DEAR JOHN....

Jason Gregor
October 31 2013 09:47AM

Breaking up is hard to do. I remember the first time a girl broke up with me, and after the initial blow to my ego, I vividly remember that I felt relieved. There wasn't going to be any tears. I guess I wasn't that into her, but it is funny to recall the sense of relief of not having to be the breaker upper.

Tears are always the worst part when you are the one doing the breaking up. You tell them you aren't feeling it anymore, and suddenly the waterworks come, then the guilt overrides you and you find yourself staying in the relationship for a few more weeks.

We've all been there, well, at least most of guys have. I'm not sure if a guy crying convinces a girl to stick around. I'm certain Wanye could enlighten us on that scenario...but I digress.

The first 14 Oilers games have been very stressful for you the fans.

Anger, disappointment, confusion, heartache and tinges of depression have engulfed you for the past 30 days. You honestly believed this year would be better. The Oilers told you it would be different.

Craig MacTavish's passionate speech about Bold moves had your loins burning with excitement. You and the Oilers were finally on the same page. Your relationship was on the road to repair. You told the Oilers you needed them to change and they did.

You couldn't deal with their indecisiveness any longer, so they got rid of Steve Tambellini.

You asked for more commitment, and the Belanger Triangle was bought out.

The one part of them that you always blamed; Horcoff, was traded.

You didn't want to deal with their baggage anymore, so Pettrell, Whitney, Peckham, Smithson and Hordichuk were flushed from the roster.

You wanted them to be stronger so Paajarvi was traded for Perron. They got grittier, and added an accent. You were giddy.

From July to September you were satisfied and felt secure in your relationship. The Oilers had listened to your concerns and addressed them. What more could you ask for. They were impressing you.

The preseason came and the so did victories. You hadn't felt like this in months. You started watching games in sweatpants instead of jeans so your excitement was more comfortable.

You started trusting the Oilers again, and then, like a well-placed kick to the junk combined with a knife in the back, the regular season happened.

Suddenly, they reverted to their old habits and as the losses mounted so too did your heartbreak.

The last 30 days have been tough, but I never realized how tough they were for Oilersnation until I received the following "Dear Oilers" letter from Joshua. 

Dear Oilers, 

First of all, let me apologize for taking the cowardly way out and doing this via a letter., We’ve been together so long now that I knew if I did it to your face you'd look at me with those Oil Drop eyes, remind me of the way things used to be, and I'd lose my nerve.

My needs aren't being met in this relationship anymore.

The red light isn't going off for me.
There just isn't enough action in the crease.
It seems like we never go out on a decent power play together anymore.
I don't feel supported in our own zone, and you forgot to kill our last penalty together!

I've loved and supported you through thick and thin, for richer or poorer, and even though I can’t afford to take my kids to the game and share them with you, I always felt like we had a great connection.

But there has to be a limit.

I still care about you and wish only the best for you.
 

Make changes to be better, but do it for you, don't do it for me.  

Until then, I think we should see other teams. Maybe it will re-ignite the passion that's gone from our relationship.

Maybe one day we can both look back on this and laugh. I'll just sit in my corner and look longingly at the standings, thinking of how things were. 

I love you. 

Yours in despair and loneliness,

Joshua
 

That. Was. Deep. Powerful. Poignant. Touching.

I'm sure Josh isn't alone, but will he be able to stay away? Many have tried, most have failed, and that is what is so frustrating about sports.

We'd never let a woman/man treat us that way, yet we continually forgive our favourite team.

For years I've tried to breakup with the Miami Dolphins, but every August I find myself looking at their roster, then at their schedule and I get sucked back in.

Those Bastards.

Joshua, I wish you all the best, and hope that you can be stronger than the rest of us. We say we will leave, but we never do.

Be strong, be brave and become a catalyst for change.

Godspeed.

P.S... No one will judge you when you come back. We've all been there.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 braidonh
October 31 2013, 09:56AM
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Today is not the day for failure. Joshua would be embarrassed by your attempt....edited by Nation Moderator

Going to leave the moderator comment, I apologize for my dumbness.

Serious comment time.

