On any other weekend, a Saturday Night home game against the Sharks would be the hottest ticket in town. This weekend – it probably doesn’t even crack the top 5 in Edmonton. It’s Grey Cup week and anyone with a functioning liver and an old CFL jersey has been sloshing around Downtown Edmonton soaking up the festivities for days now.
It’s great to see Edmonton so alive with swarms of humanity. Driving up Jasper Avenue earlier today we saw a pack of about 20 people in full Winnipeg Blue Bombers gear tooting their plastic novelty horns, waving their oversized novelty flags and generally looking to have fun.
We have to imagine this is what a City with actual tourism feels like on a day-to-day basis. Hordes of foreigners from parts unknown, milling about and looking to party.
Even if you don’t like football you might want to squeeze into a downtown watering hole tonight to watch the game. Every seat will be filled with people cheering their hearts out in preparation for tomorrow’s big game. Without a doubt tonight will go down as one of the busiest nights in the City of the year.
Without a doubt tomorrow will result in a Grey Cup win for the Riders. Book it.
OK ON TO THE GAME
Oilers and Sharks huh? The San Jose crew isn’t nearly as awesome as they would have you believe, currently sitting in 12th in the Western Conference a mere 8 points ahead of the Oilers. In another dimension we would be cheering for the Oil to deliver a helping of comeuppance to the down-on-their-luck Sharks tonight.
But the problem these days Nation is that the Oilers aren’t holding up their end of the bargain of Exciting Last Place Hockey. The New York Islanders currently sit below our beloved Oilers in the league standings? This just won’t do.
With Taylor Hall looking better by the minute – that GWG last game needs no additional hype – we might have to come to grips with the fact that these here Oilers aren’t the worst place team in the league anymore. And as someone who dreams about the Oilers 4 nights per week on average – we can’t live with this terrible knowledge.
LAST PLACE HOCKEY PLEASE
We had a deal Oilers. You would lose all 82 games in shootouts, collect first pick overall and then draft another mega stud. Then you would add some free agents in the offseason and win the Cup in the 2011-12 season. Is that not the deal? WTF is with all these wins then huh? HUH?
Oilers 5 Sharks 3.
Why? Because the Oilers love breaking our hearts.