• Cynicism

    by Tyler Dellow • August 13, 2011 • Hockey • 27 Comments

    Kent Wilson and I have contributed to some updates that James Mirtle is doing on his blog relating to how the Canadian teams stand after this summer. It attracted an inordinate amount of whining from an American on Twitter who feels that the Globe & Mail has some sort of an obligation to crank out 23 more pieces that nobody will read about American teams and my contribution attracted a lot of animosity from Oilers fans who think that I am, as I’m told the kids say, “a hater” because I choose not to put my belief in the management team that brought us the past five years. I can’t imagine going through life with the memory of a goldfish; it must be nice never to have past events influence your expectations for the future.

    I think that this is probably my favourite comment, from general fan of authority figures godot10:

    Leave it to the Globe and Mail to pick a soccer-loving bike-riding lawyer know-it-all from Toronto to comment on the Oilers. -).

    Lets see if they pick someone from Montreal to comment on the Leafs.

    Tyler is a “nice” guy and all but he tends to see everything about the Oilers and Edmonton ONLY in inverse-rose-coloured glasses.

    Yep, Kevin Lowe has done a lot of dumb things since the Oilers moved for the slums moneywise to the middle class. But he is far from the first GM to turn stupid when he finally had money to spend.

    I say again on the inverse-rose-coloured-glasses point: go read this from 2006, after the Oilers lost to the Blues and the playoffs looked doubtful. My credentials as a believer are sterling, where appropriate to do so. Godot10 implictly acknowledges the lunacy of believing in Lowe here, as his last paragraph basically says “Sure Lowe is incompetent. But LOTS of them are incompetent.” Keep in mind, Lowe is the brains of the two.

    Heckuva job, running the Edmonton Oilers. Kim Jong Il probably yearns for the lack of accountability to the people paying the freight that comes with it.

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    27 Responses to Cynicism

    1. Ribs
      August 13, 2011 at

      Please edit the hell out of this theme if this is what you plan on changing to. The old layout wash pretty horrid and plain but this is like the near future version of clip art. Cant wait to add you to “Digg”! Whatever the hell that is.

      You can be harsh on the Oilers and their management at times but it’s very, very, hard to argue with you because you are constantly bringing up valid points. If the world was fair, we’d hear counterpoints from Tambellini and friends every time you post. It just isn’t going to happen, so you’re painted as the bad guy a lot of the time.

      I’d tell you to not take things so seriously, but I’m also kind of glad that you (and others) do. Keep it rolling!

    2. kinger
      August 13, 2011 at

      Boo urns.

      I liked the old uggo site. This one is far too pretty.

    3. Bar_Qu
      August 13, 2011 at

      Umm, I don’t know that I have any comment on the re-formatting, mostly because its none of my business. But I am with you completely on the weirdness of putting faith in the same guys who ran the team into the ground as far as possible, not once, but twice. And spent to the cap in one year to do it.

      I appreciate unbridled optimism, but its one thing to be hopeful for improvement, and another thing to keep returning the keys to the drunk who crashed your car a few times before. It ain’t gonna end well. (note, this is a metaphor, not a comment on the character or quality of the individuals in management)

    4. August 13, 2011 at

      You now you’re runnig smack into rationalization when the defense is “yeah, but, but…other people are bad too!”

      As for me, I didn’t even bother wading into the comments under my contribution.

      Also, I personally like the new look site, although there is a lot of dead space in the upper right hand side on my display.

    5. Ribs
      August 13, 2011 at

      Sorry… I get drunk and complain about things sometimes. I’m sure I’ll get used to the new site eventually. It has some nice things going for it. I like the background image/colour and the comments are sure a lot easier to read.

    6. Tyler Dellow
      August 13, 2011 at

      The site design is in progress. We’ll see how she goes.

    7. August 13, 2011 at

      Ah, yes, this is a bit better, though I was preferring those other two themes.

      I don’t know why every web design on the planet has to have the giant margins on the side – is anyone in the world ACTUALLY using a 800×600 resolution anymore?

    8. godot10
      August 13, 2011 at

      Technically, I was criticizing more the Globe and Mail’s choice of blogger than the opinions of said blogger. The Globe and Mail would never let a white male “speak” for women, or for visible minorities, or aboriginal groups.

      Alas, i don’t have my own blog. MC79 tends to be decidedly “focused on the many ways in which the Oilers disappoint us”, so it is natural that I appear to be pro-management when I comment on his blog, since one tends to post when one disagrees with an opinion more than when one agrees with it.

      But for the record (if one were to track my participation in the Oiler blogosphere overall), I have been vociferously opposed to big game hunting (Souray, Heatley, Khabibulin, etc), I certainly have been more patient with Tambellini than others because Lowe did leave behind quite a mess (contract and capwise), and it takes time to clean up the mess, particularly when the old boss is still around, and when Lowe and the Katz still believed the team was NOT fatally flawed when Tambellini was initially hired. And well, I can see the merits of the arena district for Edmonton in the right deal, even it does involve some public money.

    9. sv
      August 13, 2011 at

      Yep. How dare they get an Oilers fan to write about the Oilers.

    10. Tyler Dellow
      August 13, 2011 at

      Yeah, I think you’re sort of missing the point godot10. Are you saying it would be more appropriate for the Globe to have Mimi Williams write something about the Oilers than me?

      • August 15, 2011 at

        Mimi Williams would have a pretty interesting series discussing all the players the Oilers can trade to so that the team can drop to exactly the salary floor; allowing Katz to donate the difference to Linda Duncan’s reelection campaign.

