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Who Says the Oilers Can’t Laugh at Themselves?

If you didn’t realize that it was April 1st this morning, the latest Oilers’ press release may have caught you off guard:

Setting an unprecedented sporting spectacle, Oilers President and COO Patrick LaForge announced Sunday the Edmonton Oilers issued a challenge to the Edmonton Eskimos to go head-to-head in a two-game, total-point series later this spring. In addition to bragging rights (really, what else matters?), the City of Champions’ Edmonton Cup will be presented to the winning team.

Edmonton Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes was quick to accept the challenge issued by the Oilers. Game 1 will see the squads pitted against one another on Thursday, Jun. 7 at Rexall Place in an all-out, full-gear hockey game. Game 2 will happen on Friday, Jun. 29 at Commonwealth Stadium—again, full-gear and under authentic CFL rules, one night before the Eskimos take on the Toronto Argonauts in the club’s home opener.

With the debauchery that was the Magnus Paajarvi recall Friday, followed by the loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the sports fans in Edmonton could use a good laugh.

You really should read the whole write-up, they put some serious effort into this. Ryan Dittrick of EdmontonOilers.com goes on to discuss the “preparations” the Oilers have gone to:

Last week when the Oilers began a four-game road trip in Nashville, the club began its preparation by holding a lengthy, 45-minute football practice outside The Music City’s Bridgestone Arena. With that in mind, in addition to an extra-special on-ice session last week at Rexall Place, they’re heading into the mini-series feeling good about their game.

“I’m not too worried,” said Jordan Eberle, who’s a big CFL (Saskatchewan Roughriders) supporter. “We don’t have much chemistry is far as plays and all that, but a couple guys have pretty good arms. We’ve got the speed advantage, so if we can get open, we’ll get a couple TDs.”

If this ever were to happen, you can bet that Commonwealth Stadium and Rexall Place would immediate sell out. After all, when the Oilers suited up to play a baseball game, people came out in droves to support it.

Happy April Fools Day everyone!

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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.

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