as I hate the Flames and Leafs.

I reuse to be a bandwagon jumper, as far as I am concerned hockey season is over and it's time to prepare for the draft, and the lead-up to the draft. In the meantime, Let's Go Blue Jays... seems I am addictted to teams that will break my heart.

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#10 Shaun Doe
April 28 2009, 06:00PM
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I would rather lick the bricks in Pigeon Park than hitch a ride on the Canucks bandwagon... I mean really I don't think I have enough cell phone minutes to last an entire series talking to my friends and taking pictures while sitting in premo, behind the bench seats wondering if Shine will be busy when the game is over to really make it as a 'Nucks fan. So yeah, I'll pass...

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#11 Archaeologuy
April 28 2009, 06:11PM
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Sorry, cant do it. I tried once before in 2004 to cheer for a Canadian team just because they were Canadian and I got burned. This heart is closed.

I even went to game 4 of the Cup final (Kerry Fraser is the worst referee in the history of the NHL and made it his mission to make the Flames lose that game). And then just 2 years later, after the game of Hockey was taken away from us because the NHLPA is made up of under-educated Millionaires who dont understand that owners cant give 90% of their revenue to the players, when my beloved Oilers were playing in the Finals themselves, the support that I gave to the Flames was not reciprocated. Every time I heard a Flames fan speak it was spewing hatred towards the Oilers. Hatred towards Edmonton. Mocking how Edmonton called Whyte Ave "the blue mile", a title for 82 ave I had never even heard before and was clearly something invented in Calgary.

No sir, I will not cheer for the Canucks. I cannot. When my team is eliminated I switch automatically to the Devils and the Canadiens only. When those teams are eliminated I cheer for specific players only, not teams.

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#12 s
April 28 2009, 06:46PM
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who even allowed this terrible, horrible sacreligious display of pro-Canada unity on this wonderful, Oilcentric site? We don't even pretend to like Calgary in the playoffs, I personally would rather (insert horrible, unimaginable situation here) than cheer for the leafs, the sens just suck and the habs well, I'm not gonna touch that. So why would I cheer for the Canucks? It just doesn't make sense, it is like this alien concept, on par with actually listening to Nickelback and enjoying its level of predictable suck and trying to convince everyone that it really is good and that the songs don't all sound the same. I cannot like them, and I cannot cheer for the Canucks. I'd rather see an original 6 showdown of American teams than let the fake hippie/yuppie douchebags have a Stanley cup parade on Robson street. The very notion of that makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

I'll be honest, during the flames craptacular run in 04, I was unfortunately in the U.S during the last two games of the finals. Then and only then did I pretend to cheer for the flames, and it was only because I couldn't not cheer for Canada in front of the yanks...but I didn't feel right about it for weeks, and truthfully laughed a little on the inside when they choked.

So what makes you think you have the right to ask Alberta to hop on the 'Nuckwagon? Alberta doesn't like B.C., and Edmonton and Calgary don't like each other. That is the natural order of things. It's not ideal, its barely civilized, but it is our way. Good luck next round, but the casucks are gonna go the way of the flames.

Go Oilers...eventually...

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#13 Brent
April 28 2009, 07:14PM
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I'll never cheer for Toronto West, er, I mean Vancouver, until the following conditions are met:

- Roberto Luongo realizes goalies can't be captains. - The Sedin gals stop working on super-neato set plays. - Tom Larscheid finally understands hockey. - Jim Hughson reveals his undying love for Hank & Danny.

In other words, NEVER!

Here's hoping for a Hawks-Bruins final!

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#14 Matt
April 28 2009, 08:11PM
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I am quite pleased to see the responses so far. Good work boys, you've made me proud. I hate the Canucks more than I hate the Flames. I cheered for San Jose so that Vancouver would have to play Detroit. That's just how I roll.

What kind of lackluster fan base needs to resort to recruiting bandwagon jumpers online anyways? ;)

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#15 Jord10
April 28 2009, 08:31PM
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No Way... HAWKS all the way!!!

