NATION NETWORK TURNS 6

Wanye
November 28 2013 11:53AM

 

Per usual we were asleep at the switch and didn't realize that November 17 marked the 6th birthday of the Nation Network. We can only imagine that this is foreshadowing to days where we will forget our wife's birthday and most of our children's names and birthdays as well. Sorry whomever you may be, we have a lot going on in this brain of ours* and sometimes things slip through the cracks.

BACKSTORY

Back in the day we had this dream to make an Oilers related website. "Sports reporting is soooo boring" we would tell anyone who would listen. "Where is the humour? Where is the snarkiness? Why is TSN/Sportsnet so stodgy?" In short we wanted a place to read legit information about the only team that matters in sports then cause a level 12 ruckus with our fellow fans.

Now remember kids - this was a long time ago. Now we have the instagram, the twitter and a variety of places to piss and moan with other hockey fans but back in 2006 most hockey talk was limited to water cooler blib blab or telling off your buddies over a game of poker. "Yeah but what are you going to do about it?" people would reply. "You aren't in the media, don't know how to develop code, sell ads or anything. This is just idle chit chat - screw you."

As is the case with most companies, we decided to build OilersNation.com despite any track record of success, appropriate skill sets or brains for one reason and one reason alone: to shut up critics and score babes in the process. So we tricked our business partner into splitting the cost and took it upon ourselves to hire a local developer and build what was the first iteration of OilersNation.

We joined forces with the now departed @bingofuel - note: he isn't dead or anything he just sold out and ran away rich - and contacted all of the Oilers bloggers at the time to see if they were interested in writing for our fledgling site. Despite offers of pittance for pay and wild speculation "the site will kick ass one day" not a single online scribe took the time to email us back a refusal. It was just silence.

Terrifying silence.

"Now what in the hell are we going to do?" we lamented with our business partner @thesquireyeg over beers, "we don't have any writers at all." After several more thinking beers, then a couple rage beers, some shots to quell our fears and doubts we then downed a final rye and coke and had the final bit of clarity needed to concoct a plan.

"Fine I got us into this mess. I'll write for the first year." "You? But what do you know you are barely literate" came @thesquireyeg's reply. "Nothing at all really" we agreed. "But what the hell nobody loves the Oilers more than me, I'll figure something out." And write we did - garbage articles that only a guy who barely got through English 30 and was barred entry into junior high sex education classes "due to immaturity" could.

And the site got off the ground. Then in year two we convinced @thesquireyeg to double down on the thing and throw all the remaining money we had at the site and we were able to convince Robin Brownlee and Jason Gregor to join the squad giving us some much needed exposure and waaaaaaay better content. Then came the incomperable Jonathan Willis and everyone's favourite back-on-the-radio-host Lowetide.

And away we went.

AND NOW

6 years, one lockout and one incorrect prediction of the 14th Oilers Captain later the Nation Network is a real thing. Just look at our screenshotted excel spreadsheet above. Holy crap. Not bad for a company whose dress code is "optional" and who has literally made every mistake possible in the first six years of operation.  

Update: Look at this graph the boys just made showing our traffic since inception after laughing at my tables above. Classic graphing fellas.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATION

A big big thank you to everyone who is involved in the Nation Network. From our iron fisted overlord Kent Wilson, to all of our writers that crank out sweet articles 365 days a year to our intrepid developer @citizenalpha and our sales team in Edmonton and now Toronto. 

But most of all a big birthday kiss goes out to everyone who reads these sites on a day to day basis. You could be watching cats fight on YouTube, playing Clash of Clans on your iPhone or (God forbid) doing actual work, talking to loved ones or learning to play the viola.

Thank you for forgoing all of that in favour of reading the Nations, playing our games, buying our gear and not doing denial of service attacks. Six years in the game we are more determined now than ever to kick ass. Our future plans include more site acquisitions, launching new Nation sites in MTL and our first US market and more podcasts than ever before. Oh and we are working on making NationTV and now have all this video equipment no one can figure out how to use**

Big plans for a six year old who wasn't expected to live past month one.

The lesson to learn from all of this? Follow your dreams and do whatever the hell you want despite whatever people say or the problems you face along the way. Unless your dreams are to kidnap and murder most of the Harlem Globetrotters. That ain't cricket - you totally shouldn't do that. All other dreams though - do it.

For real.

Love and kisses,

Wanye von Gretz IV, DDB DDS MD.

 *Eberle, Jordan for the most part.

**And a world class mega babe contracted to be our host

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Blog so hard motherf**ckers try and find me. Email me at wanyegretz@gmail.com or tweet me @wanyegretz provided it is about Jordan Eberle or babes.
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#1 Fatbob24
November 28 2013, 12:22PM
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Who is Wanye????

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#2 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 28 2013, 07:34PM
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for those who havent noticed and/or live in a bubble... it NATIONS birthday, NOT OILER nations birthday.

So.... happy birthday FLAMES nation and all other, lesser nations.

And cudos to Sean Monahan for having more points and goals then any of the other 1st rounders playing anywhere in ALBERTA.

