February 01 2009 09:13AM
You may be asking yourself a few questions right now.
1) What the hell am I looking at here? What is this FlamesNation? 2) What is an Oilers fan doing talking to me on this FlamesNation? 3) Is Brad Pitt ever going to come out with a line of cologne? 4) If he does will it be called “Street Justice?”
These are all fair and valid comments, Flames fans. Before you load the shotgun reserved for Oiler folk please hear us out.
About 14 months ago we started this website called OilersNation.com basically on a dare from our buddies. We didn’t know anything about “the internet” or how to “make a website” or barely how to “read and write.” What we really wanted was a site we could go to and scream and yell about hockey to our hearts content, read some funny articles and get secret insider stuff from real journalists with access to the team.
It has worked out quite well. We aren’t the biggest website in the world but we do have a kick ass place to come talk shop, read some new writers and some old familiar ones as well. We break the odd story here and there courtesy of our MSM writers who actually “know stuff.” Overall the site has become a great place to bullshit and waste time while pretending to work.
But one thing is missing
While we sit around up there on the OilersNation talking merrily away we ask ourselves -- where the hell are fans of other teams? When the Oilers beat a team -- say the Flames -- we want to go somewhere and explain to you Flames fans in gory detail how bad you suck. We want to break it down frame by frame. When the Oilers get shelled 10-2 blinding half of the crowd in Rexall Place in the process we still want to go tell Sabres fans that their team is 11 shades of suck. That’s just how we roll. Really what we want to do is be able to rain holy thunder upon the fans of the other 29 inferior hockey squadrons. Where do you Flames fans go to yell at the 11 remaining Phoenix Coyotes fans?
Nowhere. That’s where.
That’s what the FlamesNation is meant to be. A place to have a few laughs, some good reads and a place to rep your team and wittily battle other fans with some rules of engagement.
It’s go time
We have three excellent writers ready to go on here and you will hear from them all in the next few days. Some you may already know -- some you may not. As the site gets its feet underneath it and traffic picks up we will be adding more writers to the site that will bring access and “real journalism” up in this piece for you to shred.
Clearly a guy named “Wanye Gretz” isn’t someone who is going to come on here and tell you how grand the play of Craig Conroy has been of late -- or whatever it is that you Flames fans enjoy. We couldn’t bring ourselves to write it and you would read it for about 11 seconds before you decided we were the biggest lying piece of crap on the internet. No, we have actual interesting pro-Flames to talk shop with you and we hope that you will share your opinions too. Is Keenan a bum? Has Big Bert lived up to expectations? Is your 'tender still everything and a bag of chips or has the constant stream of Players Light dulled his razor sharp skillery?
We know that it’s all bottled up in you looking for a place to shoot out.
1) That’s what she said 2) Welcome to the place to talk about it.
Occasionally we will check in and tell you a funny story about a cat wearing a sweater or the time we traded guns for hostages in Iran. We will also keep the stupid comments that will annoy us all to a minimum if we can help with moderation. FlamesNation and OilersNation isn’t about choosing one team over the other or yelling “Edmonton Sucks” a million comments a day. We are about a no spin zone of what is actually happening with your team -- not the watered down version of events you are all too often asked to accept as the truth. We are about giving new sports writers a voice and we are about building a community of hockey fans where they can speak freely. We are also about underground Tijuana knife fights and poisoning the rebel commander for his treacherous crimes.
So there you have it. We hope you like the site.
Wanye Gretz firstname.lastname@example.org