Monday, June 19, 2006

Motherfucker

Chris and Mike and Toronto can celebrate the Campbell bowl all they want. Me, I can't really feel anything anymore. I've torn up a couple of newspapers, kicked some stuff, but mostly, right now, I just feel impotent. Congrats, Canes fans--I hope you enjoy it. But also, on another level, fuck. Like, a big one. One so big, it makes me regret that I use the word "fuck" in other situations, because I want everyone to understand the level of frustration I feel right now.

I mean, I know, I know this is more than we expected. But dammit, I'll be restrospective in retrospect; right now, this really sucks.

Thanks, Oilers, for going as far as you did. I never honestly thought it was possible at any point before Game 5 against Anaheim. But I thought it was possible to win the Stanley Cup since then, and, well, it hurts, that we didn't. I'll only be mad at you for a little while, of course.

I'm looking at a very beautiful view of Edmonton right now. Nice to look at, even though we lost. Sigh. I guess there's next year? Yeah. Yeah. There's always next year. Again.

26 comments:

Swabbubba said...

We were ever so close will get back here next year who knows? Been a long ride, If you told me before the season started the Oilers would be in the SCF I would told you to get fucking stuffed.
The boys can hold their heads high. The HF dudes are probably calling for Staios head.. shit happens...

Go Oilers enjoy the summer lets get them next year....

Sean said...

Next year? We've got plenty to be proud of as not only Edmonton Oilers fans this year, but as Edmontonians as well. We might not be Stanley Cup Champions, but we sure proved this is the City of Champions (even though I work in Calgary and go to school in Ontario).

Anonymous said...

How is it the City of Champions when you lost the championship?

Baroque said...

Because they have five Cups to Carolina's one, and played their butts off to try to add a sixth.

Don't gloat at someone else's pain. It's petty and childish.

Yanni Znaio said...

From a 'Canes fan:

Great game, great series, great competition.

Could've easily gone either way.

You guys have nothing to be ashamed of.

Here's to next year.

bluebloodrunsthick said...

Yes we're the city of champs... but right now that doesn't mean shit. We lost and it fucking hurts like hell if you really want to know mr. anonymous. Edmonton Oilers fan all my life... we wanted this and more importantly needed this so badly. Fuck. This team needed it... this city needed it... this country needed it... more than you can ever imagine. Yes congrats Carolina, you played well tonight and deserve full credit for the way you came out and showed heart.

But unfortunatly, this will be big news in Raleigh for a few days, and then you'll go back to focusing on NASCAR and football. Here in E-town, hockey is what we breathe, eat and sleep. Also, there's always next year, but to repeat this run will almost be impossible based on history. We will be lucky to get in the finals the next 5 or 10 years... it's sad but true.

GOILERS... you did well, let's hope Kevin Lowe can make a couple good changes, resign Roloson, dump Sammy and Peca and keep this nucleus of great young players together.

Peace fellow bloggers, goodnight and good luck next year.

Charles

gary b said...

this sucks, and yet...

Lots of young guys on this team.
Players like Hemsky, Stoll, Torres, Greene - in hockey terms, they just became men.

and like Don Cherry said, losing the Cup burns, eats away inside. and ultimately crafts dedicated, passionate, win-at-any-cost hockey players.

this team will be back. Some of the faces will change, but they'll be back.

Soon, i think.

And i can't wait for the ride to start again.


OIL!

Sean said...

Mr Anonymous, this is the City of Champions because we created the National Anthem celebration, we took an 8th place team to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and we did it with pride, class, and the midset of a champion. If you think the game 7 result is going to take away from that, then move back to wherevey you are from, and cheer for whatever team you percieve to be the Champions.

Quack said...

To 'Anonymous':

City of Champions was a moniker given to Edmonton because of the many championships in both CFL football (13, including five straight between '78 and '82; and current holders of the Grey Cup) and five Stanley Cups (five in their first decade in the NHL).

All that plus the total devotion of the fans to all sports and never giving up on your team. We waited a long time to get to this point and it shows me, as a 25 year Oiler fan, that the Oil are back and in contention for future Cups.

It was a great run and fans of both teams should be proud.

CYA next year!

Todd said...

