The other day Vic's post over at IOF basically asked what folks are watching on TV these days. I think we'll see quite a few of those this winter. I almost long for the dog days of summer when it comes to Oiler talk.
As for me Boardwalk Empire is it for me these days. Steve Buschemi? Seriously buddy is the greatest. And I've always had a thing for Kelly MacDonald since she went full frontal and gave Ewen McGregor a ride in Trainspotting. That shiny little silver dress, that Scottish lilt, that pale lovely skin ...
My momma told me if you can't say anything good then you'd better not say anything at all. So, you know, the Oilers ....
I keed. Well, not really. It was a bad week for the Oilers and they stand two and four and in a week November will here and that is when the schedule gets difficult. Seriously. Check it out. October is a beauty compared to November.
Its going to be ugly. And we knew that. And later this week I'll be up north so I will be without kids and should be able to get a couple of posts out about our fine collection of, er, well, about the Oilers. Its pretty awful. It really is. Just have to suck it up and take it although my mood would be a lot better if they had not completely fucked up the past four years, if the guys who had run the franchise into the ground weren't still in charge and if the franchise itself just seems to be so, well, douchey, with frontman Pat Laforge concerned about cheerleaders and a new arena first and foremost.
Third coach in three years who can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit. Players have come and gone including a whole lot of useful ones. The only ones still standing ... the ones who made the mess.
Hey Mr. Katz, losing money (and I certainly do not believe this for a minute)? Here's a clue for you for starters. Make the playoffs. And you might cut off the head of this stinking fish.
Just wanted to add my own thoughts to Shepso's take on the game between OKC and the Marlies on Saturday evening here in Toronto.
As Tyler said afterwards - 'Its always good to meet men from the internet' - and the truth is I've had some pretty good times with the gang who I have met in these parts. I remember the first time I went out (it was a night of drinking at the Cloak and Dagger with Chris Boutet from CinO), telling my wife that I was going to meet some random internet guy out for drinks, well lets just say that my wife knows that I've always been a little bit Joe Off White, you know, have my own drummer and all that, but that was when she really started to wonder a little more.
Its always been good times. I remember the first time I met noted pervert Mike Winters how we had a few pints with Tyler and then after Tyler left, well, its all a bit fuzzy now but I woke up in an alley with a killer headache and a slightly sore butthole. It was weird too because I only had a few pints and they don't hit me like that but oh well, it was still fun, except for the painful asshole thing and the niggling suspicion that I had been had. Twice at least too by the feel of it.
Have met some fine folks on the web that's for sure and Saturday night a gang of us got together at Ricoh Coliseum to check out the Oilers' farm club against the Marlies. Joining Tyler, James Mirtle and CinO alumni Chris Boutet and Mike Winters were third member of CinO David Berry, frequent logtime commenter Jeremy (littlefury) and Stephen Sheps(o) from Bringing Back The Glory as well as girlfriends, friends and the boy, who announced to me before the game that he would be cheering for the team from his city.
At which point I stood and shouted I HAVE NO SON!!
Anyways the company was good, as was to be expected. The boy ate pizza and popcorn and cotton candy and for the most part he sat quietly with no complaints, unlike all of the adults who had to sit through what was a pretty sad game. The entertainment value, the officiating, the venue, the announcer, the players. Only the prices were major league though I expect no less from MLSE. Oh and they had Marlies Girls (Marliez Girlz) so there you go Pat Laforge. Bush fucking league.
A few impressions.
Shawn Belle has all of the physical tools and no toolbox. In the AHL he can get away with bad reads and poor decisions because he is bigger and faster and stronger than everyone else but when you make the mistakes I saw him make on Saturday night you're not going to have an NHL career.
Jeff Petry got eaten alive by Kadri one on one but other than that (other than that!) he was fine. Still a ways to go of course.
Didn't notice Motin much which is a good thing for a young defenceman. The boy's interest was piqued by the fact that he was from Sweden and he and Tyler discussed Sweden amongst other things. Dellow's admonishments to my son to find his own self a girlfriend resulted in a few instances of grabass on the streetcar home and I had to step in to protect the boy from irate boyfriends on a few occasions. Awkward!
Plante looked good, he got beat on a pinch at the end of the game when the Barons were down two, he gambled and got burned but the timing was correct, unlike, say, Dion Phaneuf's play on Saturday night against the Flyers.
And Petoit was faceless, much like so many of the players from both teams. He got clobbered in the second and the Barons, much like their big brethren, stood around and did nothing, despite the fact that it was a borderline dirty play.
Pitton was in net, too deep in it actually. Too bad the Oilers don't have another guy they could rotate with Gerber to provide reasonable AHL calibre goaltending because that might have stolen their farm club a point or two here. Pitton does not cut it.
Up front Reddox was Reddox. Scored a goal, had his motor running all night. Best player on the Barons. O'Marra centred he and Omark and the return for Ryan Smyth looked terribly slow.
And he's tough. He got run hard and went down and when he did get up he went to the bench but he did not miss a shift. There was a fight at the end with Stewart taking on Aulin. I don't think Aulin was the guy who ran Omark, whoever it was got away with that too.
Saw a tooth fly out in that fight right in front of us. Always fun to see. Not sure whose it was though.
As for the rest of the Oilers' prospects and suspects well, not much to report. Vande Velde was okay, just not very noticeable. Hartkainen had a few nice moments. He wins puck battles and has nice hands and can see the ice pretty well so that's a nice combination. Kytnar was down the depth chart. Giroux didn't do a damn thing.
It was just one of those games. Flat. Dull. I played one myself yesterday afternoon. They happen.
When the final horn blew the boy turns to me and says 'I guess my team won, eh Daddy'
I repeat. Once again.
I HAVE NO SON!