INFINITE UNHAPPINESS

Wanye
November 04 2013 12:05PM

It takes everything in our Jordan Eberle loving heart to come on here and write anything other than a 900 word swear parade. We had a very sombre Sunday indeed after the Oil decided to get shelled 5 squat after getting pumped 4 nothing earlier in the week. 

There are no words to describe how bad things are at the moment. On a personal note we can't recall being this unhappy ever really. The comments section here at the Nation is melting with our fellow citizens venting fire and brimstone in every direction. People are getting clever with getting swear words on the site bypassing our naughty filters.

Originally we were going to delete them - but then thought better of it. There are times when swearing is completely appropriate. And with this All You Can Eat Crap Buffet we are being asked to enjoy for 7 years now why not let a few blue words out if it makes you feel better.

It breaks my heart to read comments like this as correct as they might be. And the 139 props from so many of our fellow Oilers fans that feel something is dying inside them too? Unbearable to read. OilersNation.com wasn't built for this.

It's the age of infinite unhappiness.

REMEMBER

You may find it ironic that this is the new NationGear design. Talking about Stanley Cups in Edmonton makes about as much sense as Lindsay Lohan keeping her schedule open on Oscar Night. But it is precisely now at the darkest moment that hope becomes so crucial. 

Hope is one of the most important things we can have. If we believe that this is our lot in life - cheering our collective hearts out for a group of unperforming non caring trillionaires working for an organization that takes us all for granted then the sun will never rise again. The minute we feel that a current squad of losers is all we deserve the light of hope will be snuffed out forever.

We will never let hope die.

We would use this horrid Monday to remind everyone what the concept of the "Oilers" really means. Kevin Lowe is not the Oilers. MacT, Eakins and the rest of the Coaching staff aren't the Oilers. None of the players or Daryl Katz himself are the Oilers. They are merely the current crew piloting a ship that is far bigger and more important than any of their piddling efforts can destroy.

The Oilers are Fernando Pisani and Company bringing us to our feet in 2006 for one glorious spring. It's Doug Weight getting 104 point season back in 1996 blowing minds in the process. It's Cujo flying across the crease to rob Niewendyk in the playoffs. If you are old enough the Oilers are the glory filled 1980s. We are too young to remember them but we understand it was quite the time.

The concept of what being an Edmonton Oiler means might be lost on 75% of the people collecting cheques from Kay-Z but we must all keep our heads held high through this darkest time in franchise history if ever we are going to find our footing again. If this current iteration of players don't want to show up and compete they are free to leave. They are not Oilers and we refuse to acknowledge half of these crumbs going forward.

Being an Oilers fan is the aggregate of all the good times we have had with the team in our lives. The Oilers are the team that we would listen to as a kid on the radio late into the night before John Short would tuck us into bed. The Oilers are Dr Randy Gregg taking an 8 year old Wanye into the dressing room to meet his hero Craig Simpson who couldn't have been nicer.

The Oilers are a rookie Ryan Smyth talking to a 13 year old Wanye outside Rexall Place for a good 15 minutes when he must have had many better things to do. The Oilers are the team that played an OT playoff game during a high school dance that had the entire school watching the game on a tiny TV in the cafeteria while a confused DJ spun tunes for an empty gym.

This current squad is simply an unimportant chapter of a story that will outlive them all.

IRONY

It is some strange sort of a twist of fate that we picked the worst 6 year stretch in franchise history to make the Nation Network and commit a good part of our day to supporting the team. We can't stand the Oilers at the moment but our love for OilersNation grows by the day.

We have made so many friends all around the world from this site and reading the tweets and comments of all these folks we have come to know over the past 6 years is heartbreaking. But it is some small mercy at least we still have each other to talk to in an uncensored environment that is telling it like it is.  A place for top drawer fans that deserve so much better than what we are currently getting.

Fans like Mr and Mrs Towelboy who came in from Lloydminster to take their lovely daughter to her first Oilers game on Saturday night. Driving for hours in the hope that they will give their kid a night she will remember fondly in years to come. The minute folks like this say "yeah it's probably not worth sacrificing the weekend to see the Oilers get pumped" we are all screwed.

They deserve more.

AN OATH

We actually considered taking some time off from the Nation yesterday. We don't intend to be some voice in a chorus of negativity screaming and yelling about how crappy everything is. But there is something deep inside us that believes a better day is on the horizon that prevents us from quitting. So we will slog on even if the divide between the actual Oilers and OilersNation increases by the hour. 

