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A New Year’s Day Classic

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By Phil Hecken (with a big assist from Teebz)

The NHL’s annual Winter Classic will get the new year started in style, as Blackhawks host the Red Wings at Wrigley Field. It was originally thought that the two teams would wear the throwback designs they wore in 1992, for the league’s 75th anniversary — Chicago’s “barber pole” design (which dates back to the the 1940s) and Detroit’s type-‘n’-stripes design. But instead they’ve decided to draw upon two other eras.

The Wings will be dressed as the 1926-27 Detroit Cougars (with winged wheel shoulder patches added), while the Blackhawks are going with a combination design: The jersey striping is based on the team’s 1936-37 uniform, while the crest is based on 1937-38 (and is a much simpler, retro version of their current crest). Both teams will wear the Winter Classic jersey patch.

As for Wrigley, organizers have spent the last few weeks preparing the ballpark. A portable 200-by-85-foot rink was driven in from Mobile, Alabama, and situated between first and third base. The rink will be located 112 feet from home plate and 288 feet from the center-field wall. There will be a second, smaller rink located in the outfield, which will be used by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois during the game (you can see it in this artist’s rendering). The ’Hawks and Wings will each enter the rink from the Wrigley’s dugouts, and the league has recreated the stadium’s famous outfield ivy (which would normally be withered and dry in winter), reinforcing the baseball feel.

Unfortunately, the Winter Classic is rife with advertising — on the ice (note that the center-ice version of the Winter Classic logo includes the Bridgestone logo, unlike the basic version) and in the form of Reebok’s annoying “Where’s Waldo?” contest (which Paul has already covered in detail). On the plus side, however, Chicago’s Patrick Kane has worked with Nike Bauer to create special limited-edition designs for his skates and stick. Only 88 skates and 88 sticks were manufactured (Kane wears No. 88), and Kane will personally sign and auction off some of them to raise money for breast cancer research.

Also of note: This commercial shows Brian Campbell holding the “Cubs Win” pennant, which normally flies over Wrigley following a Cubs victory. Several versions of this flag have been displayed recently at ’Hawks games, and it will be interesting to see the Wrigley tie-in during today’s game.

That video link and screen grab, incidentally, come courtesy of James Huening (JTH), who’ll be attending the game and will serve as Uni Watch’s on-site reporter. We hope he’s able to make use of some modern technology so he can bring us some first-hand reports of the game. Failing that, he’ll be reporting back after the game.

And now a quick word from Paul: If you see any Red Wings wearing eye black today, chances are it’s Farkas Original Eye Black, which I’ve written about several times in recent months. Company co-founder Brian Farkas tells me that Detroit equipment manager Paul Boyer requested 20 tins of the product for the Winter Classic and that the players will wear it if the weather is sunny. Should look much better than last year’s stick-on eye black.

 

235 comments to A New Year’s Day Classic

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 7:51 am |

    Good job, Phil & Teebz. Should be another fun viewing experience. As should Penn State & USC…for the traditionalists among us.

    Historic first for MLB ballpark. Artificial ivy.

    Everyone survive last night?

    —Ricko

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 8:55 am |

    (Posted this on yesterday’s thread early this a.m….cuz I was curious)

    re: JOE OWENS and his FNOB from the ’73 video.

    Figured there must be a reason for that. Turns out the Saints 11th round draft choice in ‘73 was running back James Owens of Auburn, who didn’t make the team

    Evidently he lasted long enough to need a NOB jersey for at least one preseason game, though, which would explain the need for FNOB’s. And they never bothered to change JOE OWENS once James had been cut.

    —Ricko

  • JTH | January 1, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    Happy new year, everyone!

    Nice job with the posts today (both here and over at HBIC).

    As far as modern technology at the game today, this might be the extent of it so don’t get your hopes up for real-time reporting.

  • Stuby | January 1, 2009 at 9:40 am |

    [quote comment=”308017″]Happy new year, everyone!

