GDB 47.0: Here's how you know it's bad

Ryan Lambert
January 21 2012 04:31PM

 

(Wanye has instituted a new rule when it comes to BoA's: winner of the last game gets to write the losers game day post. Naturally I readily agreed because it benefited my side of the conflict. So for those Oilers faithful wondering why a scummy Flames fan is penning your GDB, kindly refer all complaints to Mr. Wanye Gretz III, Esq. - KW) 

Things can't be easy for the Edmonton Oilers these days.

Everyone is hurt (or at least faking injuries) and Taylor Hall is paying teammates to step on his face, all so they don't have to play for the Oilers. And really, given how badly things have gone lo these past every-year-since-they-accidentally-made-the-Cup-final, who can blame them?

They're a bad team with no real future in front of them and it would be too bad if they were at all sympathetic characters, which they are not. By all appearances, they seem destined for yet another 30th-place finish and No. 1 overall pick, which they'll likely squander as they did the ones for Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

But the worst indignity of all, one supposes, is that the Oilers are not only so bad that players are missing three weeks with skinned knees, but rather that they actually give the Calgary Flames someone they can feel superior to. I hope you understand how embarrassing that is. Entering tonight's game - a tap-in W for the Flames if ever there was one - the visitors had a 12-point lead in the standings over their hosts, which if you'd seen the former play lately, would befuddle you to no end.

And this despite Edmonton starting the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, and Calgary having been sub-mediocre throughout. How depthlessly bad do you have to be to have, at one point, led the Western Conference, only to watch the Flames, who have no players under the age of 46, blow your doors off around mid-November?

The answer, obviously, is "as bad as the Oilers are, were and will continue to be in perpitude." This is a hockey team in a province full of them that sets the standard for abysmal. From the ice, to behind the bench to the front office. Just because they're dressed like Gretzky and Kuri doesn't mean they're going to score like them. And I mean as a team.

Oilers notes

Okay so I'm supposed to follow the format of the previous Flames-fan-written GDBs because that's just what happens but I have prepared very little in the way notes for the Oilers because who wants to waste their time reading about how ugly Taylor Hall is these days? (Very.)

But just because it's you, I will go to the Edmonton Journal's website and see what's what.

"Lander, most of his teammates struggling offensively"

Well who could have seen this coming? THE Anton Lander? Struggling offensively? It's unbelievable is what it is. How is it possible that a player who has never played pro or junior hockey in North America before, and never come close to cracking a point a game overseas, could struggle to the tune of two goals and five points in 42 games on a team with no scoring depth? It defies logic.

And as for the rest of his teammates, that too is shocking. Beyond the Nuge, Taytay and Ebs, the Oilers have no one to do things with the puck that are good for offense and thus I am incredulous that having all of them out injured for lengthy periods would have been a drag on the team's scoring.

Moving on...

"Hall's stitches could be face of change in NHL"

Taylor Hall has a scary black eye and a scarier gash on his forehead after he got his face good and stepped on earlier this week and people wonder whether that might force the NHL to start requiring players to wear visors in warmups.

A lot of guys in the league are mad about it, because they're also mad about the threat of having to wear visors and are therefore obviously not very smart. But any conversation we have about this kind of uptick in player safety measures are good ones.

So hey, at least the Oilers have done something positive for once. And you'll notice it's because one of them stepped on another one's face. And not because they're good at hockey. Because they're not.

"Blues solve Khabibulin puzzle"

To be fair it was one of those ones for toddlers that has like eight pieces. But TJ Oshie isn't that bright.

Of course what that headline ignores is that the Oilers scored zero goals in that game, but that probably goes back to the first point, doesn't it?

Flames notes

Please, don't interpret the above as my believing that the Flames are somehow in an enviable position for this game, this season or probably this decade. They are, of course, not.

This has been in no way helped by the team's injury situation, which isn't quite as severe as the Oilers in terms of the players affected, but certainly has taken its toll on what was already a shallow, mediocre team. Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison both skated this morning but the former won't play tonight and the latter is a gametime decision. This is in addition ot Curtis Glencross being out between six and eight weeks.

