STATE OF AFFAIRS

OilersNation.com launched November 27, 2007. In the nearly 3 years and two months since that auspicious day, we have seen only a handful of games that meant anything – anything at all. You’d have to look to folk like Mr. Machete here to find someone on a longer dry spell than the Oil – and at least this guy has some size and is able to intimidate.

Watching shitanusly crappy hockey for four straight seasons after a heart pounding ride to the SCF back in 2006 has been a special kind of hell reserved for the good citizens of the OilersNation. Come April, it will have been 5 straight years of importance free hockey and yet our collective attention hasn’t diminshed one bit.

Gregor reports his show has never been busier. OilersNation traffic continues to climb month on month. Attending the game at RX1 against the Stars we couldn’t help but marvel at the number of Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi jerseys sitting in the stands.

Sure Rexall Place is quieter than a Tiger Woods fan club meeting, but Oilers fans are truly second to none in the NHL when you step back and take a look at the big picture.

Who else but Oilers fans would calmly sit through a stretch this inept? Over the past 375 ice hockey matches since the Cup Run the Oil have posted a 152-185-38 record.

They have put up enough bricks to rebuild the Great Wall of China just south of the City limits and have left us all hoping to come back in the next life as one of the 15 remaining Atlanta Thrashers fans on earth.

They have a team that is going places.

Given the state of the squad and the strangely hot New Jersey Devils we would bet our bottom dollar that the Oilers will finish last place in the league for the second year in a row. Sure, this means that EHP will have a new first round friend to play with in the fall but it doesn’t really thrill us about the 7 sets of tickets we have remaining for this season.

We have run out of ways to discuss a last place hockey team after hammering out over 500 articles in the past few seasons. We have absolutely no idea how the rest of the fellas – and the mysterious Amber McCormick – manage to keep coming up with fresh material, but we tip our hats to them for continuing to squeeze blood from a stone.


 

One has to believe that the Gods of Hockey will see fit to grant us a competitive team sooner rather than later. Before this stretch of sterile incompetency it was "small market syndrome" keeping us from success for the better part of a decade. Good players were lacing em up for the Oil on the regular but were forced to depart from our frozen homeland to seek the big money elsewhere.

Fast forward to 2011 and there are no such issues. The Oilers are thankfully able to spend to the Salary Cap in pursuit of victory and play before a packed – albeit silent – house night after night. This financial stability has strangely led to little success on the ice and gillions of dollars being spent on players of dubious quality.

But take back to back first overall draft picks, sprinkle in some other high achieving youngsters, stir in the inevitable free agent signings and we have to imagine that things will be back on track next season.

Because they have to right? RIGHT? NEXT SEASON WILL BE BETTER RIGHT?

 

AH NEXT SEASON

Screw you next season. We have been cheering for you for five straight seasons. We get particularly excited in the weeks leading up to your start when we somehow convince ourselves that Patrick O’Sullivan is going to single handedly turn the tides or that Erik Cole will put the team over the top.

But we have little choice at this stage of the game – next season it is.

In the spirit of trying to hold on to the shreds of glory that continue to fade into the mist and in the name of trying to get ready for the day that important hockey returns to Edmonton, we have been hard at work with a few of our fellow Nation Scribes to put the finishing touches on a kick ass new part of the Nation.

With the exception of the site originally launching, this is hands down the biggest development in the OilersNation. Even if the Oilers themselves don’t deserve the love and respect they have lavished upon them hourly, Oilers fans deserve everything in the world. In that spirit we will be making an announcement later in the week that we are sure will thrill a great many.

And we will leave it to speculation for a few days to see what people think could be on the horizon. It’s nice to have a pleasant surprise to look forward to – and that is a luxury that has been far too scarce around these parts for far too long.

And we will also put the OilersNation Playoff Site Design away for the fourth straight season.

Crap.

  • Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!

    ONTV?

    Oh god, does the term face for radio/blogging worry anyone?

    Unless of course a third Oodle Noodle banner is going to be put in the middle of the site to pay Tom Gazzola’s sister to do interviews. Then in that case, I’m willing to increase my commitment to TWO chicken hot boxes a day.