    Nice job with the posts today (both here and over at HBIC).

    As far as modern technology at the game today, this might be the extent of it so don’t get your hopes up for real-time reporting.[/quote]
    You need to upgrade to one of these…
    http://www.biggnuts....

  • JTH | January 1, 2009 at 9:52 am |

    [quote comment=”308018″][quote comment=”308017″]Happy new year, everyone!

    Nice job with the posts today (both here and over at HBIC).

    As far as modern technology at the game today, this might be the extent of it so don’t get your hopes up for real-time reporting.[/quote]
    You need to upgrade to one of these…
    http://www.biggnuts....
    I almost forgot. I will have one piece of modern technology with me.

  • Stuby | January 1, 2009 at 10:19 am |

    Yes, it’s a Photoshop contest, but it’s also pretty funny:

    http://sports.yahoo....

  • The Ol Goaler | January 1, 2009 at 10:27 am |

    As a die-hard hockey fan living in Arkansas, how cool is it that the biggest “deal” on New Year’s Day is a hockey game? Unless you’re a fan of one of the college teams playing today, who cares about the New Year’s Day bowls? (My Mizzou Tigers beat Northwestern in overtime… until Florida plays Oklahoma next week, I’m indifferent towards college football!)

    Now, if only my beloved St. Louis Blues could get good enough to host the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium one day… it’s 25 degrees in The Lou as I write this, headed for a high of 45…

    I’ve had “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” running through my mind for weeks now!

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 10:33 am |

    Re-post from last night…

    Confirmation that Virginia Tech is wearing the throwbacks tonight…

  • umbudds | January 1, 2009 at 10:52 am |

    That link to the wings jersey labeled “winged wheel shoulder patches” is fake jersey that has been making the rounds on ebay. You can notice something is wrong with the outline around the “D” logo. I also think that the captain letters will be red and not white.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 11:03 am |

    [quote comment=”308023″]That link to the wings jersey labeled “winged wheel shoulder patches” is fake jersey that has been making the rounds on ebay. You can notice something is wrong with the outline around the “D” logo. I also think that the captain letters will be red and not white.[/quote]

    thanks…the “questionable” sweater has now been removed as a link

    as an aside, teebz isn’t 100% positive there will even be captaincy patches…but we’ll have to wait for the game to see for sure…

    *on another note, be sure to read the link JTH posted (teebz’ blog)…he and i had crafted a much longer piece, but it was shortened considerably for UW–the version over on his blog goes much more in depth*

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!

  • Robert in Dallas | January 1, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    Prior to last night’s motorcycle jump in Las Vegas, Robbie Knievel’s shoulder patch became unhinged, and could be clearly seen during a pre-jump interview. It looked like the patch had been haphazardly placed over an existing patch for some reason, and that it did not stick so well.

  • Ben | January 1, 2009 at 11:27 am |

    Watching the Outback Bowl, and it looks like Iowa is going to put a beat-down on the Ol’ Ball Coach. (Buckeye fan here, so always glad to see a Big Ten team do well. Except for those yellow and blue guys, that is, but no problem with that this bowl season.) I can’t help but be struck by one overwhelming conclusion, though, and that is how much better the Steelers would look if they went back to the more traditional block numbers. The Hawkeyes look exactly like a Steelers team should look.

  • The Fonz | January 1, 2009 at 11:30 am |

    mets and yankees put up the new jerseys with patch on their online shops…mets don’t have black away for sale anymore, so i assume that one is discontinued

  • timmy b | January 1, 2009 at 11:41 am |

    Quiet new year here. Sometimes those are the besy kind.

    N-E-Way, I’m not sure if this site has been linked here before, but if you go here…http://www.football1...

    you can access the soccer kits of loads of euro clubs, going DEEP in the countries’ lower divisions.

    If this hasn’t been linked here before, my New Year’s gift to all UW’ers.

