GLORY DAZE

Wanye
July 11 2011 01:34PM

 

 

Sweet tap dancing Gods of Hockey. Is that the newly signed Captain of the Winnipeg Jets riding a private plane into town wearing a cape and looking like every bit of the man who is going to lead the team back onto the ice after a 15 year hiatus?

Why that is exactly what that is. What a wonderful day.

There are precious few times in life where wrongs can be righted years after the fact. Accidentally punch your brother in the face when you were 8 and broke his glasses? Odds are he is going to carry that grudge to his grave, or at the very least bring it up in front of girlfriends for the next 20 years*

Perhaps you were cut from an athletic team as a youth because you were impossibly small as a 7th grader. Odds are you aren’t about to go back to your junior high school and demand the second opportunity to try out for the Junior Men’s Basketball team all these years and all these inches later.

Even if you made the team, having girls from your school watch you practice is nowhere near as cool as it would have been back in the day. No, that ship has sailed too*

But lo and behold one of the biggest injustices in Canadian sport has been reversed some 15 years later, and the Winnipeg Jets are back on the ice for the 2011-12 NHL season. And don't even try to bother us with all of your logical rhetoric that the Jets are currently languishing in Phoenix and that the Thrashers are in fact the team returning - not the Jets.

*Stories appear courtesy of the Life of Wanye (2011) 

A QUICK TEST

Are these the real Winnipeg Jets? Let’s take ask a few pertient questions shall we?

Question 1: Do they play in Winnipeg? (Yes/No)

Question 2: Are they called the Jets? (Yes/No)

Question 3: Does the jerseys they wear say Jets on the front? (Yes/No)

Exactly.

The Jets have come home and they are a damn fine team in a few years too if you ask us**

**Which you should

LET’S GET IT

Soon enough the rapturous joy of having the Jets back on the ice will wear off, buried under an under performing powerplay, injury problems or some such thing. Same goes for the out pouring of goodwill from hockey fans around the league.

So long as Winnipeg is playing in the Eastern Conference you have the unparalleled support of the Western Conference fans. We hope you go all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in 2012 – before losing to Edmonton in a sweep where you are outscored by a combined tally of 92-3***

But next year, when you are in the Western Conference and fighting with our beloved Oilers for precious playoff points there will be no love. But in the meantime we have no beef with you Winnipeg.

In fact we are pretty pumped for you cats. As someone who lives in Edmonton and has lived through a year long hockey strike we can only imagine what NHL free Canadian winters must be like year after year after year.

But all that frozen boredom ends in October.

***Story appears courtesy of the Hopes of Wanye (2011)

CONSIDER THIS A WARM WELCOME

The interepid battalion of Nation Network writers will be setting up shop here in the next few weeks, introducing you to your new team in the detail that can only come from being REALLY REALLY intense about your ice hockey squadron.

In the meantime however, consider this to be a guest book where everyone can stop by and wish the Winnipeg Jets and their legions of fans all the best. All the temporary best mind you, cause next year we hope you go 0-82 and are robbed of your good players in a series of lopsided trades by the Edmonton Oilers who are looking to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions in the 2012-13 season.

ITS TIME TO LAUGH AGAIN

Remember this sad, sad day? Well the next time the Jets play the Wings? It's gonna be some sweet sweet comeuppance.

Final note: Big ups to Lead Hands McLezy for the inaugual photo on JetsNation.ca. Nice.

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#1 Jeffrey Chapman
July 11 2011, 01:37PM
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FIST

I CANNOT ENTER THE MEGA KEG.

KEYS TO THE MEGA KEG PLZ

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#2 otto
July 11 2011, 01:56PM
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Welcome to the nation boys!You get a one season grace period and then,YOU SUCK!

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#3 Ender
July 11 2011, 04:00PM
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Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement wrote:

A kitten in the picture can only mean 1 thing! The fine work of Lead Hands McLezy!

The only way I will continue to visit JetsNation is to view JTT pictures or comment on polls.

I wondered who the artist might be. Some damn fine work there.

Go* Jets!

*For a limited time only; terms and conditions apply. See your local Oilers fan for details.

