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

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

A Proud Tier Two Fan

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

This is garbage! I spent my money on a team that I cheered on for years... even when they were crap!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#155 Burnward
December 23 2013, 02:02PM
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@Weirfan

That was purely in response to that idiotic comment posted.

I like coming here for the intelligent conversation on the Oilers and will continue to.

It's a very interesting situation unfolding with you guys and it's something that has captivated my interest. Sorry to intrude.

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#156 ubermiguel
December 23 2013, 02:25PM
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Merry Christmas wrote:

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?

Forgive Merry Christmas, his heart is bigger than his brain.

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#157 Dallylamma
December 23 2013, 02:55PM
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Jesus Wanye...looks like you snapped those pics with a top of the line potato.

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#158 Hangin@Bangin
December 23 2013, 03:48PM
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http://alberta.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-sporting-goods-exercise-hockey-Selling-my-Oilers-stuff-because-they-suck-W0QQAdIdZ554169530

Well done sir well done......

Happy Festivus

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#159 KenL
December 24 2013, 09:01AM
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With the exception of hassling the Oilers in their private time, any form of protest is fair game. If nothing else, I'd hope that Eakins has hung the picture of the thrown jersey in the dressing room where none of the players can miss it. If he can't see the motivational value of gesture, he shouldn't be coach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#164 Danger Pay
December 23 2013, 03:00PM
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All I want for X-Mas is an Oilers Jersey... So I can be Tier One for a Game and you know what!

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#165 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 03:36PM
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What Bar wrote:

Oh no, not to meet you ... It meant that the most important thing to them is to make it to the bar before last call... like any other 20 year old ...

I'm with you meow

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#166 Tier Two Fan
December 23 2013, 06:15PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

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 ....

I recently had the opportunity to go for post game beers with a marginal NHL player on a struggling team (not the Oilers)after an embarrassing loss. I was surprised how little he seemed to care about his team's struggles and the outcome of the game he just finished playing. He was more concerned about where the party was at and if any cute girls would be there,etc...

If these players really cared as much as the fans they'd be sick after a loss like that. Hall should have been too upset to even go to the post game interview, let alone laugh and joke around.

Personally, I have decided to no longer be a fan of any team. From now on I am a fan of the sport of hockey and will watch for the enjoyment of the game.

Think about your job. Think about your co-workers. How many people in your industry, or at your place of employment, show a passion for their job? How many feel an overwhelming pride for the company they work for? If you have to wear a uniform, how many feel proud to wear it and would never do anything to demean its value? Unless you are military or a public servant, I bet there are very few. So why should we expect anything more from a 22 year old kid who was drafted by this team 4 years ago and moved to Edmonton to pursue employment in the NHL?

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

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#168 tileguy
December 23 2013, 02:01PM
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ColourMeImpressed wrote:

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

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

I seem to recall it was 50 cents for every comment.

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#169 Butters
December 23 2013, 03:12PM
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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

An Oiler fan civil war? is Wanye Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?

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#170 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 04:03PM
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The Red Pile wrote:

I only come by to indulge in some Schadenfruede. Thanks for being passionate Oiler fans. Your loyalty fuels the reign of incompetence that exists from the top down. Some rich kid stokes his ego with the purchase of the home town team and has no concept of what it takes to run a franchise. As long as you are talking, visiting this site or others , complaining about the Oilers I can relish in your misery. Please never let DK hear crickets, indifference or closed wallets. Bless all of you and Merry Christmas.

Eat a Dick.

edit Cause your a flamer not your comment

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#171 Turnover
December 25 2013, 08:32AM
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That jersey "laying dead on the ice" was a moral victory for the fans. SPEAK LOUD

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

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#173 A-Mc
December 23 2013, 02:50PM
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@Shredder

it was a hemsky jersey

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#174 The Red Pile
December 23 2013, 03:52PM
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I only come by to indulge in some Schadenfruede. Thanks for being passionate Oiler fans. Your loyalty fuels the reign of incompetence that exists from the top down. Some rich kid stokes his ego with the purchase of the home town team and has no concept of what it takes to run a franchise. As long as you are talking, visiting this site or others , complaining about the Oilers I can relish in your misery. Please never let DK hear crickets, indifference or closed wallets. Bless all of you and Merry Christmas.

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#175 vetinari
December 23 2013, 04:01PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

This makes me cry. i am so emotional now.

*You guys are my best friends Through thick and thin we'll always be together

We're a whole bunch of different kind havin fun all day laugh'n around and pilen away

Just best friends

Best friends are we!!

i love you guys

credit to south park

Love you too Reaperfunkss!!!!

My favorite South Park is when they did the Rush tribute!

"I'm Geddy Lee and I'll sing what the hell that I want... now 1-2-3 1-2-3"

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#176 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 23 2013, 03:55PM
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vetinari wrote:

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...

This makes me cry. i am so emotional now.

*You guys are my best friends Through thick and thin we'll always be together

We're a whole bunch of different kind havin fun all day laugh'n around and pilen away

Just best friends

Best friends are we!!

i love you guys

credit to south park

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#177 Oilers4ever
December 23 2013, 11:09PM
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Scott From Grande Prairie wrote:

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.

Agreed dude. And if I've read correctly he didn't pay for it. A gift given to him. If that is true then it doesnt show much appreciation to who gave it to him. If it was his that he bought then it is a free country but definately waste. I gave two replica oiler jerseys that are the cheaper 100 dollar variety. One of them is the one designed by the comic book dude. I would NEVER throw them out no matter what. Cost hard earned cash to buy it, dont have the funds to replace it. If the dude that did this has the cash to just buy a new one then maybe he should be donating to charities where the money would go to better use than a wasted jersey from a poor sport fan. People bash the oilers mgmt team for not making changes but I doubt any of the naysayers could do better. If you think improving this team is as simple as making a phone call for a trade you are sadly mistaken. There's other things involved. People need to get real on a lot of these issues.

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#178 DrunkGuyTy
December 23 2013, 11:54PM
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Holy thin skinned-ness! It's come to this? Frustration to the point that you're calling out Wanye? What a bunch of self-entitled, cry babies! I love hockey and the Oilers but seriously people - it's hockey! "Oh poor us ... we've wasted $5k ... $20k ... $100k on Oilers tickets and THIS is how THEY treat us!?!?!?" ...oh to have such problems.

The past 7 years have sucked - no doubt! But the whining and belly-aching on here is no better than Lowe's idiocy. Yeesh!!!

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#179 landman
December 24 2013, 08:19AM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

yeah, he's only been here 40 games and he takes more pride in the oilers logo than anyone willing to throw their jersey on the ice. Give you head a shake - you should be pissed at the "fan" who is disrespecting your team. If you don't realize what an insult it is to have that jersey thrown down than you need to take some time to think about what that logo stands for. When you're done thinking about that, think about what it means to be supportive.

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#180 What Bar
December 23 2013, 03:19PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Will I need protection?

Oh no, not to meet you ... It meant that the most important thing to them is to make it to the bar before last call... like any other 20 year old ...

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#181 Chester Fergusson
December 24 2013, 06:52AM
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Use to be a maple leaf fan back when I was a kid, have been an OILERS fan since they came into the NHL. Everyone is frustrated and pissed off, we need to see some fight from the players and fans. I believe in Dallas and see he is also fighting to do what's right and screwed up with the comment but he is trying to say to his players don,t be a quitter. FIGHT ..it's hard to believe when things are not going well especially after all these years some maple leaf fans still believe and they have not won a cup since 1967 GO OILERS keep fighting get pissed and play harder and fans stay believers their time will come

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