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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#151 The Soup Fascist
December 08 2013, 04:15PM
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MapleLeafer wrote:

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!

1967. Man had not yet set foot on the moon. That is all.

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#152 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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#153 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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#154 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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#155 sizzler
December 07 2013, 04:20PM
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Congrats to Gregor family

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#156 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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#157 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 08:44PM
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if anything ference interferedd on stajan

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#158 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 08:51PM
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wow Bera sucks. he is as bad dubnik

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#159 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:03PM
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Cassie Campbell rules.

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#160 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:24PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

What's up with the pp again?

Trying to be cute, trying to sneak the puck between a dozen sticks and skates.

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#161 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 09:28PM
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why didnt dubnik get a penalty for knocking his own net off... flames were just about to score....

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#162 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

why didnt dubnik get a penalty for knocking his own net off... flames were just about to score....

Ya sure we were all just about to score. At least that's what we tell ourselves isn't it?

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#163 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:32PM
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What a save by whatever nameless goalie is in net for Calgary. Eakins is going to have to tell Marcobello to pass it into the net, not shoot.

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#164 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:46PM
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yessir wrote:

So please tell me, who is to blame for a lack of commitment to defensive play and hard work in general ...trash it if it is the players fault...props if it is the coaches fault...

I trashed your comment.

I don't watch their practice, nor do I know what he impliments or asks of his players to do. I judge what I see, and that is the pathetic effort the players put in more often than not.

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#165 Jackson
December 07 2013, 09:53PM
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Oilers are a bad team that does not know how to play a 200 ft game.

Look at their record from 2006-2007 to now.

Same team as ever. Whose fault who knows, only constant is Kevin Lowe.

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#166 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 10:11PM
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This Smid-O'brien shift is hard to watch

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#167 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 10:15PM
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@Todd

Todd, I think Ference's new finest moment should be the -1for being on the ice when Stemp scored!

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#168 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 10:53PM
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Yeahh! right on

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#169 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 11:10PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Here is a crow. Eat up. :)

Hmmm seems like I won't have to dine on crow tonight; bismarks are back on the menu.

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#170 Captain Ron
December 08 2013, 01:45PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

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.

Amen brother!

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

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#172 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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#173 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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#174 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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#175 Eulers
December 07 2013, 05:10PM
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Not so obvious GDP: Smid scores a goal (take your pick for against who).

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#176 thinkerr
December 07 2013, 07:19PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

I don't think you get it, your the bad guys. GOILERS!!!

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#177 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:20PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

You enjoy the infantile name calling?

I enjoy the respectful hatred both the alberta teams and fans used to show one another. Infantile name calling? I guess it's a start. You have to admit the boa kinda sucks now.

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#178 Alsker
December 07 2013, 08:28PM
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What? We chipped and chased and through a check, alas you know Arco's on the ice.

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#179 GK1980
December 07 2013, 08:34PM
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Why does CBC have such a hard on for the flames? Is this the flames feed or something?

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#180 Alsker
December 07 2013, 08:43PM
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Oh, Dubby, down before the shot, will that ever change, no challenge from him at all. In the crease sleeping again.

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#181 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:24PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

What's up with the pp again?

Another full day of PP practice and back to the same old same old.

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#182 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:50PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

It's Lowes fault. Any problems with the oilers , hockey, or life in general are at this point almost guaranteed to be Lowes fault

All the Gagner funboys blame everything on Lowe.

From what I have noticed in the comments section most posters, that for whatever reason defend Gagner, will use Lowe as their scapegoat.

They can't bring themselves to blame what they see, so they lay blame on something they don't have a clue about.

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#183 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:58PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

All the Gagner funboys blame everything on Lowe.

From what I have noticed in the comments section most posters, that for whatever reason defend Gagner, will use Lowe as their scapegoat.

They can't bring themselves to blame what they see, so they lay blame on something they don't have a clue about.

I'm usually the one defending Gags. Whatever he lacked on the draw and playing away from the puck he made up for with stellar offensive plays. But he hasn't made it very easy this year and the injury really shouldn't be an excuse at this point. That pass was boneheaded and he does stuff like that all the time now. And his offence is a total crap shoot.

jury should be out on Arcobello by the trade deadline. If gags doesn't shape up his spot might be in serious jeopardy.

I still blame Lowe though. To many inexperienced players and personnel learning their jobs from other inexperienced players and personnel. Thats on Lowe. Just look at the way he handled Gagner, right to the wolves. Set him back IMO.

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#184 Rocket
December 07 2013, 09:59PM
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So The Oilers know that they're allowed to score before the third period right? It's not against the rules to score in the first two periods.Did they not get that memo?

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#185 James
December 07 2013, 10:02PM
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@YFC Prez

There's something up with Gagner. His head hasn't been in the game this season. MC79 tweeted something during this morning's skate that Gagner didn't hear something Eakins said because he'd skated away to the boards. I thought that sounded weird. It made me wonder if something is up with Sam, if he's not happy or well mentally or something like that. I don't know, I just thought that was odd.

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#186 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:15PM
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Someone please tell the Oilers that the purpose of a powerplay is not to just pass it around.

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#187 Darrell
December 07 2013, 10:18PM
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prendrefeu wrote:

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

Ouch - good call and that's as embarrassing as the Oiler PP ....

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#188 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 10:26PM
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Good thing the oil are playing a completely zero talent team tonight or it would be 10-zip.

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#189 Old Time Hockey
December 07 2013, 10:36PM
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Thank you Oilers and Flames for helping all Canadians sleep on a Saturday night. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

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#190 Rocket
December 07 2013, 10:37PM
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Kelly Hrudy: "Blah blah blah blah Giordano rulz blah blah blah."

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#191 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:53PM
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Poo

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#192 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:53PM
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Ahhhhhh p00p.

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#193 Wintoon
December 08 2013, 07:51AM
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saddest thing about the Oilers ineptitude is that even lifelong fans are now starting to disappear from these sites. No question that the haters far out number the fans. Fans are no longer anticipating success, expecting the Oilers to make a key trade, they don't expect the playoffs and certainly not a run at the Cup. Even the draft has lost its excitement. We have had the draft as our sole focus for too long. Some threads talk about Oiler domination. I'd be hasppy if we were just competitive.

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#194 YFC Prez
December 08 2013, 08:57AM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Petry never got elbowed... what a homer.

Never heard you whining when Ference knocked teeth out of a guy that declined a fight...

now, quit whining and enjoy the game. it's just a game, and a fun one at that.

Why you hef to be mad all the time?

Are we having fun yet?

Flames Rule!

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.

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#195 VanFan
December 08 2013, 12:22PM
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fLames SUCK !!!

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#196 Floyd Jiveson
December 08 2013, 12:35PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

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.

Jeff in methbbridge. The 09/10 oiler team had so many injuries. A few had to do with Calgary over questionable hits. Get over it. It's a game. Plus I sort of enjoyed seing a flamer get his face punched in. Justified or not. Now go eat some porridge or take a walk bono.

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

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#198 Keith Fredlund
December 07 2013, 06:15PM
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Maybe steps will do it himself.

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#199 kittensandcookies
December 07 2013, 06:30PM
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Dayum, I wonder what the over/under was before my comment was removed.

Edmontonians should embrace their hirsute women. They make great floor rugs.

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#200 Saytalk
December 07 2013, 08:33PM
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Do the top six forwards get a bonus for speeding down the wing and taking a 30 foot wrist shot before their linemates can even enter the offensive zone? If not, then why do they keep doing that?

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