Posted tagged ‘winter classic’

Do Patrick Kane and Leif Garrett Look Alike? and Other Random Thoughts

December 29, 2009

What do you think?

I now figured out what drives me nuts about Patrick Kane.  He looks like Leif Garrett.

What do you think?

On other notes, what is it with the NHL having the Winter Classic in Fenway Park and why don’t fans complain about this blatant lack of concern for their comfort or their pocket books?  Just like in Wrigley Field, the fans will be nowhere near the ice and in fact will be even further away because of the Green Monster in left field.  I’m sure Boston College has an outdoor stadium, or  MIT perhaps?



Possible Locations for the Next Winter Classic

January 14, 2009

The NHL is looking at the possible locations for the next Winter Classic.

While they are not looking at NFL stadiums because of possible football conflicts (HA! The Bears in the playoffs???!! Palease!!!–ok–I guess they have to take that into account), but why use baseball stadiums?  It cheapens the game and the experience for the fans.  Sight lines in ball parks are meant for baseball, not for hockey.

Unless they go the clear boards route but then where will advertising go?
Clear Boards

Clear Boards

Why Weren’t Winter Classic Officials Dressed in “Throw-Back” Style Uniforms?

January 2, 2009
This would have been more apropos for the Winter Classic (courtesy of

This would have been more apropos for the Winter Classic (courtesy of

The 2008-2009 Winter Classic has been played.  The Blackhawks were beat by the Red Wings 6-4.

It was a cool walk down memory lane, giving people a glimpse of how hockey, at its heart, is an outdoor sport. 

It was cool seeing the old time jerseys.

What was uncool (ignoring the obviously poor sight lines), was that referees were dressed in modern garb.  Here was  a trip down memory lane, played in a nostalgic field, and the coolness quotient was marred by the failure to dress the referees appropriately.

With all that went into the game, you’d think something this obvious wouldn’t be missed- but it was.

Or maybe the Hockey Official’s Union has something against wearing ties on the ice?

Hockey Players Not Sure What to Wear for Outdoor Hockey?!?

December 31, 2008
Courtesy of

Courtesy of

Yes, the Winter Classic is tomorrow.  I’ll be attending a “winter-classic” bash by my brother’s.  There’s something cool and almost sacred about playing hockey outdoors-I mean, that’s where it all started, right?

Which is perhaps why I’m upset and alittle bewildered by the following statement by Brian Campbell of the Blackhawks appearing here:

“The guys are asking what they should wear and I told them I didn’t wear anything different from what I normally wear and I was fine.  Mostly, it’s a wait-and-see situation. When the snow starts landing on your visor, you adapt and move on.”

So there are guys that don’t know what to wear when they play hockey outside?!?

Didn’t they play hockey outside as kids?  Don’t they play with their kids outside?

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, after all, indoor rinks and leagues are everywhere.

Call me a purist, but all hockey players should be required to skate on a lake or pond at least once a year…

…to remember their roots…

NOTE: The header for this blog is me on a frozen lake, so I, um, know what to wear when playing hockey outside.

Three Things That Bug Me About the Blackhawks

December 16, 2008

The Chicago Blackhawks keep rolling.  They trounced Edmonton tonight 9-2. 

In spite of the great start, there are a couple of things that bug me about this organization.

1. They lead the NHL in attendance which is a good thing, but the Cubs led the league in attendance too.  There is a wonderful exuberance in the air with this team, but it’s not a Stanley Cup team and it doesn’t deserve sellout crowds every night.  But, this doesn’t really surprise me that much because fans have been so starved for a decent Blackhawks team that what they see now seems like filet mignon, when really it’s more like a double whopper with cheese, with fries and a drink.

2. There’s the Winter Classic. AWESOME!

Wrigley Field–BOOO!!

They were so caught up in the marketing of this they forgot they were marketing a hockey game and hockey can’t be watched well in Wrigley field- period! People will say it was a great experience, but that’s what it will be, an experience — the hockey game will play second fiddle.  There are multiple college locations in Chicago that would have been better, but alas, this isn’t about hockey.

3.  I’ve saved the best/worst for last.  Dale Tallon- the GM.

Yes, Dale is a nice guy. Yes, Dale is not a Rhodes Scholar and his poor grammar and sentence structure would drive me nuts when he was a color commentator.  But, Dale Tallon is not a GM.  He is the last of the Old Regime, the quid pro quo world of the Chicago Blackhawks that was only rivaled by Chicago politics. 

Dale is still standing and Hall of Famer, Denis Savard, is gone (which I don’t think he deserved to be coach either but that’s another story).   He’s stumbled into good draft picks and made some terrible signings.  In summary, he looks like he really isn’t sure of what he’s doing.  But now Dale has an opportunity to learn from the best in Scotty Bowman and maybe this will be his saving grace.  

Yet,  there is still that  part of me that sees Dale getting something he didn’t deserve, and getting accolades for something that’s not really his doing.


…there is deeper, darker fear…

He’ll screw up a good thing.

Meanwhile,  the Blackhawks are rolling along …

Why Wrigley? – Seating For “Winter Classic 2009”

December 12, 2008
Layout for the Winter Classic (Courtesy of

Layout for the Winter Classic (Courtesy of

 The Blackhawks have released some more info on their WinterClassic.  I don’t know about you but I’m a wee bit underwhelmed.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s a cool idea and one long overdue.  I love the idea of pros playing hockey outside.  It’s how most of us first played ice hockey – outside (Personally, I relish the opportunities I can play outside in the winter.)  But, I think the Blackhawks’ own headline says it all:

Wrigley Has AUnique Feel For Classic.

That is marketing talk for, “This is really cool and really expensive for the fans but the sight lines are going to stink!”

For tix that are $75, $225 and $325 this game should be deciding who gets the Stanley Cup, not who can keep their binoculars from freezing while players keep their A%%es from freezing.