    If it has, enjoy again!

  • Leo | January 1, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    A true Wings-Hawks hockey rivalry? That takes me back.

    http://www.kazlaaz.c...

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 11:52 am |

    [quote comment=”308029″]A true Wings-Hawks hockey rivalry? That takes me back.

    http://www.kazlaaz.c...

    I was expecting more Hull vs. Howe, but I suppose Belfour and Roenick versus Yzerman and, um, Cheveldae will do. ;o)

  • Paul Lukas | January 1, 2009 at 11:56 am |

    [quote comment=”308027″]mets and yankees put up the new jerseys with patch on their online shops…mets don’t have black away for sale anymore, so i assume that one is discontinued[/quote]

    Correct — no more black “New York” jersey. But there’s still a black “Mets” jersey, which will now be eligible to be worn at home AND on the road.

  • Tony in Erie | January 1, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    [quote comment=”308030″][quote comment=”308029″]A true Wings-Hawks hockey rivalry? That takes me back.

    http://www.kazlaaz.c...

    I was expecting more Hull vs. Howe, but I suppose Belfour and Roenick versus Yzerman and, um, Cheveldae will do. ;o)[/quote]

    God, where is Tim Cheveldae now? Some goalies are like pop stars…here one day and second string for the Johnstown Chiefs the next.

    No offense meant, Kek!

    Happy New Year all!

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    Since Phil gave me a shoutout, I really want to thank him and Paul again for including me on this fun piece. It’s been a blast!

    Just as a sidenote since Phil hyped my blog, I’ll pay it forward. Ricko has a great Benchies comic strip linked to his name that has Winter Classic overtones in it. Made me giggle as I know what it’s like to sit outside at sporting events in the dead of winter. Well done, Ricko!

  • Fat Frank | January 1, 2009 at 11:59 am |

    Kudos to both Pitt and Oregon State yesterday for both wearing dark colored jersey’s. Pitt in the home blues, and the Beavers in orange. Even though watching the game was like watching paint dry 3-0. It was cool to see them bust out dark jerseys head to head.

  • Robert in Dallas | January 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm |

    Here are a couple of screen grabs of Robbie Knievel’s failing patch.

    http://i62.photobuck...

    http://i62.photobuck...

  • Kevin | January 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm |

    http://freep.com/app...

    i’m likin the wings socks…

  • Brandon | January 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    I think chicago should keep this winter classic sweater as their alt, much like pittsburgh did after last years classic.

  • Brandon | January 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm |

    [quote comment=”308031″][quote comment=”308027″]mets and yankees put up the new jerseys with patch on their online shops…mets don’t have black away for sale anymore, so i assume that one is discontinued[/quote]

    Correct — no more black “New York” jersey. But there’s still a black “Mets” jersey, which will now be eligible to be worn at home AND on the road.[/quote]

    Its nice to see that the Mets put alot of thought and time into designing that patch. Thats probably the laziest and least imaginative patch I have ever seen.

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Paul Lukas | January 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”308038″][quote comment=”308031″][quote comment=”308027″]mets and yankees put up the new jerseys with patch on their online shops…mets don’t have black away for sale anymore, so i assume that one is discontinued[/quote]

    Correct — no more black “New York” jersey. But there’s still a black “Mets” jersey, which will now be eligible to be worn at home AND on the road.[/quote]

    Its nice to see that the Mets put alot of thought and time into designing that patch. Thats probably the laziest and least imaginative patch I have ever seen.

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

    No argument here. The Wilpons are so incredibly tone-deaf to this kind of stuff. Makes me very, very embarrassed for my team.

  • Scott | January 1, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    What the h#ll is Nike Bauer?

    Is that some sort of co-marketing, or did Nike acquire them and keep the name?

