GDB 23.0: GOING STREAKING

Jason Gregor
November 19 2013 01:24PM

Old School is one my favourite movies. Mitch, Frank "The Tank" and Beanie were an excellent combination of sarcasm, smarts, idiocy and yearning to re-live youth.

Frank ended up going streaking by himself, and ends up getting picked up by his embarrassed wife and her fan full of friends. Classic.

If the Oilers plan to start their own winning streak, they will need more than one guy leading the charge. The Oilers haven't won two straight since winning on the road in Ottawa (Oct 19th) and in Montreal (Oct 22nd). That is the only positive streak the Oilers have been on all season, and considering they haven't won at home since October 7th, it would a refreshing change for the home fans to see a solid effort.

The Oilers have lost six straight at home and they've been outscored 23-3. That is embarrassingly bad. You can't sugarcoat it.  They are 1-7 at home, they've been outscored 32-11and their only win came in a shootout. It is time the Oilers start rewarding their loyal fans with a good effort, and hopefully some offence.

The Oilers have scored one ES goal at home in the last 360 minutes. One, and it was scored by a defenceman, Justin Schultz, late in the game vs. Washington. How is that even possible? What makes it even more concerning is that you are supposed to get favourable matchups at home, yet lately Sutherby and Strudwick are more likely to score than the Oilers forwards.

The fans pay big bucks and despite the awful start, they are still coming to the games. No more excuses, no more talk of moral victories, who cares about shots for or against or scoring chances. Just work harder and score. Go to the damn net, pay the price and shoot the puck.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jonesuu-Acton-Gazdic

Belov-J.Schultz
Ference-Petry
N. Schultz-Potter

Dubnyk

Justin Schultz returns to the lineup after missing eight games due to a groin injury. Schultz will help moving the puck out of the zone, but he needs to shoot the puck in the offensive zone. Philip Larsen had 19 shots in 8 games, and he helped make the PP better. Schultz has 20 shots in 14 games, and I'd like to see him shoot more often rather than look to pass.

PARTING SHOTS...

  • Look for the Oilers weakside D-man to start pinching again. In Florida they stopped pinching, because the forwards weren't making the right decision, which led to too many odd man rushes. When the D-man pinches it is vital that the high forward make the right read and not be too low in the zone. The 3F (high guy usually) has to anticipate when the weak side D is going to pinch, and he needs to swing high in the zone and shade over to that side.
     
  • Have Oilers fans become adverse to hard plays. I can't believe Andrew Ference is taking grief for his fight with Lee Stempniak. Stempniak crushed Ference with a hard hit; Ference was annoyed by it and elected to go after Stempniak. The Oilers rarely push back, and when one finally does, some fans actually complained about it. Go back and watch tapes of the Oilers in the 80s, do you think they were choir boys all the time? They were incredibly skilled, but they also were tough and didn't let teams take advantage of them.

    If anything, Oiler fans should be excited that they have a player who is wiling to stand up for himself. He took matters into his own hands. This team needs more guys to play with an edge or emotion.
     
  • David Perron is the only forward who has an ES point in the last six home games. We've focused a lot on the lack of a top-pairing D-man, which is true, but until this group of forwards can sustain a cycle in the offensive zone they will struggle scoring. It is time the forwards started carrying their weight on home ice.
     
  • READ THIS....We would like to sell out DJ Suitcase today. So as a bonus, we will do a draw today at 5:45 from everyone who bought a ticket. The winner will get a pair of seats to tonight's Oiler game and Thursday's. The party will be fun, and now you will have a chance to go to two Oiler games. Buy your DJ Suitcase tickets here. All proceeds go to The Inner City Children's Program. Good luck and thank you.

LOOKING AHEAD....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: At some point they have to win at home don't they? The Oilers record for consecutive home losses is 9, between October 16th, 1993 to November 24th, 1993. That was a span of 39 days. The Oilers last home win this year was October 7th, a span of 43 days. The season ticket holders, mini pack holders or single game buyers deserve a win. Oilers shock all of us with a 6-2 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall gets two points. He has 11 points in 8 career games vs. the Blue Jackets.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After hearing all the talk about whether the Oilers should have drafted Ryan Murray instead of him, Nail Yakupov scores a pair of goals, and crushes Murray with a heavy hit. After the game Yakupov says it was nothing personal, but also points out that if the Oilers had drafted Murray that J. Schultz likely wouldn't have signed in Edmonton. That ends the "what if" debate about who they should have drafted. 

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#101 Harlie
November 19 2013, 07:14PM
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? wrote:

So today in the NHL, if you hit a guy, 100% clean, and he gets angry and wants to fight, you have to oblige? Wow, that sounds like Don Cherry's code.

When it comes to guys like Lapierre/Burrows who will bite fingers,etc, yea they should have to back it up. But Stempniak made a clean hit.

