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01-18-2014, 05:08 PM
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Because no matter what some idiot fans would say, these players care. They care a lot. They're outmanned physically and defensively, yet they give it their all.

If the incredibly inept reign of Tambellini can't turn me away from the team, nothing can.

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01-18-2014, 05:10 PM
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Because no matter what some idiot fans would say, these players care. They care a lot. They're outmanned physically and defensively, yet they give it their all.

If the incredibly inept reign of Tambellini can't turn me away from the team, nothing can.
You'll get ripped for saying this but I agree. I highly doubt the players enjoy being humiliated every game out there. They have a desire and will to win which is how they made it to the league in the first place.

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01-18-2014, 05:11 PM
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Why do I still watch/support the Oilers?

1) I've been following this team since day one in the NHL and will always bleed Oil

2) I'm a masochist

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01-18-2014, 05:14 PM
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You'll get ripped for saying this but I agree. I highly doubt the players enjoy being humiliated every game out there. They have a desire and will to win which is how they made it to the league in the first place.
I'm not going to rip you for agreeing but... This team just doesn't try. It's one thing to lose because you're not good enough, it's another to lose because you're not trying. More and more as this year goes on we're seeing the latter and the last 2 games were perfect examples of a team just not trying hard enough.

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01-18-2014, 05:24 PM
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Hi my name is ..... and I'm an Oilers fan.

I first became addicted back in the WHA days. The 80's were the ultimate high. Then came the 90's and I still couldn't stop following the Oil. The 2006 cup run renewed my addiction but since then it has been all down hill and I just can't help myself.

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01-18-2014, 05:30 PM
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I will never consider switching teams. Never.

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01-18-2014, 05:31 PM
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Born and raised an Oilers fan, and for some reason I can't bring myself to fully cheer for any other team.

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01-18-2014, 05:38 PM
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I'm not going to rip you for agreeing but... This team just doesn't try. It's one thing to lose because you're not good enough, it's another to lose because you're not trying. More and more as this year goes on we're seeing the latter and the last 2 games were perfect examples of a team just not trying hard enough.
I don't disagree, I wonder if some of it is also just mentally being beaten down for so long. I'm sure they desperately want to win, but in the back of their mind, they know they won't. It's a terrible way to complete for anything at any level.

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01-18-2014, 05:40 PM
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I don't disagree, I wonder if some of it is also just mentally being beaten down for so long. I'm sure they desperately want to win, but in the back of their mind, they know they won't. It's a terrible way to complete for anything at any level.
Mentally yeah this team is just destroyed. Craig Button said it and he was spot on. They care, but you simply won't compete as hard when your morale is this low and you expect bad things to happen.

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Had seasons tickets in 1977 in the WHA days from my Dad. Been through the glory years. Been through the Pocklington hell years when nobody was at the games. Been through rebuild v1.0 of the ownership group. Gave up my tickets in protest after 30 years. But I still cheer for the team, for the logo and for the name.

The management, they can go to hell.

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01-18-2014, 05:41 PM
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Yeah I follow them, unlike the guy who says he's done this year (last year he said he would burn his season tickets, all talk).

That said, I also follow other teams I like watching, like the Senators and Kings.

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01-18-2014, 06:10 PM
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I grew up in NW Ontario and became an Oilers fan when I was 13. No idea why and I wish I never did. The glory days were over and I never watched hockey in the 80's anyway. I moved to Edmonton the year after their 2006 run and it sure hasn't been fun being an Oilers fan here with nothing to cheer about. But I could never stop cheering for the Oilers, I'd just stop paying any attention to the NHL before I cheer for another team. One of these decades they won't suck...right?

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01-18-2014, 06:16 PM
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You'll get ripped for saying this but I agree. I highly doubt the players enjoy being humiliated every game out there. They have a desire and will to win which is how they made it to the league in the first place.
Pretty much what Button was saying to Stauffer yesterday. Said its tearing the young players inside knowing no matter how hard they try, they aren't getting the results.

Hence, the Eakins rant by Button as Eakins ain't doing enough to justify being a coach

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01-18-2014, 06:18 PM
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Pretty much what Button was saying to Stauffer yesterday. Said its tearing the young players inside knowing no matter how hard they try, they aren't getting the results.

