GDB 31.0: THE BOA

Wanye
December 07 2013 01:11PM

 

Proud new parents Traci and Jason welcomed their son Beckett William Douglas Gregor into the world on December 4th, 2013. This Battle of Alberta article is dedicated to him.

We met a nice little fellow at an Oilers game a few weeks back. Standing in line for pizza we saw that we were both sporting the Eberle 14 and got to talking business. "I am 8 years old and I haven't seen the Oilers in the playoffs once" we were informed in no uncertain terms by our fellow Oilers fan.

Doing some quick mental math we calculated he was indeed alive for the glorious run of '06. "What about the Cup run? You were alive for that" we replied. The kid rolled his eyes as only kids can towards moron adults and said matter of factly "yeah but I was just a baby so that doesn't count."

"Well what is your best Oilers memory then" we asked. "I dunno," came the reply after some time. "Maybe Yak sliding across the ice after that goal?"

Yikes. By the time we were 8 years old the Oilers had already won the Stanley Cup 4 times. 

Your average 8 year old Oilers fan been alive for the playoffs exactly once and we have it on good authority that the one year apparently doesn't count. And before you start laughing Flames fans things aren't much better down there having missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Look at little Cameron here, taken to his first Oilers game by my main man @clayballs22 the other night.  See the intent gaze in Cameron's eyes? There is no mistaking that look. He is there to see Oilers wins. Fellas like Cameron deserve great memories of their team as a tyke which will cement his status as a superfan later on in life.

We pity these kids of today. No wins, no playoffs, nothing to get excited about re-enacting whilst playing mini stick hockey at recess until you break your little wooden stick on another kid in overtime and get a half day suspension in the library and a lifetime ban from recess hockey.*

That's what being a lil fan of the Oilers or Flames is all about. Not rebuilds, labour disruptions and cheering for Entry Draft lottery wins.

We want better hockey in the next 8 years than we have seen in the past 8. If not for the sake of our shattered heart and expectations but for kids like Paul, dressed in his Oilers finery by proud dad @dahoosman in the expectation he too will become a big fan if he isn't already. 

Heck we even want better hockey for you Calgary, for all the poor misguided kids wearing Flames jerseys for whom the Igninla years will only be a story from before their time. Here's hoping to the emergence of the next generation of Iginlas in the North and South of Alberta that the Becketts, Camerons and Pauls will tell teach their kids about one day.

And here's to the Battle of Albertas of tomorrow. Games where there are playoff implications, with both sides dreading having to face each other down the stretch. Epic pitched battles on minus 30 nights that will cause kids like Beckett William Douglas Gregor to replay the game over and over again in his mind as he tries in vain to sleep after the final whistle.

Magic games that will ignite a whole new generation of fans of our respective teams.

*The Life of Wanye Gretz circa 1987

LINES - EDM - 14th place (10-18-2)

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov

Perron - The Nuge - Eberle

Smyth - Arcobello - Hemsky

Gazdic - Lander - Jones

Ference - Larsen

N. Schultz - J. Schultz

Marincin - Petry 

Dubnyk

LINES - CGY - 13th place - (10-14-2)

The Flames hadn't tweeted their lines as of press time here so this lineup is the latest from our friends over at DailyFaceOff.com: 

Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak 

Hudler - Backlund - D. Jones 

Baertschi - Byron - B. Jones 

MacDermid - Bouma - Smith

Butler - Giordano

Russell- Brodie

Smid - O'Brien

Berra

Expect last minute changes to both lineups as game time nears.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I'm going to the game, the Oilers will win. Sir Eberle pots a pair as the Oilers win 5-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Considering I forgot to include this with the original article, the Oilers will get off to a slow start, but like just my beer consumption at the game, they will pick up speed in the final few periods and cruise to victory.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: I've decided to ditch my Eberle jersey for this game and go with my new Gazdic. I don't expect Lucky Luke to score very often, but after fighting that behemoth McGratton, I felt the urge to support Gazdic. My new jersey is also popular with the ladies, and Wanye Manor will be rocking later tonight after the Gaz Man picks up unexpected second-period assist and makes me look good to some unlucky lady who had three Rexall Beers.

