Housekeeping: State of the Nation

bingofuel
January 29 2010 11:38AM

Pull up a stump, younglings. Let's take a moment to look away from the train-wreck of a team that we're still punishing ourselves by watching and talk about YOU. And by YOU, I mean US: OilersNation.com.

This site is over two years old now, and like a drooling, irritating puppy that you just want to swat over the nose with your latest FHM issue, it's as spunky as ever. Even though OilersNation's second birthday has come and gone, and I spent most of it drunk of my ass and weeping, I'd like to look back on the life of OilersNation, which back in November 2007 was but a gleam in the eye of one Wanye Gretz.

That's WAN-YE, by the way. Like Obi-wan Yay. Though it doesn't bother him, for reason it drives me nuts when people call him Wayne. But that's the difference between Wanye and I: I'm an uptight nerd, and he's a suave, barrel-chested hobo with a website and a dream.

I'm not going to talk to you right now about how much we've grown, because we really have and I think it's obvious to most just given the comment counts on articles. We've grown not just in terms of writers and content, but in terms of traffic as well... in spite of the beloved Oilers' recent fortunes on the ice. Buoyed by this growth, we decided to try a few more things:

  • We created some limited edition T-shirts which sold rather quickly (don't worry, there's more swag on the way)
  • We created a Twitter account, so we could interact more intimately with you knuckleheads
  • Wanye went away to Europe to find himself. All he found were a bunch of STIs. So he brought them back with him
  • We partnered with Original Joe's on Beat The Heat, which has raised over $4,500 for local women's shelters so far
  • We sent out a bunch of OilersNation stickers to fans on Twitter. They've started posting them to our new Flickr Photo Group (which you should all join)
  • One of our readers created a rather fantastic DFF badge
  • Willis managed to get a job at TheScore.ca because of (or in spite of) his work at OilersNation
  • Gregor's hair has miraculously started to grow back*
  • Brownlee's hair has miraculously started to grow back*
  • OilersNation citizens sent Gregor to the 2009 draft AND raised money for a local charity
  • We're in the process of launching a pretty outstanding new site feature that you should see very soon

Just when you think things are in the tank, you can sit down, look back and say to yourself, "We've come a long way." Because we have. And we're not stopping, oh my no. We're letting Citizen Alpha, our code monkey, take a week's furlough in Cuba so he can dine with Castro. But as soon as he's back in sunny Canada, we're going to whip his ass so hard, he'll wish he'd defected to the Communist nation.

So, Happy Belated Birthday, OilersNation, you big slobbering puppy of a website. I hope you never die.

 

*This might be because of the hair tonic they've been using, but the Nation will take credit for it.

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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 Ball Buster
January 29 2010, 11:50AM
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Don't forget that OilersNation and members sent Gregor to the 2009 draft AND raised money for a local charity group!

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#3 SirFozz
January 29 2010, 11:58AM
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Happy belated second birthday. Now take that out of your mouth, its dirty.

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#4 HE Pennypacker
January 29 2010, 12:03PM
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The best part is that this is all happening during some of the most frustrating and disappointing times for our beloved hockey team. That's what makes Oiler fans so awesome.

In honor of ON's birthday, I've been drinking more than usual today!

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#5 Ninjafoot
January 29 2010, 12:18PM
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It is nice to be able to get good seats here at the Nation while the Oilers suck.

Can you imagine the animal house that is going to erupt around here when they finally start winning and the bandwagon starts to fill up again?

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#6 Lisa McRitchie
January 29 2010, 12:25PM
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Ninjafoot wrote:

It is nice to be able to get good seats here at the Nation while the Oilers suck.

Can you imagine the animal house that is going to erupt around here when they finally start winning and the bandwagon starts to fill up again?

Agreed, but I know that there are plenty of real fans out there that just can't afford the money to sit there and be miserable with the rest of us in public.

My Oilers half price single was row two last week. I only sit that close to the ice when I go to see the Oilers in the states. I'll enjoy it while I can.

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#7 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 29 2010, 12:26PM
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So how did you guys ever get established media guys like Gregor and Brownlee to join up?

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#8 Pajamah
January 29 2010, 12:29PM
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Ninjafoot wrote:

It is nice to be able to get good seats here at the Nation while the Oilers suck.

