Monday, December 3, 2007

The games: I like to watch

All is rather quiet on the blogging front tonight. And yet I feel compelled to share my feelings to strangers, which in any other context outside of the internet would be considered "weird." Nevertheless!

- The game's still in the the second intermission as I write this, but the Oilers have played a good game. Players move around on the power play now, which seemed like an obvious solution back in October. I think I would be an excellent coach.

- The headcase known as Raffi Torres has never played better. Smid, Pitkanen, Penner and Horcoff have played well. And Zack Stortini has been benched in favour of Fernando Pisani, so things are as they should be.

- Mathieu Garon, along with his rubber groin, is the free agent pick-up of the season, with a glittering .914 SVP to show for it. We can all hope that one day, the children of Edmonton will ask, "What's a Conkkanen?"

- Owen Wilson is at the game, smiling, discovering that hockey is life.

- The L.A. Kings have the most shrill goal horn in the world. It actually scared me.

- And now for a rant (and I promise to shut up about commercials after this): it's time to retire Safeway's Score and Win's $1,000,000 prize. In order to win, a player has to score five goals in one game, which to the best of my knowledge hasn't happened since Sergei Federov over a decade ago.

I stumbled upon this post on Hockey Numbers, which does all of the mathematical heavy lifting (I love the internet) and works out the odds of winning the prize to 0.00005577, which is about the same as getting hit by lightning while having sexual intercourse with Abraham Lincoln.

***UPDATE*** OIllllleeeeeeeerrrrrrrszzzzzuglhi

16 comments:

Chris! said...

Holy smokes, three in a row. The Oilers are the greatest heroes in North American history.

garnet said...

Woot! Oil win 4-3 in shootout, with shootout marker by Samwise. Our dependence on the shootout will kill us in the playoffs, of course.

d said...

We're totally winning the cup this year.

mike w said...

[unfurls scrolled-up parade route plans]

Andy Grabia said...

All is rather quiet on the blogging front tonight.

Cough.

Ah, fuck it. I love you guys. OILERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Lord Bob said...

Is it too early to change the '6' on my '2005 Western Conference Champions' shirt to an '8'? Naah. GOILERS!

mike w said...

Cough.

Perhaps it was a stretch.

About two weeks ago, comments on all of the blogs was a slow molasses dribble. Nice to see things perk up.

Lord Bob said...

About two weeks ago, comments on all of the blogs was a slow molasses dribble. Nice to see things perk up.

I'm pleased to report that the South Blankian Rolo-Blank still hasn't updated since the Hoover administration! No fair-weather fan here!

Andy Grabia said...

About two weeks ago, comments on all of the blogs was a slow molasses dribble. Nice to see things perk up.

I too was shocked. It's all about winning. We had some nice traffic today.

Dennis said...

Mike, my GF had a nice line about that Safeway promotion, "They should give someone money if the Oilers manage to score five goals as a team."

BTW, not to set you off here but I youtubed some Jian Gomenshi clips and you're on the money:)

LittleFury said...

It's all relative, chaps. The Oil blogs' "slow molasses dribble" would be considered a deluge for a Falmes post over at BoA.

uni said...

As annoying as the Safeway commercial is, that one on CHED for that jewelry shop has to be the absolute worst ever. The inane "If the Oilers win you get bling one".

It works out as, if you buy stuff at the stupid store, and if the Oilers win the Stanley Cup this year, then your name gets entered into a draw of all sales from the store for the year and you MIGHT be the lucky one to get your purchase refunded. So generous.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the whole Safeway deal that you get a chance at winning a million dollars i.e. a player scores five goals and the person who's name is drawn gets to shoot from center ice for the million?

Dave W said...
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Dave W said...

I still think the most irritating Oilers ad is the Home Hardware one, where Mr. Helpful behind the counter cheerfully informs us that "hammers are great for driving nails".

Really? No fucking way. All these years, I've been using my forehead.

Anonymous said...

It works out as, if you buy stuff at the stupid store, and if the Oilers win the Stanley Cup this year, then your name gets entered into a draw of all sales from the store for the year and you MIGHT be the lucky one to get your purchase refunded. So generous.

I wouldn't worry about it: if the Oilers do win the Stanley Cup, the happy mob will simply loot the store that very night (and if the store isn't on Whyte, it will be totally easy with 99 44/100% of the police force on the strip arresting people for smiling).