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That was crazy.
And, with craziness comes a reaction a bit altered from my Good, Bad, Ugly usual. Instead, a hodgepodge of thoughts for your consideration on this lovely Friday morning:
My reality (which I love, through and through, for the record) when the Lightning are on the road often entails missing the first few minutes of the first period, regardless of whether the game starts at 7:00 or 7:30. (Ergo, roadies outside the Eastern Time Zone do not apply.) You see, Papa JJ (by far my favorite of the many hats I wear) is usually either helping out with baths, bottles, diapers, bedtime or all of the above for one or both of my two young sons.
Though I’ve tried many times, I simply cannot get into the idea of watching on tape delay and catching up. Something just irks me, with sports, about what I’m currently seeing play out in front of me having already happened. And so, by the time I settle in on these kinds of evenings, oftentimes, much of the game story has already been told.
Case in point (I thought) last night, when I got comfortable on the couch with the Flyers already out to a 2-0 lead, 5:03 into the first period. “This was very predictable,” I remarked, having already gone on record to say that starting goaltender Dan Ellis again, after a relatively taxing win on Long Island the night before, was a questionable move on head coach Guy Boucher’s part. My muddled thinking would have given a struggling Mike Smith a go against the woeful Islanders and then Ellis in Philadelphia against a much stronger team. But, as it turned out, there was nothing at all predictable about last night’s outcome and, with the Bolts winning both of these games, once again in my life, I’m left wondering, “What the hell do I know?”
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As is pretty well known throughout the hockey world by now and, as we surmised yesterday, the New York Islanders have revoked the media credentials of AOL Fanhouse and NYI Point Blank writer Chris Botta.
Botta stayed silent, as was probably best in the early-going but the hockey community has rallied around him today and he obliged several requests from fellow members of the media.
Tonight, he will guest on Versus’ new “NHL Overtime” show, which begins at 11:00 PM, ET. Until then, catch a couple of interviews from earlier today after the jump.
As we said, the Campbell e-mail story had been sitting around for some time waiting for someone to connect the dots. The fact that it was a blogger who did so does nothing to reinforce mainstream media’s perceptions about its omnipotence in such matters. This was not gossip or pillow talk, just good old-fashioned work by Dellow.
-Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail.
Raise a glass to the top performers of last night’s NHL action. It’s the latest edition of JJ’s Three Cheers:
***Cheers to Calgary’s Brendan Morrison, who potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout decision over Edmonton for the 6-3-0 Flames. With their play of late, Calgary is doing all they can to make me look bad after my unflattering opinion as to how they’d fare this season. Morrison struck in the first on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the second period before the Oilers rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Twisting the knife in my back, none other than Alex Tanguay’s shootout goal was the deciding factor, sending the home crowd to the exits happy.
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from Steph Greegor of The Other Paper,
...But, said Dellapina, the NHL, which has an open policy toward social media and bloggers, has not, and does not, intend to set league-wide policy for clubs.
“Nothing’s changed,” he said of NHL policies that, basically, give each individual NHL club a significant amount of discretion in who gets credentialed. It also does not define or ban any one particular form of media, he said, adding. “Nothing new has been implemented.”
What happened, said Dellapina, is that because the media landscape is changing from traditional print and electronic media outlets to more Internet-based outlets such as bloggers and individual fan sites, the NHL had a discussion with P.R. folks that tried to define, as a guideline, what is an acceptable rule of thumb for credentialing bloggers.
Just the way I thought this would turn out.
from Adam Hockberg of Poynter Online,
“There’s a fear of the unknown,” said Franklin, the Indiana University professor. “There’s deep concern with bloggers that there’s less accountability or no accountability.”
Still, Franklin is among many observers who believe NHL teams would be wise to accommodate bloggers, even if that entails some risk or occasionally makes a player or team official uncomfortable.
“The NHL doesn’t get the same kind of mainstream coverage that the NFL does, and in most big cities, not the same level of coverage that the baseball or NBA teams get,” Franklin said. “So in some ways, bloggers in hockey are even more important to a team’s fan base than they would be in another sport.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
The Vancouver Canucks, who are hosting a six-team prospects tournament in this city on Lake Okanagan, say they will grant equal credentials to approved bloggers. But there will be a strict code of conduct that they must follow. Should bloggers - a contrarian, independent lot - breach those conditions, the Canucks say they will pull credentials and deny access. In short, bloggers will be held to the standards of MSM when it comes to libel, slander, seeking autographs etc.
That might be a problem as “blogger” has come to be synonymous for bending the rules on sourcing or taking liberties with research. Others complain that bloggers hiding behind anonymity don’t reveal their conflicts or connections to either management or players. Things that would never pass muster with an editor go viral on the internet.
Some feel that the threat of pulling credentials should suffice in keeping bloggers in line. Others, who note the lack of sourced material and accountability in many blogs, feel that more needs to be done. After all, if you sue a blogger for slander and win, what can you get? The person’s computer? The lack of risk and absence of assets as compensation makes pursuing a blogger moot. Hit-and-run has been the tactic of many blogs floating on the edge of respectability.
This is not a story.
Alas, I’ve been forced to write something on the matter because there’s no shortage of lunacy out there right now.
What’s been made of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis’ recent Twit-roversy is shameful.
How far it’s gone is embarrassing.
And, really, it’s much ado about nothing but, in an effort to talk some sense into the masses, here goes nothing:
from The Universal Cynic,
Bloggers should be allowed in the press box if they dress without affiliation (i.e. no team gear), do not cheer, and are barred from asking players questions in the dressing room. (If you get the impression that I’m not hot on the idea, you’d be right.) The question still remains—why the hell do all of you want access, anyway? For years, many bloggers insisted that being being allowed behind closed doors wasn’t necessary. Everyone was content to play Bill Simmons. What changed?
more and other topis too…
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,
Hey Adam, what do you think of media coverage of the NHL? I know the news business is in a terrible spot these days and many of the biggies have scaled back. Has the blogosphere sufficiently started covering the game or are we running the risk of too many empty, poorly reported rumors?
This is a hot topic, isn’t it? For the most part, I think Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes said all that needed to be said about bloggers vs. mainstream media in a terrific column this week. There’s a lot of crap stinking up the web landscape, but there are many great writers who have come to the fore thanks to the opportunities the blogosphere opened up.
To that, I’d add just one thing: while I know it’s nice and in keeping with etiquette to reference the original source of any report, the fact of the matter is that this is a cut-throat, competitive business we’re in. As such, there have been many times THN has been first to report a story, only to have the story referenced later as a “published report” that didn’t acknowledge our brand.
That’s not ideal, but that never became an issue worth drawing much attention to. And I think the same attitude should be adopted by reputable bloggers.
continued and more Q& A too…
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