Monday, October 19, 2009

Email Bag Jam

Mail bags are popular columns on many of the major sports sites.  They let the readers see their names, give the feeling of interaction, and as long as you’re getting the emails (which most sites most certainly are), there are many good ones to choose from (the good being good, or insane - both good for publishing).

You know you sent in a good one when you get it to appear in multiple mail bags.

Darrell Sampson sent in a list of the 22 players remaining in the NHL who were in NHL ‘94 (“the greatest hockey video game of all time”) now that Mats Sundin has retired.

Sampson’s email appeared in both John Buccigross’ and Jim Lang‘s columns.

Buccigross comments about how his readers are the best, and Lang answers a question (Who will be the last one to retire?) presumably edited out of the email appearing on

It was a good email, for sure.  Editors are going to have to be careful with these, as many do have small edits here and there, and different versions being published can expose those edits.  No harm here, as there’s no shift in opinion from the edit, but it’ll be interesting to spot these as they happen and see if they read differently.

Posted by David M Singer on Oct 19, 2009 at 03:18 PM
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Faces of Gretzky

With Wayne Gretzky‘s resignation as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes today, hockey has become a lead story on most major sports sites.

The lack of a playoff berth in any of Gretzky’s seasons in Phoenix is generally mentioned early in many of the articles.  The accompanying photos used on the home pages or in the articles often portrayed frustration or an angered Gretzky behind the bench.

Here’s a quick look at today’s photos:

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Posted by David M Singer on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:34 PM
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Monday, June 15, 2009

No Hockey on ESPN Listings

I was checking out the ESPN channel tv listings.  I noticed on the “Sport and League Schedules” that there’s no NHL or hockey listed.  Bowling, sure, but no hockey.

Yes, the NHL doesn’t currently have a contract with ESPN, but games can be shown on ESPN Classic, and ESPN does show college hockey.

The current channel listing:
ESPN Classic
ESPN Deportes
It also lists some web, mobile, ABC and any matching HD channels.

I guess it should be noted that the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) has a broadcast agreement with ESPN.

Posted by David M Singer on Jun 15, 2009 at 12:40 AM
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Friday, May 29, 2009

I’ll Chip In, Too

I haven’t wanted to take sides in Phoenix Coyotes/NHL vs Jim Balsillie, but if this is all it’s going to take:

The Hamilton Spectator reports Balsillie has said he will sign a lease of up to 32 years and provide $5 for the renovation project, the rest of the funds would likely come from government sources.

Ok, I’m in, for a small stake in the team I’ll provide $5 as well.

Good typos are hard to find.

Posted by David M Singer on May 29, 2009 at 12:08 PM
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Friday, March 06, 2009

Jumping the Gun

I use Yahoo! Sports’ NHL scoreboard for the most part.  It’s very clean and easy to read.

Whoever is controlling it, or feeding information into it, got a little trigger-happy and declared Dallas the winner of tonight’s game against Los Angeles:

Only one problem: LA scored with 14 seconds left, then again in overtime to win the game.

Yogi’s always right: it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.

Posted by David M Singer on Mar 06, 2009 at 02:14 AM

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gary Bettman’s Q&A at EconSports

Unfortunately, I didn’t make the EconSports conference today.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was a spotlight speaker.’s Staci Kramer interviewed him on a variety of subjects.

There didn’t seem to be anything new to those who follow the sport, and the business side of it closely, but I did find this interesting about’s new Gamecenter product:

Bettman didn’t give many specifics, but said the league has sold tens of thousands of subscriptions for its new Game Center Live streaming package—and that’s in line with the NHL’s forecasts. He also said that existing deals with TV and satellite providers prevent the league from making the same content available online through a single subscription. He admitted that the league’s own product does generate more revenue per subscription.

It appears to offer the same games as Center Ice, plus possibly more (NHL Network?) and of course anything that’s online-only, like the stats trackers.  You can also purchase it for the entire season for roughly the same price as Center Ice.  I’m the end, I’m not sure what’s not available online.  Hopefully someone can clarify.

