A WITNESS TO HISTORY

Wanye
January 25 2013 12:09PM

They say there is always a witness to history and last night there was 16,000 and change in attendance and billions more watching on TV that saw history go down. It was one of those times that sort of jump kicks you right in the face with its magnitude and it takes awhile for what you saw to sink in.

HOW AMAZING

The goal itself last night was mind shattering and will be dissected to death by those in the know about these things. But it was the context of the goal that really made it something of absolute legend. The game had been largely brutal until that point - one nill and rather dull. The refs were out to lunch awarding powerplays as though they were getting bonuses for the most obscure calls they could make.

"No one has called a visor instigator penalty in three years!" one ref was heard remarking at a TV time out.

"Betcha I can call one in the next 10 minutes" came the reply.

Then the Nuge goal gets called back. An absolutely embarassing call for all involved and we saw Rexall Place start to come unglued like we can rarely recall. Garbage was raining down, the glass was being shaken back and forth and the loudest chant of "BULLSHIT" we have ever heard rained down too.

It looked like another glum winter night in Edmonton until the youngest* newest** bestest*** Oiler decided to take matters into his own hands and bat that little round devil disk out of the air and right into the twine.

THE LEGEND OF YAK CITY RISES

We have had the good fortune to see some incredible Oilers goals in our day. Pronger scoring off the draw with no time left on the clock. 1,246,429 heart stopping moments during the 06 Cup Run. Jordan Eberle scoring the goal that launched a million SQUEEEEEEEs to name just a few. But with all due respect to the other goals and our dear sweet Jordan, we have NEVER seen a celly like the Yakupov one last night. 

There may be some people out there who are freaking out about the celebration but they can all go pound sand. We witnessed Rexall Place connect with an Oiler player on a level we haven't seen since a certain number 14 scored a certain toe draggian dandy on opening night against some forgettable team down Highway 2.

The emotion of the evening, the blown call, the lingering frustration with the lockout. It all melted away as 64 slid blue line to blue line with all of the OilersNation around the world sliding in spirit with him. And at the end of the game there he was on the ice celebrating the win - helicoptering his stick in salute to the fans unlike anything we have ever seen.

You could see the emotion on his face on he sat on the bench and the goal was announced. The combination of his 64 billion dollar grin and the crowd losing its collective mind was something to behold. Here is an honest to goodness superstar in the making on a team now counting a handful of similar super studs. Playing in a City that has wanted nothing more for almost 30 years.

The NHL has built the walls between the fans and the players so high that many fairweather fans have checked out. As a result many buildings in the league will find themselves half full with mildly bored players playing before mostly bored suit types until the emotion comes back - if it ever does.

Contrast that scenario with Yakupov scoring THAT goal in front of THAT crowd here in Edmonton.

A hero was born last night.

FOOTNOTES

You may think we have been smitten by the new Russian Hearthrob and have forgotten who we came to the dance with. May we then present for your consideration this picture of Jordan Eberle with a puppy.

Could 2013 BE any better?

* We think

** Not counting trades

*** Except Eberle and the Nuge naturally

Big props to our dubstep lovin homie dabears on twitter for the Yak City lyrics pic. 

If you would like to watch Yakupoving on an infinite loop please click here.

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#51 Old Soldier
January 25 2013, 02:51PM
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I am a 50 year old retired soldier, having spent 32 years in a different culture(the military), than most folks, I have learned that my perspective sometimes puts me at odds with those of a more Politically Correct personality.

I have ingrained in me to my very soul, all that matters is the mission.....to be successful no matter what. No sacrifice is too much. To do everything in your power to achieve that goal/ mission/ success, even if it means bending a rule, pushing yourself and others beyond limits, all that matters is victory.

Now I am an old hockey fan, so my life is very blah, I have little stress, I have little excitement, and all I have is my Oilers when it comes to fulfilling those few adrenaline fuelled thrills left to me.

So I resent anyone who criticizes or ridicules any enthusiasm shown by "pro" athletes. Yes they are professionals and they get paid well to play the game by a certain set of rules, but that is not why I watch. I want emotion, I want passion, and I want it from both sides.

Why do we love hockey, for its beauty, for its flow.......and for its passion, the only sport to allow fighting as an outlet for that emotion.

I want to live through my team. To feel their frustration after losing a tight game, to feel their elation when coming back like last night to snatch victory from defeat.

