Monday morning confessions

We have to confess that we are WAY too young for any sort of understanding of this “Hall and Oates” that was bumping on the PPV last night. But having little to do on a Monday morning, we’ve been listening to them on the YouTubes for the last several hours. We hate to say it — we can’t believe that we would say it — but we like Hall and Oates (?).

The intense spotlight provided to Hall and Oates by the Oilers PPV broadcast could lead to a resurgence of the careers of both Daryl Hall AND John Oates, provided that they are both still a) alive, b) capable of performing, and c) speaking to one another. When one looks at the first comment on the YouTube clip above it reads:

tapewar (9 minutes ago)

wow this song is awesome! MY favorite hockey team the Oilers were playing this in their locker room after a win!

By our count that just doubled the Hall and Oates fans in the civilized world from four to six. For posterity here is a complete list of Hall and Oates fans:

  1. Hall
  2. Oates
  3. Mrs. Hall
  4. Wanye Gretz
  5. “tapewar”
  6. Oates

The actual game

Anderson retires his number. We must confess we were not only too young for Hall and Oates but we also have about zero recollections of Glenn Anderson playing for a Professional Ice Hockey Squadron. Perhaps we could lean on our esteemed colleague Robin Brownlee to regale us with some tales of #9 from the Glory Years.

The Oiler Alumni are still looking pretty good, and the Hockey Club rolled out the big guns in the pre-game ceremony yet again. It doesn’t get old either — Messier still looks like he could put a puck through a brick wall. Kurri is still unintelligible in an interview but seems nice. Fuhr looks ecstatic to be on camera and Louie Debrusk must have been secretly waiting for all the other, more articulate, ex-Oilers fighters to exit the building and leave his commentator job intact.

Then the Oil go out and light the lamp six — count ’em: six —  times including a hat trick for the sometimes criticized Captain Moreau. This is one of the most amazing things we have ever seen since this happened:

Yes, that’s right. We were eating Triscuits the other day and we had two that came stuck together. We took the picture immediately and have put the cracker on top of the fridge to impress visitors for the next 75 years. If any of the Nation readers want an autographed picture of the triscuits, they can be had by emailing us directly at wanyegretz@gmail.com.

Man — go listen to “Out of Touch” by Hall and Oates. Where have these two been all of our life?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Always a good read!!!!!!!! nice cracker

    I also think your fan calculations are slightly off as word on the street is that the "all american gay mens choir" are huges fans of Hall , not too sure about oates though!

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Okay, I'll be the fly in the ointment…

    Now that we are pretty well done with the old school oilers in the rafters….can we all agree, to

    PLEASE
    PLEASE
    PLEASE

    STOP putting middle aged men in ill-fitting uniforms for 'one last skate' around the ole rink? [I didn't see last night's event in detail, so don't know if Rod did the Play-by-play, which is even more nuts.]

    It was OKAY (barely) when Wayne sent a pass to (a very hefty) Jari…but that was it. No more.

    Get your hatchets out if you must, but one man's opinion.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Zamboni Driver wrote:

    Okay, I’ll be the fly in the ointment…
    Now that we are pretty well done with the old school oilers in the rafters….can we all agree, to
    PLEASE
    PLEASE
    PLEASE
    STOP putting middle aged men in ill-fitting uniforms for ‘one last skate’ around the ole rink?"

    Well I think someone has a fetish about middle aged men in illfitting uniforms – Did you happen to see Bob Stauffer at the skills competition? That was ENTERTAINMENT!!

  • I'm a Scientist!

    greenlightning86 wrote:

    Hey Wayne are you going to set up a season 2 of the Hockey pool the current one ends at the All Star break.

    I sure will greenlightning. I will even try and follow it more. I got out to such an early deficit that I completely lost interest. We will force Gregor, Brownlee and Willis to enter and that will up the interest factor. I will also do a closing ceremony for season one.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Having reread our post why did we say "Anderson retires his number." Does that even make any sense?

    "What an illiterate idiot that Wanye is"
    – Wanye Gretz Jan 19, 2008 10:58 AM

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Zamboni Driver wrote:

    Get your hatchets out if you must, but one man’s opinion.

    The fact you called the hatchet play takes all of my thunder. Let's just leave it at this: "I'd rather see a middle aged Glenn Anderson skating in warmup – even though I can't recall his playing years – than a young Dennis Grebeshkov do anything."