We have been saving free vehicle stickers for a few weeks now hoping something awesome would happen and then we could drop them in celebration. But it seems as though that day is far off in the distance for the time being. In any event our friends at Auto Canada have partnered to distribute awesome free vehicle stickers. You can click here to order them for pickup or delivery depending on your locale - completely free.

Cop these stickers Nation and rep them proudly. Most people with a functioning brainstem would take one look at this team and say "I wonder what's showing on HBO right now?" Luckily we are made of tougher stuff. We are Oilers fans.

And if you want to drop some money on hope - with a portion of the proceeds going to our friends at the ICCP - go buy some NationGear here. Hope must never die no matter how dire things seem.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh....

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#101 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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#102 camdog
November 04 2013, 04:37PM
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Harlie wrote:

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

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

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

It's only hockey.

IF ONLY IT WERE THAT SIMPLE.

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

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#104 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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#105 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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#106 RexHolez
November 04 2013, 05:44PM
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Ya come on guys!! Stop being so negative!!! Who cares if your making these guys millionaires by supporting them! They have a couple guys injured and I'm sure a couple other excuses! Just keep buying merch and going to the games! Stop being so demanding with all these lofty expectations like "improvement" or "competing ie... Trying" or god forbid "playoffs" it doesn't matter anyways, I'm sure most of you are just tier2 fans anyway!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else could he do?

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

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#111 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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#112 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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#113 Harlie
November 04 2013, 08:27PM
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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.

MacT: Please Mess, I'm begging you, please ask Slats if I can be his Associate GM...things ain't looking so good in E-town for me.

Messier: Go pound sand dude! Haven't you seen that Martin Short has replaced me at Lay's? I neeed this! And what the hell is with this only in Edmonton Associate position role bullcrap??!

MacT: Well, what exactly are you doing in your role with the Rangers?

Messier: Hey! I've won Cups, man.

MacT: Yeah me too! And I never wore a helmet, you pussy.

Messier: FU! And, what? So your telling me that deal with you and Kev and Katz may be off now?

MacT: Hey, I think I saw Glen walk by...hey, hey...Glen! Mr. Sather sir!!!

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#114 Greg the Goalie
November 04 2013, 08:38PM
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The Oilers are Bill Ranford in 1990 in game 5 against Winnipeg reaching back and saving the series to rally and win the Cup. I've waited this long for another cup- can't give up now!

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#115 TDSM31
November 04 2013, 10:46PM
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DSF wrote:

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.

"Galchenyuk is almost 6 months younger." You're really using that in your argument?? Dude, that age gap might have made a difference when they were both playing atom hockey but when you're an adult that short of a time frame means nothing.

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#116 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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#117 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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#118 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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#119 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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#120 Hat Pughes
November 04 2013, 12:36PM
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Cold Hard Truth wrote:

Hope is dead. All we have is the inflated egos who cling to memories of a bygone era. They are suffocating this organization.

Maybe DE has it right but needs to go the rest of the way...that is relieving some of the artifacts from the past glory days out of the room.

Management seems to revel with how many rings "we've won" but sports is a Now business.

Fact is this is results-based business and in E-Town they arent even close. Combine that with a holier than thou/apathetic/antagonistic attitude toward the directly supportive (and secondary tier) fan base (Oil Management words not mine btw) and the current status and immediate future outlook does not look good. Try connecting with Patrick or Kevin or anyone else from the leadership group and its all only to benefit the Oil.

Im beginning to take on the perspective of DougtheSlug. Last Tuesday was the first time ever that I was ready to depart the building with over 10 minutes left in the third before the 50/50 was drawn. Uninspired, uninterested, unbearable and unsure is ways to describe their play and state. Sad indeed.

Unfortunately the current roster and talent is going to have to own this -- MacT's only out is to trade a core player to get IMMEDIATE help and this trade will have to be one where the Oil have clearly bettered the current team. Anything less is an epic fair. Trouble is our talent is selling low at this point in time. Senior management changes and changes in the talent evaluation pool solves some symptoms. And Eakins cant be hung out for this one. If any coaching changes are to occur its getting rid of the Assistants who are part of SeriousGord's crony club.

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#121 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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#122 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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#123 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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#124 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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#125 A-Mc
November 04 2013, 12:44PM
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I'm always a believer that things will get worse before they can get better. People settle for mediocrity and old habits will never cease if things are status quo.