I know this doesn't mean much coming from another Canes fan...but congratulations on a great run, a gritty and skilled team, and a gloriously rabid fan base. Our good fortune and victory tonight was made all the more meaningful because it was against the Oilers. You guys have a class organization and a wonderful tradition...the things we are working on here in NC. Hell, let's meet again next year - what a great series!!

Anonymous said...

As a Canes fan it was an honor to win the Cup against a storied franchise. You guys have a hell of a hard working team. Great fans as well. As a native North Carolinian, here's to Canada for inventing the greatest game on this Earth.

mike w said...

Thanks again to all the classy Canes supporters. I have to admit these turkey Canes fans surprised me with their enthusiasm, but they're team was clearly the better one in the series. That and they've already come close and tasted total collapse in the Finals against Detroit, so its not so bad to lose against them.

Just one thing: I better as fuck not see Atlanta or any other SouthEast team come anywhere near the Cup next year.

Enjoy the champagne, almost-champions, fellow fans, Edmontonians.

Puckhat tip to Doug Weight.

Bill said...

"... to repeat this run will almost be impossible based on history. We will be lucky to get in the finals the next 5 or 10 years... it's sad but true."

That's got to be the whimpiest attitude I've seen. You should be writing columns for eastern newspapers. If that's how you look at it, why aren't you cheering for another team? "We can't win because history says so." History said we wouldn't be there this year.

History doesn't win championships. Fuck history. We'll be back and we will win because we work our asses off.

The Twisted Chinaman said...

As a Flames fan I could say a thousand things to mock you and the Oilers, but I won't.

We've been there, and we know how you feel...Congrats Edmonton, you had a good run.

mike w said...

It's time for my big secret: it was heartbreaking to see Tampa Bay win in 2004.

If the Battle of Alberta blog continues, it will be even more of a therapy couch than it already was...

Anonymous said...

why can't a Canadian team win a fricking cup already!!!??? Shiiiite! So damn close this sucks big time.

No more we want the cup chants on whyte. No more crazy parties the last couple months. Fukndamn. This really blows goats and sabres. Blah!

Anonymous said...

Edmonton was actually called the "City of Champions" by our then-Mayor after the 1987 tornado that killed a bunch of Edmontonians.

He was refering to our ability to move on past difficulty and devestation and hold our head high.

The monkier stuck when the Eskimos and Oilers regained our city's pride despite the tornado devestation, thanks to their steady wins of major championships.

It's the idea that "our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

See you next year; We never give up.

-- Steve

Dave said...

This is a disappointment, not a heartbreak. I watched Steve Smith score on our own net, and *that* was heartbreak. This was a hard fought game from an outrageously underdog team that performed miracles to get to a seventh game. There’s no dishonour in losing to a team that played like the ‘Canes tonight, and for the love of Jesus, Allah, Buddah, Krishna, Hubbard, Mormo and that guy on the subway in the Santa hat, enjoy the fact that the NHL came back with a bang after the lock-out, and that this was supercharged hockey at its best. The Oilers are a team that was never even a shoe-in for the play-offs in the first place, much less contenders for the final, and I couldn’t be more proud that they made the last couple of months so exciting.

I’ve been through the Dynasty years – I’ve still got my orange foam finger from the early ‘80s (partially eaten by a family pet and pathetically glued back together), my dog-eared hockey cards worn from the pre-hermetically-sealed days (including a hopelessly crumpled Gretzky card from the Red Rooster set – remember those?) when the Jets and Nords still shone bright, and some dusty team magazines bought in the arena long before it was Rexall, or even Skyreach. I took transit downtown the last time we won the cup, to Jasper Ave, long before Whyte Ave was anything more than grim collection of strip clubs, dodgy storefronts and general detritus. It’s an association that runs deep.

*This* was much more important, though. After moving away from Edmonton for the first time in my life, to Toronto, the Oil became a rallying point for us displaced Edmontonians who, although we love T.O., feel the pull of home. We watched the single Oilers/Leafs game together (it was a boring Leafs victory) and didn’t dare dream of a Stanley Cup final. But, buoyed in no small part by the passionate gonza hockey scribblings of Covered in Oil, we wallowed in our weird sense of community and enjoyed unexpected victory after victory far removed from the burning phone booths and mongoloid testosterone of a hometown with too often more fire than grace. Some here lost jobs and felt the sting of general life uncertainty this spring, but at least we could always takes bets on how many teeth Smyth had in his head at any given time. In short, we rediscovered – and for some, discovered for the first time – the drama in investing yourself heart, soul and liver into sports. That ecstasy doesn’t come without agony, though. That’s the crux – there’s a reason drama masks aren’t both smiling, right? That’s also the love of the game, and we loved it together. So thanks, Oilers for going the distance and far beyond. Good times were had at the expense of your teeth, knees and skulls.

