I don’t ‘do’ end of season player report cards. I know they’re all the rage on sports radio and print media, but in my opinion, the Oilers all deserve a D-.
When it comes to the coaching grade, I will weigh in heavily.
It’s no secret I’m not a fan of Dallas Eakins. I didn’t like the way he came in, his performance during the season, nor the dismal finish. But that would be a boring ‘report card’ and a very short one. So, I’ll grade the Oiler media crew instead.
Bob Stauffer D-
Not a fan. While playing both sides of the fence, (Homer (working for the team) and Hater (negative and blame shifter) I cannot sit through an entire show.
But lets be clear, he was the only viable option during the Dan Tencer era. If you can’t handle Stauffer, it is 100x better than Tencer’s hated evening show.
*Since Dan is no longer on sports duty (thank you, God), I will include him here*. Highlights include: blaming for the Oilers dismal season last year on ‘the fans not cheering loud enough’, and the horrible shade comment towards Josh Harding playing with Multiple Sclerosis (‘Josh Harding. In net. This is going to be horrendus’). I have yet to hear anybody say ‘ I really miss Tencer”, but listening to Bob could possibly do that.
Reid Wilkens D
Reid was Tencer’s producer for several years. He’s a young, fledgling radio guy, doing the best he can given the unfortunate inheritance of the crappy show before him. He’ll grow into it, I think, but he has shown the same ignorant and rude interactions with callers, and inappropriate jokes and dead air moments as his predecessor. He’s from my mother’s home town, though, and my Uncle plowed his parent’s driveway for years.
Neilson & Fraser A+
Desperately seeking a morning show for my drive to school and back every morning, these guys make my days better. Every. Single. Day. They are fun, honest, and creative. I literally ‘laugh out loud’ at the ‘Morning Mandate’ and ‘Sad Suter’ segments.
Jason Gregor B+
Gregor personally promised me I would ‘Be Entertained’ by his show when I went public with Dan Tencer’s MS comment. I have MS, and relented on Twitter that I ‘wish everybody would preface MY work with, “With MS” and, “This is going to be horrendous” like he did for Harding. Jason Gregor was astounded that anybody could be such an ass on air, and invited me to check out his show on 1260 in the afternoon. I happily obliged. I like it, and I don’t always agree, but I learn a lot and hear all kinds of points of view from him and his variety of guests. Happy to report that I am, indeed, entertained.
In addition, Jason rides the MS Bike Tour raising money every year for MS research for people like me. He is my hero for that.
Jason Strudwick D-
This might be an unfair assessment because it stems from a comment he made (and when asked about it, defended) about adoption in Canada. Jason and his wife have an AMAZING story of difficulties conceiving, and the adoption of their children. In a story printed by the Edmonton Sun, claimed they ‘adopted from the US because in Canada, there is no such thing as closed adoption, meaning “the biological mother has to be at every birthday, Christmas and holiday in our home”.
I am a former foster mother of 24 babies, and adoptive mom of 2. I was involved in 20 adoptions. None of the statement above is truthful nor factual. I have also spent my life traveling North America as a professional speaker on the topics of foster care, adoption, and FASD. I appeared on the Oprah Show and shared my story with Ellen.
When I kindly asked him to reword his comment on the subject, he wrote me a very defensive, angry letter. I will happily continue correcting his myth of adoption in Canada, because it’s my passion and life’s work. I may as well, since I’m speaking to millions of people through my shows and media anyway. No problem.
However, commenting that he understood why the Oilers wouldn’t be trying very hard at the end of the season, and it would be understandable for them to ‘mail it in’ made me angry.
“Are you telling me none of you ever lacked motivation to do your job?” He asked. My reply, “I’m an OB nurse, I’m pretty sure you’d prefer I be ‘motivated’ for the birth of your child. Mail it in? That’s the Stork.”
I’m really tired of ex-athletes getting their own shows.
Much like my daughter’s first assessment in French Emersion ; it was so bad, they couldn’t even give her a grade. I have one question on Hall; What time can I set my alarm that Bryan Hall WON’T be on the radio? Answer: Never. You have to change the station.
If that wasn’t bad enough, (as of last summer), I now have a giant mural of Hall’s face that I can see out my back door.
If Oiler media and personnel don’t improve over the off season, (like I expect the team to), I may be forced to turn off my radio after 10 am in the future. Thanks to Nielson and Fraser, my faith will be restored until then.