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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#51 Terry
December 07 2013, 10:20PM
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Imagine paying money for this game , going outside in -30 C and watching this.

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#52 YFC Prez
December 08 2013, 08:43AM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

what would the Oilers give for a Burke right now? or even a Feaster?

A Burke would be a step in the right direction. A Feaster ???!!!!!!!??? Burke would be a step in the right direction.

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#53 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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#54 6 ring circus
December 08 2013, 12:45AM
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The Oilers get pushed around every game they play, they are way to soft,we need 6-7 mean SOB's who can play and go out every shift and hit and cause havoc on the ice ,Petry got elbowed in the head tonight and there was no retaliation at all,way to stand up for a teammate, he will be out with a concussion for who knows how long,anytime there is a scrum on the ice, just watch the players on the ice, turn away and head straight to the bench, they don't watch each others backs,a good team and teammates go to battle and look out for each other, not the Oilers, they are way to soft to play against.Who's the idiot who put this team together anyways? K Lowe, its time that he get's shown the door, he obviously does not know how to build a winner,he has had enough time ruining this team.

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#55 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 08:11AM
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what would the Oilers give for a Burke right now? or even a Feaster?

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#56 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 06:20PM
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Double Dion wrote:

Even playing the night before and with 6 regulars out of the line-up we can beat the Oilers. MacDermid needs to be on the ice the first time Ference comes over the boards. I like Andy, but he needs to lose a few teeth, he'd look less girly that way. Set the tone early and the Oilers will go away like they always do when someone actually competes and doesn't take them lightly.

at first I thought it was wrong to go out and do such things, but the oiler fans went out of their way last game to convince me that permanently punching teeth from the mouth of another human being who declines to fight with you, is a very noble and good thing. So, why not go after an Eberle or Yak or Hall or one of the other powder puffs and knock their teeth out? Actually, oil fans would appreciate that and it wouldnt raise a single eyebrow or or anger anyone. 'tsall cool.

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#57 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 08:05PM
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Also, Edmonton sucks!

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#58 prendrefeu
December 07 2013, 10:12PM
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Darrell wrote:

On my screen - your an idiot !

It's spelled "you're" not "your."

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#59 TRAV
December 08 2013, 12:52AM
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I was thinking about coming on here and beating up on the Oilers a little but I see that their fans have already done an outstanding job. Worse than disdain for the Oilers I feel some pity.

Somebody remarked that the Flames need to learn from the Oilers rebuild and surround rookies with high character vets. Bang on. I also think that a major fault with the Oil was taking away incentive to work hard by prematurely signing players to lucrative long term contracts. Everybody who has participated in a hockey pool knows that the best guys to take are guys in contract years because they work their ass off.

Finally. It's a sad day when the Battle of Alberta has come to this. Maybe we can do like the old peewee travel team used to do and combine teams so that we can compete...

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#60 Devolution
December 08 2013, 05:50AM
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Is there anyone who can tell me, a couple of weeks later, why MacTavish traded Smid?

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

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#62 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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#63 RexLibris
December 07 2013, 08:19PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, Edmonton sucks!

And Calgary blows!

;)

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#64 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:10PM
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Gagner is one of the best PKers in the league-when the Oilers are on the PP.

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#65 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
December 07 2013, 09:25PM
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If Perron played for any other team I think I'd hate his guts. Instead, he makes me smile at least 3 times a game.

Also, I think Cassie Campbell nailed it in the video analysis. It's frustrating to think that if the talented Oilers players did the little things right and worked as hard as the majority of the Flames players, the Oilers would probably be a playoff team...

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#66 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 09:49PM
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Fun Fact: The Flames AHL team is really, really good.

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#67 Jeff
December 07 2013, 09:57PM
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Imagine if you had a job and you had the results Kevin Lowe has had in the last 8 years.

They still pay him, so I guess they pay for failure. He knows losing.

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#68 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:10PM
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Stempniak is playing a great game for the flames. Best player on the ice so far tonight.

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#69 beloch
December 07 2013, 10:55PM
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Well, that one turned into a nail-biter! Kudos to both goalies for making it a close one!

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#70 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 11:02PM
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@Walter White

Don't you have some meth to cook?

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#71 Walter White
December 07 2013, 11:16PM
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TDM wrote:

Always thought that was more of a capital region thing; like the sweats with dress shoes thing...oh well, nm

When I think of the typical Oilers fan I think of Ryan Smith riding a 10speed bike down the road with the handle bars turned up........am I on the right track?

WW

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#72 Loyal Oil
December 08 2013, 07:44AM
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Devolution wrote:

Is there anyone who can tell me, a couple of weeks later, why MacTavish traded Smid?

Now this is a really really good question the Edmonton sports 'journalists' (aka puppets) are not asking.

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#73 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 09:28AM
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I think its time for the league to step in and take over management of the Oiler team, before it's too late.

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#74 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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#75 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:04PM
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Todd wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVh69CTDqg

Plenty of 'time to drop his gloves' if he wasn't cowering trying to get away.

This was actually Ferrence's finest moment as an Oiler IMO.

Stempniak looked like Claude Lemieux on that play. Did everything but turtle. Makes Schultz jr look like GSP in comparison.