And to put things in perspective for wounded Oil fans right now, read this article from eight years ago, from Time magazine, when we almost lost the team outright, and that loss seemed inevitable: ttp://www.time.com/time/magazine/1998/int/980316/sport.who_gets_the_oiler4.html

The last paragraph, about losing the franchise:

“On a snowy evening at an indoor rink in West Edmonton, peewee-league coach Don McNabb laced his skates and recalled the wondrous arrival of the NHL franchise 19 years ago. ‘It was like a dream,’ said the 43-year-old pipeline executive. ‘If we don't have the Oilers, then what do we have? Winter and a mall.’ And fewer fairy tales.”

No one got more from this series than Oilers fan. Not even close.

Colby Cosh said...

Um. What he said?

PittsburghCanesFan said...

Loved reading your blog. Any other year I would be rooting for a Canadian team! I cheered for Calgary in '04, and will continue to root for Canadian teams until they bring the cup back. Good luck to you and your future teams. Many apologies for the "Anonymous" flamer above.

One last thing...I grew up 45 mins away from Raleigh, I went to college in Raleigh, that city loves to win! I don't think that The Cup will ever be forgotten about there. It WILL be appreciated.

taulpaul said...

Carolina Bounces that is all I can really think about. They had no right winning the first game which spiraled into the second. The ICE in Carolina causes bad bounces and they are used to playing that way so I guess you could call it home ice advantage, just the dirtiest kind... Still as much as I am hurting right now, standing O for the team from Edmonton. The hockey gods had to royally boot fuck them to put them out and at the end of the day that's almost like winning. GREAT RUN. MY TEAM. MY TOWN. STILL THE ONE!

Anonymous said...

Hey Oil Fans...

Probably worthless to you right now, but as a Canes fan, it was refreshing to interact with you during this series. After dealing with the worthless Pseudo-frog Habs in round 1, Devils fans (read: angry Rangers season-ticket holders), and those barn-raised Buffatuckians, it was great to meet and be around a fanbase that knows hockey and respects their opponents, even when the series doesn't go their way. You guys know your sport, and we're learning...I was also awestruck everytime you all sung O'Canada in unison before puck-drop. Congrats on an improbable run...Pronger will get his, eventually. Best of luck next season, and thanks for being classy adversaries.

Anonymous said...

"Edmonton was actually called the "City of Champions" by our then-Mayor after the 1987 tornado that killed a bunch of Edmontonians.

He was refering to our ability to move on past difficulty and devestation and hold our head high."

Well if thats the case then you can keep the name since you just got killed by a hurricane.

Chris! said...

Ah, the kind of bullshit people spew when they're under the cover of anonymity. Go fuck yourself, you stupid hick. Where's the valour in kicking these fans when they're down? Retard.

Dave said...

"Well if thats the case then you can keep the name since you just got killed by a hurricane."

What are you, a WWE announcer? Seriously, your team almost blows a lead like that, came a goal or two away from being the laughing stock of the league, and you're actually gloating about it?

I'm not sure if you're posting anonymously because you're a coward or you just don’t want anyone to know that you don’t know how to use an apostrophe.

Anonymous said...

Matt in Chapel Hill here.
Ditto on trashing that anonymous idiot. And ditto to the fellow Caniac congratulating the Oiler fans for being very classy. Shook hands with many last night (watched outside the RBC, couldn't get in) and they were all unbelievably gracious.
I wish more of our fans would behave that way. Know it's cold comfort, but Oiler fans can take great pride in the way they support their team so fervently without resorting to being a dick.

And to the Oiler fan who got plunked in the head with a half-full tall boy after smugly saying "Nice game" to my brother after Game 5, my apologies.

A great, great blog, by the way. Have a nice summer. Keep in touch. Other assorted junior-high yearbook pleasantries.