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

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

Will I need protection?

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

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

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

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

it was a hemsky jersey

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#154 Ginny
December 23 2013, 02:53PM
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Spydyr wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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#155 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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#156 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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#157 white towel
December 23 2013, 03:02PM
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The amazing part is the focus on the jersey that was tossed from the stands, i was more focused on the 18 white towels that were thrown from the bench.

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

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

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

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

Stop being sheeple and start living for yourselves.

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#159 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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#160 Oilblood
December 23 2013, 03:17PM
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Scott From Grande Prairie wrote:

Excellent column, Wanye.

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

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

#firstworldproblems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*hoping Wanye catches the bold move references

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

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

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

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

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

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#166 vetinari
December 23 2013, 03:48PM
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Hockey Fan 1976 wrote:

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

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

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#167 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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#168 Kr55
December 23 2013, 03:50PM
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OilerLand wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#169 15w40
December 23 2013, 03:53PM
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If the team's fortunes don't turn around at all in the near future, its going to look like the teddy bear toss at the WHL games with all of the Oiler's paraphernalia flying over the glass.

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

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

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

Re: Eakins comments

It was exactly the WRONG thing to do.

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

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

Lowe school of public relations.

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

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#171 Will
December 23 2013, 04:59PM
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Disagree.

It was the ultimate statement of a customer saying they're not going to buy a product anymore because they are sick and tired of having to pay the high prices for the never ending low quality.

More than that it showed other fans who are angry and frustrated that they too don't have to buy this crap anymore.

This is the first year I purchased mini packs and I regret the hell out of it. That money could have been better spent in so many places. I don't even mind going to a game to see the Oilers lose. Boston, for example was a great game in every respect outside of Dubnyk's shoddy first period performance. They lost, but what a game that was.

But the shut out losses to the Red Wings, the Maple Leaf's and the Blues, were piss poor efforts from a team who is playing like they do not care, and that is something Edmonton fans are sick of paying for.

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

Eakins is a loser.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You're way off Wanye.

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#178 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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#179 Jprime
December 24 2013, 09:30AM
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Eakins should work on getting his team to respect the jersey before telling paying fans what to do with something they purchased with their own money.

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

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

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

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

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

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#181 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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