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#16 Mr P
April 28 2009, 08:32PM
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I will not cheer against the Canucks, I will watch and feel indifferent but I will not openly cheer for the Canucks. Is that good enough?

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#17 jeanshorts
April 28 2009, 08:58PM
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Here's my thing. Say, god forbid, any Canadian team other than the Oilers wins the cup, I'm going to have to hear about it for at least the next 5 seasons, unless another Canadian team wins it in the mean time. We get beaked hard enough as it is by all these other teams fans, so imagine that times 10 when they actually have something to brag about. That's not a world I want to live in! But on the other hand, if Anaheim wins it, no one says a damn thing. I never have to interact with their fans on a daily basis. So I'm sorry but I don't buy this pro Canadian team garbage.

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#18 Victoria
April 28 2009, 09:02PM
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I'd rather make-out with Avery. *barf*

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#19 Magicmeatbag
April 28 2009, 09:12PM
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Going on the Ovechkin train wooooooo!

I have a real good friend in WSH at the moment so i have an excuse :P

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#20 Archaeologuy
April 28 2009, 09:30PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

if Anaheim wins it, no one says a damn thing.

My family lives in Laguna, 20 mins from Anaheim, the only real fans the Ducks have are translated Canadians and their children. Things get louder when the Kiosks run out of Perrier than when the Ducks score.

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#21 Archaeologuy
April 28 2009, 09:32PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

the only real fans the Ducks have are translated Canadians

That should say transplanted, not translated

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#22 Travis Dakin
April 28 2009, 09:50PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Exactly! It's friggin bad enough having to deal with all the Habs fans still claiming to the "last canadian team to win" crap they've been spewing for 16 years. In '04 I cheered for the Bolts (more Canadian players)

I don't get everybody's need to "cheer" for another team because the Oilers aren't in it. I am an Oilers fan and an Oilers fan only. As far as I am concerened, Hockey ended On April 11th and I'm going golfing. At the very least I can drink a beer and watch great hockey because I am a fan of the game but I can tell you this much.... I don't give a flying f*ck who wins.

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#23 Phil
April 28 2009, 09:51PM
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I say this will all due respect..

OH HELL NO

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#24 The Menace
April 28 2009, 10:01PM
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I still think the Oilers have a shot.

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#25 Ducey
April 28 2009, 10:01PM
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"Don’t worry, the smell will wash off immediately following the playoffs."

No, no it won't. Sleeping with your best friends girlfriend, screwing the toothless hooker at the Almac Motel, still listening to the Village People, making fun of a handicapped kid - none of those are forgivable.

Cheering for the Canucks is worse than all of those put together. Go troll somewhere they don't know anything about loyalty - like Calgary.

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#26 99thoil
April 28 2009, 10:31PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I actually do like the Canucks, so I’m a little torn. On the one hand, my dad would be overjoyed if the Canucks won the Cup, and that’s a good thing. On the other hand, I live surrounded by Canucks fans and that’s hard enough to take as it is. It’s a conundrum.

YES !

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#27 99thoilerfan
April 28 2009, 10:33PM
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Sorry about the disconnect...

It is killing watching all these canukleheads.... Enjoying ..Sniff.. Hockey in the spring...

Man I remember that......sigh....

Go Oil !

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#28 yo
April 28 2009, 11:01PM
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Me? Suck it up, stand under the flag and cheer for those 'Nucks? I don't think that I have it in me. Have you ever listened to the TEAM 1040 in Vancouver? Every time the subject of Edmonton anything or the Oilers in particular are mentioned that fat little twerp Pratt screws up his greasy pinched little face and makes fart noises. The 'Nucks can suck it. I'll cheer for anyone else but those guys and no insulting remarks by anyone about my intelligence or the lack thereof can change it.

I have resorted to cheering for the Hawks in these playoffs because they have built not just a great young team on the ice they have resurrected a storied franchise to some of it's former glory and I say more power to them!

