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 madjam
November 04 2013, 03:03PM
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We wait for fab5 to become more than mediocre , or we dump most of them now for a contending team makeup . The wait , however might not mean we will get better with them . Which way to go ? A young group looking for rest of team to handle grit , etc. , while a veteran core disgusted with their 200 ft.game . Calling them out may back fire ? Team chemistry and accountability seems to be at odds with our team . One part almost seemingly blaming the other part . Looks like a major problem has developed accompanying the losing skid - not healthy.

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#152 GK1980
November 04 2013, 03:08PM
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It's reported the Oilers had practice today and they lost.

Just kidding, it's seriously hard to watch this team lose constantly. You would think they would start playing a little pissed off.

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#153 where's struds?
November 04 2013, 03:25PM
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I'm a 93… so reading these comments about the glory days are just a tease. While you can all reflect on what I assume would be the most alive this city of Edmonton ever could be, I have one playoff run, a two month span, where everyone was on cloud 9. There was a constant buzz going on that is something indescribable, and since then. It has faded to a utter disgust with the product we are seeing on the ice.

I have been a die hard fan as long as I have been able to comprehend sports, I read all the blogs, listen to the pre game talks, tune in after the game and all that jazz. As angry as I am after every game, I still read the blogs, and the comments of others as disappointed as myself. But it is getting to a point where the desire to be this emotionally invested runs low, the hope however will never fade.

Hope is not earned, respect is earned, which the current Oilers have none of. Not from us, not from the coaches, not from the other teams, not even from their own captain. Hope is what keeps this city running right now. Even though every season we are required to dig deeper down to the bottom of our hearts, we have been able to find that hope. We have suffered the embarrassment of 3 straight 1st overall picks, but we use the hope to justify it. That hope is what fuels us to defend those soft plays, bad coaching decisions, bad signings and terrible Taylor Hall toe drags.

Does this edition of the Oilers deserve us, loyal, hopeful fans? No. They don't, however we are still here, still cheering. Don't stop now, push through these rough times and think of how good it will feel when we crawl out of the depths of the basement of the NHL and have that first playoff birth, first series win, and hopefully first cup.

Its not just a game, it is what gets us through our wretched winters, what brings any two blue and orange jersey wearing people together.

Stay strong, forever a fan

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#154 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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#155 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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#156 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 04:14PM
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My roommate always plays this when I go into an Oiler fueled rage.

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

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

Rama you just hit the nail (NO PUN INTENDED)yakupov, etc. right on the head!!!!! ALSO, GROW UP HALL AND BECOME A MAN - LEADER AND GOOD TEAMMATE!!!!! No more piggyback rides in night clubs after losses with a BUM KNEE, and high five all players on your team when you leave the ice after the warm ups - not just your buddies !!!

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

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

There is not enough veteran leadership to fix the situation.

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#158 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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#159 VK63
November 04 2013, 04:32PM
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*Note to self*

Wanye retains EPIC BEAUTY status.

Beers whence next we meet!!

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#160 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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#161 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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#162 Lofty
November 04 2013, 04:58PM
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@Sloppy Joe

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

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

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#163 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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#164 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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#165 spliff
November 04 2013, 05:44PM
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Thanks for this Wayne, it really put a lot of thing in perspective. Your line "The Oilers are the team that we would listen to as a kid on the radio late into the night before John Short would tuck us into bed" is priceless. I remember when I was a little kid staying up late listening to John Short with the volume down so my dad couldn't hear it and get pissed off.

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

Many moons ago.

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#166 spliff
November 04 2013, 06:08PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

What else could he do?

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#168 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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#169 Harlie
November 04 2013, 06:21PM
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OWH wrote:

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

Good grief.

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

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

What else could he do?

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

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#171 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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#172 Rama Lama
November 04 2013, 06:48PM
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OWH wrote:

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

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

Kevin Lowe rules!

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

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#173 Fatbob24
November 04 2013, 07:00PM
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this started out as such a happy article...

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#174 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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#175 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 07:09PM
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MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

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#176 Barry
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.

Ya, they are looking for a small winger to trade for.

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#177 Doug Diggler
November 04 2013, 07:15PM
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pretty hilarious that someone took the time to make this ad. Wouldn't be surprised to see omark shoot his resume in

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-jobs-general-labour-Help-Wanted-All-positions-W0QQAdIdZ539499361

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#178 morgie
November 04 2013, 08:34PM
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BleedOil4Life wrote:

Anybody that says they are done watching is bull$&:! They will come back....it's tough and I don't wanna watch but I will continue Because I watched the worst teams play in the 90's and I will continue to Watch this team because I will always have hope and it will turn for the Better....to say you are done is just a lie because if you are a diehard fan you will Stick it out and always tune in.

It's a FACT!

To a point you are true, but if losing becomes the norm, endless people will tune out

but until then, hills and valleys, yes we are suckers, we'll stay for that, but always to a point

The level of mediocrity by this franchise is unparalleled and could get worse who knows?

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#179 kawi460
November 04 2013, 09:27PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

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

Beer is the only thing that makes the home games bearable

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#180 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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#181 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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#182 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
November 04 2013, 10:47PM
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@DSF

You're 100% right. In related "Hindsight is 20/20" news, I've always thought that the 1999 Thrashers blew an incredible opportunity to draft Henrik Zetterberg in the first 6 rounds...

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#183 Laura
November 04 2013, 11:05PM
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Wow. I didn't expect an article about hockey to make me have Deep Thoughts, but here we are.

I'm thinking about how hockey. for me, was always so tied to my dad, and how Oilers' decline has sort of foretold the decline of my relationship with him.

I grew up in a hockey-watching house, but only started seriously watching in my late teens/early 20s and a big part of it was that it was something I could share with him. We weren`t close when I was a kid or a teenager, he worked lots, I dated boys he didn`t like, no one`s fault. Suddenly we had something in common.

My dad was with me in 2006 on Jasper Ave after one of the final round wins. Then things went south and never really recovered. Now I`m at a crossroads, like you, where I`m trying to figure out how we go on, and if I even want to. Your post has me thinking about lost causes and hope.

Sorry, this comment is probably kind of weird and heavy! This was really well written and I`m glad it`s getting shared widely. I hope you stay an Oilers` fan. I`m pretty sure you will.

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#184 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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#186 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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#187 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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#188 rubbertrout
November 05 2013, 07:59AM
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OWH wrote:

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

When did Lowe's mom get an ON account?

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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
November 05 2013, 10:50AM
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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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