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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#151 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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#152 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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#153 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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#154 Mike Krushelnyski
November 04 2013, 03:52PM
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http://imgur.com/ihzsAHB

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#155 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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#156 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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#157 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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#158 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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#159 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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#160 Fatbob24
November 04 2013, 07:00PM
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this started out as such a happy article...

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#161 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 04 2013, 07:05PM
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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

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#162 madjam
November 04 2013, 07:17PM
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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.

Sather stepping down and leaving things to Messier and MacT..? Jumping ship ?

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#163 Tinytot
November 04 2013, 09:39PM
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Being a devoted fan for just the past 4 years, I guess I was hoping the talk of rebuilding was done and this team was going far. Thus far it has been frustrating, maddening and even sad for me. Yes I am guilty of calling out players and coaches on twitter but truth is, I still have hope and pride for MY Oilers!

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#164 David S
November 04 2013, 11:41PM
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Hey, I'm just here to push a Wanye article over the mythical 200 comment threshold.

Go Wanye!

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#165 oilerman53
November 05 2013, 01:00AM
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All the small market charm from this team has gone. Ever since the lockout of '05-06 this has been a cap team. One Stanley Cup Finals appearance had us mezmerized for the next seven years. Gone are the days you felt that you were a part of something real, much the same way a Packers, Athletics and Riders fan feels. The Oilers used to stand for something that just felt right in those lean years.

A young fast exciting team that competed hard everynight against the bug money teams in the US. Hell even Calgary could afford to keep their players in those days. The warm spring night when Marchant took a pass in the neutral zone in Dallas and blew by Grant Ledyard to go roof daddy on Andy Moog is still burned in my memory. That night it felt that the little guy was ready to stand up to the big guy and have his lunch too.

These days all of that small market charm has gone and this pompous arrogant attitude poisons the very foundations of this once proud franchise. Gone are the over achieving big fast strong players who captured our hearts and in are these millionaire pussies who can never backcheck much less throw a check. There isnt anything now that closely resembles why I felk in love with the Oilers in the late 90's here and now. I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to end this affair and move on. This was one of the most poignant articles ever written by Wanye for a group of fans that feels universally alienated and betrayed by an organization that after seven years clearly cares nothing about us. Forget about back checking or checking or fore checking, this team just cashes checks. The hell with us!!

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

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

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#167 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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#168 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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#169 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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#170 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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#171 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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#172 Rotten Ron
November 04 2013, 09:41PM
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camdog wrote:

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

According to Pat Quinn, Macgregor and co. wanted Murray, Katz's kid wanted Yakupov. Precursor to the Quinn quote " they've got real problems, WAY up"

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#174 Naked Mike
November 05 2013, 01:11AM
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Reading this article made me feel sad like I was going through a break up. Then I read the Sidney Crosby article afterwards and I started crying. What a mess. What a mess......

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#175 2004Z06
November 05 2013, 10:57AM
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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 fear the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact....a train!

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November 04 2013, 01:29PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Bob Stauffer is that you?

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

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#177 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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#178 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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#179 camdog
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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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#180 @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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#181 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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#182 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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#183 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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#184 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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#185 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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#186 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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#187 David S
November 04 2013, 06:50PM
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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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#188 Alsker
November 04 2013, 11:37PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

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.

Hahaha..I thought that had Jasmine written all over it...glad Im not the only one(or way to drunk to realize it)...Ok so where's the article on the new POHO for the Oilers?

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#189 outdoorzguy
November 05 2013, 10:15AM
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Edmonton needs to stop living in the past. This is not the "CITY OF CHAMPIONS" anymore. There hasn't been a championship of anything in what 30 years? Wake up and start voicing your displeasure. Stop going to the games. Stop buying Oiler crap. Stop going to Rexall Drugs. The only way anything might start to get done is if the money stops flowing to Vancouver and Katzs' bank account.

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#190 2004Z06
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27Ginge wrote:

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.

I hit my head on the way in. Can't feel a thing!

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#191 2004Z06
November 05 2013, 11:22AM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

Boycott a game. Yes the tickets are paid for, but the loss of concession/merchandise/parking revenue will hurt.

That aside, the most significant impact would be the television coverage. Imagine the impact of the world seeing a consistently packed arena.....EMPTY!!!!

The silence would be deafening!

I guarantee the message would be received!

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#192 Nomad
November 05 2013, 11:27AM
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oilerman53 wrote:

All the small market charm from this team has gone. Ever since the lockout of '05-06 this has been a cap team. One Stanley Cup Finals appearance had us mezmerized for the next seven years. Gone are the days you felt that you were a part of something real, much the same way a Packers, Athletics and Riders fan feels. The Oilers used to stand for something that just felt right in those lean years.

A young fast exciting team that competed hard everynight against the bug money teams in the US. Hell even Calgary could afford to keep their players in those days. The warm spring night when Marchant took a pass in the neutral zone in Dallas and blew by Grant Ledyard to go roof daddy on Andy Moog is still burned in my memory. That night it felt that the little guy was ready to stand up to the big guy and have his lunch too.

These days all of that small market charm has gone and this pompous arrogant attitude poisons the very foundations of this once proud franchise. Gone are the over achieving big fast strong players who captured our hearts and in are these millionaire pussies who can never backcheck much less throw a check. There isnt anything now that closely resembles why I felk in love with the Oilers in the late 90's here and now. I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to end this affair and move on. This was one of the most poignant articles ever written by Wanye for a group of fans that feels universally alienated and betrayed by an organization that after seven years clearly cares nothing about us. Forget about back checking or checking or fore checking, this team just cashes checks. The hell with us!!

Truer words were never before spoken.

This is exactly how I feel and it's funny because I think we started loving the Oilers at the same time.

The factors that made us love a struggling, small market hockey team are all gone...the team was never flashy or the best, they were never the Red Wings or the Penguins, but they captured your heart with determination. The underdogs that never stopped fighting and players who were proud to be the underdogs. THAT is Oiler hockey.

This team now is just a wet fart...

Trade Hall or Ebbs...send a message to the team that makes them all understand that just because they've signed a big NHL contract doesn't mean they've made it. You have to play to stay.

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