The good news for the Flames, if you want to call it that (and I don't, particularly) is that Mike Cammalleri has been playing pretty well — largely because I think he's been real effort-y in ways that he had not been in Montreal — since coming over in trade for brickhead Rene Bourque.

This is the final night of a three-game road trip and to say the Oilers are their worst competition on it is like saying Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system: It's very, very obvious. The previous games were an shootout loss to the Sharks and a shootout win over the Kings, who are first and second in their division, respectively and, unlike the Flames or Oilers, comfortably in the Western Conference playoffs.

What does that mean? That the Flames are actually playing well enough to get points in games, which you can't say about Edmonton.

Because Edmonton sucks.

And finally...

For those who want lines and such, Pat Steinberg has you covered.

I don't know how to make a chat window appear at the top of this post but I'm assuming one of my editors does so I leave that to him (indeed I do - ed.). Have a good night. Or don't.

In fact, you probably won't.

 

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#51 Vintage Flame
January 21 2012, 08:09PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Lets push this baby to 100 and really blow his mind :P

Actually i believe I got 135 comments on my article about your beloved Oilers. ;)

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#52 RossCreekNation
January 21 2012, 08:16PM
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@Oilers4ever

Good chirp... almost. If you're gonna do it, at least get your facts straight:

It seems to me Calgary has made the playoffs what, twice since going to the cup against the Bolts?

WRONG. Correct answer is 4 times. Granted, they had their asses handed to them by better teams in each of those 4 years, but guessing(?) wrong just makes you look bad.

I would rather that for one more season that finishing 9th and having a less quality player to pick (which in Calgary's case you don't even get) cuz your GM is dumb ass who believes in geriatrics and that young prospect players start at age 30.

WRONG. Calgary does in fact currently own their 1st round pick this year. So I'm not sure what "geriatrics" you think they traded it for. In fact, I don't recall them making a trade where they've gotten older since Feaster took over. As a matter of fact, the "geriatrics" have dressed TEN players 25 or under this season.

and then having no draft picks to use in the first round when they don't... thus why they have no drafted talent, no young stars up and coming and thus no future (other than geriatrics).

Hmm. I believe the Flames currently have the best PROSPECT of the 2 Alberta teams -- last year's 1st rounder Sven Baertschi (with full acknowledgment that RNH is better, but no longer considered a PROSPECT).

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#53 French Toast Mafia
January 21 2012, 08:21PM
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@Oilers4ever

We are both oilers fans but common with the iggy comments. If you think hall, Ebs, and RNH are all going to be better then iggy your nuts. Your basically saying all 3 are 500 goal scorers. Those don't grow on trees

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#54 thebiggestmanintheworld
January 21 2012, 08:23PM
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@RossCreekNation

Klefbom is a better prospect than Baertschi.

If you guys still had Erixon....maybe we could call it a draw:)

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#55 Skidplate
January 21 2012, 08:26PM
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@RossCreekNation

Watching live the entire world juniors, I would rank Klefbom, Musil and Marincin ahead of Swen. Just my opinion.

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#56 book¡e
January 21 2012, 08:27PM
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As an Oilers fan, I have to commend you for the article - it was fun to read. BTW, that skate to the head thing - that was actually a drill that they practiced just for the game tonight (sadly wishes it were true).

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#57 Skidplate
January 21 2012, 08:29PM
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@French Toast Mafia

I guess all we can do is wait and see. I thing Iggy is great, but our three, may just end up Being Hall of Famers. Not to be mistaken for Hall of Flamers.

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#58 David S
January 21 2012, 08:33PM
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Holy hell Lambert, that was some A-team level chirping! The sad thing is, you're mostly right so nobody in their right mind can even go back at you.

Enjoy your smugness for now buddy. It won't last forever. We have a process don't you know. All these high draft picks will magically transform into a championship team any time now. We know because Steve Tambellini told us, and everybody up here in Edmonton takes his word as gospel. Whenever he offers us his golden opinion ("Wise and kind words from Tambo" is what I think we call it), people listen with glowing respect and admiration.*

*Wow. That new sarcasm app I just installed works like a hot damn!

