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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#251 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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#252 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:33PM
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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...

100% agree. Remember when we were the team that was low on talent and high on effort/2 way play/energy. That whole 'hovering around the Blueline' act never happened.

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#253 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:34PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

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

Love this

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#254 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:36PM
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Seems like our forwards are all using different play books. Passes to no where, guys going the wrong way, out of sync is too easy of an excuse. McBlender time,put guys going together, guys not:stapled to the bench!!!!

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#255 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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#256 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:38PM
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@EugeneV

Soooooooo, you mean Hemsky, right?

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#257 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:45PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

McGratton is a class act for sure. What an awesome after-hours the last time these two teams met. I don't watch enough Flames games to be certain but the Oil could use 3 of him on our fourth line.

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#258 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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#259 James
December 07 2013, 09:51PM
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@Alsker

Are you talking at the end of the period? Because he was, the refs pulled him out of the scrum.

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#260 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:04PM
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James wrote:

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.

He's definitely taken a ridiculous step backwards this season. All we can do is speculate I guess.

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#261 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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#262 vetinari
December 07 2013, 10:18PM
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I would love to play poker with Eakins... when they pan the camera over to his direction... you always know what he is thinking... it's usually along the lines of "for f#$^'s sakes"...

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#263 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:31PM
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someone tell Larson that Paul Coffey wants his skates back . . .

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#264 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:44PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:
Sad I've decided to watch Distink 9 instead of this crapfest, aliens seem more explainable than our beloved Oilers...I hate KBlowe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fixed.

Whooops, I meant district 9...sorry!!!!!!!!!!

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#265 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:45PM
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

*falls off edge of screen*

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#266 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 10:49PM
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vetinari wrote:

I would love to play poker with Eakins... when they pan the camera over to his direction... you always know what he is thinking... it's usually along the lines of "for f#$^'s sakes"...

During the game, when the camera is recording the Calgary bench you see their coach walking up and down and talking to his players, but when you see Egins he looks like he is trying to remember if he polished all his wife's toys before he left the house.

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#267 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:51PM
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Slats wrote:

Fist - Yeah Baby!!!

Huh. I don't think that word means what you think it means

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

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

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#270 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:56PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

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

We have about 7 or 8 or those machines that you speak of on the oilers.

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#271 madjam
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Lucky we even got a point . How can Oilers let Flames outwork us like that , especially at home ?

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#272 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

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

Accountability indeed

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#273 madjam
December 07 2013, 11:00PM
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Lucky we even got a point . How can Oilers let Flames outwork us like that , especially at home ?

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#274 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:26PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

As completely epicly stupid it would be, right now if the oilers traded Ebbs , Gagner , Yak and Schultz to the flames for Stempniak and Giordano they would be a much improved team. That's how bad their work ethic and systems play is.

Remember those early 2000's teams where all we wanted was one player like a Eberle or Hall.

Now we have those and we want a team like those early 2000's to play with them.

Critical mistake was dumping all the character vets the oilers had at the start of the rebuild. Looks like the flames were paying attention.

I still have faith it will happen with these kids. We're behind though. And I don't want to see any one of the kids traded unless we get the d man we need back. Oil are way too far invested now.

Stempniak and Gio are awesome.

Stemp for Langkow was one of our best trades ever.

The Oilers NEED guys like this.

Honorable mention to Matt Stajan. He's a much improved player for the Flames.

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#275 kgo
December 07 2013, 11:27PM
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Ramo Dropping F bomb talking about Hall's tying goal!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsMcnNnDtAw

Fast forward to 8:37

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#276 Professor Q
December 07 2013, 11:32PM
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@kgo

Do you mean Berra?

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#277 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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#278 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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#279 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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