Monday, November 19, 2007

Covered in Covered in Oil: A primer


Because I assume we may get some new readers in the next few days—and because the only thing I can bring myself to say about the Oilers these days is "Wait until 2011"—I thought I may give a brief introduction to our little site. If you're one of those who are wondering why three clearly repressed homosexuals keep swearing about Kevin Lowe, consider this your guided tour through our underworld. Abandon all taste, ye who enter here.

No blog would be complete without a hopeful intro, in this case from the driving force behind this particular corner of the internet, Mike W.

A month later, Mike created the closest thing we have to a trademark with two scintillating tales of team dynamics, Lying Here with Chris Simon and A Parting Averted.

Care to relive the heady days when the worst thing about Oilers games wasn't how the team was playing? This roundup of the worst commercials shown during hockey broadcasts should do the trick.

A little later on, we had a debate about who the ugliest player in the NHL was. A few years on, I don't think anyone tops McCarty.

Mike reviews a trip to the glass-cased wonder that is the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Mike kicks off the spring that more or less made the Oilogosphere with one of his more spookily accurate drawings right here.

Chris breaks down everyone's favourite crowd pump-up song (for the first time) just before the most amazing game in all of the 2006 playoffs.

This post was one of many on Chris' playoff beard, and is notable mostly for the remarkably crude comments it provided. If you ever want to know how to keep your bitch in line, in a manner of speaking, this is the comment thread you want to read. It also goes to show that, even if we suggest that Darcy Tucker humps his teammates, we're hardly the dirtiest folk on the internet.

Then, of course, there was the whirlwind, roller coaster, peak/valley, ball-kick/blowjob that was the actual Stanley Cup final. Chris captures the horror of seeing Ty Conklin skate towards the goal here, I "lose my shit" while liveblogging game two, and Mike does a little post-game-five-win dance. Then, of course, it all goes to hell, with Chris capping the season off with an amusing series of beards.

Occasionally we get on some non-Oiler related news, as in this post, wherein Chris invents two different nicknames for Ed Belfour that are both better than "The Eagle."

One thing you should know, though: anonymous commenters are not appreciated.

Variations on a theme, with some help from you, the reader, in "A Case for the Defence."

A taste of the Oilogosphere's more sensitive side.

Mike gives you the schadenfreudiest laugh you'll have today, if by "today" you meant "January 23, 2007."

Another thing I just realized we do a lot: bitch about advertisements. Apparently it's anti-capitalism and homoeroticism, as far as the eye can see.

In case you were wondering what kind of hockey players we'd be, if we didn't make our respective livings as a gigolo, a caveman and an English dandy, respectively, we each of us did one of those weird blog chain letter thingies a while back. Say hello to the future of the franchise.

When The Oil Crash, the Hollywood disaster movie based on the post-SCF Oilers, finally gets made, here's who will play all the parts.

But how did we take the Smyth trade, you ask? Uh... Yeah.

Something we've got better at the lazier we've become: photoshopping.

Or just creative collages of photos.

Sometimes, a combination.

Every so often, though, we'll get really deep into the 2Unlimited. If they had more than one hit, we might post every day on this damn blog.

Anyway, yeah, welcome aboard. Don't forgot to check out the blogroll to the right, too.

30 comments:

Mike said...

"We'll all be there for you. And so will Chris Pronger. Think about Chris." - theDrizzler

This, from the beard comments made me cry a little bit

mc79hockey said...

FUCK! I was coming to make a crack about how I haven't taken theDrizz' advice about how to keep a lady happy since June of 2006 specifically because of that comment.

DAMN YOU MIKE! DAMN YOU!

(You too Pronger.)

Chris! said...

Ah, memories. I"m glad to see that, like the Oilers, we're not averse to reliving past glories in lieu of new success.

Great post.

jon said...

Ah that takes me back. Since the lockout I've wasted far too much time digesting all of the disseminations of the Oilogosphere, but this was really the one that got me into it in the first place.

I think a reference to this post would have been particularly fitting right now.

Vic Ferrari said...

This blog has always been a great read, and I'm sure it will continue to be. But I wonder how much increased traffic CinO will see next week compared to a week ago due to this article. I'm going to guess about a +5% increase, barring any madass Oiler news. Though I think that all the smart money would be on the under.

Staples' blog on the other hand ... +300%, probably more.

I'm still surprised than anyone other than Grabia bothered to answer his questions, the tone and content of which clearly indicated that he'd been reading the Oilogosphere for exactly one day.

