EAZY-E IS GUNNA SKOOL YA YO

Amber McCormick
September 09 2010 04:29PM

 

September 7 would have been Eazy-E’s birthday - he would have been 47. Like many NWA fans all over the world, I celebrated the day reminiscing through the sweet sounds of NWA and it got me thinking, Gangsta Rap isn’t so different from organized sports. Both are filled with corruption, greed, money, and most of all, hoes. Just listen to the song Gangsta Gangsta and you’ll see what I mean.
 
There’s a lot that Eazy can teach us.
 
Growing up on the streets of Compton, Eazy-E supported himself as a high school drop out by dealing drugs and running with the Kelly Park Crips. A rookie in “da” game, Eazy found his dream. Using the cash from hustling the dope, he invested in his future. Along with Jerry Heller, Ruthless Records became a reality. Eventually Eazy signed Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. N.W.A. was born.
 
Any warm blooded Oilers fan can identify with the NWA story. As quickly as the group rose, they soon feel with equal speed. The spectacular fall of N.W.A was had everything to do with allegations of money embezzlement and financial mismanagement leading to one of the industries best coming undone in record time. Dr. Dre then left Ruthless and moved on to Death Row with Suge Knight. Being stuck in a contract, Suge took negotiations into his own hands. It is reported that threats were made to ensure Dre’s release from Ruthless. Whatever did actually happen must have worked cause Dre has found success in every move he has made since.
 
The ending for Eazy is not so happy and lucrative. On February 24, 1995 Eazy checked into hospital with was he thought was bronchitis or asthma and was, instead, diagnosed with the AIDS virus. Did you hear me? Eazy was so badass that he thought his AIDS was an asthma attack! I get a paper cut and I’m convinced that I’m dying. I stub my toe and all I can smell is the alarming scent of almonds coming from my gangrenous wound. Eazy was tough as nails till the end.
 
Within the weeks leading to his death on March 20 he managed to make amends with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube. He also married his long time girlfriend. One of the many he fathered a child with. It takes me longer than that to motivate myself to do the dishes. Just goes to show you that Eazy knows how to get it done.
 
Next time you find yourself complaining about a cold, work, family or you beloved hockey team blowing goats remember that life ain’t nothing but bitches and money. And as we all get ready for the rise of a new super group on Rexall Ice, we'd do well to remember the lessons that NWA has taught us so many years ago.

JASON SMITH - YOU BROKE MY HEART

 
News today that former Edmonton Oiler captain, Jason Smith, was arrested and charged with domestic assault against his wife and daughter. The authorities aren’t saying much at this time but Smith is currently released on $1,000 bail and protection order has been executed to keep him from his family as well as their residence.

Says the Journal:

"Although the charges against the Calgarian are serious, Smith’s defence lawyer says they don’t reflect the reality of the incident. “There’s another side to the story. A different version will surface when the charges are being read in court. People are quick to make judgments,” said lawyer Alain Hepner. “I think that so many families have issues that the public is not concerned about and it’s sad that a high-profile person has to have his laundry aired in public.”

Domestic abuse is horrible in any event but I find this to be particularly disappointing. I love Jason Smith. I didn’t think there would be anything that would change my love for him. Apparently I was wrong. Before I burn my #21 jersey, I will await his September 17 court appearance and hope for more information.
 
On a lighter note, Jason Smith's facebook relationship status has just been changed to "it's complicated".

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Amber lives in Edmonton. Everyday she tries to do her part in preserving nature. Tomorrow she's pickling squirrels. Amber doesn't sweat the petty thing and she doesn't pet the sweaty things.
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#1 Mr.Majestyk
September 09 2010, 04:41PM
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My favourite Easy E song is 'I'd Rather F**k You'

Such a shame about Gator though.

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#2 ted scheckler
September 09 2010, 04:47PM
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Easy E is a brother that will smother your mother, and make your sister think I love her.

