Journey to the Fin Du Monde

bingofuel
June 22 2009 03:09PM

Jason Gregor is going to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

As loyal Nationeers are aware, something excellent happened last week – something that could only happen when a bunch of ridiculous Oilers fans band together to ensure that they're getting best coverage a young website can provide them with.

Like a pack of maddened, hockey-obsessed jackals, you goons got together and decided to fundraise to send a Nation writer to Montreal so you could get all the Entry Draft coverage you'd ever want. It started with a snide remark Brownlee made about Wanye being a "cheap screw".

And fair enough. Wanye's so cheap he steals empty cans of Lucky Lager and then comes to my place to fill them up with my über-expensive vitamin P. And I have to spend the next week sober. SOBER while trying to maintain order here.

But when long-time OilersNation commenter humantorch (currently livin' large in Holland) suggested he'd pitch in a few bucks to send Brownlee to cover the Draft, well... For those of you just joining us, this should get you up to speed.

Show me the money

I bet a lot of you are wondering how things are going so far. I'm pleased to say that there's no question anymore: we WILL be sending herr Gregor to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft this coming weekend. Will Fraser and Brownlee are even going to cover his show while he's gone!

Here's the breakdown for you:

TEAM 1260 donation: $1,000 Wanye's donation: $500

For a total of $1,500. Not bad, right? What's really astonishing, though, is you guys.

You have raised a whopping $1,815 at last count.

That makes for a grand total of $3,315!

Sweet shit, Nation! You've done it. Gregor, Club Supersex, schooners of Fin Du Monde beer... You'll have your Draft coverage!

Don't stop now

I'm only joking, of course. As stated before, any money raised exceeding what's required for Gregor to cover the Main Event over the weekend will be donated to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. So don't stop now! Let's try and get together an obscene amount of money for the kiddies, and I'll make sure Brownlee, Gregor and myself get a photo of us handing over a novelty-sized cheque to the fine men and women at the Stollery.

And who will that cheque be from?

Why, the fine Citizens of the OilersNation.com, of course.

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Bingofuel is the handsome cyborg who pulls all the levers behind the curtains of the OilersNation. When he isn't running the site, he's plugged into a wall socket, recharging. Or Brownlee and Wanye are playing "keep away" with him. He gets little to no respect.
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#1 Cam
June 22 2009, 03:17PM
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La Fin Du Monde is an awful beer... ick sputter spit spit yuck.

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#2 bingofuel
June 22 2009, 03:20PM
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@ Cam:

Seriously? I LOVE Fin du monde. But nothing beats my weekly dose of Pilsner. Good, cheap prairie beer.

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#3 nullterm
June 22 2009, 03:24PM
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Well done by everyone involved! The Stollery is a nice touch and sold me on the idea. Just chipped in a few bucks.

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#4 ronaldo
June 22 2009, 03:28PM
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Wow nation, mighty damn good job. All this because of Wayne's drinking problem. As a great philosopher once said "beer, the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems".

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#5 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 03:28PM
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Great work Nation. I am so proud to be a citizen of this fine Nation because of all of you.

On a side note.... Vitamin P is moose piss. You friggin farmers and your pill. Easterners and their Keith's or Blue and the BC tree huggers with their Samsquanch piss kokanee. There is only one Beer. It's called CANADIAN! yummy.

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#6 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 03:31PM
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@ Gandalf the Electric Blue:

Two articles in one day? HA Today is a special day.

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#7 scorecoff hemmercules
June 22 2009, 03:40PM
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@ bingofuel:

Mmmmmmmm, vitamin P really hits the spot. Way to go Nation!!!

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#8 CurtisS
June 22 2009, 03:43PM
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Well done Nation!!! Be proud today!

Enjoy Gregor!

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#9 roughneck
June 22 2009, 03:43PM
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i survived numerous trips to belgium back in my metal days and the unibroue product is as close as Ive found to "belgian style" brews. Very fine stuff....

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#10 jayoilfan
June 22 2009, 03:44PM
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four thumbs up Oilers nation!

