March 26, 2010

Warn The Children

Wayne Gretzky [flashback photo]

Seriously, did they have to do that? This needs a warning sign. The picture almost took one of my eyes out. It's PG, but only barely.

March 18, 2010

The Incomparable Adam Deadmarsh

I'm very surprised that they didn't interview Peter Forsberg for this piece. I mean, I know that Forsberg's back in Sweden and all, but they were very good friends. And I'm sure they still are. That's too bad, really.

You know, I always liked Adam Deadmarsh. I started watching him play junior hockey when he was 17 years old with the Portland Winterhawks. I was genuinely upset when his career was cut short - he was one of my favorite players. But I'm very happy that he's back in hockey again.

My fondest memory of Deadmarsh was seeing him play in Seattle in October 1994, only to turn around and see him play next in New Jersey with the Qu├ębec Nordiques in February (I think) 1995. Good times. New Jersey won their first Stanley Cup that year, too; 1995. My sister had wanted to go see Forsberg play because of the 1994 Olympics and Corey Hirsch, and I'd wanted to go see Deadmarsh play because I'd just seen him in Seattle a few months before, which is why we ended up at that game.

(My sister Jill and I were both nannying in the New York City area, and were watching games in New Jersey at the Meadowlands because the New York Rangers had won the Stanley Cup the year before in 1994. Getting tickets to Madison Square Garden is bad enough, but for a team who just won a championship? Pretty much impossible - so we didn't even try. And I still have not seen a hockey game at MSG to this day. I need to work on that.)

March 11, 2010

People Are Never Home When You Need Them....

So this is frustrating. Over at my Tampa Bay Lightning blog, Raw Charge, my co-blogger John has been busy trying to track down an interview with a player on their farm team, the Norfolk Admirals. So we've been going back and forth with their media relations guy, who's really come off as something of a flake. Yesterday, we'd had it all lined up when someone dropped the ball.

I was supposed to interview goaltender Dustin Tokarski by phone last night, and it never happened. The Norfolk media relations guy had emailed both John and I in the morning asking for a phone number, and that was the last we'd heard from him. He suddenly emailed us on Tuesday out-of-the-blue saying that he was available then and yesterday afternoon. So who knows how this is going to play out now.

I'm hoping that Tokarski doesn't get my Skype phone number and calls it in the middle of the day when I'm not home. What a bad impression that would be! I'm just hoping that if that does happen to call when I'm out, and he does leave a message with a phone number (fat chance, right?), that he's the accommodating sort and would be willing to reschedule. It'd be easier if I could record the conversation on my cell phone, but I can't.

There is the possibility that the fault lies on Tokarski. That wouldn't surprise me. But I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt and blame the team for the lack of follow-thru until proven otherwise.

To be honest, tho, the problem is likely that this guy just doesn't take us seriously. That would definitely explain the lack of response at times. I can't imagine that Norfolk would be in a situation where their media relations guy was overworked, tho I suppose it's possible. But it does make me wonder if we'd be treated better if we were traditional media.


Just talked to the media relations guy, and it's a go for this evening. Apparently, they had seven transactions yesterday, and that's where the ball was dropped. So, I should be interviewing Mr. Tokarski later today after all.

March 4, 2010

The Problem With Crosby

How The Outside World Views Sidney Crosby
... I'm guessing if you took away the media and the hype, if that never existed and you just had Sidney Crosby as a hockey player, most fans would respect or like him. ...
The actual problem with Sidney Crosby isn't Sidney Crosby himself. It's all the NHL's fault. The marketing department latched on to him and then not only blew marketing him all out of proportion, but then ran it into the ground. This artificial rivalry between him and Ovechkin is taking it one step too far, frankly.

From what I've seen of Crosby, now that he's loosened up a bit in front of the cameras, he's a pretty likable guy. And he's obviously a very good hockey player - tho the longer he plays, and the more I watch him, the more he reminds me of Peter Forsberg in his prime. So it's really a shame that he's so reviled in some quarters.

This is how bad the marketing thing has gotten:
Reader "LW3H" and his discovery that "Crosby's apparently spontaneous celebration was revealed to be yet another cold, cynical marketing opportunity" by taking on the form of the Vancouver Winter Olympic logo.
"LW3H" is actually a friend of mine, but you get the picture. It's become so absurd that it's a joke in its own right. But then, I'm not sure why I'm so surprised. The NHL sucks at marketing.

I do have to admit, tho, that I'm glad that it was someone like Crosby who got the game winning goal during the Olympic men's ice hockey gold medal game. I'd rather it was a skill guy who won it, instead of like a stay at home defensemen. That silver medal that the US won goes down a lot easier when you know that the defense and/or goaltender may or may not have been able to stop him.

March 3, 2010

It's All About The Sport

What’s a Goal Between Friends?
[Ryan] Miller said: “It’s nice that the Olympics can help bring that out in the crowds here in the N.H.L. Especially out in the East Coast, you hear it a lot, and up in Canada they like to give you a hard time and it would be nice to hear a crowd appreciate your effort when you’re on the road. But I think that’s what’s good about hockey fans, too. They enjoy a hockey game. It’s not just about one team all the time, it’s about the sport.”
See? Ryan Miller gets it. He knows that hockey fans aren't like regular sports fans. Probably because he's a fan himself.