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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 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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#52 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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#53 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 A-Mc
December 23 2013, 01:36PM
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Holy crap the fans have turned on Wanye!?!!!!!

We aren't in danger of Oceans flooding our city but i'll be damned if this ain't the beginning of the APOCALYPSE!

*BURNS OUT on his way to buy all canned goods and water* ... *gets stuck in traffic*

"Fack"

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#57 rob
December 23 2013, 02:03PM
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I have no problems with the rebuild,we have gotten some pretty good talent to help this team down the road,I have no problem if it takes 2 more years to be playoff bound,but what i have a problem with is when the team puts fourth a half assed effort and gets whipped!if they lose but they are trying I will watch night after night but saturdays game(I was there)was a half assed attempt of a hockey team that does not care!the fans put fourth a better effort with cheering and watching that crap than the players,and if a fan pays for tickets,buys a jersey and wishes to throw it on the ice in frustration I totally support it

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#58 greg
December 23 2013, 02:12PM
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Nope. Stop living in the past. The Oil are the laughing stock of the league. Please tell me HOW can we possibly be 6 (possibly 10 with their games in hand) points behind the Flames? Didn't they lose their heart and soul Iggy and Mikka, thus reducing them to full rebuild mode? There is NO WAY that should ever happen. Somehow, we have gotten WORSE than last year. We are comically easy to play against. Absolutely sickening.

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#59 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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#61 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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#62 bemond
December 23 2013, 01:29PM
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What hurts the most is the lack of respect... What hurts the 2nd most is that even Flames ( the team we were supposed to leave in the dust this year) fans still get to ask me "Whats wrong with those shi&%y Oilers" after every game... At least they compete.... A team that lacks heart trades the only guy that cared. FML

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#63 Hockey Fan 1976
December 23 2013, 03:42PM
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How dare you Dallas in calling out a fan for being a "quitter"? wtf do you call your team when they quit on you after the first period last game? you a*&hole!!! you have been here for 40 games, and have no idea how passionate the fans are in Edmonton, you havent earned the right to call anyone out in this city until you win a god damn thing. IDIOT!!!! I hope you did this because you know you are getting fired soon..moron. The fan that threw this jersey is a blue collar, hardworking individual who even admitted in the paper that he's not quitting on his team, he was just frustrated like the rest of us are. Screw you Eakins!!! and screw the whole management team in Oiler nation. The reason you eat,is beacuse of the tickets we buy. done ranting..am sorry if I offended any loyal fans on this site! Merry F*&^% Christmas!!!!

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#64 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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#65 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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#66 tileguy
December 23 2013, 02:06PM
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@ColourMeImpressed

Wanye, the jersey is just a commercial product sold to you as a symbol of another commercial product. One that stinks

People should just let that sink in.

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#67 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 04:01PM
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Hockey Fan 1976 wrote:

How dare you Dallas in calling out a fan for being a "quitter"? wtf do you call your team when they quit on you after the first period last game? you a*&hole!!! you have been here for 40 games, and have no idea how passionate the fans are in Edmonton, you havent earned the right to call anyone out in this city until you win a god damn thing. IDIOT!!!! I hope you did this because you know you are getting fired soon..moron. The fan that threw this jersey is a blue collar, hardworking individual who even admitted in the paper that he's not quitting on his team, he was just frustrated like the rest of us are. Screw you Eakins!!! and screw the whole management team in Oiler nation. The reason you eat,is beacuse of the tickets we buy. done ranting..am sorry if I offended any loyal fans on this site! Merry F*&^% Christmas!!!!

...Ditto

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#68 Johnnydapunk
December 23 2013, 04:51PM
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This has happened in football a few times, one of the weirder ones was last season when the Ultras (super hard core fans) of Genoa confronted the team by threatening to invade the pitch. The team was losing 4-0 in the second half and the Ultras demanded that the players give them their shirts off their back as they weren't worthy of them. Every player except one did so and after some tense negotiation, the players got the shirt back and the game resumed.

I don't expect the fans to be demanding the shirts of the Oil but the jersey thrown on the ice is louder than all the boos in the arena, louder than any fan site bitching about the state of affairs, louder than any news show or article. It maybe has shown that the fans are at the breaking point, that you have to draw the line and mean it. It is clear now judging by how much news this act has generated that this is enough of this crap. I applaud the person who did it as that action somehow is the voice of every tier one to three fan, it is finally a way that we know everyone through the Organisation from top to bottom could let them know how people feel. Nothing has symbolised the frustration like that.

I admit, what was biting at my ass was how Taylor Hall could possibly be smiling on After Hours after that sh*tshow, I don't get how you could smile and joke after that. It would have gone a long way to at least pretend you're pissed off, pretend you are angry and embarrassed, you shouldn't smile after that. There is no reason to smile, it was a sorry team display, and he looked indifferent to it all. It's like the team summed up in that interview thing.

Boh the Oil make me crazy ....

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#69 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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#70 Spydyr
December 23 2013, 04:18PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

Lowe school of public relations.

Someone here said the PR guy for the Oilers went to school with Katz.Why does this not surprise me.

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#71 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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#72 oilcountryforlife
December 23 2013, 01:30PM
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Wanye wrote:

Holy hell man I'm pretty sure I understand the state of the team

Kinda like Kevin Lowe knows what winning is after all, he has a lot of rings on his fingers..you have a keyboard.