Andy Grabia said...

I'm still surprised than anyone other than Grabia bothered to answer his questions, the tone and content of which clearly indicated that he'd been reading the Oilogosphere for exactly one day.

Thanks, Vic. I really appreciate that. I guess I'll never be as pure as you and your numbers.

Chris! said...

Thanks for the kind words, dudes.

And yeah, Vic, I thought it was pretty clear that the point of Staples' writeup was first and foremost to direct traffic to his new blog. Cult of Hockey was, after all, the only site mentioned in the piece that was accompanied by a URL (however broad a pointer edmontonjournal.com may be). That, along with the general "check out this crazy thing called the Oilogosphere!" tone of the piece was kind of lame.

But hey, we'll do anything for attention.

Tyler said...

I'm not that hyped up about the lack of an URL - if you don't know how to Google, you aren't going to be reading any of our sites anyway. All of the site names are distinctive enough that google leads you to the site - Christ, my last name pulls up my site fifth. The print media are what the print media are.

Does Staples benefit more in the short term from being associated with the Oilogosphere, in terms of traffic, than otherwise? I don't doubt that. At the same time, if the Journal's site becomes well read and he continues to participate in the Oilogosphere, I would assume that the benefits flow both ways - in fairness to the guy, he's a better linker than I am, as he frequently links to other sites outside the quote unquote Big 6.

I don't think that there's any doubt that the hockey blogosphere as a whole is pushing the media to consider things that they didn't consider in the past and ask questions that they didn't ask before. That's a good thing. I think Staples' article makes that more likely; therefore, I'm happy to talk to him. Plus, he seems like a decent guy based on the email exchanges I've had.

Is there really any concern about sites getting swamped with nonsense? I really do believe that the tone of the blogs is driven from the top down - unless BryanBryOil gets to start threads at Lowetide's, I doubt you're going to see any sort of a negative impact from this.

Just my two cents.

Rod said...

Well said Tyler.

Then there's Vic... So, he didn't participate while others did. Shocker that Vic then felt compelled to dump on the piece, and Andy in particular. As usual, anyone that does anything different than the mighty Vic deserves derision. Whatever.

Vic Ferrari said...

Jesus Andy, you act like I attacked your character. I knew you had responded to him because you sent me an email and told me so.

In the end it doesn't matter much anyways. And Staples wrote a good article I thought. Though forgetting Black Dog was a bad miss for sure. Personally, I'm surprised that he didn't ignore me or take one sentence to trash me, most people would have.

Vic Ferrari said...

MC:

I think that because there are so many prolific Oiler bloggers (I'm not one of them though, and you're becoming the same) it's easy for writers or broadcasters to cruise through and get ideas.

When NBC was doing the weekend games last year I'd always tune in to see if they'd use some of my commentary verbatim. Because I always saw them on the site stats Friday and Saturday. I thought of it as a compliment. Harder to follow these guys now, they use feed readers, and don't contribute to the community.

Dennis mentions the RH centres for the right side draws on your site, and MacTavish liking two centres on the ice for EV own zone draws (always has of course) and the next week, for the first time in forever, both those things get mentioned on TV broadcasts. That's a good thing, that's better TV. You can't reasonably expect them to be giving out credit to the source of every item they watch for in a game. Am I wrong?

Vic Ferrari said...

rod:

Don't try to lump yourself in with Grabia. Andy is a very cool guy, the emotional rollercoaster that this cat rides through every game must drive Mrs Grabia around the bend, but I can't imagine that anyone doesn't see that he's a cool hockey fan and a good writer. And I've usually learned a lot the stuff he's written, and always been entertained by it.

Having said that, I reserve the right to take the piss out of him if he writes anything in the "Schremp is the answer" vein.

You, on the other hand, frankly you seem like a bit of a tit to me. But that's just me, you carry on.

Peace, brother.

mc79hockey said...

I think that because there are so many prolific Oiler bloggers (I'm not one of them though, and you're becoming the same)

Sigh. I know...a legal career is not conducive to writing lots. I'm kind of vaguely considering a change in the way that I do things, so that I could pump out something of quality once a week or so.

That said, it's not just work for me - the current edition of the Oilers has not exactly inspired me to say a lot - someone snarked on Andy's site yesterday that none of us were writing like hockey and I'm not really sure what there is to say about this current edition of the squad - I said that everything that they did this summer was asinine and the team would suck this year. It was and they do. What else is there to say? (Some sympathy here for the people who have to write about this team professionally, although I suppose it's a lot easier when you don't require yourself to have something interesting to say). Maybe I'm like a grain field, I need to be fallow for a year, who knows?