    11. RiversQ
      August 14, 2011 at

      Hang on a minute here. You ride a bike?

    12. godot10
      August 14, 2011 at

      Looks like Tyler is on to something if Business Insider is pumping soccer.

      What It’s Like To Go On An Epic Journey Through Five NYC Soccer Bars At 7:30 On A Saturday Morning

      Read more:

      I wonder if Tyler has a copy of “Fever Pitch” under his pillow.

    13. Marsha
      August 14, 2011 at

      Your article was right on the money (aside from Renney about to lose the room. I didn’t get that from Oil Change at all) but I think some of the fans wanted something optimistic under the optimism tab. You mention Omark but nothing of the other rookies, the decent drafting the last few years and so on. Otherwise, the article was fine.

    14. rubbertrout
      August 14, 2011 at

      Like the new look. I’ll have to figure out the avatar thing. Usually if I logged in of blogger it was there.

    15. DSF
      August 14, 2011 at

      Well Tyler, it’s nice to see you’ve decided to spiff up the place but those drapes remind me of a realtor’s den.

      But since form doesn’t always follow function we’ll have to wear shades at Tyler’s place.

      In regard to optimism vs. pessimism, I would think you expecting the Oilers to finish with more points than two teams in the WC is about all the optimism any objective observer can abide.

      Which two teams?

      Colorado was likely the easiest guess but they’ve added Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog (who most scouts believe is the most NHL ready of the last draft class), and addressed their biggest need by signing an actual NHL goaltender.

      They lost JM Liles on defense but added Hejda, Hunwick and shot blocking machine Shane O’Brien so they should be okay there.

      If they get NHL average goaltending they’ll leave the Oilers in the dust.

      Columbus, of course, had two pressing offseason needs…a centre to play with Nash and a bonafide puck moving defenseman.

      Golly gee…they got their hands on Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski…just what the doctor ordered.

      If Mason doesn’t shit the bed, they should improve on the 81 points they had last season which was a mere 19 points more than the Oilers.

      Minnesota is a bit of a head scratcher. Maybe they give back the 24 points they had up on the Oilers last season but they should at least score more with Heatley and Setoguchi in the lineup.

      STL is poised for takeoff and has added veteran depth in the Guerin and Langenbrunner so wave bye bye, Calgary just made a fantastic signing in Scott Hannan in exchange for pocket lint and Chicago should have regained composure after their cup run.

      Dallas is looking a little tepid but they did finish 33 points ahead of the Oilers last season so there is a lot of ground to make up.

      In the east, The Islanders and Panthers look ready for a surge so you’re basically left with Ottawa and the Jets to feast on.

      Can’t see how the Oilers finish higher than 14-15 in the WC and 28-30 overall.

      Does 6 years out of the playoffs connote a dynasty?

      How about 7?

    16. dawgbone
      August 15, 2011 at

      DSF, did you just suggest a team upgraded their blueline by adding Shane O’Brien?

      • DSF
        August 15, 2011 at

        Yeah, I did.

        Played the fourth most minutes in Nashville last season, second highest PK TOI/G, had 164 hits to his credit, blocked 80 shots and finished with 9 points, +1.

        5 fighting majors to his credit

        All for a cap hit of $1.1M.

        Looks like pretty serviceable bottom pairing defenseman to me.

        Makes one wonder why the Oilers are paying Smid more than twice as much to do less.

        • August 15, 2011 at

          Oh, shit!

          WE HAVE NESTED COMMENTS, EVERYONE!

    17. Ribs
      August 15, 2011 at

      I’m liking the theme today. Very smooth. If you could get rid of the date over the thumbnails on the front page it’d be looking even better. Even changing the date box’s colour might do the trick.

    18. Tyler Dellow
      August 15, 2011 at

      Yeah, I’m in agreement on the dates – that has to be sorted. Now if I can widen the columns, make the space between lines smaller and get some sidenotes working, I’ll be a happy camper.

      • August 15, 2011 at

        Definitely, I think this is pretty good. We even got nested comments! If the post/comment text column can be widened, I think it’s just about perfect.

        Any odds of getting your “Recent Tweets” widget back up on the sidebar, maybe above where the archive is now? I always got a kick out of that – one day I’ll actually sign up for Twitter, but in the meantime, seeing your interactions on it is usually pretty funny.

      • August 15, 2011 at

        The refrain of every blog redesign since widescreen monitors came into this world: “dammit, why are the default columns so narrow?”

        • August 15, 2011 at

          Hell, not even widescreen – unless you’re still using a 13″ CRT monitor from 1992, you’re running a bigger resolution than 800×600. I don’t understand why websites haven’t expanded in that regard – its more real estate on the screen for putting content, ads, widgets, whatever. Yet no one uses it.

          • August 25, 2011 at

            I’ve gone to fix many a person’s computer — even in the past 5 years — and discovered they were running 800×600. It’s like IE6, you don’t always appreciate how long it stays around.

            Also, whitespace real estate is of extreme value. Well, on websites. Not so much when talking about empty seats in Philips Arena last season…

    19. Old Eyes
      August 15, 2011 at

      Font is too small… grey font is too light.

    20. Jon K
      August 16, 2011 at

      I was expecting a prediction of 15th in the West based on godot’s comment. 13th seems pretty reasonable, so I’m not sure I understand the criticism. The comment about being a bike riding lawyer was pretty funny, but probably not for the intended reason.

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