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#4 Jamie B.
July 11 2011, 02:33PM
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Oh, man, I didn't even notice Ladd was saving a kitten. Or is he holding it up to be hit by lightning in a sacrifice to the hockey gods? Doesn't matter, BEST PICTURE EVER.

The Jets back in the league and Ryan Smyth back in Edmonton. Ahhhh, the '90s.

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#5 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
July 11 2011, 03:25PM
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Wanye wrote:

I am so sad that JTT no longer has a career that allows me to gaze upon his raven locks on the reg.

Yes Jets Fans you can expect 50% hockey talk and 50% JTT talk 24/7/365 here!

A kitten in the picture can only mean 1 thing! The fine work of Lead Hands McLezy!

The only way I will continue to visit JetsNation is to view JTT pictures or comment on polls.

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#6 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
July 11 2011, 03:26PM
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Wanye wrote:

I feel a strong attachment to the Jets for some reason. Perhaps because WPG and EDM are essentially the same City. I may not hate them until they snatch a single point from the Oilers clutches.

THEN ITS GAME TIME

Give it a year until they join the North West, Then it starts. Until then its like rootin on a little brother.

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#7 Dyckster
July 11 2011, 03:43PM
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Wanye,

What (if any) writers have you got lined up for this fine new site? Scott Taylor, Burton Cummings?

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#8 Wax Man Riley
July 11 2011, 03:49PM
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Jeffrey Chapman wrote:

FIST

I CANNOT ENTER THE MEGA KEG.

KEYS TO THE MEGA KEG PLZ

Is that the fist FIST of JetsNation?

*gets out pen and writes down "Jeffery Chapman, Fist Fist on JetsNation" in useless trivia book right below "Chrlie Chaplin once won third place in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest" but right above "If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar."

Props to you fo sho!

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#9 RexLibris
July 11 2011, 04:32PM
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Awesome to have the Jets back. They aren't tops of the hate-list like the Leafs, Nucks and Flames are yet, but there was a time when the only thing worse than losing to the knuckle-draggers in So-Al was to lose to the Jets. Now, about that Bogosian kid...remember back in 1992 when you drafted this guy named Khabibulin, well, we've been keeping him safe, waiting for your return. So how's about a swap?

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#10 jsoh
July 11 2011, 04:41PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpZ7okQsn60 LOOK AT THIS, AERONAUTICAL EMPATHY. STAN LEE SAW THE FUTURE.

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#11 Jofa
July 11 2011, 11:50PM
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Can't f**kin wait for the puck to drop in Winnipeg next season.

Having a team ripped from the fabric of a community and sent to a disinterested fan base in an American desert is a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone, except Canucks fans.

I never imagined, watching my Jets 15 years ago play their final game in a sea of white, that I'd ever see them return. The return of the Jets to the NHL is truly one of life's few and far between beautiful moments when what is right actually seems to coincide with reality. F* you Gary F*'in Bettman. Winnipeg returns, and the demise of Phoenix is soon to follow, weasel.

Mark it in your calendar, the first WPG NHL game of the 2011/12 season. It's going to be an amazing night, where a city that never gave up hope will welcome back it's team. I don't care where your allegiance lies, this is about righting a wrong in the universe and bringing hockey back to the Canadian prairies where it belongs.

Go Jets. Thanks for keeping our name... I trust you won't lame out the new logo and jerseys.

And please bring back the oversized portrait of the queen. It's not the same without Lizzie watching over her Jets.

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#12 Brownlee loves the word meow
July 12 2011, 01:56AM
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Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement wrote:

A kitten in the picture can only mean 1 thing! The fine work of Lead Hands McLezy!

The only way I will continue to visit JetsNation is to view JTT pictures or comment on polls.

Meow sweet odens raven! I figured I needed a signature on the photo... And since have a cat beard and mullet.. It seemed to be fitting. Oh ya and I really like my kitten. Her name is peaches.

Glad to see it on the FIST article. Wanye is a fine man he is.

Good to see the site up and running! Hopefully the jets fans start flooding it with FISTS! That is the only way I'll props anyone on this site.. Unless they talk highly of the oilers.. Or kittens. Those are the only three things I will props. Or if you make fun of soccer!

That is all.

Oh ya. Congrats jets fans. Welcome back. You have a year grace period.. Then your the flames as far as I'm concerned. Until then, good luck and enjoy.