UPDATE: THESE PREDICTIONS ARE COUNTERFEIT HAVING BEEN ADDED BY PAPA GREGOR IN MY NAME - WG

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The Battle of All-brutal on HNIC!

FIST!

#GOILERS

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#2 Lowetide
December 07 2013, 01:17PM
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Hope he's a center! Congrats, the Gregors!

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#3 kittensandcookies
December 07 2013, 01:19PM
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edited by Wanye due to commenter embarassing himself

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#4 Brent
December 07 2013, 01:20PM
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Big congrats to the Gregger Family!! Welcome to fatherhood!! I too am a new father! I was born in 82,now I'm hopeful the oilers can be the same kind of team for my kids that I grew up watching!! Cheers

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#5 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 01:24PM
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The Score has Berra in net tonight - get ready for another white knuckler!

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#6 Johe
December 07 2013, 01:25PM
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Dear Wanye:

This GDB is surprisingly classy and well written.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU????!!!!!!!

OILERS WIN 5-1! YEAH BABY!!!!!!!

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#7 Fatbob24
December 07 2013, 01:26PM
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Congrats Gregor and GO OILERS!

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#8 Baresnake
December 07 2013, 01:27PM
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You forget to mention one thing, Wanye. Dine on excrement, Flames!

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#9 kgo
December 07 2013, 01:28PM
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Camell-toe-lerri looks like Daniel Day Louis

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#10 Oilers Coffey
December 07 2013, 01:30PM
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Lets Go Oilers!!! Eat sh!t Flames!!! Tonight's a guaranteed win night for the good guys! Oilers win 5-1

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#11 Walter Sobchak
December 07 2013, 01:34PM
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Congratulations Gregor!

From reading your father day articles there's no doubt you will be a great father.

OGDP - Both teams show how badly they suck, the game is surprisingly really good, pond hockey, no defensive responsibility, Oilers win 6-4.

Never go against the Oilers when the BoA is on!

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#12 Sin city
December 07 2013, 01:37PM
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kittensandcookies wrote:

edited by Wanye due to commenter embarassing himself

Edited

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#13 David S
December 07 2013, 01:41PM
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Johe wrote:

Dear Wanye:

This GDB is surprisingly classy and well written.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU????!!!!!!!

OILERS WIN 5-1! YEAH BABY!!!!!!!

I've been reading these GDB's since the dawn of the internets and I gotta say this one is the work of a booze-soaked genius!

Nice job Wanye and congrats Gregor on Mini Gregor #1.

Oilers 5 fLames 3. Gagner with 2.

I'd call a Gagner scrap but we'll have to wait for that beauty till the games REALLY start counting.*

*November 2014

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#14 Baresnake
December 07 2013, 01:43PM
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David S wrote:

I've been reading these GDB's since the dawn of the internets and I gotta say this one is the work of a booze-soaked genius!

Nice job Wanye and congrats Gregor on Mini Gregor #1.

Oilers 5 fLames 3. Gagner with 2.

I'd call a Gagner scrap but we'll have to wait for that beauty till the games REALLY start counting.*

*November 2014

AND for Gagner to have a jaw!

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#15 bwar
December 07 2013, 01:47PM
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I want to see more occasional shifts where Gazdic and the Nuge play together. I was so pumped when he got those extra shifts late in the game against Colorado.

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#16 Weighting for more
December 07 2013, 01:52PM
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Wanye dedicates the GDB to BDG. Nice!

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#17 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 01:52PM
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I also look forward to the day the BOA matters again. But until that day comes we will make do with trouncings of the godless flames without implications to playoff hopes for either team. In this meaningless game oilers win by blowout. 7-1.

# flames suck b@lls !!!!!!

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#18 Spydyr
December 07 2013, 01:57PM
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OGDP: J Shultz switches to a thong from his frilly panties . It gives him enough gumption to ask a Flame politely not to run over his goalie.Smid still groggy from a head shot earlier in the shift from Gazdic forgets he now plays for the Flames and tunes his new teammate who ran Dubnyk.J Shultz skates to the corner curls up in the fetal position and starts sobbing uncontrollably.

