Three minutes of fame

bingofuel
June 24 2009 02:41PM

We're still taking donations! We've achieved our goals for sending Jason Gregor to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to cover all the goings-on for the OilersNation. But we still want to raise as much money as possible for the Stollery Childerns Hospital Foundation! Donate today!

I spent most of my life watching ITV News here in good old E-town. I remember the weather with Bill Matheson and sports with Darren Dutchyshen. Lately, of course, I catch the six o'clock news with Lynda Steele and Gord Steinke. Obviously, Global hasn't been called ITV in ages. Clearly, the only hockey knowledge I possess is stuck in that era of local television. But what might not be obvious is that tonight, I along with ON's own Jason Bartholomew Jefferson Gregor VII will be on The Early News at 5pm with Lynda Steele.

When you crazy citizens of the Nation decided you wanted to send a writer to the Draft, Wanye and I were floored. "Draft!?" we thought out loud. "Why it's preposterous! It's insanity! It's exactly the type of nincompoopery we like from our readers!"

So we posted the handy donation button and let you guys go buckwild. It took about 24 hours to get to the total we needed to send Gregor to Montreal, and then you wonderful Denizens of the Digital opted to donate any overage to the Stollery. I thought this was newsworthy, so I Twittered Lynda Steele, and she suggested Gregor and I come in for an interview.

And it was rad.

We made our way to Global Studios this afternoon, and met with Lynda when we arrived. I immediately handed over a box of 24 cans of Vitamin-P covered in OilersNation stickers with a note written on it:

"Some libations for the crew at Global TV from Wanye Gretz."

At least I think that's what it said. Wanye was drunk when he wrote it with a sharpie in his mouth.

Lynda took us straight to the studio (pictured above), where the famous "I'm" Bob Layton had just finished doing one of his segments. (And no, Bob doesn't appear to have a radio voice. He always talks like that.) I accidentally bumped past Bob as I was putting my stuff in a corner. I said "Sorry Bob," without even thinking. Yeah, sorry, Bob, old friend. Are we still on for dinner later this week, Bob? Because we're good buddies given that we occupied the same room for two minutes together JUST AN HOUR AGO, BOB.

I'm an idiot.

Bob was gracious, of course, said it was no problem. Still, I expect his segment tonight will go something like this:

"Young people are so rude these days, bumping into their elders, using their first names without permission. This generation needs to learn some manners before the entire city plunges into the cold, black abyss of the North Saskatchewan. I'M BOB LAAAYTON."

Anyway, Gregor and I finally sat down with Lynda to shoot the segment. Lynda's as nice as she seems on TV (read: very). She asked great questions and kept things moving. As quickly as the segment started, it ended. But you can catch it live on Global tonight at 5pm.

Before Gregor and I left, I gave Lynda two OilersNation T-shirts. One for her, and one for her co-anchor Gord Steinke.

Sorry Gord, no OilersNation neckties yet.

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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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#51 Sandra
June 24 2009, 06:06PM
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@ bingofuel: You looked pretty nervous, Are you sure your not related to Brownlee?

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#52 bingofuel
June 24 2009, 06:08PM
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@ Sandra

I was TOTALLY nervous!

And I don't think Brownlee and I are related... He keeps insisting, however, that he's my daddy. Not sure what that's all about...

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#53 White Ninja
June 24 2009, 06:10PM
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17 you are awesome. Thank you. I would have totally missed it if not for you. Can't wait for the draft.

@ Bingofuel

You are much less of a nerd than I was expecting. You don't look like you live in your parents basement. You ARE a blogger right?

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#54 David S
June 24 2009, 06:13PM
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Nicely done guys. Really.

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#55 Travis Dakin
June 24 2009, 06:16PM
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My girlfriend just saw the clip and said "that Oilersnation site you always read is really taking off eh?"

I'm really impressed boys. Great work. I love this place. Low budget my ass. How long until the next Nation party? I want to buy some drinks for some people.

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#56 Travis Dakin
June 24 2009, 06:18PM
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And holy crap is Gregor ever a pro. That was some nice plugging going on there.