That said, I've assembled some kickass stuff on scoring percentiles and young guys over the past few days, which I'll need to pop up. Robert Nilsson looks an awful lot like a bust to me.

Harder to follow these guys now, they use feed readers, and don't contribute to the community.

Easy thing to do: turn off the feed.

That's a good thing, that's better TV. You can't reasonably expect them to be giving out credit to the source of every item they watch for in a game. Am I wrong?

I'm not sure what you're driving at here - I think that they could toss out the odd credit, but c'est la vie. If the blogosphere makes them better - and I'd like to say that "better" should be more than just repeating the shit you read here, it should mean asking sensible fucking questions of people - everyone wins.

(Part of my verification here: laww - even blogger knows my problem.)

Rod said...

Vic said: Jesus Andy, you act like I attacked your character. I knew you had responded to him because you sent me an email and told me so.

To anyone else, your previous comment was a slam at Andy. We didn't exactly have your email correspondence to go on. Fair enough, no?

So, now you think Staples wrote a good article. Hmmm. Not sure how we missed that from your original comment. Might have been this:
the tone and content of which clearly indicated that he'd been reading the Oilogosphere for exactly one day.

I thought it was a good article too. Guess that means we agree on something. Now there's a shock. :-)

Vic Ferrari said...

Rod:

The Oilers aren't rocking the kasbah like you told us they would in insulting fashion, rod.

Honestly, why are you still here?

Vic Ferrari said...

MC:

Yeah, I know what you mean re the Oilers struggling just as much as most expected that they would. Not exactly a fun thing to write about.

What makes it worse is that they aren't even really rebuilding, and have no first round pick next June. Can't even cheer for the losses in March this time. Plus they are buried under the contracts of players that are really unlikely to perform to the dollars ... the light at the end of the tunnel is pretty fucking dim.

Aw well, there's still stuff written around this corner of the internet every day that makes a guy think, or laugh, or both.

mc79hockey said...

What makes it worse is that they aren't even really rebuilding, and have no first round pick next June. Can't even cheer for the losses in March this time.

That's just it. The rebuild can't even start until after the 2008-09 season and even then, they've got too much money tied up in stiffs. I think I can make a good case on Gagner being a pointless waste of a year as well...if Nilsson is a stiff, and there's every indication that he is...well what's the point?

Why should I care about this team when they aren't competing and the rebuild can't even start for a few years because the guys running the show are so inept? It's disgusting.

The shame of it all is, when I woke up on Sunday after the first of the B2B HNIC BOA's, I felt good. The Oilers had won a big game and all was good in the world. I'm more than a little pissed that I won't be able to get that great feeling you get when your team is in the hunt for a few more years, and that it was all so preventable.

I'm thinking about just lambasting the local radio concern, which has been more and more depressing as I've listened to it. Yesterday's show, when it was suggested and generally agreed that this was a .500 club with everyone happy...jesus fucking christ. I mean honestly.

Rod said...

What? Now you're policing other sites too? Get a grip. It was bad enough when you mistook me for an anonymous poster bashing MAB on your site (not that I didn't ever do that...but my name was always attached). Now I'm not allowed around here either?

When did I say the Oil would be rocking the Kasbah? Particularly this season? Apparently I did this in insulting fashion to boot. Something you'd know nothing about of course.

Rod said...

Wait a sec, the Oil do have a 1st rounder...it's just not their own. Sucks they don't have their own though given their current position. That said, a first rounder isn't necessarily ready to step in. Another Gagner stepping in is very unlikely, no matter how deep the '08 draft will be.

Just saying that if the Oil are rebuilding around Hemsky, '08 drafts aren't exactly the key to that.

Definitely holes in that plan too. Exhibit A is that Pitkanen and Gilbert aren't signed beyond this season.

Andy Grabia said...

Jesus Andy, you act like I attacked your character. I knew you had responded to him because you sent me an email and told me so.