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#19 dawgtoy
December 07 2013, 02:01PM
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In going to the game tonight. I go to an average of four each season. I haven't seen the Oilers win a game since game 6 of the SCF's 2006. I really hope my luck will change tonight. Calgary will play they're third in four nights. They're tired after a tough loss to Colorado. They're fighting the flu bug, but I tend to be the kiss of death to all that is Oilers. I'm still going. I'm drinking Rexall beers and I'm going. Go Oilers Go. Eat Sh!t Flamers.

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#20 bookofloob
December 07 2013, 02:03PM
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Beautifully put together GDB, Wanye. Who wrote it for you?

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#21 Chico Santana
December 07 2013, 02:03PM
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Wanye: Seeing as this is a game against Calgary, I was expecting a blog that trashed the Flames mercilessly. The Oilers won the last meeting! WTF? Ah, you probably partied hard last night with sexy U of A coeds and those brothers from Fort McMurray. You are forgiven.

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#22 T&A4Flames
December 07 2013, 02:06PM
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Congrats Gregor and family!!

Wow, a couple wins and you Oiler fans are all over that bandwagon again. Looking forward to squashing your hopes and dreams again tonight.

GFG!!!

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#23 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
December 07 2013, 02:14PM
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I was fortunate enough to be in attendance for those home games during that "magical spring run".

My wife, however, calls it "the spring You lost your hearing"...or at least I that's what I think she's saying.

Congrats Gregor!

NSOGDP -Smid gets in Hallsy's grill and our team's defender @sporkabella skates in to the rescue.

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#24 **
December 07 2013, 02:19PM
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Why is this baby not wrapped in Oilers glory?. Congrats Gregors

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#25 Clayballs22
December 07 2013, 02:41PM
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Nice article Wanye. Thanks for including Cameron & I. And congratulations to the Gregor family. Love the little guys name!

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#26 vetinari
December 07 2013, 02:56PM
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Congrats on the new addition to OilersNation! Remember... sometimes when they get to be teenagers they like to rebel a little and try out weird things... like being a goth or emo or a Flames fan... just give it time and it will pass...

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#27 Dog Train
December 07 2013, 03:08PM
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I may be old enough to have witnessed the playoffs but I still am too young to have witnessed any really meaningful Battles of Alberta. Mostly just inconsequential games like this one. Still, if you can't look forward to beating your biggest rival than what can you look forward to? Oilers make their fans happy tonight, win 6-3.

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#28 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 03:32PM
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Will this be the night that the Oiler cheap shot artist Andrew Ferret has to pay for punching someone who didn't want to fight, before he got his gloves off, knocking out some teeth?

wouldn't it be awesome if the flames new face puncher, Mc-Whatever-his-name-is, nails an oiler star for a few teeth before he even gets his gloves off? that would be good ol fashioned hockey that all the alberta fans could appreciate, north and south!

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#29 Slats
December 07 2013, 03:34PM
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Congrats to the new Gregors and here's to 2032 when we see young Beckett donne the Oiler silks (errr if that's what Mom wants!!!)

Wanye - pure class on BOA. Calgary doofuses please take note

Oil 8 fLames 1

I like this 8's thing we have going!!

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#30 oilfan
December 07 2013, 03:36PM
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Wanye you beauty

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#31 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 03:39PM
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Dog Train wrote:

I may be old enough to have witnessed the playoffs but I still am too young to have witnessed any really meaningful Battles of Alberta. Mostly just inconsequential games like this one. Still, if you can't look forward to beating your biggest rival than what can you look forward to? Oilers make their fans happy tonight, win 6-3.

i would say that with the Flames having won about 17 of the last 20-something games, there has been a lot of meaningful games

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#32 Harlie
December 07 2013, 03:40PM
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Great name for the little feller and he looks happy and healthy. Congrats again Gregor family!

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#33 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 03:43PM
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Why are all the oiler trolls on FLAMES NATION???

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#34 oilfan
December 07 2013, 03:45PM
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Just a quick sidebar, Perron is a 10/10 beauty. What a guy.

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#35 I Remember the Orange Jerseys
December 07 2013, 03:48PM
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Yup, there was a time when the BOA was the best hockey you could watch anywhere. As a die-hard Oilers fan, I couldn’t bring myself to respect guys like Fleury and Peplinski until 10 years after they retired.

