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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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#51 TheDiplomat
December 23 2013, 12:23PM
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Wanye,

I respect your opinion but the truth is that thrown jersey finally may be a catalyst for change.I can still dream.

Fire Lowe? Bench ALL the kids?? Trade the kids??? I dunno but something.

My 10 year old nephew and his friends roll their eyes when I ask them about the Oilers...They would rather have a Rangers or Canucks jersey than anything to do with Edmonton! That is truly scary...

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#52 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:23PM
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F this team! Go to Seattle already

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#53 Tychxxx
December 23 2013, 12:24PM
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The fan that threw his jersey on the ice is the most loyal fan and deserves more respect then low or Katz. Good for him for taking a stand and becoming something that fans can rally for. This team is brutal and I am embarrassed to be a oiler fan. Makes me sick.

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#54 Scott From Grande Prairie
December 23 2013, 12:24PM
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Excellent column, Wanye.

I'll take the point a few steps further: If you're the kind of fan who throws a $150 jersey onto the ice after a loss, then you're also the kind of fan who probably needs to take a break from watching sports for a little while.

Mr. Jersey Tosser is having some troubles differentiating between Actual Real Life Problems ... and the Sports-Related Melodrama we've become (in)famous for in North America.

#firstworldproblems

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#55 Burnward
December 23 2013, 12:26PM
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@Weirfan

The same team that actually tries as hard as they can night in and night out?

I'm a Flames fan and proud of our boys this season.

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#56 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 12:27PM
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Respect the jersey? Why did people die to save people's lives for it? It it turn the tide over a great Army? Stop terrorists? throw those overpriced symbols of ineptitude on the ice. Burn them in front of the gretzky statue. They have become a symbol of Absent ownership and greed. It is a symbol of the lies Katz, Lowe and MacT have been telling us.

Respect the Jersey? Give your head a shake man. Or you have finally killed the last of your brain cells from all the boozing it requires to be a fan of this Sh&t team?

I have been a fan since '79 paid thousands of dollars through tickets concessions and merchandise. I believe myself and each and every fan, regardless of amount spent, have every right to send the message these ways.

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#57 ubermiguel
December 23 2013, 12:27PM
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Wanye, the jersey is sacred, but the fans' anger is so epic and the team's response is so tepid, a blasphemous act is the only act that is suitable.

It's not the win/loss record that's pissing people off, it's the lack of compete. We've seen losing teams before but one thing Edmontonians do not suffer is lack of effort. We need more Jason-Smiths that hustle game-in-game-out , and fewer guys floating in the neutral of defensive zones.

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#58 Rick Stroppel
December 23 2013, 12:27PM
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MR. KATZ: THE EIGHTIES CALLED, THEY WANT THEIR HAIRDO BACK!

I am so chuffed by the turmoil in Oilerland that everything about the team annoys me, including the appearance of the owner. Why does a 55 year old man have 17 year old haircut? And what is with the Peter Fonda "Easy Rider" style wraparound sunglasses? Your are INDOORS my friend, it cannot be that bright!

PS: Eakins is really angry about the sweater-thrower. That's good. I would like him to stay angry for the rest of the season. I would also like all the players to get angry and stay angry for the rest of the season.

PPS: Seriously. If, like me, you find yourself getting weird about all this, please remember this: for the fans, THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE THIS IS A GAME! Please enjoy a happy and restful holiday with your loved ones!

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#59 BIGDAWG
December 23 2013, 12:28PM
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Did either of you actually listen to Eakins' full quote for some context?

I guess I could have copied and pasted the entire interview.. but that would just be a waste of time don't you think......

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#60 ColourMeImpressed
December 23 2013, 12:28PM
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Wanye, the jersey is just a commercial product sold to you as a symbol of another commercial product. One that stinks.

If someone wants to throw it away, that's their call. 8 years of abject misery seems as good a time as any.

I've heard of people doing worse things this season. A poster over on Lowetide said he burned his jerseys in the garbage, including some vintage and signed ones. I haven't seen him post since so for all I know, he did.