I also want to hate the enemy, to feel nauseous when the Canucks or Flames beat us, to be personally embarrassed when the Oilers gave up 6 goals in a period.

I know there are medical professionals who will say something about bonding so emotionally to a team, but screw them, I have the scars and broken body to prove I have earned the damn right to feel and do as I please.

I remember Teemu throwing a glove in the air and shooting it, I remember Tiger riding his stick down center ice, and I remember hating with every ounce of my being watching Fleury sliding down the ice.....

but that hatred fueled anticipation of "next time". I waited a whole year, just to say, "so there".

I remember watching Risebrough shred McSorleys jersey in the penalty box, and wanting to meet him face to face one day.

I remember reading sports pages where athletes are challenging each other in parking lots and hallways instead of having beers together.

I want my league to create players like Stevens, Lindros, Messier, Marchment and so many others who you loved on your team and hated on others, and who didnt blink an ounce of sympathy of they happened to knock someone out cold.

That is what being a fan is, it is to feel and live every moment, with "my" team. Not your team, not our team, but my team.

That is what hockey brings, that no other sport does, the emotional connection to a team and its players and I resent a socially conscious media that has taken an incredibly skilled athlete like Crosby and turned him into a media robot, spouting cliches and never turning a hair the wrong way. I want to see Crosby pissed off and lose it.

I know many will criticize me as a dinosaur but in my day, that feeling that the fans felt last night, happened a hell of a lot more often than it does now.

Sorry for the rant.

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#52 Kent Wilson
January 25 2013, 02:57PM
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Old Soldier wrote:

I am a 50 year old retired soldier, having spent 32 years in a different culture(the military), than most folks, I have learned that my perspective sometimes puts me at odds with those of a more Politically Correct personality.

I have ingrained in me to my very soul, all that matters is the mission.....to be successful no matter what. No sacrifice is too much. To do everything in your power to achieve that goal/ mission/ success, even if it means bending a rule, pushing yourself and others beyond limits, all that matters is victory.

Now I am an old hockey fan, so my life is very blah, I have little stress, I have little excitement, and all I have is my Oilers when it comes to fulfilling those few adrenaline fuelled thrills left to me.

So I resent anyone who criticizes or ridicules any enthusiasm shown by "pro" athletes. Yes they are professionals and they get paid well to play the game by a certain set of rules, but that is not why I watch. I want emotion, I want passion, and I want it from both sides.

Why do we love hockey, for its beauty, for its flow.......and for its passion, the only sport to allow fighting as an outlet for that emotion.

I want to live through my team. To feel their frustration after losing a tight game, to feel their elation when coming back like last night to snatch victory from defeat.

I also want to hate the enemy, to feel nauseous when the Canucks or Flames beat us, to be personally embarrassed when the Oilers gave up 6 goals in a period.

I know there are medical professionals who will say something about bonding so emotionally to a team, but screw them, I have the scars and broken body to prove I have earned the damn right to feel and do as I please.

I remember Teemu throwing a glove in the air and shooting it, I remember Tiger riding his stick down center ice, and I remember hating with every ounce of my being watching Fleury sliding down the ice.....

but that hatred fueled anticipation of "next time". I waited a whole year, just to say, "so there".

I remember watching Risebrough shred McSorleys jersey in the penalty box, and wanting to meet him face to face one day.

I remember reading sports pages where athletes are challenging each other in parking lots and hallways instead of having beers together.

I want my league to create players like Stevens, Lindros, Messier, Marchment and so many others who you loved on your team and hated on others, and who didnt blink an ounce of sympathy of they happened to knock someone out cold.

That is what being a fan is, it is to feel and live every moment, with "my" team. Not your team, not our team, but my team.

That is what hockey brings, that no other sport does, the emotional connection to a team and its players and I resent a socially conscious media that has taken an incredibly skilled athlete like Crosby and turned him into a media robot, spouting cliches and never turning a hair the wrong way. I want to see Crosby pissed off and lose it.

I know many will criticize me as a dinosaur but in my day, that feeling that the fans felt last night, happened a hell of a lot more often than it does now.

Sorry for the rant.

That was awesome.

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January 25 2013, 02:58PM
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#54 Chaz
January 25 2013, 03:01PM
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Old Soldier wrote:

I am a 50 year old retired soldier, having spent 32 years in a different culture(the military), than most folks, I have learned that my perspective sometimes puts me at odds with those of a more Politically Correct personality.

