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 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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#52 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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#53 West
January 25 2013, 11:07PM
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@freeze

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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#57 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 26 2013, 08:29AM
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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.

i still have yet to see a reference to a kyle wellwood cuddle pillow.

for that lack of detail, i can give this post no more than 4 squees out of 5...and a prop

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#58 justDOit
January 25 2013, 01:34PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...Wanye

...please

...what's 'celly' ?

It's the twitterized, basterdized version of celebration.

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#59 justDOit
January 25 2013, 01:35PM
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Hudler too? Ouch. I can only hope that having another 2 players in the lineup who haven't played Hartley's systems yet is a plus for the Oilers, but a little part of me thinks there will be a different reason for tears Saturday night.

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#60 Will
January 25 2013, 01:37PM
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DSF wrote:

A flawed but very exciting game...anyone who thinks Yakupov was out of line needs a heart transplant.

Hockey needs more of that...not less.

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.

On paper Calgary looks like a very competitive team, however so did the kings last year, and only really gelled after Sutter came in. I wonder if Calgary has the right coach for this team and if that is going to be a challenge for them this year.

Should be a good game as Edmonton has played some tough opponents (Vancouver, San Jose, LA, the refs) and found ways to overcome (even in the San Jose game they bounced back for the last two). Calgary has traditionally been a tough opponent.

I have been dying to watch Edmonton play a more run and gun style team that doesn't mind trading chances (hello Chicago).

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#61 geoilersgist
January 25 2013, 01:39PM
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@DSF

It's rare that I agree with you but you are bang on. There needs to be some emotion put back into the game.

ALL HAIL YAKCITY B!TCH!!!

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#62 justDOit
January 25 2013, 01:43PM
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I've watched both LA and CAL so far this year, and the Flames look pretty good, despite not winning.

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#63 justDOit
January 25 2013, 01:45PM
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Supercellious!

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#64 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 25 2013, 01:46PM
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Yak was great. superb goal and great celebration... he was just channeling the fans standing inches from the tv bursting with emotion...

but I can't diss Stoll. That guy is a great player and I wish the Oil never got rid of him. They lost a tight emotional game where they were battling the refs almost as much as we were and right after losing (and the way they did) everything is probably pretty raw. his comments were pretty mild anyway. bygones.

calgary. I wouldn't underestimate any team this year... lots of weird s%&t is going to happen. also Calgary still has the fading framework (Kip and Iggy) and has played better than their scorecards suggest.

It's going to be a great night on sat. I only hope RNH lights it up for HNIC like he did last year.

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#65 thefullnelson
January 25 2013, 01:48PM
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Hilarious article; loved it! YAK CITY BITCH!

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#66 DSF
January 25 2013, 01:52PM
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geoilersgist wrote:

It's rare that I agree with you but you are bang on. There needs to be some emotion put back into the game.

ALL HAIL YAKCITY B!TCH!!!

And I will always defend your right to be wrong :)

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#67 quintana
January 25 2013, 02:04PM
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DSF wrote:

A flawed but very exciting game...anyone who thinks Yakupov was out of line needs a heart transplant.

Hockey needs more of that...not less.

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.

Yak city bitch!!! Yak yak city bitch!!!

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#68 So what happens now?
January 25 2013, 02:34PM
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Sorry to raise this now BUT:

What happens now with the missing $100 mill.

The money has to come from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative program. Does this mean less money for transit etc . Does it just mean that the River Valley plan is shelved ?

Does is mean Edmonton can borrow the money ? What are the implications ? Thanks

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#69 Mikey
January 25 2013, 02:42PM
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Steven Stamkos thinks that celebration was completely classless.

You mean Marty St. Louis.

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#70 Phixieus666
January 25 2013, 02:48PM
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Mikey wrote:

You mean Marty St. Louis.

He can't celebrate like that anymore, he'd have to sit out the next three shifts after expending all that energy.

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#71 DieHard
January 25 2013, 02:50PM
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Should be a rockin game in Cowtown. Can't wait.

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#72 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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#73 DieHard
January 25 2013, 02:58PM
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I prop you.

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#74 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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#75 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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#76 StHenriOilBomb
January 25 2013, 03:22PM
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@Old Soldier

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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#77 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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#78 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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#79 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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#80 Oilers89
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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 Walter Sobchak
January 25 2013, 04:23PM
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Well said sir, props to you and your post.

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

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#85 Quicksilver ballet
January 25 2013, 06:39PM
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@Old Soldier

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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#86 rubbertrout
January 25 2013, 06:41PM
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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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#87 Harlie
January 25 2013, 06:49PM
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@Old Soldier

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#88 Robin's Bastard Child
January 25 2013, 07:22PM
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@Old Soldier

Hear, hear.

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#89 Rob...
January 25 2013, 08:06PM
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@DSF

"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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#90 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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#91 Walter Sobchak
January 25 2013, 08:56PM
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DSF wrote:

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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#92 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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#93 DSF
January 25 2013, 09:29PM
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There will be far more than one wake up call.

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#94 Rob...
January 25 2013, 09:52PM
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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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#95 DSF
January 25 2013, 10:25PM
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@West

Stop whining.

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

You stop whining too.

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#97 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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#98 DSF
January 25 2013, 10:42PM
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@Rob...

Nope.

Stop whining.

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

We've dove, just not frequently.

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#100 @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)

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