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 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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#2 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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 Bishai in the Benches
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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#11 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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#12 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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#13 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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#15 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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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#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 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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#24 DSF
November 04 2013, 03:33PM
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@Rheal1

10,000 empty seats.

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#25 Mason
November 04 2013, 06:56PM
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Brian Burke must be laughing at the hack called Kevin Lowe.

If Kevin was a true Oiler supporter he would resign. You are embarrassing

RESIGN KEVIN LOWE

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#27 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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#28 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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#29 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:09PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Boycotting a game wont work since most of the tickets will have been paid for. Boycott the concessions and beer and merchandise for a couple of games. Dont give em any extra until they show that they want to win

Nothing speaks louder than empty seats on television even if the tickets have already been paid for.

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#30 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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#33 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:11PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

Mark: Hey Kev...remember what NHL hockey looks like?

Kevin: Wanna see my rings again?

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#34 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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#35 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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#36 and....
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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#37 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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#38 Todd
November 04 2013, 06:51PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

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.

Messier's official job description reads: "Various non accountable and non measurable tasks mostly involving sitting around with Lowe and Katz to talk about the 80s and how much we know about #Winning"

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#39 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:04PM
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Smokey wrote:

Yak was a consensus first overall pick. The question is not who we chose, its whether we should of traded down.

No one will be debating this in a few years. This is irrational to do it now. He slumping, but who isn't.

The problem in my estimation is KLowe for his appointing a rookie GM. MacT had a poor off season. He was not being able to fill his holes through trading for talent, or signing available free agents. Eakins is at fault too for not implementing a system conducive to the players he inherited He also changed the areas that should of stayed the same. He also should of choosen his own coaches.

Galchenyuk was, and is, by far the best player out of that draft.

Not surprisingly:

Yakupov - .56 PPG -16

Galchenyuk - .60 PPG +15

Galchenyuk is already playing a great 200 foot game while Yakupov is still trying to find his ass.

* Galchenyuk is almost 6 months younger.

Once again the Oilers went for the shiny, bright thing rather than picking a player who was bigger, smarter and a centre.

Best player available (snort) is nothing more than opinion and I'd wager not only Galchenyuk but also Ryan Murray, Morgan Reilly, Hampus Lindholm, Matt Dumba, Derek Pouliot and Jacob Trouba end up being better NHL players.

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#40 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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#41 Matt Henderson
November 04 2013, 03:14PM
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Wanye, you are the real deal. Keep it up.

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#42 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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#43 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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#44 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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#45 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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#46 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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#47 Smokey
November 04 2013, 06:53PM
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camdog wrote:

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

Yak was a consensus first overall pick. The question is not who we chose, its whether we should of traded down.

No one will be debating this in a few years. This is irrational to do it now. He slumping, but who isn't.

The problem in my estimation is KLowe for his appointing a rookie GM. MacT had a poor off season. He was not being able to fill his holes through trading for talent, or signing available free agents. Eakins is at fault too for not implementing a system conducive to the players he inherited He also changed the areas that should of stayed the same. He also should of choosen his own coaches.

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#48 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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#49 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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#50 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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