THOMAS DRANCE NAMED NATION NETWORK OVERLORD

Wanye
February 02 2015 03:40PM

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The following is a look at the machinations and plots behind the scenes at the Nation Network. If you don't care/don't want to know please click here to read a riveting piece about the Oilers overcoming an early season insistence on using the swarm defense. You have been warned.

Late at night while everyone is asleep in their beds, little elves are hard at work redeveloping the 9 site Nation Network. This will mean a new look and new functionality across the sites, especially NHLNumbers.com. Once this Herculean task has been completed and the sites are all working from the same technology playbook we will get back to growing the Nation Network in terms of writers, sites and functionality. 

The Nation Network continues to grow year after year. Believe it or not we now see more traffic on a month to month basis in the US than in Canada and our sixth busiest city is now Helsinki, Finland. While we try to wrap our collective brains around those two facts and attempt to compute the direction in which we must head, work goes on mashing all our different outposts, 18,000 articles and 631,000 comments onto a new platform without losing a single precious word or well constructed comment.

We are currently 4 months into the redevelopment project working with contractors in Toronto and should start seeing some new babies pushed screaming out into the world in the next few weeks. From there we will begin work on the Nation Network App which will pull in data and articles from different sites and will include a sequel to the ever popular Clash of Clans.*

The team is growing too - we now count 56 writers on our roster and 6 FT staff at Nation Network World HQ and Car Wash in Edmonton and a second office now open in Toronto.** And today we are very pleased to name Thomas Drance as our Editor-in-Chief.

ALL HAIL TD

* Seriously imagine it did? That would be sick. That game runs my show.

** No actual office exists yet - just awesome folks working FT from coffee shops and their homes.

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#51 admiralmark
February 02 2015, 08:24PM
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Great. Now we can look forward to more Oiler bashing content. As if it wasnt easy enough.

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-edmonton-oilers-are-a-useless-franchise

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#52 MacT's Neglected Helmet
February 02 2015, 09:32PM
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Exciting stuff. Looking forward to see what you do with NHLNumbers. Especially in light of the huge void left by Capgeek. Would be interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at what the sort of technology and stack the Nation Network uses.

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#54 Lychan
February 02 2015, 09:50PM
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admiralmark wrote:

Great. Now we can look forward to more Oiler bashing content. As if it wasnt easy enough.

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-edmonton-oilers-are-a-useless-franchise

That's not so much oiler bashing as it is reporting of the facts

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#55 Lychan
February 02 2015, 09:52PM
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Wanye wrote:

Well just remember when you read that piece he works for us Oilers fans now. In fact a good whack of the hockey internet does now.

BAHAHAHAHAH WE ARE WINNING

Do you have an inside bet with KLowe to see who can do the most amount of rebuilds??

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#57 Lychan
February 02 2015, 10:04PM
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Wanye wrote:

Everytime you leave a comment like this it refreshes the page and loads new ads and we make $0.00024

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Hahaha

Well then, lets play 'lets make a deal'!! I could leave alot more comments like that one!! And this one!

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#58 Jordan McNugent-Hallkins
February 02 2015, 10:21PM
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admiralmark wrote:

Great. Now we can look forward to more Oiler bashing content. As if it wasnt easy enough.

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-edmonton-oilers-are-a-useless-franchise

A few choice excerpts from Thomas Drance's Vice article linked above:

"...they routinely humiliate their foolish supporters, they're favored by the misogynistic as well as the toothless...'

"Chris Pronger, like VICE Canada's favorite cartoonist, and anyone else who doesn't completely suck, decided 'F**k it, I don't want to live in Edmonton.'"

"'No, it wasn't Chris Pronger's decision' the Oilers fans cry, 'it was his wife who didn't want to stay here.' Let this be a reminder that Oilers fans can't wait to demonstrate how much they hate women."

"They're the f**king T-1000 of cocky for no reason fan-bases: short of a vat of molten steel, nothing can stop them!"

"Even though (relocation) would be a better fate than the continued mediocrity of the Oilers franchise, that level of performance is what the limp-dick Oilers and their hopeless f**king fans deserve."

