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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#51 2ndTierOilersFan
November 04 2013, 02:08PM
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Thanks for your refreshing words, sorely needed today. I have never, not even once, no matter how bad the game is going, turned off the TV before the last miserable second was gone. But on Saturday I did. I think what finally did it for me was seeing precious little Justin Schultz sitting in the press box scarfing down his popcorn without a care in the world while his team died the ugliest death ever. That image is indelibly etched in my brain and seems to illustrate what's wrong with this team in a nutshell. Or should I say a popcorn hull.

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#52 Voltron
November 04 2013, 02:09PM
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I normally dislike the black eyed peas but in spring of 2006, the Oilers made me say,"HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEkQcu-g6II

The 19 year old me would punch me in the face if the present me lost hope in the oil!

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#53 Eric Johnson
November 04 2013, 02:10PM
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@The Towel Boy

I want to express my condolences for your loss this Saturday.

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#54 Zipdot
November 04 2013, 02:10PM
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When I was a kid, coming towards the end of the glory days, I moved away. Then I moved back for about a year in 1990-1991. At that time, all of my classmate friends who collected hockey cards and stuff (actually stickers at that time) were not interested in the Oilers ones. Those were the throwaways.

I can't imagine what we'd think of the current Oilers. Like ... Throw away and burn the house down that the garbage bin was in...

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#55 Jordan1126
November 04 2013, 02:15PM
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any way you can write a blog about how i should still love my ex wife who cheated on me??? Because that is how this organization has made me feel as a hard working loyal fan..cheated!

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#56 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 02:18PM
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'91er here, I have no memories of Oiler cup glory, but I think that will make a cup win even sweeter. But seeing how far we are from even the second round, let alone the finals, is almost enough to make me throw in the towel.

I'm just old enough to hate the Stars with every fibre of my being, and I can remember the compete and hustle the late '90s/early 2000s squads showed to get into the playoffs. I see none of that in the current iteration, save for Perron and Hall.

I'll never stop cheering for this team, but at some point they've gotta give you a reason.

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#57 mayorblaine
November 04 2013, 02:18PM
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let's not get confused with the past, which was predicated on hard work, desire, competition in spite of obvious talent shortage.

these current years are not built on any of those cornerstones. so yes, i can be disconnected and have little hope. i can see how we all are.

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#58 The Towel Boy
November 04 2013, 02:19PM
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Eric Johnson wrote:

I want to express my condolences for your loss this Saturday.

Thank you very much.

But my kid summed it up perfectly when I asked her what her favorite part of the evening was:

"The popcorn. ...s'buttery."

Indeed, kiddo. Indeed.

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#59 Neal
November 04 2013, 02:23PM
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We’ve seen dark days before. Remember the Miracle (I mean Debacle) on Manchester? The difference this time is because then we DID have hope. But after all the friggin years of losing and watching an under talented Calgary do better; after all the promises; watching the stupidity and arrogance of 6 Rings, we ARE still there. We sell out every game. We’ve had our Hope taken away every year, and this year it’s finally just about gone. It’s hard to have hope when we’re treated with such contempt by the Oilers organization.

But as black as it seems, it would be blacker if they weren’t here. Indianapolis felt that knife when they lost their Colts. We have a bunch of spoiled kids as the “core” of our team. Last year Mac said, diplomatically, that certain gifted players were “naïve about what it took to win” in the NHL. So, he knows. Eakins knows now. Poor bastard. And now Ference knows. I see a light, because I think each of these guys can be part of the solution. My jersey is number 14, but if takes Ference to slam his head against the dressing room wall and explain what being a team mate is – then so be it.

6 Rings created this over years. Mac’s only been in his job for 6 months. Eakins for less. They didn’t do this. It’s the lack of character and fight in the players. Maybe if I hear that Smid put his hands around the throat of one of these guys and explained his assignment to him again, I’ll gain hope. If I see effort and selflessness, I’ll gain hope. Even if they lose and I saw they put everything they had on the line, I’d gain hope. I don’t expect anything from the guy at the top, because I know he’d as soon spit on me while he took my money, but there IS hope to be had… but this team is going to have to take it from a dying spark, and re-kindle it.

