Coldplay and the 2009 Entry Draft

Wanye
June 19 2009 10:50AM

Coldplay

So last night your ol pal Wanye crushed a couple hundred Bud Lights and went to the Coldplay concert at RX1. Had we known that we were in the midst of one of the biggest events in the history of the OilersNation we would have been thinking deeper thoughts than “Is it wrong to attend Coldplay with another dude cause his girlfriend cancelled at the last minute? Because he is paying for us to attend is this considered a date?”

Answer: No.

1. Coldplay is awesome. They played something like 25 songs and blew the doors off the place. 2. Attendance: 16,000. Number of super-done-up-emotionally-revved-up ladies attending said Coldplay concert: 15,998. If we could have given every lady in the building our phone number we would have. It was just that good and all the ladies were "SO INTO CHRIS MARTIN OMG OMG OMG"

The call that started it all

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On the way to the concert we got a phone call from none other than our old pal bingofuel. The conversation -remembering we were greased - went something along these lines:

WG: Hello? Bingofuel: Wanye, it’s me.

WG: Mom? Bingofuel: No you idiot. It’s bingofuel.

WG: Wha? Who calls themselves bingofuel? Thash not even a real name and yo- Bingofuel: Listen you idiot. For the purposes of paraphrasing a conversation to stress a point on OilersNation this is how the conversation went.

WG: Proceed caller. You have our full attention. Bingofuel: You know how Brownlee wrote that article about the death of newspapers and no draft attending and junk?

WG: Yeah, and how all the comments were suggesting we make donations to send him? Bingofuel: Yeah. I totally think we should do it. It’s total BS that the newspapers can’t send anyone to the draft. Think of the coverage will be missed! When the Oilers overrule central scouting and draft a smallish perimeter forward inappropriately high in the first round – someone needs to be there!

WG: You make a very strong case bingofuel. Now remember that I am drunk as a skunk – can you figure out how to take paypal donations etc? Bingofuel: As is always the case Wanye you are drunk and I'll take care of everything.

At this point in the evening we got super greased listening to the dulcet tones of Coldplay.

*musical interlude*

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At about 9:30 PM our mobile communication device began to blow up multiple phone calls from Robin Brownlee. There was no chance we were missing a second of our show to have him yell at us so we just kept on crushing beers and enjoying our night.

Then this came in:

------Original Message------ From: Robin Brownlee To: wanyegretz@gmail.com Subject: Re: Draft Sent: Jun 18, 2009 10:20 PM

MEN!!!!!!!!!

A big GIANT WHOA!!!!

I didn't write this to go to the draft. No chance I can do it. The last part was a JOKE!

My wife is away and my son has pneumonia (not kidding). For crying out loud don't take any money from people for this!! As much as it would be riot to ride this unexpected support right to Montreal, it isn't happening.

If you want to do this, then we can plan for next year. Fuck! You people are insane.

Firstly we love making Robin Brownlee’s blood pressure rise. The fact that he wrote an article lamenting the fact that newspapers are in decline and can’t send people to the draft is sad. The fact the OilersNation interpreted this to mean we should all pitch in and collect donations to send him to the draft without his consent is hilarious. The fact Brownlee called us a hojillion times to have this removed from the site but we were drunk at a concert speaks to how we like to get down here at the OilersNation.

This is about two things

Robin Brownlee – who is re-rocketing up the charts of media popularity in this city. If there is one guy we would want to see at the draft it is him. It is sad that he can't go and we sincerely hope his son is feeling better soon.

Media coverage - someone needs to attend this thing on behalf of Oilers fans! When the Oilers draft an unheralded Bolivian goalie in the 9th round we want to know his fondest memories  of minor hockey. We need this level of coverage.

So even though Robin is unable to attend we still think someone should go to the draft. We don’t want anyone who has already donated to feel cheated. If anyone has donated to send Robin Brownlee that doesn’t want that money used to send anyone else instead – email us at wanyegretz@gmail.com and we will refund your money in a heartbeat.

A new proposal

Seeing as Brownlee cannot attend we say we send Gregor instead. We just got off the phone with him and he too was basically flabbergasted that this was going down. “But I have a big draft show I am doing” he started to say but we immediately countered with “Would you rather have a draft show or BE at the draft?"

That shut him up but good. If we can put together the funds for Gregor to attend the draft in Brownlee's place, he has assured us a level of coverage not seen in these parts in a long time. Interviews, in depth pieces, photographs of sexy ladies he passes in the street. Yes, this will be a low budget draft extravaganza at its finest. And if we have more money than the $2,000 its going to take to send our man there we will donate it to the Stollery Children’s hospital on behalf of Robin and his son Sam.

