The Edmonton Oilers Actually Raised A Banner Commemorating The Online Poll That Named The 84-85 Oilers The 'Greatest Team Ever'
As any person that's ever entered into an emotional and un-winnable pissing contest between friends of differing sports' allegiances will tell you, the concept of conveniently referencing past triumphs to ease the pain of the present is nothing new. I just never thought I'd see the day where a once-proud professional organization would buy into it in such an excessive way that they'd hang the results of an online poll from rafters that were previously home to only the highest of accomplishments. I know it's not easy to divert the attention away from the wasting of a generational talent, but surely the Oilers could have done better than immortalizing subjective internet narratives.
Admittedly, this feels like it was the league's idea. Still, someone...no...anyone in that organization with a semblance of pride should absolutely have stepped in before one of the most decorated franchises in the NHL embarrassed themselves with a label that's fitting of the inside of a kindergartner's Mother's Day card. Stanley Cup championships, 'Hall Of Fame' careers, and now the type of half-false advertisement you'd expect to see printed on the side of a novelty coffee mug or written in neon lights inside the window of a run-of-the-mill pizza joint are what hang amongst the rarified air of the Edmonton Oiler's new home. What's next, we going to start passing out rings for a certain number of retweets?
Honestly, it's a good thing none of their retired numbers represent athletes who have passed away because - contrary to popular belief - I hear there's not all that much room left for rolling over in graves. The overly dramatic trumpets serving as the background for a ceremonial banner raising that was likely made possible by way of an organized effort to complete the impossible task of navigating NHL.com was nothing short of pure comedy, which makes total sense...considering it was basically stolen straight from a well-known scene in a popular one...