Gregor: it's good to be back

Jason Gregor
August 31 2009 10:28AM

Mondays suck at the best of times, but this Monday, after two weeks of holidays, is surprisingly upbeat even after I forgot to check the pockets of my shorts and washed them with five lotto tickets and a pack of gum still inside. I guess I’ll be writing here for a bit longer. When I go on holidays I try not to read or watch anything sports related, and I was fairly successful. But last week after spending an entire day golfing and slowly killing my liver I woke up Thursday afternoon and read Wanye’s piece on mini-Leno possibly coming back to E-town. It took a while to register what I just read, but that might have been due to the five Grenade shots from the previous night. After contemplating it some more I’ve decided it is too much of a fairy tale to actually occur. It sounds like an ABC After-School Special, and I hated most of those shows; I’m not much of a romantic either. Local boy who made it big, but was ran out of town, then spends a few years trying to find himself in other markets, only to be welcomed back home in the arms of  the local owner.Make no mistake, if Comrie does return to Edmonton, he will have lots to prove and I think it would be a GOOD move. I know many of you are thinking I must still be in holiday mode, but think about it for a second. You might not have liked how Comrie left, but the fact is he would be the only player in Oiler silks who actually scored 30 goals one year. If he does sign, it would be for around $1.5 million, and considering he made $4 million last year that’s a hefty pay cut. You don’t think he’d play his ass off to try and get back in that pay range? Sure Comrie is another small forward, but he at least has a bit of an edge to his game. Remember when Ilya Kovalchuk thought hair pulling was allowed in an NHL fight? Hell my grandpa used to buy sugar when it was on sale even when he didn’t need it, so getting another small forward at a low cost might not be a bad idea. The organization is split on whether Comrie is a fit, but it definitely has been talked about. I just spoke to a player who thinks it would be a good fit, so we’ll see how it plays out.

New rink

The Oilers have called a press conference for 11am today where they’ll discuss news of a new arena. The Oilers need a new rink, the city needs a new facility, and concert goers can expect even better bands once it is built. Funding will be the major issue, but if you don’t realize that Edmonton needs a new rink you aren’t paying attention.

I’m sure we can squeeze in a few Comrie questions as well.

Holiday tidbits

  • If you haven’t golfed SilverTip in Canmore I suggest you do. Save up before you go though, because the $183.00 green fee is a bit much, but the scenery is magnificent. The course isn’t overly long, and you don’t have to pull out the driver that often, but you need to be straight. The greens are fast and really challenging, and there are no beer carts on the course so I suggest stuffing a few in the bag. They have coolers on the golf carts.
  • Seems like the Olympic camp proved nothing. Does anyone think Marty St. Louis will play on the first line? St. Louis has tremendous skill, but I don’t see him on that line, if any. While in Calgary I bumped into one of the coaches and he told me flat out they were looking for chemistry more than anything. Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t there and he is a lock to make the squad, and based on how well he meshed with Rick Nash and Dany “I’ve-been-unfairly-painted-as-the-bad-guy” Heatley at the World Championships in 2008 they are an option for Mike Babcock. One big question for me will be if Joe Thornton makes the team and how much of a role he’ll be given if he does.
  • Looks like the Eskimo secondary can catch the ball. If the Esks win the Grey Cup this year that would give them three this decade. Would that make them the team of the decade in the CFL? I think so, and yet Eskimo fans have been pissed the entire decade it seems. Interesting.
  • Had my fantasy football draft yesterday. I’m in a draft with 12 teams, and all the guys feel they could be an NFL GM. They spent hours after the draft analyzing who has the best team. Fantasy football takes the armchair quarterback to a whole new level. If you haven’t played I recommend getting in a league. Fantasy football is better than fantasy hockey in my opinion. The time commitment is far less, which is a good thing, because if you spend two hours a day “researching” your fantasy stats you have issues.

The side bets are more entertaining than the draft sometimes, and if you are in a good draft you have a message board that runs year round. The chirping on the boards kept me interested last year, once that pansy Tom Brady got hurt. That’s the hard part about fantasy football/hockey. Sometimes you have to pick a player from a team that you despise, because you know he’ll score points. I love the Dolphins (they will go 10-6 this year btw) but Brady is my fantasy QB. I hate the Pats, Bills and the Jets, but pretty boy is my QB so I’ll root for him to pass for 300 yards and three TDs every week, but hopefully they lose every game.

