Thursday, June 15, 2006

Relive the Game 5 glory

The Oilers Crest Riseth.

This guy was out on 97th Street at 4:00 p.m. asking us all "to believe."


Patchy playoff bear? Check. Old school jersey? Check. It's Game Time!

Text message from Toronto: Goooooooool!!!


Charlie Huddy, in the most tender and fatherly of tones, kindly tells Matt Greene that he won't be playing any more minutes because he's a bad defenceman.


More non-hockey related blatherings from Don Cherry. This guy gets paid $750,000 a year?

The winning goal.

Innocence destroyed: easily the most hilarious image of the evening.

... with this being a close runner-up. Sorry to ruin the party, nerds.

(Photos by Fish)


21 comments:

Andy Grabia said...

I actually felt a pang of guilt when I saw that picture of the boy and his mom. It was replaced by a lust for her and her jersey shortly thereafter.

Adamn! said...

yeah, why did CBC have to go and show those poor kids? I had to change the channel in order to keep up my testo-hubris levels without remorse.

Unless of course those are Rod Brind'Amour's kids...

lowetide said...

Actually, when I saw that photo of the heartbroken boy I felt better. If the Hurricanes win this thing, please for the love of GOD let there be someone on the other end who cares.

Up until that camera shot, I honestly felt Carolina winning the Stanley had the same value as the Vancouver Grizzlies winning the NBA championship.

That kid cares. Good for you, son. You're way ahead of everyone else in your class.

the Prez said...

I laughed when they showed that kid on TV. But I'm not especially fond of kids and I'm a bad person.

If I could only save one person from a burning building containing that child Hurricane fan and Fernando Pisani...

case said...

oilers in seven.

Desdemona said...

I'm happy, so very very happy, but please let's not get too confident. Over-confidence makes me nervous. Look at what it did for the Canes fans (and probably players) who thought it would be over yesterday.

Colby Cosh said...

Fuck the little Village of the Damned bastard.

kubiak said...

My hat is off to the gutsy and gritty performance by the Oil last night. They've got more character and strength than most other teams combined. They've played a clean, aggressive series and they and their fans have earned my respect. So far everyone I've met associated with them has been great.

And I assure, there will be plenty of people down here that care about the cup, win or lose. I've followed the Canes since their first home game, driving over an hour to the games in Greensboro, and I was happy to do it to support hockey. I didn't grow up watching it (although I did watch games when I could, thank god for the USA network in the 80s), I didn't have a team to pull for (until a gf that loved the Bruins came into my life), but I've grown to love hockey. I've converted a lot of my friends into fans of the Canes, and a few into fans of the sport.

I used to think of the sports in this order; #1-NFL, #2-MLB, #3-NHL. But as soon as I had a team I could love and think of as my own hockey's been #1. I don't know the sport as well as long term fans up north, I know that, but I'm learning. (And I know more than your average fan.) And say what you will about rednecks, lord knows we do, but they are nothing if not passionate. You get a good ol' southern boy behind you, and you know he's got your back.

Okay, sorry for the rant. I just want fans of the Oilers to know that there are true fans down here. I will live or die in some small way based on the outcome of this series. I won't be the only one either.

Jayke said...

I'm with the Prez. I seriously laughed for a solid five minutes. Lucky for me there's no such place as hell.

jon said...

As far as I'm concerned, every kid in Raleigh is Rod Brind'Amour's kid! Cry damn it. I know I'll be crying if the Oil lose.

Garnet said...

Full credit to Kubiak, who ranked the NHL as No. 3 before North Carolina even had a team. That's like being an NBA fan in Toronto in 1980. (Note that basketball didn't rank at all, and he's from N.C.) His experience strikes me as almost too typical of the U.S. expansion/relocation experience: a great many don't get it, but those who do _really_ get it. There are people wanting to pull the plug on the whole deal and retreat up north, but I'm not sure these people love hockey a whole lot less than I do. What they need is a bigger crowd of hardcore lunatics. If my dreams are crushed and Carolina wins it, let there be drunken disorder and hundreds of arrests on the streets of Raleigh. Then I'll know the gospel is spreading.