I have ingrained in me to my very soul, all that matters is the mission.....to be successful no matter what. No sacrifice is too much. To do everything in your power to achieve that goal/ mission/ success, even if it means bending a rule, pushing yourself and others beyond limits, all that matters is victory.

Now I am an old hockey fan, so my life is very blah, I have little stress, I have little excitement, and all I have is my Oilers when it comes to fulfilling those few adrenaline fuelled thrills left to me.

So I resent anyone who criticizes or ridicules any enthusiasm shown by "pro" athletes. Yes they are professionals and they get paid well to play the game by a certain set of rules, but that is not why I watch. I want emotion, I want passion, and I want it from both sides.

Why do we love hockey, for its beauty, for its flow.......and for its passion, the only sport to allow fighting as an outlet for that emotion.

I want to live through my team. To feel their frustration after losing a tight game, to feel their elation when coming back like last night to snatch victory from defeat.

I also want to hate the enemy, to feel nauseous when the Canucks or Flames beat us, to be personally embarrassed when the Oilers gave up 6 goals in a period.

I know there are medical professionals who will say something about bonding so emotionally to a team, but screw them, I have the scars and broken body to prove I have earned the damn right to feel and do as I please.

I remember Teemu throwing a glove in the air and shooting it, I remember Tiger riding his stick down center ice, and I remember hating with every ounce of my being watching Fleury sliding down the ice.....

but that hatred fueled anticipation of "next time". I waited a whole year, just to say, "so there".

I remember watching Risebrough shred McSorleys jersey in the penalty box, and wanting to meet him face to face one day.

I remember reading sports pages where athletes are challenging each other in parking lots and hallways instead of having beers together.

I want my league to create players like Stevens, Lindros, Messier, Marchment and so many others who you loved on your team and hated on others, and who didnt blink an ounce of sympathy of they happened to knock someone out cold.

That is what being a fan is, it is to feel and live every moment, with "my" team. Not your team, not our team, but my team.

That is what hockey brings, that no other sport does, the emotional connection to a team and its players and I resent a socially conscious media that has taken an incredibly skilled athlete like Crosby and turned him into a media robot, spouting cliches and never turning a hair the wrong way. I want to see Crosby pissed off and lose it.

I know many will criticize me as a dinosaur but in my day, that feeling that the fans felt last night, happened a hell of a lot more often than it does now.

Sorry for the rant.

No need to apologize. Amazing post. Couldn't agree more. Mad props Old Soldier.

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#55 book¡e
January 25 2013, 03:06PM
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I think a balance is perfect. Yakupov's celebration was total emotion and I think most people get that.

The showboating is good when it happens on a rare basis because it does inflame opposition fans. However, if it becomes commonplace it degrades the league - it actually takes away the serious connection people have because it becomes a farce.

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#56 StHenriOilBomb
January 25 2013, 03:22PM
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Right on! I agree 100%.

Crosby may be a media robot, but he does do whatever it takes to win - PC or not, nice guy or not - just ask the doctors who surgically repaired Giroux' wrist after last year's playoffs.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/sidney-crosby-didn-t-try-break-claude-giroux-203944352--nhl.html

Old Soldier, amazing rant. Love it.

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#57 CJ
January 25 2013, 03:22PM
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Best post I've read in years.

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#58 Phixieus666
January 25 2013, 03:23PM
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Couldn't agree with you more man.

In a society where nobody's willing or encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions or problems, a lot of people lose the ability to recognize true emotion. If there's a problem, someone else can fix it. You made a mistake, it wasn't me it was some other factor that made me do it or caused it.

My grandfather once told me before he died, as bad as it was growing up during WWII and later fighting at the end, he would have rather grown up through it then the world as it is today. There was a sense of unity, pride, respect, honor and responsibility that no longer or rarely exists in our society. Even while dieing from cancer he said he felt sorry for the kids of today.

I think part of what he really was trying to say was that we no longer sit back and just enjoy those little things in life because we never really learned how to.

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#59 etownman
January 25 2013, 03:27PM
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Yakupov's celebration 'nailed' it! Nothing wrong with having that kind of emotion on the Oiler team & that's what these young guys bring!

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#60 Word
January 25 2013, 03:41PM
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Is there going to be a season of Oil Change this year? I can't wait to see the way this game is portrayed.

