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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#1 T&A4Flames
December 07 2013, 02:06PM
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Congrats Gregor and family!!

Wow, a couple wins and you Oiler fans are all over that bandwagon again. Looking forward to squashing your hopes and dreams again tonight.

GFG!!!

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#2 kittensandcookies
December 07 2013, 01:19PM
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edited by Wanye due to commenter embarassing himself

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#3 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 03:32PM
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Will this be the night that the Oiler cheap shot artist Andrew Ferret has to pay for punching someone who didn't want to fight, before he got his gloves off, knocking out some teeth?

wouldn't it be awesome if the flames new face puncher, Mc-Whatever-his-name-is, nails an oiler star for a few teeth before he even gets his gloves off? that would be good ol fashioned hockey that all the alberta fans could appreciate, north and south!

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#4 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 03:43PM
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Why are all the oiler trolls on FLAMES NATION???

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#5 Oilers Coffey
December 07 2013, 01:30PM
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Lets Go Oilers!!! Eat sh!t Flames!!! Tonight's a guaranteed win night for the good guys! Oilers win 5-1

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#6 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 06:25PM
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Lober wrote:

Sickening cheap shot by Shawn Thoroton just now Orpik carried off on stretcher after Thornton smashed his head into the ground when he was already down

hurting someone who is skating away... used to be called a 'burtuzi'. now i think it is referred to as a "ference" or, 'Oiled' for short.

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#7 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:03PM
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"...Calgary has taken five of seven and eight of the last 11 encounters at Rexall Place.

Edmonton is currently last in the Pacific Division with 22 points, but is only two points behind the Flames for sixth place."

I was really hoping that the Flames could pick at least top three this draft in their one to two year rebuild, but the Oiler's just cannot get out of their own way!

No matter how many of flames top forwards or defenseman are out injured, no matter how many face-punchers the coach insists on playing each game, and no matter that the Flames play the worst goalie in the league on purpose (Bera)to "see if he develops" while really trying to secure a high draft... the Oiler's still find a way to lose more games.

Even when the Flames are trying to get the draft picks... oiler's still suck worse.

it isn't even fun to make fun of the Oiler's or Oiler fans anymore!

PLEASE edmonton for the love of hockey, string together some wins!

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#8 Walter White
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Perfect game for the flames; beat those douchbag Oilers, yet gave them a point which might come in handy in the draft lottery...... Great game by the Flames after playing the night before.. step got his revenge on as well by scoring on Ference, would have been better if someone would have punched Ferences teeth in as well. WW

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#9 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 05:05PM
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@Todd

his finest moment???

hahahaha

no doubt, taking all his hockey play etc into account, this would be.. lol

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#10 jl
December 07 2013, 10:56PM
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Good work coilers you got into OT valuable piont for your playoff push ..... oh wait

Well anyway eat it oiler douche

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#11 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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HAHAHAHAHA

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#12 Primo
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Can you imagine The Oilers and The Eskimos! The 2 worst franchises in pro sports history and they belong to Edmonton......Sweet!

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#13 bookofloob
December 07 2013, 02:03PM
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Beautifully put together GDB, Wanye. Who wrote it for you?

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#14 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
December 07 2013, 01:14PM
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The Battle of All-brutal on HNIC!

FIST!

#GOILERS

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#15 Baresnake
December 07 2013, 01:27PM
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You forget to mention one thing, Wanye. Dine on excrement, Flames!

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#16 RexHolez
December 07 2013, 04:17PM
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OGDP - Smid hits eberle in the corner and ebs goes on long time IR

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#17 Dog Train
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Boring game. The Oilers couldn't make or take a pass to save their lives and the Flames were playing Switzerland National Team style hockey. Neither team deserved that win, contract both franchises.

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#18 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 05:08PM
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it's hard to bet against the Flames tonight. I mean, afterall, how often does Calgary get to play someone below them in the Standings during the first moments of their rebuild?

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#19 kittensandcookies
December 07 2013, 06:30PM
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Dayum, I wonder what the over/under was before my comment was removed.

Edmontonians should embrace their hirsute women. They make great floor rugs.

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#20 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 08:05PM
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Also, Edmonton sucks!

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#21 Spydyr
December 07 2013, 01:57PM
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OGDP: J Shultz switches to a thong from his frilly panties . It gives him enough gumption to ask a Flame politely not to run over his goalie.Smid still groggy from a head shot earlier in the shift from Gazdic forgets he now plays for the Flames and tunes his new teammate who ran Dubnyk.J Shultz skates to the corner curls up in the fetal position and starts sobbing uncontrollably.

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#22 Todd
December 07 2013, 05:15PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

his finest moment???

hahahaha

no doubt, taking all his hockey play etc into account, this would be.. lol

It was a truly beautiful moment. Stood up for himself. Knocked teeth out. Embarrassed Stempniak. No player on the Shames did ANYTHING. We won the game. That game was the start of a nice 6-3 run. So really that bit of Flames face punching was the turning point of the season really.

It was poetry.

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#23 KetchupKid
December 07 2013, 04:05PM
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Flames win 1-0. Smid gets the game's only goal.

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#24 mk
December 07 2013, 04:10PM
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Nice post. Here's hoping for a Flames win and a decade of excellent BOA matchups!

