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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 Throw Lowe
December 23 2013, 01:00PM
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How about if we throw a #4 - Lowe jersey out there?

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#102 -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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#103 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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#104 PopeJordon
December 23 2013, 01:13PM
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The fans aren't spitting in the face of all those Oilers of Christmas Past- the current line up is. Nothing any fan does with his or her jersey can disrespect it more than those 23 players do night in and night out.

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#105 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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#106 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 01:30PM
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So where are all the jersey tossers meeting up at the game?? They need to coordinate, plan and prepare better than the team does

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

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#108 simmerdown
December 23 2013, 01:36PM
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I just signed up so I can comment on this.

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

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#109 A-Mc
December 23 2013, 01:36PM
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Holy crap the fans have turned on Wanye!?!!!!!

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

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

"Fack"

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

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

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

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

"Fack"

That was funnier than watching the oilers on the PP

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

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#111 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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#112 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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#113 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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#114 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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#115 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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#116 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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#117 Spydyr
December 23 2013, 03:58PM
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Dear Mr.Eakins,

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

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#118 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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#119 gcw_rocks
December 23 2013, 04:29PM
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I don't think tossing the jersey on the ice disrespects past players. It's a comment on the current organization only. It's a comment on the now and the perceived future. I have tons of respect for the players that came before, but if I still lived in Edmonton I would toss my jersey on the ice in support of the message that fan was trying to send. Drastic action, it would appear, is needed to get Katz attention and if this does it then I say "toss away!" Oiler fans. We can't sit on our hands any longer. The boys on the bus must go!

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

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

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

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#121 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 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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#123 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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#124 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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#125 Shooter
December 23 2013, 06:21PM
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This article sounds like it was written by the Oiler management team. Blabbing about the glory days and all the cups of yesteryear. Live in the now FFS. The jersey toss was well deserved and a direct shot at Katz and his merry band of former Oilers who don't know how to run an NHL team. I'd like to shake the hand of the man who tossed it.

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

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

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#126 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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#127 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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#128 BIGDAWG
December 23 2013, 12:00PM
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Wanye wrote:

EAKINS CALLED THE FAN A QUITTER HOLY COW THATS RICH

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

Shall I go on????

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#129 Tuningout
December 23 2013, 12:05PM
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It's fun and sad. Oiler fans used to all get along. Now it's become like the lockout... You have to pick a side. It's getting ugly

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#130 RexHolez
December 23 2013, 12:12PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Respect is earned not given. That jersey should go one of three places:

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

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

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

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

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#131 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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#132 Gerald R. Ford
December 23 2013, 12:21PM
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I wouldn't have done it, personally, but I can totally sympathize with the guy. That was an act of desperation, not rationality, and, at this point, whatever shames this organization into action, and out of lethargy, I'm all for it. I've seen the Oildrop dishonoured a LOT more over the last decade than that very sad, but understandable, act.

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#133 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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#134 Lowe Expectations
December 23 2013, 12:30PM
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Personally, I've stopped wearing my Oiler hat anymore. Too many people start with the "what's wrong with Oilers blah blah blah". I would rather avoid the discussion.

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#135 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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#136 Alsker
December 23 2013, 01:00PM
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Sir Wanye, I do understand the whole respect thing(got bloodied up a few times defending the Oil back in the day), just wonder how many of the Oiler Alumni texted/called/e-mailed old 6rings asking him WTF. It's their legacy thats being tarnished. Would love to know how they feel about this.

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#137 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 23 2013, 01:01PM
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Sorry Wanye, I disagree with you.

If that's what this jersey represents, then this squad has no business wearing the logo.

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#138 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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#139 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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#140 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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#141 Merry Christmas
December 23 2013, 01:22PM
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Seems to be in the spirit of things.... Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Kevin Lowe, Oiler boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, fore-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d!@kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-@ss, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s@!t he is. Hallelujah. Holy s@!t. Where's the Tylenol?

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#142 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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#143 bemond
December 23 2013, 01:29PM
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What hurts the most is the lack of respect... What hurts the 2nd most is that even Flames ( the team we were supposed to leave in the dust this year) fans still get to ask me "Whats wrong with those shi&%y Oilers" after every game... At least they compete.... A team that lacks heart trades the only guy that cared. FML

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#144 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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#145 rob
December 23 2013, 02:03PM
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I have no problems with the rebuild,we have gotten some pretty good talent to help this team down the road,I have no problem if it takes 2 more years to be playoff bound,but what i have a problem with is when the team puts fourth a half assed effort and gets whipped!if they lose but they are trying I will watch night after night but saturdays game(I was there)was a half assed attempt of a hockey team that does not care!the fans put fourth a better effort with cheering and watching that crap than the players,and if a fan pays for tickets,buys a jersey and wishes to throw it on the ice in frustration I totally support it

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#146 tileguy
December 23 2013, 02:06PM
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@ColourMeImpressed

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

People should just let that sink in.

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

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#148 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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#149 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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#150 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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