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#61 Old Soldier
January 25 2013, 04:03PM
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Thanks folks, I tend to ramble at times, but some of the criticism leveled at a kid who is doing his best to please his fans.....really rankled me.

When I saw Yak sliding down the ice, I saw a kid who thought he "did good". I didnt see anything selfish, I saw someone trying to share his joy with us....his fans.

I will admit, my version of sportsmanship is not giving that extra shot when the linesman is holding you, and ends about there.

I am not a fan of handshakes after playoff series, I want the players to hate losing as much as I do, and I dont think sportsmanship has anything to do with it. I can guarantee you I never shook hands with anyone I ever stared over a sandbag at, no matter how much I respected him, he was still the enemy.

I think as a former soldier, my views of being a part of a team liken back to the days of "the boys on the bus". When we know (or think) we are better than you, and we dont give a crap what you think, and dont piss us off because it will only make it worse for you. What made the Oilers so special back then....the fact everyone, and I mean everyone hated and feared us.

And I am beginning to see that again.

I see this young group of players being assembled reminding me so much of a group of piss and vinegar recruits who after struggling through the rigors and pain of training and excersizes, finally starting to gel into an elite unit that feels it can take on any comers and come out ahead.

So thanks for humouring the old boy folks, appreciate the comments, but I still have enough steel in my spine to stand up for the boys.

Ps...as for Crosby, I didnt mean to infer that he doesnt compete....absolutely he does. But is there a better example of a "corporate" player, someone who is programmed to say and do the right things all the time....maybe I am wrong.

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January 25 2013, 04:04PM
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Word wrote:

Is there going to be a season of Oil Change this year? I can't wait to see the way this game is portrayed.

Yes. I do believe the first episode is on this coming Tuesday. Don't quote me on that though.

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#63 Phixieus666
January 25 2013, 04:07PM
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Oh there we go NHL head office says they see nothing wrong with last night. And there my friends is the real problem.

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#64 Lofty
January 25 2013, 04:19PM
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Old Soldier wrote:

I am a 50 year old retired soldier, having spent 32 years in a different culture(the military), than most folks, I have learned that my perspective sometimes puts me at odds with those of a more Politically Correct personality.

I have ingrained in me to my very soul, all that matters is the mission.....to be successful no matter what. No sacrifice is too much. To do everything in your power to achieve that goal/ mission/ success, even if it means bending a rule, pushing yourself and others beyond limits, all that matters is victory.

Now I am an old hockey fan, so my life is very blah, I have little stress, I have little excitement, and all I have is my Oilers when it comes to fulfilling those few adrenaline fuelled thrills left to me.

So I resent anyone who criticizes or ridicules any enthusiasm shown by "pro" athletes. Yes they are professionals and they get paid well to play the game by a certain set of rules, but that is not why I watch. I want emotion, I want passion, and I want it from both sides.

Why do we love hockey, for its beauty, for its flow.......and for its passion, the only sport to allow fighting as an outlet for that emotion.

I want to live through my team. To feel their frustration after losing a tight game, to feel their elation when coming back like last night to snatch victory from defeat.

I also want to hate the enemy, to feel nauseous when the Canucks or Flames beat us, to be personally embarrassed when the Oilers gave up 6 goals in a period.

I know there are medical professionals who will say something about bonding so emotionally to a team, but screw them, I have the scars and broken body to prove I have earned the damn right to feel and do as I please.

I remember Teemu throwing a glove in the air and shooting it, I remember Tiger riding his stick down center ice, and I remember hating with every ounce of my being watching Fleury sliding down the ice.....

but that hatred fueled anticipation of "next time". I waited a whole year, just to say, "so there".

I remember watching Risebrough shred McSorleys jersey in the penalty box, and wanting to meet him face to face one day.

I remember reading sports pages where athletes are challenging each other in parking lots and hallways instead of having beers together.

I want my league to create players like Stevens, Lindros, Messier, Marchment and so many others who you loved on your team and hated on others, and who didnt blink an ounce of sympathy of they happened to knock someone out cold.

That is what being a fan is, it is to feel and live every moment, with "my" team. Not your team, not our team, but my team.

That is what hockey brings, that no other sport does, the emotional connection to a team and its players and I resent a socially conscious media that has taken an incredibly skilled athlete like Crosby and turned him into a media robot, spouting cliches and never turning a hair the wrong way. I want to see Crosby pissed off and lose it.

