Monday, September 19, 2005

Nepotism: the Oilers' friend

The Oilers have canned Darryl Duke, their strength and conditioning consultant of ten years, because they want a new voice in the team gym. That "new" voice? Likely to be Kelly Buchberger, an old pal who coached with the Roadrunners last year. From the Journal:

"The former NHLer returned to the Oilers fold last season, working as an assistant coach with the Road Runners. Known for his relentless work ethic, it's conceivable that the Oilers would want to find a way to keep the former winger in the organization.

Duke, meanwhile, was disappointed with the turn of events but will be contracted out to zone in on increasing the toughness of players during the course of the season."

Look, Buchberger is a buff guy and apparently a fitness nut, and he's been in the league a long time, but don't fitness trainers usually have a lot of experience with this, maybe even certification from some college? Maybe he'll do a great job, or maybe he'll ruin the team by putting them all on an atkins diet or something. And I'm still unsure of what Craig Simpson has done as Special Teams coach, but we know for sure that it's been terrible for years now.

Bah! I'm cheering for the wrong team (or league!) if I'm gonna let Oilers patronage get stuck in my craw... especially when I can dredge up other examples like Curt Brackenbury, Kent Nilsson, Glen Sather, Kevin Lowe, Dave Semenko, Mike Krushelnyski, Mac T, Craig Simpson, Charlie Huddy, or Ron Low. The list goes on, getting longer and longer, to the point that we have a coaching staff of all ex-Oilers. In the meantime, we haven't won a playoff series in almost ten years... Hm.


Guns for hire said...

Darryl Duke... I really don't know a whole lot about him, but I know he's a local guy, a well-respected local guy among the coffee-shop, northside Oiler fans.
This means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but the Oilers seem to be pissing where they eat.
Everyone loves Bucky, and I remember Brownlee writing that the Oilers would find a job for him NO MATTER WHAT, but the whole exercise seems like extraneous showboating.


Chris! said...


Ah... props to Anonymous for bringing that precious little nugget back. My grandfather would be proud.

Anyhow, I agree, Randy; it does seem like showboating. Obviously, the Oilers are out to prove that they can put any former Oiler in a position with the franchise at the drop of a hat, regardless of the fact that someone else may be more qualified or, in Craig Simpson's case, have any fucking clue what they're doing at all. It's likely only a matter of time until they finally run out of Old Boys who aren't washed-up alcoholics or construction workers, so maybe there's an endpoint to all this on the horizon.

Or maybe they'll just keep showboating—next up, Al Hamilton's cat hired to run skating drills. You heard it here first.

Also, awesome pic of Bucky, Mike. Looks like a promo shot from Aliens.

Anonymous said...

Bucky nmust tried getting some walk on roles when he was in LA lol