    And for crying out loud, not another set of comments about the Mets!? Sheesh, there’s a whole tread on that nonsense from yesterday. Please can we focus on something else? You’re tainting the new year with another sh#tload of hoo-ha NYC-centric posts about a team that basically has no presence outside of its own burg. Thanks, move forward.

  • The Fonz | January 1, 2009 at 12:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”308031″][quote comment=”308027″]mets and yankees put up the new jerseys with patch on their online shops…mets don’t have black away for sale anymore, so i assume that one is discontinued[/quote]

    Correct — no more black “New York” jersey. But there’s still a black “Mets” jersey, which will now be eligible to be worn at home AND on the road.[/quote]

    are you kidding me?? i thought we finally seen the end of black on the road. I was hoping for blue caps w/ grey roads this year…guess i can only dream for 2010

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”308033″]Since Phil gave me a shoutout, I really want to thank him and Paul again for including me on this fun piece. It’s been a blast!

    Just as a sidenote since Phil hyped my blog, I’ll pay it forward. Ricko has a great Benchies comic strip linked to his name that has Winter Classic overtones in it. Made me giggle as I know what it’s like to sit outside at sporting events in the dead of winter. Well done, Ricko![/quote]

    Thanks, Teebz

  • Matt | January 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    I really like the Yankees’ stadium patch — very classy:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm |

    I’ve been channel surfing, but has ESPN or ESPN2 even mentioned the Winter Classic this morning?

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”308040″]What the h#ll is Nike Bauer?

    Is that some sort of co-marketing, or did Nike acquire them and keep the name?[/quote]

    Nike Bauer still makes equipment. The Bauer arm of Nike Enterprises recently acquired Mission-Itech in September.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm |

    Phil, just as a sidenote, the Red Wings are wearing the captaincy letters. CBC just showed Niklas Lidstrom, and he has the “C” on his left shoulder.

    With it being mostly cloudy, no one has eye black on yet either.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm |

    Well, one thing for sure, the rink is a lot closer to the best baseball seats than depicted on the artist’s rendering. Makes most of the seats a lot better than they looked.

    Love the unis. Love ’em a lot. Like the Wings warmup hats.

  • John | January 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    I am loving the Detroit socks and the striping on Chicago’s breezers for the Winter Classic. Sweaters are great as well.

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

    Patrick Kane’s stick says “Candy Kane” on the shaft.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm |

    Some notes:

    – Don Cherry is out with the bleacher bums, and it took him about 10 minutes to go from the scoreboard to where Ron MacLean is standing 20 feet away. Everyone in the bleachers stopped him for a picture.

    – The temperature currently is -4C, but with the wind it feels like -12C. They’re talking to Dan Craig, and the ice was chipping yesterday with it being so warm, but today sees the ice in great condition.

    – Chicago is also wearing the captaincy designations. CBC had a feature on Patrick Sharp on the practice day yesterday, and he is wearing the “A”.

  • Juan Grande | January 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    Clemson is wearing all orange for the Gator Bowl.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm |

    I’m so annoyed that I have to watch this game on NBC and not on CBC.

    Hopefully, they will upload some of the pre-game stuff on the cbc website, in addition to Coaches’ corner.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”308052″]I’m so annoyed that I have to watch this game on NBC and not on CBC.

    Hopefully, they will upload some of the pre-game stuff on the cbc website, in addition to Coaches’ corner.[/quote]

    I feel for you, Odessa. You get to suffer through Pierre McGuire’s god-awful yapping. Darren Pang as the sideline reporter is a little better.

    You can watch the game via CBC’s website here, I believe.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm |

    game on

    now…where’s waldo?

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”308053″][quote comment=”308052″]I’m so annoyed that I have to watch this game on NBC and not on CBC.

    Hopefully, they will upload some of the pre-game stuff on the cbc website, in addition to Coaches’ corner.[/quote]

    I feel for you, Odessa. You get to suffer through Pierre McGuire’s god-awful yapping. Darren Pang as the sideline reporter is a little better.