*sings happy birthday to the nations

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#3 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 28 2013, 07:23PM
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@vetinari

speaking of hockey gods, let us give thanks that Sean Monahan is outscorng all the highly touted 1st's on a certain team whose name i shant mention

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#4 jeanshorts
November 28 2013, 01:50PM
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That stain I left in the corner of the room will NEVER COME OUT!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA *runs. smashes into wall. falls unconscious, face first into stain*

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#6 Pinto
November 28 2013, 12:53PM
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Happy Birthday!!!

My favorite is when Wanye pens an awesome article with all the sarcasm allowable on the internets and newbs to the site slam him for not being serious or "politically correct" haha, idiots. Do you not know who you are talking too?

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#7 Rob...
November 28 2013, 01:03PM
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Congrats!!!

So is there any truth to the rumor that you're actually Epstein's Mother? What about your research into magnetic fields? Is it true that you are in pursuit of pulling the magnetic north pole to Edmonton, convinced that an alignment of Edmonton, the pole, and Bryzgalov will trigger a 5 cup run for the almighty Oil?

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#8 Baresnake
November 28 2013, 12:06PM
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Happy Birthday!!! Here's to another 6 great years!

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#9 ubermiguel
November 28 2013, 12:11PM
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May the Nation never forget its roots: love of the Oilers, humour, snarkiness and alcohol.

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#10 Hall for Captain
November 28 2013, 12:35PM
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Happy Birthday OilersNation!

Thanks for getting us through multiple last place finishes, 1 lockout and what seems like thousands of losses. May the next 6 years bring multiple Stanley Cups, no lockouts, craploads of goals and, for Wanye, an Eberle MVP!

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#11 A-Mc
November 28 2013, 01:17PM
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Batman - Bruce 'WANYE'??
Superman - Clark 'KENT' (KENT WILSON?!?)

I see a theme here....

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#12 SookeMon
November 28 2013, 01:30PM
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Happy 6th Birthday Oilers Nation - you have become a part of my life; a daily ritual that I look forward to. BTW, if I'm not mistaken, last time I counted it was 1,204,099 025 mistakes made, not 1, 204,099,024.

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#13 Monaertchi Gaudnett
November 28 2013, 02:23PM
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I'm just here for the cake.

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Happy birthday nation

I'm doing a slow clap for you

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#15 Cam Davie
November 28 2013, 12:04PM
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Thanks for letting me part of your nutty world, Wanye. Great to part of the Nation Network history.

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#16 vetinari
November 28 2013, 12:08PM
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Happy Birthday Nations!

Thanks for the years of debate, ridicule, laughing, crying, more crying, articles, and insightful and not-so-insightful comments....

To another 6 years... and Hockey Gods, please let the Oilers make the playoffs many times before the next six years are up!

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#17 BaconWrapped
November 28 2013, 12:08PM
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I love how that first article shows the Oilers in 29th place in TSN's power rankings.

Re Edmonton Oilers: "We've come so far!" (sarcasm)

Re Oilersnation: "We've come so far!" (truth)

Keep up the good work Wanye! Even if the Oilers don't.

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#18 A-Mc
November 28 2013, 12:15PM
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Something else you've created that i think deserves credit is the incognito persona of Wanye. I know a few people who could spill the beans about who you are and where you came from but i think i like the whole batman/superman/B. Wayne/C.Kent thing better...

It's more fun not knowing! lets face it, the truth is often disappointing anyway...LOL

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#19 Harlie
November 28 2013, 12:19PM
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Happy Birthday ON!!!!!

Where's the party? Chuck E Cheese, Lazerquest, Cafe' O'Play, a McDonald's with a play place?? I wonder what will be in the gift bags!? Oh, happy happy Joy!

As you may have noticed, I've been to a few 6 year old parties lately.

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#20 Kent Wilson
November 28 2013, 12:29PM
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YAY

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#21 The Towel Boy
November 28 2013, 12:33PM
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Hugs and kisses. xoxoxox

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#22 baggedmilk
November 28 2013, 12:33PM
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Without the Nation Jeanshorts and I would never have thought of the most ridiculous monikers we could think of and start a terrible terrible blog.

Many thanks to the Nation and all the staff.

*flashes computer screen*

Happy birthday!

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#23 mk
November 28 2013, 12:52PM
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The Nations are the best sites to read about hockey - not that there isn't quality elsewhere, but this place has the best breadth and depth of coverage. I can't wait for Nation TV (if that's actually a thing).

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#24 bingofuel
November 28 2013, 12:52PM
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Happy birthday, OilersNation. You're still in my thoughts, as I milk my founder status for any opportunity that comes my way.

*muah*

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#25 Josh W
November 28 2013, 12:53PM
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Any developments on a SenatorsNation?

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#26 Slanto
November 28 2013, 01:02PM
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Happy Birthday...Now we have to ask for a playoff game before the nation has been around long enough to legally drink like most of us in the nation have been compelled to by the performance and management of this fine franchise. Don't forget to wish for Klowes' head when you blow out the candles!

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#28 A-Mc
November 28 2013, 01:14PM
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MSG wrote:

Good Lord! Batman was Bruce Wayne!! Superman was Clark Kent!

ya i know that. It didn't occur to me until i read your response that the way i wrote it suggested i was saying clark kent and batman were the same.

