Last week, resident shipper/receiver extraordinaire, Chris the Intern, was cruising Reddit (instead of doing his job) and found this list that talks about various changes the world has seen since the Oilers last made the playoffs. Today, we’re going to break down the list, add some new stuff, and cry profusely. Buckle up, friends, cause this one is depressing.
Before I get into the list I will start by saying that this is an article that I never wanted to write. I take
no almost no pleasure in making fun of the Oilers, and talking about how the world keeps lapping them, but this list is just too good (read: sad) not to talk about. It goes without saying that times have been tough (DUH!) in OilersNation, and the idea of the Oilers actually being any good seems to akin to finding Sasquatch. There are people out there that believe both scenarios can happen, but we have yet to see anything that would prove it.
— Chris Gordeyko (@TheNationChris) March 21, 2016
As you can see from the list above, the world is changing in multiple ways and yet the Edmonton Oilers seems to always find a way to maintain consistency. I mean, it’s probably not the kind of consistency that you’d want to brag about, but here we are. Everyone knows that the Oilers are bad but seeing just how bad is almost amazing. Let’s break down the list.
Three Canadian Elections
This one is pretty crazy. Stephen Harper was elected as Prime Minister of Canada, succeeding Paul Martin, on February 6th, 2006. As we all know, Harper was ousted as Prime Minister back in November by Justin Trudeau. Point of the story? There have been three different Canadian Prime Ministers in the decade since the Oilers last made the playoffs. Gross.
Two New Countries
This has to be one of the crazier items on the list. In 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February. The country had remained in a state of turmoil with regional and political tensions adding to the unrest. In 2011, South Sudan declared independence from Sudan after a bloody civil war with the North that killed thousands of people and lasted for decades.
Liquid Water was Discovered on Mars
SCIENCE FOUND WATER ON FREAKIN’ MARS, MAN! MARS! Do you know how far away that is? Several meters away, at least. Even more impressive was probably how Matt Damon found a way to live there by himself for months before anyone was able to get back and rescue him.
The First Black President was Elected in the United States
Not only did Barack Obama get elected, it happened twice! Obama was elected and served two full terms as POTUS and will actually have his replacement sworn in before next year’s playoffs roll around. Could the first black president be followed up by the first female president before the Oilers catch a sniff of the playoffs? I guess we’ll see.
Both Twilight and the Hunger Games were conceptualized, published, and turned into movies
Regardless of what you think of both of these series, they were both megoladons in print and then again on the silver screen. As of 2014, the Hunger Games series had sold approximately 65 million copies, and the movies have grossed over $2.9 billion world wide.
As of 2011, the Twilight Series has sold approximate 120 million copies, and the movies grossed over $3.345 billion world wide. Twilight was such a monster that it even spawned a series of fan fiction was later turned into the 50 Shades of Grey books, which sold hundreds of millions of copies, and will be turned into three full length motion pictures (with the first already having been released).
Special shout out to friend of the Nation, Eric Johnson, for landing a major part in the new 50 Shades movies.
On June 29th, 2007, Apple Inc changed the game with the very first version of the iPhone. I remember my buddy Rob getting the first iPhone, playing around with it, and feeling like I was on Star Trek. Touch screens and better phone games? Productivity be damned.
Remember during the 2006 Cup run when you could only tell your friends about what had just happened? Just imagine how much fun we would have had Tweeting out pictures of “shirts off for Horcoff” and Instagraming clips from the vibe at Rexall when 16,000+ were chanting “Manny, Manny” until he cracked. How ever did we get by without having to look at what Cindy from HR had for dinner? How did we survive without Farmville requests?
Since launching in 2004 (but not gaining mainstream popularity until later on) Facebook has amassed 1.59 billion monthly active users. Twitter was launched in July of 2006 and has racked up over 500 million users (332 million active users) with the freedom to complain about everything from work to sports to the quality of the interns you hire. Instagram was founded in 2010 and currently has an estimated 300 million active users. That’s a lot of bathroom selfies.
TV Shows Come and Go
There have been a lot of great shows that have started with some even ending since the last time the Oilers made the playoffs. Like what? Here’s a quick list:
Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad’s Spinoff Show – Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, Teen Mom OG, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Dexter, The Big Bang Theory, Community, The Voice, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Girls, The Knick, Boardwalk Empire, Jersey Shore, and I know I’m missing hundreds more. Feel free to leave your favourite in the comments.
The New Arena
I remember when talks of a new downtown arena started. When Daryl Katz bought the team from the EIG he made it clear that he wanted to bring a new barn to town because Rexall Place was breaking down. After years of arguing the shovels hit the ground and RX2 is actually set to open in September.
Leo Gets His Oscar
Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for an Oscar five times in his life (three times since 2006), finally winning in 2015. Atta be Leo.
Remember watching the playoffs in standard definition? Gross, right? If you don’t, feel free to cruise YouTube for clips from the playoffs run. They looked like they were filmed with an iPhone set to vaseline filter.
The Oilers Draft ALL of the First Overall Picks
Crosby vs. Ovechkin
The year that the Oilers went to the Stanley Cup final was actually the first year that NHL fans got to see both Sidney Crosby and Alexandre Ovechkin. We knew they would be special players back then, but just how special? Here are their regular season stats from the 2006/07 season onward.
OilersNation.com is Founded
On November 17th, 2007, former Nation overlord (and current YEGlebrity) Bingofuel posted the very first article on OilersNation.com. Since that time, we have posted over 8100 articles on ON and expanded the Network to 10 sites.
WHAT DID I MISS?
After the Oilers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs again I’ve spent the past week letting the past 10 years sink in, and thinking about how my life has changed over the past decade. The world keeps changing and the Oilers keep finding new and creative ways to get left behind. It really is crazy to think about how much has happened since the Oilers last played a playoff game, and there’s a real chance that this may not be the end of it.
Let me know, in the comments, if there’s anything I missed, or how your life has changed in the past 10 years. For me personally, I’ve had three different jobs, spent two years travelling the world, bought a house, a dog, and turned 30. The time she passes quickly, my friends, and the Oilers are doing any to help any of us feel any younger.