Finally, 2012 is ready to be put to bed. It’s been a tough year for a lot of people. Tough for the Oilers, tough for their fans. Tough for the NHL in general.
With that being said, it’s been an interesting year for material.
In no particular order, here are a few stories that our guys put out over the last 12 months that I happen to think are tops.
The Edmonton Arena, Corporate Welfare, and You, the Taxpayer - “I do have to tip my hat to the pro-arena spokespeople for turning this into a black and white argument of you’re either for a new arena, downtown revitalization, and keeping the Oilers in town, or you’re against it, after all, I’m for all of these things, just not in a deal that where all financial risk runs on the taxpayer dime.”
This is my favorite piece from Ian in 2012.
Linus Omark, Social Media and the MSM – Remember when Linus Omark tweeted that he wanted a shot with another NHL team? That was Grant @realoilfan. I was in Toronto, and this popped on Sportsnet, and my phone exploded. Grant has moved on to an independent page since then (check him out here), but what a story it was. Grant also had a sit down with former anthem singer Paul Lorieau, which is also well worth your time.
The Best and Worst of Steve Tambellini – Jonathan @jonrmcleod pours out some good and some bad of everyone’s top general manager. I think Jonathan and I share the same level of enthusiasm for Cam Barker. It’s also worth the mention that Jonathan keeps the Hub running seamlessly with new info. Thanks, Jonathan.
What Really Matters – Dave @rustyknuckler’s Remembrance Day piece is one filled with pride and gratitude. Dave joined us in late September, and he smashed this one out of the park. Never forget those who have selflessly given so much so that we may have freedom today.
The Other Guy and Why Omark To The Red Wings Makes Sense – Full disclosure: Troy @heavyoilcountry and I absolutely do not agree about Linus Omark. With that being said, Troy makes an excellent point and case why Omark could very well end up in Detroit after the lockout is put to rest. I expect the Oilers to do at least twice as good as Winnipeg did with Kris Draper 20 years ago.
I’m proud to have these guys on the team. Without their efforts, I’d be yelling at clouds. Fortunately, they’re here to yell at clouds with me.
Let’s do it again in 2013.
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