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#59 D-man
January 21 2012, 08:42PM
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@RossCreekNation

Boring.

That's 15 seconds of my life I wish I could get back.

Try refuting this; everything about your team is mediocre except its payroll.

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#60 Terran
January 21 2012, 08:51PM
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@Roger

Yeah, you're right, Hall should have jumped right out there when his eye was swollen shut so he was blind on one side.

The rebuild failed again? I didn't realize we were in multiples of the 5 year rebuild plan already.

For some reason, I'm not too concerned what you think of me.

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#61 Oilersfan4
January 21 2012, 08:56PM
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First period done 3-0 flames.There is no energy no motivation and no heart on this team.Well someone please grab a flames player and show some emotion.Looks like this team thinks its alright to lose.Habby looks like he is in last year form.Watching this is pathetic.

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#62 thepeetso
January 21 2012, 09:04PM
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Khabby?

More like Shabby!

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#63 Douche Nietzsche
January 21 2012, 09:10PM
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@Vintage Flame

Where in Atlanta do you reside?

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#64 Oilersfan4
January 21 2012, 09:25PM
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Is it just me or does Paajarvi look more and more like Marchant all speed no hands and no finish

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#65 Archaeologuy
January 21 2012, 09:40PM
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The best part of this game for me came when I figured out that z;( looks like Taylor Hall.

All downhill from there.

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#66 ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
January 21 2012, 09:50PM
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Flames fans are kind of like a 35 yr old geek trying to hang with the kids at a crazy college party..what I mean is nobody cares about flamesnation so instead they come over to our site, try to get cool so we play along with them because soon after they will be passed out and us oiler fans will be enjoying the real party..

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#67 Douche Nietzsche
January 21 2012, 10:15PM
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Why is Belanger playing with Eberle and Paajarvi?

Wouldn't Lander been a better option?

Renney is a goner.!..

Why the f@(& did he pull the goalie ?

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#68 Douche Nietzsche
January 21 2012, 10:19PM
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@RossCreekNation

Only two things come from Calgary; Flames and Flamers, and you don't look like you can skate.

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#69 wawful
January 21 2012, 10:30PM
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ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10 wrote:

Flames fans are kind of like a 35 yr old geek trying to hang with the kids at a crazy college party..what I mean is nobody cares about flamesnation so instead they come over to our site, try to get cool so we play along with them because soon after they will be passed out and us oiler fans will be enjoying the real party..

This thread was cross-posted to both sites, ya twit.

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#70 TonyT
January 21 2012, 10:30PM
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Oilers are awesome! I can only hope that with more efforts like these, nobody will be back next season!

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#71 Vintage Flame
January 21 2012, 10:35PM
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Douche Nietzsche wrote:

Where in Atlanta do you reside?

Nope not Atlanta.. Calgary

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#72 Wanyes bastard child
January 21 2012, 10:36PM
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Douche Nietzsche wrote:

Only two things come from Calgary; Flames and Flamers, and you don't look like you can skate.

Just because I can... Rosscreek is actually an Edmontonian :P

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#73 Ted Sheckler
January 21 2012, 10:37PM
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Good call pulling the goalie down three With 2:30 left Tom, if you are trying to run up the score in the these games mission accomplished. I thought the call Dubnyk to the bench when you don't have possesion in the neutral zone followed by the man down goalie pull was embarrasing the other night this move tonight trumps that stupidity. Can't wait to hear him bury his players with his buzz word philibustering tonight. This is Jr B manangment at best. Get ready for more picks and not from losing, as compensation when RNH,Hall and Eberle leave town as RFA's.

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#74 Douche Nietzsche
January 21 2012, 10:47PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Nope not Atlanta.. Calgary

Oh.....?

But your name says "vintage flame". How is that possible? Flames originated in Atlanta, and were named such for a reason.

What exactly is "vintage" from a "flame" in Calgary?

