INFINITE UNHAPPINESS

Wanye
November 04 2013 12:05PM

It takes everything in our Jordan Eberle loving heart to come on here and write anything other than a 900 word swear parade. We had a very sombre Sunday indeed after the Oil decided to get shelled 5 squat after getting pumped 4 nothing earlier in the week. 

There are no words to describe how bad things are at the moment. On a personal note we can't recall being this unhappy ever really. The comments section here at the Nation is melting with our fellow citizens venting fire and brimstone in every direction. People are getting clever with getting swear words on the site bypassing our naughty filters.

Originally we were going to delete them - but then thought better of it. There are times when swearing is completely appropriate. And with this All You Can Eat Crap Buffet we are being asked to enjoy for 7 years now why not let a few blue words out if it makes you feel better.

It breaks my heart to read comments like this as correct as they might be. And the 139 props from so many of our fellow Oilers fans that feel something is dying inside them too? Unbearable to read. OilersNation.com wasn't built for this.

It's the age of infinite unhappiness.

REMEMBER

You may find it ironic that this is the new NationGear design. Talking about Stanley Cups in Edmonton makes about as much sense as Lindsay Lohan keeping her schedule open on Oscar Night. But it is precisely now at the darkest moment that hope becomes so crucial. 

Hope is one of the most important things we can have. If we believe that this is our lot in life - cheering our collective hearts out for a group of unperforming non caring trillionaires working for an organization that takes us all for granted then the sun will never rise again. The minute we feel that a current squad of losers is all we deserve the light of hope will be snuffed out forever.

We will never let hope die.

We would use this horrid Monday to remind everyone what the concept of the "Oilers" really means. Kevin Lowe is not the Oilers. MacT, Eakins and the rest of the Coaching staff aren't the Oilers. None of the players or Daryl Katz himself are the Oilers. They are merely the current crew piloting a ship that is far bigger and more important than any of their piddling efforts can destroy.

The Oilers are Fernando Pisani and Company bringing us to our feet in 2006 for one glorious spring. It's Doug Weight getting 104 point season back in 1996 blowing minds in the process. It's Cujo flying across the crease to rob Niewendyk in the playoffs. If you are old enough the Oilers are the glory filled 1980s. We are too young to remember them but we understand it was quite the time.

The concept of what being an Edmonton Oiler means might be lost on 75% of the people collecting cheques from Kay-Z but we must all keep our heads held high through this darkest time in franchise history if ever we are going to find our footing again. If this current iteration of players don't want to show up and compete they are free to leave. They are not Oilers and we refuse to acknowledge half of these crumbs going forward.

Being an Oilers fan is the aggregate of all the good times we have had with the team in our lives. The Oilers are the team that we would listen to as a kid on the radio late into the night before John Short would tuck us into bed. The Oilers are Dr Randy Gregg taking an 8 year old Wanye into the dressing room to meet his hero Craig Simpson who couldn't have been nicer.

The Oilers are a rookie Ryan Smyth talking to a 13 year old Wanye outside Rexall Place for a good 15 minutes when he must have had many better things to do. The Oilers are the team that played an OT playoff game during a high school dance that had the entire school watching the game on a tiny TV in the cafeteria while a confused DJ spun tunes for an empty gym.

This current squad is simply an unimportant chapter of a story that will outlive them all.

IRONY

It is some strange sort of a twist of fate that we picked the worst 6 year stretch in franchise history to make the Nation Network and commit a good part of our day to supporting the team. We can't stand the Oilers at the moment but our love for OilersNation grows by the day.

We have made so many friends all around the world from this site and reading the tweets and comments of all these folks we have come to know over the past 6 years is heartbreaking. But it is some small mercy at least we still have each other to talk to in an uncensored environment that is telling it like it is.  A place for top drawer fans that deserve so much better than what we are currently getting.

Fans like Mr and Mrs Towelboy who came in from Lloydminster to take their lovely daughter to her first Oilers game on Saturday night. Driving for hours in the hope that they will give their kid a night she will remember fondly in years to come. The minute folks like this say "yeah it's probably not worth sacrificing the weekend to see the Oilers get pumped" we are all screwed.

They deserve more.