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#61 Thinker
December 23 2013, 12:28PM
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Heavy D Funk wrote:

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...

Just wanna make sure I'm on the right page; we are on the drive for five, right? Ebs just scored his 50 in 34, and hall is on pace for 225 pts. Rookie yak scored 80 last year. Wtf is your problem? #Denial

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#62 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 12:30PM
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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

And will get worse the longer losing continues

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#63 Lowe Expectations
December 23 2013, 12:30PM
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Personally, I've stopped wearing my Oiler hat anymore. Too many people start with the "what's wrong with Oilers blah blah blah". I would rather avoid the discussion.

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#64 Lochenzo
December 23 2013, 12:31PM
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Scott From Grande Prairie wrote:

Excellent column, Wanye.

I'll take the point a few steps further: If you're the kind of fan who throws a $150 jersey onto the ice after a loss, then you're also the kind of fan who probably needs to take a break from watching sports for a little while.

Mr. Jersey Tosser is having some troubles differentiating between Actual Real Life Problems ... and the Sports-Related Melodrama we've become (in)famous for in North America.

#firstworldproblems

Sell your jersey and donate the money to the Food Bank. Tis the season.

Real life problem with a practical solution.

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#65 Rheal1
December 23 2013, 12:33PM
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Just looking at some stats... Edmonton is in 29th spot. 95GF, they could score more goals. League worst 133GA; there is a need for less goals, so we need two shut down Dmen, and we also need the cosmonaut to be consistently good. A win tonight would be a great start.

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#66 Alsker
December 23 2013, 12:34PM
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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????

Is Klown doing media training sessions now. If not Eakins and his pompous as& better be on the next flight out of town. 8 years of this sh*t and we(the fans) are the quitters??? This just keeps getting more and more like a T.O. council meeting everyday...

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#67 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:37PM
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Alsker wrote:

Is Klown doing media training sessions now. If not Eakins and his pompous as& better be on the next flight out of town. 8 years of this sh*t and we(the fans) are the quitters??? This just keeps getting more and more like a T.O. council meeting everyday...

What is it? 300 sellouts in a row for the worst team in the league? With the highest prices to boot!! And were the quitters?

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#68 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 12:38PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

Sell your jersey and donate the money to the Food Bank. Tis the season.

Real life problem with a practical solution.

You think there would be a lot of buyers?

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#69 vetinari
December 23 2013, 12:38PM
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Respect your view Wanye but actions speak louder than words and that one act of frustration, rebellion and insult said more than 1,000,000 posts on this website, and it represented the frustration of millions of fans at some level.

That act was "bolder" than what I've see so far from anyone else in the organization over the past 5 years or so -- whether from Katz, the President of Hockey Operations, the General Manager, the Coach or the players.

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#70 JJ
December 23 2013, 12:39PM
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Wanye probably makes his living off of Oiler fan interest from his mother's basement so it's no surprise he'll be the "Go Oilers go!" cheerleader for life. Same with all the rest of them. They need the Oilers.

If Oiler fan interest goes down, so will OilersNation traffic.. And then Wanye will look onwards to find new ways to fund his basement dwelling.

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#72 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:47PM
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Wanye wrote:

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HOMIE THIS SITE COSTS ME MONEY EVERY MONTH YOU NITWIT

We love you for it wayne!! You're the lucky guy that's taking this fat ugly girl to the prom

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#73 JJ
December 23 2013, 12:48PM
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Wanye wrote:

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HOMIE THIS SITE COSTS ME MONEY EVERY MONTH YOU NITWIT

Yea, I could totally see how the sponsors, advertisement banners, and merchandise you sell would totally cost you money. Perfect sense right?

And Wanye Manor is just code for said basement, correct?

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#74 Tuningout
December 23 2013, 12:48PM
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Wanye wrote:

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HOMIE THIS SITE COSTS ME MONEY EVERY MONTH YOU NITWIT

Sometimes I get frustrated with Jason Gregor because he tends to talk down to "fans". But then I wonder if I would be any different if my career involved an hot a day of open mic with people like this.

