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When Two Worlds Collide
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I learned so much about team building from Whitey Herzog. He was the procurement guy for the New York Mets when they won in 1969 and he was the manager of those wonderful St. Louis Cardinals teams in the 1980’s. Whitey’s greatest gift was in knowing talent was more plentiful than most...
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Sunday Morning Coming Down
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Sunday Morning Coming Down
Evan Bouchard turned 19 on Saturday, celebrated by playing almost 15 minutes in the world’s best hockey league. Todd McLellan ran him a little on the No. 1 power play and the youngster got his shot through and there were some good looks. Perhaps we see more of it in the days to come. THE [&...
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Game Six 2018-19: Predators at Oilers
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is enjoying a fantastic second week of NHL play. After going 1-2-0 in a wild Week 1 that involved two continents, the second week saw the club beat two strong playoff teams (Jets, Bruins) from a year ago. Edmonton completes the week with another major test against the Nashville Predators. One maj...
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New Sensation
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New Sensation
Kailer Yamamoto’s brilliant goal was the best ‘first goal in a career’ since Jordan Eberle’s screamer in 2010. Hard to believe that’s an eight-year gap, but time passes quickly in the second division. The Edmonton Oilers wake up this morning 3-2-0, within a whisper o...
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Game Five 2018-19: Bruins at Oilers
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Game Five 2018-19: Bruins at Oilers
Bruins games on television 1968-75 were magic. They put a man on the moon in 1969, but Bobby Orr gifted Boston with the Stanley in 1970. No one really knows the bigger feat, but we all have our opinions. I knew the lineup backwards, but sometimes there would be a recall that didn’t get anno...
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Walking on Sunshine
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Walking on Sunshine
It began like so many nights, your favourite blogger throwing cups and saucers hither and yon, turning the air blue and causing the dog a terrible fright. Edmonton’s third pairing looked poor, the team was outclassed on most every sortie and I entertained the idea we’d see a trade or ...
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Game Four 2018-19: Oilers at Jets
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Let’s agree about this: There will be many games this season, especially on the road, where the Edmonton Oilers will need Cam Talbot to go all Dominik Hasek on the opponent’s ass. McDavid scores twice, something goes in off someone’s ass for the third goal, Talbot stops 55 shots...
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180 by Summer
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Expectations of this season for Oilers fans and observers varies wildly. Some believe the team will fall flat, finishing with fewer than 75 points. Others believe 85 is an outer marker, I’ve suggested 90 to 94 points is reasonable and some think a complete turnaround is coming, they believe...
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Wilton Felder’s I Want You Back
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Wilton Felder’s I Want You Back
The first time I saw Michael Jackson, he was on the Ed Sullivan Show with his brothers, singing “I Want You Back.” We don’t think of Michael Jackson in the same way now, but back in 1969 we only knew that he could sing like Diana Ross, and was not yet a teenager. The song […]
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Game Three 2018-19: Oilers at Rangers
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Game Three 2018-19: Oilers at Rangers
They’re just kids when they arrive, some of them can’t grow a beard for love nor money for several years. Fans give them names you would associate with kids (Baby Nuge) and trudge through the land of ice and snow to cheer for them. These young men matter in this city, grown men and wo...
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