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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 Boxman
December 23 2013, 12:15PM
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I'm 61 and had season tickets through the glory years. That said the owner and management have shown no respect for the fans or the jersey. This jersey throwing fan spoke for the majority of fans and if Katz doesn't have the gonads to speak to the fans then I hope the ice is two feet thick with jerseys!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#57 The_Tik
December 23 2013, 01:26PM
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OilerLand wrote:

Sorry Wanye, you know I loves you but I gotta disagree here.

Sacrificing one piece of over-priced fabric on HNIC is the loudest message the fans could utter, aside from chanting "fire ____!" all night long.

It's easy to blame a fan for throwing the history and pride of the crest away, but he's not. He's the one having the balls to call the oilers bluff. The fact is that management, players, and coaches are the ones ACTUALLY throwing history into the fire here. The fans are showing up, paying money, doing their part.

The jersey on the ice was a mirror image of what this franchise has become.

The organization is the one throwing that history onto the ice. Fans are helpless.

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

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#58 Chainsawz
December 23 2013, 01:28PM
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Scott From Grande Prairie wrote:

Excellent column, Wanye.

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

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

#firstworldproblems

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

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

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#59 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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#60 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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#61 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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#62 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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#63 Zamboni Driver
December 23 2013, 11:58AM
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By the way, "The Jersey" that we're to revere has changed twice

Including some 'third jersey' ridiculousness, that we dutifully bought.

Pile that on top of the complete quit in the entire team on Saturday night, THEY clearly don't respect it. The fan was entirely within his rights to speak volumes by one act.

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#64 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:06PM
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BIGDAWG wrote:

"whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they're out, they've given up. They're a quitter. We don't want that here......." -Dallas Eakins

Shall I go on????

Yup, that fans a quitter! Respect to him, he held in there longer than the players did. They quit what 10 games in?

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#65 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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#66 ColourMeImpressed
December 23 2013, 12:28PM
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Wanye, the jersey is just a commercial product sold to you as a symbol of another commercial product. One that stinks.

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

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

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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#70 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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#71 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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#72 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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#73 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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#74 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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#75 DoubleDIon
December 23 2013, 01:35PM
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If everyone who owned a Kevin Lowe jersey chucked it on the ice that would send a message. Lowe is awfully arrogant for a man who has presided over the worst franchise in the NHL.

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

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

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#76 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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#77 Serious Gord
December 23 2013, 04:14PM
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@BC BOY

Re: Eakins comments

It was exactly the WRONG thing to do.

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

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

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#78 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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#79 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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#80 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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#81 Burnward
December 23 2013, 11:52AM
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/grabspopcorn

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#82 Rene
December 23 2013, 11:59AM
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Have to remember there is a whole new generation of Oilers fans who don't know anything about the dynasty days so those guys don't really mean anything to them. It was a long time ago.

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#83 redhot1
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Wanye wrote:

Homie I wasnt even a sentient being in the 80s and I still have heaps of respect for the teams since then

Neither was I. But you need to realize that nothing will change if nothing significant happens. This jersey toss could become something for disgruntled fans to rally around. Take a step back and stop drinking the kool-aid. This organization is a complete mockery, through and through.

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#84 Spydyr
December 23 2013, 12:09PM
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Respect is earned not given. That jersey should go one of three places:

1) On the wall Eakin's cleared of old Oilers memorabilia.

2) It should be worn by the player who gave his best effort that game.

3) It should hang in the Lowe's office covering that Rangers Cup picture.

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#85 Wax Man Riley
December 23 2013, 12:10PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Yup, that fans a quitter! Respect to him, he held in there longer than the players did. They quit what 10 games in?

I just wanted to see this posted again.

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#86 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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#87 Sickofthiscrap
December 23 2013, 12:18PM
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Do you really think the 80's alumni are shaking their heads at the sight of a jersey on the ice. If they had just shown the jersey on the ice and not where it came from, I'm sure most would have assumed it came off the player himself. The embarrassment is the so called product this management group keeps putting on the ice. This team has given up... Nothing new here. We've turned a bunch of kids with potential into a bunch of young men who only care about collecting pay checks. I'd bet my next pay check ( which isn't several hundred thousand dollars) that all the kids were out at the bar "celebrating" after the St.Louis game. Why not? They're just gonna lose the next game anyway and it's not like there are any repercussions. Truth is you won't see me throwing my jersey on the ice anytime soon. Not because I don't think we should, but because I'm too embarrassed to put it on in the first place. What a joke...

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#88 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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#89 Jay
December 23 2013, 12:19PM
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TheTooSilentGhost wrote:

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

Who cares about Eakins context?? How about a little less talking and little more doing?

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#90 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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#91 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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#92 ubermiguel
December 23 2013, 12:27PM
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Wanye, the jersey is sacred, but the fans' anger is so epic and the team's response is so tepid, a blasphemous act is the only act that is suitable.

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

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

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

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

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

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#94 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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#95 Alsker
December 23 2013, 12:34PM
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BIGDAWG wrote:

"whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they're out, they've given up. They're a quitter. We don't want that here......." -Dallas Eakins

Shall I go on????

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

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

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

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

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#97 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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#98 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:47PM
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Wanye wrote:

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HOMIE THIS SITE COSTS ME MONEY EVERY MONTH YOU NITWIT

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

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#99 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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#100 Pucker
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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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