Monday, May 15, 2006

An easy choice

Edmonton Oilers fans, apparently sporting a nasty inferiority complex, have taken a unique approach to get the rest of us to root for their little team now that they're the lone Canadian team still alive: insulting the teams we cheerish.

Sorry boys, but no dice. I'm backing the Buffalo Sabres from here on out.

They're an exciting team to watch play, have three great players with local connections, weren't expected by anyone including themselves I'm sure to be in this position, and their fans are pretty nice people.

Yeah, they beat us out, but if anything, that just makes me respect them more. Buffalo did so in an honorable way.

Besides, with the exception of a supposed shared Canadian identity, I'm sure I have more in common with someone from Western New York than I do those from blue-bleeding Albertans who would probably spit in my face after learning I'm from Ontario. They sorta hate us out there

I can't root against the Oilers in this series after the national anthem fiasco, but if they do get past San Jose, I might even jump on the Ducks bandwagon. I love the way they play.

14 Comments:

At 4:57 PM, Blogger LC Scotty said...

Not real happy about that whole booing the anthem thing. Makes me more than a little ashamed, I must say.

 
At 11:57 PM, Blogger mike w said...

Hey, this Oilers fans was cheering for ya!

Only thing about the Ducks: no one in Anaheim seems to care. I cheer for teams that have fans who care.

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger Jeff J said...

"...blue-bleeding Albertans who would probably spit in my face after learning I'm from Ontario."

I understand you're more likely to run into a Maritimer or a Newfie than an Alberta native in some Alberta towns. [caution: article linked suffers from typical CanWest slant] It's part of our covert plan to infiltrate the province, oust Klein and install an NDP regime. Don't tell anyone.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous JackOCat said...

Ouch... your kind of mean guy. I'm from Edmonton, I'm also a liberal.

We are pretty proud that our team is doing so well. We are holding our own against teams with more big guns through shear determination and hard work. Our criticism of the Senators is that they are a power house team that seems to want to hit the golf course in May more than play hockey.

I would not spit in the face of someone from Ontario. I really like Ontario... I might just spit in your face though, if you talked like that to mine. Ontarians have some great manors and good class (more than most Albertans) but I guess you prove that no generalization is totally accurate.

Go Oilers Go!

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Our criticism of the Senators is that they are a power house team that seems to want to hit the golf course in May more than play hockey.

As opposed to the Oilers, who have been on the golf course in April more often than not in the last decade?

I'll take slack from Wings fans or Devils fans about the Sens, but Oilers? This isn't 1988.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger mike w said...

>I'll take slack from Wings fans or Devils fans about the Sens, but Oilers? This isn't 1988

Just remember, in your time of pain, not to paint half a province's fans with the same brush. Oilers have idiots for fans just like every other team in the league.

The fact that Edmontonians parade around after a Game 2 win is the surest sign that they're well aware it's not 1988 anymore.

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger mike w said...

>I'll take slack from Wings fans or Devils fans about the Sens, but Oilers? This isn't 1988

Just remember, in your time of pain, not to paint half a province's fans with the same brush. Oilers have idiots for fans just like every other team in the league.

The fact that Edmontonians parade around after a Game 2 win is the surest sign that they're well aware it's not 1988 anymore.

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

The whole team regional attachment thing is rather funny when you look at the hometowns of all the players. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Cup with more Canadians on the roster than Calgary had, for example.

I like the Ducks right now, if only to watch Brian Burke stick it to the idiot owner in Vancouver (John McCaw) who allowed him to be fired. Dumping one of the league's better executives over a petty power struggle between Burke and the Club President was stupid, especially when you consider that the President who fired Burke isn't even there anymore. Besides, Al Strachan hates Burke, which is all the more reason to like the guy.

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous JackOCat said...

The Oilers are a not an amazingly talented team and have not been for a long time. I totally agree. We have missed the playoffs a lot. Bute even when the Oilers miss the playoffs... they are still giving it their all to try and make it in right up to the last game that matters... which is usually one of the last few games of the season.

I'm not claiming we have a better team talent-wise then Ottawa... I'm just saying, we work way harder.

Gog Oilers Go.

 
At 10:03 PM, Anonymous KevinP said...

You're a good egg, McMurtry

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger mike w said...

"Gog" Oilers Go?

 
At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh I'm rooting for Buffalo to because of the same reasons, they have alot of heart, they beat us out and simply want the Cup more then any other team as far as I can see.

I'd also like to see Carolina take the cup though just the fact they dominated what seemed to be an unbeatable playoff team almost every year.

I'll just basically cheer for whichever Eastern team makes the finals.

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Jean said...

I agree on the fact that the we have more in common with Buffalo than with "blue bleeding Albertans", but the Oilers have shown how I had hoped Ottawa would have played without beating them.

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Wardo said...

You refuse to support the Oilers, yet anyone who can buy a newspaper (in Ottawa) can find articles hinting all year long that the Senators are unjustifiably denied a national HNIC audience because of Leaf coverage?

It cuts both ways. If you have that attitude about Western teams, then don't expect anyone to care about the Senators.

And linking Albertans with any kind of political leaning is a cheap shot as well.

This entire article reeks of sour grapes.

 

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