GDB 31.0: THE BOA

Wanye
December 07 2013 01:11PM

 

Proud new parents Traci and Jason welcomed their son Beckett William Douglas Gregor into the world on December 4th, 2013. This Battle of Alberta article is dedicated to him.

We met a nice little fellow at an Oilers game a few weeks back. Standing in line for pizza we saw that we were both sporting the Eberle 14 and got to talking business. "I am 8 years old and I haven't seen the Oilers in the playoffs once" we were informed in no uncertain terms by our fellow Oilers fan.

Doing some quick mental math we calculated he was indeed alive for the glorious run of '06. "What about the Cup run? You were alive for that" we replied. The kid rolled his eyes as only kids can towards moron adults and said matter of factly "yeah but I was just a baby so that doesn't count."

"Well what is your best Oilers memory then" we asked. "I dunno," came the reply after some time. "Maybe Yak sliding across the ice after that goal?"

Yikes. By the time we were 8 years old the Oilers had already won the Stanley Cup 4 times. 

Your average 8 year old Oilers fan been alive for the playoffs exactly once and we have it on good authority that the one year apparently doesn't count. And before you start laughing Flames fans things aren't much better down there having missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Look at little Cameron here, taken to his first Oilers game by my main man @clayballs22 the other night.  See the intent gaze in Cameron's eyes? There is no mistaking that look. He is there to see Oilers wins. Fellas like Cameron deserve great memories of their team as a tyke which will cement his status as a superfan later on in life.

We pity these kids of today. No wins, no playoffs, nothing to get excited about re-enacting whilst playing mini stick hockey at recess until you break your little wooden stick on another kid in overtime and get a half day suspension in the library and a lifetime ban from recess hockey.*

That's what being a lil fan of the Oilers or Flames is all about. Not rebuilds, labour disruptions and cheering for Entry Draft lottery wins.

We want better hockey in the next 8 years than we have seen in the past 8. If not for the sake of our shattered heart and expectations but for kids like Paul, dressed in his Oilers finery by proud dad @dahoosman in the expectation he too will become a big fan if he isn't already. 

Heck we even want better hockey for you Calgary, for all the poor misguided kids wearing Flames jerseys for whom the Igninla years will only be a story from before their time. Here's hoping to the emergence of the next generation of Iginlas in the North and South of Alberta that the Becketts, Camerons and Pauls will tell teach their kids about one day.

And here's to the Battle of Albertas of tomorrow. Games where there are playoff implications, with both sides dreading having to face each other down the stretch. Epic pitched battles on minus 30 nights that will cause kids like Beckett William Douglas Gregor to replay the game over and over again in his mind as he tries in vain to sleep after the final whistle.

Magic games that will ignite a whole new generation of fans of our respective teams.

*The Life of Wanye Gretz circa 1987

LINES - EDM - 14th place (10-18-2)

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov

Perron - The Nuge - Eberle

Smyth - Arcobello - Hemsky

Gazdic - Lander - Jones

Ference - Larsen

N. Schultz - J. Schultz

Marincin - Petry 

Dubnyk

LINES - CGY - 13th place - (10-14-2)

The Flames hadn't tweeted their lines as of press time here so this lineup is the latest from our friends over at DailyFaceOff.com: 

Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak 

Hudler - Backlund - D. Jones 

Baertschi - Byron - B. Jones 

MacDermid - Bouma - Smith

Butler - Giordano

Russell- Brodie

Smid - O'Brien

Berra

Expect last minute changes to both lineups as game time nears.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I'm going to the game, the Oilers will win. Sir Eberle pots a pair as the Oilers win 5-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Considering I forgot to include this with the original article, the Oilers will get off to a slow start, but like just my beer consumption at the game, they will pick up speed in the final few periods and cruise to victory.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: I've decided to ditch my Eberle jersey for this game and go with my new Gazdic. I don't expect Lucky Luke to score very often, but after fighting that behemoth McGratton, I felt the urge to support Gazdic. My new jersey is also popular with the ladies, and Wanye Manor will be rocking later tonight after the Gaz Man picks up unexpected second-period assist and makes me look good to some unlucky lady who had three Rexall Beers.

UPDATE: THESE PREDICTIONS ARE COUNTERFEIT HAVING BEEN ADDED BY PAPA GREGOR IN MY NAME - WG

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#201 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 08:42PM
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Oh yeah!

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#202 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 08:43PM
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Stajan sets up Stempniak with a nifty play to see Stempniak in mostly all alone.

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#203 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:04PM
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Having Cassie Campbell up there makes me not want to water ballon the panel as badly.

