AS TIME GOES BY

Wanye
March 04 2013 11:20AM

It's at this point in the NHL season that Oilers fans make a decision about how we are going to pass the time for the remaining 6 weeks of the season. Early excitement and God given right to unreasonable optimism has created a black diamond rated slide into misery and if it hasn't arrived already it is certainly on the horizon as seen in the scientific graph above.

In seasons past this was a crappy team that lived up to its billing as being crap. They knew it, we all knew it deep down in our hearts. Games were lost, tears were shed and the most dithering General Manager in sport was lauded for his ability to stand idly by while the team continued to suffer.

Now it is an entirely different beast. This is now a very good team that has some obvious holes that need filling* They know it, we all know it. Everyone with a functioning brain steam and pair of occular units knows it. Except the same hilarious front office who sit around wondering when the arena will find an additional 114 million dollars and not much else. And trading for Mike Brown doesn't count.

It's getting pretty old isn't it? As we see it most Oilers fans have one of three moves at this point, assuming hope is fading faster than the tan of the lady in your office who came home from Mexico two weeks ago and is still clinging to the dream** This season certainly isn't lost yet and we will cling to the dream until Willis and his math slam the coffin door closed with a depressing annual thud.

DISAPPOINTMENT SHE WROTE

You choose to be disappointed. This is always a popular option among Oilers fans at this juncture of the season. "I really thought this was the year" the thinking goes "surely to goodness they could be higher than (wherever they may sit) what with (insert good players) in the lineup and (insert hot Oiler) playing so well."

The list of good players continues to pile up to the rafters this season and for some this makes things all the more disappointing. People who choose disappointment often turn off the games early from here on out and start cleaning the winter dust off their golf clubs in about 2 weeks.

FRUSTRATION SHE WROTE

You choose to be frustrated. People who go this route are often a source of great amusement to us all in the comments on the site and on twitter. They can often be observed having 5 alarm meltdowns of rage and suggesting things like "Lets all burn our Oilers jerseys in a big pile and get the news helicopter to film it! I know a guy with over 1,000 facebook friends he can get the word out quick!"

As the Oilers lineup continues to stock pile the best young lineup in over 20 years frustration is starting to take the pole position as the emotion of choice among Oilers fans. Watching the team gas one against Minny with NARY A SHOT IN THE SECOND FRAME can make the blood boil real nice don't it?

RESIGNATION SHE WROTE

You can resign yourself that this is the Oilers fate in life and that it also somehow reflects the continued failure of everyone who lives within 1000 miles of Edmonton. We see this all the time too with people saying things like "the Oilers suck, everyone sucks, there is a pothole the size of Delaware outside my house etc etc etc"

We are of the mind that this is the cowards way out of things. We believe that there is absolutely no reason that the Oilers can't address their needs starting today and put together a supporting cast capable of making the Oil a nasty team to play against that may not get any shots in the second against Minny BUT BY THUNDER SOMEONE GONNA GET HURT REAL BAD.

But there is lots and lots of time to talk about what the Oilers are going to need to do.

WHAT YOU GON DO?

We have decided to do what we always do when the Oilers break our hearts: leave. Leave and lick our wounds. And lick limes with tequila shots somewhere people don't have the foggiest idea of what an Oilers is or how they didn't get A SINGLE SHOT IN THE SECOND AGAINST MINNY.

We depart for Iceland in less than 2 weeks. We aren't kidding. And as usual we will be bringing twitter with us the entire time and have also just signed up for Instagram. Because its 2011 and we just heard of it. Give us a follow: wanyegretz.

*That's what she said

**Not actual lady

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#51 Hemipower
March 04 2013, 04:57PM
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@Rama Lama

Tell me what deal Burke, Tallon and Feaster has done in the last 3 yrs that Tambo should have made instead? Burke is out of a job, Florida is last in the east, and Feaster..... you mean the guy in charge of the flames? Wow. The oilers are 6 points out of the division lead and 5 points out of the last 4 playoff spots AND - playing like crap. Things will improve and hopefully we finish in 8th - 10th in the west and THEN finish firmly in the playoff's next year. This is all part of the rebuild. I for one hope management continues their current course with no knee-jerk trades to screw things up.

