GDFD No. 1: Yessssssssssssssss!

Ryan Lambert
October 01 2009 04:50PM

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Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s first game of the season on Oct. 1, 2009.

You all know it.

When someone says the words, "endless summer," it brings to mind images of happy days passed in idyllic settings for most. Similarly, most picture winter as being long, cruel and cold.

And for us, it's the exact opposite. Every second of summer ticks by slowly as we starve for anything that even resembles hockey news. We we have just three or four days — the draft, the first day of free agency, the start of camp, etc. — to circle on our calendars. The dreary days between are regrettably forgetful. And the winter, which whips by at Mach 10, seems frightfully short by comparison.

But they pack a lot of action, fun, excitement and emotion into those few brief months, don't they? I've been positively giddy all day (not that the burrito I had didn't help my ever-improving mood!) and it's all because I have four goddamn hockey games to watch for once in my stupid life.

I'm remarkably excited.

Let's get to it then.

Who:

The Calgary Flames (0-0-0 for 0 points. Nothingth in the West, nothingth in the Northwest) and the Vancouver Canucks (0-0-0 for 0 points. Nothingth in the West, nothingth in the Northwest).

When:

8 p.m. Mountain time and 10 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should just watch hockey tonight because oh. em. gee.

Where:

Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta.

Neither team has any home/road record, obviously, but these are the two strongest horses in the Northwest division, so that'll be nice to watch, won't it?

What (you can hate about the Canucks):

The obvious reason — They’re all that stand between the Calgary Flames and another division title. I find their position unacceptable.

Alain Vigneault — He just comes across as smug, doesn't he?

The Sedin Twins — If they didn't play in Vancouver, I'd have very little problem with them. They play hard, they're fun to watch, and they seem like rather funny, affable gentlemen. But they've got those blue jerseys on, so they can take a walk.

Mikael Samuelsson — Obviously this is mostly based on the fact that he is a former Red Wing (never a selling point to your boy here), but anyone that makes the Vancouver offense more potent, even infinitesimally, is on the list as far as I'm concerned.

Sergei Shirokov — Last week I watched this movie, "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," and I learned several things about Russians. Mostly that they are not to be trusted.

Vancouver fans — They’re as bad, stupid, ugly and offensive to the human race as Oilers fans. They just live in a much nicer city (though, in contrast with Edmonton, the same could be said of hockey fans in Fallujah).

Why?

Oh come on. Enjoy the game and contain your excitement in the comments section.

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#1 b1ackhat
October 01 2009, 04:54PM
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FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

YAAAAAY!!!!

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#2 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 04:55PM
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Its the GAME DAY FRIGGIN' FIRE DRILL B!TCHE$

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#3 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 05:02PM
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TLP wrote:

oh. em. gee.

luv it

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#4 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 05:03PM
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RossCreek wrote:

watch hockey tonight because oh. em. gee.
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#5 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 05:04PM
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F'd the quote up twice but i think you get the picture. Can't contain the excitement!

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#6 flames.suck
October 01 2009, 05:05PM
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Suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

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#7 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 05:05PM
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TLPk wrote:

Enjoy the game and contain your excitement in the comments section.

RossCreek wrote:

Can’t contain the excitement!

Oops

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#8 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 05:08PM
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@ flames.suck: TLP wrote:

(Vancouver fans) as bad, stupid, ugly and offensive to the human race as Oilers fans. They just live in a much nicer city (though, in contrast with Edmonton, the same could be said of hockey fans in Fallujah).

Did you see that? DID YOU SEE THAT!? THAT is to YOU!

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#9 Smitty
October 01 2009, 06:28PM
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FINALLY!! I've been buzzing with excitement all day!

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#10 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 06:49PM
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Tic...Toc...Tic...Toc...Tic...

KABBOOOOOMMM! *head explodes*

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#11 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 08:01PM
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YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

FIRE!

BOOM!

FIRE!

BOOOM!

FIRE!

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

hockey-time

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#12 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 08:16PM
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Is that Vernie in net? Pretty sure MacCoun, Natress, Lanny, Nieuwendyk & Gilmour is the starting liney...

Ahhh... the good ol' days

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#13 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 08:26PM
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Woooooooooo..... Peplinski!

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#14 FlamesFanInETown
October 01 2009, 08:32PM
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2-0! Where was the power play at the end of last year? Awesome!

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#15 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 08:32PM
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Bourque!

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#16 Smitty
October 01 2009, 08:40PM
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Holy. Crap.

Adam freaking Pardy?

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#17 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 08:43PM
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@ Smitty: Pardy on mane!

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#18 Smitty
October 01 2009, 08:54PM
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I love seeing the Sedins get hit!!

Great first period!!

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#19 Bruce Wanye
October 01 2009, 08:58PM
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Lovin the energy the Flames have been bringin.

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#20 Kent
October 01 2009, 09:01PM
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Mark. Gior. dano.