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#57 Monday Guy
June 24 2009, 06:22PM
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props to everyone involved. My daughter needed to be admitted to the Stollery when she was an infant. there's no better cause. *slow hand clap

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#58 Librarian Mike
June 24 2009, 06:27PM
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Great interview guys!

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#59 jdrevenge
June 24 2009, 06:32PM
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Was Gregor hitting on steely linda? kind of an elongated stare. lol

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#60 Heazues
June 24 2009, 06:49PM
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right on. good to see ON getting some dues. and even better to see the stollery get another plug.

~now you have to get off that Pil and start drinking the sleemans :P

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#61 kingsblade
June 24 2009, 06:49PM
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Great job. Hopefully you see a nice traffic boost.

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#62 Jonathan Willis
June 24 2009, 06:50PM
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White Ninja wrote:

You are much less of a nerd than I was expecting. You don’t look like you live in your parents basement. You ARE a blogger right?

It's okay; I wear pajamas 24/7 so that the site never misses its quota.

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#63 Andrew W
June 24 2009, 07:02PM
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I had no idea his name was pronounced "Wan-yee Gretz".

More pure brilliance from ON.

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#64 Harlie
June 24 2009, 08:29PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

How long until the next Nation party? I want to buy some drinks for some people.

I'm down for a Visa night, Nation style.

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#65 Jana
June 24 2009, 09:11PM
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Hi. Long time reader, first time poster.

I want to get my first post in before the traffic on this site explodes :-)

Excellent interview guys. I feel oddly proud that my favourite blog is in the news.

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#66 Phil
June 24 2009, 09:14PM
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Lynda Steele is such a fox... an absolute stunner.

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#67 Charlie
June 24 2009, 09:25PM
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NIce work boys.

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#68 bigriles
June 24 2009, 09:39PM
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Hi guys im new here and just want to say that the tv brodcast was very awesome.

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#69 B-rad
June 24 2009, 09:58PM
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So did anyone see TSN broadcast about the Oil almost getting Turris last year? I never heard anything like that last year....

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#70 RossCreek
June 24 2009, 10:25PM
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B-rad wrote:

So did anyone see TSN broadcast about the Oil almost getting Turris last year? I never heard anything like that last year….

I recall hearing some whispers. It was actually 2 years ago though in 2007. They were talking with Philli who opted to keep the pick and take Van Riemsdyk.

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#71 Reijo Ruotsalainen
June 24 2009, 10:32PM
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Long time reader, first time poster. Glad to see the word is getting out about this awesome site!! Look forward to the draft day coverage!!!

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#72 streeky
June 24 2009, 11:15PM
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Hey Everyone! I know this probaly isn't the place for this but i have a question i need answered....

Is there "sign up" area to become a "follower" for you crazy bastards??? I have been a very faithful reader for about a year now when I found this holy grail of hockey talk sites! Freaking love it here!!!! I dont know if I am as blind as the great zebra, Helmethair Fraiser, or as dumb as Keenan was when he trade Lou to the canuks for.....I dont even remember...a bag of B.C chronic, and a box of old porn. I can not seem to find a sign up area anywere? Please Help!!!! lol

Hopeful new member, but long time reader...

streeky

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#73 streeky
June 24 2009, 11:22PM
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oh, and i saw the spot you guys did with hotlegs Linda Steele...Great job! I have no doubt your following grows by atleast 8 to 10 whole people by the end of the week as a result of your preformance on the show!!! lol I kid ofcoarse, you guys really did great! Keep it up, and I am looking forward to the draft coverage.

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#74 Reijo Ruotsalainen
June 24 2009, 11:27PM
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I remember the days where ITV would pick up only 10 Oiler games or so a season, no Sat night double headers on CBC, heck if you missed the Ched broadcast of the game you might not even know who the goalscorers were till you picked up the Sun and read the boxscore the next morning,...walking to school in 10ft of snow...uphill...both ways...*grumble grumble*.....

Ahhhh the evolution of technology!!....and Media!!!