Hence, the Eakins rant by Button as Eakins ain't doing enough to justify being a coach
Are they really though? They quit in Minnesota. They quit against Detroit. They quit against the Blues, twice.

Yes I'm sure they don't enjoy losing but they've quit in many games this year.

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01-18-2014, 06:23 PM
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Pretty much what Button was saying to Stauffer yesterday. Said its tearing the young players inside knowing no matter how hard they try, they aren't getting the results.

Hence, the Eakins rant by Button as Eakins ain't doing enough to justify being a coach
They finished last season 3-9 whilst in a playoff spot. Eakins wasn't here.

The players are mentally and physically weak.

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01-18-2014, 06:26 PM
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I tried watching another team and pretended to cheer for them. Man does it ever feel good to see the team u cheer for know how to play hockey!

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01-18-2014, 06:35 PM
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Only reason I watch the Oilers that they have the words "Edmonton" associated with the team. They have the worst management I ever witnessed, and if it were not for the association, I could care less about the team.

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01-18-2014, 06:35 PM
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Wait, are you saying we can waive the Oilers and maybe they'll be claimed by another city?

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01-18-2014, 06:37 PM
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Wait, are you saying we can waive the Oilers and maybe they'll be claimed by another city?
Haha, I put that there by accident.

But that would be nice, wouldn't it?

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01-18-2014, 06:44 PM
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Haha, I put that there by accident.

But that would be nice, wouldn't it?
Nah, as terrible as they are, I wouldn't want to suffer the same fate as Quebec, Winnipeg, The Whalers, Atlanta.

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01-18-2014, 07:05 PM
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Nah, as terrible as they are, I wouldn't want to suffer the same fate as Quebec, Winnipeg, The Whalers, Atlanta.
Not true. If Katz could be convinced to move the team to Seattle that would be the quickest way for Edmonton to get an NHL franchise. Katz moves loser Oilers and takes Macblowe with him, we build rink without Katz, NHL feels sorry for Edmonton, since they haven't had NHL hockey since the early 90's, and voila we get a new ownership group and team sans the ex-Oiler hangerons!

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01-18-2014, 07:07 PM
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Are you looking for a reason, because if that's the case probably time to check out.

Because they're the Oilers, they're my team. They suck, but that still makes them my team. Not a tough concept.

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01-18-2014, 07:13 PM
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Are you looking for a reason, because if that's the case probably time to check out.

Because they're the Oilers, they're my team. They suck, but that still makes them my team. Not a tough concept.
I'm mostly curious as to why everyone else sticks with his trainride to hell.

But as the days go by my reasons become less and less, especially as we see other franchises rise from the ashes.

It's so glaringly obvious how far away we are... Never mind from being a contender... Just watching other teams play, we're so far away from just being competent.

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01-18-2014, 08:45 PM
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Great idea for a thread.

This has by far been the most difficult season of hockey watching in my life (and I thought the Steve Smith own-goal was tough!).

Anyway, here are the answers why I watch:

- I'm a huge sports fan
- Out of all sports, I like hockey the most (followed by baseball)
- As far as hockey watching options go, the NHL is the easiest to watch on TV
- Out of all the teams in the NHL, I follow the Oilers the most closely
- The Oilers are my team because I grew up watching hockey during the most glorious era in hockey history. The Oiler teams of the early 80s were simply amazing (and the teams of the 90s had pluck)
- For the last few seasons, I expected the Oilers to suck but continued watching to see the kids play and develop
- This season I have watched almost every game (missed about 4 games)
- My interest is definitely waning but since playoffs are not an option, I do focus on the sub-plots (progression of the kids, new additions to the team, rivalries, matchups against really good teams, etc.)
- But really, the biggest reason I watch now is force of habit. I've been doing it so long, I don't know what else to do (although I've started working out sometimes when I watch, so it's not a complete waste of time and I can let off steam)
- I do think anticipation of the World Juniors and the Olympics has also made this season a tad more tolerable

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01-18-2014, 09:06 PM
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Haven't watched a game since early November. I will always be a fan at heart, but no interest in wasting my time watching horrible hockey. Can't understand how people are paying to watch this.

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