I know many will criticize me as a dinosaur but in my day, that feeling that the fans felt last night, happened a hell of a lot more often than it does now.

Sorry for the rant.

Slow clap for this post.

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#65 Walter Sobchak
January 25 2013, 04:23PM
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Well said sir, props to you and your post.

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#66 Love Monkey
January 25 2013, 05:26PM
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You NAILED that post Wanye!

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#67 Gerald R. Ford
January 25 2013, 05:41PM
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Here's the deal about "excessive celebrations", using two pretty well known examples.

Fleury sliding all over the beloved oil drop in Game 6: Didn't go so well for that little sack of crap in Game 7, did it?

Terrell Owens dancing on the star at old Texas Stadium one too many times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdDQpqY5OTI

The point is, if you're a player, and it bothers you that some guy is celebrating too much at your expense... DO something about it. Either layeth the smacketh down, as George Teague did to T.O., or bide your time and end the a-hole in question's season by ripping game 7 in his barn. Don't whine like a little girl who just had her first bicycle stolen and say how "wrong" it is to have too much fun, because, we, the fans, in general, love to see that stuff. If it's BY our team, it's incredibly sweet. If it's AGAINST our team... so much the better, so sweeter the revenge.

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#68 Buzzkiller
January 25 2013, 06:21PM
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Old Soldier. Thanks for sharing the memories. You missed the satisfaction of Mac T yanking Harvey the Hound's guts out by his tongue right in the Saddledome. The Flames mascot defiled right in their own home. Makes me well up just thinking about it. Sweet satisfaction!

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January 25 2013, 06:39PM
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Hope you were able to see the Glory Days in the mid 80's.

It's unfortunate that some/most players in todays NHL don't carry the same passion/focus you excercised everytime you went to work. It would surely be a better game. The paycheque is much more important than the goal/mission.

Thank you for your lengthy service to our country.

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Old Soldier wrote:

I am a 50 year old retired soldier, having spent 32 years in a different culture(the military), than most folks, I have learned that my perspective sometimes puts me at odds with those of a more Politically Correct personality.

I have ingrained in me to my very soul, all that matters is the mission.....to be successful no matter what. No sacrifice is too much. To do everything in your power to achieve that goal/ mission/ success, even if it means bending a rule, pushing yourself and others beyond limits, all that matters is victory.

Now I am an old hockey fan, so my life is very blah, I have little stress, I have little excitement, and all I have is my Oilers when it comes to fulfilling those few adrenaline fuelled thrills left to me.

So I resent anyone who criticizes or ridicules any enthusiasm shown by "pro" athletes. Yes they are professionals and they get paid well to play the game by a certain set of rules, but that is not why I watch. I want emotion, I want passion, and I want it from both sides.

Why do we love hockey, for its beauty, for its flow.......and for its passion, the only sport to allow fighting as an outlet for that emotion.

I want to live through my team. To feel their frustration after losing a tight game, to feel their elation when coming back like last night to snatch victory from defeat.

I also want to hate the enemy, to feel nauseous when the Canucks or Flames beat us, to be personally embarrassed when the Oilers gave up 6 goals in a period.

I know there are medical professionals who will say something about bonding so emotionally to a team, but screw them, I have the scars and broken body to prove I have earned the damn right to feel and do as I please.

I remember Teemu throwing a glove in the air and shooting it, I remember Tiger riding his stick down center ice, and I remember hating with every ounce of my being watching Fleury sliding down the ice.....

but that hatred fueled anticipation of "next time". I waited a whole year, just to say, "so there".

I remember watching Risebrough shred McSorleys jersey in the penalty box, and wanting to meet him face to face one day.

I remember reading sports pages where athletes are challenging each other in parking lots and hallways instead of having beers together.

I want my league to create players like Stevens, Lindros, Messier, Marchment and so many others who you loved on your team and hated on others, and who didnt blink an ounce of sympathy of they happened to knock someone out cold.

That is what being a fan is, it is to feel and live every moment, with "my" team. Not your team, not our team, but my team.

That is what hockey brings, that no other sport does, the emotional connection to a team and its players and I resent a socially conscious media that has taken an incredibly skilled athlete like Crosby and turned him into a media robot, spouting cliches and never turning a hair the wrong way. I want to see Crosby pissed off and lose it.

