Go time

For many folks the last 30 days were an ordinary August like many others. Relaxed summer fun, while we wait for the new season to begin and for Dancing with the Stars to end. But to us August 2009 will stand as our quarter life crisis that caused us to quit our job before it killed our soul in order to focus on hockey blogging.

During Great Depression II.

We are that dumb

We have realized of late: it is better to fail at doing something you love then succeed at something you hate. Even if that shit pays you well and has an inattentive IT department that hasn’t noticed “user pr62 has 3.2 trillion hits on OilersNation in the past 12 months.” At the exact time that many folks are glad to have a job – we have unwisely left ours and are setting out on our very own.

It went over well with the roommates:

Wanye: (enters room, throws down luggage) I’m home gentlemen. I bring you three vessels loaded rich spices from exotic lands.

Roommate 1: (watching TV) Whatever, keep it down.

Wanye: And also I have quit my job.

Roommate 1: (watching TV) Whatever, keep it down.

Back to OilersNation World HQ

nationhq

Having returned to the City last night, we immediately decided to lay in provisions for the long hard winter in a moment of Survivorman-esque planning. Never having to leave the house again, we were looking for commercial quantities of ready made meals, that require no added steps like adding milk. To our great joy we found a sale so massive that we had to go back to Wanye Manor and gather the roommates to assist in bringing our provisions back to the cave. $2 for a box of five granola bars? In this economy?

It boggles the mind:
deliciousness

Taking stock of the scene

Job quit, survival provisions stocked in the pantry, we set about seeing what’s what on the Nations. While we were busy losing our mind Jonathan Willis has turned into a three-a-day article beast, providing insight and interesting articles multiple times per day.

So you can imagine our shock and horror when we read this comment last night from local media personality Bob Stauffer:

No disrespect to Mr. Willis, but five JW stories on the front page of ON is at least three and probably four too many.

Given that JW has his own site do we really need all five lead stories on the ON site coming from someone who has no direct access to anybody that matters in hockey circles? Combine that with the fact that Jon resides in Mortheastern B.C., it can be argued he doesn’t really have a pulse for what is happening in Edmonton either. I can see getting Jon’s take once a week…but in this case I think less might be more.

Take Care
Bob Stauffer

Oh Bob. Really?

A few questions spring to mind:

1. Why bother?

What did Willis ever do to you? The guy is a gentleman who is busting his nuts in your field for a tenth the dough that you did when you started out. Rather than using your power and influence to cheer on emerging sports writers you have used it to shit on Willis publicly, in his home court we might add. Why bother?

2. What’s worse?

Having no access but saying something every day of interest or having plenty of access and rarely breaking news you know people are clamoring to hear?

See Bob, you who possesses both the bat phone number for Daryl Katz and the actual shoe size of Captain Ethan Moreau haven’t really used this power for any real good of late. Rather than calling out Willis for the stuff he talks about, you may want to look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself about all of the stuff you haven’t talked about. Great stuff, interesting stuff you could discuss that you know people would want to know – except for the fact that it is easier to report the news that floats to the surface rather than do any real digging.

Compare if you dare, the portion of the media kicking it at well paid day jobs that haven’t done any real digging in years – to a guy like Willis who does nothing but dig – even though he has to dig for miles to find a glimmer of gold. There he is, day after day, grinding it out. When a guy like Willis gets that access that you refer to – watch out.

3. Willis is awesome

Jonathan Willis is a gentleman farmer, a scholar and an immediate recipient of any or all Wanye Organs of his choice should he ever need a donor. The guy takes ridiculous amounts of shit from people but continues to churn away, steadfastly becoming a wicked writer in the process. Nothing but good will come to a man of his nature.

In closing, be on the ready Nation

We have walked through a few doors of late and no longer recognize our surroundings. We are out on our own, cushy job be damned and we are going to try to take it up a notch around here. We have a year’s supply of granola bars to fuel us and no longer have anything better to do than work on our dream: hard hitting independant NHL coverage.

And on that day when the Willises, Brownlees and Gregors of the world are so highly read from coast to coast that the NHL has no other option but to grant them full access over which they have little control, we shall put our feet on our desk, crack a Bud Light and declare the job well done.

Until then – it’s game time.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    @ A.T. Husky:
    You forgot my 'filler' comment.
    You don't bring a lot to the table do you A.T.?
    This site didn't get any closer to getting on the 'inside' by having a story written by a grade 'C' comedy act on Bob's comment. Isn't that the ultimate goal?
    A.T. you bore me. I could poke more holes in your comments than the Lightening D had last year, but….what's the point? I'd end up reading another reply made by you, knowing it was completed with the aid of a book of synonyms.
    You are an empty complaint A.T. I find this tangible fault inherent in your unreadable comments.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Neil Sherwood wrote:

    @ A.T. Husky:
    You forgot my ‘filler’ comment.
    You don’t bring a lot to the table do you A.T.?
    This site didn’t get any closer to getting on the ‘inside’ by having a story written by a grade ‘C’ comedy act on Bob’s comment. Isn’t that the ultimate goal?
    A.T. you bore me. I could poke more holes in your comments than the Lightening D had last year, but….what’s the point? I’d end up reading another reply made by you, knowing it was completed with the aid of a book of synonyms.
    You are an empty complaint A.T. I find this tangible fault inherent in your unreadable comments.

