Hello Oiler fans. I’m Roy Hunter. New writer for Oil On Whyte. Small town, northern Alberta grown. Old enough to remember the end of the WHA. Young enough to still tie my shoes. I look forward to being a regular contributor for Oil On Whyte.
Since the Oilers inception I have been a fan. Through all the highs and lows. It’s like being part of the team. Taking your spot on the bench each night. Like you were there for the ride all along. Through time, details blur. But to summarize the ride, the story goes as so:
Hollywood beginning. New kid on the block. No experience. No expectations, but all the passion and fire in the world. You don’t think. You just act. You live in the moment. Your skill is amazing. Your desire unstoppable. You explode onto the scene and achieve great success and grandeur. You accomplish things that only others have previously dreamed of. You are the toast of the town. The envy of most and the inspiration to all.
Then, at the height of your success, you pause, relax and somehow inexplicably lose your way. No longer are you able to find the path which steered you to glory. Again and again you try to find that path but continue to fail. You feel lost, frustrated and disillusioned.
However, no matter how bad things look each year your relentless optimism surfaces again. You ultimately feel “this is the year” you find your way again. Your passion and fire are rekindled. You remember the glory of past. You can taste your former achievements and successes. You long for their return. This is the year. The skill is there. The desire is there. And so, your anticipation for the start of another year intensifies as you wait to assume your spot on the bench once again.
Thus, the cycle of being an Oiler fan perpetuates. Soon though, the disappointment of failure will be replaced by success. The Oilers will rise. It will happen, and when it does I will be ready to embrace the moment. Connect the present to the past and again feel the passion and fire of success.
Go Oilers Go…