I thought you were, Vic. It's not like you hold back. :) But I misread it, and I apologize. I'd like to defend Rod though, if I could. Though I often disagree with him, he doesn't just spout off junk in defending himself. Same goes for LB. I like them and respect them, even when I know they are wrong. :)

As for writing stuff, it's totally true that I've wandered off into other topics. I think all of us, with the exception of LT, have. But it's all still related to the Oilers, hockey and hockey coverage. So I don't worry about it. Tyler's right, the team is hard to watch right now. So I'm not interested in writing about every single moment of every single game. I'd go cukoo. The thing is, we can't win. If we write about how much the team stinks every day, then we are accused of being too negative. If we write about the dumb decisions made by management, then we are accused of being disloyal subjects. And if we wander off to talk about other teams or media coverage, we are told to start writing about the team again. Moral is, write what you want, when you want, because the only person you have to please is yourself.

I also agree that leaving BDHS out of the feature was a bad call. But we all love Pat, and we all know he is one of the core Oiloggers. I think that will come out in the interviews that Staples puts up on his page.

Vic Ferrari said...

I'm more than a little pissed that I won't be able to get that great feeling you get when your team is in the hunt for a few more years, and that it was all so preventable.

Yeah, that's it in a nutshell. At this point they would be best to stay to the course, though. (Assuming that they realize that they are on a course).

If we start seeing empty seats at Rexall, and lower TV ratings ... we could see some rash moves. I hope not though.

Andy Grabia said...

If we start seeing empty seats at Rexall, and lower TV ratings ... we could see some rash moves. I hope not though.

You hope not what? Rash moves, right? Because I'm gonna lose all faith in the world if you aren't in favour of empty seats and lower TV ratings.

Black Dog said...

Thanks for the kind words Vic and Andy. And for mentioning me in your own interview Ty.

Appreciate it.

As for Staples, of course ... this means war.

mc79hockey said...

I assume that the dog travels on the plane with you now, Pat. Let him have a whiff of Staples' photo on the Journal site and then just turn him loose once you land in Edmonton (actually, turn him loose once you get from the airport to the City; it would take a dog a week and a half to travel that distance).

Black Dog said...

Not this dog, man, not this dog.

Actually sadly he won't be making the trip. He got into the liquor cabinet and then found the mushrooms. He just ate our stairs. Bit messy I'm afraid.

Shawn said...

I don't know where to post this or who to e-mail it to, but...

I noticed with the growing oilogosphere there are also sites like mine that are updated very rarely. In fact, mine is awfully rare while some others are at least somewhat consistent.

I also noticed political parties seem to be able to group like minded blogs together on one website. Like all the blogs are cross posted for Liberals or Conservatives.

Is that something Oiler blogs could do? Does anyone konw anything about that. One page as a starting point so you'd know whenever any oiler blog is updated automatically and have a link or even the post right there... but still keep seperate sites.

Chris! said...

Shawn: If you're interesting in knowing when any new content is published across the Oilogosphere, you should subscribe to the relevant sites with a blog aggregator like Bloglines or Google Reader (we have buttons to subscribe to this blog on both of these services down in the sidebar). I use Bloglines and never miss a post.

Also, I've been working on a feature for this site that will kind of do the same thing. It's trickier than I thought, so stay tuned...

dstaples said...

Vic is right that your traffic likely won't go up much because of a story in the Journal on the Oilogosphere, but, of course, it can't hurt.

My own traffic went up 25 per cent on the day the Oilogosphere story was published (not 300 per cent, Vic, though perhaps you wrote that in jest.).

Thanks to anyone who linked to the story on your own blog. Of course, that kind of thing is very much appreciated.

Here is the deal as I see it: the vast majority of Oilers fans have absolutely no idea that the Oilogosphere exists and that there are some blogs worth reading. They are blissfully unaware of all our thoughts and doing just fine, thank you very much, even when it comes to intelligently discussing Oilers hockey. Plenty of smart folks out there.

But because they are smart they will one day discover the Oilogoshere and the unique and often penetrating views expressed here.

What will the Journal's role be in the Oilogosphere? Mainly to provide original content in the way we always have (game stories, columns, stats, photos, that kind of thing), but also to do something new, to find what is best on the Oilogosphere, to put it into some context and to provide a link, so that busy folks don't have to spend their day searching for the good stuff. Right now, I see that is something I can do.

Dennis said...

I have a couple of small problems with the way the piece was approached and then written but I don't feel like getting into it today.

As for CIO, that Simon/Phaneuf piece was magic. The boys always manage to crack me up and one of friend's major complaints about me is that I tend to only laugh at my own jokes. I dunno, maybe my buddies just aren't all that funny;)

Shawn said...

See I didn't know about this "subscribe" thing mostly because I'm quite dense.

And if you are working on something like that, great. I think it would be a massively useful tool. Just to have one starting point for every decent blog. As long as it didn't get out of hand.