I still love her !

Hate PJ Stick

But I still love her

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#204 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:20PM
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What's up with the pp again?

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#205 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 09:23PM
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Are we yelling obscenities at each other here yet?

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#206 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Are we yelling obscenities at each other here yet?

* puts down half built Kent Wilson voodoo doll. *

Oh uhh. No sir. We're good.

Bye the way. Where do you get your hair cut?

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#207 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:42PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

McGratton... what IS his role? is he even hard to play against?

Question the first: Goon

Question the second: Nope

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#208 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:45PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

McGratton is a class act for sure. What an awesome after-hours the last time these two teams met. I don't watch enough Flames games to be certain but the Oil could use 3 of him on our fourth line.

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#209 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:13PM
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James wrote:

There's something up with Gagner. His head hasn't been in the game this season. MC79 tweeted something during this morning's skate that Gagner didn't hear something Eakins said because he'd skated away to the boards. I thought that sounded weird. It made me wonder if something is up with Sam, if he's not happy or well mentally or something like that. I don't know, I just thought that was odd.

Think it has anything to do with his new contract, NMC and all the praise in the world from management. Like he needs to gives a flying f^ck...or maybe because he's got a girl he's serious about and hockey really isn't important anymore.

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#210 Ricky
December 07 2013, 10:14PM
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prendrefeu wrote:

It's spelled "you're" not "your."

What an idiot

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#211 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:25PM
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Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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#212 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:31PM
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someone tell Larson that Paul Coffey wants his skates back . . .

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#213 Rod from Viking
December 07 2013, 10:37PM
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How about setting your plays away from Giordano.

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#214 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:42PM
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Rocket wrote:

Kelly Hrudy: "Blah blah blah blah Giordano rulz blah blah blah."

I must be loosing it. I heard blah blah blah blah Cassie Campbell is good looking blah blah blah

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#215 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 10:44PM
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@YFC Prez

I'm 90% sure Hurdy is calling this game drunker then most of us. He has being saying odd stuff all game

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#216 EugeneV
December 07 2013, 10:46PM
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Thank you for taking a point from us Oilers. You learn how to work hard, we work hard but still earn high draft choice. ;-}

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#217 Oilersfan4
December 07 2013, 11:01PM
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Dubby played a good game,but that OT goal was weak

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#218 Dead horse beaten
December 08 2013, 12:25PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

I won't dwell on it much past this season, I promise. ;-)

just like to remind the Oiler fans how much joy they took in the injury and loss when it is sustained on another team, as if these people are just video game characters that don't suffer... yet when it's one of their own, they ball like babies... even when it was a normal hit with no intent to injure.

I can't remember you mentioning how it was brought up countless times on the last shared BOA blog when a couple dozen Oiler fans said over and over again how wonderful the 'fight' was, regardless of the fact that Stemps declined the fight.

So, when i see a whiner like whats his name, well, it needs to be said. :-) or at least, it is fun to say.

Waaaah!!!

The only whining is coming from Lethbridge, STILL... Jeffy.

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#219 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 04:38PM
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Floyd Jiveson wrote:

Jeff in methbbridge. The 09/10 oiler team had so many injuries. A few had to do with Calgary over questionable hits. Get over it. It's a game. Plus I sort of enjoyed seing a flamer get his face punched in. Justified or not. Now go eat some porridge or take a walk bono.

do you think the hit on Petry last night was questionable?

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#220 ?
December 07 2013, 04:28PM
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Flames have actually made it 4 years since the lockout. 06 vs Anaheim, 07 vs Detroit, SJ in 08, CHI in 09.

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#221 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 07:55PM
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@Ryan Pike

Please tell me Baertschi is scratched because he's sick.

Apparently Baertschi isn't scratched at all. Thanks a lot Pike.

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#222 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 07:57PM
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@Kent Wilson

He's IN. My guess is he was sick but they prefer him over MacDermid, who now sits.

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#223 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:27PM
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Holy F^CK how hard is it to dump the puck in, 3 times on the last 89-4-64 shift they pass blindly along the blueline and guess what, Calgary goes the other way.

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#224 Rocket
December 07 2013, 09:29PM
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@Alsker

LOL no kidding. I literally cannot yell any louder at my TV. Fundamentals? We don't need no stinkin fundamentals!

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#225 EugeneV
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
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The problem with Baertschi is not the fact that he can't make moves or plays, it is the plays he doesn't make. You know; the plays he SHOULD make. The basic plays that need to be made. Actual HOCKEY plays. not dangles.