AN OATH

We actually considered taking some time off from the Nation yesterday. We don't intend to be some voice in a chorus of negativity screaming and yelling about how crappy everything is. But there is something deep inside us that believes a better day is on the horizon that prevents us from quitting. So we will slog on even if the divide between the actual Oilers and OilersNation increases by the hour. 

We have been saving free vehicle stickers for a few weeks now hoping something awesome would happen and then we could drop them in celebration. But it seems as though that day is far off in the distance for the time being. In any event our friends at Auto Canada have partnered to distribute awesome free vehicle stickers. You can click here to order them for pickup or delivery depending on your locale - completely free.

Cop these stickers Nation and rep them proudly. Most people with a functioning brainstem would take one look at this team and say "I wonder what's showing on HBO right now?" Luckily we are made of tougher stuff. We are Oilers fans.

And if you want to drop some money on hope - with a portion of the proceeds going to our friends at the ICCP - go buy some NationGear here. Hope must never die no matter how dire things seem.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh....

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#1 27Ginge
November 04 2013, 12:12PM
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I dove head first into this rebuild thing along with every body else in OilersNation. I just keep wondering where rock bottom is. I've hit my head on some pretty hard s#it on the way down and can't help but wonder if maybe we dove too deep. The water is cold and we barely got enough air to make her back to surface. Not a comfortable place to be.

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#2 Cold Hard Truth
November 04 2013, 12:15PM
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Hope is dead. All we have is the inflated egos who cling to memories of a bygone era. They are suffocating this organization.

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#3 David S
November 04 2013, 12:19PM
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13 year old Wanye chain smoking darts, quaffing Big Bear and stalking the players exit at RX1. Those must have been the days.

Now players chain smoke reefers, quaff Lowenbrau and stalk Wanye at The Pint.

OH HOW THE MIGHT WORM HAS TURNED!

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#4 ubermiguel
November 04 2013, 12:23PM
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Damn it, you're right, true fans stick by their team thick and thin. Not uncritically mind you. Just one new player, just one trade, just one less injury...whatever it takes to keep hope alive. Signed myself up for a car decal to profess my insanity...I mean fandom.

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#5 oilbaron
November 04 2013, 12:26PM
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at least they can only get better from here.

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#6 Andy
November 04 2013, 12:28PM
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I'm frustrated as everyone else here.

But I can't cheer for any other team.

Oilers: Please just do something to fix this.

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#7 mayorblaine
November 04 2013, 12:29PM
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i remember saying "we" when i spoke of the Oilers. now i say "they".

that's a very real disconnect. good for fans.

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#8 Grahaeme
November 04 2013, 12:30PM
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I haven't felt this bad since Ryan Smyth was traded.

Oilersnation is still a place to stop during the day, like the Black Dog. Even if it's a desperately cold Tuesday, so you still pop in hoping there's a Saturday night going on inside.

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#9 Dave240
November 04 2013, 12:35PM
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oilbaron wrote:

at least they can only get better from here.

Let's hope the team doesn't take that as a challenge.

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#10 Seriously
November 04 2013, 12:35PM
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I'm sorry Wayne but I only made it half way into your article and had to stop... Hope is something that is earned.. We as fans can only get kicked so many times! I appreciate the fact that your trying to shine a light into a very long dark tunnel.. But you bring up the past... The past, the past... Start living in the now and future!! I was raised an oilers fan all my life but after all the sharaids that have been going on with the fight over a new arena, lack of effort from the team, and six cups comments.... I was looking forward to taking my little nepfews to an oilers came as my uncle did many years ago... Unfortunately I can't see myself wasting my hard earned money supporting individuals that seem like they just don't care!! An your right!!! It's very sad and disappointing!! I'll see how they fair on this road trip... If nothing has changed! I'm out! Done! Finished!!!

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#11 Hat Pughes
November 04 2013, 12:36PM
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Cold Hard Truth wrote:

Hope is dead. All we have is the inflated egos who cling to memories of a bygone era. They are suffocating this organization.

Maybe DE has it right but needs to go the rest of the way...that is relieving some of the artifacts from the past glory days out of the room.

Management seems to revel with how many rings "we've won" but sports is a Now business.

Fact is this is results-based business and in E-Town they arent even close. Combine that with a holier than thou/apathetic/antagonistic attitude toward the directly supportive (and secondary tier) fan base (Oil Management words not mine btw) and the current status and immediate future outlook does not look good. Try connecting with Patrick or Kevin or anyone else from the leadership group and its all only to benefit the Oil.