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#75 ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
January 21 2012, 10:48PM
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@wawful

Blah blah blah is all I hear

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#76 Douche Nietzsche
January 21 2012, 10:50PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

He may be from Edmonton, but hes not an Edmontonian.

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#77 DonDon
January 21 2012, 11:05PM
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Speaking as an Oiler fan, once again the Oilers looked ever so much like the 29th place team they really are and the Flames looked ever so much like a team that regularly beats the Oilers -- over, over and over again.

And the architect of this mess, one called Tambellini, has to be held accountable. As does the owner. A new arena isn't going to fix this debacle any time soon. And worse of all the young guns are learning to lose on this "rebuilding team." Comparing this to the Chicago or Pittsburgh rebuilding model is a joke. This is the NYI model, going nowhere, fast.

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#78 Bleak Winter
January 21 2012, 11:18PM
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Well, as an Oiler fan (in whatever sense of the word I can still use that term), I have to admit I welcome these insufferable game day chirps from the FlamesNation. It's damn near the only thing anymore that gets me riled up about the "Battle of Alberta". And these days it's nice to feel anything, anything at all about hockey...

Think I'll go outside now and let the darkness and snow wash over me.

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#79 Johe
January 21 2012, 11:31PM
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Pretty sure I saw Hall say "Why pull the #@$%* goalie?" Guy was NOT happy.

I've been a Renney fan, but it's dawning on me that it's more because he just seems like a really nice guy. I'm almost certain he'll be gone in the off-season. But I almost feel bad, because the veterans on this team just aren't giving him anything to work with. And Tambellini, who'll also be gone(100%), seems to take pride in accidentally on purpose getting this team the first overall pick. So Renney is just working with the cards he's been dealt. However, he can't even coax a consistent effort out of his team, and once that happens, you need a new face. Someone with passion, who'll take charge, and hold every single player accountable. I don't see that in Renney. Too bad.

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#80 Oilers4ever
January 21 2012, 11:51PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Good chirp... almost. If you're gonna do it, at least get your facts straight:

It seems to me Calgary has made the playoffs what, twice since going to the cup against the Bolts?

WRONG. Correct answer is 4 times. Granted, they had their asses handed to them by better teams in each of those 4 years, but guessing(?) wrong just makes you look bad.

I would rather that for one more season that finishing 9th and having a less quality player to pick (which in Calgary's case you don't even get) cuz your GM is dumb ass who believes in geriatrics and that young prospect players start at age 30.

WRONG. Calgary does in fact currently own their 1st round pick this year. So I'm not sure what "geriatrics" you think they traded it for. In fact, I don't recall them making a trade where they've gotten older since Feaster took over. As a matter of fact, the "geriatrics" have dressed TEN players 25 or under this season.

and then having no draft picks to use in the first round when they don't... thus why they have no drafted talent, no young stars up and coming and thus no future (other than geriatrics).

Hmm. I believe the Flames currently have the best PROSPECT of the 2 Alberta teams -- last year's 1st rounder Sven Baertschi (with full acknowledgment that RNH is better, but no longer considered a PROSPECT).

Forgive me for missing two years. point being the oilers have a deeper prospect pool... the flames ain't going anywhere in the next 5 years... and if bar what's his face is the best prospect you u have then start crying now....

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#81 T
January 21 2012, 11:52PM
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I have had enough of Renney. This team starts every game with no passion or intensity. I have never seen a team so unprepared. He himself does not show any intensity in interviews he did not seem upset at all tonight. Did not like the call of pulling the goalie when your down by 3 and Calgary has had the puck all night. Oh yah and the Hall, Hemsky line is not working maybe you should try something else Renney!

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#82 Oilcruzer
January 22 2012, 01:24AM
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"Blues solve Khabibulin puzzle"

To be fair it was one of those ones for toddlers that has like eight pieces. But TJ Oshie isn't that bright.

Of course what that headline ignores is that the Oilers scored zero goals in that game, but that probably goes back to the first point, doesn't it?

—-—- — Well played. I laughed out loud on that one.