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#11 Jay Gray
June 22 2009, 03:46PM
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God loves the Prairies and always will...that's why God gave the Prairies delicious Pil...Our lakes are filled with Pil, it's flowing thru our veins, we drink Pil from the skies when it rains.

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#12 The Towel Boy
June 22 2009, 03:55PM
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As history has always told us, some of the best ideas ever thought up have come from within a drunken stupor. How else can you explain Smokey Baby Back Rib flavoured potato chips? Only a drunken fool with the munchies could adequately conceive of making a meat flavoured potato chip.

P.S. They're good. I mean, real good.

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#13 Cam
June 22 2009, 04:00PM
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bingofuel wrote:

@ Cam: Seriously? I LOVE Fin du monde. But nothing beats my weekly dose of Pilsner. Good, cheap prairie beer.

Seriously. And the only beer worse was Maudite, which is made by the same brewery.

Now that Lucky Lager on the other hand is good beer - and CHEAP, but not quite as good as Hoegarden Beer, which is my favorite import.

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#14 Harlie
June 22 2009, 04:11PM
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@ The Towel Boy:

I used to work in a restaurant back in the 80's when the Chicken Wing fad started to take off. I remember we started out having Wing nights and if we sold 60 or 70 wings we were doing good. Then it turned from 60 to 70 to hundreds and then to thousands of Wings a night within a few months. The Farmer who delivered the chicken said that back in the day the Chicken Wings portion of the Chicken were usually thrown away or used in soup. Mad props to the drunken fool who thought up the Chicken Wing!

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#15 bingofuel
June 22 2009, 04:11PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

I told you, Wanye vanished. Someone's got to hold down the fort!

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#16 BUCK75
June 22 2009, 04:12PM
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Pil:

~Funny that Ratlanders like the stuff so much seein how it was originally brewed in Lethbridge.~

A funny movie behind the label on the website http://www.oldstylepilsner.com/home.php

BTW - Everyone deserve the 'attaboy award' the work done on Friday.

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#17 erixon
June 22 2009, 04:16PM
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I am a fan of Big Rock's beer, Sleeman as well. I generally like to try out as many new things as I can. So what's the deal, is Gregor going to give blog updates all day, insider info, updated constantly on the Nation?

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#18 BUCK75
June 22 2009, 04:18PM
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@ bingofuel:

I think Wanye is just nursing a massive hang over after drinking all of the 'Saskatchewan Champagne' he stole from you crib.

I prefer the 'pilsner' brew of Kokanee over the green diesel.

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#19 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 04:19PM
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@ bingofuel: You're far more prolific than him. I like it.

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#20 bingofuel
June 22 2009, 04:26PM
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@ erixon:

That's the idea. As many updates as often as possible.

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#21 Bar Qu
June 22 2009, 04:35PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

As history has always told us, some of the best ideas ever thought up have come from within a drunken stupor.

It is really a very ancient idea. Our good friends the Persians (before trying to invade Greece and give us the movie 300) had the sage advice 'consider all matters drunk and then again in the morning sober. If it seemed good then they act upon it.'

Mind you, it is also the source of numerous unintended consequences/children too.

But still, well done Nation.

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#22 Chris
June 22 2009, 04:38PM
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@ Gregor:

I'm listening to your show... You asked the question Hossa or Heatley?

Despite having a poor final; I think Hossa is a better overall player than Heatley. Hossa may also be available at a 7.5 cap hit without giving up other assets leaving Oilers management free to move players/salary to address other needs...

That said, if the Oilers want to win NOW, it may be worth considering that Hossa has played around 225 games in the last two years and is heading into another extremely short offseason. How big an effect will a double Stanley Cup hangover have on his game?

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#23 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 04:45PM
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@ Chris:

Heatley Every single second of everty minute of every hour of every day, 365 time a year over Hossa. I've said it before, Hossa is just what Hemsky is on the verge of becoming. This team needs someone to play with Hemsky, not another player we need to find a match for.