If you allow guys like Ference to attack smaller guys who hit them, then good luck ever seeing guys like Eberle or RNH try to make a big hit. If they did, *insert name here* would destroy them, just like Ference did to Stempniak.

Thats not fair.

NHL.com is your friend Todd.

Lee "chiclets" Stempniak is 1 inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than Ference.

Poor little chiclets wasn't any smaller. Dazed and confused at the time I'll give you that, but there was no size advantage or anything like that.

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#102 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:14PM
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HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

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#103 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:16PM
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Mason Raymond with his 8th.

On pace for 32 goals.

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#104 Johnny Larue
November 19 2013, 07:18PM
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Serious Gord you are seriously a complete idiot you like to pontificate on this site and the radio about how much you know about hockey but based on your comment about Ference you obviously know squat. Any one who has any clue about hockey knows that is exactly what this team needs more of. They need to push back and punch someone in the face stand up for themselves and their team. Oh I feel so bad someone punched a flame in the face that was so horrible and rotten I am going to tell his mom. It was a friggin hockey game not figure skating.

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#105 Rob...
November 19 2013, 07:18PM
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? wrote:

So today in the NHL, if you hit a guy, 100% clean, and he gets angry and wants to fight, you have to oblige? Wow, that sounds like Don Cherry's code.

When it comes to guys like Lapierre/Burrows who will bite fingers,etc, yea they should have to back it up. But Stempniak made a clean hit.

If you allow guys like Ference to attack smaller guys who hit them, then good luck ever seeing guys like Eberle or RNH try to make a big hit. If they did, *insert name here* would destroy them, just like Ference did to Stempniak.

Thats not fair.

You sir, are a loser. I know this because you and those like you keep referring to Ference picking on "po widow Stempy"... who happens to be heavier, and at worst the same height as Ferrence. Go away and come back when you can argue like a grownup!

Edit: Propped Harlie for beating me to it.

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#106 Alsker
November 19 2013, 07:19PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Cause Eakins can be a total dumbass sometimes. I can see no other reason

Lets hope that's all it is, if he's given in to the kBlowe train of thought we're f*cked.

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#107 Cynic
November 19 2013, 07:23PM
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Oilers myopians are spending a lot of time celebrating a fight. It's almost as if you've never seen a midget vegan win a battle before.

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#108 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:26PM
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DSF wrote:

HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

Best trade made by the oilers in a very very long time.

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#109 Harlie
November 19 2013, 07:29PM
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DSF wrote:

HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

Damn, that's gonna trigger the alien Moon base attack.

http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2013/01/alien-base-on-the-moon-in-detail-clear-ufo-photos-released-by-nasa-taken-by-astronauts-pilot-films-ufo-from-air-2440716.html

Not to worry tho, the swarm defensive system will protect us.

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#110 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:31PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Best trade made by the oilers in a very very long time.

Yes, but it speaks very poorly about their drafting.

That they have to throw in a high second round pick to trade a top 10 pick for a 26th overall pick is kinda sad.

Given how well STL drafts, that could be the deciding factor.

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#111 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:39PM
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Stand back kids...Phil Kessel is on pace for 50 goals.

Stupid Burke!

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#112 bearsfan
November 19 2013, 07:39PM
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forsoothed wrote:

Overpaying season seat holder here :(

The tickets are sold, but folks must be skipping the games these days. On Friday vs SJ, our row was only 1/2 full with loads of open seats around us... night and day with last year. I expect there will be even fewer actually in attendance tonight.

I gave my seats away today....if the oil dont show up for games, why should I?

Signed tier 1 fan, soon to be tier none fan

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#113 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:41PM
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@DSF

Ya. Perron is one of those guys if you re did that draft he moves up considerably. At least top 15. Kinda like an eberle.

Wasn't Perron in the gagner draft year? Just think they drafted Nash and plant in the first round. What a wash that turned out to be. I think it was more of a developing problem than drafting. At least the farm team is in place and this is getting a little better.

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#114 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:44PM
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Justin Azevedo. This squeeeees for you

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

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#115 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:45PM
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Ya. Perron is one of those guys if you re did that draft he moves up considerably. At least top 15. Kinda like an eberle.

Wasn't Perron in the gagner draft year? Just think they drafted Nash and plant in the first round. What a wash that turned out to be. I think it was more of a developing problem than drafting. At least the farm team is in place and this is getting a little better.

Yeah...3 first round picks.

Gagner, Nash, and Plante.

Whiff

Whiff

Whiff

I wanted them to draft Voracek, Cherapanov and Perron.

2 out of 3 ain't bad.

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#116 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:45PM
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bearsfan wrote:

I gave my seats away today....if the oil dont show up for games, why should I?

Signed tier 1 fan, soon to be tier none fan

Can I have your seats next game?! I will gladly go watch a free oilers game.