And we are going to keep the ball rolling by pledging a donation of $500 of our own hard earned bottle money for Gregor to go in Brownlee’s place to the draft.

We didn't think we would ever write those words on here.

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#51 Milli
June 19 2009, 12:55PM
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Coldplay and Bud Light....Wayne, you are a REAL MAN!!!! I bet (if you had a car) it would be a Miatta!!!!! great job on the draft!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#52 Fiveandagame
June 19 2009, 12:56PM
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This is very cool. I think we are witnessing a radical change in the way media is directed. Gone will be the days of massive media globalization and it will return to more locally driven news.

This sure makes the new outlets look like a joke.

Well done Nation Well Done!

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#53 offside
June 19 2009, 12:57PM
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Ummmmmm - Coldplay may be the worst band in history, even if every lady in the audience was naked I wouldn't go.

PS - Chris Pronger LOVES Coldplay

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#54 BUCK75
June 19 2009, 12:59PM
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AWESOME!!!

Like I said earlier - I DIG THESE GRASSROOTS CAUSES!!!

Hopefully we can raise an extra GRRR to give to the Stollery.

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#55 Fiveandagame
June 19 2009, 12:59PM
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@ offside:

Coldplay=Awesomeness

I'm sure Willis has a stat calculation that will prove my equation.

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#56 Jack Bauer
June 19 2009, 01:01PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

We gave you back the ability to post almost a month ago. Too bad you weren’t paying attention hahaha

You did what? What the hell is wrong with you?

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#57 KayleW
June 19 2009, 01:02PM
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this site might only be the 12500th most popular site in Canada but it is in my opinion 12500 degrees of awesome!!

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#58 Jack Bauer
June 19 2009, 01:03PM
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And oh yeah, I sat next to 2 dudes there. I wonder if their excuse was that "someones girlfriend cancelled" aahahha

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#59 Travis Dakin
June 19 2009, 01:07PM
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offside wrote:

even if every lady in the audience was naked I wouldn’t go.

HAHAHA oh man.... uh... I don't think there is anything in the world that could keep me away from that show.

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#60 Archaeologuy
June 19 2009, 01:08PM
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bingofuel wrote:

Gregor and I are going to be interviewed next week on Global Edmonton at 5pm to talk about what a rad community of readers we have. I’ll let you know when the segment airs. And I’ll make sure Gregor’s melon is polished and ready.

TV time! Oh man, you thought you had traffic on the site now, wait until the MSM gets ahold of you guys. You say you wont change, but first you'll dye your hair, then you'll start hanging around the cool kids, then before you know it you'll be finding yourselves waking up from drug induced hazes in bed with Lindsay Lohan.

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#61 Fiveandagame
June 19 2009, 01:10PM
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Speaking of the draft, check out this article on TSN about draft value.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282241

(change the x's to T's)

What's fun is to count all of the terrible Oiler picks listed....(sigh) Bonsignore, Kelly, Riesen.... (sigh) There is at least a few good oiler picks listed.

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#62 Hemmertime
June 19 2009, 01:12PM
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Why not have JG bring an Oiler's hat and get him to have the oilers picks sign it and have a random draw between those who donated?...yes terrible runon but I just woke up.

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#63 Lofty
June 19 2009, 01:14PM
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I don't care who goes to the draft as long as someone from the nation can give us more than the standard Bob Mackenzie rundown.

Way to go nation!

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#64 RobInALab
June 19 2009, 01:20PM
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RE: Dan Tencer's comment

So is 1260 not part of a radio network that does have the broadcast rights for one NHL team or another? As long as he says he's broadcasting for >insert other team name here< this shouldn't be a roadblock.

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#65 Cam
June 19 2009, 01:21PM
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@ Archaeologuy: but then it would be sloppy seco... oh wait... that's been done...

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#66 roughneck
June 19 2009, 01:22PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Speaking of the draft, check out this article on TSN about draft value. hXXp://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282241 (change the x’s to T’s) What’s fun is to count all of the terrible Oiler picks listed….(sigh) Bonsignore, Kelly, Riesen…. (sigh) There is at least a few good oiler picks listed.

look at calgarys!

hahahahahahahahahahaha

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#67 Travis Dakin
June 19 2009, 01:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

You say you wont change, but first you’ll dye your hair, then you’ll start hanging around the cool kids, then before you know it you’ll be finding yourselves waking up from drug induced hazes in bed with Lindsay Lohan.