Off to the Oiler presser. I’ll give you an update after.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 ronaldo
August 31 2009, 10:40AM
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Good to have you back Gregor. For some sick reason I'm hoping Comrie gets signed too- maybe I'm bored. We do need a new arena and downdown does need a major facelift- as for funding, hope they have some answers this morning- doubt it. $183 is a lot of bud light lime.

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#2 HoNich
August 31 2009, 10:54AM
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I absolutely enjoy your hockeyless insight sometimes. Some people dont but I definitely find it nice to hear someone speak positively about the Oilers in August, and then give a cool heads-up about coolers in a golf cart.

I lovvveee this siitttteeee.

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#3 Dan the Man
August 31 2009, 10:54AM
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Matheson reported in the Journal on Saturday that the Comrie thing isn't going to happen and Matty is rarely wrong.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/truth+Comrie+Edmonton+return+rumour/1941861/story.html

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#4 RossCreek
August 31 2009, 11:00AM
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Welcome back JG. Still say I'd love to see MC Brick head to the Flames, but do think he's an upgrade on some of the small forwards in eTown. Count me as a guy that respects Comrie. Having played against him growing up, I hated him and thought he got where he got because of his name. And while there's no denying that a name can get you an extra look or 2 along the way, I have to admit he made the most of it and earned his stature. And he brings more grit than most Oil fans would care to admit. And him coming in @ a reduced number like 1.5 would be like him paying that 2.5 back ;-)

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#5 I'm a Scientist!
August 31 2009, 11:02AM
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ronaldo wrote:

$183 is a lot of bud light lime.

Correction - $183 is a lot of bud light... not lime. That stuff's expensive!

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#6 Wanye Gretz
August 31 2009, 11:13AM
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Listening to the press conference about the arena. Patrick Laforge just referred to Edmontonians as "humans"

Who says he is out of touch? :)

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#7 HoNich
August 31 2009, 11:37AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Listening to the press conference about the arena. Patrick Laforge just referred to Edmontonians as “humans” Who says he is out of touch?

All world class citys have random names for their inhabitants. World class is the plan right?

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#8 Wanye Gretz
August 31 2009, 11:38AM
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Fantastic plug for the Capitals Laforge.

Playoff Bound!

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#9 OilersinOntario
August 31 2009, 11:44AM
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Bills ftw. Dolphins 8-8 this year, or worse.

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#10 socaldave
August 31 2009, 11:46AM
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wb OMG!

and it sounds as if Wanye has been converted into a Caps fan. Is this right? Did they start selling BLL at Telus Field?

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#11 BUCK75
August 31 2009, 11:46AM
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Apparently the Oilers are NOT ruling out the possiblity of a personal seat license. Research will be done to see if us fans are willing to pay.

I like the idea of having the new rink downtown. People need to look past the traffic thing & realize that transit will probably be more accessible & easier than driving to the games.

As I don't pay Edmonton taxes - I expect to be berated for this comment. I think the Provincial, City of Edmonton & Ticket Service Charges should be used to help build the building. Other than the Oiler games I cannot remember the last time I went to an event at Rexall. I think it was Ozzy Osborne's last concert.

Although if I have to buy a seat license I guess I will be contributing to the cost of the building.

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#12 BUCK75
August 31 2009, 11:47AM
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Oh yeah - welcome back Gregor. :D

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#13 MR
August 31 2009, 11:49AM
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Was it just me, or did Dan Tencer intentionally come on air for station identification during Brownlee's question?!?

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#14 Wanye Gretz
August 31 2009, 11:50AM
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@ socaldave:

I very much enjoy the Capitals and the $4 beer - I mean fantastic baseball - served at Telus Field. I am going to be there on Tuesday night as they play the $4 dollar beers - I mean whoever they are playing.

BUCK75 wrote:

Apparently the Oilers are NOT ruling out the possiblity of a personal seat license. Research will be done to see if us fans are willing to pay.

I love Gregor asking that question. Somewhere Deepoil is smiling - if that is somehow possible.

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#15 Colin
August 31 2009, 11:52AM
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BUCK75 wrote:

As I don’t pay Edmonton taxes - I expect to be berated for this comment. I think the Provincial, City of Edmonton & Ticket Service Charges should be used to help build the building.
That and the toll booths they'll be putting in on all the commuter roads to the suburb towns :P
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#16 BUCK75
August 31 2009, 12:13PM
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@ Colin:

Yeah, it will be interesting to see how much $ the provincial government will kick into this project. The oilers draw fans from N, S, E & W of the city. I am sure that some sort of creative way would be invented to get money out of the 5 or 6 thousand people who travel in to watch the games or use the facility.