For the record: I have a Center Ice subscription, and watch almost everything via TV, whether it be live or DVR’d.  Curiousity is about the only reason I’d get GameCenter.  As it has the same price point as TV, I might for a month to review it, but wouldn’t just hop in for the off-chance I’d like to use it at some other time deeper in the season.  It’d be interesting to see some other leagues team up with the NHL (like the AHL) and offer a true get-all online package.  The market for that wouldn’t be super-large, but would probably be very passionate and interactive.

Posted by David M Singer on Oct 30, 2008 at 01:25 AM

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mastercard’s Timeline

Mastercard’s new “Timeline”:

Recognizable in Canada, where the commercial is running, the player is Bobby Orr in the simple and powerful ad.

Another from agency MacLaren McCann, after the jump.

Update: Thanks to Alanah for pointing me towards this CP article about Orr and the commercial.  Orr on his game that led to those knees:

“It was the way I played,” he said. “I liked to carry the puck and if you do that, you’re going to get hit.

“That’s the way it goes. I wish I’d played longer, but I don’t regret it. I had a style - when you play, you play all-out. I tried to do things. I didn’t want to sit back. I wanted to be involved.”

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Posted by David M Singer on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:20 PM

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lange’s Top Calls and the Horses

Mike Lange’s calls are something of legendary confusion.  They’re random, they sometimes don’t mean a thing, yet you know exactly what he’s talking about, and most seem to like him a ton.

TSN put together their Top 10 Mike Lange calls.  It’s a nice compilation, although TSN could have waited until Lange made the call before displaying it on-screen. (via NY Times)

Little OT worries

Tomorrow is not just game 5 between Detroit and Dallas, but the Preakness Stakes as well.  NBC ran into issues last season when Buffalo and Ottawa went into overtime and wasn’t sure what to do with the hockey broadcast as the Preakness broadcast was starting.

If the scenario presents itself again tomorrow, the NHL game will move to Versus.

Posted by David M Singer on May 16, 2008 at 03:02 PM

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Onion Strikes the NHL Again

Titled: NHL Star Called Up To Big Leagues To Play For NFL Team

The Onion takes a swipe at everyone, of course, but definitely has a lot of fun at the NHL’s expense.  A sample:
NHL Offers Will Ferrell $350 To Do Movie About Hockey
Atlanta Fans Smile Politely Through Entire NHL All-Star Game
Nation Gears Up For Hockey’s First Season Following Lockout
Carolina Residents Confused, Terrified As Victorious Hurricane Players Riot In Streets
Hockey’s New Rules
The rest of The Onion’s hockey section.

Hat tip to Tom for alerting us all via Twitter.

Posted by David M Singer on Apr 28, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Thursday, March 20, 2008

NHL on Hulu

According to PC World, the NHL will soon join another online video site.  This time it’s Hulu.

Hulu takes the wraps off of its free video streaming service on March 12, when the service exits its five-month-long private beta phase and becomes accessible to all users. The site has attracted much attention since its introduction, and rightly so: As a joint venture from News Corp. and NBC Universal, the site is backed by some of the biggest content producers around. The latest additions include Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, the NBA, and NHL.

Hulu, which is open to the public now, is Fox (News Corp) and NBC’s competitor to Youtube.  The big corps want more control of their own content.

Or, to put it another way: why should Youtube get tons of traffic from Dick in a Box?

As you can see, the quality is very good.  Please note that I had to shrink the clip to get it to fit the width of this site (which I’ll be literally expanding soon).  So the embedded clip above went from 510px wide to 428px wide.  It scales well.  Hopefully the NHL clips on Hulu will have the same quality.

Hulu has full-length movies as well, like The Usual Suspects.  Sweet.

Posted by David M Singer on Mar 20, 2008 at 04:03 AM
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