The fall guy…

By , January 29, 2010 11:27 am
The original fall guy / 6-million dollar man

The original fall guy / 6-million dollar man

Yesterday, Guy Flaming over at Coming Down the Pipe posted a great article about a fan who called into the Oilers lunch this week saying that “the fans will need a sacrifice.” In Guy’s article, he speculated that it could be the scouting staff taking the fall, just based on that they hadn’t had their contracts renewed and because they have been one constant through much of this mess. Guy did feel though that this would be a “smoke screen”, if that group were cleaned up, and I agree as well. No matter how you stack it, this is still an issue with management. Continue reading 'The fall guy…'»

Strategic Initiative (The Rebuild) – by Norweigan Oiler

By , January 29, 2010 12:01 am

My Take on Taking Strategic Initiative

As from a grotesque fairy tale, the doomsday prophets of this forum emerge from their lairs to claim their spoils. Unfortunately, many are too busy giving themselves credit to receive additional pats on the back. These grim losing days, growing ever so familiar as it rhymes so well with our past, do seem to narrow our vision to the level of 2008-Hemsky looking for the power-play back door pass. If it is possible to describe this season as a reversion to the performances we have become all to familiar with (although reversion implies some change) so the fans revert to their explanatory theories. Most of the time they orbit, like trusty lunar objects, around reactive measures – the sacking of a coach, the removal of a player, the stripping of a captaincy or the execution of the executives. What about pro-active approaches? As Alan Kay said: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Once again I will shamelessly forge my arguments in the foundries of far greater speakers than I, as Dwight D. Eisenhower said: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Planning, at least planning discernible from the outside, has been glaringly absent in recent years. Seneca noted that “If you do not know to what port you are sailing, no wind is favourable” and that still illustrates how one should “Never confuse movement with action” (as Hemingway put it). And mounted loyally astride on the directionless Oiler prairie horse are the fans, though we seem to face backwards far too often. It is always about blame here, now we’re busy figuring out if Lowe or Tambellini is most responsible, naturally so, because as with most mammals the droppings of the equus is left in its trail. But what about the road ahead? Continue reading 'Strategic Initiative (The Rebuild) – by Norweigan Oiler'»

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