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#25 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 06:33PM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

At least Stemps did eventually drop his gloves - something the pansy Oiler kids would never have done. They grew up fans of the teenage mutant ninja TURTLES after all

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#26 geoilersgist
December 07 2013, 06:41PM
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#EatSh!tFlames

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#27 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 09:28PM
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why didnt dubnik get a penalty for knocking his own net off... flames were just about to score....

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#28 Walter White
December 07 2013, 11:07PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Don't you have some meth to cook?

Blue ice..................WW

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#29 YFC Prez
December 08 2013, 08:57AM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Petry never got elbowed... what a homer.

Never heard you whining when Ference knocked teeth out of a guy that declined a fight...

now, quit whining and enjoy the game. it's just a game, and a fun one at that.

Why you hef to be mad all the time?

Are we having fun yet?

Flames Rule!

Wow.

Just how long are you going to dwell on stempniaks teeth? That's probably the 6 th time you've mentioned it on this thread alone.

It wasn't that bad. Give it a rest man.

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#30 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 01:52PM
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I also look forward to the day the BOA matters again. But until that day comes we will make do with trouncings of the godless flames without implications to playoff hopes for either team. In this meaningless game oilers win by blowout. 7-1.

# flames suck b@lls !!!!!!

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#31 Double Dion
December 07 2013, 06:02PM
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Even playing the night before and with 6 regulars out of the line-up we can beat the Oilers. MacDermid needs to be on the ice the first time Ference comes over the boards. I like Andy, but he needs to lose a few teeth, he'd look less girly that way. Set the tone early and the Oilers will go away like they always do when someone actually competes and doesn't take them lightly.

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#32 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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#33 VanFan
December 08 2013, 12:22PM
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fLames SUCK !!!

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#34 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 06:20PM
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Double Dion wrote:

Even playing the night before and with 6 regulars out of the line-up we can beat the Oilers. MacDermid needs to be on the ice the first time Ference comes over the boards. I like Andy, but he needs to lose a few teeth, he'd look less girly that way. Set the tone early and the Oilers will go away like they always do when someone actually competes and doesn't take them lightly.

at first I thought it was wrong to go out and do such things, but the oiler fans went out of their way last game to convince me that permanently punching teeth from the mouth of another human being who declines to fight with you, is a very noble and good thing. So, why not go after an Eberle or Yak or Hall or one of the other powder puffs and knock their teeth out? Actually, oil fans would appreciate that and it wouldnt raise a single eyebrow or or anger anyone. 'tsall cool.

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#35 Veggie Dog
December 07 2013, 07:15PM
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geoilersgist wrote:

#EatSh!tFlames

These BOA game day joint Flames/ Oilers Posts are ridiculous. I am embarrassed for the oiler fans, who seem to be the ones most likely to sink to the lowest levels. Things are generally civil around here, but on these days the yahoos (predominately from Edmonton) seem to come out.

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#36 RexLibris
December 07 2013, 08:19PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Also, Edmonton sucks!

And Calgary blows!

;)

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#37 wot96
December 07 2013, 10:57PM
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scoring with 10 seconds left to tie it got the Oilers their loser point but that just postponed the inevitable. Losers.

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#38 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:00PM
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Suck it oil...even better that you got the late goal to give you hope...let's face it, we're not going to the playoffs for a while, but you guys are never going to get there...that was awesome.!

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#39 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:07PM
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Well that's that. Another gutsy performance by the Flames on a Saturday night.

Eat Poop Oilers.

Click.

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#40 Lober
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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HAHAHAHAHA SUCK IT OILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#41 lionlager
December 07 2013, 11:15PM
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Ahahah good guys win.

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#42 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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#43 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 03:39PM
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Dog Train wrote:

I may be old enough to have witnessed the playoffs but I still am too young to have witnessed any really meaningful Battles of Alberta. Mostly just inconsequential games like this one. Still, if you can't look forward to beating your biggest rival than what can you look forward to? Oilers make their fans happy tonight, win 6-3.

i would say that with the Flames having won about 17 of the last 20-something games, there has been a lot of meaningful games

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#44 Todd
December 07 2013, 04:57PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Will this be the night that the Oiler cheap shot artist Andrew Ferret has to pay for punching someone who didn't want to fight, before he got his gloves off, knocking out some teeth?

wouldn't it be awesome if the flames new face puncher, Mc-Whatever-his-name-is, nails an oiler star for a few teeth before he even gets his gloves off? that would be good ol fashioned hockey that all the alberta fans could appreciate, north and south!

Boooo hoooo... If Stempniak doesn't like losing his teeth he shouldn't throw cheap hits he can't back up.

Watch the video, Fernuckle gave him plenty of time to drop his mitts. He asked to fight several times. He just didn't take no for an answer. Big difference.

Suck it up princess.

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#45 Keith Fredlund
December 07 2013, 06:01PM
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@Todd

Stood up for himself? I guess he can't take a clean hit. He was embarrassed. Mc will get him tonite and I will stand and cheer.

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#46 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 08:44PM
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if anything ference interferedd on stajan

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#47 orangepylon
December 07 2013, 10:48PM
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Perron is a frickin stud

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#48 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:49PM
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Fist - Yeah Baby!!!

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#49 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 11:02PM
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@Walter White

Don't you have some meth to cook?

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#50 Floyd Jiveson
December 08 2013, 12:35PM
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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.

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.

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