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#3 Skidplate
September 09 2010, 05:06PM
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And here I thought Wanye was the only "wrapster" on the site. Way to represent Amber :{)

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#4 ubermiguel
September 09 2010, 05:08PM
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My signed Jason Smith stick is displayed with less pride now. "Domestic assault" could be a whole range of things, hopefully it's on the less serious end, he can learn from it and his family can become stronger for it.

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#5 Word
September 09 2010, 05:37PM
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I love that the journal refers to Smith as "the Calgarian". That's pretty funny, because if he'd done something gnarly they would have said "former Oiler captain".

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#6 dawgbone
September 09 2010, 05:42PM
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I just went on an NWA youtube trip after reading on twitter it was the anniversary of his death.

This really was the last place I thought I'd find an article about an Eazy-E.

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#7 Tha Legion
September 09 2010, 06:04PM
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Dear Amber, can I use that facebook status joke in my comedy act?

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#8 David S
September 09 2010, 06:25PM
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AMBER CONTENT!!!

Yeah!

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#10 Tha Legion
September 09 2010, 06:30PM
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@Amber McCormick

I would but I don't want him near me stealing my material

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#11 RossCreekNation
September 09 2010, 06:45PM
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@Amber McCormick

A-W-E-S-O-M-E

So I guess now that we repped for the hip-hop thugsta, it's time to rep for 2Pac... shot Sept. 7, died Sept. 13.

*How Long Will They Mourn Me*

**Thug Life**

p.s... no love for tha Ruthless Villian, MC Ren?

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#12 @NateInVegas
September 09 2010, 06:59PM
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Easy to be a great wife & mother when the going is good..

Asking for a divorce following the guy's retirement isn't just transparent it's typical.

Don't get me wrong, hitting women & kids is wrong under all circumstances.

People do overreact in life altering moments, Elin Nordegren & O.J come to mind.

Time will tell..

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#14 @NateInVegas
September 09 2010, 07:08PM
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ESPN's 30 for 30 "One Night in Vegas" was as good as the Two Escobar's & "June 17th, 1994".

Tyson's guilt was hard to watch & Tupac's music still transcends.

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#15 Harlie
September 09 2010, 08:12PM
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I always identified with EZ the most as I was the small one in the group but held my head high.

Here's a little gansgta, short in size A T-shirt, Levis is his only disguise Built like a tank yet hard to hit Ice Cube and Eazy-E cold runnin' sh!t

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#16 BossHawg
September 09 2010, 09:48PM
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Amber ur too hype...more girls need to hear NWA

Still remember this one chick got pissed at me cuz I told Id take her to a HOTEL.....or a MOTEL...or a holiday Innnnnnn...If that B*tch start F*ckin up..Ill just f*k her friend......

which I did btw...lol

Go Oil Go...lol

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#17 Wanye
September 09 2010, 10:41PM
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All this rap talk is making me squee in my Hammerpants.

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#18 Eric Johnson
September 09 2010, 10:58PM
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Just saw Canada's latest Hockey Movie at the Toronto Film fest.

"SCORE: A Hockey Musical" is exactly what it sounds like.

And you know what? Any time a bench clearing brawl turns into a choreographed full fledged song and dance number where the moves involve upper cuts and kidney shots, it can't be that bad.

Even Theo Fleury has a guest spot.

My prediction? This will be on CBC every year for the next 25.

Hey and Olivia Newton John is in it. Weirdly still kinda hot.

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#19 book¡e
September 10 2010, 12:35AM
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Amber (and anyone else who knows who NWA is) - If you have not seen "Fear of a Black Hat" - you probably should. It is This is Spinal Tap for an NWA like Band. Not the best movie ever and fairly dated, but it might just be the best movie that nobody ever saw.

Here is a link to Fear of a Black Hat

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#21 danjo1
September 10 2010, 07:18AM
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@book¡e

CB4 did it first -- also freakin' hilarious.

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#22 The Towel Boy
September 10 2010, 07:53AM
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Awwww man this article reminds me of my days growin' up in Compton.

It's strange though, this article was posted around the exact time I started watching Boyz N The Hood on this "radX" channel - Totally unedited! Ice Cube sure has come a long way in his acting career.

