March 17, 2012
Puck Drawn – Columbus Re-Brand
The post kicking off the competition blames the Blue Jackets branding for most of their problems. Makes sense. Puck Drawn does these sorts of competitions a lot and has all sorts of cool jersey and logo concepts. So while I have no connection to Columbus, and you probably don’t either, still, check it out.
New Soul Jerseys
Oh, right, the Philadelphia Soul still exist. After that cancelled season, I don’t think anyone cares about the Arena league, not that it was huge before (hence the cancelation). Not only are they still around, they have new jerseys I guess, and they look like the Carolina Panthers, which is not a good thing.
I had to look it up, but I was correct in thinking the Soul won the season before the cancelled year. That was 2008. The cancelled year was 2009. That surprised me, that there have been 2 seasons since they came back, 2012 will be the 3rd. I don’t need to tell you, but the winners those years were the Spokane Shock (2010) and Jacksonville Sharks (2011).
Neilson’s Year in Sports TV Advertising
What I found most interesting was the spend of the wireless carriers on sports advertising. You’d think beer would be at the top, things like DirecTV make sense. But wireless? That’s not really strongly tied. Sure there are some apps, and some carriers have deals with leagues, but I’ve never seen them as very much of a draw of one carrier over another. I think it has to come down to sports being the perfect demo that wireless carriers are going after. AT&T must be convinced of that, they doubled Bud Light’s spend.
March 2, 2012
I’m assuming this will be the top story for a few days. Kind of strange. Was anyone surprised by this? I find it hard to imagine this is the only instance in the league. Whatever the harsh punishment winds up being, it should take care of the practice.
London 2012 Ball
I have an odd interest in soccer balls for big events. Of course, the World Cup and Olympics are about it to me for big events.
Before the last World Cup, the NY Times had a great interactive page chronically the balls over the years. How good? I remembered it existed. After looking through, it’s clear no other ball should be used besides the 1970 checkered. But I could be talked into some laces, like 1938.
Nats Take Back the Park
I have to imagine everyone who is upset by the number of Phillies fans invading DC already goes to those games. Now this campaign limits who can buy to DC area residents (based on credit card address). This may get a few more Nats fans instead of Phillies. However, the Nats haven’t been around long enough that the majority of DC residents are Nats fans. There are tons of O’s and Phillies fans. I’ll be curious to see if anything is different, I’m guessing it won’t be noticeable. Although, more Nats fans might make the locals feel like they have some backup, so maybe things will be a little more feisty.
Finally, it’s the 50th anniversary of Wilt’s 100 point game. Fans at the Sixers game got some of the court (my sister just texted me her piece of the court). A great post about the pieces of court on Uni Watch. I forgot to make the Warriors connection. Wilt played for the Warriors when they were in based in Philly. One more link, philly.com’s story of the 100-point game. That’s a really good read as well. I didn’t know the Eagles played a game before the Warriors game. Yes, the football team played basketball, which apparently was common. I haven’t been to philly.com in a while, so I’m glad Philly Sports History posted it on Facebook.
February 29, 2012
Grantland on the Big 5
Saying this is probably my favorite read on Grantland since it started says more about how weak I’ve found the site. This is a solid overview of the Big 5 with plenty of Drexel teasing.
The Pirates traded for AJ Burnett, but they already had a #34. A pretty good #34. Andrew McCutchen had that number. What did he ask in exchange for the number? A college fund for his daughter, who isn’t due for a few months. Maybe not as exciting as Kruk and Mitch, but very cool. (Kruk told the story on Letterman, I couldn’t find the video.)
Kind of surprising NBA ratings are up after the lockout. My only guess is that people like the games more often. The Sixers are playing well and are 4th in the league for both percent and actual increase in viewers.