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#74 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 01:30PM
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So where are all the jersey tossers meeting up at the game?? They need to coordinate, plan and prepare better than the team does

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#75 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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#76 MessyEH!
December 23 2013, 06:50PM
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The current Oilers are the ones that are disrespecting the jersey. The fan how threw his to the ice can be forgiven. It was passion, it was frustration. It was the actions of a man who gives a sh@!

Eakins is a loser.

Lowe is the worst hockey mind of the last 7 years. Time to go.

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#77 Oiler Al
December 23 2013, 03:30PM
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Wow, Eakins calling the fan a quitter! He should look in his own dressing room if he is looking for quitters. When was the last time these sad sacks SCORED a goal.

Maybe, the current Oiler roster should look in the mirror before they hit the ice and ask themselves " Am I worthy of wearing this historic crest on my chest that was worn in the past by so many NON- Quitters.

I wouild suggest jerseys, without an Oiler crest, and a "yellow stripe" running down the back for this current roster.. at least until they learn how to play 60 minute hockey games.

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#79 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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#80 white towel
December 23 2013, 03:02PM
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The amazing part is the focus on the jersey that was tossed from the stands, i was more focused on the 18 white towels that were thrown from the bench.

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#81 Shooter
December 23 2013, 06:21PM
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This article sounds like it was written by the Oiler management team. Blabbing about the glory days and all the cups of yesteryear. Live in the now FFS. The jersey toss was well deserved and a direct shot at Katz and his merry band of former Oilers who don't know how to run an NHL team. I'd like to shake the hand of the man who tossed it.

New Years Resolution for Oiler Fans: Do not spend a penny more on this franchise till drastic changes are made in the front office.

If you bought a new car every year and it was a lemon every time, do you think you would buy that same car for 8 years in a row?

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#82 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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#83 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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#84 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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#86 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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#87 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:23PM
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F this team! Go to Seattle already

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

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#89 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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#90 Do bolo
December 23 2013, 03:12PM
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Actually, please do whatever you want as a fan. Let's take a step back to reality here for a second. This is a sporting team that does actually nothing to generally benefit society. It is a game that is meant to distract the masses. It doesn't cure cancer or make you live longer or create products that have innate lasting value.

There is no sanctity to a uniform of a sporting team. There is no reverence because a certain individual wore it in the past. There is no unbound code of honor. There is no quitting on the team if you decide to take it off.

A sweater is a piece of merchandise that has zero inherent value other than the value that the NHL has fooled all of us into thinking it has.

If you paid for something you have the right to do what you will with it. If you want to throw your jersey in the ice, it is your right and you shouldn't be called out by Dallas Eakins or Darren Dreger or Wayne.

Stop being sheeple and start living for yourselves.

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#91 Loweblows
December 23 2013, 07:12PM
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As a fan I am frustrated that the Oilers have shown no improvement and in fact under Eakins have regressed. My frustration however is compounded by the inaction of Katz not being a responsible owner and dismissing Kevin Lowe. For that reason I am in favour of the jersey thrower. Katz is disrespecting the franchise not the jersey thrower.

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#92 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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#93 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 01:46PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Holy crap the fans have turned on Wanye!?!!!!!

We aren't in danger of Oceans flooding our city but i'll be damned if this ain't the beginning of the APOCALYPSE!

*BURNS OUT on his way to buy all canned goods and water* ... *gets stuck in traffic*

"Fack"

That was funnier than watching the oilers on the PP

*ponders the coming apocalypse.... Puts on pants to go stock up

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#95 Andy
December 23 2013, 03:23PM
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The fans of the Dinamo Zagreb Croatian soccer team broke into the dressing room and took the official game jerseys. The team was forced to play in practice jerseys and the fans did not give the real jerseys back until the team started playing better.

About time we do the same. This "team" is not representing the true Oilers.

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#96 Spydyr
December 23 2013, 03:58PM
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Dear Mr.Eakins,

It appears as the team has quit on you.If your were not so self absorbed you might see that.

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#97 Mooles
December 23 2013, 09:48PM
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Sick n tired of listening to these try hard fans talk about supporting your team. Most of these clowns don't understand a thing about sports and are the same ya-hoos that bring cow bells to sporting events! I can't even sit through a period of hockey before tuning out from sheer boredom or frustration. For Dallas Eakins to have the audacity to comment on a fans "statement" is hilarious. Dallas my boy, you have come to this city and mimed your way through the first half of a season. All the camera shots of you on the bench between goals "deep in thought" have worn thin. You are clearly out of ideas or out of your league! Try this: nose down, call out your players, and start making those accountable respond. To the fan who threw his jersey onto the ice: I say good on you! OIL CHANGE!

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#98 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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#99 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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#100 Shredder
December 23 2013, 02:44PM
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I bought a Gagner jersey in 07 or 08. They were new form fitting jerseys and I was sold that this little guy was going to be the offensive catalyst the Oilers needed. He was a small skilled forward, but the team wasn't soft, it had Moreau, and Horcoff (in his prime), Stoll, Souray (before he complained about management), etc...there was toughness there, not to mention good goaltending in Roloson.

But I bought a dream that Gagner's time in an Oilers jersey would see a team improved and become a contender. But the team has gone completely the wrong direction, and every time they show a glimmer of going in the right direction, they show many more of going in the wrong direction. And it will take so long for this to get better that Gags will be traded or leave via free agency.

HOW is throwing his jersey on the ice have anything to do with Gretzky? Sorry, but I'm of the mindset that his jersey represents one of the ugliest times in the history of the Oilers, and I feel that if I were to make the decision to throw it on the ice it would say to the team that I'm done with this version of the Oilers.

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