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#117 Joel
November 19 2013, 07:54PM
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does anyone have a link to watch the game?

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#118 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:57PM
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Joel wrote:

does anyone have a link to watch the game?

http://firstrownow.eu/watch/222409/1/watch-edmonton-oilers-vs-columbus-blue-jackets.html

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#119 Joel
November 19 2013, 08:02PM
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http://firstrownow.eu/watch/222409/1/watch-edmonton-oilers-vs-columbus-blue-jackets.html

Thanks!

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#120 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:03PM
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WTF is going on ??!??! 2 goals in one period for the Oil?! I don't remember the last time they had a 2 goal lead this season, have they had one yet?? (besides the EN goal and lead v the Flames)

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#121 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:05PM
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Good pp. good pk. 2 first period goals out shooting the jackets 137 to 1....oilers are playing one heck of a good period so far. I'm baffled.

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#122 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:06PM
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I haven't seen the Oilers play with this sense of urgency and excitement all year, I know its only 20 minutes but I have to say..i'm impressed.

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#123 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:09PM
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Sweet pass gags!!!!! Inner fan boy is in serious risk of coming out of dormancy. I'm having a blast watching this!

Edit: even sweeter baseball skills by Smyth

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#124 kgog
November 19 2013, 08:09PM
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smyth all time ppg record?

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#125 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:10PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Sweet pass gags!!!!! Inner fan boy is in serious risk of coming out of dormancy. I'm having a blast watching this!

Edit: even sweeter baseball skills by Smyth

Same bro lol. Gagner is my favourite player...I got a bit of a man crush.

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#126 Eulers
November 19 2013, 08:11PM
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Special teams clicking at 100% so far helps just a little ;)

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#127 Alsker
November 19 2013, 08:11PM
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WTF!!!! Maybe I should go back outside, 3-0, un f*ckin real...lol....Love Bryz touque on the bench.

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#128 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:12PM
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Is this the Bryz effect ??

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#129 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:14PM
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Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

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@Serious Gord

How would I react if a flame had done that do an oiler? I'd be pissed. Really pissed. And I'd be more upset that the team allowed it to happen, without a response.

I'm glad someone finally did something the other teams won't like. 'Bout time! More please!

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#131 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:17PM
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I wonder how packed the LRT and the Cap is with people who couldn't be arsed to go to the game panic rushing to the Coliseum/Skyreach/Rexall place to try to make the 2nd period to watch what has been a baffling performance so far.

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#132 Rocket
November 19 2013, 08:17PM
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Turn in your badge and gun, you're off the force Bobrovsky!

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So, who are these guys in the blue? For all the teams that have owned the oilers for years (Det, Col, Dal, Min, recently Van) at least there's one team we can beat regularly. Thank you Columbus

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#134 Greenlingj
November 19 2013, 08:20PM
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I am at work... unable to watch the game..

I am PISSED

Go BRYZOILERS

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#135 Larry
November 19 2013, 08:24PM
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There's plenty of time for the Oil to blow it!!!

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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

His best period that I've seen all year. By far.

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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

His best period that I've seen all year. By far.

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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

Triple post. I feel shame. Two minutes.

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#139 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:31PM
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Shut up Gene, lets watch some hockey

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#140 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 08:32PM
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Well. This wasn't expected.

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#141 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:37PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

Agreed. Eberle looks like eberle of two years ago also

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#142 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 08:45PM
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Wow. Yak city tonight. I'm speechless. Thanks.

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#143 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:50PM
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What's with Perron and scoring goals from crazy angles?? Impressive though!

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#144 vetinari
November 19 2013, 08:51PM
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If Ebs earns a "ssssquuuueeeeeee" when he scores, does Perron earn a "Ppppeeeeeeeeeeeeron?"

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#145 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:51PM
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So this is what it's like watching your hockey team dominate another. It's been so long. Come on Perron. Hatty time.

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#146 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:52PM
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vetinari wrote:

If Ebs earns a "ssssquuuueeeeeee" when he scores, does Perron earn a "Ppppeeeeeeeeeeeeron?"

Le squeeee?

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#147 Darrell
November 19 2013, 08:55PM
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Hey DSF - kiss our collective 4-0 asses anti-Oiler douche :)

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#148 Floyd Jiveson
November 19 2013, 08:55PM
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This is soooooo prime!!!!!!!!! Best game SO FAR. If we just keep up the pressure in the 3rd it will be a good lead in to next game.

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#149 Darrell
November 19 2013, 08:58PM
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Darrell wrote:

Hey DSF - kiss our collective 4-0 asses anti-Oiler douche :)

Make that 5 zip DSF douche .... damn this feels good for once :)

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#150 DSF
November 19 2013, 08:59PM
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Darrell wrote:

Hey DSF - kiss our collective 4-0 asses anti-Oiler douche :)

29th.

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