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

I'm frustrated as everyone else here.

But I can't cheer for any other team.

Oilers: Please just do something to fix this.

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

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#2 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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 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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#6 Darren
November 04 2013, 02:24PM
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It's only hockey.

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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 DSF
November 04 2013, 08:26PM
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DarkLinkCosplay wrote:

Everything you just said was an opinion... and judging by your statement, that automatically means no one should consider your opinion seriously, since it's "(snort) nothing more than opinion". Galchenyuk turned out great, but the reason the Oilers didn't pick him up was because it was a risky one; why take a risk with a player who had been injured for such a long time and not go for the player who was indeed consensus #1 pick? The issue now is whether we trade him for other needs. The problem is, his value is at an extreme low; so it's a lose-lose situation. Might I add that we could have drafted any of those players first, and I'd wager that they would have turned out just as poorly as Yakupov has shown so far. A lot of it is the team and the support cast around the player as they grow and mature into a NHL player. The Oilers, sadly, lack that support.

The problem with your analysis is that I am right and you're wrong.

The Oilers went with conventional wisdom (although it appears Katz meddled in the decision).

You can argue til your blue in the face that Galchenyuk would have been as crappy as Yakupov but there is ZERO evidence to support that claim.

The problem is, as you've identified, that Yakupov has very limited value based on his play and his inability or unwillingness to play a two way game.

Funny that RNH, under similar circumstances and with even less in the way of "support cast" would have pretty good value in a trade.

Bottom line is Yakupov isn't a very good hockey hockey player, sadly.

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

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#13 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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#14 Serious Gord
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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1. The last cup win was 23 yrs ago. Thus any fans 30 or under have nil memory of the glory years. So comments about john short et al ring no bells for 40 to 50 % of oiler fans. For those fans hope is just to see a second round of the playoffs.

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

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#16 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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#17 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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#18 thechink
November 04 2013, 01:12PM
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Wanye wrote:

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

Hope is the leash of submission.

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

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#20 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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#21 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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#22 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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#23 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:08PM
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In other news, the sad sack Winnipeg Jets have outshot the Detroit Red Wings 14-9 in the first period and lead the game 1-0.

For those keeping score at home, you'll remember the Oilers also had 14 shots on goal against the Wings but it took them THE WHOLE GAME to accomplish that feat.

Now back to our regular programming...we'll be joining the "November Dirge" which is already in progress.

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#24 Archaeologuy
November 04 2013, 03:14PM
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Wanye, you are the real deal. Keep it up.

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#25 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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#26 Cynic
November 04 2013, 03:44PM
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The Oilers are a privately owned business that is boning Edmonton taxpayers for $600M+

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

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#27 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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#28 nrXic
November 04 2013, 10:19PM
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I'm glad this is happening, in a sense.

Like most diehard sports fans we're going to microanalyse every single detail on this Oiler team.

But the Oiler problems are far more fundamental, and the recent woes should have made that painfully clear (which is what I'm glad for).

The team is lacking a team game and are often forgoing the fundamentals.

I'd hope that everyone is in agreement that while we don't have the perfect Stanley Cup contending roster (yes there are roster holes) we are underperforming as a team and the reason for that has to do with these basics.

Blaming who we picked during the draft is not going to solve anything. We should be winning without Yakupov, he's just gravy.

Our powerplay stinks and can be faulted for taking us out of games, but let's all keep in mind that the #1 team in the league, the Ducks, are sitting at a PP% of 6.7!

We can blame the GM for not making a particular move for a particular 2nd line D-man, when a team like the Flames are doing more with less.

We can blame a particular roster position for being weak but again that doesn't address the lack of fundamentals that lead to odd man rushes, opposing chances from the slot, and turnovers (that aren't a result of a weak roster spot, but our top end talent not keeping it simple).

So let's just accept this problem and move forward with the most reasonable solution.

This is where we can all disagree and come up with our own solutions, including firing Kevin Lowe if that suits your fancy. But let's focus on solutions rather than harping on the past.

And on a related note...

We have to recognize the Oilers pathetic home record. We have to recognize that we have a quiet barn compared to most teams in the league.

We can blame the Oilers lack of success for Rexall being so quiet...but this is where I'll forever disagree with a lot of the fans in Edmonton (I'm in Calgary). I'm there to cheer the team on, win or lose. Down 5-2? I don't care, I'll yell "Let's go Oilers, let's go!" until we're tied.

I get it, it's frustrating to see your players stinking up the ice. But what if they're one shift away from turning their poor play around?

I'm beginning to hate the boo-birds. Why? Because it's getting nonsensical. If you have a friend struggling with something, do you go "booo! You're horrible! What the hell man? Why can't you be better!" or do you encourage them? Booing has it's place, if the team is cycling and isn't shooting on the PP, it's a good way to get them to do it. But now we're throwing it out there and it's losing it's meaning.

Say the Oilers are stinking up a PP, the opponents send the puck down the ice. "Booo! Your current performance is unsatisfactory! You should be doing better! [like the players don't know that] I do not approve! Boooo!". That's just lame to me. It doesn't communicate anything other than your disappointment. Who cares about your disappointment? Really, these guys are making their money, should they really care?

Alternatively you can cheer them on just before they try another zone entry (booing at that point is just...odd timing). You can get them on positive vibes. This isn't astrology or phony feel-goodery (no offense to those that practice either) it's basic human interaction. A team and their fans constantly feed off of each other, it's how it works.

