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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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#101 HOFFFF
December 23 2013, 03:25PM
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Merry Christmas Wanye! Have a good one Ol Friend. I personally agree with statement made by the fan. There are only so many options we as fans can do to show our frustration. Oiler fans have been amazing through 7 years of emarassment. Not purchasing swag is one way but I think not showing up at the games would be the boldest move. Throwing that jersey on the ice was a bold move.

*hoping Wanye catches the bold move references

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#102 bob
December 23 2013, 11:06PM
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this isnt a flag that people have died for...it a frickin jersey.......i think anyone that holds up a jersey up to that standard is a baffoon

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

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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#105 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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#106 -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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#107 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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#108 Brad
December 23 2013, 02:10PM
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Burning jerseys would be much more appropriate. We aren't talking the flag or books. Send a signal that we are mad as hell and aren't going to take anymore!

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#109 Neilio
December 23 2013, 02:13PM
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bemond wrote:

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

If you're referring to Smid, I have it on good authority that he had asked for a trade because the locker room situation had become unbearable. When Eakins told Smid that he had been traded, it was actually the first time that he had ever spoken to him. That might give you some insight on how this team is run. Its no secret he plays favorites. I didn't realize that his non favorites were ostracized. Smid was a good guy and a great team mate. When Yak gets run out of town, remember this. Not a favorite.

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#110 Mangiant
December 23 2013, 03:38PM
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Someone needs to start throwing Lowe jerseys

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#111 Dave "Killer" Carlson
December 23 2013, 05:51PM
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Neilio wrote:

If you're referring to Smid, I have it on good authority that he had asked for a trade because the locker room situation had become unbearable. When Eakins told Smid that he had been traded, it was actually the first time that he had ever spoken to him. That might give you some insight on how this team is run. Its no secret he plays favorites. I didn't realize that his non favorites were ostracized. Smid was a good guy and a great team mate. When Yak gets run out of town, remember this. Not a favorite.

If what you're saying is true, then I may have lost all faith in the team and organization. I was a fan of the Eakins hiring but if he doesn't talk to the players he doesn't like, that is not a way to build a winning team and speaks volumes to the poor management of the organization.

Granted I may be biased since I own a Smid jersey, but that was probably the dumbest hockey move I've seen in a long while. It makes a bit of sense if what you say is true but the way this info is coming out kind of reminds me of the rumour surrounding another defenceman (and news reporter?) that was traded for Smid.

Oh to be a fly on the wall inside Rexall.

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#112 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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#113 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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#114 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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#115 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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#116 David S
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Where in the hell is the article prop button for beauties like this?????

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#117 BIGDAWG
December 23 2013, 12:28PM
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TheTooSilentGhost wrote:

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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#118 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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#119 vetinari
December 23 2013, 03:48PM
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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!!!!

See what you started Eakins! Hockey Fan 1976 is a Zen meditation master, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and an alternative dispute resolution counseller... AND HE'S P!SSED AT YOU!

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#120 Neal
December 23 2013, 05:26PM
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Can't agree Wanye, the fan wasn't disrespecting the jersey worn by past greats. He was shedding it in disgust because this Oilers team is the one disrespecting the past greats and all Oiler teams until this one. AND the fans who've stuck with them and bought tickets through 6 years of rebuild already. (I don't care what anyone says - it started in 2007 when Gagner made the team a year before he should have).

As for Eakins, if you listen to him, even though the question was about the fan, he seemed to be really talking to his team when he went off. I bet that's what he really thinks - same as us - that he's got a team of quitters with little heart. He probably has nightmares. He was off base, but I can sympathize with his transferrence.

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

Respect the Oil, throw a Flames fan.

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#123 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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#124 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 02:14PM
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@tileguy

Then I better stop commenting on Gregor's fluff pieces... Or does he need new knee pads?

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#125 What Bar
December 23 2013, 02:35PM
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@RexHolez

The team is totally on board and coordinated about the plan for the evening .. Be at the Ranch by midnight. (or whatever the bar of the week is, I don't get out much).

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#126 Oilblood
December 23 2013, 03:17PM
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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

LOL your not serious are you? Your whole post was a terrible attempt at sarcasm right?

What's a 150 dollar jersey compared to 200+ dollar tickets per game?

Sorry Wanye but definitely disagree with you, I get respecting the crest but the entire organization has stopped respecting the fans by turning our team into the laughing stock of the NHL.

