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from Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated,
Over the last four decades, American sports fans have transformed themselves from a populace that dresses almost exclusively in civilian clothing and pays to watch athletes perform in uniform, to one that dresses—in significant numbers—exactly like those athletes. This weekend’s Super Bowl will be overrun by fans in XXL Broncos and Panthers jerseys, just like last weekend’s NHL All-Star game was awash in sweaters from teams around the league. Theirs has been a multi-billion dollar metamorphosis that radically altered the appearance of stadiums and arenas across the nation. It is, anecdotally, most pervasive in the NFL and the NHL, marginally less so in Major League Baseball and the NBA (the latter at least in part because of the less utilitarian nature of the basketball top). Jersey-wearing by fans is such normative behavior in the modern sports culture that its absurdity—dressing like players? Really?—has long been snowed under by its ubiquity. “We have reached the point where if you are the one not wearing the jersey, you are the one who stands out,” says Christian End, associate professor of psychology at Xavier, who has studied fan behavior.
But how did we reach this point? And when did it all begin?
When is enough enough?
I posted a video earlier today of the Brian McGrattan fight last night and actually felt a bit uneasy after viewing it.
McGrattan is not in the NHL any longer but a hockey fight is still a hockey fight no matter where or what league it is in.
If a site like GamblingSites.net took bets on fighting in the NHL or any other league, what would the odds be to remove fighting from our game?
Now by no means would I consider myself a softie, but I for one have had enough of fighting in hockey.
I am old enough to remember the tough guys in hockey, from John Ferguson to the Bruise Brothers to today, but it is time for a change.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the Toronto Star,
An airport baggage handler in the U.S. is suing the Maple Leafs after he suffered “permanent and disabling” shoulder injuries when the team raced to fly out after a game, with one member of the equipment staff allegedly rushing gear into the plane.
Kenneth Osborne filed suit earlier this month in St. Clair County, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., where the Leafs fell 3-0 to the Blues in a game on Jan. 17, 2015.
Osborne, working for Jet Aviation, was helping load the Leafs charter.
According to the complaint against Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, Osborne and his colleagues were using a conveyor belt — one controlled by a lever on the ground — to load the plane. The Leafs equipment worker, who is not named in the suit, is alleged to have “repeatedly operated the lever in an attempt to speed up the loading operation,” despite at least one warning not to interfere.
Note the video has some vulgarity in it, but used in a hockey sense.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Marcel Dionne was giving a visitor a tour of his sports memorabilia shop.
The place is called Marcel Dionne Inc., and it also includes the occasional flourish of Marcel Dionne ink. Hanging among the racks and shelves stocked with officially licenced NHL jerseys and foam fingers are autographed photos of a who’s who of Hockey Hall of Famers, the 64-year-old Dionne among them.
But as for the autographed wares of current NHLers, Dionne, one of the great goal scorers in NHL history, said he doesn’t often deal in such merchandise. He laughed a little as he explained the reason.
“Athletes today, it’s impossible to read what they write,” said Dionne. “I mean, it’s absolutely asinine that people pay that kind of money and you can’t even tell who signed it.”
It wasn’t always so, of course. There was a time when the game’s greats signed their names as gracefully as they skated, in swoops and loops and curls crafted with care.
from Hometown Hockey (where you can watch additional videos),
As a child, Wayne Gretzky went to Greenbrier Elementary School in Brantford … One of his favourite teachers with Dennis Nash. Wayne, who hasn’t been back to the school since 1973, visited the students, teachers and Mr. Nash for a surprise visit.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
You have to hand it to Terry Pegula. The billionaire owner of the Buffalo Sabres had a vision of his city becoming the mecca of American hockey when he committed $172 million to privately finance the construction of the HarborCenter complex back in 2013.
Just two years later, that’s exactly what the city in western New York has become. With the state-of-the-art facility now fully operational, Buffalo has, or will soon, play host to events ranging from the Under-18 Women’s World Championship to the International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey Worlds to USA Hockey's All-American Prospects Game to the NHL’s Draft Combine.
At this point, it’s almost safe to assume that if it’s happening in hockey, it’s happening in Buffalo.
And Buffalo doesn’t just do it. The city does it right. That U-18 women’s event last January drew nearly 14,000 fans to HarborCenter, making it the event’s all-time second-best attended tournament. Fans, players and hockey officials came away raving about the atmosphere at the rink and the work of the organizers.
continued plus more hockey topics...
Ken Reid of Sportsnet with the story...
TORONTO (December 1, 2015) – Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today the appointment of three new members to the Selection Committee to take effect in 2016. The appointments were approved at the Board of Directors meeting held November 10, 2015 and subsequently confirmed by the enrolment of the new members.
tee rap of Rink RAP with some great stories from Michigan head hockey coach Red Berenson, like this on Bobby Orr...
“I was playing for the Rangers in his rookie year. We’d heard all this hype about this one player who was supposed to be so good at age 18. And Harry Howell was our veteran defenseman, I think he had won the Norris trophy the previous year.
So there was some talk about, there was no way this kid could be that good. I mean Harry Howell won the Norris Trophy. And after the first period we were looking around at each other and somebody said to Harry, ‘Harry, forget about the Norris Trophy. You’re never going to win that again.’ This is after one period in Boston against Orr his rookie year.”
thanks to an RT from Billy Jaffe for the pointer
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