Brownlee brings the thunder

Robin Brownlee
March 07 2008 08:22AM

sambrownlee.jpg  (Robin Brownlee's business manager, young Sam Brownlee)

Robin Brownlee can come up in here with his “facts” and his “typewriter” and his “press pass.” We’re sure that he has a lot of things he wants to tell the OilersNation that may be way cooler than what we have to say, but we aren’t scared. We don’t need any of that award-winning stuff. We write from down here in the ballular region. We write from the heart not the mind, we write from the soul not the brain.  — oilersnation.com, March 6

Given this ham-handed introduction by "The Nation," I'm guessing these guys write from "down here" in their momma's basement and not a press box; from their backsides, not their brains... Maybe that's just me. And, by the way, Gretz says stop writing him or he'll make a call and have Sammy slap you around until you cry like Mess when they lifted his linen at Rexall Place. But I digress.

I look forward to the chance to crossover from mainstream media—a career change prompted when the Edmonton Sun told me to turn in my laptop ("It's not you, it's us") in January 2007—to what we have here. I trust it'll be a better choice than my decision to leave the Journal after 11 years for the tab in 2000—unless it turns out I suck at this.

It's been a transition made easier by the birth of my son Sam and the time I've had at home with him after 10 years traversing the continent with the Oilers. I do miss the camaraderie of the road, of being a wingman for hall-of-famers Rod Phillips and Jim Matheson, not to mention Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville. But not that much. Sam, by the way, is my business manager. When I asked him whether I should take this gig, he pooped his pants. Actually, so did my wife.

Old school scribe at heart or not, it's obvious to me there's a lot worth reading out there in the blogosphere. Information is no longer the sole domain of newspapers. Insight isn't the exclusive property of talking heads on national TV or ink-stained wretches on the beat.

Fans need only check out websites like the Battle of Alberta, The Cult of Hockey and countless others to understand that. It's my intention to use my "press pass" and "typewriter" to help make oilersnation.com required reading for fans with a passion for hockey in general and the Edmonton Oilers in particular.

Starting today, I'll tell you what I know. I'll tell you what I think. I'll take you inside the dressing room, into the scrums and behind the scenes. I'll break a story or two. Along the way, we'll have some fun. How can it not be way cooler than what those other guys have to say?

Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 5 pm on Total Sports with Bob Stauffer on Team 1260.

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A sports writer since 1983, including stints at The Edmonton Journal and The Sun 1989-2007, I happily co-host the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 twice a week and write when so inclined. Have the best damn lawn on the internet. Most important, I am Sam's dad. Follow me on Twitter at Robin_Brownlee. Or don't.
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#1 1011011
March 07 2008, 09:48AM
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Can you make beer go down in price at Rexall place? That would be awesome, its too expensive.

Im pumped to hear what you have to say when there are no censors Brownlee

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#2 TonyRomo
March 07 2008, 10:03AM
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It should be fun to watch you give these punks a run for their money, i look forward to reading your articles Robin

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#3 Ed
March 07 2008, 10:55AM
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Cute kid! Good luck with these guys Robin. Do us old guys proud

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#4 Unknown Author
March 07 2008, 11:07AM
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Awesome!!!

Way to go ! Sam's Dad....NO pooping allowed in this site...

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#5 OilersNation
March 07 2008, 11:55AM
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Confirmed. No pooping is allowed on this site.

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#6 oilersninja
March 07 2008, 12:26PM
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Well Brownlee lets see what your made of. Cause the OilersNinja aint afraid to chirp no one, especially within the confines of my work cubicle with 3 1/2 walls around me.

NO ONE!!!!!!!!!

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#7 ashley
March 07 2008, 11:13PM
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Cool, i'll be reading

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#8 Randy Excelby
March 08 2008, 10:30PM
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You were wingman for Matty and Roddy? Just what kind of poon did those guys score?

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#9 oilfan
March 27 2008, 11:48PM
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Sam Gagner is the Man and so as Baby Sam Brownlee.

I always like your story Mr. RB but this one is my favorite.

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