To be the man, you gotta beat the man

Ryan Lambert
February 22 2009 12:29PM

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And that's why the Oilers are nowhere near being the man.

EDMONTON OILERS!

You thought, just because it was your hometown, this was gonna be easy? You thought you'd just stroll through this game and come out on top? WELL GUESS AGAIN, JACK!

Ya see, there was one thing you weren't countin' on, and that's the Calgary Flames NEVER. GIVING. UP. You thought you had the game all wrapped up. That pencil-necked geek Ales Hemsky scored a goal nice and early in the third period and thought you'd left us for dead. Well, sunshine, it don't work that way!

Because the Calgary Flames, they don't joke around, daddy. NEVER think the game is over until that final buzzer because come hell or high water, by hook or by crook, the Calgary Flames ALWAYS win!

WOOOOOOOO!

All that matters right now in this sport of ours, the greatest sport in the world, is the division lead. And Edmonton, you don't have it. Like it our not, it belongs to the Flames until there's a team.. a team that can walk that aisle and do somethin' about it.

We can talk about the women, the big cars, the nice clothes, the yachts and the private jets. And why can we talk about all those things? Because we're on top, jack.

And Edmonton Oilers, you poor little things. If you think that walkin' through life with a bunch of mediocre forwards and an ancient goalie gets it done, you're SADLY mistaken! For every mediocre forward you have, there are THREE great ones on the Flames. You know why? Because we're on top, whether you like it or not.

You talk about the Calgary Flames, and the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins, and you're talkin' about winners, jack. Edmonton Oilers, you don't even enter into the discussion.

And you may not like it, but you will learn to... what? LOVE. IT.

Because we're the limo ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' and dealin' sons of guns and we are...

THE BEST THING GOIN' TODAY! WOOOOOOOOO!

The Good

  • Coming back. The finish was certainly dramatic, with Matt Lombardi's goal coming just seconds after the CBC announcer (whose name escapes me at the moment) had declared, "And (the Edmonton fans) can sense the victory now." What a snipe by Lombo. He picked out that corner and wired the puck that at roughly the speed of sound. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.
  • Jarome Iginla was very much involved in this game, and that's been a rarity this month. Even apart from his goal, I would have been quite happy with his effort. And the feed from Cory Sarich on said goal? Ridiculous.
  • Todd Bertuzzi's shootout goal was SICK. Capital S-I-C-K. No stupid penalties last night either. Stuff like this is why it's difficult to ever truly begin to dislike what he brings to the team.
  • Ho hum another outstanding night for Miikka Kiprusoff whatever.
  • The Flames are 1-0-0 in Battle of Alberta games since the start of FlamesNation. You're welcome.
  • Sure is nice shovin' it down the throats of every one of those punks over at OilersNation (except our bosses, who pay us hundreds of thousands of dollars a week. Please keep sending those checks!).

The Bad

  • The growing amount of injuries is definitely troubling. Bertuzzi took a puck in the hand, David Moss and Dustin Boyd had a bit of a collision that left both a bit worse for wear, and that's on top of the handful of important players (Rene Bourque, Daymond Langkow) that were already missing. Great. Just great.
  • The other day we said giving up a point to a division rival is never good, but the fact is the Flames battled back to snatch (shootout) victory from the jaws of defeat, so I'm not entirely unhappy with the result, that's for sure.
  • The power play remains a problem but at least they cobbled together six shots on four chances, some of which were abbreviated. Step in the right direction but it's not even close to where it needs to be.

The Ugly

  • Oh my god the turnovers. Yeesh. They were plentiful and egregious, that's for sure.
  • Too many chances squandered, especially by Mike Cammalleri, who typically can do little wrong in my book. He had a number of point-blank chances and did nothing with them. Usually someone would say you'd have to give credit to Dwayne Roloson, but I don't. Cammy needs to bury those chances. They would have changed the complexion of the game.
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#1 Kent
February 22 2009, 12:53PM
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I'd add Phaneuf to the ugly list. Worst game of the year by that guy I think. Shudder.

Dude is just lost this season.

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#2 TLP
February 22 2009, 12:59PM
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You're right.. I meant to. I think the proper term is "out of his depth."

I have to think he's hurt.. there's no other logical explanation for a dropoff of this type.

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#3 The C of Red
February 22 2009, 03:30PM
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David Moss is DTD and should be fine, Looking forward to the week ahead all 3 remaining home games are winnable before we head out on a season defining Road Trip which isn't that hard with only 3 Teams pretty much cemented in the Playoffs (Philly, New Jersey and Detroit) Carolina on the outside looking in (Ottawa, Atlanta and The Big Smoke) are the other 3 teams on the trip.

We did it last year with a not as good team as we had last year granted that trip was in December and it pretty much saved our year, realistically looking at this trip we can get points in Five of the Seven games and Four of those points for Flames fans sake wins over NJ and Detroit you can officially throw the Flames in Stanley's Hat.

