Thursday, June 8, 2006

An interesting point.

Remember Nick Faldo? Yeah, me neither. From Dave Hodge's article on TSN.ca today.

Now, Carolina is up against Edmonton, and the story is already written if the Hurricanes win two more games. That story is all about the team that didn't win.

It'll be said that Dwayne Roloson's injury cost the Oilers the first game of the series, and that the Oilers could not find the goaltending, or the confidence, to recover.

Carolina will be described as "fortunate" and "opportunistic".

It won't really be fair, because the Canes have been a terrific team all season long, and their "worst to potentially first" story is inspirational.

But the only stirring headline left is saved for an Edmonton comeback, with Ty Conklin or Jussi Markkanen in the role of hero.

Not that I expect halfwit Canes trollers like "Brian" from the last post's comments to care about this, of course — it'll be a miracle if people like him even remember any of this at all once college ball starts up again.

Read the rest here.

PS: sorry if this post shows up in duplicate. Blogger seems to be monumentally fucked today (as it was yesterday) and it took me an hour of lost connections just to get this up.

9 comments:

Coluch said...

Wow, I missed out on a lot of immature baby-slapping lately...

Anyway, to reply to the posted article here, I have to say that focusing on Edmonton as the 'team that didn't win' (IF Carolina wins the cup) wouldn't be entirely fair to the 'Canes, but it would also be unfair to give them too much credit as well.

As a hardcore Oilers fan my whole life, it's not beyond my abilities to recognise that going into this series (and after watching game 1) that these two teams are very evenly matched, both statistically AND on the ice. If the 'Canes walk away with the cup (or the Oilers for that matter) it would be an injustice NOT to give credit to the other team for their simply BEING THERE. It's the Stanley-Fucking-Cup-Finals! Of course both teams are excellent!

I'm just so happy our team has trekked this deep into playoff territory, after so many hard fought years as a small-market underdog (and still arguably so). I'm equally pumped as a hockey fan in general to FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY see a cup final that isn't ruled by a slowed-down trapping game, or some other form of Hockey Bullshittery.

GO OIL-CANES SERIES! But more importantly for the moment, GOILERS!

I will be disappointed if we don't get the cup, yes. Very much so. But I won't be upset, because we showed 28 other teams what-the-fuck-is-UP - and we did it with heart, grit, self-sacraficing plays, and most importantly, uphill all the way. After 15 years of fighting uphill, the OIL finally have proven that without a doubt, they are the best at it!

OILERS IN 6!!!!

Todd said...

I am a Canes Fan and have really enjoyed this blog over the past 10 days or so. Met some Oiler fans at Game 2 and had enjoyable discussion with them. I agree with Couch, the teams (yours and ours) deserve to be exactly where they are. The playoff run preceding the finals is a true test of the depth, heart talent, and back-office planning of an organization. We (in the South) are growing to love the sport for this very reason. You make choices, you lay it all out on the ice, and then you accept the consequences. And hopefully, you show the other team the respect they have earned. Not to mention...we love the fact that hockey players like to talk about the their teammate's achievements instead of their own. How damn refreshing is that today in professional sports?

Both of these teams deserve to be here and everyone I have spoken to in NC has nothing but respect for the Oilers and your tradition of success. All we are doing here is working hard to build that same kind of tradition. If you guys find a way to win, we will curse a little, drink alot and then salute that accomplishment. If we win, I hope you guys will do the same for us.

Really hope Roli recovers nicely and is good as new for next season. Obviously, neither Ladd or MAB meant for that to happen...it was a flukey accident in the heat of battle.

And if I might respectfully offer an opinion, I wish everyone would stop acting is if everything depended on Roli...to me it somewhat lessons the heroic efforts of the rest of your excellent team in the playoffs and makes the organization's management look inept for having a single goalie that the entire teams' fortune rest upon.

Assuming we agree that the Cup should go to the team that plans, executes and overcomes adversity...then let's let the games play out and the chips fall where they may.

Go Canes...but if we do lose to a great comeback, I will be glad it was to the Oilers. Because like us, the Oilers would have truly earned it.

The Acid Queen said...

And if I might respectfully offer an opinion, I wish everyone would stop acting is if everything depended on Roli...to me it somewhat lessons the heroic efforts of the rest of your excellent team in the playoffs and makes the organization's management look inept for having a single goalie that the entire teams' fortune rest upon.

What 'e said--or, as the banner in the 'Canes locker room says:

"It's not about me, it's about the guy in front of me!"

Roloson can get in a zone, but without help from the rest of the team there's no way you guys would have gotten this far.

Brian said...

Called me out on the front page?

For those mild comments?

Wow.

You should get your facts straight before painting all Canes fans with your hillbilly brush.

I grew up in Philadelphia and have been a hockey fan since I was a child.

Good job, boys...

swabbubba said...

The Oilers are not as bad as the Cane fans think they are. But let them think that. Hell we have Rexall, the fans, and a person that actually can sing the anthems. Game 3 is going to be the one that is for all the marbles. Go Oilers

Chris! said...

Meh, my blood was angried up at the time. I guess I should have called around to your friends and family and done my research into the depth and history of your hockey fandom before coming to the conclusion that you were an idiot, instead of just basing my opinion on your yes, mild, but no less idiotic comments.

Besides, your location does nothing to change the fact that you're acting like a classless troll. See these folks in the comments above you? Notice a difference? That's what separates gloaters from fans.

Anyhow, not like it matters. Enjoy the series, Brian.

mntineer said...

The Oilers are not as bad as the Cane fans think they are. But let them think that. Hell we have Rexall, the fans, and a person that actually can sing the anthems.

I don't think too many 'Canes fans have underestimated the Oilers - or at least not yet. Game 3 is the make-it-or-break-it for the Oil, so I know I'll have TV reserved, and popcorn 'n soda at the ready. This will be the game of the series.

Called me out on the front page?

I have to agree with Brian - he seems to be getting more grief than he's been giving, although I'm personally not one to bait the opposition on their own turf. I wonder what would have happened to the comments if the Sabres had won? If you hate the 'Canes --- you'd really hate the Sabres!

swabbubba said...

Brian will be lucky to survive the wrath of AQ. He is acting like a troll, talkin crap, although I like that he has the time to write out the lyrics on his personal blog. But hey what ever floats his boat. The Oilers are home that is all that matters, we may be bent but we ain't broke.

Brian said...

I like that he has the time to write out the lyrics on his personal blog

Cut and paste, big guy.

CUT and PASTE...