Being an Oiler fan since day one (of my life) I grew up during the dry years, the years of Grier, Marchand, Salo, and Niinimaa, and I dreamed of a team with skill. Well, we now have that skill after years of embarrassment. But I think the situation we now find ourselves in might be harder than seeing the losing in the 90's and in the post 06 period.

Like Ben Eager, this team has all the tools to succeed, but fail to deliver. I empathize with Joshua. But I disagree with him. Don't allow the foundation of a relationship to crack, work harder to bolster it. We are in a better position (on paper) now than we were 6 months ago, and it is largely because of us the fans pressuring the organization to make change.

Keep pressuring, keep loving, keep drinking Rexall beers, keep drinking home beers, keep trashing DSF, and although Joshua may have thrown in the towel, take after him and never lose passion for the team that forces you to drink.

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#2 Dipstick
October 31 2013, 09:58AM
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Not wanting to be insensitive to actual abuse, but maybe we need to convert a sports pub or two into abused "Oiler fan" shelters. Great letter.

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#3 Fresh Mess
October 31 2013, 09:58AM
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It is tough to do. Becoming a hockey fan rather than an oiler fan has been liberating for me. It brings clarity.

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#4 Mike Krushelnyski
October 31 2013, 10:00AM
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I've found that my relationship with the Oilers just needs a little space. We used to be together through every game, and there were some great times, but clearly things have changed and some distance is the best thing for both of us.

So we'll take a little time, instead of watching every game like I used to, I'll check in maybe every now and then, once a week, once a month, maybe with some friends to ease the pressure of a 1-on-1 situation. This will be good for us, Oilers! I can take some time to work on myself, you can take some time to work on yourself (you REALLY need it) and we'll both be better off for it.

This isn't goodbye, you just won't be seeing me as much as you're used to. And if some other team with better work ethic that scores more goals comes along and sweeps me off my feet...well you can't say I haven't given you enough chances to put a (Stanley Cup) ring on it.

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#5 shanetrain
October 31 2013, 10:02AM
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I feel Joshua's pain as do others I'm sure. Congrats to him - well done.

I also relate to your pain Jason with regards to the Dolphins. I want to watch tonight but I am becoming indifferent to that team as well.

Maybe handing out some candy and revelling in my kids excitement for tonight is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Alas, I am a glutton for punishment and will be catching whatever snippets of the game I can.

SIGH

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#6 Wigswag
October 31 2013, 10:04AM
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I used to be a Jets fan and the only reason I'm not is because they left. Had Phoenix moved back to Winnipeg I would be a Jets fan again but they didn't so I remain an Oiler fan. After the Jets left I became a Red Deer Rebels fan (where I was/am living). It was nice to have a team to cheer for even if it wasn't the NHL. Living in the area I've become an Oilers fan (yes I cheer for anybody but the flames and canucks) and don't see that changeing unless one of us leaves. Fortunately or unfortunately home is where the heart is.

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#7 Soccer Steve
October 31 2013, 10:05AM
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That this sort of thing comes from a non-affiliated journalist rather than from the organization itself is an apt representation of how the Edmonton Oilers currently are so poorly managed and operated.

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#8 rubbertrout
October 31 2013, 10:11AM
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The preseason came and the so did victories. You hadn't felt like this in months. You started watching games in sweatpants instead of jeans so your excitement was more comfortable

Line of the year IMO

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#9 oilslick
October 31 2013, 10:13AM
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I have been a fan since 1979 and I have been patient during this most recent rebuild. They will eventually come around they've got to get better it's got happen sometime...right? Wrong something has to be done and if it is trading Nail Yakupov or a first round pick or a combination of players to send a message to the core that losing is not acceptable I'm sick & tired of hearing you can't trade so-and-so because he's a young developing asset. We're a team of young developing assets who are not developing. So my message to Mr.McTavish is to get off of your "Assets" and a make a move to send a message to the players and to the fans that this level of play is not acceptable. Thank You..The vein in my forehead isn't throbbing as much now!!!

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#10 vetinari
October 31 2013, 10:16AM
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Damn you, Joshua... if my heart could speak, that is what it would say. Unfortunately, watching the Oilers has been killing my spirit, not to mention my liver...