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#4 merzer131
February 23 2009, 08:28AM
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I just read the game day thread. That was AWESOME!!! HAHAHAHAHAH TAKE THAT OILERS FANS

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#5 Bruno
February 23 2009, 08:41PM
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Hey TLP Let me tell you a story..About how the city of Calgary was founded. I was in the early 1900's when Edmonton was on the rise and times were tough. as the population vastly grew the had run out of room in the town for people who liked to inbreed. So what they did is pile all the mutants in horse and caradge and go about 365 km south...They figured since there were a lot of cattle running loose that they would drop them off there and still have a hope they could survive on thier own. Hense the word "Cow Town" they some how came up with Calgary . mabey it was thier speech impedement I'm not really sure so correct me if you know. So today Im saying CONGRATULATIONS!!! CONGRATULATIONS on evolving into a city thats is very nice and sucessful being the gimp that you are And CONGRATULATIONS on all the success you.. or non success you have in the post season with all your teams over the years when it counts. AND CONGRATULATIONS!!! for getting to Steve Smith.. Making him feel bad for you . Because if it wasn't for him you would actually have NOTHING!!! So while you come up with "Pencil neck Hemsky" "Mediocre Forwards" And all the other Zit popping , Pubic picking insults you may want to think of thanking us up here. We believed in you.. we actaully helped you. So the ONLY cup you get a boner over is actually belongs to us. SO THANK YOU!!! We knew you could do it if we never... OOh ya good job on figuring out that Flames sounds better than Shames it is better for your morale . You know make yourself feel better. And mabey instead of being so gung ho about a division lead .WIN 4 more cups!!! then gloat Good luck to you and your "family" ALL 1 million of you down there in C A L G A R Y.. Your blogs really draw writers being im the 5th one since noon.. Shaking your POM POMS is not very interesting, mabey you should read some real Blogs on the oilersnation site.

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#6 RC
February 23 2009, 09:43PM
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Bruno,

Thank you demonstrating the average intelligence level of the city of Edmonton.

"horse and caradge"

LOL, are you wearing your dress sweatpants to work tomorrow?

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#7 TopDrwr
February 23 2009, 10:15PM
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@ Kent:

There is another logical explanation to it. Brace yourself...He's just not that good. Cover boy and all, I know flamers love em' but he's just not that good.

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#8 Bruno
February 23 2009, 10:43PM
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RC wrote:

Bruno, Thank you demonstrating the average intelligence level of the city of Edmonton. “horse and caradge” LOL, are you wearing your dress sweatpants to work tomorrow?

Very good you caut tha mestake very gud cum bake.

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#9 RC
February 23 2009, 10:47PM
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@ Bruno:

Ya I'm sure that was a simple mistake, I always mistakenly insert additional a's and non-existent d's into the word carriage. Fact is you're clearly lacking the intelligence to communicate in English with people outside of Edmonton.

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#10 Bruno
February 23 2009, 10:55PM
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RC wrote:

@ Bruno: Ya I’m sure that was a simple mistake, I always mistakenly insert additional a’s and non-existent d’s into the word carriage. Fact is you’re clearly lacking the intelligence to communicate in English with people outside of Edmonton.

Ya O.K. blame your anger on my spelling. It is not my fault your team is a choke job. Like I had said Win ......Win.....Win... When its counts!! Then you have an argument..

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#11 Brent G.
February 23 2009, 11:19PM
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@ Bruno: Actually Bruno you know why you are an absolute fool, spelling aside (its called proof reading you dumb f*ck), you so claim that the only reason the Flames have a cup is because of Steve Smiths very very well known blunder? Thats pretty hard to equate them winning the cup when you consider he did that in the playoffs of '86; the Flames won the cup in '89, stupid @ss. This is really hard for Edmonton citizens to understand because they are just a bunch of stupid blue collar workers, returning to their trailer park every night to beat their wives, drive the rusted out '88 Trans AM, and remember how they once had a good hockey team. That being said, in this culture of ours we have what we call the "Gregorian" calendar. This dictates days, weeks, months, and yes even ... years. Right now we are in the year 2009, last year was 2008, the Flames won the cup in 1989, and Steve Smith scored on his own net in game 7 of 1986.

So while you are stumbling over the spelling of the word carriage, to the point is barely negligible, and showing us all how smart you really are (you represent Edmonton almost perfectly too, thats the funny thing) please remember after being proven wrong, and going into blind rage, this is not your wifes fault. No she was not asking for it, dont beat her too hard please...

Enjoy the extended off season. Its likely for the best they dont make the playoffs, we all remember all the stabbings (more than usual even) looting and yes even sexual assault that occurred on Whyte ave last time; I dont think they can sink any lower but Edmonton never ceases to amaze me.

Cheers!

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#12 Brent G.
February 23 2009, 11:26PM
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@ Bruno: I'm just playing Bruno. Your more stupid than the average Edmontonian (marginally). Clearly no woman will have you so in the above post substitute the word "wife" for "dog." That's that furry little buddy of yours...

Please also remember it's up the street not across the tracks.

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#13 Smitty
February 24 2009, 12:40AM
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@ Brent G.:

Not to mention in that glorious year we were the only team in NHL history to EVER beat the Habs at home and take the cup out of the Forum...

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#14 Puffy
February 24 2009, 04:12AM
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What's with the city bashing? I don't mind reading the friendly ribbing, but what's with the personal insults being thrown around here?