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#23 Pajamah
September 10 2010, 08:03AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Awwww man this article reminds me of my days growin' up in Compton.

It's strange though, this article was posted around the exact time I started watching Boyz N The Hood on this "radX" channel - Totally unedited! Ice Cube sure has come a long way in his acting career.

Edit: "long way in his acting career" meaning turned into Eddie Murphy minus the transexual prostitute

On second thought.......Nia Long does have broad shoulders

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#24 Scott in Grande Prairie
September 10 2010, 09:06AM
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At the risk of sounding like the very establishment the "gentlemen" in NWA railed against, I doubt I'll be sparing much thoughts for Eazy-E or any of his cohorts.

As a male of the caucasian-persuasion from rural Northern Alberta, I didn't really connect that much with the, uh, vocalized stylings of NWA or their ilk.

Don't get me wrong - I liked Boyz in tha Hood (which was on TV last night, by the way) and Do the Right Thing as much as the next angst-filled white kid but I'm certainly not going to draw any connections between the black street culture and a hockey team in the northernmost outpost of league that plays a sport never seen on the driveways and cul-de-sacs of South Central.

I don't mind the gangsta culture or, to be more accurate, I respect the clever marketing charade would-be gangstas have engineered in North America since the late 1980s, but one of the most appealing things about hockey is that it's remained virtually non-gangsta, after all these years.

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#25 Dallylamma
September 10 2010, 09:20AM
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EAZY is his name and the boy's comin....STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON!

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#26 Harlie
September 10 2010, 09:51AM
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@Scott in Grande Prairie

Just because your white and you grew up in a small town in Alberta doesn't mean that rap and hip hop couldn't speak to you. In fact, I would say that growing up gangsta-rap spoke to me more than hard rock and head banging music.

Of course me and my crew were into ACDC/Metallica/Led Zep and everything hard with guitars and screaming vocals but man the first time I heard Aerosmith and Run DMC singing Walk This Way in grade 7 I knew I liked the rap and heavy bass beat. I went to one of my buddies house and he played Metallica ONE video and I had chills on my spine and goosebumps from how moving the video was. My buddy then played some NWA Straight Outta and he told me about the gang war that NWA was having with ATL at the the time (Above The Law) and he also played some Public Enemy. Man I was hooked!

As a young guy growing up in a small town it was always my goal to get the hell outta and to travel and go to California. NWA and the West Coast rap was my ticket out. The hard drivin beats and the staccato rhythms made me feel invincible and bigger than the town I was from. I still look back on those days fondly!

I'm an oldster now but I just burnt a disc today that has Lil Wayne & Emininem on it along with Nirvana, Hole, Mott the Hoople, Chi Pig, Grateful Dead, Chili Peppers etc. I love it all man!

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#27 Petr's Jofa
September 10 2010, 09:56AM
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Scott in Grande Prairie wrote:

At the risk of sounding like the very establishment the "gentlemen" in NWA railed against, I doubt I'll be sparing much thoughts for Eazy-E or any of his cohorts.

As a male of the caucasian-persuasion from rural Northern Alberta, I didn't really connect that much with the, uh, vocalized stylings of NWA or their ilk.

Don't get me wrong - I liked Boyz in tha Hood (which was on TV last night, by the way) and Do the Right Thing as much as the next angst-filled white kid but I'm certainly not going to draw any connections between the black street culture and a hockey team in the northernmost outpost of league that plays a sport never seen on the driveways and cul-de-sacs of South Central.

I don't mind the gangsta culture or, to be more accurate, I respect the clever marketing charade would-be gangstas have engineered in North America since the late 1980s, but one of the most appealing things about hockey is that it's remained virtually non-gangsta, after all these years.

SNAP!

Scotty in GP is keeping it realy, yo.

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#28 Alex Hemsky
September 10 2010, 09:57AM
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Odd choice to discuss NWA & domestic violence in a single post considering the Dr. Dre incident with Dee Barnes.

