Tonight is what you might call a perfect storm, if you define a perfect storm as "The Oilers playing on a Saturday night, after the Eskimos play someone or other at Commonwealth and it’s Gregor’s birthday."
Get ready liver, you are about to get it and we are about to give it to you.
It is clear 5 games into the season that the Oilers aren’t going to be a winning team. This is a completely different beast than being a crappy team, which the Oilers defined to all of last year much to our collective horror. This squadron is a different thing altogether – it is a series of pre-pubescent Superstars collectively adjusting to the NHL game, to one another and eagerly awaiting the arrivial of the cheerleaders.
And this is exactly what we signed on for when the season started – despite what some Negative Nancys© are freaking out about on the call in shows, in the commentary and in front of water coolers all over town.
Taylor Hall goes back to Junior? Do you have pearl onions for eyeballs? If you watched the game against the Wild this week you may have noted that he was the best player on the ice for either team. Not the best Oiler rookie, not the best Oiler – the best player on the ice for either team.
Five games into his career.
Let’s just all take a deep breath and watch the team develop and stop throwing around all of these harsh expectations. Exciting Last Place Hockey Nation. That’s the ticket. Another high pick in the draft and another wave of rookies onto the squadron.
A Championship team isn’t built in a year. That’s unreasonable. It takes TWO years.
Everyone knows that.
IN THE MEANTIME
While we are waiting for this team to become a world class hockey squad – and make no mistake they will – we are going to have fun and maybe party here and there. What the hell is the rush anyways?
We don’t want to the the Oilers win the Cup in that filthy old Rexall Stadium. Not when a brand spanking new facility is one ill timed tax payer cash injection away from being built.
No, that won’t do at all. Let’s just have some fun and let the chips fall where they may. And Gregor’s Super Saturday seems as good a place as any to start. His Birthday – while not a National Holiday – should bring joy into the hearts of every red blooded Citizen of the Nation. We are going to get him right filled up with the Alcahols and set him in the direction of the nearest pack of unsuspecting women. Then we will watch a Professional in action.
The Oilers website is hilariously inconsistent with posting the lineups. When Gregor writes the GDBs he witnesses the lines in the pregame skate. When we write the GDB from the comfort of stately Wanye Manor and the Oilers fail to post lines we are in a pickle.
Here is the Oilers lineup of players that will be of note looking back at the game in 5 years:
When the Oilers get around to posting the lines on their site, if someone could put them in the comments we would consider it a wonderful Birthday gift to Gregor. We have no time for these matters as a day drunk is calling loud and proud.
Happy Birthday JG. Oilers will play an exciting game in your honor and lose by a goal.
And we wouldn’t want it any other way.