Yeah, this guy is the perfect candidate to run a network of websites that Oiler fans built. Stay classy, Drance.

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#59 Lychan
February 02 2015, 10:28PM
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Jordan McNugent-Hallkins wrote:

A few choice excerpts from Thomas Drance's Vice article linked above:

"...they routinely humiliate their foolish supporters, they're favored by the misogynistic as well as the toothless...'

"Chris Pronger, like VICE Canada's favorite cartoonist, and anyone else who doesn't completely suck, decided 'F**k it, I don't want to live in Edmonton.'"

"'No, it wasn't Chris Pronger's decision' the Oilers fans cry, 'it was his wife who didn't want to stay here.' Let this be a reminder that Oilers fans can't wait to demonstrate how much they hate women."

"They're the f**king T-1000 of cocky for no reason fan-bases: short of a vat of molten steel, nothing can stop them!"

"Even though (relocation) would be a better fate than the continued mediocrity of the Oilers franchise, that level of performance is what the limp-dick Oilers and their hopeless f**king fans deserve."

Yeah, this guy is the perfect candidate to run a network of websites that Oiler fans built. Stay classy, Drance.

Hahahaha can't you see?!?! This guy is PERFECT!! We need someone to rival Lowe for fan hatred and this might be the only guy that stands a chance!!!!

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#60 GameTimeArt
February 02 2015, 10:50PM
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Great to see more stuff coming in for JetsNation.ca!

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#61 Garret Hohl
February 02 2015, 11:08PM
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Jets lost.

Fire Garret.

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#62 Awesome, good luck
February 03 2015, 01:29AM
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Good luck Drancer. I've highly enjoyed reading all your work over the years. I've learned a lot due to you. I wish the Canucks would have hired you, they are in deserate need of your help. But good luck as the overlord!!

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#63 Burnward
February 03 2015, 07:49AM
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Jordan McNugent-Hallkins wrote:

A few choice excerpts from Thomas Drance's Vice article linked above:

"...they routinely humiliate their foolish supporters, they're favored by the misogynistic as well as the toothless...'

"Chris Pronger, like VICE Canada's favorite cartoonist, and anyone else who doesn't completely suck, decided 'F**k it, I don't want to live in Edmonton.'"

"'No, it wasn't Chris Pronger's decision' the Oilers fans cry, 'it was his wife who didn't want to stay here.' Let this be a reminder that Oilers fans can't wait to demonstrate how much they hate women."

"They're the f**king T-1000 of cocky for no reason fan-bases: short of a vat of molten steel, nothing can stop them!"

"Even though (relocation) would be a better fate than the continued mediocrity of the Oilers franchise, that level of performance is what the limp-dick Oilers and their hopeless f**king fans deserve."

Yeah, this guy is the perfect candidate to run a network of websites that Oiler fans built. Stay classy, Drance.

At least you know where you stand.

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#64 Trainreck Is Over??
February 03 2015, 08:57AM
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Wanye wrote:

Holy crap! Thanks for the heads up homie I just edited the blogroll. A lot of good blogs have gone the way of Rob Schremp. That sucks! Standby for an article about this tomorrow morning.

This is a support group, right? Thanx Wanye.

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#66 Justin Fisher
February 03 2015, 10:18AM
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Yes, but how does Thomas Drance feel about the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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#67 Justin Fisher
February 03 2015, 10:18AM
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Yes, but how does Thomas Drance feel about the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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#68 Jordan McNugent-Hallkins
February 03 2015, 10:39AM
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@Wanye

If that's supposed to be satire, he's a terrible writer and my point still stands.

And Burnward, I think I hear your cows escaping. Grab your Stetson and get after them.

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#69 Graham S.
February 03 2015, 03:27PM
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Well done Tom!

May your NaNaa bestow delicious cabbage rolls upon you for a great accomplishment. Hope all is well, and get at me if you ever need a local's perspective on the Colorado Avalanche.

Hoping the Canucks don't do anything stupid to acquire Ryan O'Reily.

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