As a fellow man, I must say that I would totally wish that upon them. A small sacrifice

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#68 Ducey
June 19 2009, 01:28PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

@ DeepOil: We gave you back the ability to post almost a month ago. Too bad you weren’t paying attention hahaha .

His incarceration might have had something to do with it.

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#69 bingofuel
June 19 2009, 01:28PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ bingofuel: So the wizard is going to step out from behind the curtain eh?

Wizard? Come on, dude, there's no such thing as magic, no matter *what* Wanye calls that thing in his pants.

And I honestly haven't done much to really hide my true identity. You follow me on Twitter, don't you? My real name's public on there for all to see!

Still, if I were a wizard, I would be Gandalf the Electric Blue. And I would shoot electrons out of my eyes, painting the landscape the colour of INTERNETS.

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#70 smytty777
June 19 2009, 01:29PM
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Congrats to the Nation! I would have put the odds of pulling off a stunt like this in the same range as Mike Milbury landing another GM gig, but the Nation continues to impress me.

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#71 jayoilfan
June 19 2009, 01:29PM
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Offside - you sir, must be completely devoid of any gonads. What male (and some females) in their right mind would not want to be there for that, and Coldplay do have a few good songs. It's not like I'd be there for the music anyway.

I infrequently post here but I am on here every morning reading the posts and comments (have been regulary 'lurking' for the past year) and I have to say this weblocation is tops. I visit it more than any other website, often multiple times a day.

The support on here blows me away and the vast multitude of knowledgeable commentors not to mention the hosts (Wanye, Bingofuel) and regular bloggers (JW, JG, RB) make this a fun place to be.

Thanks for the kickass site Wanye and this suppoort to send a rep to the draft is unbelievable (The very idea is genius). Have any of your sister sites got wind of this?

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#72 Travis Dakin
June 19 2009, 01:37PM
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bingofuel wrote:

You follow me on Twitter, don’t you? My real name’s public on there for all to see!

I do. Thanks for blowing the secret though. I thought I got to be in a select group of people that knew. you sir, have saddened me.

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#73 Hockey Gods
June 19 2009, 01:40PM
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Wanye, you should show your face on Global, judging from what my GF and sister say, they would bone you based on your articles alone. You show your face in public it could be the summer of love for Wanye...

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#74 DeepOil
June 19 2009, 01:45PM
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@ Travis Dakin: The world is a twitter and a poke away on facebook right Dakin - see you are still with Ally....

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#75 DK0
June 19 2009, 01:45PM
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Man I hope you got a few extra server's kicking around cause this website is going to get hammered with hits after the global thing and then the draft weekend :)

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#76 Librarian Mike
June 19 2009, 01:46PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Speaking of the draft, check out this article on TSN about draft value. hXXp://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282241 (change the x’s to T’s) What’s fun is to count all of the terrible Oiler picks listed….(sigh) Bonsignore, Kelly, Riesen…. (sigh) There is at least a few good oiler picks listed.

Great article. Thanks for the link. I have to admit that whenever I hear people talking about how Eberle's going to be a great player because he had a good World's, I hear a voice in my head saying "The Edmonton Oilers pick Steve Kelly..."

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#77 Greg MC
June 19 2009, 01:46PM
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Man who likes Coldplay = man in alternative lifestyle.

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#78 Travis Dakin
June 19 2009, 01:47PM
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DeepOil wrote:

@ Travis Dakin: The world is a twitter and a poke away on facebook right Dakin - see you are still with Ally….

Get out of my head!

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#79 Dominoiler
June 19 2009, 01:47PM
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wow... this site has just elevated itself to a new level..

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#80 Reggie
June 19 2009, 01:48PM
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@ Dominoiler: I put in my $25 in just before lunch to make sure Gregor has some extra beer money !

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#81 DeepOil
June 19 2009, 01:48PM
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@ Ducey: No - I get an hour a day on the computer here at the hospital, just after I take my meds.... must not get angry, must not get angry - damn stop signs

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#82 BUCK75
June 19 2009, 01:48PM
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@Dan Tencer

Man are you ever a killjoy. Why are you trying to make this a mud slinging contest on Twitter now?

Got some extra money kicking around? You could send a blogger to the NHL draft...or: http://santasanonymous.ca/

You need to check yourself....

