Through out the past season or two I have rolled with all the punches that have been thrown my way. If anyone has read any of my posts they can attest to me defending the city, the organization, and the players with every single stroke on the keyboard. This past season has been especially tough listening to what seems to be just about very single non-Oiler fan ripping on us.
What has transpired over the past week however has almost been draining. I still will defend Edmonton and the Oilers with every breath that I have. What has really gotten to me is the personal attacks on Edmonton from people that seem to think they have a clue but really do not.
I used to think that all the media coverage on the team has contributed greatly to the preception that Edmonton is not a desirable city to play in. Reading on this site and other sites however I am starting to second guess my thoughts. I am of the opinion that the fans of this organization are playing a larger part than most of us are willing to admit. It all started back during the cup run when Whyte Avenue was vandalized. I remember reading in the papers that "true fans would not do this." Now I am reading a lot of comments that are trying to defend the Oilers that consists of "Ya well your city sucks!" or "your team sucks more." How is this helping any sort of preception of the city, the team or its fans? What is wrong with trying to open the eyes of people to the kind of city that Edmonton is? Why have I not read much (if anything) about the city having some of the largest festivals in the world (i.e. - Fringe festival), or the fact that Edmonton has an amazing river valley filled with trails and parks, or the fact that Edmonton has over 60 golf courses, or West Edmonton Mall, or the Grand Prix, or the dining, museums, the list goes on. Instead of anyone coming up with reasons why Edmonton is one of the greatest cities in the world (IMO) all I seem to read is fans defending a personal insult with one of their own.
I guess I must not be a true Oilers fan since I do not think that the world is against us, but I think "we" think the world is against us and we seem to be giving the world more reason to be against us.