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#13 jeanshorts
July 11 2011, 02:03PM
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Okay, first post on Jets Nation. I have to make it a good one. I don't want to do anything that'll make me look stu- OHMYGOD JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS!!!!!

*dies*

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#15 Kent Wilson
July 11 2011, 02:04PM
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@Wanye

By which you mean, of course, that the mega keg keys are in the mail.

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#17 Jodes
July 11 2011, 02:16PM
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Love the pic Wanye.. Holding the kitten just makes it so much more..umm.. classy.. yeah thats it!

Welcome back Jets fans!

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#18 tho318
July 11 2011, 02:26PM
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welcome back jets! :D

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#19 David S
July 11 2011, 02:29PM
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One damn fine site there boys. I must say the writing here is stellar. This "Wanye" fellow is quite the pensman.

Oh and I might as well get this out of the way too. SUCK IT JETS FANS YOU SUCKY SUCKS!

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#20 Art M
July 11 2011, 02:32PM
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I was wondering if this day would ever come...

The Jets returning to Winnipeg I mean.. although I was starting to think about when the Jets would get a Nation site of their own...

Great start!

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#21 freeze
July 11 2011, 02:35PM
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Anyone from Winnipeg read this yet? Also, Oilerz beat Red Wings?! Woooo!

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#22 Team Nuge
July 11 2011, 02:37PM
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Try as I might, I just cannot hate these cute little Jets. They are going to have to do something really nasty to us before I can scrape together some hatred for them. They are just so adorable! Look at those little Jets fans, just sitting there, watching the game quietly. Respectful of the other team. Did I see that right? Did they actually have some retired numbers up there? And some banners? Awwww.

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#23 David S
July 11 2011, 02:48PM
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I feel somewhat misled about this "Mega Keg" party. But that is one damn huge keg, I'll give you that.

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#24 D'oh-ilers
July 11 2011, 02:52PM
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Finally! Every Jets blog I've come across has huffed more dong than a dong huffing machine (I only assume such a device exists, if not, I need to get a patent post-haste!).

I know next-to-nothing about my new home-province team. Enlighten me, oh Wanye, with your flying monkeys of Jetness.

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#25 Dyckster
July 11 2011, 03:02PM
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As a landed Albertagrant from The Peg and a passionate reader of The Nation, Oilers Style, I HIGHLY encourage all Peggers to bookmark this site.

Oh, and, Wanye is a bit of a homer cuz he LOVES him some Jordan Eberle. But he can write a kick _ss blog I tells ya. So read his stuff, okay?

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#26 geoilersgist
July 11 2011, 03:02PM
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Ah the Jets are back and the Jets nation has been born. I agree a one year grace period on the dirty talking and then BAM! it will be on like donkey kong

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#28 OilerLand
July 11 2011, 03:42PM
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Let me just be the first to say JETS SUCK!!!

#GOILERS

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#29 michael
July 11 2011, 03:48PM
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Welcome JetsNation. Another team to squish beneath our skatebladed in the years to come."Welcome back Fodder".

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#30 Dano
July 11 2011, 03:49PM
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Welcome back to the game Winnipeg

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#31 Ales Hallsy's Junk
July 11 2011, 04:03PM
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Welcome, you no cup havin mofos. jets and canucks like two pees in a poop.

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#32 Oilerpride15
July 11 2011, 04:12PM
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FINALLY, THE JETS HAVE COMEBACK TO WINNIPEG! Welcome home. Happy to see you back, until hall smyth eberle paarajvi whitney nugent-hopkins hemsky barker and possibly dubnyk all score a hat trick on you in our first meeting. Now if only they would bring seinfeld back the world would be ok.

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#33 Sparky
July 11 2011, 04:19PM
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Welcome back! You get one season of me cheering for you while you are in the east, after that.... Well let's just say I will cheer for you against the nucks and flames but that's about it! #bleedoil

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#34 Bucknuck
July 11 2011, 04:20PM
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Welcome to the Nation, Jets. If there was ever a city that needed something to cheer about in the depths of winter, it is Winterpeg.

I am happy for you guys. I hope you beat every team except the Oilers.

