It seems when I present an argument or a retort to the Flames vs. Oilers question I am met with one response over and over again, it goes like this.
" yeah...well you ONLY have ONE Stanley Cup banner...".
Yeah, I guess it is true the Flames have ONLY one banner to hang and I won't get into a pissing competition about president banners and conference banners because really it is about the Stanley cup right?? At least I think so. The sad fact is neither club has anything to brag about, it's been over a decade, in fact almost two, since either of the organizations WON anything!! There is the respective conference titles but as any Oiler fan tells me it's about the Stanley Cups!!
Never mind the fact there are a number of clubs that have never won it at all and would like to at least claim that or even claim they won it during the peak of the oiler "dynasty" era when it was the hardest to do so, say like 1989.
If you're a hockey fan, and I am, you could never look at that team of the late 80's early 90's Oilers and say they sucked, they were incredible and would be in the top 5 of all time teams anywhere, i'm not even a fan of them and could tell you half of their roster from the top of my head.
Having said that, that time is over, it was over a long time ago. When Montreal doesn't make the playoffs this year (okay MAYBE they will) will they say, "yeah...but we won 20 some odd cups and Richard was the best ever all around player..."?? No... because it's pathetic. It reminds me of an old man talking about his hayday as the quaterback in highschool.
It's a new year, let's cheer our teams on to hopefully gain the next set of bragging rights which only last until the next winner is decided and we do it all over again. Take down the impotent "city of champions" sign until you win a cup. Otherwise get out your dust brushes, indiana jones hat and local guides to you can go dig up the fossil that is the Oiler dyanasty teams.