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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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#2 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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#3 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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#4 The_Tik
December 23 2013, 01:26PM
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OilerLand wrote:

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.

It's posts like these when I wish there was a +1000 prop button.

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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 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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#11 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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#12 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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#13 Bryzarro World
December 23 2013, 04:06PM
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Wanye I couldn't disagree with you more. Don't become an oil fart catcher and start making excuses. I put more that 200g into tickets over the many years of season tickets I have had and if I want to toss the overpriced garbage where it belongs, I will do it.

It TOTALLY is the right thing to do to a club that has DISRESPECTED all of us and continues to not give one freaking iota of thought to the people supporting this gong show.

I SAY TOSS AWAY and think the nay sayers just lack the balls.

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#14 Wäx Män 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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#15 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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#16 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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#17 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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#18 Wäx Män 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 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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#22 simmerdown
December 23 2013, 01:36PM
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I just signed up so I can comment on this.

Seriously, the only dishonour being done here is the being done by the players

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#23 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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#24 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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#25 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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#26 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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#27 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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#28 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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#29 Serious Gord
December 23 2013, 04:14PM
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@BC BOY

Re: Eakins comments

It was exactly the WRONG thing to do.

What he should have done was to get ahold of the jersey and hung it prominently in the dressing room and point to it as a symbol of failure. A symbol that will be returned to its owner when this team returns to a winning - playoff bound - form.

Instead he took smoldering fan frustration and threw naphtha on it.

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#30 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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#31 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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#32 Jay
December 23 2013, 12:07PM
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F this team

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#33 Danger Pay
December 23 2013, 01:33PM
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Agree to disagree! With one gesture that fan was able to express many of the faithful's sentiments!

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#34 DoubleDIon
December 23 2013, 01:35PM
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If everyone who owned a Kevin Lowe jersey chucked it on the ice that would send a message. Lowe is awfully arrogant for a man who has presided over the worst franchise in the NHL.

His comment on his six rings is the most abhorrent to me. Let's just forget that he was a passenger on a juggernaut for a moment. Which of these rings was won in a managerial capacity?

His rings as a player have zero relevance to his abilities as an executive. It would be akin to Pizza Hut hiring me as their CEO just because I can put away an entire large pepperoni by myself. One has nothing to do with the other.

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#36 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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 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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#40 gcw_rocks
December 23 2013, 04:29PM
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I don't think tossing the jersey on the ice disrespects past players. It's a comment on the current organization only. It's a comment on the now and the perceived future. I have tons of respect for the players that came before, but if I still lived in Edmonton I would toss my jersey on the ice in support of the message that fan was trying to send. Drastic action, it would appear, is needed to get Katz attention and if this does it then I say "toss away!" Oiler fans. We can't sit on our hands any longer. The boys on the bus must go!

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#41 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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#42 Chainsawz
December 23 2013, 01:28PM
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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

First, hash tags don't work on the nation network.

Second, do you think the fan was trying to solve world hunger by tossing the jersey? I don't get why you think he has problems differentiating between real life problems and sport team related issues? You branched out in to a dark territory there of not making a lick of sense.

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#43 Oasis
December 23 2013, 05:15PM
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At first I had mixed emotions about the tossing and then common sense kicked in. What this fan did was brilliant. If you stay at home, don't buy a jersey, stop watching games, etc who will notice? Nobody. There will be another pigeon to fill your seat at Rexall

ThIs jersey toss is epic and it's the turning point for this fan base. It's us standing up and saying "we won't be crapped on anymore and take it". It's an embarrassment to the club and th management. I love it. I will go further and say that if this team comes out and lays another egg like that again, let the jerseys fly. That's right, we are going to hold the players and management responsible and when you give us garbage like this, we are going to rub your nose in a heaping pile. Can you imagine 10, 20, or 50 jerseys hurled onto the ice. Katz would have to double security and watch us like hawks. I can see it now.....man stands up and scratches his back and is kicked out of Rexall for what was perceived to be a jersey toss in the making.

Jersey tosser..........I SALUTE YOU !!!!!!!!!

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#44 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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#45 Will
December 23 2013, 04:59PM
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Disagree.

It was the ultimate statement of a customer saying they're not going to buy a product anymore because they are sick and tired of having to pay the high prices for the never ending low quality.

More than that it showed other fans who are angry and frustrated that they too don't have to buy this crap anymore.

This is the first year I purchased mini packs and I regret the hell out of it. That money could have been better spent in so many places. I don't even mind going to a game to see the Oilers lose. Boston, for example was a great game in every respect outside of Dubnyk's shoddy first period performance. They lost, but what a game that was.

But the shut out losses to the Red Wings, the Maple Leaf's and the Blues, were piss poor efforts from a team who is playing like they do not care, and that is something Edmonton fans are sick of paying for.

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#46 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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#47 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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#48 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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#50 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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