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#29 lj
April 29 2009, 12:26AM
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never.

I live in Vancouver, have for 12+ years, and I would rather die than cheer for them. In my line of work, it's good if they *do* win, and the city really sucks when they (more often than not) miss the playoffs, but root for them?

nuh uh.

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#30 OvenChicken8
April 29 2009, 12:54AM
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The only series that I will be watching intently will be the Capitals vs. Penguins.

Hopefully when I catch the highlights of the Canucks series they will be on the losing end of it.

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#31 Antony Ta
April 29 2009, 01:25AM
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Great post B

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#32 Mike
April 29 2009, 06:17AM
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".......the Flames had our official endorsement. We watched you guys all the way to game seven."

When you're talking about the Flames, please don't refer to us as "you guys". This isn't Flames Nation.

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#33 Petr Klima's Helmet
April 29 2009, 07:13AM
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My son's been a Canucks fan since the age of four (no amount of Oilers brainwashing and torture have been effective). Needless to say life is hell for me right now listening to a 13 year spout off about the Canucks superiority over my Oilers. So I'm taping up my ankles and jumping on the Tim Thomas/Bruins bandwagon.

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#34 Homie
April 29 2009, 07:41AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

“When the Flames defeated US . . .” I should probably know this, Brian, but what position did you play?

That is without a doubt my biggest pet peeve when it comes to sports fans - when they refer to themselves as part of the team. You are not part of the team and have very, very little, if any, impact on what happens on the ice/field/pitch. You don't own the team, don't play a position on the ice/field/pitch, and don't make any managerial decisions.

Stop it!

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#35 Chaz
April 29 2009, 08:03AM
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I would rather shave my head with a cheese grator that cheer for the Canuckleheads. Chicago all the way Baby!!

The swedish scientist who Grew the Sedins in a Petri dish should have thrown in a few more "Jam" genes.

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#36 baggedmilk
April 29 2009, 09:06AM
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Dear Canucks Army Writer,

I am an Oilers fan, and therefore I am unable to cheer for the Canucks. It belittles me, and the only bandwagon I will be jumping on, is the one which runs Oiler players and future head coaches out of town. I will not tell you about my ABCs. Seeing as my beloved Oilers are not in the dance, and enjoying some golf, I practice my ABCs... Anyone But Calgary worked succesfully, and Jarome Iginla can now be seen galavanting in his giant St. Albert home. It worked beautifully.

I now ammend my ABCs acronym to read, Anyone But (the) Canucks. I will cheer loudly from my living room as Jonathan Toews, and Patrick "don't call me minor" Kane make Willie Mitchell and Sammy Salo look like pylons. Just as I will cheer loudly for the end of Roberto Luongo's contract, and inevitable move back to a non-hockey market with his wife and kids only to have Mike Gillis resign Dan Cloutier and hand him the starting job.

I thank you for taking this into consideration. I will not waiver, nor will I faulter. I have one team, and when the Canucks are knocked out, I really don't care who wins the Cup.

Cheers and happy hunting,

-baggedmilk

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#37 alphah
April 29 2009, 10:03AM
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WAAAAAAANYEE!!!!!!!

Who is this Brian O Neil and why is he posting on my Oilers Nation????! You keep bringing flames and nucks writers on here and these psychological damages you are inflicting will be imposed upon your head TEN FOLD!!

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#38 OilFan1
April 29 2009, 10:08AM
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Thanks for the invite. I respectfully decline,

GO JAYS GO

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#39 MattL
April 29 2009, 10:08AM
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My neighbor has a Canucks car flag and I haven't ripped it off her car yet. Is that enough support for you?

Go Hawks.

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#40 bingofuel
April 29 2009, 10:12AM
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@ alphah:

The Oil are nothing without rivals. That's what the Canucks and Flames are for! You don't like Brian's invitation to support the 'Nucks? Chirp him! That's one of the reasons Wanye and I created the Nation sites -- to get fans talking and making fun of each other using the power of the internets.