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#226 yessir
December 07 2013, 09:41PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

The funniest thing at the intermission was when C.Campbell said Gagner is a character guy and him skating back like that won't happen again. She obviously doesn't watch Oilers games, Gagner does that every #@$%ing game.

So please tell me, who is to blame for a lack of commitment to defensive play and hard work in general ...trash it if it is the players fault...props if it is the coaches fault...

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#227 prendrefeu
December 07 2013, 10:06PM
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What happened to Canadian commercials? They used to be funny. Now they're just wannabe American. WTF?

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#228 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:24PM
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Just our luck Dr.Jekyll had to show up, where the he#l is Mr.Hyde!!!!!We need that giant monstrosity of luck...Oh well next game Hyde's back...hopefully

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#229 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:45PM
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

*falls off edge of screen*

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#230 Johnnydapunk
December 07 2013, 10:54PM
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Ah Bollocks to that....

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#231 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 10:54PM
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And that's all she wrote.

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#232 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:09PM
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@Walter White

Always thought that was more of a capital region thing; like the sweats with dress shoes thing...oh well, nm

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#233 Nick24
December 07 2013, 11:51PM
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Captain Ron wrote:

The Oilers are below the Flames in the standings. I think that makes them worse. Talent without work ethic does not = wins.

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

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#234 Oilersman
December 08 2013, 02:15AM
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@DoubleDIon

Ya. I hear ya. But I'd trade a young Iginla for a young Hall. I know Calgary had raised some top notch hockey talent. Kinda wishing Edmonton had something to brag about. A messier type of player. Like Iggy, I don't know, maybe a Fuhr. I remember when he suited up as a Flame, just seemed wrong. Oh well, we don't have much to brag about her either in Cold Lake.... Greschner was an all star one year.

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#235 ?
December 07 2013, 04:31PM
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? wrote:

Flames have actually made it 4 years since the lockout. 06 vs Anaheim, 07 vs Detroit, SJ in 08, CHI in 09.

Not that it matters anyways, since they have the same number of series wins as the Oilers..

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#236 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 04:31PM
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How much was paid for the baby pic?

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#237 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:51PM
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schevvy wrote:

Well Berra's in net so at least it'll be entertaining!

I was secretly wishing they'd have called up Ortio. Or given the start to Ramo.

I for one need no more Reto in my diet for quiet some time to come.

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#238 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 06:57PM
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@PeOiler

Haha I know, but I'm not complaining, I love saturdays when theres a great stream.

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#239 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:17PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I think both Neal and Thornton will get 10 + games. Kneeing a down player in the face. And dragging a player to the ice and pounding his head. Gross. No one wants that garbage

Both are crap, but at least Thornton is trying to stand up for someone, Neal is just being a gutless turd taking advantage of a player who is down and defenceless. Both are going to be suspended, as they should be, but there is way too much emphasis on Thornton.

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#240 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:18PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Civility and BOA should not go hand in hand. This is a problem that must be dealt with immediately.

You enjoy the infantile name calling?

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#241 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 07:21PM
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@Veggie Dog

Trouble is I bet Thornton gets the bigger suspension. The phobia of goons and the injury is probably gonna put the spot light on Thornton.

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#242 Oilersfan4
December 07 2013, 09:27PM
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Is it me,but does RNH miss the net lots when he shots the puck. Like the guy but hit the net.

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#243 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:31PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Are we yelling obscenities at each other here yet?

Like the game its been rather polite and not crude as all. Still wish this would have existed back in the early 80's, would have been a moderators nightmare.

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#244 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:36PM
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Seems like our forwards are all using different play books. Passes to no where, guys going the wrong way, out of sync is too easy of an excuse. McBlender time,put guys going together, guys not:stapled to the bench!!!!

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#245 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 09:37PM
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McGratton... what IS his role? is he even hard to play against?

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#246 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:38PM
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@EugeneV

Soooooooo, you mean Hemsky, right?

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#247 oilsnc79
December 07 2013, 09:39PM
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Most excellent sir JG, hail BWDG, newest oiler. Great read

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#248 Jerod
December 07 2013, 09:43PM
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Battle of the AHL in Alberta.

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#249 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 09:44PM
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yessir wrote:

So please tell me, who is to blame for a lack of commitment to defensive play and hard work in general ...trash it if it is the players fault...props if it is the coaches fault...

It's Lowes fault. Any problems with the oilers , hockey, or life in general are at this point almost guaranteed to be Lowes fault

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#250 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:08PM
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Holy sh!tty PP Katzman!

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