If you’re reading this, you already know.
I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I’d start this particular blog. Three years to be exact. Three years ago, when Hank and Teeps and I first founded ENS, we were right at the end of the inaugural Dallas Eakins era. Three years later and my god, Edmonton. We’re going to the fucking playoffs!! On Fan Appreciation Night too. Appreciated, indeed. Did you hear that barn? The ‘ref you suck!’ chant made the ol’ groin clock malfunction straight to midnight. It was deafening as the clock ran down. As I type this shit, there are car horns going off everywhere outside the Rog Mahal. People are HOLLERING let’s go Oilers. Look at how far we’ve actually come!!! Fan Appreciation Night has long been a tradition of inhaling free popcorn and watching the boys drop a 5-2 decision to Minnesota on a random midweek game in March while 47 points out of a playoff spot. How iconic is it to clinch ourselves a spot in the playoffs on a night that celebrates the people who, quite frankly, deserve this moment more than the rest of this organization, combined? The fans and Joey have been through hell and back watching this team play hockey for 10 straight years. Do you realize Twitter was invented one month before the last time the Oilers were in the playoffs? I can’t even go back and find out what people were tweeting about during the last time the Oilers did anything playoff related. I got Facebook in 2007. You’d literally have to dig into Nexopia’s archives to find anything I had to say about the Oilers in the playoffs. Now I run an extremely-marginally-successful website that makes hundreds of cents every day. This is how far we’ve come.
It’s actually been hilariously long since the last time the Oilers made the playoffs. So long that #LastTimeOilersMadePlayoffs was trending on Twitter today. Want to know how long it’s been? In 2006, Kanye’s The College Dropout was 2-years-old. The Departed won the Academy Award for Best Picture. That was SIX full years before the world tried to stop Kony! Barack Obama served, in full, two different terms as President. Greg Oden was drafted and retired from the NBA. If you’re in the 5th grade, you’ve never been alive for an Oilers playoff game. But now, we can sit here and celebrate something that almost an entire generation of elementary school Oilers fans have never celebrated before in their lives: a one-way trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs. This is why we’ve needed it. This is what we deserve, Edmonton. And we’ve done it. We’re a postseason hockey team for the first time since 2006. Let’s go.
A few more things:
First, naturally bring back “Pump It” by the Peas. Need it.
Second, shout out to Marcus “Marc” Williams, my first real life actual hire who is out there somewhere and who proudly wrote one blog back in November that basically said he thought the Oilers could win the Cup this year, then faded off into the distance, never to be heard from again. I actually have no idea what happened to that guy. What an all time mic drop.
Third, and finally, I cannot begin to describe how fired up I am to grow a playoff beard. Yes, I know I have a beard all the time anyways, but you better believe I’m shaving that shit clean off my face to take part in a tradition I’ve legit never been able to do. God I can’t wait for all these new and exciting things. What a time, Edmonton. What a goddamn time!
PS – This is the first time I’ve ever had to push back the ENS Oilers Awards. Coming soon, after the PLAYOFFS!