Thursday, May 25, 2006

On the Diotte

Kerry Diotte whose passion for privatization is only matched by his passion for sports is the city hall columnist for the Edmonton Sun. On rare occassions do I find myself agreeing with him. Yesterday was just such a case. He wrote a column about the failure of the Eastern Canadian Media to give the Oilers their due. Oilers getting short shrift

Comments I have seen in some blogs and in some press reports from folks in Toronto Canada attest to this. In fact the paucity of cheering for the Oilers by non-Edmonton bloggers even appears in the hockey column of the Canadian Blog Exchange.

Too bad sore losers. The Oilers are after all Canada's team. Not unlike the Blue Jays if they were to make the World Cup. But no for some folks in Toronto if the Leafs ain't in it, or Montreal, well we will move on to cheering the perennial losers the Raptors.

So now I find myself agreeing with Diotte two days in a row, yoiks. Wake up, Don! You're in Edmonton

I was downtown at a Quiznos and who should I line up behind but a gaggle of American sports reporters including Fox Sports Network, ABC, ESPN, etc. here to cover the game on Tuesday. Why? Because this is the real playoff game, Canada versus the U.S. Let me repeat that Canada versus the U.S.

It's time that the rest of the country joins in celebrating Canada's team cause we are going to the Stanely Cup.

Even this die hard Calgary Flames Fan is cheering for Edmonton.
Go Oilers Go!
Premier Klein holds up an Oilers jersey

Premier Klein holds up an Edmonton Oilers jersey in support of Alberta's team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Now when will the Harper wear the Oilers jersey in the House?! Any day now would be good.

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2 comments:

Jes GĹ‘lbez said...

The Oilers are after all Canada's team

How so? IF they face the Sabres in the finals, does that make Buffalo's the USA's team?

The Oilers are EDMONTON's team, and those who jump on the bandwagon can't take any real joy in the Oilers victory. For those who have never lived in Edmonton and never aspire to, why should we cheer for your team? Why not cheer for an American team? Most of the players on every team are Canadian, anyway, so it's not like you are cheering for an evil foreign power.

As for those Flames fans who jump ship, they aren't good hockey fans. Oilers fans ought to tell Klein where he can stick that sweater.

eugene plawiuk said...

"How so? IF they face the Sabres in the finals, does that make Buffalo's the USA's team?" Well Duh Oh ya.

"Most of the players on every team are Canadian, anyway, so it's not like you are cheering for an evil foreign power."
But you are, America is the Evil Empire, its not the players its the Team and their Fans....You remember them USA USA We're #1 so your point is.....of course that you love the Canucks, and would rather cheer the Sabres......so lets hear ya chant USA USA They Are #1