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#52 druds
March 04 2013, 04:57PM
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I think its time to bring Glenn Sather back and we pretend its 1978 again....ahhhhhhh....I feel better already

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#53 106 and 106
March 04 2013, 05:03PM
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Sheesh guys - when Struds told us all to lower our expectations, we got all defensive and stuff. He sure told us, silly ex-NHL'er.

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#54 druds
March 04 2013, 05:06PM
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Hey it s Rich Gere! you could maybe do some yoga stuff with the Nuge or maybe get the Dalai Llama to give Tambo a prayer wheel and help us out....This is exactly what Oilers need right now.

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#55 Oiltimer
March 04 2013, 05:52PM
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At least I don't have to arm wrestle a 100 lb kid for a seat on the wagon right now.

That's a good thing ...

My solution for a sucking game is alotta rum and go to bed early

Why don't they shoot more ?

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#56 Rama Lama
March 04 2013, 06:04PM
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Hemipower wrote:

Tell me what deal Burke, Tallon and Feaster has done in the last 3 yrs that Tambo should have made instead? Burke is out of a job, Florida is last in the east, and Feaster..... you mean the guy in charge of the flames? Wow. The oilers are 6 points out of the division lead and 5 points out of the last 4 playoff spots AND - playing like crap. Things will improve and hopefully we finish in 8th - 10th in the west and THEN finish firmly in the playoff's next year. This is all part of the rebuild. I for one hope management continues their current course with no knee-jerk trades to screw things up.

My rant was more designed around the concept of " doing something" as opposed to waiting for something to happen.

I respect what you are saying, and I too would be OK with no "knee jerk" , reaction. Here are my fears:

Simply expecting the young guys to carry this team offensively each and every night is asking too much from these very young players.......someone is going to get hurt, side tracked, or lose their confidence, and we cannot accept this with impressionable young players.

We cannot keep drafting first, rushing players into the line-up and then expect them to succeed. At some point Management needs to take action to surround these players with mentors not aging ineffective players like Horcoff, Belenger, Smyth, Petrelle, and Eager.

There are deals to be had but no one will give you something for free.......we have to be willing to sacrifice one of our top picks to add some effective size and talent into our top six.

We cannot and should try and develop talent on the bottom lines..........tell me that MPS and Yaks are benefitting from playing on blender driven lbottom six lines?

Just how has a motivational speaking coach benefitted our team chemistry?

Yes these are all things that management are responsible for and should be proactively trying to fix, each and every day, not just at the trade deadline or on draft day.

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#57 106 and 106
March 04 2013, 06:13PM
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@druds

Ouch - did someone pick all the Oilers in this years draft again?

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#58 positivebrontefan
March 04 2013, 06:15PM
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Wanye wrote:

Listen here my good man yeeps -

It's much harder to be a real fan of a crappy team than a bandwagon jumping fake fan of a good team. Yes during these hard years it sucks but every moment of misery will have a corresponding moment of joy in the long run.

Ever watch a Super Bowl and not care about who wins and fall asleep during the second half? Then you awake to see some long suffering fan of one of the teams in the stands hammered out of his mind and having the best day of his life. Here you are watching the same game and one guy is having the best day of his life and you passed out. The game this is a highlight of his life because his fandom was forged in the fires of downtimes not the week before when the over/under was announced. Real happiness during the highs comes from real misery in the lows.

We are those fans that earned our stripes the hard way. When the bandwagon is full again - and it will be - we will have taken note of who was here during the dark times.

Refresh your twitter feed regardless of score and watch the team till the bitter, bitter end. I respect you for being a real fan.

Love Wanye

Amen

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#59 27Ginge
March 04 2013, 06:34PM
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The more that we, as fans, get to watch Oiler games with/without Taylor Hall, the more we realize that that this kid is without question the straw that stirs the drink. The kid is an absolute gamer and solves problems with effort. A simple and beautiful idea. Yeah, he could be more creative. Yeah, he could be more productive. Yeah, he could play with more caution. But this kid's got serious stones. Something that every fan agrees the Oilers lack. Hall is the absolute emotional leader of this team in his third year in the league.