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#75 Pucker
December 23 2013, 12:49PM
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I used to enjoy going to games. Especially Leaf games. My team from the original 6. I'd wear my Leaf jersey, cheer for the Oilers. Being an Edmontonian and an Oiler fan, I never got in the go-leafs-go thing, but I enjoyed the banter with fans at game, no matter who was winning.

Earlier this season I'm gearing up for the Leaf game and decided no Leaf jersey. Oilers are down, don't want to kick them. I went to a couple other games and elected not to wear my Oiler jersey. They're an embarrassment to the City.

Until it looks like they're putting in the effort, I can't cheer for these guys. I don't know if it's the players, coaching or management but I actually disappointed when they beat Carolina. Poor game but they still managed to win.

It's all about effort. If they would apply themselves as much as any of the 28 teams ahead of them in the standing do, I'm sure the Oiler fans would actually get behind their team.

I go to the occasional game because I'm obligated to. More times than not, I feel I've wasted 5-6 hours, paid for over priced parking, ate over priced/poor quality food and drank over priced beer. I used to buy over priced souvenirs.

Good for whoever chucked that jersey.

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#76 Constance
December 23 2013, 12:52PM
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Wayne, lets get another article by you looking back at the late 90's early 00's Oilers... awesome team. Many of us who are Oilers fans today see that as our glory days, not the collaboration of idiots who currently run the team (i.e. 80's Oilers).

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#77 ColourMeImpressed
December 23 2013, 12:52PM
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JJ wrote:

Yea, I could totally see how the sponsors, advertisement banners, and merchandise you sell would totally cost you money. Perfect sense right?

And Wanye Manor is just code for said basement, correct?

I worked online up until 2007, and had my own website that was dependent on advertising revenue.

I fully believe Wanye when he says the site costs him money. Not the bandwidth or servers - those are minor costs - but what he pays the authors. I'm absolutely certain the writers he get paid. Probably not very much, even, but if it's less than $100/article I will be surprised, and there's no way it's less than $50/per. Even college kids don't work for that kind of money.

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#78 JJ
December 23 2013, 12:57PM
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ColourMeImpressed wrote:

I worked online up until 2007, and had my own website that was dependent on advertising revenue.

I fully believe Wanye when he says the site costs him money. Not the bandwidth or servers - those are minor costs - but what he pays the authors. I'm absolutely certain the writers he get paid. Probably not very much, even, but if it's less than $100/article I will be surprised, and there's no way it's less than $50/per. Even college kids don't work for that kind of money.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. The writers, the articles they write here would practically be advertisements for their own program, be it a radio station or newspaper. It's featuring someone's work to an audience that can then chose to tune into their station or read their papers, that's where the gain comes in. You don't need to get paid for that.

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#79 oilcountryforlife
December 23 2013, 12:59PM
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You gotta be s$%#^&*g me, Dude?!

This was the best play of the night and it wasn't even by a player, it was by a tier one or tier two or tier three fan.....someone who paid too much money to watch a joke of a team(management/owner/players/coaches) embarrass the city of champions (yes, I used lowercase).

I hope that every f%^#g person throws their jersey on the ice next game or better yet, wait until this Saturday's HNIC shower.

8 years of crap. Merry Christmas everyone....Apparently the sportswriters of Edmonton are too afraid to tell the truth...every watch the movie V, Wanye? I can't believe this article...probably the most pathetic diatribe I've read in a month.

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#80 Throw Lowe
December 23 2013, 01:00PM
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How about if we throw a #4 - Lowe jersey out there?

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#81 Alsker
December 23 2013, 01:00PM
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Sir Wanye, I do understand the whole respect thing(got bloodied up a few times defending the Oil back in the day), just wonder how many of the Oiler Alumni texted/called/e-mailed old 6rings asking him WTF. It's their legacy thats being tarnished. Would love to know how they feel about this.