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#11 Oiltimer
October 31 2013, 10:16AM
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MacT gets his coaching job back by Christmas?

Or

We should be glad we're not Cubbies Fans

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Too many if,s that have't worked out

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We should look up the word fan.

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I stopped buying seasons tickets because ...

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#12 DrDave
October 31 2013, 10:18AM
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Love is pain people, love is pain...

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#13 gooil
October 31 2013, 10:21AM
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I have been reading this site for years but this is my first post. I don't know why so many people are suprised with the record so far this year. The Oilers management have been spinning the same hope for years while not really addressing the actual needs of this team. a #1 D, big #2 C, toughness on the bottom two lines and a goalie that doesn't let in a softie every game.

To me all they did this summer was tread water. Horcoff and Gordon were equal. Sure Ference was an upgrade over what went out but they bring in soft D and let Fistric walk. They did upgrade the bottom lines but that isn't going to win you any games when they play so little.

I have suffered as much as any fan but how I have coped is not to buy into the what the media (sorry Jason) say in the papers and the hype from the boards. Sure, Eakins wants to bring in a tough, accountable team but it is hard to do when we have drafted a bunch of me first guys for our top 6.

I think the most frustrating thing is there is really no quick fix to this mess. The other GM's know we are at a point of weakness and we aren't going to get a break in a trade.

I just hope that this season fans are finally fed up enough to stop supporting this team financially. Until the sellouts stop there is no need for Katz to do anything.

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#14 Carlos Danger
October 31 2013, 10:22AM
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Bills Oilers Pistons Athletics. This is the hell that is my life. Thank you Joshua for finding the words to express my sorrow, but I can't leave. All their losing is actually my fault I knew i shouldn't change my shirt after the A's took game three in Detroit. They didn't mean to break my heart I shouldn't have been watching when they were in one of their moods.

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#15 mr common sense
October 31 2013, 10:22AM
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Steve Ott.

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#16 YFC Prez
October 31 2013, 10:22AM
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I still love the expos and they haven't existed since I was a young teenager. What chance do I have of letting go of the oilers. NONE.

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#17 oilerman53
October 31 2013, 10:23AM
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Every Oiler fan here has a small glimmer of hope that maybe it was just a bad month. Averaging upwards of 30+ shots on goal a night has to be tipping the averages in our favor right? There are too many holes in this theory, the system that Eakins employed has basically returned this team to crap. For the past couple years the progression has been showing up in small areas. PP and PK were a huge step forward for this team under Renney and Krueger and now its non-existant. For a team that boasts such as Ebs and Yak, the PP just plain stinks.

This system that theyre trying to adapt to has no real identity, every game theyre running around in the d zone chasing pucks. I somewhat agree matching power against power but why did we get Gordon in the first place? Horcoff might be blamed for a lot of things but he was asked to do one thing and most nights he did it well. He was always employed against the other teams top lines, from a standpoint maybe Eakins is inching towards that complete game from his top players. Like Scotty Bowman using his best players in every situation, from that standpoint things seem to make sense. But the fans patience is the last thing that should be tested right now especially after seven years of losing seasons.

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#18 ReJ
October 31 2013, 10:32AM
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Way too much talk about how all our pretty little draft picks are untradeable, They have no fear now. They can play however they want, game in and game out and still have confidence their job will still be there in the morning.

Look at Taylor Hall for example. He has been trying to gain the zone 1v1, 1v2, 1v3 his entire career, and he still isn't getting the memo. I thought after Lindy benched him a few times in WC he would finally start understanding, but nope.

When all the kids hear in the media that half the team is on a no-trade list, It's very easy to not change a damn thing

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#19 D
October 31 2013, 10:37AM
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Not sure I would pay my annual NHL.com subscription fee if not for the Oilers. So I'll stick around. That being said, their futility has allowed me to cheer for the Kings (lived in LA for a while) and the Blackhawks. So @DSF, I am able to do what you suggested while still cheering for the Oilers.

