ANSWER THE PHONE

Lowetide
May 06 2013 06:58PM

Dear NHL: As an industry, you are badly overlooking the Edmonton Oilers. I have a request: keep doing what you're doing.

Right now, the NHL and the industry that surrounds it doesn't really take these young Oilers seriously. Taylor Hall gets benched by Lindy Ruff at the World Hockey Championships, Nail Yakupov doesn't get enough votes to qualify for the Calder, and on it goes. This is nothing new, hell the Oilers have been in the second division so long there are likely some NHL men and media who can't name 10 Oilers.

Keep it up. Keep going. Keep taking this Oiler team for granted.

One day soon, the rag-tag Oilers will come in to your town and you'll contemplate giving away the tickets, or you'll give them to a staff member who hasn't seen a game in a decade. Go for it. The Oilers have been down so long the amount of respect they get is somewhere between slim and none and slim just left town.

Sent in your awards votes early? No worries, it's only the Oilers, it's just Yakupov out in the cold (on a 33 degree day).

 WHO CARES ABOUT THE OILERS?

Exactly. WHO CARES ABOUT THE OILERS? Oh sure, they were almost in the playoffs for a minute there, but then they realized they were the Oilers and stepped back in the elevator shaft. Who can blame Lindy Ruff for running Matt Read out there instead of Hall--after all, what has Hall ever done, aside from pushing the river at 5x5 since he arrived from the draft and (this past season) finishing in the league's top 10 scorers? It was a SOFT top 10, right? SURE.

Keep. Doing. What. You're Doing.

THE PLOT TWIST

Mark my words, NHL. One day your teams will come to our city, good old "2 points in the bank" Alberta and you're going to get a wake up call. All over. And when it gets very bad, you'll be dialing 9-1-1 and will hear the operator say "if you'd like to make a call, please hang up and try again!"

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The Oilers have been out of the playoffs so long my kids don't really remember what this city looks like when excitement rules the spring and summer.

Oh brother, they will. And Lindy Ruff will know what Taylor Hall can do, and the Calder votes that didn't go to Yakupov (and Nuge and Hall and Eberle before him) will all be cashed in one glorious movie climax.

Answer the phone.

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#101 Wax Man Riley
May 07 2013, 06:52PM
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@stretch14

I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

YOU'RE. Not YOUR. YOU'RE. A contraction of YOU and ARE. YOU'RE.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

P.S - Spelt is a species of wheat. It is spelled "spelled"...unless you are from Europe, then it's ok.

Oh ya, also, beat it.

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#102 Wax Man Riley
May 07 2013, 06:55PM
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stretch14 wrote:

"You're sentence structure is atrocious. You used the incorrect form of "you're".

It kinda hurts your cause when you make the exact same mistake one sentence prior that you're trying to correct somebody on, no?

Lastly, learn the how to properly use the past and present tense.

Ummm ya, that makes sense.

My use of past and present tense was fine, as was my sentence structure.

You knew reading the title what the topic of the article was most likely going to entail; yet, you chose to read it anyways.

Sorry, how does the title "Answer the Phone" provide any insight whatsoever that the article would be a rambling diatribe about Taylor Hall getting benched?

Don't like it? Don't read it.

You're right though, I think in the future i'll just skip past lowetide's pointless musings. I prefer a little bit of substance to what I read.

"You're sentence structure is atrocious."

Please read: SARCASM

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#103 stretch14
May 07 2013, 07:20PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:
I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

YOU'RE. Not YOUR. YOU'RE. A contraction of YOU and ARE. YOU'RE.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

P.S - Spelt is a species of wheat. It is spelled "spelled"...unless you are from Europe, then it's ok.

Oh ya, also, beat it.

Thanks wax man, jprime had already pointed out that mistake. I'm well aware of the difference.

As far as the spelt vs. spelled debate goes last time I checked we weren't in America, at least I'm not.

"Outside the U.S., the two forms are interchangeable in these senses, and both are commonly used."

http://grammarist.com/spelling/spelled-spelt/

So since you couldn't formulate a legitimate counterpoint to the actual content of what I wrote you decided to nitpick the one grammatical error I made in my original post and attempted to erroneously correct me on the usage of spelt. Good work!

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#104 Wax Man Riley
May 07 2013, 07:31PM
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stretch14 wrote:

Thanks wax man, jprime had already pointed out that mistake. I'm well aware of the difference.

As far as the spelt vs. spelled debate goes last time I checked we weren't in America, at least I'm not.

"Outside the U.S., the two forms are interchangeable in these senses, and both are commonly used."

http://grammarist.com/spelling/spelled-spelt/

So since you couldn't formulate a legitimate counterpoint to the actual content of what I wrote you decided to nitpick the one grammatical error I made in my original post and attempted to erroneously correct me on the usage of spelt. Good work!

NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM......FEED TEH INTERWEBZ TROLL

I'm glad you went to look that up, professor. You learned (or is it learnt?) something today: We are not in the U.S.

Your original comment had nothing of substance to reply to since we are, you know, on a blog and fan site. Coming to a fan site or blog, you expect to read posts that, you know, play to the fans, and maybe have a bit of a local bias.

Maybe next time you can educate us on the difference between Zed and Zee.

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#105 stretch14
May 07 2013, 08:29PM
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@Wax Man Riley

Hey, if your are going to correct a guy at least be right.

Maybe next time you won't be wrong and I won't have to.

As far as being a troll goes, couldn't be further from the truth. I'm a die-hard Oilers fan, just not a fan of lowetide's writing.

If anything you're trolling me champ.

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