Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thanx A Bunch, Flames

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Good to see I worked on this flag for nothing. Chokers.

10 Comments:

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

Bah! Admit it. You're happy.

Go Sabres.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I would just like to point out that the Saddledome and the Red Mile were dead by the time the third period rolled around.

This was fun, Calgary fans. I look forward to seeing you in another 14 years.

 
At 1:42 AM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

...and Oilers fans, welcome back from 8 years of being absent. Fun indeed Abboud, fun indeed.

 
At 1:42 AM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

P.S. Whyte Ave. shall now be renamed Red Mile North. Bring on the titties.

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

It's actually called the Oil Slick. But yes, bring on the titties.

And it isn't 8 years from being absent. It's 8 years of being absent from the second round. We at least make the playoffs more than twice every ten years.

 
At 3:51 AM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

I'm not saying anything about the oilers making the playoffs, but I don't recall any revelrie on the "Oil Slick" when the Oilers were ousted in the first round of any of their previous playoff entries, nor did I note any during the first round of these playoffs or the regualr season. I actually have no problem with the concept of the further your team goes, the more people get excited concept, but Abboud apparently does. Unfortunately for him, fans of his own ilk display the same tendency. If the Oilers lose in the first round they would have the same reaction as Flames fan, i.e. nothing, everybody goes home and waits for next season. As the Oilers go further and further into playoffs the more people will cheer for them. Its a simple concept yet Oilers faithful will claim that those people were there all along. Sorry, but this is just not the case.

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Not to rehash old arguments from this blog, but my point was not about who made it farther in the playoffs when, or how appropriate it is to see a team's support crescendo as it advances in the playoffs. This is about how quickly the crowd in Calgary died when the Flames fell behind.

To contrast, whenever the Oilers fell behind at home in the first round, the crowd stayed in the game, and did its best to pick the team up. The Saddledome last night? Except for a scattered 'Go Flames Go' chant towards the end, it was as dead as the Joe Louis Arena.

The Rexall crowd didn't give up on the home team when they were down, while the Saddledome crowd did. And that, I feel, is a poignant analogy for comparing Oiler fans and Flames fan. Yes, there are bandwagon jumpers and hardcores in both camps, I just think you'll find more of the former in one, and more of the latter in the other. You can guess which is which.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

The Rexall crowd didn't give up on the home team when they were down, while the Saddledome crowd did.

I seem to recall that during the regular season the "edginess" of Rexall fans was to blame for some of the Oiler's shaky play. I would also point out that after every OIler's loss there were calls for a.) firing MacT and KLowe and/or b.) blowing the team up completely. So, maybe the fact that the Oilers made the first round was enough to turn some of their haters around, but I don't buy your "poignant analogy".

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger theDrizzler said...

The point I think being made Nathan, is that when we were down and out and getting beaten' like step-children in the second period the fans kept the noise going and kept the faith. Watching the Flames last night was painful. The crowd was out of it by the half-way mark, not exactly the true-believers everyone and their brand-new jerseys claimed to be. Yes, people jumped on Mac-T and Lowe, but these poeple are/were idiots who probably haven't paid for an actual ticket to a game in their lives.

p.s. Regular season? What's that?

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

Mostly, I just enjoy giving Abboud a hard time. In defense of those Lames fans who were at the game yesterday, the game probably just put everyone to sleep. It wasn't so much that the Flames simply sucked (which they did), but neither team showed much emotion. I don't if that lets Dome goers off the hook, but it was, in all honesty, one of the most boring hockey games I have ever witnessed. At least Oilers fans had the Red Wings to keep them interested in that second period.

 

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