You Know You're In The Off-Season When...

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July 18 2014 01:27PM

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Wow, it really is the silly season, isn't it?

While the default here on the coast is bleak pessimism and recrimination no matter what time of year, our friends up in Northern Alberta have no shortage of optimism when it comes to anything related to oil it seems. That includes the local hockey team, which, coincidentally enough, is named for the stuff. So it makes sense that they would be resistant to reality, no matter how much evidence there is to support it.

So why have I chosen now to pick on the Oilers? Well, it all started with that little poll the right... ---->

You can vote and click for yourself to see how it's going, but here's a screen cap for posterity:

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So yes, as I sat here staring a blank screen trying to figure out what to write, pining for the days of a looming lockout and a GM trying to land a bit tuna, I glanced over to the poll and couldn't help but laugh.

But then what else should we expect from a fanbase that takes pride in continuously selling out despite such an awesome playoff history in recent years. If you're wondering just how long it's been, maybe this will help:

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So yes, the Oilers are in danger of falling into turning into Maple Leafs West if they keep this up. Throw all the jerseys you want on the ice, but keep showing up and the organization has zero reason to actually make meaningful changes *cough*getridofLowe*cough*. But at this rate, Darryl Katz has absolutely no motivation to do anything about the sorry state of the Oilers and the fact that they are frittering away the careers of some pretty good young players.

Now, I'm no fan of the way Aquilini has run this team in recent years, but at least you can't fault him for making some radical changes when things don't go well. But don't underestimate the role of the fans in driving that change. From the "Fire Gillis" chants to the waning season ticket renewals, Vancouver fans were revolting and Aquilini was forced to act.

Of course, I'm sure the last thing we want to see in Edmonton is any kind of revolution, lest the twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages make an appearance. And that is not just National Post hyperbole, either!

Ok. Ok. I'll stop now.

Before the machete-wielding hordes from Oilers Nation make their way over and wreak havoc on the comments section below, let me just say that I'm (mostly) kidding. Like I said up top, it's the silly season after all.

Speaking of which, you know things are slow when the Twitter spats over nothing heat up and boil over. And by nothing, I mean almost-Canuck, Justin Schultz, who's two years with the Oilers have amounted to just that.

This particular spat between the Edmonton Journal's David Staples and Tyler Dellow's Tyler Dellow, immoratilzed over at The Hot Takery, finally exposed and named the nefarious influence that stats lovers are having on the game of hockey:

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Look, all I can say is that we know scoring chances are real, we just don't know if they're caused by human behaviour. 


Finally, on a personal note, I just spent a couple of days in the "home of the Kings" and I saw absolutely no sign of the Stanley Cup. I guess I know how the San Jose Sharks feel:

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I'm not a hippie or on welfare. I don't live in Kits, wear Birkenstocks or own an umbrella. I've never been to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, but I'm sure it's very nice. I have a mayor, not a crack addict. I drink pale ale, not Blue. And I call it a cabin, not a cottage. I can proudly say my team's been to the Stanley Cup Final in the last 45 years. They may not have won, but at least they got there. I believe in sunshine, not haze; heat, not humidity. And that sushi is a healthy and tasty meal. A coho is a fish. A ski hill is a mountain. And the plural of leaf is leaves. Okay? Not leafs. Leaves! Vancouver is the country's third-largest city, certainly the most beautiful, and the best part of Canada! My name is petbugs and I am a Canucks fan! ... You can find me on Twitter @petbugs13 or send your hate mail to petbugs (at) gmail (dot) com but it better be funny or it's getting plonked.
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#1 Oil fan
July 18 2014, 01:35PM
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Oh Graphic Comments... You know how to cut deep into my soul

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#2 Mantastic
July 18 2014, 01:39PM
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i'm pretty sure the poll is proportional to the web traffic each team brings. because the 2nd highest team in this poll is Vancouver and they definitely should not be in the conversation either. Montreal easily has had the best off-season but they are 4th on the poll...

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#3 PB
July 18 2014, 02:35PM
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@Mantastic

I think that's right. There's no way this is evidence that the Oilers fans are more delusional than any other Canadian fans and arguably far less so than the Leafs fans. The poll does confirm that Sens fans are the most boring and lame.

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#4 Mantastic
July 18 2014, 02:39PM
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@PB

Also the Sens are a huge tire fire, with an exodus of talent and IMO has the worst owner of the canadian teams.

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#6 CoolerHeads
July 19 2014, 02:17PM
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@Mantastic

Not arguing but what have the Canadians done that will improve on their 2014 playoff team?

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#7 Mantastic
July 21 2014, 09:13AM
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@CoolerHeads

not resigning Douglas Murray and Gionta, trading away Gorges and Breire, signing Gilbert and Weaver

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#8 Lemming
July 21 2014, 06:34PM
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"Vancouver fans were revolting"

I read this to mean that Vancouver fans are really disgusting before I read it to mean that they were in he midst of a revolution.

I feel bad for agreeing with it so readily...

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#9 hemi
July 21 2014, 08:55PM
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And still the average nuck fan has no idea as to why they are so disliked by every other Canadian team fans. Revolting indeed!

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#10 PB
July 22 2014, 08:11AM
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@hemi

You're so right, Habs and Leafs fans and Flames and Oilers fans love each other. It's empirically proven that Canucks fans are more hated than every other fan base in the entire world. In the entire universe even. There's really no disputing this fact.

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#11 Lemming
July 22 2014, 05:46PM
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@hemi

I personally find Oilers fans insufferable.

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#13 Truth
July 23 2014, 10:22AM
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Clever way to get page visits, I'll give you that much.

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