Calling all bandwagon-jumpers…

We have had four messages from buddies/readers that basically say, “WHOA, you can actually see the bandwagon start to fill up on the Nation right now can’t you? It happened in like a day! Bet you don’t want to fire MacT now do you Wanye, you wanker?”

Originally we thought, “Yeah WTF? We hate bandwagon jumpers more than we hate people from Norman Wells. And we hate people from Norman Wells.”

But after some re-reading of comments we realize that the bulk of bandwagon climber-onners are Citizens of the Nation who are die-hard fans who comment all the time. In our mind they have earned the right to be unreasonably optimistic if they so choose. It’s the folks that altogether ignore the Oil — or even worse diss them continually when they are in the toilet only to climb aboard the wagon when the team inevitably catches fire each spring — that we really hate. These bandwagon-jumping idiots can just go back to Norman Wells and spend their days combing their moustaches and watching Season 3 of Magnum PI for all we care.

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Now we have these bandwagon-jumping clowns saying, “But Wanye you wanted to see MacT fired and thrown into the street by the same RX1 ushers who throw out anyone who has more than half a beer in their possession. Now, you’re sending him daily boxes of toenails to show him your love. You’re a bandwagon jumper too just like us.”

Here’s the thing. We look at MacT like we look at any other appliance with a specific function. For the sake of argument let’s call him a hot plate.

Fig. 1: Coach MacTavish
Fig. 1: Coach MacTavish

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If we have a hot plate and it’s working, life is good. We can heat up our beans, or some nice soup, or whatever we need to be hot at any given moment. We love the hot plate. But the instant that thing doesn’t bring our creamed corn to a piping hot temperature what do we do?

We throw out the hot plate.

Why? Because it no longer works. We don’t sit and try and convince the hot plate to do a better job. We don’t think to ourselves, “Maybe it’s the corn’s fault for not heating up,” or “Maybe it will work better in a few months.” We don’t blame it on the toaster or decide that tepid corn is an acceptable alternative. No. When the hot plate stops working we go and get ourselves a new hot plate.

Same with the coaching staff. You certainly don’t want a revolving door of coaches who are canned the instant the Oil fall behind in the first period of a game. Long-term coaching stability is good for a franchise — assuming they’re doing a good job. But at the same time if you have a coaching staff that is incapable of heating up the team beyond a tepid temperature in the long run, it’s time to get new coaching staff. All the people that say “Eight years of mediocrity ain’t it” are correct in our mind. Sometimes the old hot plate fires up for a few days and all is well again, but it doesn’t mean we won’t be price shopping for a new one and waiting for it to finally pack it in.

It’s not rocket science. We like our hockey like we like our cream corn. Hotter than a $3 pistol.

So going into the all star game we love all the excitement up in this piece because that old hot plate seems to be working again. But we still have one eye on the door in case we need to go to the store.

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I think this is one of our most analytical articles to date. Ever call MacT a hot plate, Professor Willis?

Thought not.

Now if you will excuse us, we have a war to prepare for.

PS: four days till Gretzmas.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I am not even cautiously optimistic yet. But I am anxious for the Buffalo and Minnesota games next week. I'll be watching with the hopes I'll start February as an optimistic Oiler fan again.

    They haven't done enough to turn my negative machine off yet, but they're close.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I dont really think its bandwagon jumping to be angry at the Oilers when they arn't winning and happy when they are. Its the people that claim they won't ever watch another Oilers game until they fix all the problems etc etc etc. When the Oilers lose its heartbreaking and its like Beer, no matter how sick it makes you one night you are back to it the next.

    P.S The hotplate is still broken and sooner or later someone is going to get burnt if you dont fix it.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    MacT is a hotplate …… I'm going to have to think about this for a bit Wanye. There is no one else that talks like you do. LOL

    Hot plate

    *shakes head and laughs*

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Yep, the complexity of any workplace involving the efforts of 30+ people constantly working together in different combinations, competing with 30 other groups of 30+ people is EXACTLY as simple as a hot-plate heating up some weenie-beanie.

    Yep. Exactly as many variables in place.

    What somebody needs to do is hook up a CoachMeter to MacT's positive and negative terminals, see if any Coaching is coming out, and then either keep him or take him to the Coach Recycling Facility (AKA. Calgary Flames Organization.)

    p.s. You can see why bands don't roll around on wagons anymore, people always jumping on and off, and you're just trying to keep a beat with the Sousaphone…

  • I'm a Scientist!

    MattL wrote:

    Yep, the complexity of any workplace involving the efforts of 30+ people constantly working together in different combinations, competing with 30 other groups of 30+ people is EXACTLY as simple as a hot-plate heating up some weenie-beanie.
    Yep. Exactly as many variables in place.
    What somebody needs to do is hook up a CoachMeter to MacT’s positive and negative terminals, see if any Coaching is coming out, and then either keep him or take him to the Coach Recycling Facility (AKA. Calgary Flames Organization.)

    See MattL gets it.

    The coachmeter is an excellent idea too. Remember how we couldn't hook Ted Green up to it cause of that plate in his head?

    It was so hard to get a read on that guy.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Finally it's broken down into words that I can understand! Thanks for speaking my language Wanye. hint, hint Willis!)

    p.s. I got my Nation shirt yesterday and I am sporting it today. It's looking tight… as in good, not as in too small. A thought though… The should be a little more visible and the logo too. It's hard for people not in the know to… know what I am sporting. But Damn it's sexy.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    The coach-o-meter has already rendered it's judgement.