After that, I think we may see TR go. "Who pulls on 5 - 2 ????!!!" I said out loud, as did pretty much anyone watching the game, (or as it turns out, the players as well)

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#83 klaus
January 22 2012, 02:19AM
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DonDon wrote:

Speaking as an Oiler fan, once again the Oilers looked ever so much like the 29th place team they really are and the Flames looked ever so much like a team that regularly beats the Oilers -- over, over and over again.

And the architect of this mess, one called Tambellini, has to be held accountable. As does the owner. A new arena isn't going to fix this debacle any time soon. And worse of all the young guns are learning to lose on this "rebuilding team." Comparing this to the Chicago or Pittsburgh rebuilding model is a joke. This is the NYI model, going nowhere, fast.

While I agree that the Oilers so called rebuild is ineffective, we must remember that Pittsburgh drafted in the top 5 for five years in a row.

2002 - Ryan Whitney - 5th overall 2003 - Marc-Andre Fleury - 1st overall 2004 - Evgeny Malkin - 2nd overall* 2005 - Sidney Crosby - 1st overall 2006 - Jordan Stall - 2nd overall

* - Pittsburgh was the 30th place team, but Washington won the draft lottery and won the chance to draft Ovechkin.

Now, i'm not comparing Edmonton to Pittsburgh, but I seem to recall most people believing Pittsburgh was the worst run team that had no idea what the were doing in the middle of those years, but now we praise them as being as Stanley Cup contender that rebuilt their team correctly.

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#84 Vintage Flame
January 22 2012, 02:34AM
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Douche Nietzsche wrote:

Oh.....?

But your name says "vintage flame". How is that possible? Flames originated in Atlanta, and were named such for a reason.

What exactly is "vintage" from a "flame" in Calgary?

Vintage Flame actually comes from my favorite player of all time, who was Hakan Loob. I came up with it when they released the "Vintage" series of jersey's in the NHL.

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#85 stevezie
January 22 2012, 02:38AM
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As an Oilers fan and a Canadian I really enjoy Lambert's chirps, because I feel he is directly targeting the spazes. No one is more annoyed by the spaz Canada/Oiler fans than the non-spaz Canada/Oiler fans.

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#86 Wax Man Riley
January 22 2012, 02:59AM
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Sven Bartschi = Sam Gagner

If the Flames are lucky.

Trust me. Seen that movie. Know how it ends.

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#87 MAC962
January 22 2012, 06:13AM
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Well. if that isnt reason enough to Can Renney sign him long term. That pull the goalie joke is the last straw for me. Relieve the man of his duties and let Kruger run it for the rest of the year.

F---ing Joke people. We cant Trade Renney for anything so there is no risk of a bad trade. You must now do something for the sake of doing it. There is not 10 games to go !! Fans will not tolerate NOTHING being done.

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#88 michael
January 22 2012, 08:29AM
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The Oilers woes begin on thier defence and move out from there. Bulin and DD have been average most nights. No transition from the D to the forwards makes for an awful long season. I wonder how most teams in the NHL would fare if they lost thier top 2 dmaen for the most of the season. Then thier top 3 scorers of on and on for stretches. Pile that on top of aging veterans who have for the most part with 2 exceptions underperformed. Good formula for losing night in night out. Eventually somewhere in the future the managment will be assesed and a change will be made. The coaching will follow. Patience. The losing will continue unabated for the last 7 games or so until we reach 30th place once again and pick a player who undoubtedly be hailed by the media as the next coming. The Oilers are gathering nuts and soon they will have enough of them that they will begin to win in spite of managment and coaching. Till then the Fail for Nail will be watched with much anticipation by all of OilersNation.

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#89 Sean
January 22 2012, 08:42AM
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Gonna be hard to catch Columbus when they move Nash and company.

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#90 madjam
January 22 2012, 08:44AM
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PROBLEM FOUND ? We have lost our " competitive edge " due mainly to coaching and Tambo .

