Thursday, November 22, 2007

Beer is my Gatorade: the game night thread

Colorado "Rockies" Avalanche (11-8-1) Vs. Edmonton Oilers (8-12-1)

A downtown subway delay lead to an unexpected after-work drinking excursion today, in which I ran into a pack of middle-aged Roughrider fans (they only travel in groups of 8, as far as I can tell), a stout and proud people. Amongst them however, were some Edmontonians, only one of which would admit to being an Esks fan although he had a green and gold fedora and jacket, so he was rather easy to spot. As for the rest of them: why kind of turncoat-ism is this anyhow? You jumped ship for one of the greatest historic loser teams in all pro sports just because your home team sucks for once in a gazillion years?

Anyway, I offered some firm handshakes and wished them luck on Sunday. The point of this story is simply that… well... I guess I didn’t have a point.

Tonight’s a game against Colorado, a team in which a 3-win gap seems so close and yet so far. After Tuesday’s game, Oil fans have been making small noises about this team not being as bad as every thinks it is, especially because of injuries. I disagree, objectively speaking, of course. But I hope I’m wrong. Wrong enough so that the Oilers avoid the lottery draft (is there anything worse to cheer for?).

Good news for Patrick LaForge: Ryan Smyth only has 13 points in 20 games. Then again, he’d be third in Oilers scoring. The debate rages on.

In the meantime: GOILERS

54 comments:

Lord Bob said...

Good news for Patrick LaForge: Ryan Smyth only has 13 points in 20 games. Then again, he’d be third in Oilers scoring. The debate rages on.

I'm pretty sure he would, in fact, be injured. Just like everybody else.

6-2 Avs. Smyth with the double hat trick, three assists (somehow), and three dominating fight wins over Stortini, Rourke, and Hemsky, in that order, ending the latter's career forever.

There. Now it can't be worse.

mike w said...

There. Now it can't be worse.

Um, what if Ales Hemsky's head blows up?

BK said...

So some think this team isn't that bad eh? Intersting that today the last placed team in the league dumped their coach for a dismal start to the season...and Hanlon's Caps had a whopping 4 points on Mac T's Oil. Question is, will this city and the Oil management always say we are better than we look? What if we fall to LAST PLACE? Will they ever consider firing a likely "Oiler" hall of famer. If history wasn't a factor HE WOULD BE GONE!

mike w said...

By the way, I love the old Rockies Uniform.

There's something stately about the late 1970's tendency towards abstraction and simplicity in design, especially when compared to things like the Oilers third jersey logo or the current cartoon bird on the Blue Jays uniform.

If the Jays went back to the proud old school look, I'd bet they get 5 more wins for the change alone.

another mike w said...

I'm sure this and many other mysteries will explained in tonight's riveting PPV features segments! Gene TV here I come!

mike w said...

Another Mike W (AMW), you're plunking money on the PPV, too?

We might be the only ones watching tonight, sir.

As I was saying to Andy from BoA, if Rob Brown is the colourman I'm muting the sound and streaming Rod Phillips. I'd rather have a guy getting the names wrong over a guy who spends an entire period talking about how the Oilers need a "momemtum swing."

thinking hurts said...

Yup, that subway failure was a blast today. Go Oil!!

another mike w said...

$12.95 well spent! Plus tax!

After the first PPV game, I vented a bit on the Oilers' fan feedback thing, asking -- at least -- could we get a penalty clock?? Would it be too much to ask? Sure enough, we got one the next game.

Of course, we were also treated to another of Gene's embarassing post-game-WTF-are-you-doing-in-our-dressing-room? scene. Can't wait for that again!

mike w said...

Gene looks like a bus boy when he does that.

I might luck out and get Colorado's "Altitude Network" broadcast, which is much more professional ... and FREE.

Dennis said...

Andy will get this joke for sure, I mean if a guy likes KISS, he knows cheesy music;, but I've finally figured out who who Tom Gilbert looks like: Jani Lane from Warrent.

Hopefully, the Oilers soon sign him longterm and make him, at least compared to the common man, Dirtt Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich;)

I'm watching this, too, Mike. And I'd mock the fuck out of it if I had a laptop:)

mike w said...

Shit! Pitkanen is really back!

mike w said...

GOOD GAWD Stortini is slower than a bag of cement covered in dog shit.

mike w said...

sigh.

Lord Bob said...

GOOD GAWD Stortini is slower than a bag of cement covered in dog shit.

After a one-game aberration, it is clear that the old L Column is back. Hooray!

Rod said...

L-column was there all along. I just don't see what a winger does to defend against the cycle (the Sedin's bread & butter). With that in mind, why did the media go ga-ga over Stortini "shutting down" the Sedins?