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#75 Archaeologuy
June 24 2009, 11:51PM
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OMG Human Torch, you were mentioned on TV. Dude, youre almost as famous as Adam...whoever that is.

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#76 Rusty Shackleford
June 25 2009, 12:01AM
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@ Reijo Ruotsalainen:

I believe the Oilers were on CFRN 1260 or some whackiness like that back in those days. *tries to remember his precious childhood*

Tip of my cap to the entire nation for stealing my heart.

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#77 Rusty Shackleford
June 25 2009, 12:06AM
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Completely off topic, but I have a question...

Does anyone remember those kickass IGA Oilers cards from the early 90's?

I totally can remember my Mark Lamb IGA card.

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#78 David S
June 25 2009, 12:15AM
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Awww jeez. Here's looking forward to 500 post GDB's. May as well quit work right now. Still, pretty impressed with what you've done here.

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#79 humantorch
June 25 2009, 01:07AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

OMG Human Torch, you were mentioned on TV. Dude, youre almost as famous as Adam…whoever that is.

woo! I got namedropped!

(And yes, I most of my first 27 years in Edmonton. bingofuel was right.)

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#80 Mowzie
June 25 2009, 04:49AM
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If I needed validation that I'm an over-obsessed hockey fan, it's that I told about 15 people about this, and none of them gave a crap.

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#81 myteammytown
June 25 2009, 06:27AM
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B-rad wrote:

So did anyone see TSN broadcast about the Oil almost getting Turris last year? I never heard anything like that last year….

the deal was apparently done, the flyers backed out at the last minute as the trade conference was starting

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#82 BUCK75
June 25 2009, 07:35AM
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@ Rusty Shackleford:

I will raise your IGA cards with my 80's vintage "Red Rooster" Oilers hockey cards.

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#83 Kung Pow
June 25 2009, 08:00AM
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Before this site explodes and everyone finds out about the awesomeness of it, I want to say that I was here before then. Nice interview and Lynda Steel is a fox. Good job boys.

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#84 jayoilfan
June 25 2009, 08:03AM
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@ buck75 I was gonna raise rustyshackleford with the McDonald's Oiler booklets with the packs of sticker cards you had to put on each player, I still have mine from 1984 or 85? Good times, my friend, good times.

@Bingofuel Fantabulous interview! I've been reading ON for over a year now (with the odd post) and it just keeps getting better. Keep up the good work "Adam".

ITV and Hi-Q, ahhhh, the good ol days. From time to time I wish I still lived in Edmonton. Calgary is a nice place to live/work/raise a family, except there is this horrible NHL franchise here a few people like to cheer for and riducule me for supporting their provincial. Been here 10 years and never wavered my Oilers allegience! I'm even working on raising my boys up right, the oldest is totally into the Oilers and he's only 3! God Bless his little heart, brings a tear to my eye...sniff

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#85 Jon
June 25 2009, 08:08AM
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It's sort of sad on my part, but I've never actually noticed that Wanye Gretz was spelt the way it is. I've always just glanced over it assuming it was Wayne... I burst out laughing when I heard "wanye" on global lol.

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#86 SkinnyD
June 25 2009, 08:11AM
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BUCK75 wrote:

@ Rusty Shackleford: I will raise your IGA cards with my 80’s vintage “Red Rooster” Oilers hockey cards.

I've got those ones...somewhere...awesome!!!

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#87 Alon
June 25 2009, 08:23AM
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I would just like to put this forward but Bingifuel's/Adam's soul patch and side burns are those of the gods

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#88 SkinnyD
June 25 2009, 08:33AM
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@ jayoilfan: Dude...I was ON Hi-Q...red high tops, dress pants, and squeaky high voice. Yes, the ladies loved me...and oddly enough, so did Mike Sobel.

*weeps*

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#89 Librarian Mike
June 25 2009, 08:36AM
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jayoilfan wrote:

Been here 10 years and never wavered my Oilers allegience! I’m even working on raising my boys up right, the oldest is totally into the Oilers and he’s only 3! God Bless his little heart, brings a tear to my eye…sniff

You sir, are a fine parent. I salute you.

