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Wanye
December 23 2013 11:39AM

Much has been made of the Oilers jersey that came flying out of the stands and landed on the ice on Saturday against the Blues. Never mind that it was probably the fastest moving thing in an Oilers jersey the entire night, this isn't the way to protest the current state of the team.

We can totally understand the thinking behind whipping the ol' Blue and Orange onto the ice. The Oilers are flat out brutal and the 2,502 management types employed by Kay-Z seem more out of touch than ever, doddering about in the press box night after night and peering down with deer in the headlights looks.

They aren't exactly addressing the needs of the team or the fans who continue to trudge through biblical snow storms to Rexall Place or forgo watching documentaries on Netflix in favour of tuning into Oilers games. The players themselves seem about as interested in winning as that team that gets trotted out against the Harlem Globetrotters.

We totally understand the rage that generates. Sooner or later protests are going to begin in earnest and that has to be expected by anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex.

But throwing the jersey on the ice? That ain't the play.

PRIDE

The Oilers jersey represents all Oilers of all time. By throwing a jersey on the ice at Rexall you are throwing Gretzky's league wide retired 99 on the ice. You are throwing Bill Ranford's 30 that stopped so many sure goals so long ago, You are throwing the 39 Doug Weight wore that year he had 104 points and blew all our minds in the process. You are throwing the 21 Jason Smith wore as he blocked shot after shot with his front teeth.

It's what hundreds of now forgotten players sweated and bled for over the years and the 2013-14 Oilers stinking out the joint again doesn't mean that you should spit in the face of all these soldiers and dishonour their pride and effort in the process. They deserve better,

There is literally nothing the current half assed Oilers squad can do to diminish what the Champions that came before them have accomplished and I for one will never lose my pride in those players and the teams that wore the jersey before them.

GRIM TIMES THESE

Sadder than the scoreboard on Saturday night, the knowledge all of HNIC just watched the Oil embarass themselves yet again or all the empty seats was this scene we (illegally most likely) captured as we were filing out of Rexall Place.

This poor lil kiddo was a few rows in front of us and seemed quite upset at the Oilers getting shelled. At the end of the game she was very animated and it was only the efforts of her Dad chanelling the leadership of Jason Smith that ultimately talked her off the ledge.

It was quite the heartbreaking scene to witness.

At least we are all adults to some degree. It's the children that we feel bad for who come to the game in their finest lil Oilers jerseys with the unreasonable expectations of kids today - see a hockey game worth watching and her Oilers win. She doesn't understand rebuilds, timing good teams for new arenas or assessing team needs that haven't changed for the 7th consecutive season.

It's a good thing her dad had the character of Jason Smith to call on and wasn't wearing a Nilsson jersey or that of a lesser man. 

So spazz on twitter or here on the Nation until you feel some mild relief. Send Kevin Lowe a platinum membership to Monster.com and wish him good job hunting if you like. Refuse to fill your recent prescription for life saving medication because you don't want to support Daryl Katz any further. Reasonable people are reaching their breaking point we totally get this.

Just don't toss jerseys on the ice. 

 

Shoutout to @camrolls for getting me to write this rant.

Better times lay ahead.

Merry Christmas Nation. 

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#1 MMAX
December 23 2013, 11:45AM
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WHAT????????????

the sh*it you talk about here happened a long, long time ago. Keep the jerseys flying on the ice, maybe someone will get the point.

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#3 bidzy83
December 23 2013, 11:47AM
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Very well said... say whatever you want but the only time a jersey should hit the ice is after a big tilt. We dont have to respect the guys wearing the jersey or whoever is giving them jobs, but always have respect for the jersey

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#4 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 11:50AM
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I'm pissed and I watch the games on TV! I'd hate to be paying 8g/season for a ticket for this garbage! But lets just stay the course right edmonton media?!!

keep those jerseys coming on the ice

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#5 redhot1
December 23 2013, 11:51AM
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Your'e right. One jersey is not the way to go. Now all you need is a group of fans throwing their jerseys over all at once. Respect the jersey? This isn't the 80s anymore. This organization is a joke and deserves no respect.

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#6 Burnward
December 23 2013, 11:52AM
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/grabspopcorn

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#7 Zamboni Driver
December 23 2013, 11:54AM
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This is the wrongest wrong I've read here, sorry Wanye.

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#8 dtam23
December 23 2013, 11:54AM
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I'm taking my 6 year old to the Tampa game on the 5th and it had better be good. This will be his 2nd game and the first was a stinker. He kept asking for more popcorn/candy/anything so that we could leave the seats. Kept asking why the Oilers weren't scoring. Now he asks why they suck. Sad. I grew up during the glory years so it's not fair but please put an effort forward. 60 minutes!!

if I hear one more Oiler talk about how they need to be better prepared or they didn't follow through on the game plan or any excuse I am going to throw my jersey on the ice in hopes that the spirit of Oiler greats pick it up and smack some of these guys across the face with it. Show some damn pride.

