Three minutes of fame

bingofuel
June 24 2009 02:41PM

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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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#101 Jason Gregor
June 25 2009, 11:17AM
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scorecoff hemmercules wrote:

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

I'm a glasses whore...I have seven pairs...I don't change my hairstyle, so I change my googles. Go see Hillary at Alberta Sports Vision in Sherwood Park. She always picks out good ones.

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#102 Chester Copperpot
June 25 2009, 11:21AM
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@ Librarian Mike:

Yes but he also played a few games with the Oilers on a line with Wayne... Turns out that the writers have a new comic out now called Betty.

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#103 Bruthah
June 25 2009, 11:22AM
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@ kingsblade:

"PASS THE SALT!!! WOULD YOU LIKE SOME GRAVY?? I'M BOB LAYTON!"

I just picture the guy saying 'I'm Bob Layton' at the end of each sentence.

Or when he gets drunk, he's like Will Ferrell and Alec Baldwin toasting to BILL BRADSKIE!

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#104 moo
June 25 2009, 11:43AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I’m a glasses whore…I have seven pairs…I don’t change my hairstyle, so I change my googles. Go see Hillary at Alberta Sports Vision in Sherwood Park. She always picks out good ones.

Doncha mean "can't change my hairstyle"? :P

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#105 mowzie
June 25 2009, 11:57AM
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@ moo:

do you know How much more sex bald people get? Its like infinity times a kajillion. I really bring the average down though.

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#106 patty
June 25 2009, 11:59AM
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@ Chester Copperpot: Betty's actually supposedly Bub's wife. They changed the focus of the comic to her so it would have broader syndication appeal. I read an article about the comic's writes a few months ago. I can't think of any other bit of information that is as useless as this.

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#107 jayoilfan
June 25 2009, 12:20PM
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Bub was the best, he could score off Gretzky's ass, throw footballs as if shot out of a cannon and I remember when they had him quaterback the Esks against the then Superbowl champs Chicago Bears! I also remember they had his family go on summer vacation and he was in a war against Peter Pocklington (at some lake where Peter had a 'summer cottage') for some reason I believe the problem/feud/war centered around the use of an outhouse...

Those were certainly the good ol glory days.

BTW have I said lately that this site is the best! EVER!

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#108 SkinnyD
June 25 2009, 12:23PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

scorecoff hemmercules wrote: Hey Gregor, how many different glasses do you own?? The ones you wore on tv were pretty cool! Gotta get me some. I’m a glasses whore…I have seven pairs…I don’t change my hairstyle, so I change my googles. Go see Hillary at Alberta Sports Vision in Sherwood Park. She always picks out good ones.

I'll second that plug...got a sweet pair of Sean John's there and some contacts. Fantastic people too. It took me forever to learn how to put in my contacts, but the pointing and laughing was kept to a minimum so I didn't run out crying like a little girl...

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#109 Jason Gregor
June 25 2009, 12:37PM
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moo wrote:

Doncha mean “can’t change my hairstyle”?

Yes, bald jokes kill me...the pain...ha.

I could still grow it back, I would just have a sixhead instead of a forehead. I shaved my melon when I still had a head of hair. I hated combing it, and basically it's stuck. Now though I know the density wouldn't be the same.

Just remember, the less hair you have the more head you get.

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#110 scorecoff hemmercules
June 25 2009, 01:11PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Just remember, the less hair you have the more head you get.

Nice line!

I started/kept shaving my head for the same reason, it's the easiest hairstyle possible. I too have been victimised by a growing forehead. I'm about a fivehead now but it just keeps going, sigh.

I don't live in Edmonton but I'll definately check that place out next time I'm there, thanks. And wow, 7 pairs! You're like the Tom Gilbert of glasses ;)

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#111 jdrevenge
June 25 2009, 05:58PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Just remember, the less hair you have the more head you get.

ZING

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