    You can watch the game via CBC’s website here, I believe.[/quote]

    Normally, streaming game access is blocked if your IP is outside Canada.

    Props to the NHL for singing the Canadian Anthem when it’s technically not necessary.

  • Beantown | January 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    Oh man, the Winter Classic is just easy on the eyes.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm |

    Finally, singers who get that a National Anthem is an ANTHEM…not a lament, not a torch song, not a dirge, not a blues ballad…

    —Ricko

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm |

    the “Bridgestone Winter Classic” is being brought to you by “bridgestone”

    boy i can’t wait to hear that 200 more times today

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”308055″]
    Props to the NHL for singing the Canadian Anthem when it’s technically not necessary.[/quote]

    For anyone who has any question as to why hockey is so good, I direct you to Chicago. Chicago Blackhawk fans are some of the best in the game, and that entire opening was impressive. Even if you dislike hockey, that’s what being a fan is all about.

    And check out that awesome display in the stands!

    I have yet to determine if it is the Bridgestone workdmark, but something has definitely been added to the players’ patches on their jerseys. It looks a heckuva lot like this.

  • Ed R. | January 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”308031″][quote comment=”308027″]mets and yankees put up the new jerseys with patch on their online shops…mets don’t have black away for sale anymore, so i assume that one is discontinued[/quote]

    Correct — no more black “New York” jersey. But there’s still a black “Mets” jersey, which will now be eligible to be worn at home AND on the road.[/quote]

    Paul, are they keeping the all black cap or might they start wearing the road cap with them like they did when the black jersey was first introduced?

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”308058″]the “Bridgestone Winter Classic” is being brought to you by “bridgestone”

    boy i can’t wait to hear that 200 more times today[/quote]

    I guess there’s a backward compliment in that. It has that quickly become a big enough event that someone is willing to pony up for that kind of billboarding.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm |

    They need to sell those hats that the Wings’ coaches are wearing.

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    The Wings coaches look awesome with the hats and letter jackets.

    (I’m an Avs fan…) Joel Quennville still looks like an idiot.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”308057″]Finally, singers who get that a National Anthem is an ANTHEM…not a lament, not a torch song, not a dirge, not a blues ballad…

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Also, they withheld the temptation to get some pop/rap/country singer to do them.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm |

    Was that great combo Cubs-Winter Classic jacket or what? Anyone get a screen grab?

  • Robert in Dallas | January 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”308051″]Clemson is wearing all orange for the Gator Bowl.[/quote]

    And not looking very good. They are just too orange. If a college team is going to insist on going with a color-over-color, it needs to at least have a larger stripe or two on the pants and sleeves to break things up a little.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm |

    I have to hand it to Mike Babcock. He just knows hockey.

    As a salute to Chris Chelios, who was an icon with the Blackhawks, Babcock made him part of the starting lineup.

  • peter | January 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm |

    is #33 on the Blackhawks the one without the logo on his back (reebok…)

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

    waldo

    dustin byfuglien

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”308068″]is #33 on the Blackhawks the one without the logo on his back (reebok…)[/quote]

    That would be Dustin Byfuglien (BUFF-Lee-En).

    Rookie Kris Versteeg makes history as he scores the first goal.

  • jason | January 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm |

    Yes, the answer is 33 Dustin Byfuglien. He was involved in a replay of a goal and he clearly is not wearing the Reebok logo on his back. Happy New Year

  • peter | January 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm |

    That wasn’t that hard…Thanks to Paul & Phil for honing my uniwatch skills!

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm |

    Notice the Wrigley “brick” on the outide of the boards?

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    Great piece on Kris Versteeg from the NHL!

    He wears the word “smile” on the inside of his gloves. His dad tells him to smile on the ice because he looks so angry all the time.

    There’s also a long acronym below the word “smile” reminding him of that he should smile more and to remember where he came from.

