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

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

edited by Wanye due to commenter embarassing himself

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#53 Todd
December 07 2013, 05:00PM
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Todd wrote:

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.

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.

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#54 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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#55 The Last Big Bear
December 07 2013, 08:41PM
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God, I hate the Oilers so hard.

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#56 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:48PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Flames deserve the win as they outworked the oil in a very close contest. What could be more depressing than 'very close contest'? The Flames are the least talented squad in the league and they are a better team than the oil after 4 rebuilding years. May as well laugh or I'll cry. Good night sports fans.

Here is a crow. Eat up. :)

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#57 Hockey fan 2013
December 07 2013, 10:57PM
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Oilers you blow!!! 3 drafts picks later and you lose to the worst team in hockey. Can't wait to hear Eakins excuse tonight. " we just didn't play the whole 60". Really genius. Loser!!!

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#58 Oilersfan4
December 07 2013, 11:01PM
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Dubby played a good game,but that OT goal was weak

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#59 Oilersman
December 08 2013, 02:15AM
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@DoubleDIon

Ya. I hear ya. But I'd trade a young Iginla for a young Hall. I know Calgary had raised some top notch hockey talent. Kinda wishing Edmonton had something to brag about. A messier type of player. Like Iggy, I don't know, maybe a Fuhr. I remember when he suited up as a Flame, just seemed wrong. Oh well, we don't have much to brag about her either in Cold Lake.... Greschner was an all star one year.

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#60 Dead horse beaten
December 08 2013, 12:25PM
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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.

Waaaah!!!

The only whining is coming from Lethbridge, STILL... Jeffy.

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#61 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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#62 Floyd Jiveson
December 07 2013, 07:05PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

hurting someone who is skating away... used to be called a 'burtuzi'. now i think it is referred to as a "ference" or, 'Oiled' for short.

Your being a goof. Go argue with someone on YouTube. Plus the flames are only 2 points ahead. Get off your inch high pedestal.

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#63 Ricky
December 07 2013, 09:59PM
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Oilers are losing to the worst team on paper in the NHL and they are missing players and some are sick tonight and playing.

Ha Ha Ha

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#64 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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#65 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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#66 Bryzarro World
December 08 2013, 11:06AM
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Loyal Oil wrote:

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

What was their record with and without Smid?

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#67 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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#68 Fatbob24
December 07 2013, 01:26PM
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Congrats Gregor and GO OILERS!

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#69 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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#70 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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#71 Johnny Larue
December 07 2013, 06:11PM
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Todd wrote:

It was a truly beautiful moment. Stood up for himself. Knocked teeth out. Embarrassed Stempniak. No player on the Shames did ANYTHING. We won the game. That game was the start of a nice 6-3 run. So really that bit of Flames face punching was the turning point of the season really.

It was poetry.

That is when the tide started to turn I expect an asskicking tonight with the Flames fans ears ringing with my catcalls as they slink out of the arena with their tails between their legs and Flames Suck ringing in their ears

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#72 ?
December 07 2013, 08:47PM
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HAHA Stempniak. Take that Ference you bum

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#73 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 09:37PM
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McGratton... what IS his role? is he even hard to play against?

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#74 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 10:04PM
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Rocket wrote:

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?

the Oil have had what, 8 power plays? and Flames playing one of the worst games of the year... lol

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#75 Darrell
December 07 2013, 10:11PM
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Ricky wrote:

Oilers are losing to the worst team on paper in the NHL and they are missing players and some are sick tonight and playing.

Ha Ha Ha

On my screen - your an idiot !

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#76 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 10:42PM
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Flames deserve the win as they outworked the oil in a very close contest. What could be more depressing than 'very close contest'? The Flames are the least talented squad in the league and they are a better team than the oil after 4 rebuilding years. May as well laugh or I'll cry. Good night sports fans.

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#77 whoaaaaa
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Great news !!!! Bob Stauffer says the Oilers will learn a lesson from this game !!! It seems they were unaware you have to work hard for the whole game... different results are sure to follow now that this lesson has been learned.

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#78 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:09PM
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@Walter White

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

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#79 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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#80 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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 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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#84 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:18PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Civility and BOA should not go hand in hand. This is a problem that must be dealt with immediately.

You enjoy the infantile name calling?

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

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#86 Darnell Nurse
December 07 2013, 10:09PM
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Sam Reinhart wrote:

I do feel sorry for the young players that play for the Oilers they stunt their growth. They ruin players.

Perron and Gordon come from other organizations and know how to play. Give them a couple more years Oilers will brainwash them.

Please Please don't draft me.

Please trade me!

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#87 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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#88 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:26PM
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Nuge is so overdue man I hope he wins this tonight

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

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#90 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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#91 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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#92 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 08:50AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

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.

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!

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#93 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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#94 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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#95 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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#96 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:01PM
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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!

Nope

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#97 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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#98 Keith Fredlund
December 07 2013, 06:15PM
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Maybe steps will do it himself.

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#99 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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#100 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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