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#90 The Menace
June 25 2009, 09:02AM
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How about that bat guy after the *awesome* Nation piece? I can't velieve no on has at least mentioned him. That looks crazy!

Terrific job again guys - great work.

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#91 scorecoff hemmercules
June 25 2009, 09:15AM
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Just got to watch it on youtube, awesome job guys!! I actually didn't think bingo looked that nervous. Feels good to be apart of something like this, can't wait for some draft days coverage form Gregor! I'll be glued to this site thats for sure (hopefully it isn't too clogged in here).

Hey Gregor, how many different glasses do you own?? The ones you wore on tv were pretty cool! Gotta get me some.

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#92 Jamie
June 25 2009, 09:29AM
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Rusty Shackleford wrote:

Completely off topic, but I have a question… Does anyone remember those kickass IGA Oilers cards from the early 90’s? I totally can remember my Mark Lamb IGA card.

YES. They came in the bread! Haha, I still have a binder of them somewhere ...

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#93 Librarian Mike
June 25 2009, 09:34AM
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Jamie wrote:

Rusty Shackleford wrote: Completely off topic, but I have a question… Does anyone remember those kickass IGA Oilers cards from the early 90’s? I totally can remember my Mark Lamb IGA card. YES. They came in the bread! Haha, I still have a binder of them somewhere …

Why did all the mice at IGA get pregnant?

They didn't know there was a safe way.

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#94 The Menace
June 25 2009, 09:38AM
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@ Librarian Mike:

That's probably a very old joke, but it's new to me, and I had a real chuckle this morning. Thanks! (btw, I'm totally telling it as my own this morning!)

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#95 patty
June 25 2009, 10:30AM
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@ Rusty Shackleford:

I was so jacked because I got the whole set on one sheet. Brian Glynn was my favorite. what a killer.

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#96 Rusty Shackleford
June 25 2009, 10:38AM
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@ BUCK75: That would be before I was born, but I surely remember the Red Rooster. I can still vaguely remember Texaco haha.

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#97 Chester Copperpot
June 25 2009, 10:51AM
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As a transplanted Edmontonian now living in St John's, I've got to say that his thread brings a tears to my eyes.

- Linda & Gord - Bob Layton - Mike Sopel (4 O'clock rock, Hi-Q, Disney Afternoon anayone?) - Red Rooster Trading cards.

Man, Right now I want to go home, buy a Happy Mart slurpee, walk whyte ave, and listen to Brian Hall ramble about the weather conditions at Commonweath while a football game suposedly takes place down below.

PS - Lately I've been thinking that this team needs Bub Slug to come back and join the coaching staff. Anyone else with me or would that just part of the old boys club?

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#98 risto
June 25 2009, 11:01AM
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@ Chester Copperpot:

How 'bout a case of Pop Shoppe, quick hit to the Inside Edge, then home to watch Betamax?

Edmonton media is pretty impressive. All the nationals use Edmo-sourced talents, and then Hallsie and John Short are still in the game, not to mention the HOF's Rod and Matty.

I miss Wes Montgomery, best MC ever.

Best of luck at the draft, Greegor (say it like igor, you know, kravchuk, byakin) and enjoy the next best city on earth!

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#99 Chester Copperpot
June 25 2009, 11:10AM
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@ risto:

I have a copy of Boys on the Bus on Beta.

Man the memories just keep coming back - Lee Fogolin doing adds for Mr Lumber "what's a cubit?" - Kurri doing adds for Shipply (sp) Photo

If we can ship Gregor off to Montreal, is there anyway that we can get Dutch back from TSN for 1 drunken Thursday SportsNight broadcast from a local BPs?

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#100 Librarian Mike
June 25 2009, 11:14AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

- Mike Sopel (4 O’clock rock, Hi-Q, Disney Afternoon anayone?)

Hell, I remember 4 O'Clock Rock with Chuck Chandler. Wasn't Bub Slug a 'High Level Bridge Waterfall Maintenance Guy'? Man that comic was funny. I'm gonna have to see if there are any anthologies of it.

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