Each year our veterans and youngsters have that competitive edge for a month or two , but lose it fast as veterans start to lose their competitive edge and faith in coaching . Veterans on our club are simply not performing like on other clubs that hold that competitive edge throughout the season . I believe Renney is not the type of coach that can motivate , strategise or get the veterans to perform with a competitive edge . He's too soft .

Second major problem is Tams inability to recognize problems effectively , and slowness in fixing them .

Veteran talent here lose their competitive edge each season , go unchallenged in their positions and thus are unmotivated throughout most of season to perform even at expected levels . Thats got to change band Renney is not the person in my mind that can handle it at NHL level . Tams is far to slow to help us move forward .

Give our team a healthy Crosbey and Weber , and we would find them underperform as veterans here as well . Renney might be okay for the kids , but not for the veterans ? Of course, the kids start developing the losing attitude and competitiveness of their veterans .

Our teams better than what they have shown , and i don't believe Tams and Renney are the right people to start moving us forward . Neither of their records show that they are .

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#91 Dave
January 22 2012, 09:28AM
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Outside of this blog many Edmonton dwellers have lost interest. From here on in it will be difficult to give tickets away. The bottom line will be affected... less merchandise, less parking, less food and beverage etc etc. The Oilers will make a move just to get fans somewhat interested again.

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#92 Time Travelling Sean
January 22 2012, 09:29AM
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I like Renney. This team is his problem, not his fault though.

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#93 BigE91
January 22 2012, 09:51AM
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Give the coach a team to put on the ice before you pass judgement on Renney. An AHL defense core, coupled with the fact the goalies have to be lights out every night is not a recipe for success in any league.

Trades are coming, this much is inevitable but there is a change I think this team should make immediately.

Remove the C from Horcoff and put it on #4. if this team is going to embrace the future this needs to happen. It's not unprecedented as Jonathon Toews was named Hawks captain his second season in the league.

It's time this team moved away from the 3rd line veterans as the leadership core and put it on a star of the future. Hall's play of late says as much. Maybe Horcoff is good guy in the room, he may even be a good mentor to the kids but I think a changing of the guard is in order to show the fans and the players what direction this team should be headed.

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#94 justDOit
January 22 2012, 09:59AM
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A wee bit too late to this party, but I can't resist telling this one:

How are the Flames like a tea bag? They're both good for only one CUP!

Good luck Iggy, wherever you end up! The only way that the Flames bridge the gap of prospects in the next few years is to trade for them.

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#95 Next Year Country
January 22 2012, 10:30AM
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Re: Dave's comment: " Outside of this blog many Edmonton dwellers have lost interest. From here on in it will be difficult to give tickets away."

As as long time season ticket holder (20+ years) , I have lost any enthusiasm for going to games that I usually have. Now when I look @ the calendar, I think, "Oh no, another game." I dutifully get in my car, overpay for parking and walk on the icy parking lot to Rexall, where the washrooms are disgusting, the food choices are lousy, and the drink prices are insulting. I settle in my seat, and hope I will have something to cheer about. I have seen about fifteen games this year and have only left the building three or four times having enjoyed the game and thinking that I got my money's worth. Recently, I got an email survey from the team. Among the questions were: How satisfied was I with the team play and entertainment value? 1/5 How likely am I to renew my tickets? (Fool that I am I gave it a neutral 3/5.) What price % increase would I accept next season? (Choices were 0% to 6%). 6%! Can you believe that, considering our prices are among the highest in the league (and will go up more when the new arena is built)? Anyway, I'm not really angry any more. I'm just getting to the apathy stage and hardly care any more. I'm looking at my remaining games and trying to figure out how many I can get rid of. Wiser people than I can decide what to do with this mess. Actually, I think Tambi did a reasonable job (with some glaring exceptions), considering the number of bad contracts Lowe left him. I do, however wonder, why more wasn't done to shore up the D, considering how unready Tuebert is to play, and why the Oil are still being pushed around when they play physical teams. I hope we don't ruin this crop of young guys with this endless mediocrity and lack of protection (see Hemsky, Ales, regarding lack of protection). My opinion last night was that the only players who played with any heart were Hall and Jones. Thank God I don't have another game for two weeks.