Glad to hear Pitkanen's back...goal against excepted of course.

mike w said...

Damn, there's a delay with 630 CHED's web stream.

Rob Brown it is, I guess.

mike w said...

HOROROROCCCCCC!!!!!!

Rob Brown: "An important goal because it's a timely goal at a timely part of the game."

mc79hockey said...

You jumped ship for one of the greatest historic loser teams in all pro sports just because your home team sucks for once in a gazillion years?

I'm sure, after the weekend, that the Rider gear will join the circa. 2004 Flames jersey in the closet.

Fuck, Horc and Hemmer are just carrying this squadron.

Coluch said...

I suppose now is as good a time as any to point out that my Edmonton Oilers™ 2007 Wall Calendar (given to me last Christmas) is about to conclude with Monsieur GEORGES LARAQUE reppin' December in Oil garb.

Other "Oilers" faces that I've had to stare at for an entire month this year:
Chris Pronger,
Mike Peca,
Sergeface Samsonov,
Jason Smith,
Ryan Smyth.

I strongly suggest that everyone else get one of these calendars for the coming new-year if they truly want be constantly reminded of how much they loathe (lowe-th?) the Oil talent management.

Rod said...

Yeah, those timely tying goals are always timely considering how timely it is to tie the game in a timely fashion after falling behind...

Yet another reason to hate PPV.

Rod said...

Chances are those "Edmontonians" in Rider gear are probably transplanted stubble-jumpers from the flat-land. Can't blame 'em for getting excited considering how often their team gets this far.

mike w said...

Why is Smyth playing the half-boards on the PP?

mike w said...

Hem-Dog. The one signing we can agree on.

Anonymous said...

I'm gay

Matt said...

Sorry, Coluch. Memo to myself: produce NHL 2009 wall calendars after 2008 free agent signing period.

mike w said...

The Stoll-Torres-Stortini line is not a checking line.

Bill said...

Holy shit! Oilers. Avs. I can't spell the name of anyone who scores!

Anonymous said...

Yep, so far Phillips has called Sanderson~Sandstrom.
Good old Tomas!
Also the Rod-Morley during the Torres fight was great: A big shot from Torres and he caught Finger.
He dropped him like 3rd period French. Etc.

But, the Jays current cartoon bird is so much better than the late 90's actual cartoon bird. However, I agree with you about the 5 extra instant wins!

Way to leave that closet 8:25 anon.

garnet said...

Skrastins, Hejduk, Svatos. As someone once said of the Hrbek-Gaetti-era Minnesota Twins, it's like somebody spilled their bag of Scrabble tiles.

Dennis said...

So, anyone else catch that picture of the less than chiseled Penner working on the lumber, no matter how I worded that it was going to come out wrong?

Here's two possible nicknames for him:

- The Adorable Adrian Adonis, and yes I know that's taken

- Flabulous

Jani Lane misses Dick Tarnstrom tonight. And vice versa.

Note: where they just playing "Struggle Within" by Metallica?

mike w said...

Don't even get me started on Absolutely Flabulous...

Rob Brown's insight: "Someone is going to have to stand up and make a difference here in the third period."

mike w said...

Jesus Christ, just retire already Ref MaGoo.

mike w said...

Garnage!

mike w said...

Srrrghh.

David S said...

2 shots in the second period.

For fucksake.

We gotta get Andy and Pat in the Oilers locker room for the pep talk on Saturday. Before they get totally pissed that is.

heed said...

who wants to start a fund to buy torres glasses? its pretty clear that he can't even see the net let alone hit the damn thing.

Dennis said...

What you had there tonight was a team that just refused to dump and chase. They knew that it wasn't working for them on the rush but that didn't change what they were trying to do. Oilers were outworked and outchanced and when that happens, you normally lose.

Granted, even vets like 10 and 83 were turing the puck over in said stupid fashion but at least they wound up on the scoresheet as well. The experiment to try and wring some value out of 27 continues unabated and for the love of gawd don't let 89 on the ice at EV.

Finally, I'm a 14 fan but that guy has to start scoring or at least creating chances. There's no other way around it.

Swabbubba said...

I listened to this on the net gotta be 1st for me in awhile but who is the guy with the lisp? Jeebus I am wringing the spit out of my headset.

Sounds like we needed somebody to be a little physical. Something to change the pace of the game.

Hope Andy and pat don't wind up in jail when they seize control of the jumbotron to post to the blogs on Saturday night.

Torres hitting the net would been nice too.

heed said...

i don't blame penner (he set up both torres and gagner in the third and neither of them finished it off). it's pretty clear that hemsky and horcoff have decided to produce without the participation of their revolving linemate. after that there's a bunch of rookies and well...i guess that's it. my apologies go out to torres and stoll but these guys have to do produce something...anything.

rickibear said...