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#17 Colin
August 31 2009, 12:19PM
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@ BUCK75: I still think we should pull a Calgary and make the capital region one mega-city.

We all use each other's facilities all the time anyway, it makes sense to make it one government and tax base. Plus think of the savings on mayor and councillor salaries, benefits and pensions!

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#18 patty
August 31 2009, 12:21PM
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@ MR: I also noticed that, quite a coincidence... I only listened until 11:30, but the only time in those 30 minutes that they cut in was during RB's question. May or may not have been on purpose, but it felt like he was babbling just to cover up the question in the background.

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#19 Colin
August 31 2009, 12:23PM
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@ Colin: Plus it would probably set a world record for most sprawling city(fewest people per sq km).

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#20 Bob Cob
August 31 2009, 12:32PM
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Welcome back Gregor, a good read as usual and $183 green fees, wow that must have been the best scenery ever. Anyway looking forward to more blogs and Oilers updates as training camp nears.

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#21 RossCreek
August 31 2009, 12:46PM
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I know haven't heard a whole lot about it, probably because of the source, but Eklund seems adamant that there is something to Kessel and the Oil. ??

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#22 Lofty
August 31 2009, 12:47PM
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"If you haven’t golfed SilverTip in Canmore I suggest you do. Save up before you go though, because the $183.00 green fee is a bit much, but the scenery is magnificent"

Stewart Creek is a much better bet if your looking for a golf course and not an amusment park.

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#23 Archaeologuy
August 31 2009, 12:57PM
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St Louis not on team Canada? Out of him, Stamkos, and Lecavalier St Louis is hands down the best one. If he doesnt make it, then Vinny doesnt stand a chance.

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#24 DangerMan
August 31 2009, 12:59PM
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Good ol' Patrick Laforge. One thing is for certain, he is good as his job. He comes off as genuine but can baffle you with BS at the same time. He is a good salesman. The Oilers are fortunate to have him.

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#25 RossCreek
August 31 2009, 01:08PM
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@ Arch. ~ ya totally man~

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#26 erixon
August 31 2009, 01:18PM
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I golfed SilverTip once a few years back. If it wren't for the beauty of it all, I think I would have swore a lot more. Tough course.

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#27 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2009, 01:20PM
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Only 49 weeks to go till your next holiday.

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#28 Oilman
August 31 2009, 01:24PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

@ Colin: Yeah, it will be interesting to see how much $ the provincial government will kick into this project. The oilers draw fans from N, S, E & W of the city. I am sure that some sort of creative way would be invented to get money out of the 5 or 6 thousand people who travel in to watch the games or use the facility.

Perhaps if they could come up with some way to charge the users of the facility - like say, having to purchase a ticket to get into the place!

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#29 Zamboni Driver
August 31 2009, 01:25PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

Yeah, it will be interesting to see how much $ the provincial government will kick into this project.

That number will be.....oh....somewhere around none and zilch. No way, no chance, no how.

And they shouldn't.

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#30 Jason Gregor
August 31 2009, 01:39PM
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Lofty wrote:

Stewart Creek is a much better bet if your looking for a golf course and not an amusment park.

Funny you say that. The guys I golfed with golf there the day before for $205 a round and they all preferred Silver Tip. For $205 you'd expect some sort of service, and they all said they got nothing. Course was a bit longer, but when you are hacks like us and dishing out that type of dough you'd expect something. They didn't even have a cooler on the cart!!! ha

OilersinOntario wrote:

Bills ftw. Dolphins 8-8 this year, or worse.

Bills??? Really? Trent Edwards and the baby TO, not to mention Lynch is suspended for the first four games. If Rhodes is their starter in the backfield they are in trouble. Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Only 49 weeks to go till your next holiday.

Actually much less. Going to Caribean in Dec..so it's only 16 and a half weeks...thanks for reminding me.

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#31 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2009, 01:49PM
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Things appear to be desperate in Oilerville, this is as close to a bogus press conference if i've seen one. No news is news i guess.

I can't comment on that right now, that's too far down the road to even comment on, I'll leave the big announcements for Mr. Katz.Was anything of relevant importance even discussed besides more "talk" of this new facility?

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#32 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2009, 01:54PM
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Jason Gregor wrote: Going to Caribean in Dec..so it’s only 16 and a half weeks…thanks for reminding me.

GREGORS GETTING MARRIED! Congratulations sir.

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#33 Ogden Brother
August 31 2009, 02:40PM
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Welcome back Gregor, did the Oil talk to Tanguay at all?

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#34 The Fish
August 31 2009, 02:40PM
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Stewart Creek is a beautiful course, but both Kananaskis courses are still by far the best value in the province.