As a protest i'm debating whether to stand with my back to the team to start the game. I'll either look like an idiot or others will follow suit.

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#9 BIGDAWG
December 23 2013, 11:55AM
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Shows you how much money this city has and how tierd of this crap this city is.. Some fans Throw rats or seafood.. We do it the pricy way.. name and numbered jersey..wow.. It coulda been a drunk fan saying ahh eff it.. or could it be a 20 year season ticket holder throwing in the towel.. after spending thousands of dollars on the team over the years with nothing but last place and first overall picks with no light at the end of the tunnel to show for it... The players deserve better????? gimme a break.. THE FANS DESERVE MUCH MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!! And as for Eakins call that fan a quitter..... he needs to look in that locker room as see who has done the same.......

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#12 Tuningout
December 23 2013, 11:56AM
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I hate to say it. But I disagree. It's a small form of protest. It's throwing away a piece of merchandise not spitting on the legend of previous players, it's not burning a flag in town square. People hassling Eakins family goes wayyyy too far. But a thrown jersey is small, harmless, and well done in my opinion.

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#13 Heavy D Funk
December 23 2013, 11:57AM
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This is garbage! I spent my money on a team that I cheered on for years... even when they were crap!

Well, the crap isn't going away, and these bozos who posted this article should probably pull their head out from their butts and take a good look at the state of the Edmonton Oilers.

I'm already boycotting by refusing to go to games, but now I feel like I should go to one just to throw my jerseys (yeah, plural) on the ice when they inevitably lose.. again...

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#14 Jay
December 23 2013, 11:57AM
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If they can collect our money and ice this pathetic excuse for an AHL team fans have every right to throw their jerseys on the ice! I wish people would just stop going all together

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#16 Rama Lama
December 23 2013, 11:58AM
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If it gets Lowe fired, I would throw Gretzky on the ice!! All that needs to happen is a purge.......start with Lowe and end with Lowe, and the fans will be happy again.

That will be our Stanley Cup this year.

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#18 Zamboni Driver
December 23 2013, 11:58AM
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By the way, "The Jersey" that we're to revere has changed twice

Including some 'third jersey' ridiculousness, that we dutifully bought.

Pile that on top of the complete quit in the entire team on Saturday night, THEY clearly don't respect it. The fan was entirely within his rights to speak volumes by one act.

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#19 Rene
December 23 2013, 11:59AM
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Have to remember there is a whole new generation of Oilers fans who don't know anything about the dynasty days so those guys don't really mean anything to them. It was a long time ago.

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#21 David S
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Where in the hell is the article prop button for beauties like this?????

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#22 OilerLand
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Sorry Wanye, you know I loves you but I gotta disagree here.

Sacrificing one piece of over-priced fabric on HNIC is the loudest message the fans could utter, aside from chanting "fire ____!" all night long.

It's easy to blame a fan for throwing the history and pride of the crest away, but he's not. He's the one having the balls to call the oilers bluff. The fact is that management, players, and coaches are the ones ACTUALLY throwing history into the fire here. The fans are showing up, paying money, doing their part.

The jersey on the ice was a mirror image of what this franchise has become.

The organization is the one throwing that history onto the ice. Fans are helpless.

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#23 redhot1
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Wanye wrote:

Homie I wasnt even a sentient being in the 80s and I still have heaps of respect for the teams since then

Neither was I. But you need to realize that nothing will change if nothing significant happens. This jersey toss could become something for disgruntled fans to rally around. Take a step back and stop drinking the kool-aid. This organization is a complete mockery, through and through.

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#24 BIGDAWG
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Wanye wrote:

EAKINS CALLED THE FAN A QUITTER HOLY COW THATS RICH

"whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they're out, they've given up. They're a quitter. We don't want that here......." -Dallas Eakins

Shall I go on????

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#26 Tuningout
December 23 2013, 12:05PM
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It's fun and sad. Oiler fans used to all get along. Now it's become like the lockout... You have to pick a side. It's getting ugly

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#27 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:06PM
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BIGDAWG wrote:

"whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they're out, they've given up. They're a quitter. We don't want that here......." -Dallas Eakins

Shall I go on????

Yup, that fans a quitter! Respect to him, he held in there longer than the players did. They quit what 10 games in?

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#28 Jay
December 23 2013, 12:07PM
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F this team

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#29 Wax Man Riley
December 23 2013, 12:08PM
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Respect the jersey?!?!?????!!??!

F__k that!!!!!

How much respect has this ownership or management group shown these amazing fans?!

