The return of ghost riding and hope

Screw “Private Eyes.” Long-time Citizens of the Nation know that there is only one way to celebrate BIG milestones. By ghost riding the whip.

Back in the 07-08 stretch run we would ghost ride the whip all the live-long day all over the OilersNation. Times were good for awhile there. Buddies would leave messages on our cell phone after wins drunkenly yelling about “g-g-g-g-g-host rides.” Rookies were scoring, Roli was smiling and we were cheering. Of course it ultimately ended in disaster — but it wasn’t the biggest Oilers-related let down in the past four years now was it? Sigh.

This season’s Ghost Riding? Not so much. We have been witnessing mediocre hockey at best, which is particularly tough for Oilers fans to swallow in the midst of a cold dark winter when there is little else to do but scream for help — even if the only shred of hope we could see on the horizon was Rob Schremp.

The ferocity with which Oilers fans phoned radio shows, commented on the Nation and beat down people wearing other NHL jerseys spoke to their dedication and frustration with the team. You don’t find this level of dedication in many other NHL markets. Ultimately that’s why some muffin players don’t want to play in Edmonton. Fans here get it and fans here care. And if the fans here decide you suck then you are going to hear about it. And if we collectively decide you are in the process of potentially turning the corner we consider ghost riding the whip.

And now it’s time.

Now, we aren’t ghost riding the whip because the Oil won 4-3 in what we hear was an awesome game last night. We aren’t doing it because Hemsky is playing so well that Gregor has been moved to declare that we “might be witnessing the emergence of true superstar, and a player that will energize Rexall Place in ways it hasn’t seen in a long time.” We aren’t doing it because the Oil won five of six, because only 83 per cent of the Nation wants MacT fired now or because Obama was sworn in yesterday.

No we throw out the first ghost ride the whip of the 2008-09 season because hope has finally returned to the OilersNation. Sure, the bandwagon is still empty and the fire-MacT wagon is still full. But for the first time since GDB 9 some folk are considering making a move back to having some hope for the team again. And really that’s all the OilersNation wants.

Hope.

“We have been warned against giving people false hope. (But) there has never been anything false about hope.” — Barack Obama

Word up, el Presedente.

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    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    it’s definitely something Nation related

    I was wondering. None of my web searches were turning up anything.

    Methinks it has something to do with the second-half hockey pool, eh . . . .?

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    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    @ Jeremy:
    @ chrisinbanff:
    Gee whiz. How did that get there? I have no idea what that could be about. It’s not a third party ad though, it’s definitely something Nation related.
    *builds buzz to deafening roar on the internets*

    Oh you are all kinds of a jack-ass

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    @ Jeremy:
    @ chrisinbanff:

    Gee whiz. How did that get there? I have no idea what that could be about. It's not a third party ad though, it's definitely something Nation related.

    *builds buzz to deafening roar on the internets*

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    There is hope in the nation. It's nice that we can enjoy being in a playoff position for a whole week; thanks to the break. I'm also glad that I gave up all hope and ranted to anyone who would listen about how the Oilers sucked and were going to miss the playoffs extra early this year… They always turn things around when I do that. Thankfully, this time, I broke when there was still time to turn things around and post a respectable regular season… Don't break me again!

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    It's a good day in the nation. Dogs aren't being kicked. Babies are being made. TV remotes aren't being thrown. Beer isn't being consumed in anger, but rather joy. Thank you Ales Hemsky. Thank You.

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    Jeremy wrote:

    @ chrisinbanff:
    My guess is it is an ad for a video game.
    Most likely Halo Wars, as that is around the release date.

    Let me tell you it will be more intense than a video game for most of you. It will be personal and should be great. I look forward to it.

    And if you like videos check out this classic…Props to those who can name all four guys..

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    King of Cars wrote:

    I got goosebumps reading the nation this morning. The return of ghost riding and hope reminded me oof the Return of the Jedi with Hemsky playing Luke Skywalker bringing hope to the rebellion!

    That movie ended with a bunch of people partying around a fire. Hey that sounds familiar…

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    I got goosebumps reading the nation this morning. The return of ghost riding and hope reminded me oof the Return of the Jedi with Hemsky playing Luke Skywalker bringing hope to the rebellion!

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    Travis Dakin wrote:

    @ Wanye Gretz:
    I tried to find it from some of the old posts last year. Stupid you tube. Thanks for finding it. God that makes me feel good again.

    Hey don't thank me – thank our boy Ales. He is the one that started the revolution again.

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    Travis Dakin wrote:

    Oh that felt Damn good.

    Youtube removed it for some sort of violation. I had to find it on some shady video sharing site. I almost fainted when I thought we couldn't ghost ride for a second.

    That Obama video is righteous too.

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    Wow.

    I know what i'm watching over and over today. This video is so hilarious it made me post for the first time ever even though I read here every day.

    THANKS WAYNE!!!