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#76 vetinari
December 07 2013, 09:38PM
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Someday, Eberle, Yak and the Nuge will be able to grow facial hair and they'll actually be able to physically knock guys around on the ice. Right now, they are all soooooo polite... "oh, did you save that shot? No problem sir, we'll just skate nicely back to the bench and wait for our next shift." And meanwhile, Perron is mounting a hunting scope of the shaft of his stick and taking names...

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#77 Dog Train
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Boring game. The Oilers couldn't make or take a pass to save their lives and the Flames were playing Switzerland National Team style hockey. Neither team deserved that win, contract both franchises.

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#78 lionlager
December 07 2013, 11:15PM
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Ahahah good guys win.

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#79 Overrated Oilers
December 08 2013, 12:51AM
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Oilers are an embarrassment to the NHL...can we contract this team already and let competent people take these players and show them how to win?

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#80 Primo
December 08 2013, 11:53AM
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Nick24 wrote:

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

You think exactly like Kevin Lowe and the owner of the Oilers. That is why they are proving to be the most pathetic franchise in NHL history.

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#81 MapleLeafer
December 08 2013, 02:51PM
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Good on ya Flames! Stickin it to your provincial rivals must feel good. All that dynasty talk that was coming off these boards for the last couple of years was hilarious but its even funnier now watching these oilers fans squirm in their own filth. Go Leafs Go!

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#82 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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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 Johnny Larue
December 07 2013, 05:15PM
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Season ticket holder 3rd game of the season 2 loses they owe me one tonight

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#87 Double Dion
December 07 2013, 06:02PM
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Even playing the night before and with 6 regulars out of the line-up we can beat the Oilers. MacDermid needs to be on the ice the first time Ference comes over the boards. I like Andy, but he needs to lose a few teeth, he'd look less girly that way. Set the tone early and the Oilers will go away like they always do when someone actually competes and doesn't take them lightly.

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#88 vetinari
December 07 2013, 08:26PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, Edmonton sucks!

Atta boy, Kent! Get in the spirit of it.

By the way, I'm going to type the next bit, very, very slowly for you and all the other Flames fans because I know that none of you can read very fast...

F... l... a... m... e... s...

S... u... c... k...

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#89 yessir
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

If Perron played for any other team I think I'd hate his guts. Instead, he makes me smile at least 3 times a game.

Also, I think Cassie Campbell nailed it in the video analysis. It's frustrating to think that if the talented Oilers players did the little things right and worked as hard as the majority of the Flames players, the Oilers would probably be a playoff team...

Couldn't agree more...how is Gagner not benched for not even bothering to skate back on his giveaway?

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#90 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 10:14PM
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I just tuned in, did the NHL finally outlaw body checks? Oil mgmt. has been convinced they would.

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#91 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 10:47PM
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Buttler is a turn over machine and proves the coach is trying his best to get high draft pick by playing him

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#92 wot96
December 07 2013, 10:57PM
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scoring with 10 seconds left to tie it got the Oilers their loser point but that just postponed the inevitable. Losers.

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#93 Alsker
December 07 2013, 11:05PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Jr. Has needed a press box night since the start of the season.

Accountability indeed

Jultz should have spent half this season in OKC for his defensive development(oh wait he still can) as for Gags, well, Mact(kBlowe) decided he was the cats meow and now we suffer from their epic ability to judge character and ability.

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#94 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:23PM
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@Walter White

With the short lee jean shorts, stained t shirt, and bad stache...yeah you're on the right track

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#95 cccsberg
December 08 2013, 01:39AM
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Nick24 wrote:

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

Nick, The game isn't played on paper, its on the ice. Even though someone may deem a certain player or players as better than another, its what happens on the ice that counts. Also, you don't play with just 3-4 players at a time, its a team game.

Tonight a very depleted Calgary team beat the Oil and I believe would pretty regularly with a full docket. As for individual players I think the goalies are all about the same at the moment, and just because someone is fast doesn't make them great. Until the "Fab5" learn all aspects of the game, 200ft game, utilizing their team-mates and that they need to work consistently they aren't so great... don't overestimate them.

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#96 DoubleDIon
December 08 2013, 01:44AM
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I thought tears were supposed to taste salty? Edmontonians have defective tears, they definitely taste sweet.

Seriously though, how brutal was Schultz tonight? The only guy who looked dangerous at all was Taylor Hall. He must be from Calgary or something...

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#97 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 09:37AM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Wow.

Just how long are you going to dwell on stempniaks teeth? That's probably the 6 th time you've mentioned it on this thread alone.

It wasn't that bad. Give it a rest man.

I won't dwell on it much past this season, I promise. ;-)

just like to remind the Oiler fans how much joy they took in the injury and loss when it is sustained on another team, as if these people are just video game characters that don't suffer... yet when it's one of their own, they ball like babies... even when it was a normal hit with no intent to injure.

I can't remember you mentioning how it was brought up countless times on the last shared BOA blog when a couple dozen Oiler fans said over and over again how wonderful the 'fight' was, regardless of the fact that Stemps declined the fight.

So, when i see a whiner like whats his name, well, it needs to be said. :-) or at least, it is fun to say.

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#98 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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#99 **
December 07 2013, 02:19PM
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Why is this baby not wrapped in Oilers glory?. Congrats Gregors

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#100 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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