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#21 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 09:02PM
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Kent Wilson http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com/2009/10/1/1065427/season-opener-flames-vs-canucks#comments wrote:

Mike Milbury as a hockey analyst is like having Bernie Madoff as your accountant.

LOLZ

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#22 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 09:02PM
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@ Kent: Haha... didn't wanna waste such a good quote, so I reposted it here

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#23 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 09:26PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOO! Prusty

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#24 Smitty
October 01 2009, 09:27PM
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Oh you could just FEEL that one coming.

Dawes-Langkow-Bourque look GREAT!

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#25 Crickets
October 01 2009, 09:27PM
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~~

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#26 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 09:29PM
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Smitty wrote:

Dawes-Langkow-Bourque look GREAT!

Ya... lookin for big things from them.

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#27 Bruce Wanye
October 01 2009, 09:47PM
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@ b1ackhat: @ RossCreek: @ Smitty: @ FlamesFanInETown: @ Kent: Pretty good game thus far... one thing I'm sure we can all agree on... ... theOILERS are in for a rough ride this season!

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#28 Smitty
October 01 2009, 09:47PM
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@ Bruce Wanye: Yep. I'd be inclined to agree with that.

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#29 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 09:49PM
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@ Bruce Wanye: Gotta see more from Moss-Jokinen-Iginla tho.

Lovin Bouwmeester

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#30 Smitty
October 01 2009, 09:54PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Lovin Bouwmeester

He's been fantastic. He really does bring a new element of danger to the team.

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#31 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 09:55PM
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What is this garbage they're playing on CBC? Like who cares? What is this band called?

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#32 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 10:02PM
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Bouwmeester 21 minutes through 2 periods?!

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#33 Smitty
October 01 2009, 10:10PM
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RossCreek wrote:

What is this garbage they’re playing on CBC? Like who cares? What is this band called?

I believe they were the Arkells. My guess is it's CBC's attempt to showcase a fledgling Canadian band by associating them with hockey.

Unrelated: I hate Alex Burrows.

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#34 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 10:14PM
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Smitty wrote:

Unrelated: I hate Alex Burrows.

Did you hear Mark Lee? "Phaneuf with some chin-music for burrows" Good line, bad announcer.

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#35 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 10:15PM
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I'd like to see... Bourque-Langkow-Iginla Dawes-Jokinen-Moss Glencross-Boyd-Nystrom Sjostrom-Conroy-Prust

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#36 Smitty
October 01 2009, 10:27PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Good line, bad announcer.

I agree. I'm really looking forward to Peter Loubardias calling the game on Sportsnet.

I also like your re-arranging of the top 2 lines. I think having our 2 top guys on the 2 top lines would keep Vancouver reeling...

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#37 FlamesFanInETown
October 01 2009, 10:41PM
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Camma who? Just kidding, it would have been nice to have him back. But great start to the season!

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#38 Smitty
October 01 2009, 10:41PM
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That's all she wrote!

Not the best of 3rd periods, but a W is a W.

...better than a 6-0 loss...

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#39 RossCreek
October 01 2009, 10:46PM
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A healthy season = a long season

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#40 walk invisible
October 01 2009, 11:26PM
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wow i never would have thought an article written by a self admitted JFK and Alex Burrows lover would achieve 40 comments. Unbelievable performance by the two line ass

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#41 Joey Moss
October 02 2009, 03:10AM
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i have been so depressed about the oil since 06 im thinking of cheering for the flames this year given the lack of progress in E-town. watching tonight's game just about convinced me to cheer for them at least in tandem.

is it acceptable to cheer for both or will i eventually be converted to the ABO bandwagon.

we call ourselves Flamers right?

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#42 blade
October 02 2009, 09:20AM
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A solid victory aided by smelly goaltending by Louuuuuuuuuuuu. plus Alex... i look like a french rat..... bbbbbburoughs got nicked. What a start!!!!

another goalie in the box for cbc. Simply hopeless

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#43 Keith M
October 02 2009, 09:23AM
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Gio, second star and tied for most points on the team, not bad for a goat.

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#44 RossCreek
October 02 2009, 10:09AM
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blade wrote:

another goalie in the box for cbc.

Kevin Weeks eh. Seems more like a Sportsnet/The Score personality to me. Glenn Healy says CBC for sure tho.

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#45 RossCreek
October 02 2009, 10:21AM
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For those that forgot and have tv access… … Hawks v. Panthers on TSN now!!

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#46 RossCreek
October 02 2009, 10:35AM
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Kent has this over at http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com/ Rhett Warrener Named Scout For Flames... ...Warrener will work closely with Director of Player Personnel Duane Sutter and Pro Scout Ron Sutter in identifying professional talent as well as assisting with the development process of prospects currently in the organization.

No real surprise as Daryl loves The ULTIMATE Warrener *(shout out to Duncan)*

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