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#41 TonyT
April 29 2009, 10:27AM
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As much as it pains me to say this, I expect the Canucks to move on to the Conference finals as the Blackhawks are an upgraded St. Louis team (which Vancouver handled quite easily). However, from there the Canucks will either be outclassed [by Detroit] or out-muscled [by Anaheim]. In terms of cheering for the Canucks, they like to extend their choke job every decade or so to the Stanley Cup finals and I find no reason to expect otherwise this season. Also, I find it hard to respect an organization that has been in the NHL for close to 40 years, yet has less Stanley Cup's than Tampa Bay...

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#42 Colin
April 29 2009, 11:00AM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

No. Just No.

No self respecting Oilers fan will support you. The Canucks are #3 on the hate pole: Flames, Leafs, Canucks.

The Cansucks aren't getting out of the conference. Noway, no how, The Hawks are for real unlike the Blues and their worn out goalie and players playing way over their heads just to make it.

Hawks in 6.

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#43 alphah
April 29 2009, 11:04AM
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@ bingofuel: Uh, What?

I thought this is supposed to be our little corner of the universe. We can rant and rave about how douchey the Canucks and the Flames all day long and that doesn't bother me, but why in the name of God do we have to invite them over for tea? Invite them to create news postings, spew their propaghanda and so forth all over our backyard. If this is truly our Oilers nation, then what place do the other teams have on here? If you're trying to run another Kukla's corner or Mirtle's blog then fine and dandy go ahead and invite bloggers from all over the universe. But SEE, I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS WAS THE -OILERS- NATION. NOT THE CANUCKS-FLAMES-OILERS TEA ROOM FOR PUBLIC DISCOURSE.

If that is the case, I can return to where I came from on HF boards where we ban canucks and flames trolls instead of inviting them to post exclusive news posts. Where is the Oilers content again? Buried under the Nucks shame? 2 days old and collecting dust while the Nucks writers rub their Swedish testicles in our face? Thanks Wanye AND Baggedmilk, always wonder what that would feel like. My guess is you two are already plenty familiar.

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#44 Oilersordeath
April 29 2009, 11:12AM
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Heeeeeeeeeeelllllll NO!!! I would never cheer on those talentless hacks!! I hate that team more than jewish people hate Hitler!! I hope Chicago pounds the living sh-t out of them. One of my good friends is a Canuck fan and I cant even talk to him now because i just want to punch him form all the smack he talking. Eff them all!!

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#45 GSC
April 29 2009, 11:40AM
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No.

That is all.

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#46 topshelf
April 29 2009, 01:14PM
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GSC wrote:

As much as it pains me to say this, I expect the Canucks to move on to the Conference finals as the Blackhawks are an upgraded St. Louis team

Are you kidding me? St Louis was a .500 hockey team until they went on a 8-1-1 tear to finish the year. Not only that, but had the Oilers not had a "collapse of monumental proportions" the Blues would not have even made the playoffs. Give the Hawks some respect man.

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#47 topshelf
April 29 2009, 01:15PM
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And not a chance in hell I will cheer for the Canucks!

Go Jays.

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#48 blade
April 29 2009, 02:18PM
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Brian O'Neill wrote

As a Canucks fan to my brethren in Alberta, I openly invite you to join in on the party.

Will there be naan bread?

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#49 Casey
April 29 2009, 03:47PM
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topshelf wrote:

ad the Oilers not had a “collapse of monumental proportions” the Blues would not have even made the playoffs.

If the oilers had squeezed in, wouldn't that have pushed the Ducks out?

Also - looking back now, how great would that have been to have the Oilers play the lifeless Sharks in the first round?

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#50 Mike Krushelnyski
April 29 2009, 04:22PM
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I am officially cheering for the Hawks now, because if they win the cup that means they will have knocked out Calgary and Vancouver!

Don't get me wrong, I'll cheer for the Canadian team in the playoffs...so long as it isn't the Flames, Canucks or Leafs.

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