I know for a fact that as a fan I have a direct influence on the game, whether it is influencing the ref's calls, to hyping up the players on their next shift, to raining down the boos on the opponent's goalie and team hindering communication on their bench during a time out.

I don't see why we have to wait for the playoffs to get these guys pumped. These kids haven't seen anything like it, let's make them look forward to playing at home, at least for the rest of the season.

Let's prove to the rest of the league that even with a freaking embarrassing record of 3-10-X (I stopped checking so hell if I know the record) that we are the best fan base around.

Let's see if we can be the defibrillator and jumpstart this team back into a winning groove.

I know everyone here, save for a handful of crazies like me, are going to disagree with me but I think we need to start some sort of...OPERATION PLAYOFF ATMOSPHERE and get Rexall rocking starting next week when Dallas shows up. Make the place freaking LOUD. Who cares what anyone thinks? What do we have to lose? If you're embarrassed about cheering, give your ticket to someone who isn't. If you loathe the idea of cheering the team when they're down 3 goals, do it anyways, you're out of options now.

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#29 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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#30 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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#31 GriffCity
November 04 2013, 01:02PM
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I like the positive vibe of this post and it's attempt to remain positive. I just ordered my oilersnation sticker. Even as a die hard fan, born and raised in Edmonton, playing hockey, watching hockey, knowing the game, this it tough. When the Wings spanked us Saturday night after having played the night before and on the road against an Oiler team in need of a win, fully rested and coming off a shut-out loss against the leafs, I am at a loss for words. 14 shots on goal. The oilers were simply outclassed, much like in the LA game where we were lucky to steal a point off Bachmans performance. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would play street hockey against my youngest brother. He would try and try to get the ball from me but he just couldn't as I was just that much bigger and faster than him. If for a moment he would find himself with the ball, I would just take it back and be in control again as he tried frustratingly to beat me. This is what it looks like out there at Rexall place, MEN vs BOYS. It's not that im no longer an Oiler fan, I feel almost as though I don't have a choice in the matter, but after such a long time and after being fed so many stories about improvement and rebuilding, its just disheartening to watch.

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#33 ???
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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#34 Bi-Curious Gord
November 04 2013, 01:31PM
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Hope? That must be what used to fuel my love for this team. I would hope this team would make the playoffs. Then I would hope that they would be playing meaningful games in January. Then I would the team would at least show up once in a blue moon. This team has succeeded in kicking the Hope right out of me. It's all gone and all that remains is the dried up husk of a once proud fan. Screw the owner. Screw the management. Screw the players. They don't give a crap so neither do I.

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#35 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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#36 rubbertrout
November 04 2013, 02:46PM
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Sigh.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I believe.

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

Young impressionable kid during the glory years!

Scared teenager during the Pocklington almost lost Oiler years.

Young man clinging to hope during the new millennia years.

A man waiting for change.....

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

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

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

U.S Customs was down a man.

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

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

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#40 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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#41 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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#42 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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#43 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
November 04 2013, 07:00PM
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A fine effort on display here Wanye. Some of your best work to date. Almost feel like we're all at a crossroads like when Smytty was moved years ago.

It must be tough to sell the farm when you have so little to sell. Rather than compare this team to others who've gone through similar transitions, it's time to reassess and factor in some additional challenges that are Edmontons alone. The fact that the up and coming talent was almost non existent compounded the problem.

Time to re-lower the expectations of the coming next season or two. After 4 difficult years it's easy to see the 5 assets the Oilers have, aren't near enough of a foundation. They need yet another couple lottery picks, along with perhaps Nurse and Klefbom to come in as advertised in a year or two.

MacTavish has 2,5,15,40,77,83 and 89, try and use these guys to try and increase his chances for a stronger selections in the next two entry drafts. Perhaps there's another Toronto/Bruins scenario to occur like the one in 2010, on the horizon for that 2015 entry draft.

The long haul is going to be a little longer than initially anticipated.

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#44 M22
November 04 2013, 08:35PM
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Rave on Wanye Gretz, rave on thy Hockey fool. Down through the OilersNation pages. In the loss-borne dark dank hockey pools,

Rave on, down through the organizational evolution. Empiricism, atomic and nuclear age. Rave on down through time and space, down through the Oiler corridors. Rave on words on printed page.

Rave on, you left us infinity. And well pressed pages torn to fade. Drive on with wild abandon; Uptempo, frenzied skates.

Rave on, Robin Brownlee, nose down in note pads. Rave on fill the senses, on Rexall's bright white shiny ice.

Rave on Jason Gregor, Rave on Brian Sutherby. Oh, what sweet wine we'll drinketh: The celebration will be held on Whyte. We will partake the wine and break the Holy Hockey bread.

Rave on let a man come out of the draft. Rave on Mr. Katz. Rave on down through Wayne Gretzky Drive. Rave on down through the Oilogosphere, and the Copper Dawn. Rave on through the writing of "A Vision". Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on

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#45 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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#46 One Who Knows
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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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#47 and....
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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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#48 Rheal1
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Anyone. Anyone name me one player who is proud to be an Oiler at this moment. None? Good luck to the road trip. They'll need it. Wishing for .500 is overly optimistic but... Looking forward to the 16 November Calgary-Edmonton game. Calgary hands down will win by 3 goals. Calgary needed one guy for their quick turn around: Brian Burke. Colorado needed one guy for the quick turn around: Joe Sakic. Congratulations to Kevin Lowe on a job well done on year 7 of the rebuild!!!

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#49 DSF
November 04 2013, 03:33PM
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10,000 empty seats.

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#50 Rheal1
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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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