WOOps!

I'll fix it

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#29 I Am The Law
November 28 2013, 01:23PM
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This site has seen me through law school, internships, relationships, bar exams, and now grad school. I cannot thank YOU enough!

P.S. I still have Wanye's signed copy of the RX2 Alternative Design (circa 2008) as my desktop background.

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#31 BrassRiderEva
November 28 2013, 01:38PM
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Congrats, guys!

I turned to the Nation about a year ago after suffering ridicule at the hands of my surly coworkers for my Pollyanna attitude regarding our beloved Oilers. I haven’t looked back since. Looking forward to the years to come!

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#32 Fresh Mess
November 28 2013, 01:45PM
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DDS, DDB, MD

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#33 Fresh Mess
November 28 2013, 01:46PM
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I assume those credentials have something to do with Dungeons and Dragons ?

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#34 David S
November 28 2013, 03:00PM
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Really proud of you guys keeping it real for 6 years now. A solid YEG* success story if I ever saw one.

*Edmonton for all you guys who have jobs and such and aren't glued to Twitter 24/7.

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#35 Oiler Al
November 28 2013, 04:27PM
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H A P P Y S I X T H !!!!!..

Heres to the next six... all the best.

This is the best hockey site for my mind. Don't alwayts comment, but I never miss a day of crusing the site.

Congrats to all the scribes that make this happen..

Long long time Oiler fans...

Regards.

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#36 vetinari
November 29 2013, 01:22PM
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False Claim Jeff wrote:

First post by Jeff and it is, what'd d'ya know ?!? ... Wrong Again Jeff. Check your stats bud.

@False Claim Jeff

Sssshhhhhhh.... Jeff lives in Lethbridge and probably confused his playstation game with an actual website or newspaper... but he's still part of the Nations family, but y'know, the "special side" of the family... we're just happy that he's stopped trying to use his toaster like a laptop and can finally use a computer unsupervised...

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#37 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 30 2013, 10:15AM
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Blowhard Windbag J wrote:

More points than :

Hall ? NO

Eberle? NO

RNH ? NO

Perron ? NO

I heard it was windy down there, but ... that was a foolish statement. Makin it up as you go along Jeffy ??

wait a minute, I am just using good old "Oiler Math"...

you know - take how good Monahan is NOW, multiply it by the number of years the other players have been in the league more then Monahan, and viola, you get the real (Oiler math) number which says how good Monahan "is going to be", which translates to him being better now, even if real numbers speak otherwise.

I know this is true, I have been studying Oiler Math for several years now during the Edmonton rebuild.

Oiler math works like this: "how good we were (in the 80's) multiplied by how good we are going to be in the future, added to the number of first round picks, and you get a total of about fifteen cup final appearances in the near future" I've heard this a thousand times so i know it works.

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#38 BraveNugeWorld
November 28 2013, 12:01PM
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Tremendous. Simply outstanding, boys. Stellar work.

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#39 A-Mc
November 28 2013, 12:13PM
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I'm happy your site is making it through these dark times! Infact, the dark times might actually be better for traffic than if we were winning.. *thinks*

Playoff Participants, THE EDMONTON OILERS! 2019! knocked out in round 1 by Dallas.

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#40 Rocket
November 28 2013, 12:28PM
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Birthday shots all around y'all!

Wanye you're buying right?

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#41 Jeffrey Chapman
November 28 2013, 12:44PM
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congrats, everyone. you are an awesome community. may the next six years be filled with playoff games and fond memories. #squeee

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#42 Cam Charron
November 28 2013, 01:02PM
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I'VE WASTED TOO MUCH TIME HERE

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#43 MSG
November 28 2013, 01:03PM
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Good Lord! Batman was Bruce Wayne!! Superman was Clark Kent!

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#44 The'J'Man
November 28 2013, 01:05PM
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maybe Oilersnation is our playoff problem... how many playoff games have we played in since the nation rised up from the ashes of our 2006 cup defeat? maybe we should shut down the nation and see what happens...

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#45 Spydyr
November 28 2013, 01:18PM
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Imagine the hits if the Oilers ever did something silly like say make the playoffs.

Go Nation.

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#46 David S
November 28 2013, 03:03PM
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OH AND DO I DETECT A NATION BLOWOUT AT THE FAMOUS TAVERN JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM NATION HQ???

*Dreams of waking up in snowbank mid afternoon still drunk, Nation sticker on forehead and lipstick on [edited due to mom looking over shoulder]*

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#47 A-Mc
November 28 2013, 03:27PM
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LOL did someone seriuosly just go through and Trash everyone's post for fun?

"Happy Birthday Nation!" *TRASH THAT CHIT*

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#48 Dallylamma
November 28 2013, 03:27PM
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YouTube cat videos or The Nation? Why not both?

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#49 Mojo
November 28 2013, 03:47PM
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Happy Birthday Nation!

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#50 Gerald R. Ford
November 28 2013, 04:25PM
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Five coaches, three hundred losses, six ticket price increases, zero accountability... ONE NATION!

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