Posted on: March 14, 2008 6:15 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2008 6:18 pm

ESPN Boycott Day 3

Again woke up late, but again checked online via BlackBerry and the complimentary paper. I must say The Washington Times has good hockey coverage, it’s much better than I expected.
Anyway finally back home again in Indiana. At the Indianapolis airport the Big Ten tournament was on ESPN, but mostly I ignored it and kept moving. It’s damn hard to boycott something when ESPN is ubiquitous.
I guess another thing I’m missing besides some probably good college basketball games is Erin Andrews, who I believe it the Big Ten sideline reporter for the network. I miss seeing her, she’s gorgeous. Ironically enough she started in hockey with the Tampa Bay Lightning and where I first saw her was at Atlanta Thrashers games. She’s seems to have improved since then. She’s another person I will miss since I’m boycotting the world-wide entertainment leader.
So on the drive home I heard the Big Ten Tournament night games will be on the Big Ten Network. That’s awesome. I love it. I had planned to watch the games tonight, but I had a change of heart. I’m heading off to an Indiana Ice game.
Hooray for minor league hockey!
Posted on: February 18, 2008 12:13 am
Edited on: February 18, 2008 7:45 am

Ads on Uniforms

The Toronto Star is reporting advertisements on NHL uniforms might be just around the corner. To add insult to injury it's an idea that's supported by several players including Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek.
It's an awful idea in my opinon, and I couldn't disagree more with Dwayne Roloson.
"They have (uniform ads) in Europe and it doesn't take away from the true jersey look," he said.
The Star also reports a few teams are in financial trouble despite the new collective bargaining agreement, and adding ads would help the troubled teams.
"Clubs like the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers are hemorrhaging money – one investment banker who specializes in pro sports says the Coyotes have lost as much as $30 million (U.S.) a year in recent seasons."
Sorry to say, but I'd rather see them move or fold before I and other die-hard fans have to endure the monstrosities like the uniforms in Europe.
Anyway the ads to take away from the uniforms contrary to what Roloson said.
It's also a slippery slope. Soon after the goalies don NASCAR-like unforms, all hockey players will be wearing them.
I guess the NHL didn't get my memo that I won't buy jerseys anymore after the RBK Edge disaster. This proposed move will set my resolve in stone.

Posted on: February 6, 2008 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2008 1:21 pm

Ice Girls

Several NHL clubs have Ice Girls, women who during timeouts clean the ice around the nets and boards among other things. Teams I know have them are listed below. There might be more teams that have them, but those are the ones I know for sure. I did a quick check but didn't find any for the other teams. Anyway, since they represent hockey teams, in my opinion, they should be required to wear hockey skates instead of figure skates. Seems like most wear figure skates from what I can tell. So that's my opinion of them. What's yours?

Anaheim Ducks Power Players
Atlanta Thrashers Blue Crew
Boston Bruins Ice Girls
Calgary Flames Ice Crew
Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad
Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew
Columbus Blue Jackets Power Patrol and Ice Crew
Dallas Stars Ice Girls and their MySpace page
Florida Panthers Ice Dancers
Nashville Predators Goal Girls and Dancers
New York Islanders Ice Girls
Ottawa Senators Power Patrol
Philadelphia Flyers Ice Team
Phoenix Coyotes The Pack
Pitsburgh Penguins Pens Patrol
Tampa Bay /page/TB">Lightning.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NHLPage&id=18837">Lightning Girls
Vancouver Canucks Ice Team

It should be noted not all listed above are strictly Ice Girls, some of these crews, squads, etc. have male participants too.
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