Sad news out of Toronto today as Jason Blake has been diagnosed with leukemia. I've been known to pick on Jason from time to time, and it's really all bitterness cause he didn't sign with the Islanders (Scotty, you were so right). Obviously at the end of the day it's all kidding around, and if you haven't realized that this site is one big joke, then I guess you haven't really been reading hard enough.
The point is; it's all a very serious situation, and I sincerely hope Blake is able to make a full recovery. The prognosis sounds good. Let's hope everything stays good. Get well Jason!
Hey leukemia (and me sort of), you messed up.
Bill Wurtz, owner of the Hawks died last week, and all in all there's been quite a bit of dancing on graves around the Chicago area -- or at least a lack of people caring. During a moment of silence for Wurtz and the national anthem at a Hawks game recently, the fans booed/cheered during a moment of silence. Well, jeez, that's one way to dance on a grave. Whatever was going on, they were surely not upset about Wirtz's death. I know the guy sort of crippled the hell out the franchise for the last couple decades, but believe it or not he was a human being with a family. Hey, I'm just saying.
Hawks fans, you are screwed up.
Today, Nike announced that they were pulling out of the hockey game. Among the reasons cited; a decline in the amount of recreational hockey players (but still more than there were 10 years ago), their skates being so crappy Sergei Fedorov cut his sponsorship deal, and finally, being dumb as hell by selling skates for $900. I don't really think I need to explain this further.
Hey Nike... Bauer... Nike/Bauer... whatever the hell you are, you messed your sales strategy the heck up.
Finally, there are a lot of different opinions about how well the debut of the Islanders Blog Box went, but if you're with Eric McErlain on this one... The inaugural blog boxers screwed up how people view hockey bloggers big time.
Personally, I don't see it as much more than a harmless fan identification endeavor laced with marketing and PR. Some exposure/acceptance for the blog world is better than none, no? Give 'em a break, too. This is the first incarnation of its type the world has ever seen. There's bound to be things that need improvement. That being said, wearing Islander jerseys? Look, I know you blog box guys and gals are fans, but come on. At least give people the impression that you're taking this seriously. At least they have all that Eklund/HockeyBuzz credibility to fall back on... What's that? They don't? Oh jeez.