Can you imagine the animal house that is going to erupt around here when they finally start winning and the bandwagon starts to fill up again?

When the site is that popular, ON can hire Brownlee full-time to "troll hunt"

of course, causing more people to flock to the site to watch the man emplode over the internets, or e-implode (TM)

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#9 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 29 2010, 01:02PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

So how did you guys ever get established media guys like Gregor and Brownlee to join up?

Gregor's hair has miraculously started to grow back* Brownlee's hair has miraculously started to grow back*

Isn't it obvious that Oilersnation had the tonic?

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#10 Travis Dakin
January 29 2010, 01:05PM
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I've said it before and I will say it again, Bingofuel, Wanye, Robin, Willis, Gregor and sometimes Amber... Thanks for actually putting some effort into making a great idea a reality. This little site has brought a surprising amount of joy to my life during this troubling time as an Oilers fan.

Much love.

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#11 Ilya Byakin
January 29 2010, 01:08PM
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Happy Birthday Nation!

No mention of Ghost Riding the Whip?

EDIT: Just tried to find the old ghost ride the whip vid that I loved, and sadly, it has been removed from you tube... :(

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#12 StrangePhD
January 29 2010, 01:09PM
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New site feature? How tantalizing! Keep up the great work!

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#13 BUCK75
January 29 2010, 01:13PM
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Congrats Gents!

*edit* We need more lemon pledge...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td68Fwh_fIg,/em&gt

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#15 The Towel Boy
January 29 2010, 01:22PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

So how did you guys ever get established media guys like Gregor and Brownlee to join up?

The same way they got me: Swiss Chalet® gift cards.

That dipping sauce for their chicken is like CRACK!

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#16 dragon
January 29 2010, 01:29PM
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Great work, Gents!

Happy B/B/Day and thanks for putting up with all the bulls@#t some of us (not all of us) Oilers fans throw at you.

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#17 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 29 2010, 01:35PM
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bingofuel wrote:

Trickery and a few free dinners.

We basically pitched on the value of doing things online... and they totally fell for it.

How did you come up with picking Gregor and Brownlee?

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#18 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 29 2010, 01:37PM
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bingofuel wrote:

Trickery and a few free dinners.

We basically pitched on the value of doing things online... and they totally fell for it.

Looks like it worked well for both parties. Well done gents.

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#19 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 29 2010, 01:38PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

The same way they got me: Swiss Chalet® gift cards.

That dipping sauce for their chicken is like CRACK!

I can understand how you guys would fall for that irresistible goodness.

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#20 oilgute
January 29 2010, 01:42PM
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All hail the nation I think its time someone made an anthem

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#21 Harlie
January 29 2010, 01:45PM
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so when do we jump the shark?

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#24 rubbertrout
January 29 2010, 01:47PM
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The only concern I have with the continued success of the site is the fact that there are a finite number of ways to incorporate the word "Ogden" into usernames.

What if we run out?

NOTE: I'll go back to normal soon enough

Happy birthday ON! Now Bingo, when can we start buying gear?

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#25 Harlie
January 29 2010, 01:59PM
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bingofuel wrote:

I think this post means we *have* jumped the shark... Oops.

guess I'm done here!

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#27 Dominoiler
January 29 2010, 02:17PM
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I think its funny that so many people slagged gregor for posting something about the rush (oh yeah, snagging some top player from portland) and so many people were livid in the comments.. 'this is an Oilers Only Website'..

Now it looks like they are your biggest advertiser, haha.. its evolution baby...

Congrats (collectively) on the two years, thanks for many great reads on various levels of .. hmmm.. analysis and wit?!..

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#28 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 29 2010, 02:17PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

The only concern I have with the continued success of the site is the fact that there are a finite number of ways to incorporate the word "Ogden" into usernames.

What if we run out?

NOTE: I'll go back to normal soon enough

Happy birthday ON! Now Bingo, when can we start buying gear?

Don't worry, we are constantly weeding the weak out of the brotherhood. As more established brothers appear, the underachievers will be thrown in the pit. Leaving a healthy supply of handles.

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#29 Jodes
January 29 2010, 02:27PM
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@Ninjafoot

I hear you Ninjafoot.. Remember the good old days when ticketmaster would crash when mini packs or gameday tickets went on sale?