How much respect do the players on this team show to the jersey or the fans by performing (see: completely embarrassing themselves and this city) pitifully on HNIC, the holy grail of televised hockey?

Keep the jerseys coming. Next time, maybe covered in something that rhymes with spit.

This team charges some of the highest prices for tickets, beer, and food in the entire league and are treated year after year to performances like that.

Keep the jerseys coming. Maybe a rebuild from the top down is the only thing that will help. Katz signed a 30 year agreement to keep the team here, no? Keep the jerseys coming and let's see some attendance numbers like we did in the 90s. Let's see Katz's new arena open to 9000 fans.

1 jersey is a great start and has already started To send a message. Let's keep the jerseys coming.

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#30 Spydyr
December 23 2013, 12:09PM
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Respect is earned not given. That jersey should go one of three places:

1) On the wall Eakin's cleared of old Oilers memorabilia.

2) It should be worn by the player who gave his best effort that game.

3) It should hang in the Lowe's office covering that Rangers Cup picture.

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#31 Wax Man Riley
December 23 2013, 12:10PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Yup, that fans a quitter! Respect to him, he held in there longer than the players did. They quit what 10 games in?

I just wanted to see this posted again.

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#32 baggedmilk
December 23 2013, 12:11PM
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You're right, Wanye! I'm going to buy a Flames jersey and throw THAT on the ice.

Respect the Oil, throw a Flames fan.

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#33 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:12PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Respect is earned not given. That jersey should go one of three places:

1) On the wall Eakin's cleared of old Oilers memorabilia.

2) It should be worn by the player who gave his best effort that game.

3) It should hang in the Lowe's office covering that Rangers Cup picture.

How about hang it on the sportsnet camera covering the lens so we don't have to watch this garbage anymore

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#34 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 23 2013, 12:12PM
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BIGDAWG wrote:

"whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they're out, they've given up. They're a quitter. We don't want that here......." -Dallas Eakins

Shall I go on????

Let's see who's out first.......the guy who through the jersey....or Eakins.......what an amateurish remark! You fcuk with the guy who threw the sweater....you fcuk with all of us!.....we'll see who lasts longer dipsh*t...

Edit: and a Very Merry Christmas to everyone...peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

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#35 TheTooSilentGhost
December 23 2013, 12:13PM
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Wanye wrote:

At least he didnt call us Tier Two fans?

*shakes head in wonder*

Did either of you actually listen to Eakins' full quote for some context?

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#36 Boxman
December 23 2013, 12:15PM
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I'm 61 and had season tickets through the glory years. That said the owner and management have shown no respect for the fans or the jersey. This jersey throwing fan spoke for the majority of fans and if Katz doesn't have the gonads to speak to the fans then I hope the ice is two feet thick with jerseys!!

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#37 oiler_head
December 23 2013, 12:16PM
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Wayne,i respect your opinion but completely disagree with it. While in the extreme, this fan, in one decisive, BOLD, action (more than I can say for the team) sent a message that the team clearly heard.

This version of the team doesn't deserve the fans' respect. From Kevin Lowe dividing the fans into two classes and callously referencing his Cup rings to Eakins having the gall and lack of brains in calling out the jersey throwing fan a quitter, this team has shown an unequivocal lack of respect to the fan base.

Everyone on that team should be pilloried for this season and rightly so until there is a modicum of respect shown towards the fans and a proper sign of contrition for the crap this season.

As someone has said, that act by the fan, said more than a million tweets could. Hurrah to that fan!!!!

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#38 Tuningout
December 23 2013, 12:17PM
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TheTooSilentGhost wrote:

Did either of you actually listen to Eakins' full quote for some context?

Who needs context when you're angry ?

Context is like looking at the Corsi after losing the game.

:)

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#39 Sickofthiscrap
December 23 2013, 12:18PM
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Do you really think the 80's alumni are shaking their heads at the sight of a jersey on the ice. If they had just shown the jersey on the ice and not where it came from, I'm sure most would have assumed it came off the player himself. The embarrassment is the so called product this management group keeps putting on the ice. This team has given up... Nothing new here. We've turned a bunch of kids with potential into a bunch of young men who only care about collecting pay checks. I'd bet my next pay check ( which isn't several hundred thousand dollars) that all the kids were out at the bar "celebrating" after the St.Louis game. Why not? They're just gonna lose the next game anyway and it's not like there are any repercussions. Truth is you won't see me throwing my jersey on the ice anytime soon. Not because I don't think we should, but because I'm too embarrassed to put it on in the first place. What a joke...

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#40 Lochenzo
December 23 2013, 12:19PM
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You might not be happy with everything that happens in this country, but you never trample the flag or burn the flag.