PS: GOILERS! And, finally, to reiterate: GOILERS!!!

Newt said...

Canes fan here.

I'll echo some of Kubiak's comments. I have great respect for both your team and your fans and was very happy to see the Oil knock out the Wings and both NoCal and SoCal -- not because those were all very good clubs, but because it's great when a Canadian team reaches the finals, esp. Edmonton and Montreal. I like a good number of your players, particularly Pronger and Ryan Smyth, at least 'til he went digging up the ice in the RBC... but then, I guess drilling is appropriate for a team named the Oilers. And speaking of drilling, I like Torres, even after he injured both Ward and Weight in the last game. Clean solid hockey hits and not dirty like some of the cheap shots in Game 2.

I'm a native of North Carolina but a sports nut who's followed hockey for much of his life, if mainly the playoffs before the Whalers moved south. I first saw the Canes in Greensboro and have been to a few games in Raleigh, including Game 5 against Buffalo. I'd still rank baseball, college basketball - I am a Tar Heel, after all - and the NFL over hockey, but it's likely to move up the rankings as my future wife - another native NCer - and her family are season ticket holders.

I was confident going into Game 5 and all the way until Pisani stuck it past Ward, and I'm still confident, though I've never thought it'd be easy, even after Roloson went down. On a personal note, a full beard in 90-degree weather gets a little irritating.

Anyway - here's hoping that you guys get the thrill of once again seeing the Cup skated on your home ice.

swabbubba said...

As they cut to the crowd could the CBC had a camera at Rexall? The game was on the big screens there right?
It will toughen the kid up. Nothing like being gutted by your team makes a better fan.
I do take exception of the shot on Greene. That kid is going to be great. he is getting his sphincter stretched to the maxe by those guys where the vertical stripes.
Maybe in the new NHL they will just have random whistle blown and the crowd gets to pick the penalty? With a spin to which team is getting it... it may be more accurate than the system in use today... it's a crap shoot but the Oilers may get lucky...

peter said...

Ah yes, I remember well how good I felt after my team's big overtime victory in Game 5 of the '04 final. There was no way we could fail to win the Cup then, no way at all ....

I'm afraid there are going to be a lot of long faces in Rexall come Saturday night around 9 PM.

Go Canes!

Desdemona said...

What is a Tar Heel?

Anonymous said...

I'm not 100% sure, but I think that dejected boy is Glen Wesley's child. I saw the mom in the crowd and she (very pretty) was wearing a Wesley jersey, as was her teenage daughter and little boy. So it could be personal to him because it might be his Dad's team.

Newt said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar_Heel

I'll make no predictions regarding Game Six, but here's the basics if you're going to force a Game 7:

1. Get the puck past Ward within the first couple of shots he faces. I don't have the stats, but I'd wager he's given up at least three goals in the playoffs under these circumstances. And you'd better get at least two past him in the first period.

2. Make someone not named Rod or Eric beat you. Obviously easier said than done. You're lucky you have only one Eric to deal with and not two.

3. Have a lead going into the third period. The Canes have given up exactly one goal in the third period on the road in the playoffs.

If you're down after one and haven't scored yet, or trail after two, time to start pounding shots.

Scott in NC said...

I'm sure the little guy was much happier when this occurred.

mike w said...

After Stillman's flub, suddenly that image isn't so hard to look at anymore.

Scott in NC said...

Thanks for not posting that ugly image.

case said...

newt, my scrapatchy beard to you on most counts. curiously though, as far as the ryan smyth thing goes... what about the carolina players carving up the ice before the oilers practiced? hey, i was wondering if you could pass on a message to the caniacs team. don't chop up our beautiful fucking ice.