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#60 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 04 2013, 06:49PM
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Wanye wrote:

Now is the best time to get the primo spots on the bandwagon. I for one have a seat in the front near teacher and I can see out the window and wave at other cars when we stop at lights.

DERP DERP DERP

im in the back row with the dirty girls!*

*actually front row with the kid who chews on the seat and has ovenmitts on his hands so he stops picking his nose

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#61 Quicksilver ballet
March 04 2013, 07:32PM
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This should be a cool place to hang after the Oilers lose 3-1 to the BlueJackets tommorow night.

Ebs,RNH,Yak,Schultz in the lineup and they can't get a shot on goal in the second period. Can't keep blaming the players, sooner or later it has to come to rest on coaching/management. I'm sure some days these kids have 2 coaches telling them how its done, one in each ear at the same time.

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#62 DSF
March 04 2013, 08:21PM
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Oiltimer wrote:

At least I don't have to arm wrestle a 100 lb kid for a seat on the wagon right now.

That's a good thing ...

My solution for a sucking game is alotta rum and go to bed early

Why don't they shoot more ?

Because the opposition has figured out how to stand them up in the neutral zone so they can't get possession.

None of them have the ability to play dump and chase.

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#63 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 04 2013, 08:22PM
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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." - Sir Winston Churchill

Some fine words.

I expect a new level of fight going forward. Time for the boys to dig in and get their hands dirty. This pussy footing around sh*t ain't cutting it.

Stick 'em, slash 'em I don't care. Make 'em earn it.

I got the faith.

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#64 Oasis
March 04 2013, 08:54PM
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I expect a new level of fight going forward? Havnt we been hearing this s**t for a while now. Didn't Ralph say this team was going to give 100% and be a tough team to play against every night, blah blah blah? I am tired of listening to this record over and over again. I don't mind the losing, it's part of the process. It's the non-compete and the excuses. It's the same crap every year and management gets a pass.

The only real compete I saw last night was from Pajaarvi. That was definitely his best game of the season regardless of whether he scored one goal, 5 goals, or none. There was a glimmer of hope that one day he could be that big forward with size, speed, and hands. Maybe in a couple more years.

I am ok with missing the playoffs this year......but I want to see some major progress next year. We have several holes we need filled. We need some big forwards in our top 9 or 6. We need to get better in the faceoff department. We need some grinders who compete hard every game. We need to upgrade our defense. These are all issues that we have needed for years and yet nothing ever gets done about it and that is the frustration. Anybody can finish last every year and draft first overall......where is the skill in that? It's time to fill the holes in this team and make some progress. Enough excuses.

Rant Over !

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#65 Milli
March 04 2013, 09:01PM
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Wayne, man after that rant, Im adding you on twitter!!!!!! Love it bud!

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#66 bwar
March 04 2013, 09:31PM
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And so the endless rebuild begins. Once again its time to say:

"Man these guys will be good next year"

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#67 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 04 2013, 09:49PM
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Can't really argue with you, dude. They definitely need to find some fight. Call it pride. Whatever. They need to man up.

It will, however, be nice to see everyone back from injury.

This is how I see it. This team is green, man. And I'm not talking about smokin'. And, those young cats are coming around, regardless of what some stats/people suggest.

Paajarvi IS better this year. Not where we want him, but it's coming. RNH's offence has slipped, but he is playing against the best every night and playing very well defensively. Not to mention he is throwing his body around. Hall is a beast. Hartikianen is winning battles down low. He'll figure out what to do with the puck soon. Lander didn't look too bad before he got hurt and the Tre Kroner line had some energy and chemistry. Yak is a rook, but he's gonna be a gunslinger! Schultz can be hot in the O-zone and his defense will get better.

The compete will come. I think they need to be in a position to fight for that last playoff spot in order to learn this. And, to understand it. They're mathematically still able to do that.

The size will come, but there is no need to sell the farm. Why mess it all up just because some think they should. Opinions are like a-holes, dude. Everyone has one. Myself included. That said, I'm sure tough decisions will be made on some players. Either at the TDL or in the off-season.

