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It’s 1989 All Over Again!

From the “it’s about time” file comes today’s news that my beloved Calgary Flames have decided to rewind the clock and wear retro jerseys from the 1980’s for five home games this year in order to commemorate their 30th anniversary.  These jerseys will always have a special place in my heart.  The Flames wore these the night they became the only visiting team ever to hoist the Stanley Cup in the hallowed Montreal Forum (and made a 14 year old boy very happy!).  The return of the jerseys are just the first step.  I can see it all now… The glory of 1989 is returning!

And speaking of the glory of 1989… How about a little trip down memory lane?  This one is for all of my poor, misguided friends whose allegiance lies further west.  Enjoy!

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  1. Gil #

    Beautiful… simply beautiful. Can’t say more, it’s all too emotional.

    September 2, 2009
  2. GROSS.

    September 2, 2009
  3. I believe they are wearing those jerseys here as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzPLHyfttQM

    September 2, 2009
    • No, Paul, those are white. Sheesh…

      September 3, 2009
      • hahha to true… those are classic jerseys I will admit it… I am annoyed that my beloved nucks change jerseys way tooo often!

        September 3, 2009
  4. J Janzen #

    A confession:

    (As a Winnipeg Jets fan, I’m somewhat embarrassed about this, but…)

    In 1989 I cheered wholeheartedly for the Flames. Mostly because of a diminutive rookie sparkplug from Russell, Manitoba by the name of Theoren Fleury. (Not to mention the fact that ANYBODY BUT THE OILERS OR CANADIENS was worthy of my support.)

    Yes, Ryan, that Cup run went down well. I was a very pleased 13-year-old when Lanny McDonald’s mustache hoisted Lord Stanley’s Mug in triumph.

    Speaking of glory days and Theoren Fleury, I hear he’s attempting a comeback with the Flames. Another good omen, perhaps?

    September 3, 2009
    • No need to be embarrassed J. I cheered for the Jets just as lustily when they played against the hated Oilers. In fact, looking back, I would almost say that the Jets were my second favourite team back in the day…

      Maybe once Gary Bettman publicly apologizes to hockey fans everywhere for his idiocy in robbing the Flames of their 2004 Stanley Cup and his general cluelessness about hockey (whilst wearing his 30th anniversary Flames jersey), he ought to be forced to announce that as compensation for this travesty the Tampa Bay Lightning are to be relocated to Winnipeg and renamed the Jets. I think this would be an appropriate (and long overdue) gesture to true hockey fans everywhere.

      And after he does this he should be forced to resign. And give back a portion of his salary over the last 10 years. And apologize to hockey fans everywhere. Did I already say that…?

      September 3, 2009
  5. Isn’t Fleury from Oxbow Saskatchewan?

    September 3, 2009
    • J #

      He was born there, but grew up in Russell.

      September 3, 2009
  6. Shawn Scheer #

    Hoisting the cup in the Forum is one for the history books, a proud moment for all Flame fans. I wonder if they will have an asterisk there as well for the underhanded, dare I say shameful foot of Joel Otto that kicked the series winning goal into the Vancouver net in Game seven of the opening round. Otto should have gone to the referee and said, “I cannot accept this outcome as I have clearly scored a goal in a unsportsmanlike manner!” Perhaps the Flames should wear black laces on one foot as well, in remembrance of the death of the integrity of the 1989 win. Just some thoughts form a Canuck fan who has clearly put it all behind me.

    September 3, 2009
  7. Gil #

    Shawn, while we’re on the topic of shameful injustices, I feel that it is my duty to remind you that Martin Gelinas scored a perfectly legitimate goal late in Game 6 of the 2004 Stanely Cup Final, a goal that would have given the Flames the Stanley Cup at home in front of their fans. This in the age of video review when the evidence pointed clearly toward a goal.

    I think the only appropriate punishment for this crime would be for Gary Bettman (while wearing a Flames jersey) to admit that he was part of a vast conspiracy to give a Florida team a cup to pump up American TV ratings and for the Tampa Bay Lightning to be stripped of their cup and sold to Jim Balsillie.

    If memory serves, I think that same Martin Gelinas scored another big goal earlier in that playoff run. I can’t quite remember who it was against mind you…

    September 3, 2009
    • I heartily endorse this recommendation. I think it would be only fair and appropriate. And the jersey Bettman wears should be the 30th anniversary addition…

      September 3, 2009
  8. Gil #

    I should clarify the above comment for Canuck fans – when I say ‘cup’ I mean the Stanley Cup. I realize you may be unfamiliar with this term so I thought I’d try to help. It’s awarded annually to the team that wins every round in the playoffs.