    Sometimes it hits 55 and sometimes it's at zero, (it depends if a plugger is stuck in it or not)

  • I'm a Scientist!

    The team has been much better and deserves some kudos. I'm still on the fire MacT band wagon though. Remember when the whole motivation thing came up and everyone said we have to blame the players for that and not the coaches? Well, looks like they've taken care of it, but we cannot credit the coaches either.
    Therefore, hooray for the players but Hotplate and co. still need to go. The PP is still not as good as it should be, nor the PK. We also need a game strategy for tight checking/defense-first teams. If we can run and gun we do much better but we have a hell of a time penetrating the zone when there are four opposing players standing on the line.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    @ Travis Dakin:

    I wore my 'revolution' Tee to the game on Sunday. The ppl behind me thought it was an Obama support T-Shirt (something about that fist). You definately get some looks wearing the gear.

    MacT compared to a hot plate is hillarious! Funny thing is I am eating some beans & weiners right now prepared on a MacT. Nothing beats comfort food in a blizzard.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I hate people from Norman Wells too! Who the hell names their town after the guy who played Mr. Roper? What, was there a town named Joyce DeWitt already?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I will bet you that you won't find 5 people that have changed their minds.

    If they wanted him fired 3 weeks ago – thye still want him fired now!

    Maybe, we could make it a poll on Crude Talk???

    If you wanted MacT fired at some point this season; have you changed your mind?

    Yes, I have changed my mind – don't fire him!

    No, I haven't changed my mind, I still want him gone!

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Rice wrote:

    Maybe we need to invent a new appliance called a hotblender…it heats while it blends! Then we have the real MacT

    Listen to Mr. Popiel here! Can you scramble an egg while it's still inside its shell?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    When the hot plate stops working we go and get ourselves a new hot plate.

    See, this is disposable society mentality. Why throw something out instead of fixing it? If the problem is that you took your hotplate out to play in the street and as a result it ran down the wrong side of a gravel truck, then perhaps a new hotplate is in order. I'm sure there are many examples of coaches who have come and gone never to resurface in the NHL again that fit this scenario; they're O-V-E-R.

    Many hotplates are recycled; one owner gets frustrated and tosses their hotplate out next to the dumpster, and within a day a member of the Maple Leafs Appliance Repair Team or some similar company is dusting it off and figuring out what wire needs to be re-sodered to make this a servicable kitchen item again.

    A few hotplates are tossed out without a glance as soon as the breaker goes. Not smart in our opinion, but to each his own.

    The analogy isn't perfect, here, but ask yourself these two questions:

    1) If MacT was fired tomorrow, hands up everyone who doesn't think he'd be running a new team before the start of next season, and

    2) If the Oilers brought in (Name_1 and Name_2) who promptly started winning some face-offs and the players continued to have a monthly tete-a-tete to maintain their winning ways, would people still be hacking on MacT for lousy coaching when the team's win percentage went up?

    MattL does get it. 'Coaching' is coming out of the Oil as much as is coming out of most hotplates in the NHL today. And if you're going to argue and insist that it's time to recycle, at least promise me you're not looking to bring in an even worse hotplate from out beside the neighborhood dumpster.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    The problem I have with our hotplate is that it takes forever to heat the beans. You wait and wait and they stay cold. Then all of a sudden the hotplate kicks in and the beans are so hot you burn you're mouth on them. But by the time their ready its too late, you already nuked some corn. Also, I do notwant a recycled hot plate, I want a new one. The same place Washington found the Boudreau 2500 model.

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    Dropping Deuces wrote:

    I have one foot firmly on the Oilers bandwagon and one foot firmly on the fire MacT bandwagon. I sure hope I don’t tear my groin.

    FUNNY!!!! 🙂


  • I'm a Scientist!

    Every city has bandwagon jumpers. I live in Vancouver and it amazes how quickly everyone abandons the Canucks when they have a poor stretch of games. When the team is on top, everyone talks about them, but when they're sucking, no one talks about them. Anywhere. Ever. Unless it's a game night you won't see a single Canucks jersey, t-shirt or hat anywhere in the entire city until the team goes on another tear.

    It always irks me when people abandon their team. I was born in Quebec city and raised in Manitoba. Yeah, it might suck if the home team is losing, but it's better to cheer for a team that's losing than to have no team to cheer for. Love 'em while you got 'em.

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    @ Chris R:
    No, you're looking at a wonderful mix of crappy IE, crappy Flash, and incorrectly inserting of a youtube movie into a post. JSBM are still there, they just appear behind the movie.

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    If I had a fricken nickel for everytime I said "I'm never watching an game Oilers again"!! You all know what I'm talking about cuz we all say it. Its just not possible to watch TV knowing the Oilers are playing, and not switch over to the game!

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I've bought old beans, beans that have a rep as being quality beans, beans that should be good when I get them.
    I've also tried some new beans, beans that looked like they had some real potential when they were younger beans. I even tried stealing some beans from other guys because I heard they were good beans.
    I bought domestic beans and import beans, big and small…mostly small lately…but no matter how many beans I try, they never seem to satisfy for an extended period of time.
    You'd think with all of these different beans over several years that a guy could find the right mix of beans to improve on the last batch of beans.
    I don't think it's a bean problem anymore.
    Maybe it's how I'm cooking these beans…