This season baffles me because the team IS better than years prior, but you would never know it by looking at a 3 in the wins column.

Maybe, hopefully, this is the final straw that breaks the camels back. Maybe this is the year that 1 or 2 of those previously "untouchable" pieces get moved laterally for a piece that has a better fit or more importantly, hasn't been subjected to 7 years of Oiler's losses.

Do we start researching 1st overall candidates for this seasons draft already? It hurts to think that it'll be a full year before we can even HOPE to see a respectable product on the ice.

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#126 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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#127 Voltron
November 04 2013, 12:52PM
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this for me, sums up all my emotions so far this season........ http://i.imgur.com/bAStIyV.gif

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#128 Oiltimer
November 04 2013, 12:53PM
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Can't get my head around how bad this team is. How poorly they are playing. Watched a program yesterday called "Nim". People teaching a Chimp how to communicate using "sign". The language used by the deaf. (Can you see the irony). Had to force myself to watch when it became obvious what was going to happen to poor Nim. He eventually was sent to a Medical Lab to be used as a test animal for human diseases and ended his life living in a cage in California.

Anyway, watching these games recently ... It's been a lot like that. I'm just not real sure who is Nim here.

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#129 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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#130 Lowe Expectations
November 04 2013, 01:06PM
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The Oilers should have concern. Many kids and young people in general are being turned off being fans of a non-stop loser. 2006 cup run is almost a decade old. So what does a 10 year old kid today have as a great Oiler memory. I guess #1 overall picks being announced on a podium.

And Oiler management remember, today's 10 year old is the season ticket holder 20-25 years from now.

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#131 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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#132 @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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#133 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 01:31PM
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??? wrote:

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

Sorry about that!

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#134 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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#135 Oil Bog
November 04 2013, 01:50PM
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Preach on Wayne! Although I am in agreement with most of your article (even got me a little misty) I think the Oilers current situation may be viewed differently from our 2 tiered fan base (as per Mr. Lowe). I think those fans that empty their wallets regularly for seasons tickets, beers, and other game day necessities have a different emotional attachment to the situation. For these supporters it is not as easy to dismiss the current oiler organization as transitional especially when the organization has a hand in a supporters back pocket. They feel cheated financially and emotionally. Its like the peasant paying a tithe to the royalty who seemingly don't give a damn. At some point after so much taking a spirit can be broken and new allegiances formed.

As for us TV fans and occasional game guests we can cling to the notion that the Oiler organization is engrained into our being and that the ineptitude of the current regime can not break our continued support. Our emotional state is the only thing being tested. Start taking money from this group and their views will likely change as well.

With all that being said, no matter what tier of fan you are this sucks and for all those fans who regularly contribute to the Oilers, thank you! Really, thank you! The Oiler organization might not appear to mean it by I do. As Wayne has stated, for me, the Oilers are more than just a "now" event. It means so much more and without the support of paying fans I know something real in our community would be lost.

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#136 ubermiguel
November 04 2013, 01:55PM
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Bishai in the Benches wrote:

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.

Yes, yes, and yes to all of the above.

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#137 Joilers8
November 04 2013, 02:05PM
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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.

It is hard to be a fan....sign me up

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

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

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

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

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

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#140 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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#141 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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#142 mayorblaine
November 04 2013, 02:18PM
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let's not get confused with the past, which was predicated on hard work, desire, competition in spite of obvious talent shortage.

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

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#143 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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#144 admiralmark
November 04 2013, 02:25PM
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Great article. Almost brought tears to my eyes(seriously). For me this all boils down to effort/determination/will etc. I see what should be the sad sack Flames play their guts out night in night out. And it irks me to my soul. This was supposed to be the Oilers this year?! And yet these players act like they dont give a crap! As a fan I didnt expect a Cup this year. Hell I didnt even expect playoffs this year. I did expect this team to show the desire to win. Honestly winning or losing is irrelevant if my team is giving it all. I will always remain an Oiler fan.. But this version of the Oilers i'm looking at this year has no recognizeable qualities from the past Oiler teams that made me the fan i am.

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

I'm cheering for Oilers Nation!

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

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

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#147 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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#148 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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#149 Dqgc
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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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#150 vetinari
November 04 2013, 03:01PM
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I agree with the hope and "keep the faith" message, Wanye, but it's hard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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