    September 3, 2009
    • Shawn Scheer #

      Gil, Cup? I agree that Canuck fans are generally unfamiliar with the true meaning. I think it’s what the Flames AHL defence was left holding when the Canucks played them down the stretch last year. Yes I remember now “…as Burrows broke down the right side Phaneuf was left waving his stick and holding his cup while Burrows put it over Kipper’s shoulder” Oh yes, bring on the fall!

      September 3, 2009
      • Gil #

        Yes Shawn, this is the difference between Flame fans and Canuck fans. Flame fans can hearken back to a golden age when they won the Stanley Cup. Canuck fans can look back wistfully at… Burrows beating Phaneuf one-on-one (not all that remarkable actually, most NHL forwards can do this) or (in Paul’s case) a Bure overtime goal on the way to a heartbreaking loss to the Rangers in 94. It’s OK, we understand. Small victories are important too.

        September 3, 2009
  9. LOL Gil… Bulin made the stop its clear the above angle clearly shows the puck never went in. ONly from the front angle it kind of looks like it… but it never crossed the line.

    🙂

    September 3, 2009
    • Gil #

      It was a goal. Only a Russian, a Lightning fan or Gary Bettman would argue otherwise.

      September 3, 2009
      • Just watched it on youtube… it was not in… close soo close, like bure hitting the post in game seven..but alas no goal 🙂 But Fedotenko’s brilliant goals in that series were in fact goals 🙂

        September 3, 2009
      • Gil #

        Oh, you actually WATCHED it??? I should try that next time. Thanks for settling this.

        September 3, 2009
      • 🙂 I miss you Gil.

        September 3, 2009
  10. I’m sensing a little bit of (entirely unintended and unanticipated, on my part) bad blood between Canucks and Flames fans here. This saddens me. I realize it is difficult for Canucks fans to move past the annual disappointments that come along with their team’s Cupless (of the big “C” variety, Shawn) history and that it is easy to lash out in frustration and envy at Flames fans. This is tragic, but understandable.

    Soooo… as a gesture of goodwill and sympathy to my long suffering Canucks’ brethren, I am willing to publicly throw my support behind the Vancouver Canucks’ acquiring the services of Flames hero and Oxbow/Russell native Theoren Fleury for the upcoming season. He may be in his mid-40’s and have lost his scoring touch and speed, but I think he would fit in very well with the rest of the Canucks forwards. What he lacks in skill, size, and commitment I think he would make up for with his general familiarity with the Stanley Cup and winning in general. I think that signing Fleury could be an excellent bridge-building opportunity that could de-escalate some of the unfortunate tension caused by my (apparently) inflammatory post.

    No need to thank me for this magnanimous gesture. You are all very welcome in advance.

    September 3, 2009
    • HAHAHA that was good… ohh how close and yet so far 94 was for the canucks… sigh… looking forward to this new year. 🙂

      September 3, 2009
    • Shawn Scheer #

      I believe there is an opening in Game Program sales for Theoren…Perhaps Roberto could use someone to detail his car…

      September 3, 2009
      • Gil #

        By the end of his contract, Roberto will need someone to push his wheelchair.

        September 3, 2009
  11. 27.5 million in four players….kipper, dion, and bouw all making over 6.5. Ouch.

    September 3, 2009
    • Yeah, it’s a lot for four players. But with those jerseys

      September 4, 2009
  12. Gentlemen your opportunity to celebrate the stanley cup is long overdue – its true. I suppose that these rivalries are needed to bolster the waning morale that has crept in like so much swine flu (to both flames and nucks fans). winning lord stanley’s cup is just not that big a deal – Boston beating Montreal – now thats something to blog about.
    The greatest players in hockey have played for the Bruins and no other team can rival the brilliant line up they have boasted over the years…

    September 6, 2009
    • Dale here is a cool play by my favorite ex-player against boston: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zQk9CTQNK8

      September 6, 2009
      • Mdaele #

        right sure
        but you are avoiding the challenge list the players that the Nucks have iced over the years and try to compare the sum to the Bruins, line up go ahead
        convince me that Linden and pavel can stack up against Bourque and Neely and Espo
        I know its hard but it is important to reinforce your place in the grand scheme of hockey pecking order.

        September 6, 2009
  13. “BOBBY ORR!” LOL relax don cherry… 🙂

    September 6, 2009
  14. Mdaele #

    avoidance strategies are indeed inventive

    September 6, 2009
    • My memory isn’t great but did Borque or Neely for that matter win a cup in Boston? I do believe Borque won one but I believe it was somewhere in the west, 😉 BUt Bure was better then them all 🙂

      September 7, 2009

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