Did you see the entire blues bench smirking and laughing during the game? Teams aren't even trying to hide how much of a joke we are anymore

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#127 15w40
December 23 2013, 03:53PM
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If the team's fortunes don't turn around at all in the near future, its going to look like the teddy bear toss at the WHL games with all of the Oiler's paraphernalia flying over the glass.

Biggest motivator is empty seats. Patrick Laforge can't blame it on the weather forever.

Paper bags are going to start showing up as well, well........ until the Katz army at the rink starts confiscating them at the entrance doors.

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#128 Serious Gord
December 23 2013, 05:38PM
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Spydyr wrote:

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.

I heard that as well. The favouritism is root and branch systemic.

With tragically predicable results.

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#129 Mike
December 24 2013, 02:57AM
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Oh no. Wanye, don't tell us you are on the Oilers payroll with Stauffer now? I would expect some BS like this from him, but not you.

The jersey laying on the ice during a national TV broadcast was quite simply, beautiful. It has really stirred up some fire in the fans, and goddamnit we deserve to have our voices heard.

Do you know what it's like being a passionate Oilers fan living in Vancouver? It's awful. I've been here for 10 years and it has been terrible. I've been the punchline of jokes, I take it on the chin game after game from friends, coworkers, inlaws. I'm done with it, but all I can do is turn the other cheek. And yes I paid $150 to go to that limp-dicked performance we displayed at Rogers Arena last week.

The Canucks are good. That's why I hate them. I hate them so much because they are a damn good team and the Oilers have are a doormat.

I've spent a fortune on Oilers merchandise, hockey tickets in both Edmonton and Vancouver, I've paid to watch them lose more times than I can even remember.

My friends and wife tell me to just tune the Oilers out cause they are sincerely depressing me. I can't though, they are part of me. They feel like my family too. I have fought for them like a soldier, the least they could do is fight for us.

Kevin Lowe. GTFO.

But you would rather us go back to our silent protest that accomplishes nothing out of respect for guys that left here 20 years ago? Half of them came back to get comfy jobs from their buddy, Kevin. Eff this.

The jersey on the ice...beautiful. Viva la revolution.

And yes, they beat Winnipeg tonight. Whoopty-freaking-doo. They are 12-24-3

Merry X-mas

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#130 Jofa
December 24 2013, 09:36AM
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Seriously? Throwing a jersey on the ice disrespects the entire legacy of the Oilers? I don't see it that way at all...

The single action of a frustrated fan doesn't come close to the impact that inept management has had on the once proud legacy of this franchise... Face it, we are the joke of the league. I can't feel "pride" wearing the orange and blue... Hell, even in the 90's I could at least feel the pride of cheering for the plucky underdog, the team of misfits and castoffs who played hard and fought like dogs for the chance of an 8th place finish.

For the first time I feel embarrassed to wear the jersey, and can't even bring myself to watch them on TV. My son has never seen his team in the playoffs, ever, and I've actually had to suggest he change his loyalties as I can't see any foreseeable light at the end of this tunnel! How cruel is that!?!

I can't think of anything more disrespectful to the jersey and the legacy of this organization than the decade of losing, under performing, constant coaching changes, and asset mismanagement. People snicker about the Oil the way we used to joke about Mike Milbury and the Isles...

So if a discarded jersey acts as a beacon for change, or even just to show to management and players that we, the fans of your franchise, are sick and tired of the way this team is being run and the way players are showing up, then so be it. It's a powerful message that we are sick of our legacy being disrespected, and not an act of disrespect to the legacy in itself.

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#131 Ginny
December 23 2013, 02:53PM
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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.

This. Over and over. That jersey should be a rallying cry for the team. To show them how low they've gone.

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

At least he didnt call us Tier Two fans?

*shakes head in wonder*

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

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

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

But watching gives me a reason to drink.

CHEERS!!!

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#134 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:23PM
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Jay wrote:

F this team

This

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

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#135 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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#136 Chainsawz
December 23 2013, 01:33PM
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Really far out fetched idea here but...

Let's strip the crest off the players jersey's. Make them earn it back. The only way to earn it back is decided by ON POLLZ.

I don't know what to do with Lowe, MacTavish, Eakins, and the scouting staff though. Wait, something just came to me.... FIRE THEM ALL!!!

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#137 Weirfan
December 23 2013, 01:55PM
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@Burnward

As I've said to every single one of you that I've ever met in your 34 years of existence, I'm glad you enjoy your team. I'm happy for you, truly.

But you've proven yourself wanting something as you are on an Oiler fan site. So enjoy flamernation or whatever it's called.