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#35 Shredder
July 11 2011, 04:29PM
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Good FISTing for the very first Jetsnation blog. While I'm loving the enthusiasm of Jets supporters so far, I'm just waiting for the day when they start getting snobby about their team, saying they're the best, and calling out every other Canadian team like they've never done anything. Then they can go FIST themselves...

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#36 Aitch
July 11 2011, 05:00PM
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Jets! I once spent part of a Winter in Winterpeg. My hockey highlight was recording the Wayne Gretzky HHOF induction stuff onto 18 VHS tapes. Or was it watching my nephew's Pee Wee team practice. Either way, congrats on becoming relevant again.

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#37 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
July 11 2011, 05:41PM
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Welcome back Jets fans

Nation has your Jets covered

BY THE WAY......YOU SUCK

Edit: Jets Fans, I write Haiku, you dont like it, dont prop it. For now that you are in the East, GO JETS GO, but once you leave the "Dark Side" I hope the Mighty Oil lay another 10-4 beating on you.

Seriously tho, Welcome back.

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#38 lostdog82
July 11 2011, 05:45PM
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Welcome back to the NHL.One more team to cheer for against Calgary. Embrace the JetsNation and kiss your wife good bye cause you will spend ALOT of time on here.

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#39 ItsTheBGB
July 11 2011, 06:55PM
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I love the Hustle Hard remix, Wanye!!!!!!

BTW, WELCOME JETS NATION, LET'S TELL THE WORLD!!!!

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#40 Coaliethegoalie
July 11 2011, 07:01PM
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Welcome back Jets!! As a devout Oiler fan for life, you will forever be my 2nd pick. May you lay many beatings on the Canucks, Habs, Sens, Leafs and especially the Flames. Mostly the Canucks and Flames.

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#41 nofool6110
July 11 2011, 07:30PM
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And finally, we have made it seven!

YEAH JETS! May the good grace of Canada's winter empower you with the ability to destroy all, except Edmonton, and especially Calgary!

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#42 Puritania
July 11 2011, 08:06PM
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Jets? I thought I was able to buy Cialis online here.

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#43 Guardian
July 11 2011, 08:25PM
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My hometown is back in the NHL after 15 long years.

GO JETS GO

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#44 ubermiguel
July 11 2011, 09:19PM
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It's not often you can bear witness to the birth of a nation, first South Sudan and now Jets Nation! Wayne's a regular Ban Ki-moon.

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#45 DoubleJ
July 11 2011, 09:31PM
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My new second favorite team in the NHL.

Who's the longest running Player on this team?

These players are about to become famous, it's like they're won Canadian Idol.

No more walking through the local mall unnoticed. So Exciting.

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#46 Reagan
July 11 2011, 10:58PM
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I have to hand it to you Wayne. If you can make as much revenue on advertising on Oilersnation, you can now screw the Winnipeg Free Press... :)

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#47 Jodan
July 11 2011, 11:03PM
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Welcome back to the party Jets fans! I hope for many blowout victory against the other "Canadian" teams this year for you (except for Edmonton of course, let's get serious). Next year though you can suck it real hard, like burrows does for the sedins! until then WHOOOOHOOO GO JETS! oh and what the heck is Ladd doing to that poor kitten? doesn't he know we no longer have to sacrifice animals to the bettman demon for his safety and protection?

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#48 Dean Belanger
July 12 2011, 08:00AM
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Love it!

Heading to the Peg on Wednesday. Going to the Bombers game and will surely be buying one of those awesome 80's look jerseys.(2-0!!!) Will be buying all sorts of Jets clothes at River City too.

Can't wait to get back home and escape the rain...

Oh yeah, took advantage of the sports closet deal yesterday and bought the Smytty jersey. Thanks for bringing the Peg into the Nation Wanye.

LIFE IS GOOD!

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#49 Oilerbill
July 12 2011, 09:55AM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Is that the fist FIST of JetsNation?

*gets out pen and writes down "Jeffery Chapman, Fist Fist on JetsNation" in useless trivia book right below "Chrlie Chaplin once won third place in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest" but right above "If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar."

Props to you fo sho!

I have a pocket full of toonies that beg to differ.

JETS SUCK!!! FIST to you guys being the Oilers personal whipping boys once again.

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#50 spOILer
July 12 2011, 01:46PM
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Welcome Doormat.

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