GDB XXXVIII: A new beginning in the same old year

After a brief two-day respite from Oilers’ hockey, the team of apparent have-nots are left-coast bound today as they take on the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place. And I’m not going to lie to you, Nationeers, things haven’t been so rosy at OilersNation lately.

Let’s recap, shall we: after going 5-0 on the road, the Oilers then went 0-5 — with four of those games taking place at RX1 — completely nullifying fan excitement and causing some people to renounce their season-ticket status. About the only bright light over the last five games was the fact that Oil fans got to see Alexander Ovechkin live; as you’ll recall, his Capitals squad mopped the bloody ice with the hapless Oilers.

Now it might not be the New Year yet, but after a two-day pause now is the time for the Oilers to resolve to begin demolishing teams. The Canucks are 6-4-0 in their last 10, which isn’t that much better than the Oilers when you think about it. Oh sure, they have a much better season record than the Oil (21-16-0 vs 15-18-04), but in the immortal words of the Black Eyed Peas, tonight’s gonna be a real good night.

And if it’s not, I’ll eat this new sweater Santa brought me.

The Sounds of Silence

Meanwhile, OilersNation is a ghost town. Gregor’s off to Costa Rica, Wanye’s still exploring the planet, Willis is welding random pieces of metal together in Fort St John, I’m stuck in Calgary, and Brownlee Claus is beating the shit out of all the bad kids with giant coal-filled red sacks.

Yep, it’s been a quiet Christmas here on the internets.

Here’s hoping the deafening silence is enough to get this squad of n’er-do-wells to actually, you know, play a proper hockey game. Because the moment this cluster of insufferably poor players repeats what they’ve done for the last five games, I have World Juniors and the Spengler Cup to watch.

It’ll be close, but I’m going with Oilers 2-1 in OT.

So how many of you are going to be skipping Oilers hockey in favour of other hockey? Or in favour of something completely unrelated to hockey?

And how were your Christmases? Did everyone get as much socks and underwear as I did?

    • Really?
      Rick Rypien, one of the few guys in the NHL who actually has some real boxing training, not to mention the fastest hands in the league, swings like a mental patient? The guy who gave up about 50 pounds to Stortini? That Rick Rypien?

      • Shaun Doe

        Wow there Brownlee, ease up a bit there. Thats what I was trying to say. Rypien is one of the best fighters in the league pound for pound. What I was trying to say is he chucks punches hard and often. He's one of the most aggressive knuckle swingers I have seen in the league these days. Hence the its best to keep your face covered as often as possible comment.

  • Shaun Doe

    Eeeeehh I wouldn't be that sure Wanye, the Canucks can play boring hockey with the best of them when they want to. I think we could be in for a snooze fest third, well unless we go shorthanded a couple more times.

  • Nonesense Shaun. The only thing worse than a snooze fest is no hockey at all, which is what I have been subjected to of late.

    Oh and yes I'm watching atdhe.net from overseas. That's the only move over here and I'm not sorry.

  • Shaun Doe

    Seriously?! My friend was telling me the Nucks fans continue to woop over and over again after goals in the third but I didn't believe it. Now I know better. Thats just annoying…

  • Shaun Doe

    If it makes you guys feel any better. I requested the rest of the PPV season back from my service provider. And believe it or not they gladly returned the balance! That makes me wonder if enough people cancel that they will admit the team is doomed for this season. I also downgraded my TV package, I was even temped to cancel sports programming because I'm facing th reality that it sucks to be an Oiler fan…

  • Skidplate

    @Reagan

    No one is impressed with how much of a pussy seem to be. Rather than coming on here and showing us what little of a spine you posess, why don't you conserve your remaining energy to end it all, doing everyone else a minor favor.

    Thanks and fuck off,

    Love Wanye

    • Second that. Go buy something red and cheer for the Flames, they love the wagon jumpers.

      To Another Topic:
      What possible lineup changes can we expect for next season? All internal of course because that's how Tambellini rolls. If MPS and Eberle make the team who's in and who's out?

      PS This may have been covered in earlier posts, if so I apologize I only read this page.

      • Yes TonyT –

        It's good to see another person still clinging to dignity. Let this not be confused for clinging to hope – that is a different ball of wax altogether.

        Even in the midst of a soul crushing season, bandwagon jumping is still brutally lame. In the absence of a team you can cheer for, real fans still cheer for the jersey, the idea of an Oilers team that can compete and indeed win.

        The Reagans of the world who come here looking for props because they rag on the oil can keep on trolling. Your ol' uncle Wanye is reporting for duty as the leader of the Troll Patrol.

    • PattQuinn'sChesthair

      Take it easy Wayne,

      I feel like maybe your troll comment is a little over the top, although I haven't read all of the posts here. Maybe a little rye involved here? Trust me Wayne, paying sixteen bucks a pop to see the Oil stink up the joint is hardly a measure of how good of a fan you are, only how much of a sucker you are.

      In regards to the "best game game I've seen in weeks" comment, too funny. IF you had been around to witness the epic fail that was that home stint you maybe echoing Regan's comments.

      To be perfecectly clear, LONG LIVE THE DIVE FOR FIVE.

      Best regards and Happy New year Nation.

  • Skidplate

    Glad to see you back patrolling Wanye. There certainly are alot of fickle fans on here lately. One should not get too up or too down on the wins and losses. We have some good players and a "new" system, which is taking longer than everyone expected to sink in.

    The league is quite tight now a days, except for a few elite teams at top. If the Oilers were to win 2 games more per month it would put us 8th in the league. In my opinion to get the 2 wins extra a month, better goaltending, ie. Habby, and a little more consistency is all it would take.

    That is all.

  • I love a nothing more than a good jeanshortsing at 3 AM. Since the Oil lost earlier I have been crushing VBs and watching cricket. Thanks Oilers for losing and making this happen as punishment.

    Still, best game I have seen in weeks….

  • Trolls are the little things that kids use to play with funky hair colours. This I am not. You are half way there Wayne with those dreadlocky things…

    I have not jumped off of the bus or sold my collection of Oiler Jerseys, Rookie Cards,and signed and framed pictures of the my favorite 27 Oilers over the last 25 years or so. So kiss my A$$, if I decide to refund my season of depressing losses on PPV. Really it is stupidity. As a season ticket holder, I haven't sold the remainder of my seats so not all is lost. However I have marked key games to sell to friends and family for no profit.

    So PPV returns make me spineless, what happens if I now drop the season tickets? First off, If I truly did hate the Oilers why would I have them? Hmmm, I guess I could be really spineless and just sell them to Die Hard Oiler fans that have never bothered to buy Season tickets because they are so die hard… YEp… Have another beer guys…

    Tank for Taylor…