PS, sorry Feaster is gone. I'm sure Peter's Drive-in noticed the a big drop in business.

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#138 outdoorzguy
December 23 2013, 02:38PM
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Even if the Oilers win tonight, there should many jerseys on the ice for the crap we have to put up with, and have for the last dozen years. A win tonight changes nothing! This is still a crappy team, led by even crappier management and has been for over a decade.

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#139 Oiler Country
December 24 2013, 08:23AM
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Gotta say... I disagree with this article in its entirety.

The jersey is an effective "white flag". The person is done with the management, the players, the whole organization who puts crap on the ice as we pay top dollar.

This is not about disrespecting who has donned the jersey and disrespecting those who have bled for the team.

You're way off Wanye.

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

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

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

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#141 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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#142 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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#143 OilFanInVan
December 23 2013, 02:24PM
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Wanye HAD to write this article before fans on this site decided to organize something rash like a mass jersey throwing or an ad in the Edmonton journal. Like it or not but Wanye needs his non-MSM site to still have some good favor with the Oilers otherwise he'll lose access and possibly sponsors. While he may secretly agree with throwing a jersey on the ice, he needs to protect himself first by stating to everyone to NOT do it...

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#144 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 02:44PM
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What Bar wrote:

The team is totally on board and coordinated about the plan for the evening .. Be at the Ranch by midnight. (or whatever the bar of the week is, I don't get out much).

Will I need protection?

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#145 vetinari
December 23 2013, 03:09PM
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Just to be clear here:

Jerseys thrown on ice = bad

Hats and bras thrown on ice = good

Beer spilled when we get scored against during the PP = bad

Moral victories = good

Wanye, let's never fight again*

*starts "slow motion" run towards Wanye with arms out, dramatic music in the background...

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#146 Kr55
December 23 2013, 03:50PM
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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.

Couldn't agree more. The Oilers organization is putting friendships and unwillingness to break up the old boys club ahead of making the necessary sacrifices to improve the team. The organization is full of people that are only concerned with keep their comfy jobs with no regard for the team. To me, that is just as bad as throwing the jersey on the ice. Eakins called that fan a quitter, well, if he looks at Katz and Lowe, he will see people that have quit on doing what is necessary for the team to move forward. Katz should fire Lowe, or Lowe should step down.

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#147 Scott From Grande Prairie
December 23 2013, 04:43PM
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I'm not kissing Wanye's butt or that of anyone who thinks the jersey shouldn't hit the ice or the floor because it's some sort of important symbol.

All I'm saying is a little bigger-picture perspective is probably needed here.

I was at that game on Saturday when the jersey hit the ice and my reaction wasn't that of a frustrated Oilers fan ... rather, it was one of someone who just watched someone toss an expensive jersey onto the ice in a temper tantrum - four days before Christmas. Just seems like a waste to me.

There are lots of little kids who'd love a hockey jersey for Christmas and they're not likely to get one ... but meanwhile some grandstander throws one onto the ice because his team lost a meaningless game in December and he figures, what the heck, it's the late-game on HNIC, after all.

Put it this way: If I'd done that in front of my folks when I was a kid (or hell, as an adult), it would have been my last act on this planet. You never waste something you paid hard-earned dollars for ... and you never let entertainment get the best of you.

If that sounds quaint or old-fashioned or sanctimonious, so be it. Someone needs to point out the absurdity of the act.

Don't get me wrong, I do sympathize with the frustration, but the act is just so lame and wasteful.

If you're frustrated to the point that you'll throw money over the glass, stop going to the games. If you're holding single-tickets, sell them online. They'll go fast. If you're a season ticketholder, cancel them or send them back to the team - I'm sure they will be takers for them as it's my understanding that there's a rather long waitlist for season tickets in E-town.

If you're frustrated and sick and tired of paying the freight, then stop paying it. Enough moaning on blog sites. Enough laundry tossing. Vote with your feet.

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#148 outdoorzguy
December 23 2013, 08:05PM
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The guy will be dead before he has a chance to drop the puck at a Oiler playoff game!! Besides McTavish will be long gone and Lowe won't honor the promise.

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#149 Cynic
December 24 2013, 01:13AM
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Props to the sweater-tosser. Expect clampdown at next game. Paper bags are Plan B.

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#150 Jprime
December 24 2013, 09:30AM
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Eakins should work on getting his team to respect the jersey before telling paying fans what to do with something they purchased with their own money.

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