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#29 Sheldon Oilers Fan for Life!!!
September 10 2010, 10:13AM
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I find your love of NWA and their disrespect of everything including women and your disappointment in Smith a dichotomy that makes no sense. maybe he (Jason) likes NWA too! You are what you eat you know!

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#30 jake
September 10 2010, 10:18AM
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@Scott in Grande Prairie

"but one of the most appealing things about hockey is that it's remained virtually non-gangsta, after all these years"

Amen to that.

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#31 Harlie
September 10 2010, 10:27AM
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@Sheldon Oilers Fan for Life!!!

yep and rock bands with their endless groupies treat women so much better than rappers. At least rappers tell it like it us and are straight up about it instead of hiding behind covert meanings like

"and she squeezed my lemon, until the juice ran down my leg" Led Zep "take a ride on your disco stick" Lady Gags

So you eat a carrot and your a carrot? Great analogy.

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#32 Scott in Grande Prairie
September 10 2010, 10:30AM
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Your points are well-taken, Harlie. I certainly wouldn't want to enter into an argument over personal music tastes or, more to the point, which genre should be "speaking" to me.

If you grew up in, say, Whitecourt and you figured rap/hip-hop "spoke" to you, good on ya. There's nothing wrong with that.

As for me - yeah, you can probably tick off the two expected musical boxes on the Rural Alberta Stereotype Form. Hard rock? Check. Country? Check.

To be clear: My previous posting wasn't a rant against blacks or black culture or blacks playing hockey like Willie O'Ree or Tony McKegney or Grant Fuhr or Mike Grier.

All I'm saying is that it's quite a stretch to find connections between a regional, northern sport and the black street culture of urban U.S. cities. I applaud Amber McCormick's well-argued attempt, but I ain't buyin' it.

Hockey remains a blissfully-retro, rural-rooted, white-bread, hip-to-be-square sport from Canada. And for that I'm grateful.

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#33 Harlie
September 10 2010, 10:41AM
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well said SIGP.

I think Amber's analogy rings true on the rise and fall of a groundbreaking group of superstars and what led them down the path to destruction but ultimately changed music in their wake.

The 80's Oilers did the same thing. There was a core of 4-5 guys on the team that were all young and immensely talented. They made it to the pinnacle of their profession and within a few years they were disbanded and moved to other teams but in their wake they changed the way hockey was played.

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#34 Quicksilver ballet
September 10 2010, 11:01AM
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We're all going to stumble and fall short on a number of occasions in our lives. Jason will pick himself up, dust himself off and carry on with his life just like we do. Maybe now would be a good time to give that coaching thing a go, maybe they could use an assistant coach in Oklahoma. A change of scenery may be benificial to the Smith clan right now. Never burn a jersey till you get both sides of the story.

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#35 DK0
September 10 2010, 11:04AM
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@Scott in Grande Prairie

~I'm afraid I'm going to have to get you to re-read your internet forum handbook since you clearly missed the part where anyone disagreeing with you is a threat to your masculinity and you must respond with the largest string of profanity possible. Posting a well thought out and coherent response to an article, getting a clearly thought out and coherent rebuttal, and then replying with another clearly thought out and coherent reply is not tolerated on the intertron!~

yesss run on sentences FTW

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#36 Nelson 88
September 10 2010, 11:12AM
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Amber.

Are you going to use your NWA disks as kindling to fire up the Jason Smith jersey? That has to be one of the most incredibly ironic pieces ever written but I wonder if you even see it....

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#37 ubermiguel
September 10 2010, 11:31AM
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jake wrote:

"but one of the most appealing things about hockey is that it's remained virtually non-gangsta, after all these years"

Amen to that.

Totally agree.

Who would the biggest gangsta thug in the NHL be? Partick Kane (aka: 20 Cent)? :)

Compare and contrast that to the NFL and NBA's parade of players to suspensions and jail. Jason Smith notwithstanding.

I just wish the Oilers would play a little bit more hip hop during the game breaks.

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#38 Scott in Grande Prairie
September 10 2010, 12:01PM
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DKO - I misplaced the Internet Forum manual a while ago and I never broke the spine on it when I had it. So thank-you for the compliment.