I've built up a similar respect for the Oilers logo over the years (30 plus years). As painful as this team is to watch this year, I would never dishonour the crest.

Thanks for providing the forum for me to say my bit Wanye.

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#41 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 23 2013, 12:19PM
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Tuningout wrote:

Who needs context when you're angry ?

Context is like looking at the Corsi after losing the game.

:)

Or using CORSI to explain why it was such a good loss.

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#42 Jay
December 23 2013, 12:19PM
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TheTooSilentGhost wrote:

Did either of you actually listen to Eakins' full quote for some context?

Who cares about Eakins context?? How about a little less talking and little more doing?

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#43 He Who Knows
December 23 2013, 12:19PM
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Anarchy arises when a corrupt system continues to suck the life out of the majority. That jersey toss is now symbolic of the 8 years of futility with this franchise. Its in the history books. I wonder if Cal Nichols and the EIG bunch are secretly meeting to overthrow this tyrannic ruler (Katz) and his henchman (Lowe and Mac). wishful thinking can become a reality more often than not.

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#44 Weirfan
December 23 2013, 12:20PM
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You're right Wanye. Thanks for writing that article. The Jersey transcends the player. There are few untouchables in the game but the Jersey is definitely one. We don't need those fans. Or the fans that condone it. It's the respect factor. I'd rather a half empty rink of real fans than a rink full of wagon-jumpers.

There's a team about 180 miles south that probably doesn't care if you wipe the snow off your skates with their jersey. Go join them.

A Proud Tier Two Fan

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#45 Spydyr
December 23 2013, 12:20PM
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RexHolez wrote:

How about hang it on the sportsnet camera covering the lens so we don't have to watch this garbage anymore

But watching gives me a reason to drink.

CHEERS!!!

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#46 He Who Knows
December 23 2013, 12:20PM
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Anarchy arises when a corrupt system continues to suck the life out of the majority. That jersey toss is now symbolic of the 8 years of futility with this franchise. Its in the history books. I wonder if Cal Nichols and the EIG bunch are secretly meeting to overthrow this tyrannic ruler (Katz) and his henchman (Lowe and Mac). wishful thinking can become a reality more often than not.

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#47 Gerald R. Ford
December 23 2013, 12:21PM
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I wouldn't have done it, personally, but I can totally sympathize with the guy. That was an act of desperation, not rationality, and, at this point, whatever shames this organization into action, and out of lethargy, I'm all for it. I've seen the Oildrop dishonoured a LOT more over the last decade than that very sad, but understandable, act.

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#48 Thinker
December 23 2013, 12:22PM
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That jersey should never have hit the ice, and I'm afraid it will lead to copycat actions. That being said, if this is the end of it (it never happens again, EVER), i think it might have been just the statement that needed to be made.

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#49 Dave "Killer" Carlson
December 23 2013, 12:22PM
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Sorry Wanye. Normally I agree with and appreciate what you do around here but not this time. Too long have we as fans bought into the old boys club that is the Oilers. Things have to change. Throwing that jersey on the ice does not show disrespect to the past. The past is the past, and I now fully agree with what my friends from Calgary have been telling me for years: We need to quit living in the past! I wasn't around for the glory days of yore. Were they great? I'm sure of it and can't begin to fathom how awesome they were. But the fact of the matter is that THEY ARE IN THE PAST!!! As soon as all of the Oilers faithful move past those days and hold the current group accountable, then change might happen.

To get back to the jersey-throwing topic, I think it would be uncalled for if someone threw a Gretzky/Kurri/Messier/etc. jersey on the ice. Is the Gretz a part of the Oilers? Sure is. Is the Gretz a part of the CURRENT Oilers? Sure isn't.

Now, what am I going to do to protest? Not totally sure, but I turned down a free ticket to tonight's game. Driving three hours isn't worth it.

Am I going to throw my jersey on the ice? Haven't totally decided yet, mostly because the name on the back is no longer with the team as of a couple months ago. If it were a Eberle, Gagner, J. Schultz, Yak, Nuge, or even Hall, over it would go. (The Hall one would be a tough call. I think he actually cares and because of that, maybe his being thrown would send the strongest message but may also be worth keeping.) But no, I was once proud to be one of 10 people total with a Smid jersey. I'm still proud of the name but not what the new style jersey shows - the CURRENT Oilers. Know what the team needs? More guys who give their all every game. Like Ference, Smid, Perron and what I wouldn't give to have Gator back.

Oh and my last jersey? A #21 "C" Jason Smith circa 2007.

So in summary: throw the new jerseys. Send a message. Respect the old, but leave them in the closet save for special occasions.

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#50 RexHolez
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Jay wrote:

F this team

This

can we get Carolina or somthing. I'm gonna start calling the oilers the Seattle Selects and hope it comes true

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