No issues in ranting, brah. And we have heard this sh*t before, but they did say five years. By my count we are in year 3. Let the haters hate.

It will be nice to scream "f' you" when all this is said and done.

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#68 DJ Dynasty Handbag
March 04 2013, 09:52PM
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Dear fellow Nationers,

like it or not, we are still in a rebuild. thankfully (hopefully) at this point, we're closer to the end than the beginning. we've gone from watching a crappy team without a hope or a chance to watching a less crappy team that's in games most nights - even if they're held shotless in a period. this isn't the first oilers team to have that happen to them, and it won't be the last.

the point is, we're getting better and we're moving in the right direction. all of the suck has landed us some pretty awesome players the likes of which haven't been seen in these parts in DECADES. true, the people in charge are questionable at best, but it's not them you cheer for - it's the jersey with the big oil drop on the front.

when it comes to the question of "to jump or not to jump" on/off the bandwagon....

well that answer is clear as day - love the oilers, hate the oilers, get pissed off at the team, players, management, get let down when they don't live up to your expectations and cheer like hell when they surprise you with their flashes of greatness, but by all means stand by your team. you don't have to like who's in charge, but you should ALWAYS love the team you cheer for - otherwise you're no better than a canucks fan. who the hell would want that?

love, chris

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#69 Dog Train
March 04 2013, 09:59PM
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What bugs me is that we seem to have traded away alot of what we are looking for right now. Kyle Brodziak for a mid-round draft pick? Wouldn't he look good as a big 2-way centre on the third line right now. Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz? Wouldn't mind having another puck mover right now. Dustin Penner? This is debatable because Klefbom by all accounts will more than make up for this trade but we could really use some size in our top 6 right now. Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. Our D corps was considered a strength when Tambellini took over. He ripped that apart and now we are looking under every rock for effective dmen.

Obviously, this incompetence has helped us finally add some franchise players. Still, if this management is the reason that we sucked so much in the first place then why give them the keys to the ferrari? Time for some new direction.

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#70 DJ Dynasty Handbag
March 04 2013, 09:59PM
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*cough*

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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

im in the back row with the dirty girls!*

*actually front row with the kid who chews on the seat and has ovenmitts on his hands so he stops picking his nose

I' sit beside the weird kid that pulls his pants and underpants all the way down to his ankles every time he has to pee. It is roomier in here lately though.

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#72 Devolution
March 04 2013, 10:57PM
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Wanye wrote:

Listen here my good man yeeps -

It's much harder to be a real fan of a crappy team than a bandwagon jumping fake fan of a good team. Yes during these hard years it sucks but every moment of misery will have a corresponding moment of joy in the long run.

Ever watch a Super Bowl and not care about who wins and fall asleep during the second half? Then you awake to see some long suffering fan of one of the teams in the stands hammered out of his mind and having the best day of his life. Here you are watching the same game and one guy is having the best day of his life and you passed out. The game this is a highlight of his life because his fandom was forged in the fires of downtimes not the week before when the over/under was announced. Real happiness during the highs comes from real misery in the lows.

We are those fans that earned our stripes the hard way. When the bandwagon is full again - and it will be - we will have taken note of who was here during the dark times.

Refresh your twitter feed regardless of score and watch the team till the bitter, bitter end. I respect you for being a real fan.

Love Wanye

That's just beautiful man.... (reaches for Kleenex)

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#73 LOIL99
March 04 2013, 11:16PM
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I am not sure why, after the Oil finishing 29th last year, everyone expected playoffs this year?

Our best players are all still in their first contract, FIRST! They are all 23 or younger! The Sedins did not score 50 pts until they were 26 years old. Nuge, Hall and Ebs all reached that plateau before they turned 22.

RELAX. Yes there are things that need fixing but RELAX. If the Oil arent strong contenders when these kids are 24-28 years old THEN its time to panic. Not when they are still in their FIRST contracts.

RELAX.

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#74 DSF
March 04 2013, 11:20PM
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@LOIL99

What a crock.

If you can't win a cup when your best young players are on ELC's...just shut it down.

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#75 wiseguy
March 04 2013, 11:50PM
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DSF wrote:

What a crock.