Im beginning to take on the perspective of DougtheSlug. Last Tuesday was the first time ever that I was ready to depart the building with over 10 minutes left in the third before the 50/50 was drawn. Uninspired, uninterested, unbearable and unsure is ways to describe their play and state. Sad indeed.

Unfortunately the current roster and talent is going to have to own this -- MacT's only out is to trade a core player to get IMMEDIATE help and this trade will have to be one where the Oil have clearly bettered the current team. Anything less is an epic fair. Trouble is our talent is selling low at this point in time. Senior management changes and changes in the talent evaluation pool solves some symptoms. And Eakins cant be hung out for this one. If any coaching changes are to occur its getting rid of the Assistants who are part of SeriousGord's crony club.

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#12 OILERSORDEATH
November 04 2013, 12:37PM
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Well Doughtheslug wrote my exact thoughts. My wife keeps asking me "whats wrong with you? did someone die?" Well my passion for Oil is dying pretty quickly, I thought those are words I would never ever say but this is just to much. I'm not recording anymore games becasue I just end up fastforwarding on the fastest mode anyway. Its awesome talking Oilers with all you but I'm checking out for a while.

PS Canucks still suck monkey nuts

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#13 D
November 04 2013, 12:37PM
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Wanye,

You raise interesting points. I remember being a fan in the 1980s and towards the end of the glory years (I'm talking 1988), a lot of people in Edmonton started taking it all for granted. It was almost like burnout from all that winning.

After this recent stretch of futility, I promised myself that if the Oilers ever reach the pinnacle again, I would never, ever take it for granted a second time.

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#14 Robin Brownlee
November 04 2013, 12:38PM
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I hope the link to Pittsburgh at the bottom of the item provides some perspective for those of us who have lost it.

As bad as this season has been for fans who expected and deserve better, what we're seeing now is not life and death. It's a game.

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#15 Clarko
November 04 2013, 12:40PM
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oilbaron wrote:

at least they can only get better from here.

That's what we all thought the last 7 years...but here we are. Not any better and on pace to obliterate our worst season ever.

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#16 Danger Pay
November 04 2013, 12:41PM
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Maybe next year...but wait, this season has barely started? I'm confused.

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#17 A-Mc
November 04 2013, 12:44PM
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I'm always a believer that things will get worse before they can get better. People settle for mediocrity and old habits will never cease if things are status quo.

This season baffles me because the team IS better than years prior, but you would never know it by looking at a 3 in the wins column.

Maybe, hopefully, this is the final straw that breaks the camels back. Maybe this is the year that 1 or 2 of those previously "untouchable" pieces get moved laterally for a piece that has a better fit or more importantly, hasn't been subjected to 7 years of Oiler's losses.

Do we start researching 1st overall candidates for this seasons draft already? It hurts to think that it'll be a full year before we can even HOPE to see a respectable product on the ice.

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#18 Fatbob24
November 04 2013, 12:48PM
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The link at the end made me smile. You are, of course, right Wanye, it is the idea of the oilers that should be remembered, not this cheap excuse that Katz has put in front of us now. I find myself forgetting that and becoming inconsolable at times, whew, man I love the Oil too much, gotta loosen the grip and just enjoy hockey for awhile. No more oilers games for me! Not until they win a couple in a row.

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#19 Bryan in SK
November 04 2013, 12:48PM
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I AM old enough to remember the glory days.... thanks for reminding me of that, Wanye.

I guess that's what makes this group of Oiler-imposters even harder to take. I remember...

And now the Leafs are (somewhat) winning... #$%!$# it sucks to be a hockey fan right now.

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#20 One Who Knows
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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Andy wrote:

I'm frustrated as everyone else here.

But I can't cheer for any other team.

Oilers: Please just do something to fix this.

