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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#251 Sean Bennett
December 07 2013, 11:57PM
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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.

If they`re so frickin great, why do they blow year after year and finish dead last more often than not. Jeez, pass the crystal meth around; maybe we will all become delusional that way.

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#252 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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#253 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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#254 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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#255 Overrated Oilers
December 08 2013, 12:51AM
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Oilers are an embarrassment to the NHL...can we contract this team already and let competent people take these players and show them how to win?

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#256 TRAV
December 08 2013, 12:52AM
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I was thinking about coming on here and beating up on the Oilers a little but I see that their fans have already done an outstanding job. Worse than disdain for the Oilers I feel some pity.

Somebody remarked that the Flames need to learn from the Oilers rebuild and surround rookies with high character vets. Bang on. I also think that a major fault with the Oil was taking away incentive to work hard by prematurely signing players to lucrative long term contracts. Everybody who has participated in a hockey pool knows that the best guys to take are guys in contract years because they work their ass off.

Finally. It's a sad day when the Battle of Alberta has come to this. Maybe we can do like the old peewee travel team used to do and combine teams so that we can compete...

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#257 cccsberg
December 08 2013, 01:39AM
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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.

Nick, The game isn't played on paper, its on the ice. Even though someone may deem a certain player or players as better than another, its what happens on the ice that counts. Also, you don't play with just 3-4 players at a time, its a team game.

Tonight a very depleted Calgary team beat the Oil and I believe would pretty regularly with a full docket. As for individual players I think the goalies are all about the same at the moment, and just because someone is fast doesn't make them great. Until the "Fab5" learn all aspects of the game, 200ft game, utilizing their team-mates and that they need to work consistently they aren't so great... don't overestimate them.

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#258 DoubleDIon
December 08 2013, 01:44AM
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I thought tears were supposed to taste salty? Edmontonians have defective tears, they definitely taste sweet.

Seriously though, how brutal was Schultz tonight? The only guy who looked dangerous at all was Taylor Hall. He must be from Calgary or something...

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#259 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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#260 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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#261 coachedpotatoe
December 08 2013, 07:21AM
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@6 ring circus

Petry got hit legally tow Flames and his injury was caused by the dasher not being padded.

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#262 Loyal Oil
December 08 2013, 07:44AM
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Devolution wrote:

Is there anyone who can tell me, a couple of weeks later, why MacTavish traded Smid?

Now this is a really really good question the Edmonton sports 'journalists' (aka puppets) are not asking.

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#263 Wintoon
December 08 2013, 07:51AM
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saddest thing about the Oilers ineptitude is that even lifelong fans are now starting to disappear from these sites. No question that the haters far out number the fans. Fans are no longer anticipating success, expecting the Oilers to make a key trade, they don't expect the playoffs and certainly not a run at the Cup. Even the draft has lost its excitement. We have had the draft as our sole focus for too long. Some threads talk about Oiler domination. I'd be hasppy if we were just competitive.

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#264 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 08:11AM
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what would the Oilers give for a Burke right now? or even a Feaster?

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#265 YFC Prez
December 08 2013, 08:43AM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

what would the Oilers give for a Burke right now? or even a Feaster?

A Burke would be a step in the right direction. A Feaster ???!!!!!!!??? Burke would be a step in the right direction.

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#266 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 08:50AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

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.

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!

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#267 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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#268 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 09:28AM
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I think its time for the league to step in and take over management of the Oiler team, before it's too late.

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#269 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 08 2013, 09:37AM
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YFC Prez wrote:

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.

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.

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#270 Bryzarro World
December 08 2013, 11:06AM
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Loyal Oil wrote:

Now this is a really really good question the Edmonton sports 'journalists' (aka puppets) are not asking.

What was their record with and without Smid?

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#271 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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#272 VanFan
December 08 2013, 12:22PM
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fLames SUCK !!!

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#273 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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#274 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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#275 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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#276 Captain Ron
December 08 2013, 01:45PM
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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.

Amen brother!

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#277 MapleLeafer
December 08 2013, 02:51PM
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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!

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#278 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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#279 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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