Oilers didn't think ditty all that funny

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

CALGARY -- So much for the Battle of Alberta being fun.

Legal issues got in the way of a little bit of joy this week.

The gang at Fan960 came up with a funny song in light of the Edmonton Oilers' 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

(With Weird Al Yankovic-style, they used the song Lola by the Kinks and turned it into GOALA.)

Well, seems the neighbours to the north didn't like it, not many of the Oiler-nation faithful and certainly not the team.

The Calgary radio station had to pull it down from its archives because the song used copyrighted material from the radio broadcast, the play-by-play calls of various goals, a complaint the Oilers made to the NHL, which in turn contacted the gang at Fan960.

Pointed out Oilers vice-president of communications and broadcasting Allan Watt, clips of the broadcast featuring Rod Phillips and Bob Stauffer are for "editorial or news use" by other radio stations.

"People doing Edmonton Oiler parodies is fine. Actually, it was actually fairly creative radio," Watt said with a chuckle. "But using copyrighted material is not what any of us can do."

By the way, with a little bit of nimble work on YouTube and you can find it on the Internet.

Sadly, this episode shows just how much joy has been sucked out of what should be a rivalry to relish.

The Oilers are well within their legal rights to point out the song should be purged from the system, but they end up looking petty. Funny thing is, by racing around to ensure broadcasters don't run the parody, more attention is being given to the song.

As for all the Oilers fans who were upset, lighten up. If the Flames were trashed 10-2 by Buffalo and the gang at 630 CHED in Edmonton came up with that song, they'd have been applauding it and e-mailing the ditty around the world, too.

Hockey may be big business with too many zeroes involved in the dollar figures, but it's still just a game and all about entertainment. Just because your team is manhandled on home ice doesn't mean you can't laugh about it.

Life's too short to not find humour in it.


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