  • Sorensenator

    Wanye, while dining at a certain newly opened small eatery, specializing in asian noodle dishes, just prior to the yule tide, a mysterious stranger told me a tale of ON future plans. I did not believe what the stranger said then, but I do now. Is this the new ON development? Please answer in the usual code.

  • Snakes MGB

    Me thinks it has something to do with the 7 sets of tickets they don’t want anymore. Spreadin’ the love around by making us pawns jump through hoops. Where do I sign up?

  • Cru Jones

    “It’s nice to have a pleasant surprise to look forward to – and that is a luxury that has been far too scarce around these parts for far too long.”

    A win?

  • The machete picture is completely in a appropriate. There are really nut jobs like this guy out there (e.g. Greyhound murder). I will not read Wayne again. This glorifies violence. Gone too far.

  • Just curious if anyone knows how often team roll though Edmonton first then into Calgary for game two of back-to-back games? It seems a bit to often for my liking!

    Or, on the contrary, the times teams roll though Calgary first and then into Edmonton on back-to-back games?

  • book¡e

    Wanye, you sicken me. I understand that you are simply looking for shock value when you put a picture of an evil robot bunny God descending upon the faithful to initiate an apocalypse, but you have to think about the consequences of your actions. I mean, right now, some evil robot bunny god could be sitting in his parents basement all angry at the world but not knowing how to enact his revenge on humankind.

    But here you are glorifying evil robot bunny god Apocalypsing giving him nothing but ideas. I will never read your articles again because you just don’t understand the concept of blogger responsibility. I hope when he comes that you are his first victim – then you will understand that with great power comes great responsabilty

  • Hoping for more scantly clad women on Lowetide articles… My guess is that the future is here, with the inevitable demise of newspapers, the writers on Oilersnation will be given media credentials becoming msm. I realize that Gregor and Brownlee already would through the team 1260 but others writers such as Lowetide and Wayne (yikes). Probably way off but it’s a shot in the dark. Btw wouldn’t want to meet that monster with the machete in the dark.

    • WAIT no. This is my fav. I am sure of it.

      Once having posted this article I was concerned that I was hyping this coming event too much. But I have since double checked with several folks who assure me that it is indeed exciting news.

      This is going to involve enjoying the Voices of the Nation in an entirely new way – with some unbelievable new folks joining in the conversation as well.

      *mysterious music of mystery follows a fourth straight comment from yours truly*

  • Oilchange64

    WAN YEE—-Your articles are a complete waste. They bring out the worst in many of the commenters.
    The picture is disgusting. Your older brother perhaps?
    If you have one who will admit it, pretend she is looking over your shoulder.

    • Ender

      Shame on you, Lebowski, for calling Wanye’s brother disgusting. Your mother should have taught you some manners when you were younger. In the true spirit of the Nation, however, we forgive you for wasting everyone’s time with your completely useless comment.

      Oh, and it’s pronounced Won-yae, not Wan-yee. Good on you for trying, though; that’s the spirit. Don’t give up, Slugger.

    • ~I agree. It is a terrible thing for commenters to have a little fun with some mindless chatter.~

      I would much rather post comments criticizing the very site that I’m reading being oblivious to the irony that every comment posted gives the articles that you deem a “waste” one more page hit whcih will only encourage the writers to post more of what you don’t like.

  • Chaz

    Wanye,

    Is the surprise a guest column by Gretzky to coincide with his 50th B-day tomorrow? That would be epic.

    * Sharpens his machete just in case anyone actually disagrees with what the Great One may have to say, and continues to eat donairs…

  • ClosetGM

    If you want to right something new try writing about why we are here in the first place. Like Smid for Pronger or Pitkanen for Cole oand Cole for nothing. Smyth for Omarra is a good one also. The fact of the matter is we have been on the wrong end of a few key trades they dont look to bad at the time but there has been a steady stream of guys going out of town and not much return if any. Who on the current oilers roster was the result of a good trade. Only one that i can think of and that would be Gilbert. One can argue Whitney but we still gave up Vishnovsky for him.