A great 24 hours in the Nation

What a wonderful 24 hours this has been as a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. First this picture above being considered a good idea, then a two-goal lead blown, then a last second tie game with the Flames then gassing it in OT. Excellent times what not?

Tragedy One

It’s going to be hard to argue with the NHL marketing brass on this one. Do you like the sexy Mens people? Do you feel as though professional sports aren’t homoerotic already at the best of times? Would you like to be slightly aroused by your local ice hockey squad? Yeah, apparently this is the major idea behind the picture you see above, in the new ESPN something something.

What is the deal here exactly? Why is this going to make people like hockey more? Like many red blooded mammals on this planet, we harbor some sort of man crush on Sheldon Souray that has us watching the games hoping he will be forced to look for an extended period of time directly into the camera. But even we draw the line at this.

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This just makes our eyes bleed and only stokes the fires of the enemies of the OilersNation. Bastards like that TLP down in Calgary who will be eating this up for lunch. We don’t need this kind of drama to deal with on the interwebs.

Just a business suggestion

You know your ol’ pal Wanye is a Titan of industry. We have probably bought more granola bars in the past 3 months than you have in your whole life. So when we say we know the business of hockey, we know the business of promoting the business of knowing a guy that works in the arena where sometimes people play hockey. But sweet ghost of Kevin Costner, what the hell?

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Do better things than this NHL! You owe it to the game! Have Sheldon Souray fight Kimbo Slice or get Sam Gagner cast in a Three Six Mafia video. Anything that actually promotes the Mighty Oil. This is not how you bring the NHL into the major lime light in the US for anything positive.

Now if you will excuse us from dwelling on this tragedy for too long,

Tragedy Two

Oh and if this pictoral Hindenburg wasn’t enough for you, the Oilers gassed one with 0.0158 seconds left in the game then lost it in a shoot out to the Flames. Blow a two goal lead? Gas it at the last possible second? FML.

We remember going into this game. A short 24 hours ago, when life was going much more positively. Life was simple then. No weird photo shoot making it weird to cheer for Moreau, no mind snapping loss to the Flames, no snow on the ground this morning.

And now back to having that picture blown up and put on my wall.

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Oh the humanity.


  • Harlie

    should of played Big Poppa from BIGGY. Fits the mood with the pic pretty good…specially the Craig reference in the song..

    To all the ladies in the place with style and grace
    Allow me to lace these lyrical duches in your bushes
    Who rock grooves and make moves with all the mommies
    The back of the club, sippin Moet, is where you'll find me
    The back of the club, mackin hoes, my crew's behind me
    Mad question askin, blunt passin, music blastin
    But I just can't quit
    Cause one of these honies Biggie gots ta creep with
    Sleep with, keep the ep a secret why not
    Why blow up my spot cause we both got hot
    Now check it, I got more Mack than Craig and in the bed
    Believe me sweety I got enough to feed the needy
    No need to be greedy I got mad friends with Benz's
    C-notes by the layers, true f*ckin players
    Jump in the Rover and come over
    tell your friends jump in the GS3, I got the chronic by the tree

    Chorus:

    [I love it when you call me big pop-pa]
    Throw your hands in the air, if youse a true player
    [I love it when you call me big pop-pa]
    To the honies gettin money playin ni**az like dummies
    [I love it when you call me big pop-pa]
    If you got a gun up in your waist please don't shoot up the place
    Cause I see some ladies tonight who should be havin my baby
    Bay-bee

  • I'm sorry man, but that picture isn't just gay, its super-gay. The composure, where Moreau is looking, Souray's helmet positioning, young Cogs loving gaze.

    On the other hand, it does explain why Moreau gets beat so much in fights.

    Super. Gay.

    • Librarian Mike

      I do have to say that I admire them for being secure enough in their sexuality to do something like this. At the end of the day, is this REALLY a big deal?

      Also, I'd just love to see a player say something derogatory to Souray's face. He'll go 'Eastern Promises' on them.

    • Harlie

      Super!? Super like Gary and Ace. "The Ambiguously Gay Duo!"

      hxxp://video.google.com/videosearch?as_sitesearch=youtube.com&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=gary+and+ace+site:youtube.com&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=d2rPSq2XMYXUtgOcyLTIDg&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1#q=gary+and+ace&hl=en&emb=0&client=safari&start=20

    • Travis Dakin

      You can't see it from this shot, but the caption explains that it's not a helmet – it was originally a dinner plate before Souray's manhood got through with it.

    • Librarian Mike

      LoL. So true…I can so picture that playing in the background. Or a little Top Gun "You've lost that love in feeling".. Now that I think about it, that picture is almost as good as the Volley Ball scene in Top Gun.

  • Travis Dakin

    Souray – Are you sure there aren't any bigger helmets this ones cutting off the circulation.

    photographer – It's the biggest one we have you're lucky that Comrie let you use it.