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November 04 2013, 02:23PM
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2ndTierOilersFan wrote:

Thanks for your refreshing words, sorely needed today. I have never, not even once, no matter how bad the game is going, turned off the TV before the last miserable second was gone. But on Saturday I did. I think what finally did it for me was seeing precious little Justin Schultz sitting in the press box scarfing down his popcorn without a care in the world while his team died the ugliest death ever. That image is indelibly etched in my brain and seems to illustrate what's wrong with this team in a nutshell. Or should I say a popcorn hull.

Taylor Hall texting and the two smiling and joking back and forth as the team was losing 5-0....I watched the whole game from the press box ust down from these two carefree rich CLOWNS!!!!!!

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#61 Darren
November 04 2013, 02:24PM
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It's only hockey.

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#62 admiralmark
November 04 2013, 02:25PM
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Great article. Almost brought tears to my eyes(seriously). For me this all boils down to effort/determination/will etc. I see what should be the sad sack Flames play their guts out night in night out. And it irks me to my soul. This was supposed to be the Oilers this year?! And yet these players act like they dont give a crap! As a fan I didnt expect a Cup this year. Hell I didnt even expect playoffs this year. I did expect this team to show the desire to win. Honestly winning or losing is irrelevant if my team is giving it all. I will always remain an Oiler fan.. But this version of the Oilers i'm looking at this year has no recognizeable qualities from the past Oiler teams that made me the fan i am.

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#63 Gorbahchano
November 04 2013, 02:26PM
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I'm honestly too young to remember a lot of the greater moments, being 20 and all. However, I remember games my dad took me to when I was younger where bench brawls happened when we were getting pumped, when it was about grit and not holding back. I've always loved the oilers, and I know the feelings I had when the oilers made the 06' run. I don't hold on to that as my reason to keep watching, I keep watching because even though there seems to be less and less of a point, that feeling creeps back when I see things like Gagner's 8 point night where I put down my books and instead of studying for a midterm, made a memory. Maybe it'll be after I'm done university the oilers make the playoffs. I know I'll be watching day in and day out. Hope my friends may seem like the wussies way out, but I'll be damned if Ever see myself not watching the team and game I love. Oilers nation is the best nation for a reason, no one can handle what we do, and when we make the next big step, we'll be happier than ever.

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#64 DSF
November 04 2013, 02:34PM
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There are 5 stages in the grieving process.

1) Denial. I think most were in this stage until last week but 2 blowout losses changed a few minds.

2) Anger. Today we are seeing a lot of anger although it appears some have moved pretty quickly through this stage to the next.

3) Bargaining. Expect to see a lot of trade and call up proposals over the next little while. If only...if only...

4) Depression. Wanye, obviously, and more than a few others have already reached this stage. While each individual deals with this in their own way...often all we need is a hug.

5) Acceptance. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression.

Unlike losing a loved one, grieving for a hockey team promises the opportunity to see a different outcome or re-live the entire process of grieving next season.

One would think most astute fans would use the intervening period of acceptance to examine which of those two possibilities is most likely next season if the individuals who killed the patient are going back into the operating room next season.

Medic!!!!

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#65 Smokey
November 04 2013, 02:34PM
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and.... wrote:

Taylor Hall texting and the two smiling and joking back and forth as the team was losing 5-0....I watched the whole game from the press box ust down from these two carefree rich CLOWNS!!!!!!

What are they suppose to do, wear sackcloth and ashes, and wail like schoolgirls. Your an idiot for giving a crap about them smiling and texting. You or I would be doing the same dang thing. Its not the end of the world. You don't have the fortitude Taylor Hall has or half the drive to be the athlete he is. The kid carried a team on his back twice before to Memorial Cup before he was 18. He bleeds and leaves it out in the ice every night. If there is one guy who you never question the effort, who the heck do you think that is. He could be smoking a cigar and drinking Champaign for all I care while setting up his next date at the Purple Pinion. Who bloody cares!

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#66 Bryan in SK
November 04 2013, 02:35PM
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Pretty obvious the fans have more passion than the players, and seem to work harder at being fans than the player do at being players.

I'm cheering for Oilers Nation!

To my wife, however, that means that nobody eats nachos and salsa on game night better than I do LOL

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#67 MessyEH!
November 04 2013, 02:36PM
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I think this may be the time to send one,or two, of the wonder kids to the AHL. Send Schultz and Yakupov. Would it make the team worse? I am not really sure.