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#15 Bruno
February 24 2009, 06:43AM
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@ Brent G.: Man, You got me Brent! I have regret Regret on not proof reading Regret on not being more clear on my Steve Smith comment I just gave you the truth, I see how spelling is very important to you guys because if I had not spelled anything wrong you would actually have nothing to say. Win when it counts. Dont count on winning. LOL You got 4 more to go yet.Will it happen in my life time??doubt it! And if there is anything I spelled wrong make sure you let me know,at least your good for somthing Again congratulations . Thank you Brent Cheers back at you.

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#16 Bruno
February 24 2009, 06:48AM
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Puffy wrote:

What’s with the city bashing? I don’t mind reading the friendly ribbing, but what’s with the personal insults being thrown around here?

Sorry if you are insulted , Im sure if TLC had not written that blog I would not have attacked. My apologies to you Puffy Did I spell anything wrong??

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#17 RC
February 24 2009, 08:05AM
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@ Bruno:

Yes, you did. Moron.

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#18 Wanye Gretz
February 24 2009, 09:20AM
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You see? This is exactly why the City of Red Deer was founded. Early settlers got tired of the bickering between the two cities and set up shop at the mid point.

Settle down you two before we TLP and Kent whip out their FlamesNation Tasers TM, or worse...

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#19 Bruno
February 24 2009, 09:36AM
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RC wrote:

@ Bruno: Yes, you did. Moron.

lol very good!

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#20 Bruno
February 24 2009, 09:40AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

You see? This is exactly why the City of Red Deer was founded. Early settlers got tired of the bickering between the two cities and set up shop at the mid point. Settle down you two before we TLP and Kent whip out their FlamesNation Tasers TM, or worse…

O.k. Wanye....Peace to all!!!

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#21 Brent G.
February 24 2009, 10:12AM
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@ Bruno: Quit your b*tching f@ggot, TLP can write whatever he wants; this is a Flames blog. Notice how you didnt really have much to say in response to being so wrong about how the Oil contributed to the Flames cup other than, "Regret on not being more clear on my Steve Smith comment." How so moron? He had nothing to do with it. They went to the finals that year and lost to Montreal. Its not like Smith then came and joined the Flames for their cup run. The Oilers had nothing to do with anything. You dont like what he wrote, why are you here? You must hear that a lot. I acutally wasnt joking about the up the street thing, please do us all a favour. The world deserves it.

They were as irrelevant then as they are now. You must feel proud to know the only reason they have a shot at playoffs is because of the leagues mediocrity this year (with the exception of the top 7 teams). Any other year, being 3 games above .500 and they would have been out of it a month ago. Now you have the thrill of either missing the playoffs or becoming SJS's b*tch and thrown out in 4 games. Worst case scenario because once again, not good enough to make the playoffs, not bad enough to get a good draft pick.

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#22 Spang
February 24 2009, 03:28PM
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Fair enough; we'll get tossed in 5 games in the first round...and the Flamboyants will get tossed in seven. We're so different. Besides, remind me where Phaneuf and Iginla are from again?

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#23 Spang
February 24 2009, 03:31PM
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Brent G. wrote:

@ Bruno: I’m just playing Bruno. Your more stupid than the average Edmontonian (marginally). Clearly no woman will have you so in the above post substitute the word “wife” for “dog.” That’s that furry little buddy of yours… Please also remember it’s up the street not across the tracks.

Brent, if you're going to call someone else stupid, you should make sure your grammar is sound. It should've been "you're" not "your". Not doing FlamerNation a lot of favours, champ.

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#24 Jack Bauer
February 24 2009, 05:06PM
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4 things id like love if Flamer fans can figure out

1) Between us, Edmonton won the cup last in 1990, i know it still bites your asses cause you want to yell "hey whose living in the 80's" But please stop, its not accurate.

2) We went to Game 7 of the finals last.

3) Please learn the rules of hockey. Yelling and screaming at the ref for not calling a penalty when an opposing player is just offside is ridiculous.

4) Please learn the names of more than 4 of your players. It helps out big time when watching a game with Flamer fans, that I dont have to tell the Flamer sitting next to me that it was Dion Phaneuf who just got kicked out of the game.

If you guys can work on these points, we mught be able to rank you as slightly more intellegent than Vancouver Canuck fans.

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#25 RC
February 24 2009, 07:50PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

4 things id like love if Flamer fans can figure out 1) Between us, Edmonton won the cup last in 1990, i know it still bites your asses cause you want to yell “hey whose living in the 80’s” But please stop, its not accurate. 2) We went to Game 7 of the finals last. 3) Please learn the rules of hockey. Yelling and screaming at the ref for not calling a penalty when an opposing player is just offside is ridiculous. 4) Please learn the names of more than 4 of your players. It helps out big time when watching a game with Flamer fans, that I dont have to tell the Flamer sitting next to me that it was Dion Phaneuf who just got kicked out of the game. If you guys can work on these points, we mught be able to rank you as slightly more intellegent than Vancouver Canuck fans.

Spang, I believe you have some edits to make.

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