Thursday, October 5, 2006

Time marches on, on, on...

FLAMES AT OILERS
8p.m. MT
CBC, 630 CHED, Internet radio


Well, shit. Can you believe that it's the start of another season already? It feels... weird. Watching the Leafs get their asses predictably kicked by the Senators at work last night, I was surprised to note that I wasn't really, you know, enjoying it, despite the fact that Leafs losses are typically the most enjoying thing in the universe to me.

Maybe my detachment had something to do with all the memories of three months ago that came flooding back while watching the Carolina Hurricanes raise their Cup banner to the rafters on TSN moments before. I mean, really, people: can you believe how close we were? How would we feel heading into this year as Oiler fans if Edmonton had actually won the Stanley Cup? Would we be satisfied? Would we expect another? Would we deign to imagine that we could possibly have that opportunity again? That EA commercial that Mike posted a while back, lame and somewhat revisionist (y'all didn't the beat the Oilers with Roloson in net, folks) though it may be, really hammered home what a razor's edge we were on that Monday night in June. How easily could Eric Staal have lost that faceoff; how easily could Aaron Ward's shot from the point have careened harmlessly off one of the five bodies it narrowly missed on its tumble towards the net; how easily things could have gone the other way. If only they had, had, had.

But now, tonight, a new Oilers season begins, bringing with it renewed enthusiasm, hope, fresh uncertainties. It's hard to believe how much this team has changed in three short months, in some ways for the better, in some ways not. Of course, the sting of Pronger's jilting is one that will live in our hearts for a long, long time, and as an Oilers fan, I will enjoy hating him. But as Battle of California's Earl Sleek has so sharply pointed out recently in his elegantly titled post, "WAA! Gimme back my superstar!", we are not the only fans in the history of professional sports to feel this pain, and the self-pity stops today.

Chris Pronger can go to hell. This team will win without him.

I feel giddy about tonight's game against the Flames, full of the flutter of a new relationship — optimistic about the future, but cautiously vigilant about the present. How will this rangy young streetfighter we've cobbled together, all attack and no blocking, do out there in the wild? Are we going to be, you know, any good? I can't wait to find out. And a win against this supposedly upgraded Calgary team would kick things off rightly.

(Oh, and please take the time to scroll through our site's front page here; we've been burying one another by posting like crazy over the last couple days, and I doubt our output will ever be this feverish again.)

WHAT WILL HAPPEN
3-2 Oilers win, with goals by Horcoff and Lupul (2). Matt Greene catches Alex Tanguay with his head down in the first period and separates his shoulder with a borderline illegal hit. Flames go back to having no offence. A barely perceptible smile crosses my lips.

CONFLICTING EMOTIONS (Opposing players I have in my pools )
D Dion Phaneuf

Ladies, gentlemen, if I may: GOILERS!

13 comments:

allan said...

GOILERS!

I didn't think 3 and a half months would feel so long, but there we go.

Scarlett said...

Less than three hours until the puck is dropped! I'm so excited. And, I refused to watch the damn Canes raise their banner last night. I turned the TV off every time they showed it. Vengence shall be ours this year folks. Let's forget last year (yes so close, ugh heartbreaking), and cheer on the guys this year! GOILERS!!!

Coluch said...

Chris!,

I found something interesting on Flickr. Something that looks identical to the Robocop art made famous by your playoff beard photos. What makes this discovery worthy of a CinO post you ask?

Well, just check out the picture first. Then, YOU MUST click the "map" link under the additional information column on the right, to see exactly where it was taken. Then explain to me how you had nothing to do with it...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/greentea/154798102/

Coluch said...

Apparently you also have to click "view andreakw's map" in the box that pops up, so you can zoom in close enough to see a detailed map. Do it!

ON TOPIC:
I can't wait for this ridiculous Leafs-Sens game to be over so I can see some OIL!! Wooot!

Duke of Spook said...

I'd highly recommend hating the Senators and not the Leafs. I've been doing it for upwards of 6 years. It's a lot easier to hate a bunch of cheating criminals than a bunch of solid, respectable, well-mannered, occasionally handsome dudes. For we here in Toronto love your Oilers, and offer nothing but good tidings toward your 2006-07 campaign. So remember, it's okay to like the Leafs. We haven't done anything to anybody since 1967. We do not pose a threat.

Love,
Leafs fans

Achtungbaby said...

We hate the Leafs because we're forced to watch their games every Saturday night even though the Leafs have their own channel.

If the Sens invaded our homes each week in such fashion we'd hate them too.

daniel said...

Hrudey says we're a lock for first in the division. As far as I'm concerned, that settles it.

Oh, and Tjarnqvist looks like Donald Sutherland.

Randy in the Med Hizzo said...

Loreau has to go. The man can't sing, and apparently doesn't want to.

Achtungbaby said...

Whoa whoa there randy in the med hizzo... if that is your real name. What the hell is wrong with letting the crowd take the song home? All the great artists do it.

Bono does it and no one ever accused him of having the greatest voice in the world.

Get some culture in your life dude. Philistine.

Blogdor! said...

Duke of Spook said...
I'd highly recommend hating the Senators and not the Leafs. I've been doing it for upwards of 6 years. It's a lot easier to hate a bunch of cheating criminals than a bunch of solid, respectable, well-mannered, occasionally handsome dudes. For we here in Toronto love your Oilers, and offer nothing but good tidings toward your 2006-07 campaign. So remember, it's okay to like the Leafs. We haven't done anything to anybody since 1967. We do not pose a threat.

Love,
Leafs fans


What he said.

Jump aboard the anti-Senators train! Plenty of room! A seething rage for Daniel Alfredsson will enrich your life in myriad new ways, trust me...

Oh, and uh, goilers....

teebeeplayer said...

Similarly, as was noted during the playoffs last year ( I think on the radio):

"Hey, it's easy to boo Chris Chelios. It takes a real Oilers fan to boo Steve Yzerman...".

Maybe the Leafs are just too easy to get a hate-on for.

OT: Chris, finally took your advice and threw the column online. Please, everyone, be kind. We're total newbies...

http://www.vueweekly-inthebox.blogspot.com/

Randy in the Med Hizzo said...

>Bono does it and no one ever accused him of having the greatest voice in the world.

Yet, Bono has tone... and celebrity... and a sense of occasion.
Loreau is literally burping out the words.

Anonymous said...

Dudes, Daniel Tarnqvist looks like Dirk Nowitzki. I was calling him Disco Daniel for the last two periods last night.

-Ben