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#68 Rob...
November 04 2013, 02:40PM
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I hope the companies that pay the Oilers advertising dollars are taking note. In the age of the PVR I am not going to torture myself by watching every second of a game where the Oilers are losing badly and showing none of the effort necessary to turn the tide. I will start skipping through the game at a torrid pace, and will not slow down until I see something on the TV that makes me want to start watching at regular speed again.

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#69 and....
November 04 2013, 02:45PM
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Smokey wrote:

What are they suppose to do, wear sackcloth and ashes, and wail like schoolgirls. Your an idiot for giving a crap about them smiling and texting. You or I would be doing the same dang thing. Its not the end of the world. You don't have the fortitude Taylor Hall has or half the drive to be the athlete he is. The kid carried a team on his back twice before to Memorial Cup before he was 18. He bleeds and leaves it out in the ice every night. If there is one guy who you never question the effort, who the heck do you think that is. He could be smoking a cigar and drinking Champaign for all I care while setting up his next date at the Purple Pinion. Who bloody cares!

I DO!!!!!!! and 19,000 other $$$paying Oil fans? do .... WAnnnna Go!!!!!!

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#70 rubbertrout
November 04 2013, 02:46PM
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Sigh.

I am old enough to remember the glory days (I was pretty young at the time but that made it all the more glorious).

I was in university when we had the plucky teams of the late 90's that squeaked into the playoffs and made just enough noise to keep the fans happy. We had a poor dollar and a small market and yet we just kept coming.

2006 was wonderful but was (sadly) quickly deconstructed by inept management.

I look at this year's team like game three in 1997 against the Stars. It is our first home playoff game in years and we are down 3-0 with just a three minutes to go. The night is darkest just before the dawn. Anything can, and will happen.

As unlikely as it seems, I'm pulling for our boys to snipe three to put it into overtime so Buchy can get the GW in OT and subsequently lead to Marchant getting the OT winner in game seven.

I'm pulling for our boys to make like Fernando in game 5 in OT and make something incredible out of nothing.

I believe that the playoffs can still happen even if it seems highly unlikely.

I have hope even though I've never been described as an optimist.

I believe.

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#71 Oilforlife
November 04 2013, 02:49PM
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I haven't made a comment in some time. I still read the comments and all the articles. Most times I am so pissed and dis-heartened that I feel that any comment is just negative. I don't want to contribute to the negativity, but thats seems the only thing there is to say. So let's be honest with ourselves, this Franchise is a joke. It's so bad my friends tease me that the Oilers are now called the "Coilers". I can't dis-agree. The route of this problem starts with Katz and his love of the old oiler bastards running this team. K. Lowe's comments at the hiring of Mac T say it all. Ignorant, delusional, cocky pride based on years gone bye. And now they hired Messier! For what. Katz has got to get rid off all the old Oilers, And give Eakins and the team legit experienced managers and assistant coaches to help the players. Trade the players with no passion, and finally use some of our acquired assets like Yakipov for a true 1-2 defensemen. We don't need anymore offensive flash, we need the role players now, and Mac T just sits and waits for things to get worse. I will still remain a fan, but I feel like I am stuck in an emotionally abused marriage, just hoping for things to get better.

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#72 Nomad
November 04 2013, 02:49PM
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I became an Oiler fan in the mid-90s after my Dad brought home a Bill Ranford autograph from a business trip. I live in Toronto and I was really young at the time so I didn't know who Bill Ranford or the Oilers were. So what did I do? I stayed up late on Saturday nights and watched the second game of Hockey Night in Canada and watched the Oilers whenever they aired.

They sucked. But there was always something about them that made them entertaining to watch. It was their grit, the way they could come back from 4-0 and win 5-4 at any given moment. They surprised me and they played hard. Whenever I hear MacT or Klowe talk about "Oiler hockey" that is what I think of.

As an Oiler fan I've developed thick skin...I've gotten used to expecting more loses than wins, and watching the playoffs with neutrality. It just made the FEW times they pulled it together more enjoyable.

I LOVED the Oilers, despite everything I was proud to be a fan...

So I'm not upset that they're still losing, I'm upset at how they're losing. The grit is gone. The games are embarrassing. The team is a joke.

I'm tired the oilers being the "team of the future"...before they couldn't afford to keep players, now they can and yet nothing has changed and only gotten worse.