Nearly 3 weeks after the latest mini packs went on sale, there are still LOTS of seats left.. Now the website is saying you have until Feb 4th to buy them.

Maybe if they would have put them on sale BEFORE Xmas they wouldn't have this problem, but hey, it only makes sense to ask people to pay 100's to 1000's of dollars on hockey tickets after Xmas doesn't it?

As for the "animal house".. I don't think we'll have to worry about that unless:

1) We trade away 3-4 guys and get solid guys in return (yeah right)

2) This off season when Tambellini cleans house (Just like last year)

3) We get a superstar UFA signing over the summer who actually WANTS to come here.

Since none of these will really happen, I think we'll be okay. But maybe in 3-4 years.. look out!

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#30 socaldave
January 29 2010, 03:06PM
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So exactly do you give a website the bumps?

~ponders~

guess we'll just have to pull a FMJ and tie Wanye and bingofuel down give 'em a sock beating. Two shots for everyone!!

oh, and yes - congrats on annee numero deux!

(that's how a Canadian in socal rolls - franglish!!)

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#31 Wanye
January 29 2010, 03:29PM
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If this site is two years old that must mean that the girl from Harry Potter is over 18 now! That is how I have been measuring time for almost 5 years - counting down till her birthday.

*runs off to buy a suit and plane ticket to "somewhere"*

Thanks for the love everyone. We don't know what we would do if it weren't for all of you*

*we'd go back to being male prosititutes

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#32 Heavyd
January 29 2010, 03:55PM
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THIS SITE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#33 Wanyes bastard child
January 29 2010, 04:13PM
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Wanye wrote:

If this site is two years old that must mean that the girl from Harry Potter is over 18 now! That is how I have been measuring time for almost 5 years - counting down till her birthday.

*runs off to buy a suit and plane ticket to "somewhere"*

Thanks for the love everyone. We don't know what we would do if it weren't for all of you*

*we'd go back to being male prosititutes

Wait, she's 18 now!?!?

*trips Wanye and steals his plane ticket*

Happy BD nation.

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#34 SquidRx
January 29 2010, 04:17PM
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"... and I spent most of it drunk of my ass and weeping..."

If I was drunk of your ass I would be weeping too. I bet you were the only one drinking it that night.

Happy Birthday ON. I would be lost without you.

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#35 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
January 29 2010, 04:25PM
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Awesome site guys. Good quality reading every day. You guys, Lowetide and POTF are the only Oilers' blogger sites I have bookmarked. Keep up the good writing and hilarious pics.

p.s. good one on recruiting Brownlee, hreally is an excellent writer.

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#36 Maggie the Monkey
January 29 2010, 06:17PM
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@bingofuel

If site traffic hasn't slowed this year with the sh!ttacular play of the Oil, has it's rate of growth slowed?

I've been wondering for a while if the businesses that are supported by the team, such as this site, local bars, and stores selling Oiler merchandise, have been hurt much by the terrible season. In my mind, if they're loosing money, some of these people who have in effect invested in the team have suffered even more than the fans who buy tickets: at least ticket-buyers aren't dependent on the team to put food on their tables.

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#37 Sammy D
January 29 2010, 09:22PM
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On behalf of the lurkers... congrats on two years! Here to two more when the Oil will be at the tail end of the rebuild and a solid middle of the road team with some upside to them.

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#38 RossCreekNation
January 29 2010, 10:09PM
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Here's to duplicating ON's success over at FlamesNation...

*crickets*

C'mon guys, "we're going streaking!".

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#39 Wanye
January 30 2010, 12:36AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Here's to duplicating ON's success over at FlamesNation...

*crickets*

C'mon guys, "we're going streaking!".

You may feel differently about the website come February first. I have a feeling the cavalry are coming*

*The cavalry are actually coming

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#40 RossCreekNation
January 30 2010, 12:51AM
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Wanye wrote:

You may feel differently about the website come February first. I have a feeling the cavalry are coming*

*The cavalry are actually coming

Oh come on Wanyeezey. MY feeling about the website should be quite clear. And knowing a bit of what's in store, I'm predicting BIG sh*t POPPIN

#thecavalryIScoming ;-)

Do I smell a trending topic?

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