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#24 The Menace
June 22 2009, 04:59PM
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@ Travis Dakin: I completely agree - we need a finisher for Hemsky and Gags to set-up. Hossa is a terrific player, but does not fill our holes. Also, if we were to sign Hossa, we'd be dealing from a position of weakness trying to rid ourselves of salary. every GM in the league would know we needed to have a fire sale.

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#25 humantorch
June 22 2009, 05:03PM
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I was just telling bingofuel over Twitter that while I'm shocked that my semi-drunken offhand comment here a few days ago got this whole thing rolling, the fact that the Oilers Nation staff decided to donate any excess raised to the Stollerey is the real Hero Moment of this entire thing, and I can't say "thank you" to them enough times for that.

Getting Gregor to the draft is a pretty cool accomplishment for a bunch of hockey nerds on the internet, but doing so while also raising well north of $1000 for sick kids? Pardon my french, but that's pretty f**king awesome.

You guys rule. 'Nuff said.

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#26 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 05:03PM
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@ The Menace: Exactly. I'm tired of them half-assing the hole patching with good players in wrong positions. Need a left winger? Well holy crap one of the best in the game is available. TAKE HIM!

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#27 The Menace
June 22 2009, 05:09PM
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@ Travis Dakin: No kidding. And frankly, I don't care who we have to give up (aside from Hemsky and Gagner). We can hope that Cogliano will be pretty good one day (and I think he will be), but Heatley is a *great* player. no one we currently have in the organization has potential to be as good at thier position as Heatley is at his.

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#28 David S
June 22 2009, 05:13PM
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So it's Gregor in Montreal huh? I've seen him around town - the guy lives large. My guess is we're still about a grand short. ;)

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#29 The Menace
June 22 2009, 05:25PM
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We've spent 10+ years trying to rebuild this team around B+ players, and getting mediocre results (2006 aside). This is a proven A player at his position, that you can actually build an offense around. We would be nuts not to do everything we can to get him.

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#30 Chris
June 22 2009, 05:48PM
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@ Travis Dakin: @ The Menace:

I agrree that Heatley looks like a better overall fit for the Oilers... but who is the better player? It's close.

As for fit, Heatley is a natural left winger; He's a true sniper; And most importantly, he may be had via trade... instead of risking missing out (AGAIN) during free agency.

When I said Hossa is the better overall player; I was referring to the total package. Hossa is more versatile than Heatley: he can play center, or either wing. Also, Hossa is generally regarded as being very defensively responsible, posts great offensive numbers, and has a refreshingly ego free, workmanlike attitude for a star.

That said, I think I'd be more excited to see Heatley in Oilers silks.

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#31 B-Rad
June 22 2009, 06:05PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

DON'T EVER TALK ABOUT VIATMIN P LIKE THAT. Us good old southern Alberta boys have been smashing Pilsner since I was a strapping young farm hand!

Everytime I drink it, it's like an angel pissing down my throat!

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#32 ronaldo
June 22 2009, 06:08PM
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Personally I think Heatly is the better fit of the two. We need a sniper. Also, Chris makes a good point about Hossa's workload over the last 2 seasons.

Now if we can get Heatly to come carrying a couple flats of Pil, we really have something going.

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#33 Lofty
June 22 2009, 06:12PM
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Just another reason why oiler fans are the most knowledgeable fans around. We send our own insider to the draft!

Funny thing is the nation has one more representative to send to the draft than Phoenix can afford!

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#34 Craig "Norris" Muni
June 22 2009, 06:21PM
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What time does the Draft actually start on Friday?

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#35 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 06:21PM
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@ Chris: I'd say Hossa is the more complete player too. But I honestly believe that Hemsky is a reasonable comparison, or rather will be one to to Hossa. They bring the same elements. Hemsky just needs a Heatley to play with.

@ The Menace: I said almost that exact thing over a BDHS. Cogs is good but will never be Heatley AND he will require a HUGE cap hit in the near future. No way we keep him and Gagner and get a superstar. Heatley is two superstars in one because he will make Hemsky one.