I've just recently put my basement back in order after it flooded this summer...my Oilers stuff is still in boxes...I just can't bring myself to put any of it up again. I'm disappointed, bitter and embarrassed...The Oilers have actually made me hate the sport of hockey. I just can't stand it anymore. Even if I watch other teams I always think to myself "why can't the oilers do that?"

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#73 rubbertrout
November 04 2013, 02:50PM
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Of course maybe I'm just not evolved enough to get out of the denial stage

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#74 Dqgc
November 04 2013, 02:51PM
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Neal wrote:

We’ve seen dark days before. Remember the Miracle (I mean Debacle) on Manchester? The difference this time is because then we DID have hope. But after all the friggin years of losing and watching an under talented Calgary do better; after all the promises; watching the stupidity and arrogance of 6 Rings, we ARE still there. We sell out every game. We’ve had our Hope taken away every year, and this year it’s finally just about gone. It’s hard to have hope when we’re treated with such contempt by the Oilers organization.

But as black as it seems, it would be blacker if they weren’t here. Indianapolis felt that knife when they lost their Colts. We have a bunch of spoiled kids as the “core” of our team. Last year Mac said, diplomatically, that certain gifted players were “naïve about what it took to win” in the NHL. So, he knows. Eakins knows now. Poor bastard. And now Ference knows. I see a light, because I think each of these guys can be part of the solution. My jersey is number 14, but if takes Ference to slam his head against the dressing room wall and explain what being a team mate is – then so be it.

6 Rings created this over years. Mac’s only been in his job for 6 months. Eakins for less. They didn’t do this. It’s the lack of character and fight in the players. Maybe if I hear that Smid put his hands around the throat of one of these guys and explained his assignment to him again, I’ll gain hope. If I see effort and selflessness, I’ll gain hope. Even if they lose and I saw they put everything they had on the line, I’d gain hope. I don’t expect anything from the guy at the top, because I know he’d as soon spit on me while he took my money, but there IS hope to be had… but this team is going to have to take it from a dying spark, and re-kindle it.

Great way to put it. But you're right - we need to see it.

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#75 Curtis
November 04 2013, 02:55PM
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I like positive thinking.

I positively would rather go to the dentist then watch another Oiler game this season.

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#76 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 02:58PM
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Anyone. Anyone name me one player who is proud to be an Oiler at this moment. None? Good luck to the road trip. They'll need it. Wishing for .500 is overly optimistic but... Looking forward to the 16 November Calgary-Edmonton game. Calgary hands down will win by 3 goals. Calgary needed one guy for their quick turn around: Brian Burke. Colorado needed one guy for the quick turn around: Joe Sakic. Congratulations to Kevin Lowe on a job well done on year 7 of the rebuild!!!

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#77 vetinari
November 04 2013, 03:01PM
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I agree with the hope and "keep the faith" message, Wanye, but it's hard.

We thought that we hit rock bottom the year that we drafted Yak. We then started to move a few places up the standings and the expectation was that we'd continue to move up the standings as the youngsters matured and developed, and eventually we would hit the pay dirt of playoff hockey either this year or next.

We saw other promising signs as well this past year-- Katz canned Tambellini, and we got a new GM that recognized that we had problems across our lineup and had a will to actually do something about it. Our new GM even went beyond what was expected and dismissed our "cerebral, player-friendly motivational" coach and replaced him with a "task master, systems oriented" coach. Fine. No problem. I get that a new GM would want his own coach in place and besides, accountability is always needed in any organization.

We even had some pre-season success. The team looked good and hope filled Oiler Nation once more. SIUTB hockey was here. No more being the butt of every NHL joke. We were ready to win some games and if we lost, it wouldn't be for lack of effort, lack of preparation or lack of discipline. We would fight for every inch of ice and even if we lost, we would earn the respect of the opposing teams and we would take a bite out of each of them and make them remember and dread us for next time we met.

And then the season started and when the games counted in the standings, we buckled and folded and collapsed like cheap lawn chairs at a Weight Watchers sign-up. And the worst part is, all of our gains from the past few years seem to have been erased in one month of regular season hockey. One. Month. October. 2013. And without any fight back from the team.

It was like watching an 8 year old hand over his lunch money to every other kid in the schoolyard without a fight. And it wasn't just to the older kids and the bullies-- it was to everyone who walked by!

Right now, while I hate the Oilers' ownership and I hate the management team and I hate the coaching staff and I hate most of the players... sadly, I still love the Oilers.

