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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#101 hallthetime
November 04 2013, 04:07PM
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dqgc wrote:

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???

That's the best idea if it works.

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#102 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 04:11PM
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A boycott would probably do wonders, but I can see that being just like the 'fire MacTavish' rally that was organized a few years ago. Tons of support online, ten people actually show.

Though ten people showing in this case would be exactly it...

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#103 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 04:14PM
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hallthetime wrote:

That's the best idea if it works.

Social media is the perfect medium to rally people and to pressure the target of any cause. Look at the Middle east for example and its "Arab spring". It can work if there is a will. It's one thing to bitch about the Oilers with beer in hand. It's another thing all together to stop going to games to send a message to Katz & Lowe. The next nation wide game at Rexall is the Calgary-Oilers game on 7 December. How fitting!

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#104 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 04:14PM
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My roommate always plays this when I go into an Oiler fueled rage.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xzpndHtdl9A

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#105 BRobert
November 04 2013, 04:20PM
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Not a big fan of the current Dread Pirate Roberts; as it turns out he's a terrible pirate. Hopefully the next manifestation will be less disappointing.

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#106 Zarny
November 04 2013, 04:22PM
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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.

I think this is what is making it difficult for some fans; false expectations.

The worst thing Lowe and MacT did in the off-season was start talking about winning.

This was never going to be the Oilers year. Not in the sense of being a true contender mentioned with Pit, Chi, LA and Bos. Look at the roster. Not a chance.

Best case scenario would have seen the Oilers rise to 7th or 8th. They would have been pasted in the first round but the experience and exposure to just how intense playoff hockey is would have been valuable.

Unfortunate circumstances with key injuries on a team that lacks depth, young players learning new systems and new responsibilities ended up with the Oilers doing a face plant to start the season. Now they are shell shocked.

So this year won't be best case. Unlike many fans I'm fine with that. Maybe it's because I expected the Oilers to struggle to start the season.

The Oilers won't finish 29th or 30th; sorry for all those campaigning for a lottery pick already. They'll finish 20-24th and end up with a top 10 pick which can be used for another D like Nurse or a power F.

The plan (and yes I use that term loosely with the Oilers) is for the core to be ready to contend in 2-3 years.

This year was always about answering questions. Is Dubnyk good enough? Gordon was a nice addition...are any of the other 7-14 F good enough? What holes need to be filled on the blueline?

We're getting those answer and MacT will have to act accordingly but it won't happen overnight. It took 2-3 weeks for Phi to pry Steve Downie out of Col. The players the Oilers need are much tougher deals than that.

In the meantime, the young kids need to learn to play 200 ft hockey. And no, it won't be pretty at times. It wasn't pretty when Bylsma first threw Crosby on the PK either. They'll learn and they will be better.

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#107 Oiler Al
November 04 2013, 04:24PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

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 !!!

OWK... good point on the high fives.. I noticed that often with Hall.Late last season, when Yak was having some scoring success, it was noticeable that he wasn't getting the love from the Fab 4.Thats part of maturing, and Hall is living his teens still.Thats why he is not the Captn. today.

This might not be the biggest problem the Oilers have right now [Hall high fiving], but it could be there is a tight clique in the room trying to control the team, wanting things done their way only.

There is not enough veteran leadership to fix the situation.

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#108 Sloppy Joe
November 04 2013, 04:27PM
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Instead of a one game boycott, how about organizing one game where as many people as possible show up in oilers jerseys but wearing brown paper bags over their heads to cover their faces?

On second thought, that would get in the way of drinking the crack beer, and you need crack beer to get through a game these days.

Nevermind.

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#109 Hemmercules
November 04 2013, 04:27PM
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hallthetime wrote:

That's the best idea if it works.

It may work but likely only with season ticket holders. So many seats in that building have already been bought by people like TowelBoy spending hard earned cash to take their family to a game.

I have to laugh when people comment that management doesn't care. These guys care just as much as we do, they just aren't having a very good go of it. This is where we are and not much we can do but wait. Tamblowe made a mess, I'm giving Mact the benefit of the doubt and hope he can right the ship. He did some good things this summer, and tried to do much more. It wont happen overnight.