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#83 442Junkie
June 19 2009, 01:57PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

@ 442Junkie: As much as I would love to steal everyone’s money, go to Montreal, pretend to go to the draft and then skulk about the seediest sex clubs in Montreal I think it is better for the Nation if a professional goes. Oh and we are now the 12,459th busiest site in Canada according to Alexa.com. Take THAT thebearrocks.com (#18,163)

I just checked, the nation is skyrocketing! It's passed over 2000 sites! It's up to 10,328! It's also cracked the top 1,000,000 in the The U S of A! Man this site is going places! Watch out facebook! The Nation is coming for ya....

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#84 442Junkie
June 19 2009, 01:57PM
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Um, sorry about the yelling there...

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#85 BUCK75
June 19 2009, 01:58PM
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@Dan Tencer

That is what I would submit to Garner Andrews for a DM or Douchebag Moment.

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#86 DK0
June 19 2009, 02:05PM
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@ BUCK75: Totally. Especially after they announced that all money passed $2000 will be going to Stollery. Its a win-win situation.

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#87 Travis Dakin
June 19 2009, 02:06PM
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@ BUCK75: See now that is a dick move. I try to defend him but man that's some nerve.

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#88 DeepOil
June 19 2009, 02:11PM
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442Junkie wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: @ 442Junkie: As much as I would love to steal everyone’s money, go to Montreal, pretend to go to the draft and then skulk about the seediest sex clubs in Montreal I think it is better for the Nation if a professional goes. Oh and we are now the 12,459th busiest site in Canada according to Alexa.com. Take THAT thebearrocks.com (#18,163) I just checked, the nation is skyrocketing! It’s passed over 2000 sites! It’s up to 10,328! It’s also cracked the top 1,000,000 in the The U S of A! Man this site is going places! Watch out facebook! The Nation is coming for ya….

This site would rise further if the website monkeys in the backroom changed the title and keywords (not the domain) from oilersnation.com (that is the title) to edmonton oilers ice hockey rumors nhl - use the google keyword tool - the only way people fing this site is via legend, link from another site / blog or typing in oilers nation - IMO / FYI

By the way, the best strip club in Montreal is Club Supersex and great pub is Hurley's.

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#89 BUCK75
June 19 2009, 02:15PM
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@ DK0: @ Travis Dakin:

~A person in his position shouldn't be lowering himself to this - afterall he is the highest ranked nightly sports show from 8 - 11.~

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#90 Craigsworth
June 19 2009, 02:16PM
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Wow, this is nuts, you guys! I just donated $50 to the cause. Draft coverage and supporting a local charity = win win for oilers fans!

@ Dan Tencer:

It's time to put on your big girl panties and stop acting like a self-entitled baby. There's room enough in this town for blogs and mainstream media.

Engage us in real discussion, or slink back to your CHED-hole and broadcast Katz's sanitized OilThink to the great unwashed. Either way, cool it.

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#91 Jack Bauer
June 19 2009, 02:17PM
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I see during Deep Oils absense he has yet to learn how to use a period.

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#92 ronald
June 19 2009, 02:17PM
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First time, long time. Love the site and think this send Gregger to the draft grassroots uprising is amazing. Wanted to get first post in before big global show so I can say "I was around back in the day before the nation dominated the world."

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#93 bingofuel
June 19 2009, 02:18PM
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@ DeepOil: We've already got ourselves a top-notch SEO firm working on longtail keywords, descriptions, titles, etc. The Nation's administrative end is being tweaked to make sure we can add all that stuff to our dynamic pages. Thanks for the tip!

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#94 GSC
June 19 2009, 02:22PM
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An ode to this hilarious drunken debauchery:

"Confusion never stops, closing walls and ticking clocks."

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#95 Bauer83
June 19 2009, 02:27PM
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You know how I know your gay? You listen to coldplay

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#96 knobert
June 19 2009, 02:29PM
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Draft or Stollery either way it will be a great story on many different levels

BTW what is it at now?

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#97 Cam
June 19 2009, 02:32PM
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@ BUCK75: See now that is a dick move. I try to defend him but man that’s some nerve.

Yeah I just defended him on the other thread this morning and here is making my blood boil. He must really think he is something else.

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#98 Cam
June 19 2009, 02:35PM
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Bauer83 wrote:

You know how I know your gay? You listen to coldplay

Quote from 40 year old virgin... nice one...

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#99 York
June 19 2009, 02:36PM
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Yah send Gregor. That way he can give us the wrong info, than yell at us when someone points out is error.

Careful Gregor...if you love yourself too much, you might get pregnant.

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#100 Rogue
June 19 2009, 02:36PM
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@ Dan Tencer:

Every time you puff your chest out, the worse you look. Your arrogance is the epitome of what has been the problem with this organization in the past. Hopefully, that will change. Now, go play with your crayons before mommy takes them away.

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