I know many will criticize me as a dinosaur but in my day, that feeling that the fans felt last night, happened a hell of a lot more often than it does now.

Sorry for the rant.

Yes please.

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#71 Harlie
January 25 2013, 06:49PM
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http://d22zlbw5ff7yk5.cloudfront.net/images/cm-39669-050ceb2f40ac1c.gif

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January 25 2013, 07:12PM
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Great post young whippersnapper.

And here I thought you young people couldn't write :)

Oh, and...get off my lawn :)

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Hear, hear.

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#74 David S
January 25 2013, 08:00PM
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Seems to me Mark Fistric has a pretty good handle on the Yak City photoshop article. Maybe more people would post up those gems if there were...sayyyy...an OILERS NATION ART GALLERY with Facebook and Twitter links.

Nah. That's just stupid.

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#75 Rob...
January 25 2013, 08:06PM
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"Calgary has added both Cervenka and Hudler to their lineup for tomorrow night's game so they should be a tough opponent considering how well they played in Vancouver."

I also heard that Baertschi was being benched. If that's true all I can think is those pansies want to run our kids without having theirs touched. How typical of the Shames.

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#76 Doc Unk
January 25 2013, 08:09PM
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Everything I could say about the game and the 'celly' have already been said, so I'm just going to say that the pic above of Yak sliding over the drop is now my computer desktop wallpaper and will be until I've got a pic of Eberle hoisting Lord Stanley's beloved cup.

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#77 DSF
January 25 2013, 08:21PM
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Rob... wrote:

"Calgary has added both Cervenka and Hudler to their lineup for tomorrow night's game so they should be a tough opponent considering how well they played in Vancouver."

I also heard that Baertschi was being benched. If that's true all I can think is those pansies want to run our kids without having theirs touched. How typical of the Shames.

I doubt that is their motivation.

Baertschi has been struggling.

Although I think you may be right that the kids are in for a tuning up.

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#78 Walter Sobchak
January 25 2013, 08:56PM
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I doubt that is their motivation.

Baertschi has been struggling.

Although I think you may be right that the kids are in for a tuning up.

I think the kids already had there walk up call with SJ, it's a good thing it came early in the season.

Calgary doesn't have the body's that ether SJ or L.A. has.

I thought the kids and the rest of Oilers really brought there game up VS L.A....they actually pushed back, which is something that had been lost for some time.

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#79 West
January 25 2013, 09:07PM
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Does anyone know if the NHL has said anything about whether the referees decision to disallow the RNH goal was correct or not. I know they said the correct procedure was followed, and I agree that is true. However, I don't think the right decision was made and am wondering if the NHL has the stones to say so publicly. How a goal would be disallowed when the goaltender basically wrapped his own pad around Gagner's leg is something that I would like explained. Maybe Shannahan could do one of those video explanations, like he did for suspensions last year. No wait, those made no sense half the time either.

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#80 DSF
January 25 2013, 09:27PM
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@West

Gagner cross checked Doughty just before the goal was scored.

Refs didn't call it.

Stop whining.

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#81 DSF
January 25 2013, 09:29PM
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@Walter Sobchak

There will be far more than one wake up call.

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#82 Rob...
January 25 2013, 09:52PM
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@DSF

It is kind of sad when a team doesn't have a single team member whose talent would be missed if they were taken out by the opposition. Poor, poor Calgary.

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#83 West
January 25 2013, 09:59PM
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@DSF

Not whining dumbass. One has nothing to do with the other. Are you saying that just because the refs missed a penalty call it is also alright to screw up a goal call for the other team? If that is the case then maybe no goals should ever count because there are lots of missed penalties in every game, by every team. I asked whether the NHL had commented on whether they thought the right call had been made. Maybe try reading the post and understand what is written before adding your obnoxious, know it all answers.

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#84 Oasis
January 25 2013, 10:10PM
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@Old Soldier

Wow. I couldn't have said it better. I want that on my tombstone. Monday night, Section 210, Row 29, Seat 15. Let me buy you a beer and shake your hand fine sir.

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#85 Time Travelling Sean
January 25 2013, 10:13PM
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DSF wrote:

Gagner cross checked Doughty just before the goal was scored.

Refs didn't call it.

Stop whining.

Gags is 5'11 195lbs, Doughty is 6'2 220 lbs. He fell pretty easy, Brown fell pretty easy a couple of times too.