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#110 Harlie
November 04 2013, 04:29PM
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Ferraro calling a spade a spade today and questioned Yak draft on JG Show. Epic indictment on our management's decision making.

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#111 VK63
November 04 2013, 04:32PM
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*Note to self*

Wanye retains EPIC BEAUTY status.

Beers whence next we meet!!

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#112 camdog
November 04 2013, 04:37PM
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Harlie wrote:

Ferraro calling a spade a spade today and questioned Yak draft on JG Show. Epic indictment on our management's decision making.

From what I have heard drafting Yakcity was Mr. Katz's decision...

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#113 Oiler Al
November 04 2013, 04:38PM
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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!!!!!!

Might be a mistake at the end, but the Bruins did not tolerate Seguins actions and moved him out...one rotten apple cannot spoil the barrel. At the end they have no left their teen years, even though they are in their 20's. I guess its more fun being a kid. The results show on the ice.

I never taught I would say this, but I think its time to move one of the Fab 4 ASAP.

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#114 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 04:39PM
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Darren wrote:

It's only hockey.

IF ONLY IT WERE THAT SIMPLE.

God, how bad does it feel to know Feaster was right?

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#115 @schmidty66
November 04 2013, 04:40PM
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You should have left the middle finger up on that new sticker and placed a caption underneath it that said "Oilers Management for ruing our team"

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#116 oldman 1961
November 04 2013, 04:41PM
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@Rama Lama

to late he had that a couple of years ago.

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#117 gongshow
November 04 2013, 04:42PM
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Remember when the entire fan base thought that MacT's coaching was the problem and he was run out of town and we thought that the 'hitler reacts to MacT' video was the funniest thing ever? I still chuckle over that one. That team was merely not good.

If anyone can find the original, I would love to watch it again.

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#118 Captain Ron
November 04 2013, 04:48PM
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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!!!

Kevin....

Kevin...

That you Kevin?

Who let you out and gave you a keyboard?

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#119 Ari Gold
November 04 2013, 04:52PM
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@Wanye

From the sounds of that article, I believe we went to the same High School Wanye.

I've been to a few places around this globe and have enjoyed sport every where I go. Having been a former Seahawks season ticket holder, lived a block from the Bell Centre, a block from Rogers Arena (I loath the Nucks) and been to see Palmeiras in Sao Paulo, there's one thing I can say about Edmonton Oilers fans:

These are the best fans in sports. Classy. Patient. Loyal. These are fans that will cheer through thick and thin. The copper & blue means much more than Gretzky & Messier to us. We don't riot and destroy when our team loses, we celebrate in pure jubilation when the team does well.

I'll always have the hope deep in my heart. This current edition of the Oilers garners little interest from me now, but I'd be glad to give some love if the players show that they want it.

This undeserving team has the best fans in sports, and they have the nerve to be a cap team that plays like one of the worst teams in North American Sports (their playoff record of the past 20 years would be an example).

We come from a place with an amazing work ethic. This has aided me in my career wherever I go. Sadly the current edition of the Oilers doens't have this work ethic. I do appreciate Eakins appreciation of haute-fitness though I'm disappointed at his lack of a tough-love approach. Unfortunately it seems like the Flames current edition has the good 'ol Alberta work ethic. I wish that was my team..

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#120 bwar
November 04 2013, 04:55PM
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Fist it, I'm going fully positive. I love the Oilers. I love our players. I think we have the best management in the league. This is the week when we turn the corner. I really feel the players are getting a grasp of Eakins new systems and this is the week when we finally put it all together.

The time has come, the NEW Oilers emerge tomorrow night. This weeks east coast road trip will be the start of Oilers domination.

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#121 Oilers Coffey
November 04 2013, 04:57PM
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Here here Wanye! Great article! Keep the faith!

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#122 Lofty
November 04 2013, 04:58PM
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@Sloppy Joe

Maybe a black garbage bag cut to fit like a poncho. Everyone ones got one and it would look like a blackout on TV.

Plus it works as a full body bib. No damage from hot dog, nacho or beer spills..