@ B-Rad: Just like I said... friggin farmers and their Pill. God that is some crap beer. haha I think it is the only beer I can't drink. I'd take a "Beer" beer (remeber the one in the peach coloured box with red writing?) or a BIG BEAR over that crap.

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#36 David S
June 22 2009, 07:01PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Just like I said… friggin farmers and their Pill. God that is some crap beer. haha I think it is the only beer I can’t drink. I’d take a “Beer” beer (remeber the one in the peach coloured box with red writing?) or a BIG BEAR over that crap.

Or Mountain Crap...er...Crest.

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#37 Chris
June 22 2009, 07:20PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

Pilsner (Originally Lethbridge Beer) can be quite tasty if served extremely cold... I'm talking frozen mug tooth ache cold. With Pil, the test of manhood has nothing to do with one's ability to down large quantities in short periods of time. The true test lies in the rare ablity to dodge the debilitating hangover that so often accompanies this delightfully cheap hootch. Alas, it is a test I'm no longer able to pass.

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#38 Jason Gregor
June 22 2009, 07:27PM
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David S wrote:

So it’s Gregor in Montreal huh? I’ve seen him around town - the guy lives large. My guess is we’re still about a grand short.

When I was in school I found ways to live it up on a small budget. I'm getting a ride to airport to save on wasted parking fees, and will be eating at every free media meal as possible.

Outside of blogs, I think some photos will be present. Since you are responsible for the trip, I will try to give you a sense of what happens. I just hope I don't have a repeat of my first ever work trip to Montreal.

Seeing an overweight scribe standing buck naked at the doorway to his room as I stumbled in at seven in the morning still haunts me today.

Craig "Norris" Muni wrote:

What time does the Draft actually start on Friday?

5 p.m. MST...Oilers pick should come in around 6 to 6:15 ish. That's if they keep the 10th...

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#39 Jason Gregor
June 22 2009, 07:28PM
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Black Label was the best by far. When you are in college/university cheap beer tastes great. Black Label was a the beer of choice for a few years...Good times.

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#40 Elisha Cuthbert
June 22 2009, 07:37PM
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Don't make me come over there, Travis.

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#41 David S
June 22 2009, 07:43PM
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Jason - Just having some fun. I've wanted to come up to you and shake your hand, but you're always surrounded by the ladies. Let me tell you guys, Gregor is baller status!

Have a great trip and thanks for carrying the torch for all of us.

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#42 Smokin' Ray
June 22 2009, 08:11PM
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Geez... these people on this site sure makes a guy all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Thanks for giving everyone.

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#43 patty
June 22 2009, 08:12PM
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Brewhouse is the tops. It used to be $9 a case when you buy 6. That is money well spent.

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#44 knobert
June 22 2009, 08:19PM
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@ BUCK75:

That video is awesome......... and I am from Battleford!!

Long live vitamin P

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#45 White Ninja
June 22 2009, 08:35PM
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B-Rad wrote:

Everytime I drink it, it’s like an angel pissing down my throat!

B-Rad. You sir have a way with words. That is how I feel but am not able to put it into words so eloquently or with half as much class.

"Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it's so good! " Old School.

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#46 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 08:38PM
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B-Rad wrote:

Everytime I drink it, it’s like an angel pissing down my throat!

I can't believe I missed that quote the first time!

I am putting that on a shirt. HOLY CRAP THAT IS AWESOME

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#47 ronaldo
June 22 2009, 08:52PM
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The problem with angel piss is when you wake up the next morning and learn there is no such thing as angels.

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#48 Jason Gregor
June 22 2009, 08:53PM
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David S wrote:

Jason - Just having some fun. I’ve wanted to come up to you and shake your hand, but you’re always surrounded by the ladies. Let me tell you guys, Gregor is baller status! Have a great trip and thanks for carrying the torch for all of us.

I was kidding with you too...I appreciate the thought and donations from all the readers.

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#49 MattL
June 22 2009, 08:54PM
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Can I get a "Who saw this coming?"

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#50 Jason Gregor
June 22 2009, 08:57PM
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And I wouldn't call me a baller by any stretch...You must have me mistaken with someone else....

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