GDB 8.0: Oil in Columbus

Lowetide
October 28 2010 12:42PM

Columbus is the 4th largest city in the Amercian midwest. Named after Christopher Columbus (who owned a Starbucks downtown), it was recently ranked as the 18th best place in the USA for a woman to find a useful male.

Rascal Flatts are from Columbus, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam too. Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus are from Columbus. The great Beverly D'angelo is from Columbus, Ohio. Entertaining hockey is also available from time to time in Columbus. 
 

The Edmonton Oilers will be adding a couple of fillings for tonight's game. Devan Dubnyk gets the start, Jim Vandermeer draws back in (replacing Kurtis Foster who has a malady but can't find the words) and that means foot speed is a concern on the blue. MacIntyre plays instead of Zack Stortini and one imagines the club might insert Liam Reddox into the game except the three goalie system makes it impossible.

The Oilers are coming off an outstanding comeback in Calgary, and sometimes a young team will be able to use that kind of heart attack comeback as a springboard to short term success. The Oilers do seem to have some legit hockey players up front this season, from the three kids and Gagner to the older group that includes Hemsky, Penner and Horcoff.

Big Dustin seems to be getting some negative feedback for his play, but he was a man on the tying goal in Hades on Tuesday night.

Nothing about the Blue Jackets as an organization stands out. Rick Nash is a helluva player, but he seems destined to play his entire career in a town that doesn't really notice him. Sort of the midwest Shane Doan.

Can you name 6 jackets? I can name five (nice, bad, dinner, Nehru, plaid) but don't know what position they play.

After the game, the Oilers will fly (drive? take a cab? trolley?) to Chicago in order to play the Blackhawks. The CBS game would be the one to win, otherwise you're in the windy city in danger of losing all three games of the road trip. After tomorrrow's game, the team won't play until Tuesday, giving us another reason to hate the Gary Bettman scheduling system from hell.

I have a good feeling about this team, but not about any specific game. The best way to watch the current Oildrop is with an eye to small steps forward. A nice passing sequence, a rookie in the right position in the defensive zone. Wins and losses are hard to come by in today's NHL; there's no expansion team down the road to bugger senseless once every couple of weeks and the truth is the Edmonton Oilers are the soft spot on the schedule.

Look after your health, brush your teeth and be nice to people. Oiler fans want to be healthy because when this thing clicks it could be a very nice ride.

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#151 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
October 29 2010, 12:33PM
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madjam wrote:

Over assess our own talent and overpay them to boot is something i usually relate to management . Maybe it is to much for coaching to do much to help them reach the lofty heights management thought they were capable of ? Then again , maybe they overrate coaches equally bad . Home bias or not , it's equally amazing how readily and easy Oiler nation people seem to make same call as management .

Our rookies are carrying our club to what ever success we are having which doesn't leave a lot to say about the supporting caste in a positive way . The rebuild was under way quite a while ago and the rookies have been stockpiled for quite some time . The supporting caste unfortuneately was not started until basically this season - it should have been in place for this season and subsequent ones . Poor planning at fault here .

Cogs,Brule, Reddox, Omark , and other diminutive forwards should have seen a size and toughness upgrade as only Eberle and Gagner seen as only small forwards to keep into the future . Only Horcoff, Penner and Hemsky are close to playing decent beyond the rookies . Gagner shows slight improvement . There's no defence of our weak defence - it's simply inadequate to move forward, and not much in system either .

We have plenty of talent upfront with current rookies , we need rest of season to get a defence and supporting caste that can help present young talent develop properly !

I think you were one of the few talking about "lofty hights" this summer (managment included)

I guess the light bulb finally went on for you, realizing that this team isn't that good.

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#152 madejam
October 29 2010, 03:07PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

I think you were one of the few talking about "lofty hights" this summer (managment included)

I guess the light bulb finally went on for you, realizing that this team isn't that good.

On the contrary! I called Oilers for 15 spot a month before season started if they intended on going with the defence they have . I expected offence to be our only saving grace , but that has not panned out as well as hoped because Gags, Brule and Cogs have not faired very well .Nor has bubble additions . I have said upper management should have been replaced before this rebuild process was instituted . What coach could possibly make this team a contender now , unless rookies can carry that heavy burden ? Is Renney , our third coach , really going to fair any better than last two have-probably not and maybe worse at this rate . We need a new vision and direction at upper end before i forsee us being a competitor again .

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#153 Microsoft Office 2007
November 05 2010, 09:32PM
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