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#82 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 23 2013, 01:01PM
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Sorry Wanye, I disagree with you.

If that's what this jersey represents, then this squad has no business wearing the logo.

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#83 Zamboni Driver
December 23 2013, 01:03PM
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Can't help but thinking it would be neat if the Oilers "hockey coach" maybe called out one of his "hockey players" after losing 6-0. Instead of "really liking our first period then got some bad bounces".

No. Your collection of p*ssies found the going too rough so THEY quit.

Instead he calls one person.

And it's a Tier-One-er.

Bravo Dallas. Enjoy tonight should the Oilers lose.

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#84 Alsker
December 23 2013, 01:03PM
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Throw Lowe wrote:

How about if we throw a #4 - Lowe jersey out there?

With him in it?

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#85 -30-
December 23 2013, 01:05PM
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The Oilers, tempest in a teapot.

This is entertainment. It's not life or death. It isn't relationships with your family. It just isn't that important to me.

I worked in the media for over thirty years. Sometimes things are written or said to generate traffic or discussion. Kinda like this article. It's one or the other but I can't decide which.

Throw your jersey on the ice. Burn it. Stomp on it. I can't live or die with this team or any team.

Spend some of that season ticket or jersey money on helping people instead. At least the recipient will be grateful for that.

Remember guys, the players are only employees. I'm sure not going to honor any "hallowed" jersey. Hockey might be a religion to some but not to me.

-30-

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#87 Rod from Viking
December 23 2013, 01:08PM
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@Wanye

It is good to have a site like this to interact and discuss. The " Oiler Institution" is killing the fans on all levels, management,coaches and their arrogance, the players effortless performance against teams that are built to compete in the NHL and the media puppets they control, I commend the fellow who threw the jersey on the ice and Eakins comment about the fan being a quitter, well his team quit after 20 minutes and that was the only quitter comment he should have made.

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#88 UnderOil
December 23 2013, 01:10PM
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Respect Wayne. I can see your point.

I think the statement has been made - copycat throws will make no further point than the single jersey did. Showering jerseys of biblical proportions will not change the image of that jersey on the ice.

If the brass think they've lost us all together then all my hope is lost...just my opinion.

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#89 Tier Two Fan
December 23 2013, 01:10PM
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Wow, just Wow!

Calling the fan a quitter? I just lost all respect for the head coach, as I'm sure the players have already long ago. Someone needs to tell Eakins that the customer is always right.

First world problem? Maybe.

Or maybe we as fans just care too much. So many of us have been die hard Oiler fans our whole lives. We see year after year of losing and feel misery. We remember the glory years and yearn to relive them.

Can Taylor Hall say the same? Devon Dubnyk? Nick Shultz...etc

After the 6-0 loss Saturday I was disgusted. I felt despair for this team. But do you know what would have eased that pain a whole lot? Knowing I would get paid a guaranteed annual salary in the millions regardless of the outcome of the game.

I think there are a small percentage of players that actually care whether they win or lose. But I think the majority are just happy to have an incredibly high paying job playing hockey.

At the end of the day we as fans have to keep things in perspective. No hockey player will care as much as the fans, not as long as contracts are guaranteed. How motivated would you be in year 2 of a 7 year contract where you are paid the same amount regardless of how you performed?

I applaud the fan who threw his jersey on the ice. Have you ever seen that happen? No. And neither have any of the players or coaches or management. Maybe it sends a message, maybe not. But as a frustrated fan, what can we do? Stop going to the games? We know that won't happen as we are too passionate about this sport and this team. Too bad the players weren't' as well.