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#123 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 05:03PM
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It might just be the drawing, but that shirt looks like it was custom tailored for Michael Phelps or a gigantic marmot.

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#124 Ari Gold
November 04 2013, 05:04PM
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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!!!

I seriously hope that this is sarcasm. If not, please seek medical attention.

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#125 Alsker
November 04 2013, 05:10PM
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Dark times they are, BUT we have seen worse and survived do to hope. The darkest(for sure) was the Gretzky sale, next and a close 2nd was the impending sale and moving(ala jets/nordiques). Time may heal all wounds but after each of these more and more anti-oilers would appear and Im confident that trend will continue here again. Oh almost forgot #3, when Rod and co. were taken over by ched to do oiler games and John Short was NOT!!! I blame Brian Hall!!! Sorry there were no blogs to say that back when it happened, lol. Fire kBlowe(good person BAD hockey guy)!!!

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#126 Harlie
November 04 2013, 05:12PM
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camdog wrote:

From what I have heard drafting Yakcity was Mr. Katz's decision...

To be clear, Ferraro was questioning the decision to take Yak as we already had an abundance of small wingers so he said that was a headshaker.

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#127 Crooked
November 04 2013, 05:13PM
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As much as I dislike my favorite team losing hockey games, I dislike the growing sense of entitlement among Oiler fans even more. If anything is going to drive me away, it's that.

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#129 OWH
November 04 2013, 05:38PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

I seriously hope that this is sarcasm. If not, please seek medical attention.

I AM BEING DEAD SERIOUS!!! These statements are TRUE, FACTUAL and based on a REALITY!!!

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#130 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 05:39PM
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Katz & Lowe have sucked the careers out of the kids already...

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#131 Mike Kennan
November 04 2013, 05:42PM
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Rheal1 wrote:

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!!!

Mike Keenan as president would have the same positive and immediate results for Edmonton!

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#132 RexHolez
November 04 2013, 05:44PM
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Ya come on guys!! Stop being so negative!!! Who cares if your making these guys millionaires by supporting them! They have a couple guys injured and I'm sure a couple other excuses! Just keep buying merch and going to the games! Stop being so demanding with all these lofty expectations like "improvement" or "competing ie... Trying" or god forbid "playoffs" it doesn't matter anyways, I'm sure most of you are just tier2 fans anyway!

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#133 spliff
November 04 2013, 05:44PM
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Thanks for this Wayne, it really put a lot of thing in perspective. Your line "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" is priceless. I remember when I was a little kid staying up late listening to John Short with the volume down so my dad couldn't hear it and get pissed off.

I remember cheering for those awful pre-Gretz WHA teams and never dreaming the would one day hoist the cup.

Many moons ago.

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#134 One Who Knows
November 04 2013, 05:46PM
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Captain Ron wrote:

Kevin....

Kevin...

That you Kevin?

Who let you out and gave you a keyboard?

STOP PICKING ON KEVIN LOWE? PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS the SOFT PLAYERS!,!

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#135 OWH
November 04 2013, 05:51PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

STOP PICKING ON KEVIN LOWE? PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS the SOFT PLAYERS!,!

Kevin Lowe is not the problem! END OF STORY! Soft players, negative reporters and unrealistic fans are the problem!

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#136 Loweblows
November 04 2013, 05:55PM
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There was an interesting story on 60 minutes last night about the University of Alabama coach and his ability to create winners It should be required watching for all Oiler players.

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#137 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 06:01PM
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For the love of God, ONE WHO KNOWS aka Kevin Lowe! Do us a favour and commit yourself to the Alberta Hospital TONIGHT!

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#138 madjam
November 04 2013, 06:02PM
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FANTASY BACKROOM MEETING : FAB 5 after getting blasted by teammates for lack of grit and 200 ft. game , fires back at them as a group . Look , you people are hear to handle the dirty stuff and protect us , not us protect you . We play that way and we just get injured and minimize our offence . We are not all going to be like Toews , etc. with our makeup , at least not for near future at least . We are accustomed since we come into this league to carry the offence not the defence . That's what we are paid for . We can't do our job if your not doing a better job of protecting us now , can we . You can be replaced better/easier than us . We are improving , but fed up the rest are not doing much of a job protecting us or preventing opposition from running us every night with little to no pushback from most of you . Good meeting guys , now lets go out and have some fun creating some offence/exctement again , So that ends my Fantasy Backdoor Players Only Meeting .