Big League Chew
I found a blog all about candy because of this post and it is one in-depth piece of work. Working at a baseball field as a teenager and having snack bar privileges meant a lot of Big League Chew for me. I can’t think of a better design. You could decide exactly how much gum you were in the mood for. During those boring days at work, that amount was an entire bag. After those days, we’d take a little break from the BLC, a whole bag at once is a lot of sugar. Takes a while for that to work itself out.
Finally, good bye Dr. Saturday. Ok, not entirely. Dr. Saturday is a Yahoo blog, Matt Hinton left and he’s all I’ve known of Dr. Saturday. I’m sure the new blogger will be alright, but I’ll be on the lookout for where Matt winds up next.
January 24, 2012
These were back-to-back in my Twitter feed.
First, Nate Silver …
Then, MLB …
It’s like the same thing repeated. Obviously, teams are at different points in their signing process, so these shouldn’t be compared. But just the fact that they posted so close to each other, and the A’s would never have the chance to sign Price, makes it somewhat interesting.
January 2, 2012
A while back (3 years ago) I did a Fives listing the teams that are most important to me. My list then:
2. Penn State Football
It’s not too often that these rankings are actually tested. Sometimes the Phillies and Penn State have games at the same time but that matchup is easily decided by the importance of the game. If the Phillies game has any importance, it will win.
Today is a more interesting matchup. The Flyers in the Winter Classic and Penn State in their bowl game. Thankfully, the Winter Classic was delayed two hours so there isn’t much of an overlap anymore. Still, it got me thinking, and I think the Flyers should pass Penn State on my list.
There is something to be said for the importance of each game.
Winter Classic: In Philly for the first time. The alumni game was so cool. 24/7 has been awesome. Important game against the Rangers.
Ticketcity Bowl: Penn State bowl game. Interesting matchup with Houston.
On the negatives.
Winter Classic: Regular season game.
Ticketcity Bowl: It’s called the Ticketcity Bowl. It doesn’t mean very much for the future of the team.
Head-to-head, the Winter Classic wins. I think the Flyers also move up to #2 in my rankings. I’d rather see them win the Cup than Penn State with the BCS. That might have something to do with the low likelihood of Penn State winning a championship along with the terribleness of the BCS.
The best hope of Penn State retaining that #2 spot: keeping Tom Bradley as head coach.
December 10, 2011
The Xavier/Cincy fight with post game comments. Watch to the end to see the Cincy coach.
It was easy to be appalled by the Cincy players during the brawl. When I saw it the ESPN anchor said suspensions. Suspensions? One or two of them should be off the team. Then the Cincy coach, Mick Cronin. Wow. Exactly what he should have said. Made the players take off the jerseys and will decide who should get to put it back on. Jump to around 3:20 if you want to see the coach.
I assume no Cincy players spoke to the media after the game, or else ESPN would have shown it. I doubt the coach would have let them. I don’t think the Xavier players should have been out there either. I didn’t think they were wrong talking about being thugs and standing up for themselves, but maybe give it a little time before letting the players speak.
December 9, 2011
Favorite Story of the Day.
I probably don’t need to tell you but the Phillie Phanatic was born in the Galapagos Islands.
I didn’t see much about the details of the trip, but based on the pictures this appears to be a book tour as he is trying to sell his book about his adventures in the Galapagos Islands.
So many great pictures, this has to be my favorite:
What that little sea lion must be thinking. Check out all the pictures.
December 6, 2011
Favorite story of the day. (Actually yesterday, but I didn’t get to it.)
How much fun is that?!? This is a yearly tradition, after the first goal of the game, everyone tosses their stuffed animals onto the ice. Not sure what happens if the home team gets shut out, but it is minor league hockey and in my experience, that doesn’t happen very often.
The home team is the Calgary Hitmen. What are the chances that a team called the hitmen survives in the US?
Found at PuckDaddy.
July 23, 2011
The Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals AAA) are having Organ Donor Night where they will wear these sweet jerseys:
If you are an organ donor, you are entered to win some prizes, including a keyboard organ (those crazy marketers).