also taken from the tv in DYNASTYOIL'S living room


Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

So Wednesaday I had seen a tweet from Edmonton Oilers Player Linus Omark, saying that he was headed back to Sweden to play for his home Country in the World Championships. I responded to his tweet, telling him to prove the Oilers wrong about him and show them what they will be missing and to enjoy. I never expected that this would trigger a full day of debate, back lash and twitter furor.

If you clicked on the link above or have seen the tweet on the hub to the right of this article, you will see his response to me.

Omark wrote…@realoilfan I live to show that the “two” are wrong. But I really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team”

I don’t know who Omark was referring to or who, when he mentioned the “two” but it was the second half of the tweet that most people paid attention to. Essentially without actually saying it, Omark baisically told me and the world that he wants out of Edmonton to explore other NHL opportunities.


While this is not earth shattering news as most pundits, MSM reporters and bloggers have been saying that he will not be back next year. This was the first time that Omark himself had made it known that he is willing and wanting to leave. This sparked a chain of events that I personally have not been a part of before.

The twitter mayhem ensued, with questions from my followers, retweets, and more well wishes and some negative comments to Omark. Then, the press conference yesterday with Steve Tambellini happened. A reporter asked him about it, and to my surprise he seemed ok with it, and proceeded to say that Omark could play on any NHL team’s power play. but as it turns out, just not the Oilers PP.

YegBry took this fom his tv and sent it to me.

After that, during the first games of the play-offs that I was watching, more twitter debate and then one of my tweeps @yegbry sent me a picture of the tweet from Omark had made the 6:00 pm new on the local station of Global. See photo above. I also found out this morning that the tweet had made TSN’s Sports Centre. Another one of my tweeps @DYNASTYOIL forwarded the picture (below)

There is a reason I am telling you all of this, I am a little frustrated with the fact that some of the Sports media in this town and nationally (TSN) did not mention that Omark came out to me. When I use info I get from talk radio, twitter, or the internet, I was always credit the source. While I did not break the story by any standard, and Omark did put it out on his account for the world to see, the only reason that this happened was because he was responding to my comments to him. I will say that there were some people that did credit me, like Global news and Gene Principe from Sportsnet.

The other thing that kind of bugs me is the fact that when the media that did mention that the comments came ina conversation on twitter they referred to me as a fan, rather than a blogger. While the former is true, I am a fan, the latter is also true and I wonder if it was to avoid having traffic diverted from their sites to the ever-present

The other thing that I am curious about and will speculate on…is why Omark decided to air his discontent  on twitter to me and not through the MSM. I figure that it may be because I support him as a player and have been very vocal on twitter and here on this blog about how skilled I believe him to be. I have always been critical about my interpretation of the way Oilers management has mishandled his development. Maybe he felt more comfortable telling someone who supports him rather than a media that tries to roast him more often than not. Or maybe I just caught him at the right time, either way…he didn’t tell management, he didn’t tell the media, he told me and the world, via twitter.

Anyway, this story has since died down, and I really hope that Omark rips it up at the World Championships and proves to everyone that this is a player that Edmonton could have used here in this re-build.

GO Omark GO!


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  • jonrmcleod

    Do you think Omark may have forgotten that his reply to you would be visible to all?

    • Realoilfan

       @jonrmcleod no, i just think maybe he is upset and my timing was right.

  • TheOilogosphere

    MSM doesn’t like fan bloggers…never have and never will. While at we’ve done everything we could to drive traffic to everyone and have created a place for the fan to have their say, we have never had an ounce of respect from MSM. Even more popular blogs like copper and blue, who think they are mainstream media, tried shutting oilogosphere down. Our Site has been attacked numerous times from various people who don’t want fans to take over the reporting. 
    Bloggers who are independently running their blogs are hated by MSM on par with actors hating reality tv. We are taking jobs and are competing with corporate media. 
    Either way. Keep it up and nicely done Grant. 

    • OilOnWhyte

      @TheOilogosphere I’m really happy with he way Grant has done with this crazy story. It’s a lot to take in, as hes a big Omark fan underneath what’s happening.

      You’ll have to clue me in on how Copper and Blue “think theyre mainstream media”. I’d like to know what’s behind that.

      • Realoilfan

         @OilOnWhyte  @TheOilogosphere me too actually. i remember something about this when you were helping me when i was writing on blogger before i joined the oilonwhyte crew. i have always wanted to get this story as well.

    • Realoilfan

       @TheOilogosphere thanks. and for the record, copper and blue did a little peice on it and did offer credit to my account. i understand your issues with them, but at least they were upfront about it.

      • OilOnWhyte

        @Realoilfan @TheOilogosphere What’s the deal with C&B?

        • TheOilogosphere

           @OilOnWhyte  @Realoilfan  @TheOilogosphere As you know, at Oilogosphere we offer feeds to other sites. They are direct links which offer traffic to the given site. Many sites appreciate us offering their feeds. 
          However, Copper n blue threatened to file a lawsuit claiming Oilogosphere was stealing copyright material and claiming it as our own (plagiarism). They made multiple attempts to shut the site down.
          We’ve had many issues with copper n blue and were quick to eliminate them from the feeds but at the same time they set the site back in development. Early in our launch we were battling legalities rather than spending time on improving the website. 
          Offering feeds or links to other sites is how the internet works. It is not plagiarism. Anyone can do this and we all do it often. Our belief is that it was simply an attack to set us back as they didn’t like what we were doing.
          Copper N Blue do believe they are mainstream. They are owned and operation by SB Nation, a very wealthy American corporation which has a big share in the sports market. What isn’t mainstream about that? 
          A corporation that has a great deal of wealth and power as well followed by a large audience is mainstream. Nothing wrong with that until you pick on the little guys…

        • OilOnWhyte

          To an extent, you’re right.  However, please recall a while back when one Tyler Dellow busted open a fairly big case regarding Gregory and Colin Campbell when Colin Campbell called Marc Savard “a little fake artist”.  
          Dellow wrote a fantastic piece  ( ),  Soon after, copies of the entire text were appearing on the Internet.  
          His site was bombarded with traffic (it was a big story), and he began experiencing bandwidth issues.  I can remember at least one case where someone simply copied and pasted his article, giving credit and the such.  
          Dellow got wist of it, and asked the guy to remove it.  That’s completely within Tyler’s rights.  Attribution or not, Canadian, American (or otherwise), if someone forbids you permission to use their work, you’ve got to comply with removal or face suit.
          Case in point:  If a photographer emails myself or my staff and says we’re not to use his work, we have to remove any images we’ve used, or face suit.
          As far as ‘mainstream’ goes, I hope we haven’t jumped the shark.  This site is owned by Fansided LLC (Americans!) and Oil On Whyte has at least one American who contributes fairly regularly.  Now, Grant’s Twitter handle has appeared on Sportscentre.  
          It’s easy to see that you and C&B don’t get along, but I’m fairly certain that anyone who writes that much about a near last place hockey team isn’t doing it just for money.
          If we get groupies, I’ll agree that we’ve made it big.  I’m also certain that Grant’s wife would kill him.  

  • dohfOs

    great post Grant.

    • Realoilfan

       @dohfOs thanks! i’m glad you liked it! 

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