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#20 YFC Prez
October 31 2013, 10:38AM
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Carlos Danger wrote:

Bills Oilers Pistons Athletics. This is the hell that is my life. Thank you Joshua for finding the words to express my sorrow, but I can't leave. All their losing is actually my fault I knew i shouldn't change my shirt after the A's took game three in Detroit. They didn't mean to break my heart I shouldn't have been watching when they were in one of their moods.

I'm a man who doesn't know a lot

But one thing I do know....all this...all this Sh!t

It's not your fault

It's not your fault

It's not your fault

*wraps arms around Carlos Danger*

It's....not...your....fault

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#21 Jay Gray
October 31 2013, 10:38AM
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Jason and Joshua, thank you for putting my thoughts onto the internets. It's come to a boiling point. My friend Greg and I text nearly every day about the state of our favourite franchise. Yesterday our conversation turned into which teams may become our new love, because the Oilers have beaten us black and blue. It's becoming harder to take.

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#22 OilCanFan
October 31 2013, 10:41AM
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ReJ wrote:

Way too much talk about how all our pretty little draft picks are untradeable, They have no fear now. They can play however they want, game in and game out and still have confidence their job will still be there in the morning.

Look at Taylor Hall for example. He has been trying to gain the zone 1v1, 1v2, 1v3 his entire career, and he still isn't getting the memo. I thought after Lindy benched him a few times in WC he would finally start understanding, but nope.

When all the kids hear in the media that half the team is on a no-trade list, It's very easy to not change a damn thing

I think that this team is getting pretty close to having no untouchables. I think the only 2 things that could POTENTIALLY remain for another year are MacTavish and Eakins, I'm not sure I see much in anything else.

Eakins simply because they have gone through a bunch of decent coaches with no change so I'd be hesitant to fire him right away. I do question a lot of his decisions such as revamping the previously successful PP/PK and trying to force players into a system rather than create a system around the small team - you have what you have.

MacTavish because I don't think he is able to make any bold trades because all the GMs know the Oilers are terrible and so would look to fleece him in trades and I think he is smart enough to not allow that, or at least I hope he is.

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#23 Rama Lama
October 31 2013, 10:42AM
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I just can't pull myself away from the television........... just in case, the Oilers score a bunch of goals and blow the opposition team out of the building. I see the young guns trying very hard to live up to their hype. The skate like the wind and usually past the puck which makes me sick..........that may be the popcorn I'm not sure.

I see the young fit coach whose claim to fame is understanding how to motivate individual players..........but are told he is " learning on the fly", and does not know what wings they play yet. We are told to be patient as he will eventually figure of what position each player is natural and best at playing. We are told to be patient as it takes time for line combinations to work themselves out. We are told that eventually all the injured players will come back and that that's when we can truly assess out team.

While all that may be true, should this work not have been done in the pre-season? Why are certain players allowed to make mistakes play 26 minutes, while others get benched. Why are other teams with half the talent, doing so much better............how have their youth figured out that making highlight reel plays does not win games and ours not?

I am too emotionally attached to this team so I can't break up..........I just can't be the breaker upper. I need to finish watching this train wreck hoping that somewhere along the way a miracle occurs . I'm left with just one thought.........at least Steve Tambellini is gone.

That's almost as good as a Stanely Cup!

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#24 Larry
October 31 2013, 10:42AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

It is tough to do. Becoming a hockey fan rather than an oiler fan has been liberating for me. It brings clarity.

I completely agree. I've been watching Canada's 8th team (Pittsburgh) a lot lately because I have a bunch of them in my hockey pool. Its fun watching a good team that actually moves the puck up the ice and doesn't turn it over 80% of the time (just a guess, thats what it feels like watching the Oil). Its like getting out of a bad relationship and taking home random girls from the bar again. Ive been a fan since 85' but today I am a hockey fan.

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#25 Lucas T
October 31 2013, 10:46AM
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>>>Craig MacTavish's passionate speech about Bold moves had your loins burning with excitement.

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#26 Stephen Sheps
October 31 2013, 10:47AM
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Jason,

I too am a long suffering Dolphins fan not to mention bleeding Oiler blue since what feels like the dawn of time. When does it end? Imagine being a fan of both of these teams?!