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#96 Boxpx
January 22 2012, 10:51AM
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That's it...TIME TO PROTEST. THE TEAM IS ANNOUNCED AS "YOUR EDMONTON OILERS" ONE GAME DAY, SUCK IT UP AND DON'T GO TO THE GAME DON'T PURCHASE MERCHANDISE DON'T VISIT THE WEBSITE DON'T WATCH THE BROADCAST DON'T LISTEN TO THE RADIO BROADCAST . I mean we won't win anyways, and something has to happen and obviously tambo isn't goof to do anything so put the owness on the owner hit him where it hurts and force this team to make some changes and shake it up.

OCCUPY OILERS!!!!!

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#97 Turnover
January 22 2012, 11:42AM
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Pretty sad, when the "Voices of Oilersnation" doesn't have the ball to tell it exactly the way it is. Instead they insert a poster to write the real deal.

Also if Eberle is part of the so called rebuild, would'nt that make it 4 years this coming June that it's been going on? He was drafted in 2008. So as far as I can tell, there is 1 more year to complete this rebuild. You did have a 5 year plan, right? Or is it what it looks like from the outside? YOU don't have a plan. Maybe the saying is right. Nobody does want to play in Edmonton. Either a lot of those players don't want to be here, or they are just plain useless. I believe they are useless.

Side note: MONEY FOR TWO Are members of the community allowed to see the actual deal that was made between Katzs(The drug dealer) and Mandel(The Developer). It will fill both their pockets, and that's the REAL DEAL.

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#98 Oilers4ever
January 22 2012, 12:21PM
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Next Year Country wrote:

Re: Dave's comment: " Outside of this blog many Edmonton dwellers have lost interest. From here on in it will be difficult to give tickets away."

As as long time season ticket holder (20+ years) , I have lost any enthusiasm for going to games that I usually have. Now when I look @ the calendar, I think, "Oh no, another game." I dutifully get in my car, overpay for parking and walk on the icy parking lot to Rexall, where the washrooms are disgusting, the food choices are lousy, and the drink prices are insulting. I settle in my seat, and hope I will have something to cheer about. I have seen about fifteen games this year and have only left the building three or four times having enjoyed the game and thinking that I got my money's worth. Recently, I got an email survey from the team. Among the questions were: How satisfied was I with the team play and entertainment value? 1/5 How likely am I to renew my tickets? (Fool that I am I gave it a neutral 3/5.) What price % increase would I accept next season? (Choices were 0% to 6%). 6%! Can you believe that, considering our prices are among the highest in the league (and will go up more when the new arena is built)? Anyway, I'm not really angry any more. I'm just getting to the apathy stage and hardly care any more. I'm looking at my remaining games and trying to figure out how many I can get rid of. Wiser people than I can decide what to do with this mess. Actually, I think Tambi did a reasonable job (with some glaring exceptions), considering the number of bad contracts Lowe left him. I do, however wonder, why more wasn't done to shore up the D, considering how unready Tuebert is to play, and why the Oil are still being pushed around when they play physical teams. I hope we don't ruin this crop of young guys with this endless mediocrity and lack of protection (see Hemsky, Ales, regarding lack of protection). My opinion last night was that the only players who played with any heart were Hall and Jones. Thank God I don't have another game for two weeks.

Seriously.. if you are going to whine and bitch like this about going to game then maybe cancel your season tickets so someone else waiting in line that would actually appreciate the game could go. I get that the Oilers are playing bad but whining and snivelling like that about it... you sound like my six year old kid... Just sayin....

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#99 Next Year Country
January 22 2012, 12:49PM
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Oilers4ever .... Do you put up money to go to several games a year, or better still, have you paid for season's tickets ... for a long time? If so, I accept your criticism. If you don't, I'm sure you will have your money ready in April, when the opportunity is there to put up your cash. From what I'm hearing in the stands there will be tickets available.

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#100 Wanyes bastard child
January 22 2012, 01:14PM
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100!

BOOM! Mind blown :P

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