  • Hemmertime

    Kevine Lowe: Okay guys, we have a new marketing photo needed, it will be relaxed and casual. We, uhhh, are going to strip you guys naked and take photos while you three sit there gazing lovingly at each other. No, dont worry, its not gay, would it be running in a mens magazine if it was? I thought not.

    Even worse, what if thats an "Action shot". They just snapped a photo of the day to day in the Oilers locker room.

  • Hemmertime

    In other news, Pouliot missed practice again with an inflamed public bone. After Tjanqvists pubic inflammation for 8 months something tells me they aren't hosing down the dressing room seats enough.

    • Hemmertime

      Ha! That reminds me…

      I work for Manitoba Public Insurance. You'd be surprised at the number of times people make that same spelling mistake the other way around. Spell check doesn't pick it up because it's not spelled incorrectly.

  • Librarian Mike

    That photo is interesting, but I hear the actually magazine is pretty sweet. Some ladies look fine. And Gregor's line of panty sprinklers was unbelievable.

    **Slow clap and bow to the Nation**

  • Morghasm

    I don't know what's funnier, the photo or the fact that you guys are all so weirded out by it. I may be generalizing, but this photo is totally working for us lady types.

    Moreau's body looks good enough that I almost regretted choosing him as my goat this year. Almost.

  • Nuge&Connorvs.Sam&Sean

    If I didn't know better, I would say that Moreau is enjoying the view a little more than he should and Souray is like, "Yea man".

    On another note, the Flames had to play at top level to win those games. If that was against the Oilers, they are in a lot of trouble once they meet up with the likes of the Capitals and such.

  • Nuge&Connorvs.Sam&Sean

    Hmmm – I'm thinking this photo was not a good idea.

    I think the worst bit is that the neck of the sweater behind Souray looks like little devil horns – like Souray is wearing some weird French Quarter gay outfit headgear thingy.

    I'd bet that wasn't intended – but it kinda takes the photo to where it seems to want to go.

    What's next: A photo of several of the Canuck players in French Maid outfits decorating a float for the Pride Parade?

  • Oilitsinyoutogive

    The picture i think is only being used to sell the game more towards the female gender. If it works for the NHL then why not go for it if you have players willing to do it?

  • Oilitsinyoutogive

    Wow its becoming so common to lose in that fashon is rediculous. Go back to last year how many games did the Oil lose in the dying minutes of a game at least 10. I'am done sticking up for Hemmer F$CK HIM!!! What a lazy piece of sh!t, and as for Horcoff when you take a way him faceoff abilites he is a piece of
    sh!t also. Pat Quinn I say to you: CLEAN HOUSE! and good luck. I'm done watching Oilers for a while, broke another remote control last night.

  • Kimmie

    I find it funny that all the people on here that are dissing it are the male fans! Of course the male population would hate this idea…. but i can almost guarantee you have no issue with the scantily clad women that prance around at the oilers games. Now, im not getting mad at those men who hate this picture but I just want to point out that there are women fans too!!! There shouldn't be any double standards, right?!?! I think this picture is AWESOME!!!

    • I haven't seen any scantily clad women at oiler games? What section are they in?

      In all seriousness, you know what's funny about jerseys? They are huge loose garments that cover up everything, but they are super sexy on a woman. I don't know what it is. Any woman automatically gets higher on the scale by throwing on an Oilers jersey and a pair of jeans. The reverse is true with a Flames or Riders jersey.

      Oh, and "Ornella"? Really? I hope she's hot, because I'm sure heard a lot of teasing growing up. "Hey Or-smella", or "Ornella Ornella, looks like a fella". You know, things of that nature.

    • Ender

      It would of course be a female Nation citizen that actually knows the Captain's wife's name.

      Can any male Nationeer out there name even a single other Oiler wife?

  • BarryS

    Now, now, boys. So many threatened comments I have never heard before. The only thing they got we don't is millions of bucks in the bank. When you have enough money, females don't give a darn about alleged shortcomings. Just look at all them rich old codges with the 20 soimething bimbos on their arms.

  • luvethanm

    HOT!HOT!HOT! The fact that those guys are very confortable and confident enough to this. Hats off for both Ethan and Sheldon. And Sheldon, seriously hat off please…….

  • Porkchop

    As a girl, and a person with eyes, I too think this picture is indeed the gayest thing ever. Cogliano oggling Captain awesome and Mr. Fabulous…all looking so jolly….?!

    And WHY is Souray's head so disproportionately tiny? It almost rivals Chris Pronger's….almost.

    • luvethanm

      The picture is not the gayest thing ever. Only closed minded people think so. I think it's one of the BRAVEST thing ever. Cogliano is not oggling but merely admiring the braveness of the two men. Cogliano was probabaly thinking that he hoped one day that he would be just as brave.