I've reached a new sort of middle ground, fantasy football and hockey. I refuse to draft with my heart. My teams contain neither Dolphins nor Oilers so that I can occasionally cheer for winning teams without feeling like a traitor to my real life sports loves. It's not ideal, but it's the best I can do under the circumstances. And while fantasy championships aren't as meaningful as a stanley or a superbowl, it sure beats the emotional roller-coaster both the Dolphins and Oilers put me on every fall.

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#27 Ron Burgundy
October 31 2013, 10:49AM
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@gooil

"I think the most frustrating thing is there is really no quick fix to this mess. The other GM's know we are at a point of weakness and we aren't going to get a break in a trade."

I disagree with this notion. Buffalo sucks and is by your theory therefore dealing from weakness also, but were able to turn their overpaid, soft, skilled forward into a cheaper, pluckier version of the same guy and a first and second pick. The Oilers are also by your own assertion the same team they were in the summer, and they were able to turn MPS into Perron. You never know if you don't try.

On another note, before E-town turns into Jonestown after some mass suicide, lets look East. The New York Rangers were a playoff team last year, but this year sit 13th. Derek Stepan in particular was just under a point per game and was a plus 25 in 44 games. This year his point production is down and he's a minus 8 in 11 games. My point? New coach, new system - these things take time. If you want to get to the other side you don't change horses in midstream. Maybe I'm that classic domestic violence victim who always forgives and comes back, but I'm not Joshua - I'm not strong enough to leave this relationship, so all I've got is hope.

Now, if this team is still this mind-blowingly frustrating at the game 40 mark I'll buy the barrels and the kool-aid mix - might need some help on the cyanide...

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#28 Doug
October 31 2013, 10:55AM
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While I get where Josh is coming from I cannot follow his lead. I'm bleed orange and blue and will through the good times and bad.

Do I get frustrated? YES. Do I want to kick the TV? YES. Do I want to choke MacT? YES. DO I think I can make better decisions than Eakins? YES. Do I shake my head at the lack of hockey sense the players have? YES.

But I am the eternal optomist. Each season I hope the GM (insert name here) finaly puts enough pieces on the roster o allow the Oilers to compete. I turn on my TV, I live in St. John's, NL, each game and hope that this is the game they figure it out. They haven't yet and haven't since the 80's. I remember some of the 80's but my most vivid memory is the 2006 run where Oiler Nation was one Marc-Andre Bergeron blunder from winning the Stanley Cup. I cling to hope that Oiler Nation will get to experience that again.

Who do I blame for this predicament? I blame the owner Darryl Katz who I believe meddles in the decsions of the hockey operations far too often. I blame the GM and Coach of the month who constantly change the blue print of whats going on. I blame Kevin Lowe who started out as such a good GM but has failed miserably as President of Hockey Operations. I blame Chris Pronger and Mike Peca who both bolted from Edmonton after one season, a season both said was one of the most fun either had in their career. I blame the players because I don't think they get the fact that winning and being on top in the NHL is hard work and takes daily commitment. All of he above need to take a share of the lame as to why the Oil are where they are.

Why do I stay "loyal to the Oil"? Because Oiler Nation is among the most passionate fan base in the sporting world, no just the NHL. We love the game and we love our team. Because I so desparately want Nuge, Hallsy, Ebs,Yak, Dubbey, Petes, etc. to succeed and I believe success is not too far off. But mostly I stay "loyal to the Oil" because I can't see myself cheering for the Habs, Leafs, Kings, Flyers, Ducks, Canucks, etc. Their fans are all obnoxious.

It's been a tough run for the past 7-8 years but we are all still here. We all still care. Why would I want to walk away from that? Good times are coming and when they do look out....it's going to be the greatest party ever!

Borrowing a catch phrase I used durig the 2006 Cup run......Always remember GO OIL!

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#29 EricOG
October 31 2013, 11:00AM
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Larry wrote:

I completely agree. I've been watching Canada's 8th team (Pittsburgh) a lot lately because I have a bunch of them in my hockey pool. Its fun watching a good team that actually moves the puck up the ice and doesn't turn it over 80% of the time (just a guess, thats what it feels like watching the Oil). Its like getting out of a bad relationship and taking home random girls from the bar again. Ive been a fan since 85' but today I am a hockey fan.