Heed: I hope a trade of Stoll and Torres produces something also. Call up Thoerson (last years best ga/60 on pk) he can replace Stolls skills for 1.5M less.

heed said...

I hope a trade of Stoll and Torres produces something also.

the way their seasons are going...i think you may have identified the only way either of these guys are going to produce. at least torres makes a hit once in a while. stoll is like a ghost.

Andy Grabia said...

So much to chime in with! It sounds like it was at least fun in here.

Will they ever consider firing a likely "Oiler" hall of famer. If history wasn't a factor HE WOULD BE GONE!

So true. How many coaches have been fired here, though? Two?

As I was saying to Andy from BoA

I think just "Andy" will do. Or "Grabia." You make it sound like we aren't Best Internet Friends Forever.

Andy will get this joke for sure, I mean if a guy likes KISS, he knows cheesy music;, but I've finally figured out who who Tom Gilbert looks like: Jani Lane from Warrent.

Three things. 1) Holy shit, he does look like Jani Lane. I'm stocked to hear him bust out "Cherry Pie" during the next PPV. 2) Don't ever call KISS cheesy. EVER. I'll come out to that rock and kick some ass, Dennis. Don't disrespect the God of Thunder & Rock N' Roll like that. 3) It's still Gilbert Gilbert.

Here's two possible nicknames for him:

- The Adorable Adrian Adonis, and yes I know that's taken

- Flabulous


I liked DustIn The Wind, but no one else did. I really like Absolutely Flabulous, though. And I think we may have a winner in the Phaneuf sweepstakes thanks to Heed, but I'll post on that on BoA.

Last thing, we better not suck this bad on Saturday. I see the Blackhawks also only got about twelve shots on night tonight. Except they won. Kinda niced seeing the Flames get Kipprusoffed by another team.

Pat H said...

Dennis:

Gilbert = Jani Lane is hilarious, and perfect. I'm on board, and will refer to Gilbert by this moniker in the future.

Pat H said...

uh, a YOUNG Jani Lane (I just checked out some recent pics...yikes)

Dennis said...

Pat. H:

Yeah, I was at the gym one day and they had on one of those stupid D list celeb shows that make me want to hang myslef, and I saw this old raggedy looking motherfucker wearing an old timey blouse with huge sunglasses. So, I'm thinking, "I know that guy but I have no idea from where." I figured he was only throwing me because he was a guy who hadn't exactly aged well.

So, the GF had gone to the gym before me and when I get home she's like, "did you see Jani Lane from Warrant on Celebrity Fit club."?

I literally Saw Red

Andy Grabia said...

Dennis, what about modifying "Jani Lane" to "Cherry Pie" or "Heaven"? The Warrant reference is still there, but you get the added bonus of apt descriptions of Gilbert Gilbert's play.

mike w said...

I balk at calling a younger man "Heaven."

Balk.

heed said...

I balk at calling a younger man "Heaven."

yet you have no problem calling a younger man "Cherry Pie". interesting, interesting indeed.

mike w said...

But I call everyone that!

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that no one caught Brodziak`s slip about Horcoff 'working his bag off'. That was worth the price of the PPV alone!

Cheeks

Dennis said...

Fuck, yeah, I obviously didn't catch Brodz saying that or else I would've felt much better about the game:D

MikeW, I'm glad that you let me be a part of the group that found out you're into younger dudes:)

Andy, I didn't listen to anything of their's past the second album, but I just can't think of anyone Warrant song to use for Gilbert that wouldn't come off as sounding gay;)

Doogie said...

I think shortening it to "AbFlab" would make it so much better from multiple perspectives.

Daniel said...

If somebody has a second, could they convince me that Eklund is full of shit, that there's been no talk with the Rangers, and that Kevin Lowe would never even think of mortgaging the future of this team on a down-sloping soon-to-be-UFA? If you could make me believe that trying to spoil Burke's pick has no impact on Lowe's behavior, that'd be great too.

Thanks.

Steve said...

I'm too lazy to check - what's Eklund's latest?

Oh, as for convincing you: by Eklund's own assessment, the percentage of his rumours that come to fruition is in the low single digits. Also, Lowe has said not trading until everybody's healthy, and although he probably doesn't mean Greene you'd think he'd means at least one of Souray, Moreau, and Pisani (otherwise he would have said "until Pitkanen's healthy).

Besides that, of late this team has been playing more like the 9th-11th place team that the fans expected than like a basement-dweller. There's no reason to believe that Lowe's job is in jeopardy, so why would he do anything rash when nobody expected this team to be a contender anyway?