As a well connected insider I know this for sure: nobody hurts more when we lose than Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins. Nobody cares more than Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins. Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins are WINNERS and SURVIVORS! They will fix this mess and turn it around! These three men were and are Intense (scary INTENSE) Competitors! EAKINS is well, well respected by most people he has coached, and will be REVERED like his idol ROGER NIELSON 15 years from now! Everything has gone wrong for the OILERS (so far) that can go wrong. PATIENCE, PATIENCE,PATIENCE FANS!!!! The light at the end of the tunnel will emerge soon! PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE!!! THIS WILL GET FIXED!!!! THESE MEN ARE WINNERS AND SURVIVORS IN BOTH THEIR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIVES!!!! I believe in them now more than ever! THEI CHARACTER, INTEGRITY and COMMITMENT WILL TURN THIS AROUND!!!! GO OILERS!!!

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#21 Serious Gord
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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1. The last cup win was 23 yrs ago. Thus any fans 30 or under have nil memory of the glory years. So comments about john short et al ring no bells for 40 to 50 % of oiler fans. For those fans hope is just to see a second round of the playoffs.

2. I have hope - hope that Katz comes to his senses and removes Lowe as POHO.

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#22 tileguy
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I hope the link to Pittsburgh at the bottom of the item provides some perspective for those of us who have lost it.

As bad as this season has been for fans who expected and deserve better, what we're seeing now is not life and death. It's a game.

You are right Robin it is a game, one not worth shelling out hundreds of dollars for. I'm gonna buy a hotel on boardwalk.

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#23 WhiskyBoy
November 04 2013, 12:52PM
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Wayne

Appreciate your unwavering support for the Oilers, and its quite refreshing to see.

However, I was very similar to you, tune out the negative nellies, be patient with the rebuild, etc..

But like the majority of Oilers fans, the amount of patience I have is finite. Saturday's crap show was the last straw for me.

* I'm tired of the excuses * I'm tired of management sticking their heads up their arses and not doing a damn thing to right this ship * I'm tired of being disappointed by a bunch of millionaires who play for the name at the back of the jersey, rather than the Logo on front of it. * I'm tired of lining the pockets of Katz and Co. I'm going to make them accountable by closing my wallet for the remainder of the year.

Enough is Enough.

Also, before you label me as a Bandwagon fan, I've been supporting this club since I was a young lad in the early 80s and stuck with this club through the good and dark days.

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#24 Voltron
November 04 2013, 12:52PM
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this for me, sums up all my emotions so far this season........ http://i.imgur.com/bAStIyV.gif

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#25 Oiltimer
November 04 2013, 12:53PM
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Can't get my head around how bad this team is. How poorly they are playing. Watched a program yesterday called "Nim". People teaching a Chimp how to communicate using "sign". The language used by the deaf. (Can you see the irony). Had to force myself to watch when it became obvious what was going to happen to poor Nim. He eventually was sent to a Medical Lab to be used as a test animal for human diseases and ended his life living in a cage in California.

Anyway, watching these games recently ... It's been a lot like that. I'm just not real sure who is Nim here.

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#26 Ales Hallsky
November 04 2013, 12:55PM
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Hey Wanye, I think there may be a structural defect in our beloved Eberle's skate laces. He seems to be inspecting them every time a scrum ensues.

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#28 GriffCity
November 04 2013, 01:02PM
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I like the positive vibe of this post and it's attempt to remain positive. I just ordered my oilersnation sticker. Even as a die hard fan, born and raised in Edmonton, playing hockey, watching hockey, knowing the game, this it tough. When the Wings spanked us Saturday night after having played the night before and on the road against an Oiler team in need of a win, fully rested and coming off a shut-out loss against the leafs, I am at a loss for words. 14 shots on goal. The oilers were simply outclassed, much like in the LA game where we were lucky to steal a point off Bachmans performance. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would play street hockey against my youngest brother. He would try and try to get the ball from me but he just couldn't as I was just that much bigger and faster than him. If for a moment he would find himself with the ball, I would just take it back and be in control again as he tried frustratingly to beat me. This is what it looks like out there at Rexall place, MEN vs BOYS. It's not that im no longer an Oiler fan, I feel almost as though I don't have a choice in the matter, but after such a long time and after being fed so many stories about improvement and rebuilding, its just disheartening to watch.

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#29 Eric Johnson
November 04 2013, 01:03PM
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When I fell in love with the Oilers, they could cobble together one line. ONE line that could score. The other three were lines built on nothing but hard work. The brutal work in the trenches. The work that gets you bruised ribs, loose chicklets and bruises up and down your body from blocking shots.