Somebody please forward this post right to the batcave ASAP!

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#30 DSF
October 31 2013, 11:02AM
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Ron Burgundy wrote:

"I think the most frustrating thing is there is really no quick fix to this mess. The other GM's know we are at a point of weakness and we aren't going to get a break in a trade."

I disagree with this notion. Buffalo sucks and is by your theory therefore dealing from weakness also, but were able to turn their overpaid, soft, skilled forward into a cheaper, pluckier version of the same guy and a first and second pick. The Oilers are also by your own assertion the same team they were in the summer, and they were able to turn MPS into Perron. You never know if you don't try.

On another note, before E-town turns into Jonestown after some mass suicide, lets look East. The New York Rangers were a playoff team last year, but this year sit 13th. Derek Stepan in particular was just under a point per game and was a plus 25 in 44 games. This year his point production is down and he's a minus 8 in 11 games. My point? New coach, new system - these things take time. If you want to get to the other side you don't change horses in midstream. Maybe I'm that classic domestic violence victim who always forgives and comes back, but I'm not Joshua - I'm not strong enough to leave this relationship, so all I've got is hope.

Now, if this team is still this mind-blowingly frustrating at the game 40 mark I'll buy the barrels and the kool-aid mix - might need some help on the cyanide...

Using the Rangers, who have made the playoffs 7 times in the last 10 years, as a comparable is interesting.

Bear in mind that the Rangers have played ONE home game after 10 straight on the road because of the renovations going on at MSG.

They also had most of their training camp in Banff so were away from NYC for a very long time.

With a ton of home games coming up, I expect they'll be back in the playoffs hunt very soon.

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#31 Souby
October 31 2013, 11:02AM
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Joshua, you put into words what a lot of us were thinking, so thanks for that. It was a great read and hilarious....and a bit sad because your comments are true.

I guess the only way the Oil can go from here is up.....right? On that note, has anyone heard any rumblings/rumours out there for any potential deals that can help this team now? Have any of the insiders like Mackenzie, Dregor, Friedman, Matheson etc. mentioned anything lately on the trade front for the Oil? If I have some potential trades to think about it might distract me from where the Oil are in the standings.

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#32 tileguy
October 31 2013, 11:05AM
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I'm sure Josh isn't alone, but will he be able to stay away? Many have tried, most have failed, and that is what is so frustrating about sports.

What else are we going to do in the winter Jason, go to THE MALL?

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#33 DSF
October 31 2013, 11:06AM
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The cavalry is NOT coming:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Edmonton+Oilers+Craig+MacTavish+Detroit/9104464/story.html

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#34 Ari Gold
October 31 2013, 11:07AM
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We as a fan base deserve better.

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#35 tileguy
October 31 2013, 11:08AM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I still love the expos and they haven't existed since I was a young teenager. What chance do I have of letting go of the oilers. NONE.

You would have to bring up old wounds. Jean van de Velde, I love you.

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#36 madjam
October 31 2013, 11:10AM
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I've been lied to , cheated on , and treated like dirt . Oh , I was born an Oiler fan , and I was born to be hurt .

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#37 Quicksilver ballet
October 31 2013, 11:10AM
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Look at it from a different perspective gents. Sam Reinhart could be all ours. We need another centerman anyways. With one more added to the fold, parting with one of the firsts++ for a top pairing blueliner won't hurt as much.

I'm fine with one or two more seasons in this state (metaphorically speaking, all of my personal belongings hanging off of a donkey) take this opportunity to do other things. Like growing a pair, and overcoming the fear of violence. That should be first and foremost on the Oils things to do list this season.

Retaliation is unlikely when your opponent has your stick impaled through his abdomen. Learn to embrace confrontation you little burgers....

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#38 **
October 31 2013, 11:11AM
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for the past 2 weeks oilersnation has been more of a support group than anything else.

