SEARCHING FOR THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT

I love Saturdays. When I was a kid, my Dad worked early morning until noon Saturday (men worked six days a week in the 1960s) and Saturday afternoon and evening we had him to ourselves. That meant fun stuff in the afternoon, and Saturday nights at Grandpa and Grandma’s, with cards, beer, smoke and Hockey Night In Canada. Those are some of my fondest memories going back to childhood. Why then would Saturday do me this way so late into our relationship?

You don’t need to go back in the record books to see how bad the Oilers have been, just living the team informs you. In my house, Saturday evening marks the end of the week, a chance to pour some wine (I have left the harder stuff behind, and beer is my summer drink, he lied), make a meal with my wife, enjoy the Leafs losing and then immediately dive into the pit of despair as the town team bleeds out on my television (or, sometimes, live).

If the Oilers Sunday to Friday are a tough follow, then Saturday is Hell’s Canyon. Since January 1st, Edmonton has given fans the following results:

  • A shootout win over the Coyotes January 2nd. 4-3.
  • A shootout win over the Flames, January 16th. 2-1.
  • A 4-1 loss to Nashville on January 23.
  • A 5-1 loss to the Habs on February 6. An especially awful game, someone should still be ashamed about that effort.
  • A 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets February 13.
  • A 3-2 loss to Colorado on February 20.
  • A 4-0 loss to Arizona last night.

That is 2-4-1 over the last seven Saturday games, and some of those games have been incredibly poor. Last night saw the Oilers get all manner of chances, especially early, but they could not cash and the goal posts were not forgiving.

I am at a crossroads with the Oilers and Saturday night. I think next year may see me PVR the game and spend some time with my family. Until this team cobbles together enough of a roster and they can form a team, it simply isn’t worth my time. I don’t have so many Saturday nights left, to gift them to this Oilers team is folly. I think it wise to make these players prove they are worth the time. Recent evidence suggests otherwise.



  • NoisyNufe

    Orval Tessier once said the Blackhawks needed heart transplants. irony is, at the time he said that, his team were playing against the Oilers.

    Role reversal. Yes b’y.

  • GCW

    Well said. I stopped giving away my Saturdays to the Oilers a while ago. I may watch a period for old time sake, but them the Oilers remind me why they aren’t must see tv anymore and I am gone.

  • Bushed

    No longer a tier 1 fan–I let my season’s tickets go last year after losing lots of $ on games I couldn’t sell.

    This year, no lost $, but still lots of lost time.

    Oilers sent me an email Friday asking if I want to apply for the registry list.

    Think I’ll reply by telling them I’m taking all of next season to “evaluate” the franchise as a whole before making any rash moves. I may even need a second year just to be sure…

  • .

    We got the apple but not the core

    We got the stats but not the score

    We got the deke but not the dangle

    We got the lane but not the angle

    But we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan But heh we’re big in Japan

    We got the rink but not the deed

    We got the gap but not the speed

    We got the chance but not the luck

    We got the zone but not the puck

    But heh we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan

    We got the snap We got release

    We got the whole of Oiler nation on its knees

    We got the fakes, we got the O

    We got the ebs we got the flow

    We got the bom but not the pin

    We got the point but not the win

    We got the check but not the man

    We got the picks but not the plan

    But heh we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan

    Heh ho they love the way we do it

    Heh ho there’s really nothing to it

    We got the snap We got release

    We got the whole of Oiler nation on its knees

    We got the fakes, we got the O

    We got the ebs we got the flow

    We got the odds but not the bet

    We got the shot but not the net

    We got the zone but not the feed

    We got the grape but not the lead

    But heh we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan we’re big in Japan
    we’re big in Japan, we’re big in Japan

  • GK1980

    “Until this team cobbles together enough of a roster and they can form a team, it simply isn’t worth my time.”

    Interesting comment LT. I’ve always enjoys your blogs and articles. Do you see light at the end of this long dark tunnel or is Chia the man to turn this sad team around?