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#35 The Fish
August 31 2009, 02:50PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Eklund seems adamant that there is something to Kessel and the Oil. ??

Ecklund has never been laid. E5.

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#36 Ogden Brother
August 31 2009, 02:54PM
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RossCreek wrote:

I know haven’t heard a whole lot about it, probably because of the source, but Eklund seems adamant that there is something to Kessel and the Oil. ??

I think someone here (not sure if it was blogger or poster) mentioned a Eberle+Chorney+1st for Kessel deal.

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#37 Colin
August 31 2009, 02:58PM
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@ The Fish:

Lol. you win sir.

Gregor is back on Just a Game this week too I assume?

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#38 ronaldo
August 31 2009, 03:03PM
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@ Colin You posted at 2:58 asking if he is on the radio @ 3:00. LOL.

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#39 Jason Gregor
August 31 2009, 04:01PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Going to Caribean in Dec..so it’s only 16 and a half weeks…thanks for reminding me. GREGORS GETTING MARRIED! Congratulations sir.

Don't start vicious rumours...nope. I can GUARANTEE (ha) with certainty that this is not the case.

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#40 Robin Brownlee
August 31 2009, 04:02PM
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patty wrote:

@ MR: I also noticed that, quite a coincidence… I only listened until 11:30, but the only time in those 30 minutes that they cut in was during RB’s question. May or may not have been on purpose, but it felt like he was babbling just to cover up the question in the background.

On purpose? No way. Dan would never do that. It just so happened that while reporters were asking LaForge questions Tencer had to cut in to tell listeners that reporters were asking LaForge questions. It just worked out that he cut in over all but about two seconds of my line of questioning. Just a coincidence.

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#41 OILER86
August 31 2009, 04:21PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

patty wrote: @ MR: I also noticed that, quite a coincidence… I only listened until 11:30, but the only time in those 30 minutes that they cut in was during RB’s question. May or may not have been on purpose, but it felt like he was babbling just to cover up the question in the background. On purpose? No way. Dan would never do that. It just so happened that while reporters were asking LaForge questions Tencer had to cut in to tell listeners that reporters were asking LaForge questions. It just worked out that he cut in over all but about two seconds of my line of questioning. Just a coincidence.

Dan Tencer is an arrogant prick.

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#42 Pre-Mix
August 31 2009, 04:25PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

On purpose? No way. Dan would never do that. It just so happened that while reporters were asking LaForge questions Tencer had to cut in to tell listeners that reporters were asking LaForge questions. It just worked out that he cut in over all but about two seconds of my line of questioning. Just a coincidence.

I see a "celebrity boxing" match in the near future...

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#43 Robin Brownlee
August 31 2009, 04:42PM
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Pre-Mix wrote:

I see a “celebrity boxing” match in the near future…

I don't think so.

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#44 Harlie
August 31 2009, 04:45PM
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welcome back Gregor. Ya those green fees are steep especially if you don't have any beer cart babes feedin ya brews. Hell that's the best part of golfin! THAT is the scenery. F the mountains! ha ha!

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#45 Harlie
August 31 2009, 04:49PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Pre-Mix wrote: I see a “celebrity boxing” match in the near future… I don’t think so.

how about a drinkin and smokin contest followed by who has the worse hangover contest? That's probly more your speed eh!?

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#46 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2009, 04:53PM
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OILER86 wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: patty wrote: Dan Tencer is an arrogant prick.

LOL.....not so many years ago it was Robin who was that young brash kid on the block.

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#47 Robin Brownlee
August 31 2009, 04:55PM
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Harlie wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: Pre-Mix wrote: I see a “celebrity boxing” match in the near future… I don’t think so. how about a drinkin and smokin contest followed by who has the worse hangover contest? That’s probly more your speed eh!?

You haven't done your homework.

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#48 Harlie
August 31 2009, 05:04PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Harlie wrote: Robin Brownlee wrote: Pre-Mix wrote: I see a “celebrity boxing” match in the near future… I don’t think so. how about a drinkin and smokin contest followed by who has the worse hangover contest? That’s probly more your speed eh!? You haven’t done your homework.

Sorry I forgot. Tencer isn't old enough to drink yet, right? ;)

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#49 Quicksilver ballet
August 31 2009, 05:09PM
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With Gregor getting married in the Caribean in December.....anyone want to go halfers on a six pack of Coronas as a wedding gift.

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#50 David S
August 31 2009, 07:59PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

With Gregor getting married in the Caribean in December

YOU ARE WRONG!

;)

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