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#78 madjam
November 04 2013, 03:03PM
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We wait for fab5 to become more than mediocre , or we dump most of them now for a contending team makeup . The wait , however might not mean we will get better with them . Which way to go ? A young group looking for rest of team to handle grit , etc. , while a veteran core disgusted with their 200 ft.game . Calling them out may back fire ? Team chemistry and accountability seems to be at odds with our team . One part almost seemingly blaming the other part . Looks like a major problem has developed accompanying the losing skid - not healthy.

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#79 Walter Sobchak
November 04 2013, 03:07PM
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Apathetic Oiler fan.

Young impressionable kid during the glory years!

Scared teenager during the Pocklington almost lost Oiler years.

Young man clinging to hope during the new millennia years.

A man waiting for change.....

An older man who’s become apathetic to the plight of the Edmonton Oilers........

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#80 GK1980
November 04 2013, 03:08PM
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It's reported the Oilers had practice today and they lost.

Just kidding, it's seriously hard to watch this team lose constantly. You would think they would start playing a little pissed off.

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#81 Matt Henderson
November 04 2013, 03:14PM
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Wanye, you are the real deal. Keep it up.

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#82 Shredder
November 04 2013, 03:20PM
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The Oilers are making me apathetic towards not just them, but to hockey in general. No, expand that, professional sports in general.

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#83 where's struds?
November 04 2013, 03:25PM
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I'm a 93… so reading these comments about the glory days are just a tease. While you can all reflect on what I assume would be the most alive this city of Edmonton ever could be, I have one playoff run, a two month span, where everyone was on cloud 9. There was a constant buzz going on that is something indescribable, and since then. It has faded to a utter disgust with the product we are seeing on the ice.

I have been a die hard fan as long as I have been able to comprehend sports, I read all the blogs, listen to the pre game talks, tune in after the game and all that jazz. As angry as I am after every game, I still read the blogs, and the comments of others as disappointed as myself. But it is getting to a point where the desire to be this emotionally invested runs low, the hope however will never fade.

Hope is not earned, respect is earned, which the current Oilers have none of. Not from us, not from the coaches, not from the other teams, not even from their own captain. Hope is what keeps this city running right now. Even though every season we are required to dig deeper down to the bottom of our hearts, we have been able to find that hope. We have suffered the embarrassment of 3 straight 1st overall picks, but we use the hope to justify it. That hope is what fuels us to defend those soft plays, bad coaching decisions, bad signings and terrible Taylor Hall toe drags.

Does this edition of the Oilers deserve us, loyal, hopeful fans? No. They don't, however we are still here, still cheering. Don't stop now, push through these rough times and think of how good it will feel when we crawl out of the depths of the basement of the NHL and have that first playoff birth, first series win, and hopefully first cup.

Its not just a game, it is what gets us through our wretched winters, what brings any two blue and orange jersey wearing people together.

Stay strong, forever a fan

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#84 Shredder
November 04 2013, 03:27PM
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Here's a topic to write about: the dissapointment the Oilers have caused their fans...

1 decade of greatness. During which they broke my heart by selling off the greatest player ever. A few years later misery by being a pathetic team. Then they threatened to sell the team. Scared the crap out of me. Cujo kept me around, but they failed to keep him around. They teased at the prospect of playoffs for a few years, but often disappointed in that regard...whether it was making them or getting swept by the Stars. Then they made a big push, got me all excited, but fell just shy...still, good job. Then they traded their best player for Smid. Then they traded Smyth for... Then they got even worse. Then they drafted Hall! YAY! Then Eberle scored the goal of the year in his first game! YAY! Then they finished last. Then they finished last. OMG...they are brutal. Holy crap they didn't draft first overall last year!YAY! Then...Oct. 2013

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#85 DSF
November 04 2013, 03:28PM
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It's always a good time for some gallows humour.

The Oilers went through U.S. Customs on Sunday.

They lost 6-1.

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#86 Hat Pughes
November 04 2013, 03:30PM
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MessyEH! wrote:

I think this may be the time to send one,or two, of the wonder kids to the AHL. Send Schultz and Yakupov. Would it make the team worse? I am not really sure.

At this rate this might be a play only to allow them to rebuild their confidence...not to make a point.

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#87 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 03:32PM
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What will it take for Kevin Lowe to stand down?