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#39 loweblows
October 31 2013, 11:11AM
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being an oiler fan is like bill murray in groundhog day except bill murray figured it out

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#40 Tim in Kelowna
October 31 2013, 11:15AM
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I wish someone could hold the Oilers organization accountable. There are very few fanbases in the NHL that are as powerless as this one. For every season ticket holder that decides to ditch his seats there are 10 people waiting to take those seats.

More than anything I am furious with the organizations blatant disregard for the fans. They simply don't care how upset fans are because we have no way of holding them accountable.

This is when it would be nice to have an owner that gave a damn. Like Melnyk, Pegula or Snyder. Those guys aren't perfect, but when things go sideways with their teams they speak up.

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#41 mlcsellil
October 31 2013, 11:17AM
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Money talks and bullshart walks. As long as we fill Rexall at home games, ownership will continue to rob us blind, and change won't come. It is infuriating for the fans to watch incomplete plays and heartless efforts. All we want to see is the Oil ice the best team they can, and if that means changes or trades in the line, then up so be it. The fan base has been patient far too long and the mgt should deliver on the hope the feed us. However, being the die-hard fans we are, the Rexall will be sold out every night and Katz will laugh all the way to the bank.

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#42 Jesse
October 31 2013, 11:18AM
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It's only October and we are looking at potential draft picks for 2014.

Scoreboard watching is only for what position Oilers will pick in the draft 2014.

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#43 Tom
October 31 2013, 11:22AM
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mlcsellil wrote:

Money talks and bullshart walks. As long as we fill Rexall at home games, ownership will continue to rob us blind, and change won't come. It is infuriating for the fans to watch incomplete plays and heartless efforts. All we want to see is the Oil ice the best team they can, and if that means changes or trades in the line, then up so be it. The fan base has been patient far too long and the mgt should deliver on the hope the feed us. However, being the die-hard fans we are, the Rexall will be sold out every night and Katz will laugh all the way to the bank.

I disagree, Katz will spend money on players he is not the problem.

Kevin Lowe's philosophy and definition of winning is wrong. Firing him won't help today but perhaps they find someone who knows what it takes to win.

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#44 Bucknuck
October 31 2013, 11:24AM
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loweblows wrote:

being an oiler fan is like bill murray in groundhog day except bill murray figured it out

Yeah but he had to drive off a cliff and have a bath with a toaster before he did. This start to the season feels a bit like that cliff drive with the groundhog driving.

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#45 Souby
October 31 2013, 11:24AM
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The cavalry is NOT coming:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Edmonton+Oilers+Craig+MacTavish+Detroit/9104464/story.html

Thanks DSF. After reading Matty's article I think I need a drink!....It's Happy Hour somewhere right?

I understand not wanting to overpay in a trade but they need to do something sooner rather than later IMO. What's worse? Overpaying in a trade or continuing to ice players that know they are playing crappy hockey but aren't going to be traded because the GM fears he will overpay?

I think maybe it is time to send a message? Just a thought.

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#46 Moving Forward
October 31 2013, 11:28AM
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Lets move forward people-lets pay a little more and aquire Tootoo and Engelland and see how these two little tweaks add a whole bunch of life, spark and confidence to our soft,soft,small, highly skilled but very,very soft lineup.

P.S. Gazdic and MacIntyre are not soft but we need more Kaboom in our lineup...among other things...hey...its a start...how can things get any worse?

C'mon Mac T get on it!

PPS It's OK to trade Klefbom Mac T - he is very soft!!! ...hint...hint!!!

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#47 Brad
October 31 2013, 11:29AM
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@Souby

The organization is playing prevent defense. Everyone is too scared to make a mistake right now. They think they are protecting their job.

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#48 madjam
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The secret of advertising and sales is selling an image . At least we have some great high pressure salesmen running this club . How many have bought the image and not the product they thought it was ?

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#49 Souby
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Brad wrote:

The organization is playing prevent defense. Everyone is too scared to make a mistake right now. They think they are protecting their job.

Sad but true.

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#50 Lochenzo
October 31 2013, 11:34AM
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You think being a Fish fan is tough? I'm a Bills fan. Now there is depravity!! The only thing interesting to happen to the Bills franchise over the past 20 years was Flutie Flakes.

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