If you can't win a cup when your best young players are on ELC's...just shut it down.

When is Vancouver planning the shut down? Did they announce a dispersal draft? Maybe we can pick up some leftovers.

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#76 The Oilers Shot Clock
March 05 2013, 12:21AM
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We should have made a push for Jagr this summer. Imagine if we had him instead of Smyth? Hemskys BFF and Yaks idol, showing the young kids the ropes. A twilighting HOF would have done wonders for us. Still could.

Zero

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#77 Ambassador humantorch
March 05 2013, 01:28AM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

You're idolizing man and not looking hard enough.

Eberle can't even save the sorry Oilers, there isn't much he can do for you. There exists only one reality and billions of perceptions. My perception of the NHL GMs' reality is that none of them do very much through out the course of the season to improve or change their teams around for the better.

NHL is a bigger joke than the hopes of an Oiler fan. The league is full of GMs, players and referees that don't do enough to deserve and keep their jobs.

Name me a few of these GMs that are doing a hell of a better job than ST, please. Try to include the moves they made that made you put them in that light.

Name a GM who's doing a better job than Tambo? Sure.

Dave Nonis traded Mike Brown to the Edmonton Oilers for a 4th round pick. That's a better trade than the one Tambellini made yesterday.

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#78 Bonvie
March 05 2013, 02:27AM
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DSF wrote:

Because the opposition has figured out how to stand them up in the neutral zone so they can't get possession.

None of them have the ability to play dump and chase.

Agreed in general... add to that that there is no one in the top 6 that creates havoc at the net providing screens etc and the reluctance to shoot pucks. We have had some good cycles down low, but they don't often lead to net drives.

I am watching other teams score goals like crazy the difference in the Oilers game is the abscence of a guy in front of the net screening the goalie, winning battles, looking for rebounds getting to the front of the net with the puck where goals are scored. They make it easy on goalies that come in to play them.

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#79 painfulloss
March 05 2013, 05:45AM
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This is my first-ever post on Oilers Nation, as well as my first time coming to this site. I've been a member of the C&B for a few years now and really enjoy my time spent there. The writers are very knowledgeable & see the game through a more analytical/stats eye than I.

I came here today after following a link from an article somewhere on C&B. Really glad I did! This site is very well done & there seems to be many fans that are just like me. So, thanks for having me!

Obviously the MIN game was a real personal low point in sports for pretty much any Oiler fan. Not a single shot in the second period! Not an ounce of effort from anyone but #91 & #89 all night. They mailed it in for two periods in STL & for the entire game in MIN. Professionals?

I was talking to my GF the other night about the team after the STL game: how can a team that doesn't show up, play with ANY heart/desire/passion/intensity call themselves professionals? How dare they? It's infuriating.

Look, I get that there's holes in the lineup that are larger than the ones in my long johns, but if you're playing in The National Hockey League, you have no right to play at any less than 100% effort each and every night. You are getting paid insane amounts of money to play a game that only about 1000 people play each year.

I'm sick and tired of turning on the TV/computer to watch a game & see a group of players who overall seem not to care. Sure, there's a hanfull of guys that DO CARE, guys like Hall, Smid, Paajarvi, Gagner, Hartikainen & Smyth. Six guys aren't enough. The great teams have a group of guys that collectively show up each & every night to compete and to do whatever it takes to WIN THE GAME. Not every players is gonna show up every night - I'm not a dreamer - but 95% of them do.

Being the laughing stock of the League when 20 years ago or so we were the envy is a really hard pill to swallow. Other than that almost perfectly-magical run in 2006, we've been overall a dismal team since the early 1990's. I don't wanna be the NYI or CAL or WAS.

Year after year Oilers fans are sold a bucketload of promises for the near future, but that bucket if full of manure. Hell, I even have an Oilers trash can I actually use to put my trash out each Thursday night! How ironic!

The entire management staff has to be deleted and replaced with guys who have proven track records of success with moving organizations forward. All the Oilers do is either stand pat, or move in reverse. We have some incredible young talent - let's move a few to improve the team with smart trades, pick up USEFUL team players with heart & talent from waivers/Europe/wherever & get this club moving UP.