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#90 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 01:12PM
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I am usually luke warm with puck daddy at the best of times but sometimes they get it right

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/oilers-eakins-jersey-throwing-fan-bad-gets-194400297--nhl.html

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#91 CaptainLander
December 23 2013, 01:13PM
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I believe that the symbolic gesture of throwing away the jersey will have different meaning to some then others. To me it is meaningless, it not a statement against political oppression it is a person that is unhappy with the show he is watching. That is just it, it is a show, 2.5 hours of entertainment. Add additional time to discuss the show you watched, critic each season like you would the latest installment of Dexter. The difference with sports is the show keeps going long after the entertainment has stopped. (Like the Simpsons) Once a great product, then a mediocre one, now it is just stopped being funny. Does it mean that next season will not be better, maybe the additions of a few new writers will spark a turn resurgence. Or not and eventually the show will just go away. If this Oiler show gets better I will likely return to watching it. If not I will fill the time slot with something else. For now I will keep my memorabilia, for the memories and maybe bring it out again one day. Until the writing improves I will just watch something else.

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#92 PopeJordon
December 23 2013, 01:13PM
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The fans aren't spitting in the face of all those Oilers of Christmas Past- the current line up is. Nothing any fan does with his or her jersey can disrespect it more than those 23 players do night in and night out.

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#93 ColourMeImpressed
December 23 2013, 01:13PM
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JJ wrote:

I wouldn't be so sure about that. The writers, the articles they write here would practically be advertisements for their own program, be it a radio station or newspaper. It's featuring someone's work to an audience that can then chose to tune into their station or read their papers, that's where the gain comes in. You don't need to get paid for that.

I don't think it works that way. Freelancers don't work for just the promotional opportunities, and you'll see very few self-promos here by the guys. Willis doesn't link his other articles, neither does LT or anyone.

I honestly think $100/article is the minimum they get, which would translate to about ~$4,000-5,000 per month, just for ON. Wanye could tell us, but he won't because it's bad business.

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#94 oilcountryforlife
December 23 2013, 01:14PM
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Wanye wrote:

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HOMIE THIS SITE COSTS ME MONEY EVERY MONTH YOU NITWIT

calling a fellow oilers fan a nitwit shows that you do not really respect your readers as you said that people could come on here and "spazz" (just don't throw sweaters). The name calling is pretty pathetic Wanye!

Any credibility you had, started flying with this article and then slammed the door behind you with the namecalling....apologies???

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#95 BC BOY
December 23 2013, 01:17PM
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I don't mind what Eakins said about the fan throwing the jersey. Eakins isn't stupid and is well spoken so he obviously knew exactly what he was saying and the reaction he would get. He just wanted to take the heat off his players who are a hurting group judging by what taylor hall has been saying lately. So if I play for the oilers I look at what Eakins did for them and go bust my balls tonight against the Winnipeg Jets!!!

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#96 UnderOil
December 23 2013, 01:19PM
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ugh...this could be the most alienated I have felt for a long time...like even more than I found out about Bert and Ernie.

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#97 Critter Food
December 23 2013, 01:21PM
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Scott From Grande Prairie wrote:

Excellent column, Wanye.

I'll take the point a few steps further: If you're the kind of fan who throws a $150 jersey onto the ice after a loss, then you're also the kind of fan who probably needs to take a break from watching sports for a little while.

Mr. Jersey Tosser is having some troubles differentiating between Actual Real Life Problems ... and the Sports-Related Melodrama we've become (in)famous for in North America.

#firstworldproblems

Completely disagree with this quote and the article except for the fact that this fan and thousands more ARE taking a break from watching the Oilers right now.

Can't wait for it to rain jerseys. Hopefully it wakes up this joke of an organization.

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#98 Zamboni Driver
December 23 2013, 01:22PM
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@Scott From Grande Prairie

Honestly Dude.

Today is not the day for either sanctimony or ass-kissing.

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#99 Merry Christmas
December 23 2013, 01:22PM
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Seems to be in the spirit of things.... Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Kevin Lowe, Oiler boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, fore-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d!@kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-@ss, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s@!t he is. Hallelujah. Holy s@!t. Where's the Tylenol?

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#100 Raptor1
December 23 2013, 01:25PM
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@Scott From Grande Prairie

Where do you get the 150 oilers jersey..I'll throw two for that price

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