    Actually, it's not the ultimate goal.

    And judging by your comments you missed the point entirely, but why am I surprised?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Neil Sherwood wrote:

    @ A.T. Husky:
    You forgot my ‘filler’ comment.
    You don’t bring a lot to the table do you A.T.?
    This site didn’t get any closer to getting on the ‘inside’ by having a story written by a grade ‘C’ comedy act on Bob’s comment. Isn’t that the ultimate goal?
    A.T. you bore me. I could poke more holes in your comments than the Lightening D had last year, but….what’s the point? I’d end up reading another reply made by you, knowing it was completed with the aid of a book of synonyms.
    You are an empty complaint A.T. I find this tangible fault inherent in your unreadable comments.

    Also, you do realize that a "book of synonyms" (known by many in the English speaking world as a thesaurus, amazing isn't it?) would have been completely useless for whatever you think I would've been using it for?

    Somebody else sh*t on your poor grammar but it makes no sense to do the same to me. The outstanding thing is that, to this point, you have not given any actual line of reasoning for anything that you stand for, only that you stand for it.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    @ A.T. Husky:
    Dear A.T.,
    Ask 100 Edmontonians, over the age of 30, what a synonym is and 90 of them will say a brand of snowplow, the other 10 will surely know that a book of synonyms is a thesaurus, as do I. I used 'the book of' instead of 'thesaurus' as a matter of choice, knowing very well you would bring it up in your next comment or retort.
    My grammar was not shat upon, sir, it was my lack of or improper use of commas.
    I only suggested that you used a thesaurus because your comment was well written and I knew it would bother you, thus sparking a deep desire in the pit of your stomach to: A.)defend your honor B.) get in the last word.
    A.T. buddy, you know what? I'm not that down on Jay Dub, The Masked Joker, this site, you or any of the commenters or writers. I like the site. I read it daily and I never comment until I saw the Stauffer piece. Why?
    -I think this city is bloody lucky to have a guy like him. When I listen to him he tells it like it is. I learn a lot from him.
    -He can rap off stats from the top of his head unlike any other local sports reporter, and I've been listening to Edmonton radio since the Oil were in the WHL.
    -He puts Tencer in his place at times and I feel that was needed.
    -I think he is a huge talent and I wouldn't be the least suprised if he's not scooped up by a bigger fish fairly soon. I'll enjoy him while I can.
    -His statement was respectful, polite and honest and if that deserves the kind of article that was written about him here, then I think it is Wayne Gretz that needs to look into the mirror, not Stauffer.
    Finally, I feel that this site (as I have stated before) is a fine read. But, look at the top writers in the industry. They don't report news when there is no news. They know very well that any stat related material they try to print will be rejected because it is fluff/filler/trip to Corsitown/trip to Granolabarand beertalkingtown: the masses do not want to read it.
    Now, you are going to argue that you are a die-hard and you need your fix everyday and this site provides it. What you actually need is an opportunity to make a daily comment so that you can be a part of a special (volunteered) group of people that have something in common (clique).
    The site needs to produce everyday to stay on top of the Oil blogs and rack up the daily visitor count so that it can keep Zender on as a revenue source (filler).
    This site does act like it is the Katz ass of the Oil blog world because it is the only one that doesn't link to other blogs.
    Have I included enough substance for you A.T.? have I backed my sh*t up?
    Like I said, I really have no serious beef with anyone.
    This article pissed me off, but so what?
    You can lead the pack of Hulkamaniacs and I'll be the much needed Randy 'macho man' Savage, because every circus needs a bad guy. Have a real good and honest look at what this site has become this summer and tell me the comment pages and some of the entries don't belong. Then again, it's you page so do what you like.
    Have a super weekend

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Neil Sherwood wrote:

    This site does act like it is the Katz ass of the Oil blog world because it is the only one that doesn’t link to other blogs.

    Hi Neil,

    I just wanted to point out that the quoted statement above is incorrect. We have an extensive blogroll, and we frequently link to other blogs in our stories.

    Thanks for reading!

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Neil Sherwood wrote:

    Now, you are going to argue that you are a die-hard and you need your fix everyday and this site provides it. What you actually need is an opportunity to make a daily comment so that you can be a part of a special (volunteered) group of people that have something in common (clique).

    Interestingly enough, despite the fact that the masses don't want to read what is written here, they still tend to come every day. Strange, strange.

    Also, I rarely comment unless I feel strongly about something. And that can be easily verified.