Thanks for reading, sorry it's so long.

GREAT site, guys.

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#80 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 05 2013, 07:28AM
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DSF wrote:

What a crock.

If you can't win a cup when your best young players are on ELC's...just shut it down.

edit: to the nation, please forgive my moment of weakness. i almost went down another dsf wormhole by pointing out the la kings in response.

i will go watch boys on the bus 10 times over to cleanse myself

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#81 Sliderule
March 05 2013, 07:36AM
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Brodziak ,Gilbert,Cogliano and Stoll were all traded because management thought they were soft.

It looks like we will shortly be heading down that road again.

I will let you figure who is soft in the head in our management.Hint it's very near the top.

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#82 Spurzey
March 05 2013, 08:05AM
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We need Sid the Kid to call us a "mickey mouse organization"

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#83 DrunkGuyTy
March 05 2013, 09:12AM
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Wanye should produce the northern Alberta remake of the greatest movie ever:

Smytty*: Let 'em know you're there! Get that stick in their side, let 'em know you're there! Put some effin' lumber in their teeth, let 'em know you're there!

Hemmer: [sarcastically] Bleed all over 'em, let 'em know you're there.

...I can picture it - it would be too easy.

*Could also be played by Hall

Some guys really play the game this way. I wonder if any Oiler has the cojones to really pull it off? Eager? - he may have lost his 'snap' factor and I'm afraid teams know it.

I could also see this conversation:

Krueger: You cheap sonofabitch. Are you crazy, those guys are retards! Tambellini: I got a good deal on those boys. Scout said they showed a lot of promise. Krueger: They brought their effin' toys with 'em! Tambellini: I'd rather have them playing with their toys than playing with themselves. Krueger: They're too dumb to play with themselves! Boy, every piece of garbage that comes into the league, you gotta buy it. Tambellini smirks his smirk.

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#84 druds
March 05 2013, 09:23AM
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@106 and 106

I was so sure this time... (sob sob)

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#85 rubbertrout
March 05 2013, 09:54AM
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The grey cat walks at midnight.

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#86 tileguy
March 05 2013, 10:11AM
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I read every word and comment of this oilers blog with asmile on my face, Am I retarded*** ooops emotinally distrubed? Some real funny stuff boys. Wayne does the "E" on the graph = expectations and the "T" = tanked? must be, I can't be that re....disturbed.

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#87 Bill
March 05 2013, 11:49AM
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Wanye wrote:

HAHAHAHAHA HUMANTORCH IS ONE OF OUR MOST INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS "BILL" WHAT KIND OF NAME IS BILL DERP DERP DERP

Wanye,

WHAT WAS THAT? HARD TO MAKE OUT WHAT YA WROTE THERE!

Well, that's a relief regarding humantorch, we need more 'international citizens' bringing up the content level.

Regarding the name....shoot, I just couldn't think of anything as really clever or interesting as "Wanye"......

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#88 VK63
March 05 2013, 12:56PM
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#90 Old Retired Guy
March 06 2013, 04:16PM
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Wanye wrote:

Listen here my good man yeeps -

It's much harder to be a real fan of a crappy team than a bandwagon jumping fake fan of a good team. Yes during these hard years it sucks but every moment of misery will have a corresponding moment of joy in the long run.

Ever watch a Super Bowl and not care about who wins and fall asleep during the second half? Then you awake to see some long suffering fan of one of the teams in the stands hammered out of his mind and having the best day of his life. Here you are watching the same game and one guy is having the best day of his life and you passed out. The game this is a highlight of his life because his fandom was forged in the fires of downtimes not the week before when the over/under was announced. Real happiness during the highs comes from real misery in the lows.

We are those fans that earned our stripes the hard way. When the bandwagon is full again - and it will be - we will have taken note of who was here during the dark times.

Refresh your twitter feed regardless of score and watch the team till the bitter, bitter end. I respect you for being a real fan.

Love Wanye

Your colorful graph in the article reminded me that in business there exists a product cycle....when a new product is introduced/hyped ...the top of the curve is called "the wave of anticipation" .....the bottom of the curve is called "the trough of disillusionment".....Most Oiler fans are in the trough.......

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