Here’s hoping the next generation of fans get to witness a rivalry as fierce as the one those of us over 40 remember. Maybe the Oilers will even let the Flames win another cup while they’re accumulating another five for themselves.

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#36 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:03PM
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"...Calgary has taken five of seven and eight of the last 11 encounters at Rexall Place.

Edmonton is currently last in the Pacific Division with 22 points, but is only two points behind the Flames for sixth place."

I was really hoping that the Flames could pick at least top three this draft in their one to two year rebuild, but the Oiler's just cannot get out of their own way!

No matter how many of flames top forwards or defenseman are out injured, no matter how many face-punchers the coach insists on playing each game, and no matter that the Flames play the worst goalie in the league on purpose (Bera)to "see if he develops" while really trying to secure a high draft... the Oiler's still find a way to lose more games.

Even when the Flames are trying to get the draft picks... oiler's still suck worse.

it isn't even fun to make fun of the Oiler's or Oiler fans anymore!

PLEASE edmonton for the love of hockey, string together some wins!

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#37 KetchupKid
December 07 2013, 04:05PM
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Flames win 1-0. Smid gets the game's only goal.

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#38 mk
December 07 2013, 04:10PM
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Nice post. Here's hoping for a Flames win and a decade of excellent BOA matchups!

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#39 RexHolez
December 07 2013, 04:17PM
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OGDP - Smid hits eberle in the corner and ebs goes on long time IR

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#40 sizzler
December 07 2013, 04:20PM
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Congrats to Gregor family

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#41 schevvy
December 07 2013, 04:28PM
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Well Berra's in net so at least it'll be entertaining!

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#42 ?
December 07 2013, 04:28PM
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Flames have actually made it 4 years since the lockout. 06 vs Anaheim, 07 vs Detroit, SJ in 08, CHI in 09.

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#43 ?
December 07 2013, 04:31PM
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Flames have actually made it 4 years since the lockout. 06 vs Anaheim, 07 vs Detroit, SJ in 08, CHI in 09.

Not that it matters anyways, since they have the same number of series wins as the Oilers..

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#44 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 04:31PM
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How much was paid for the baby pic?

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#45 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 04:35PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Why are all the oiler trolls on FLAMES NATION???

What's the over/under on how many times this comment appears during the game tonight. I'm going with 12

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#46 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 04:38PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

Oilers always have done everything bigger and better than the flames. Even if it is sucking. We have way more sucktitude. I wouldn't worry too much though. Flames are loosing tonight.

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#47 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:43PM
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@YFC Prez

I just wanted to make sure I was first... out of respect for the last BOA game day blog, where a 'similar' question was asked about every 10th post.

:-D :-D :-D :-D

I have officially taken up trolling... its cheap entertainment.

;-)

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#48 Rocket
December 07 2013, 04:50PM
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BOA on CBC! One of the few games I've been amping to see all year. Too bad both teams aren't very good. Hope it's at least an entertaining game. I missed the last game because I was watching GSP's controversial win over Hendricks.

GDP: Oilers win (Flames are sick & tired)

OGDP: Schultz plays soft, Gags goes minus, Yak city kisses the Oilers crest and double fist pumps after the anthem.

NSOGDP: Eberle throws his first bodycheck of the season against Smid. After, Smid's like "What the What!?!"

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#49 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:51PM
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schevvy wrote:

Well Berra's in net so at least it'll be entertaining!

I was secretly wishing they'd have called up Ortio. Or given the start to Ramo.

I for one need no more Reto in my diet for quiet some time to come.

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#50 Todd
December 07 2013, 04:57PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Will this be the night that the Oiler cheap shot artist Andrew Ferret has to pay for punching someone who didn't want to fight, before he got his gloves off, knocking out some teeth?

wouldn't it be awesome if the flames new face puncher, Mc-Whatever-his-name-is, nails an oiler star for a few teeth before he even gets his gloves off? that would be good ol fashioned hockey that all the alberta fans could appreciate, north and south!

Boooo hoooo... If Stempniak doesn't like losing his teeth he shouldn't throw cheap hits he can't back up.

Watch the video, Fernuckle gave him plenty of time to drop his mitts. He asked to fight several times. He just didn't take no for an answer. Big difference.

Suck it up princess.

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