Out gunned, out manned and always out spent. It was a David VS Goliath every night. Those teams, those glorious underdog teams would find a way to win. Not always but damn they were going to work for it.

The team was in constant danger of leaving the city. The idea of which made that passion for the team even more fierce.

They represented my city. We weren't flashy. We didn't have money or all the talent. Other cities were better, warmer and all in all more attractive. We lost our dearest players to big contracts in other places. But at the center of the team and of the city was one thing. Heart.

Heart is what got those teams into the playoffs. Heart is what makes Edmonton it's city. It's about having the heart to push through hard times, harsh winters and tough economics.

Edmonton is now in an abundance of wealth, the team is in abundance of talent, the likes we haven't seen in a generation.

Let us not lose the thing that our team has. Let's pull up our boot straps.

Let us show this team what it means to be an Edmontonian, wear it on our sleeves and have that heart that makes this city what it is.

So pick your selves up. Despite this team firing pucks into our teeth, we're made of stronger stuff. Head held high folks cause this is Oil Country and we are Oilers Nation.

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#30 Lowe Expectations
November 04 2013, 01:06PM
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The Oilers should have concern. Many kids and young people in general are being turned off being fans of a non-stop loser. 2006 cup run is almost a decade old. So what does a 10 year old kid today have as a great Oiler memory. I guess #1 overall picks being announced on a podium.

And Oiler management remember, today's 10 year old is the season ticket holder 20-25 years from now.

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#31 Rama Lama
November 04 2013, 01:09PM
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The 10,000 lb elephant in the room is still there!

The amazing part of the Detroit game was the post game interview with Andrew Ference. He basically told everyone that only he understands Eakins and his new system.........and that if we are to be successful all the other players better get on board!

If anyone needs a sign, well this is it. No current players are buying what Eakins is laying down......he has lost the team. They are no longer interested in being the square peg being forced down a round hole.

I think it's time for Eakins to sit Eberle, RNH, Yakupov, Schultz, Arcebello, Petry, N. Schultz, Gagner, Dubnyk, and whomever else in not playing his system. Bring up all the AHL'ers and let's see if they can play any better.........if not we know where the problem is!

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#32 laughing pug
November 04 2013, 01:10PM
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Season ticket holding Tier 1 fan here. Every season I make sure to put aside a couple of Saturday games that I can bring my wife to - it's a fun night out, she enjoys the atmosphere, and I enjoy sharing my masochistic past-time with her.

Luckily enough, I took a puck to the face in my men's league game for 7 stitches inside my mouth. It hurt too much to go to the game, so I gave the tickets to a friend.

I never saw the day coming when I would say to myself, "Boy, I'm sure glad that puck hit me in the face so I don't have to go watch the Oilers play."

These are dark days. Dark days man.

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#33 thechink
November 04 2013, 01:12PM
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Wanye wrote:

I disagree homie. Hope is not earned - hope exists when there is no reason for it. Its when you have every right to be hopeless that you need it most.

Hope is the leash of submission.

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#34 @Oilanderp
November 04 2013, 01:20PM
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Remember the early to mid 90s Oilers? Yeah, me neither. I skipped those years somehow. I was about 18 then and I guess I had something better to do.

It's good to take a break sometimes. You'll be back. I promise.

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#35 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 01:24PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

As a well connected insider I know this for sure: nobody hurts more when we lose than Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins. Nobody cares more than Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins. Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins are WINNERS and SURVIVORS! They will fix this mess and turn it around! These three men were and are Intense (scary INTENSE) Competitors! EAKINS is well, well respected by most people he has coached, and will be REVERED like his idol ROGER NIELSON 15 years from now! Everything has gone wrong for the OILERS (so far) that can go wrong. PATIENCE, PATIENCE,PATIENCE FANS!!!! The light at the end of the tunnel will emerge soon! PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE!!! THIS WILL GET FIXED!!!! THESE MEN ARE WINNERS AND SURVIVORS IN BOTH THEIR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIVES!!!! I believe in them now more than ever! THEI CHARACTER, INTEGRITY and COMMITMENT WILL TURN THIS AROUND!!!! GO OILERS!!!

Bob Stauffer is that you?

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#38 One Who Knows
November 04 2013, 01:27PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

The 10,000 lb elephant in the room is still there!

