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

09049f03ecb006ab29372206f2a88f75
Blog so hard motherf**ckers try and find me. Email me at wanyegretz@gmail.com or tweet me @wanyegretz provided it is about Jordan Eberle or babes.
Avatar
#151 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:10PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
13
cheers

Stempniak is playing a great game for the flames. Best player on the ice so far tonight.

Avatar
#152 prendrefeu
December 07 2013, 10:12PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
14
cheers
Darrell wrote:

On my screen - your an idiot !

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

Avatar
#153 Darrell
December 07 2013, 10:22PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers
Ricky wrote:

What an idiot

Thanks Bubbles - go feed your cats ...

Avatar
#154 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:42PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers
Rocket wrote:

Kelly Hrudy: "Blah blah blah blah Giordano rulz blah blah blah."

I must be loosing it. I heard blah blah blah blah Cassie Campbell is good looking blah blah blah

Avatar
#155 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 10:47PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers

Buttler is a turn over machine and proves the coach is trying his best to get high draft pick by playing him

Avatar
#156 OilFan
December 07 2013, 10:55PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
31
cheers

Eberle was terrible in this game. How many times do you turn the puck over with a weak toe drag. SHOOT IT.

Avatar
#157 bwar
December 07 2013, 11:01PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
25
cheers

I love it when the Oilers just stand around and watch the other team. Really gets me excited for the future.

Also any chance we can trade all of our forwards to get another Perron or two? Seems like he is the only player who wants to win out there.

Avatar
#158 Flamers
December 07 2013, 11:04PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
21
cheers

Wow brutal BOA game.... You can tell were bottom of the NHL

Avatar
#159 Alsker
December 07 2013, 11:05PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers
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.

Avatar
#160 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 11:10PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers
@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.

Avatar
#161 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:23PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers

@Walter White

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

Avatar
#162 coachedpotatoe
December 08 2013, 07:21AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
9
cheers

@6 ring circus

Petry got hit legally tow Flames and his injury was caused by the dasher not being padded.

Avatar
#163 Loyal Oil
December 08 2013, 07:44AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
13
cheers
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.

Avatar
#164 YFC Prez
December 08 2013, 08:43AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
16
cheers
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.

Avatar
#165 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 09:28AM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
13
cheers

I think its time for the league to step in and take over management of the Oiler team, before it's too late.

Avatar
#166 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 04:38PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers
Floyd Jiveson wrote:

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.

do you think the hit on Petry last night was questionable?

Avatar
#167 **
December 07 2013, 02:19PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
10
cheers

Why is this baby not wrapped in Oilers glory?. Congrats Gregors

Avatar
#168 oilfan
December 07 2013, 03:36PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

Wanye you beauty

Avatar
#169 schevvy
December 07 2013, 04:28PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

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

Avatar
#170 ?
December 07 2013, 04:28PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

Flames have actually made it 4 years since the lockout. 06 vs Anaheim, 07 vs Detroit, SJ in 08, CHI in 09.

Avatar
#171 Rocket
December 07 2013, 04:50PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
9
cheers

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!?!"

Avatar
#172 Johnny Larue
December 07 2013, 05:15PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers

Season ticket holder 3rd game of the season 2 loses they owe me one tonight

Avatar
#173 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:17PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers
YFC Prez wrote:

I think both Neal and Thornton will get 10 + games. Kneeing a down player in the face. And dragging a player to the ice and pounding his head. Gross. No one wants that garbage

Both are crap, but at least Thornton is trying to stand up for someone, Neal is just being a gutless turd taking advantage of a player who is down and defenceless. Both are going to be suspended, as they should be, but there is way too much emphasis on Thornton.

Avatar
#174 Saytalk
December 07 2013, 08:33PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers

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?

Avatar
#175 Alsker
December 07 2013, 08:43PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

Oh, Dubby, down before the shot, will that ever change, no challenge from him at all. In the crease sleeping again.

Avatar
#176 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 08:48PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Scrummy!

Avatar
#177 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 08:50PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers

Wow that's enough postage to send all the xmas gifts back home!

Avatar
#178 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:21PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers

I'm convinced that Perron speaks Finnish.

Avatar
#179 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:28PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
10
cheers

@Kent Wilson

I THINK YOUR TEAM, THOUGH LESS SKILLED, WORKS MUCH HARDER THAN MY TEAM BUT WE ARE BOTH STILL REALLY CRAPPY!!! YOU *******!

Avatar
#180 yessir
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
11
cheers
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?

Avatar
#181 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:32PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

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.

Avatar
#182 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 09:34PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
10
cheers
yessir wrote:

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

The funniest thing at the intermission was when C.Campbell said Gagner is a character guy and him skating back like that won't happen again. She obviously doesn't watch Oilers games, Gagner does that every #@$%ing game.

Avatar
#183 oilsnc79
December 07 2013, 09:39PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

Most excellent sir JG, hail BWDG, newest oiler. Great read

Avatar
#184 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:42PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers
Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

McGratton... what IS his role? is he even hard to play against?

Question the first: Goon

Question the second: Nope

Avatar
#185 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:47PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers

We crash the net on the PP, oh ya 89 not on the ice, makes perfect sense.

Avatar
#186 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 09:49PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
13
cheers

Fun Fact: The Flames AHL team is really, really good.

Avatar
#187 vetinari
December 07 2013, 09:50PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
7
cheers

Damn you Smid... you now play for the enemy but I can't muster the venom to hate you... I just wish that you would have been traded to a GOOD team or one that would make the playoffs before 2024...

Avatar
#188 Jackson
December 07 2013, 09:53PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

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.

Avatar
#189 Rocket
December 07 2013, 09:59PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

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?

Avatar
#190 James
December 07 2013, 10:02PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

@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.

Avatar
#191 Sam Reinhart
December 07 2013, 10:05PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
19
cheers

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.

Avatar
#192 vetinari
December 07 2013, 10:06PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
16
cheers
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

Your point??? How did you think we earned the worst record in the West? By having NHL quality goaltending? Defencemen who can play defence? A centre and maybe a couple of big wingers on the roster? Sir, we earned it by having the worst management team in professional sports. And if there is a decision to be made that could affect the outcome of a hockey game, rest assured, we will make the wrong one. Now please give us our top 5 draft pick and tell us when the 2014 training camp is here...

Avatar
#193 prendrefeu
December 07 2013, 10:06PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

What happened to Canadian commercials? They used to be funny. Now they're just wannabe American. WTF?

Avatar
#194 James
December 07 2013, 10:07PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
1
cheers

@YFC Prez

True enough. He definitely hasn't been the same player this season. His smarts seem to have left him for whatever reason.

Avatar
#195 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:08PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
2
cheers

Holy sh!tty PP Katzman!

Avatar
#196 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 10:11PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
6
cheers

This Smid-O'brien shift is hard to watch

Avatar
#197 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:15PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
5
cheers

Someone please tell the Oilers that the purpose of a powerplay is not to just pass it around.

Avatar
#198 Terry
December 07 2013, 10:20PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
16
cheers

Imagine paying money for this game , going outside in -30 C and watching this.

Avatar
#199 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:24PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
3
cheers

Just our luck Dr.Jekyll had to show up, where the he#l is Mr.Hyde!!!!!We need that giant monstrosity of luck...Oh well next game Hyde's back...hopefully

Avatar
#200 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:25PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Cheers
4
cheers

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Comments are closed for this article.