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#88 DSF
November 04 2013, 03:33PM
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@Rheal1

10,000 empty seats.

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#89 Rama Lama
November 04 2013, 03:36PM
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Rheal1 wrote:

What will it take for Kevin Lowe to stand down?

A frontal lobotomy!

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#90 Cynic
November 04 2013, 03:44PM
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The Oilers are a privately owned business that is boning Edmonton taxpayers for $600M+

That's a lot more accurate than the drivel you wrote about Fred Pisani and a bunch of other nearly forgoten sadsacks spread over 23 seasons of craptacular hockey.

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#91 Shmoof
November 04 2013, 03:45PM
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Hey Wanye, was the high school dance at archbishop macdonald in the Detroit series in 2006? If it was I was there and that cafeteria scene was crazy!

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#92 JonahTheWhale
November 04 2013, 03:45PM
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All I can say is that TRUE Oilers fans never give up hope. Believe me hope is very low right now but I still have it. It's whats going to get me to watch the Florida game and so on. What bothers me is how now oilers fans are turning on each other (really sad when I read the comments here lately). Also bothers me how kelly hrudey just spit fire about the oilers and telling the fans at home how to run a team and how sad our team is. I had friends turn the game off for me because they were tired of his mouth. Who the hell is he? He made the stanley cup once as far as i remember on the back of former oilers players. BANG! Bottom line is we should be coming together and supporting each other through these very hard times. Let's be honest Cubs fans have been doing it for a long, long, long time but there hope is always there. What's the excuse you have when you walk out on this team? No excuse will ever cut it when you have to look in the mirror and admit you gave up. I will bleed orange and blue FOR LIFE AND THEN SOME!

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#93 Oilfan
November 04 2013, 03:46PM
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I love reading Wayne`s articles. Mostly because my mental image of him is a cross between Morgan Freeman and Jay Z

United We Stand Ladies and Gentlemen

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#94 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 03:48PM
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DSF wrote:

It's always a good time for some gallows humour.

The Oilers went through U.S. Customs on Sunday.

They lost 6-1.

Wait so you're saying they actually scored a goal?

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#95 DSF
November 04 2013, 03:52PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Wait so you're saying they actually scored a goal?

U.S Customs was down a man.

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#96 Mike Krushelnyski
November 04 2013, 03:52PM
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http://imgur.com/ihzsAHB

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#97 hallthetime
November 04 2013, 03:57PM
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This one is better then my six rings.

http://youtu.be/yztuw7CJdbw

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#98 Spoils
November 04 2013, 03:59PM
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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.

agree.

moved to LA a few years back. I will probably live out my life here. I got right on their bandwagon and enjoyed their cup run.

they have a pretty cool team and all. Drew Doughty - Quick - Anze...

You'd think I could make the change, maybe the extreme glory of the 80s oilers of my youth made that impossible.

For me, to quote another bit of 80s awesomeness "there can be only one"

I believe this is how it goes in sports - I see it like this - fans can complain, rage, demand changes, not pay for tickets until changes happen etc. but you can't jump ship.

If you jump ship, you don't have a right to the glory.

Those are the rules.

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#99 dqgc
November 04 2013, 03:59PM
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@DSF

DSF is right... would it be too dumb an idea to try to organize a 1 game boycott? Maybe on HNIC? To get the attention of those who are not listening???

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#100 Greenlingj
November 04 2013, 04:02PM
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I remember the spring of 2006 with fond memories

I was in full tilt Oiler mode, I had turned 18 I was hitting the bars, watching the games and seeing something I had never seen in Edmonton.

Pride, I don't see any of it anywhere these days.

People wore they're colors and they wore them with pride, not today.

That team in 2006 had pride had confidence and they took it to game 7 of the finals.

How many people on here are proud to say I am from Edmonton or I cheer for the Oilers? I am, I still am, I am a die hard and I am gonna die hard to cheer for this team.

I have one request to all the players us fans will die hard for you, we just ask you go out there every night and give all you got.

You back check, you finish your checks, you fore check you be hard on the puck on and off it and just when you think you don't have it in you keep going that wins you games.

If you cannot do that this team and this fan base does not have time for you. Pride comes from confidence... confidence comes from success and success comes from hard work and not taking a single second of a shift off its balls to the walls hard skating hard checking 200 foot hockey from all 20 skaters on that bench.

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