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#139 spliff
November 04 2013, 06:08PM
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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!!!

I have no doubt that MacT and Klowe care a lot and are extremely passionate about the Oilers. I'm sure the "bleed Oiler" and all that BS. The problem is they are not qualified to manage an NHL team, and their track record proves this. Katz needs to get QUALIFIED professionals to manage this team and get it back on track.

I have lost all faith in their ability and can see no reason why any intelligent person should believe that they will turn this around.

There is no excuse for how bad this team is. I believed in the rebuild before, but I have lost faith now. I will always be an Oiler fan, but KLowe, MacT and their buddies are cronies, and a disgrace to this franchise.

How can the team be this bad after seven years of suck. Its obvious that the current management team do not have the skills.

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#140 Ari Gold
November 04 2013, 06:19PM
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Loweblows wrote:

There was an interesting story on 60 minutes last night about the University of Alabama coach and his ability to create winners It should be required watching for all Oiler players.

I think the unfortunate situation that the Oilers are in, as opposed to college players trying to make the NHL, is that they think they're already at the top. I worry that they think there's nothing left to learn.

We need Scotty Bowman or Pat Burns (RIP). Sadly Eakins never had a chance with these spoiled brats.

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#141 Captain Ron
November 04 2013, 06:19PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

STOP PICKING ON KEVIN LOWE? PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS the SOFT PLAYERS!,!

Sorry Mrs Lowe.

I didn't mean to hurt poor little Kevie.

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#142 spliff
November 04 2013, 06:20PM
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I heard they hired Messier, what for? Maybe his job will be to "have a talk" to the players who aren't bringing it.

What else could he do?

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#143 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 06:21PM
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Watching the Ducks and Rangers right now. Finishing every check, plenty of puck support, structured and well-executed defense.

D:

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#144 Harlie
November 04 2013, 06:21PM
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OWH wrote:

Kevin Lowe is not the problem! END OF STORY! Soft players, negative reporters and unrealistic fans are the problem!

Good grief.

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#145 Harlie
November 04 2013, 06:37PM
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spliff wrote:

I heard they hired Messier, what for? Maybe his job will be to "have a talk" to the players who aren't bringing it.

What else could he do?

Maybe a Moosehead beer commercial? Chips and beer do go well together!

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#146 Rama Lama
November 04 2013, 06:40PM
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oldman 1961 wrote:

to late he had that a couple of years ago.

A fine year.........1961 that is.

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#147 Reg Dunlop
November 04 2013, 06:40PM
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spliff wrote:

I heard they hired Messier, what for? Maybe his job will be to "have a talk" to the players who aren't bringing it.

What else could he do?

Messier's job is to stay in N.Y., reminisce about how great it was to win a cup in N.Y., wax poetic about how awesome it was to enter the Hall of Fame as a Ranger and to generally keep the 'young guns' spirits afloat with the hope that one day they too could be Ranger greats. Oh, also to pose for pictures with Katz' brats.

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#148 Todd
November 04 2013, 06:47PM
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DSF wrote:

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!!!!

Wow... a DSF comment has 21 props, 3 trashes.

What has the world come to........

I'm for sure in #4 step. I skipped over bargaining. Although I'm all for some sort of protest/boycott if we can pull it off.

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#149 Rama Lama
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OWH wrote:

Kevin Lowe is not the problem! END OF STORY! Soft players, negative reporters and unrealistic fans are the problem!

Jasmine........is that you?? You are back from self exile defending the un defendable.

Kevin Lowe rules!

I may just be a second tier fan, but six rings is the KING of hockey.

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#150 David S
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Wanye wrote:

A sense of entitlement he says! Homie with this record since 06 knowing every game has sold out I hardly think an overpowering sense of entitlement is a problem.

SMH

I believe you mean "SMC!".

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