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#39 Boris
September 10 2010, 12:45PM
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Man, and people were upset about the mention of the Eskimos in the last post....

For me, I don't give a rat's ass about what happened to punk drug dealer 15 years ago and the music(?) gives me a headache.

There I said it and now I will put on my hardhat and prepare for beatings.

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#40 BingBong
September 10 2010, 01:06PM
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jake wrote:

"but one of the most appealing things about hockey is that it's remained virtually non-gangsta, after all these years"

Amen to that.

Not a big fan of anything "gangsta", but I do believe I remember a video (Snoop maybe?) where he's wearing an Oilers jersey. Now the point was to probably don the jersey of the most-unknown prof. sports team in history, but still...

Can someone corroborate my very hazy memory??

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#41 Sheldon Oilers Fan for Life!!!
September 10 2010, 01:16PM
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Harlie wrote:

yep and rock bands with their endless groupies treat women so much better than rappers. At least rappers tell it like it us and are straight up about it instead of hiding behind covert meanings like

"and she squeezed my lemon, until the juice ran down my leg" Led Zep "take a ride on your disco stick" Lady Gags

So you eat a carrot and your a carrot? Great analogy.

My point is that if you listen to things that talk all day about shooting cops or disrespecting authority you are less likely to respect those things. I never said Rock and roll was good either as you can learn disrespect from that as well. I am talking about what you take in to your mind "Brain food" not your stomach "Carrots" I was just pointing out that there was a dichotomy in what he listened to and what bothered him. We all go there just maybe not in such a public manner. I tell my student not to watch to much TV and find my self doing the same. Christians are often accused of being hypocrites and justifiably so. That is the very reason they need to be in church because they just keep screwing up. The real issue here is not that we fall down as people NWA included but do we get up in the morning and confront the dichotomy's in our lives and try to be a better person. Do we try each day to treat each other with more respect. Have a great day See you at a hockey game some time. Go Oilers!

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#42 fuck off
September 10 2010, 01:28PM
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Update:
1 year 1 Mil for Cogs via Oilers Lunch.

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#43 Bookie
September 10 2010, 01:31PM
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Weird - I feel sorry for a guy who just got a million bucks to play hockey...Something is wrong with me.

Poor Cogs...

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#44 ubermiguel
September 10 2010, 02:23PM
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Weird - I feel sorry for a guy who just got a million bucks to play hockey...Something is wrong with me.

Poor Cogs...

A 1 year deal is a great incentive for him. If he kicks ass this year he could see a big raise, maybe make more than Gagner next year.

Last signing of the off-season. Now we wait for camp and the out-come of the the Sheldon Souray Saga.

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#45 Boris
September 10 2010, 02:34PM
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@ubermiguel

"Last signing of the off-season. Now we wait for camp and the out-come of the the Sheldon Souray Saga"

Amem to that!

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#47 commonfan13
September 10 2010, 05:56PM
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Well MacT and Heatley both killed guys. Not sure how you get any more gangsta than that.

People who like to talk not-so-vaguely about how classy NHL (ie white) players are compared to NFL or NBA (ie black) players should ask themselves if hockey fans would have ever welcomed either one of those guys back again if they were black.

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#48 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
September 10 2010, 05:57PM
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NWA? Eazy-E? Fear of a Black Hat? Jesus I finally stumble onto an article which has content that I can, not only relate to, but give insight to and it's already 50 deep. Oh well, gotta be more on the ball. I leave you with these words of wisdom Amber:

"Nutz on ya chin"

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#49 Quicksilver ballet
September 10 2010, 07:06PM
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Domestic violence is always a serious issue. Jason should throw that biotch to the curb and sever this pattern of physical and emotional abuse he has suffered through for what must be over a decade now. Stay strong Jason, there is hope for victims of domestic violence.

Like Wendy is totally innocent of what has happened here.(insert rolling eyes smilie here)

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#50 Librarian Mike
September 10 2010, 08:43PM
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Preach it, Amber!

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