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, 10:27PM
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I've learnt from this game, I wanna grow my hair out and buy a lot of hair gel. So I can rock the Eakins look

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#202 Alsker
December 07 2013, 10:33PM
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Sad I've decided to watch Distict 9 instead of this crapfest, aliens seem more explainable than our beloved Oilers...I hate KBlowe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#203 Old Time Hockey
December 07 2013, 10:36PM
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Thank you Oilers and Flames for helping all Canadians sleep on a Saturday night. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

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#204 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:37PM
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momentum changer . . . hole in the ice . .

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

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#206 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:38PM
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@Alsker

Sad I've decided to watch Distink 9 instead of this crapfest, aliens seem more explainable than our beloved Oilers...I hate KBlowe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fixed.

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#207 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:41PM
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fLames saves/blocked shots 32 Berra 16

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#208 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 10:44PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

He's definitely taken a ridiculous step backwards this season. All we can do is speculate I guess.

hahahahahaha

we can speculate when it comes to Gagner's bullsh!t, but when it comes to Oilers bullsh!t: we can be sure it is the fault of Kevin Lowe.

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#209 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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#210 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 10:45PM
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WHAT!in da mutha#@$%!

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#211 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:45PM
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hallsy!!!!! That 30 seconds had more action than the rest of the game.

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#212 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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#213 Johnnydapunk
December 07 2013, 10:54PM
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Ah Bollocks to that....

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#214 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 11:18PM
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As completely epicly stupid it would be, right now if the oilers traded Ebbs , Gagner , Yak and Schultz to the flames for Stempniak and Giordano they would be a much improved team. That's how bad their work ethic and systems play is.

Remember those early 2000's teams where all we wanted was one player like a Eberle or Hall.

Now we have those and we want a team like those early 2000's to play with them.

Critical mistake was dumping all the character vets the oilers had at the start of the rebuild. Looks like the flames were paying attention.

I still have faith it will happen with these kids. We're behind though. And I don't want to see any one of the kids traded unless we get the d man we need back. Oil are way too far invested now.

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#215 Loyal Oil
December 08 2013, 12:11AM
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Until oiler fans are willing to put real pressure on the Oilers' owner to do something about the failed Oilers' management, I think that we are going to have a whole lot more nights like tonight where the Oilers' fans just are just going to end up extremely frustrated.

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#216 Captain Ron
December 08 2013, 12:42AM
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Nick24 wrote:

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.

I think the key word here is "TEAM".

The game is not played on paper.

I don't care how good there offensive players are. Their defensive play is usually pretty offensive.

It is not difficult to play against the Oilers. That awesome offence of theirs has scored a whole six more goals than the Flames have this year....in two more games played. They have allowed seven more goals as well.

Hudler would would be the leading scorer on the Oilers. I think that makes him as good as any of them. Cammy's pretty good too. Ditto Glencross when he's on.

In a seven game series right now with both rosters fully healthy I think the Flames win the series. To me that makes them the better "team ". Their defense is definitely better.

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#217 6 ring circus
December 08 2013, 12:45AM
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The Oilers get pushed around every game they play, they are way to soft,we need 6-7 mean SOB's who can play and go out every shift and hit and cause havoc on the ice ,Petry got elbowed in the head tonight and there was no retaliation at all,way to stand up for a teammate, he will be out with a concussion for who knows how long,anytime there is a scrum on the ice, just watch the players on the ice, turn away and head straight to the bench, they don't watch each others backs,a good team and teammates go to battle and look out for each other, not the Oilers, they are way to soft to play against.Who's the idiot who put this team together anyways? K Lowe, its time that he get's shown the door, he obviously does not know how to build a winner,he has had enough time ruining this team.

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#218 Devolution
December 08 2013, 05:50AM
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Is there anyone who can tell me, a couple of weeks later, why MacTavish traded Smid?

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#219 Primo
December 08 2013, 11:53AM
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Nick24 wrote:

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.

You think exactly like Kevin Lowe and the owner of the Oilers. That is why they are proving to be the most pathetic franchise in NHL history.