The amazing part of the Detroit game was the post game interview with Andrew Ference. He basically told everyone that only he understands Eakins and his new system.........and that if we are to be successful all the other players better get on board!

If anyone needs a sign, well this is it. No current players are buying what Eakins is laying down......he has lost the team. They are no longer interested in being the square peg being forced down a round hole.

I think it's time for Eakins to sit Eberle, RNH, Yakupov, Schultz, Arcebello, Petry, N. Schultz, Gagner, Dubnyk, and whomever else in not playing his system. Bring up all the AHL'ers and let's see if they can play any better.........if not we know where the problem is!

Rama you just hit the nail (NO PUN INTENDED)yakupov, etc. right on the head!!!!! ALSO, GROW UP HALL AND BECOME A MAN - LEADER AND GOOD TEAMMATE!!!!! No more piggyback rides in night clubs after losses with a BUM KNEE, and high five all players on your team when you leave the ice after the warm ups - not just your buddies !!!

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#39 Dallylamma
November 04 2013, 01:28PM
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Is there still time to get Nuge hooked up with some of those old school, East German Olympic quality steroids...

...because this team needs to get bigger and meaner fast.

Where's Mike Grier, Bryan Marchment and Bill Guerin when you need them?

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#40 ???
November 04 2013, 01:29PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Bob Stauffer is that you?

I am not as good looking or intelligent as Bob Stauffer!

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#41 TOM//MTL
November 04 2013, 01:31PM
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Hope? That must be what used to fuel my love for this team. I would hope this team would make the playoffs. Then I would hope that they would be playing meaningful games in January. Then I would the team would at least show up once in a blue moon. This team has succeeded in kicking the Hope right out of me. It's all gone and all that remains is the dried up husk of a once proud fan. Screw the owner. Screw the management. Screw the players. They don't give a crap so neither do I.

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#42 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 01:31PM
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??? wrote:

I am not as good looking or intelligent as Bob Stauffer!

Sorry about that!

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#43 InfiniteJoy
November 04 2013, 01:36PM
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Heartbreaking article because most of the fans feel the exact same way. Thanks for the inspiration for my new screen name Colonel Wanye. (InfiniteJoy is also a fantastic album from the Rheostatics' Martin Tielli, bonus!)

I know the past few years have been a huge test for our patience, sanity, and wellbeing, but as far as 'hope' goes, I can't see that dying. Really, hope is just desire for a particular thing to happen. I can't see anything happening that would kill that in the real fans. I don't care how many old boys we hire (Tony Hrkac for equipment manager!), how badly we get swindled in arena deals (if you want to look at it that way), how many shoulders dislocate themselves completely from their sockets before flying into the 23rd row, how much it seems that the players are entitled brats who don't have a proud bone in their body, I'm not ever going to stop hoping that it turns around one day. In the 14th year of the rebuild, I'm still going to go into every season thinking "hey, maybe we can sneak in if the players stay healthy and everything goes according to plan!". The Oilers are a common interest between myself and my best friends, my Dad, and half of the people who are stumbling home drunk from the Pint. This won't change, and even if it means that we get to be miserable about a team that doesn't know we exist, it still offers a bond between fans.

What the hell else are we supposed to do, cheer for the Flames? *spits*

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#44 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
November 04 2013, 01:43PM
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laughing pug wrote:

Season ticket holding Tier 1 fan here. Every season I make sure to put aside a couple of Saturday games that I can bring my wife to - it's a fun night out, she enjoys the atmosphere, and I enjoy sharing my masochistic past-time with her.

Luckily enough, I took a puck to the face in my men's league game for 7 stitches inside my mouth. It hurt too much to go to the game, so I gave the tickets to a friend.

I never saw the day coming when I would say to myself, "Boy, I'm sure glad that puck hit me in the face so I don't have to go watch the Oilers play."

These are dark days. Dark days man.

@Wanye

Can the next batch of NationGear read:

"The Edmonton Oilers: Usually better than a puck to the face"?

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#45 The Towel Boy
November 04 2013, 01:49PM
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PREACH IT, BROTHER WANYE!

...AND ALSO BROTHER ERIC.

