With the news that the NHL lockout is coming to a grizzly(sic) conclusion, I’ve decided to finally throw my towel into the Oilogosphere with a write-type place to call my own – The Boys on the Bus. Firstly, I still cannot believe this URL was not taken. You can accuse me of cyber-squatting all you want, but multiple decades after the creation of the world wide web you’d think the Oilers would have registered this beaut by now. Secondly, I’m really not sure how often I’ll write or what exactly I’ll write about, but you’d be safe in assuming it’ll be a mix of thoughts about statistics, hockey analytics in general, observations, and witty, general repartee pertaining to the Oilers.
I’ve been a fan of the team for as long as I can remember — growing up in the Edmonton area, it’s kind of hard not to be indoctrinated. Growing up during the heyday of almost certainly the most thrilling club hockey team this world has ever known only made the brainwashing that much easier. I’ve lived through the highs and the lows of a team that seems to undulate only between lovable and comically inept. The current situation is a challenging one — it is a truly difficult proposition to simultaneously love your team and yet hold much of the culture and direction of it in contempt. But hell, if I’m going to watch the games and form functional opinions on them, I might as well share them.
Anyone that follows me on Twitter will likely know much of my philosophy about the current team and its management. There are many active and rational voices in the Oilogosphere that echo much of my thoughts about the team. Indeed, I’d propose that Oilers fans are the most spoiled in the entire league in terms of the depth, breadth, and quality of written words available on the home squad. However, you can only say so much on Twitter without turning into one of those tiresome sorts who writes 5 tweets in a row and still comes off like a prattling weenie.
The shortened season gives the team an opportunity to start righting the wrongs of the past, oh, decade or so. Considering whose names are on the billing, they certainly have their work cut out for them. Let’s see where this goes…