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#220 DoubleDIon
December 08 2013, 12:46PM
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@Floyd Jiveson

What does that even mean? Weirdest post ever. Smid has been decent for us, but it's not like he's a key player. Plays well on the PK, but is pretty sheltered at ES. Giordano, Brodie and Russell see the tough minutes. Unfortunately Butler as well, but Giordano makes him look less terrible. I'd actually like to see what Smid can do paired with Giordano.

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#221 The Soup Fascist
December 08 2013, 04:15PM
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MapleLeafer wrote:

Good on ya Flames! Stickin it to your provincial rivals must feel good. All that dynasty talk that was coming off these boards for the last couple of years was hilarious but its even funnier now watching these oilers fans squirm in their own filth. Go Leafs Go!

1967. Man had not yet set foot on the moon. That is all.

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#222 Clayballs22
December 07 2013, 02:41PM
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Nice article Wanye. Thanks for including Cameron & I. And congratulations to the Gregor family. Love the little guys name!

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#223 Harlie
December 07 2013, 03:40PM
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Great name for the little feller and he looks happy and healthy. Congrats again Gregor family!

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#224 sizzler
December 07 2013, 04:20PM
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Congrats to Gregor family

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#225 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 04:35PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Why are all the oiler trolls on FLAMES NATION???

What's the over/under on how many times this comment appears during the game tonight. I'm going with 12

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#226 Lober
December 07 2013, 05:40PM
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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

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#227 PeOiler
December 07 2013, 06:54PM
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How on earth does CBC manage to have the best on-line stream going? If they are saving dollars by employing PJ Stock for the ability to stream high-quality games, then I guess PJ ain't so bad after all...

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#228 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 06:57PM
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Haha I know, but I'm not complaining, I love saturdays when theres a great stream.

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#229 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:13PM
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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

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

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#230 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 07:20PM
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Veggie Dog wrote:

You enjoy the infantile name calling?

I enjoy the respectful hatred both the alberta teams and fans used to show one another. Infantile name calling? I guess it's a start. You have to admit the boa kinda sucks now.

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#231 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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#232 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 07:44PM
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Scratches: CGY - Smith, Breen, Baertschi. EDM - Joensuu, Belov, Potter.

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#233 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 07:56PM
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Starters:
CGY: Berra, Brodie, Russell, Stempniak, Cammalleri, Stajan
EDM: Dubnyk, Ference, Larsen, Perron, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins

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#234 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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#235 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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#236 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:17PM
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Nice saves Dubey. Rookie d-men!

*shudder*

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#237 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 09:18PM
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BIG HIT BY DUBNYK!

(on his own d-man while skating to the bench on delayed call)

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

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#239 vetinari
December 07 2013, 09:21PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

BIG HIT BY DUBNYK!

(on his own d-man while skating to the bench on delayed call)

Knocking his own defenceman out of the game may be the only way for him to get MacT to actually trade for a real #1 defenceman...

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

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#241 Alsker
December 07 2013, 09:24PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

What's up with the pp again?

Another full day of PP practice and back to the same old same old.

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#242 Rocket
December 07 2013, 09:24PM
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Don't let Perron on the Ice with Nuge & Ebs. Perron will be the only guy in the scrum. Seriously does anyone on The Oilers besides him even talk smack? SMH

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#243 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:24PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

What's up with the pp again?

Trying to be cute, trying to sneak the puck between a dozen sticks and skates.

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#244 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
December 07 2013, 09:25PM
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If Perron played for any other team I think I'd hate his guts. Instead, he makes me smile at least 3 times a game.

Also, I think Cassie Campbell nailed it in the video analysis. It's frustrating to think that if the talented Oilers players did the little things right and worked as hard as the majority of the Flames players, the Oilers would probably be a playoff team...

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#245 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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#246 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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#247 Jeremy
December 07 2013, 09:27PM
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Honestly, how many hard-working teams must the Oilers face in order to LEARN what it takes to win games?

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#248 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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#249 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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#250 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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