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#46 BorisMironov2
November 04 2013, 01:49PM
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Remember when Mike Bishai fought those idiot Atlanta Thrashers from inside their own bench? Remember how sick Andrei Kovalenko was for that stretch in 96-97? Remember how even though Todd Harvey wasnt very good at hockey, he hit everything that moved during the cup run, and he was small and feisty? Remember when Mike Grier would go to the bench between shifts to get his shoulder popped back into place? Remember having a collection of white foam thingies from oilers playoff games at your house, and waving them at the TV during BELLLLLFOOOUUR chants when you couldnt get tickets to a game? Remember how fast Todd Marchant was? Remember Doug Weight's UNREAL move when he split the flames D? Remember when Regehr had doo-doo all over his face? Remember when Fernando scored the most incredible shorthanded OT goal ever? Remember Mike Comrie's first ever fight, and how pumped Rod Phillips was?

I remember when I was 4, at a birthday party, and I asked the face painter to make me Kelly Buchberger. Everyone else was a puppy, or a tiger, and I had a black eye, stitches, and facial hair.

What makes us oilers fans? We are hopeful, throughout all of the mediocrity, we catch glimpses of greatness that keep us coming back for more. We cling to the image of copper and blue sitting right next to the silver of Lord Stanley's cup. While we do not accept poor play and losing results, just imagine yourself cheering for a different team for a second. If you can imagine yourself supporting anyone but the copper and blue, I question whether you really understood what it means to be an oilers fan in the first place.

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#47 Oil Bog
November 04 2013, 01:50PM
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Preach on Wayne! Although I am in agreement with most of your article (even got me a little misty) I think the Oilers current situation may be viewed differently from our 2 tiered fan base (as per Mr. Lowe). I think those fans that empty their wallets regularly for seasons tickets, beers, and other game day necessities have a different emotional attachment to the situation. For these supporters it is not as easy to dismiss the current oiler organization as transitional especially when the organization has a hand in a supporters back pocket. They feel cheated financially and emotionally. Its like the peasant paying a tithe to the royalty who seemingly don't give a damn. At some point after so much taking a spirit can be broken and new allegiances formed.

As for us TV fans and occasional game guests we can cling to the notion that the Oiler organization is engrained into our being and that the ineptitude of the current regime can not break our continued support. Our emotional state is the only thing being tested. Start taking money from this group and their views will likely change as well.

With all that being said, no matter what tier of fan you are this sucks and for all those fans who regularly contribute to the Oilers, thank you! Really, thank you! The Oiler organization might not appear to mean it by I do. As Wayne has stated, for me, the Oilers are more than just a "now" event. It means so much more and without the support of paying fans I know something real in our community would be lost.

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#49 ubermiguel
November 04 2013, 01:55PM
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BorisMironov2 wrote:

Remember when Mike Bishai fought those idiot Atlanta Thrashers from inside their own bench? Remember how sick Andrei Kovalenko was for that stretch in 96-97? Remember how even though Todd Harvey wasnt very good at hockey, he hit everything that moved during the cup run, and he was small and feisty? Remember when Mike Grier would go to the bench between shifts to get his shoulder popped back into place? Remember having a collection of white foam thingies from oilers playoff games at your house, and waving them at the TV during BELLLLLFOOOUUR chants when you couldnt get tickets to a game? Remember how fast Todd Marchant was? Remember Doug Weight's UNREAL move when he split the flames D? Remember when Regehr had doo-doo all over his face? Remember when Fernando scored the most incredible shorthanded OT goal ever? Remember Mike Comrie's first ever fight, and how pumped Rod Phillips was?

I remember when I was 4, at a birthday party, and I asked the face painter to make me Kelly Buchberger. Everyone else was a puppy, or a tiger, and I had a black eye, stitches, and facial hair.

What makes us oilers fans? We are hopeful, throughout all of the mediocrity, we catch glimpses of greatness that keep us coming back for more. We cling to the image of copper and blue sitting right next to the silver of Lord Stanley's cup. While we do not accept poor play and losing results, just imagine yourself cheering for a different team for a second. If you can imagine yourself supporting anyone but the copper and blue, I question whether you really understood what it means to be an oilers fan in the first place.

Yes, yes, and yes to all of the above.

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#50 Joilers8
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Andy wrote:

I'm frustrated as everyone else here.

But I can't cheer for any other team.

Oilers: Please just do something to fix this.

It is hard to be a fan....sign me up

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