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#86 DSF
January 25 2013, 10:25PM
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@West

Stop whining.

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#87 DSF
January 25 2013, 10:26PM
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@Time Travelling Sean

You stop whining too.

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#88 DSF
January 25 2013, 10:27PM
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Rob... wrote:

It is kind of sad when a team doesn't have a single team member whose talent would be missed if they were taken out by the opposition. Poor, poor Calgary.

We'll see.

Stop whining.

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#89 Rob...
January 25 2013, 10:32PM
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@DSF

Running dry on material, are you?

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#90 DSF
January 25 2013, 10:42PM
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@Rob...

Nope.

Stop whining.

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#91 Clyde Frog
January 25 2013, 10:48PM
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DSF wrote:

We'll see.

Stop whining.

DSF rubs his forehead in consternation... The world which seemed so right only a few short days ago has turned upside down.

The Wild haven't sky rocketed to the top, the Canucks are struggling and the Kings, oh the Kings...

All his many hours of carefully studying the statistics, painfully modeling every possible play, goal and game; the hours upon hours spent crafting the perfect NHL model.

Yet none of it was working....

Staring at Mr.Piddles he asks the question, is it worth it? How could I be so wrong!?!

Mr.Piddles replies with a lazy long look while letting out a soft purr in the hopes DSF would share a precious Cheeto or two; but deigns not to answer DSF's query.

Grumbling angrily, DSF lets his gaze rest on his trophy case; a beautiful monument to all he has achieved in life! Ranging from 7th place in the science fair to a participation ribbon for having once ran 100m.

Obviously I cannot be wrong! Someone who has achieved as many participation accolades as I have simply cannot be wrong!

The realization steals over his consciousness, he couldn't possibly be wrong; its just simply the world isn't right!

He almost jumps with glee, yelling upstairs to Mother he requests a late night snack! For if the world isn't right, there is only one thing to do! Show those that are currently happy with their team how wrong they will be once the world corrects itself; for this can only be temporary, he has the statistics and advanced mathematics to prove it!

Settling down in front of the internet he prepares himself, although his sacrifice may not be appreciated; he will carry on and save those poor fools from their own misplaced jubilation.

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January 25 2013, 10:52PM
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DSF wrote:

You stop whining too.

Stop posting.

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#93 West
January 25 2013, 11:07PM
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If only it were possible to have DSF understand and follow simple instuctions. He/she only thinks that what him/her has to say is worthwhile while all of us are whiners.

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#94 oilerman53
January 25 2013, 11:11PM
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@oldsoldier

Dead on buddy!

Yaks celebration was tied directly into the situation and he in my mind excorcised the Theo Fleury demon that has been at Rexall for over 30 years. Pure emotion and elation is what Yak felt and dammit if anyone says otherwise. Some of these players talk about a certain unwritten code, but I mean come on. A lot of teams resort to cheap diving tactics, the Oilers in my mind have never ever used diving as an in game tactic. I wouldn't mind seeing Yak celebrating that way many more times in his career in that or much larger situations!

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#95 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 26 2013, 12:11AM
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so much projection!

a psychologist could run a whole workshop based on the last 15 comments.

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#96 mlcselli
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Clyde Frog--I'm glad you're writing again. I bet Big Mouth leaves the computer alone now. Excellent work once again.

Old Soldier--I love your passion, comments and convictions. Thanks for letting us meet you tonight. Thank you for all you have done for Canadians. God Bless you sir.

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#97 Hemmertime
January 26 2013, 12:17AM
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@oilerman53

We've dove, just not frequently.

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#98 book¡e
January 26 2013, 01:26AM
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David S wrote:

Seems to me Mark Fistric has a pretty good handle on the Yak City photoshop article. Maybe more people would post up those gems if there were...sayyyy...an OILERS NATION ART GALLERY with Facebook and Twitter links.

Nah. That's just stupid.

That sounds like a fabulous idea!

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#99 @Oilanderp
January 26 2013, 03:47AM
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@Old Soldier

Brother I don't even care that you didn't even make it out of Cadet camp, those words are gold!

(I couldn't resist)

*drops smoke grenade and runs diving into the ditch*

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#100 pelhem grenville
January 26 2013, 08:11AM
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...i would put on a big time yak-like *celly* if there was an OILERS NATION ART GALLERY!!!!!!!!!...with or without links

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