    Fabulous work on the CBC side!

  • Smail | January 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”308073″]Notice the Wrigley “brick” on the outide of the boards?[/quote]

    Yes, and I’m absolutely loving it!

  • JR Boucicaut | January 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    Noticed Buff had it on in the pregame skate. My guess is it was most likely temporarily put on the jersey then removed when he got on the ice. I noticed it at the first whistle, he was skating towards Huet as he was covering the puck up.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm |

    Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”308071″]Yes, the answer is 33 Dustin Byfuglien. He was involved in a replay of a goal and he clearly is not wearing the Reebok logo on his back. Happy New Year[/quote]

    Byfuglien was just involved in a skirmish in front of the Detroit net, and it’s very obvious.

    By the way, I really like the missing logo. The back of the jersey looks so clean. It should be missing from every jersey. ;o)

  • peter | January 1, 2009 at 1:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Rangers vs Bruins @ new Yankee Stadium
    or
    In honor of the 2010 olympics

    Vancouver vs Calgary
    (olympic city vs olympic city)

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm |

    buff is making the most of his ice time…how many people have noticed it by now and are just zeroing in on him (besides me)…

    all sweaters should be so purdy

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    The reebok hockey website isn’t even working.

    Sad to see Adam Burish as one of the scratches for today’s game since he’s one of the few players with outdoor game experience.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm |

    Brent Seabrook from Chicago is wearing the eye black… even though it’s overcast.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm |

    [quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    Like to see? Pens/Caps, either in PNC Park or Happy Valley or a Canadian game

    Likely to see? Rangers/Bruins in Yankee Stadium or Fenway

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”308082″]Brent Seabrook from Chicago is wearing the eye black… even though it’s overcast.[/quote]

    Mikael Samuelsson, the goal scorer for Detroit, is also wearing eye black.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote]Pens/Caps, either in PNC Park or Happy Valley or a Canadian game[/quote]

    was actually considered (would have been pens/flyers tho — as was yankee stadium I) for this year, but pens won’t get another game due to being in last year’s classic

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”308084″][quote comment=”308082″]Brent Seabrook from Chicago is wearing the eye black… even though it’s overcast.[/quote]

    Mikael Samuelsson, the goal scorer for Detroit, is also wearing eye black.[/quote]

    Ok, lots of Detroit players are wearing the eye black. Brett Lebda just got nailed, and he’s got enough on to be a high school football player made fun of by Bryan. LOL

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm |

    http://www.hockeybuz...

    Rumours for next years game.

    Pens/Flyers at Happy Valley would be awesome.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”308084″][quote comment=”308082″]Brent Seabrook from Chicago is wearing the eye black… even though it’s overcast.[/quote]

    Mikael Samuelsson, the goal scorer for Detroit, is also wearing eye black.[/quote]

    With the white-gray overcast sky, and the diffused daylight on the ice sheet and the snow around it, there’s probably more glare than you’d think. Certainly more than an indoor arena.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”308085″][quote]Pens/Caps, either in PNC Park or Happy Valley or a Canadian game[/quote]

    was actually considered (would have been pens/flyers tho — as was yankee stadium I) for this year, but pens won’t get another game due to being in last year’s classic[/quote]

    I understand from my hockey friends in Philly that any game at Happy Valley would have to be Pens/Flyers, since PA GOV Ed Rendell is such a Philly guy.

    I bet the league would like to involve Ovechkin, but the Caps rivals (Pens, Rangers, Flyers, Sabres) all have rivalries with other teams.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”308062″]They need to sell those hats that the Wings’ coaches are wearing.[/quote]

    The fedoras were an idea in place of wearing toques to represent the “old-tyme hockey” feel. Mike Babcock called Lindy Ruff, coach of the Sabres, and asked him about his experience.

    Apparently, Ruff told him to make sure he keeps his head warm. LOL

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”308087″]http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=18611

    Rumours for next years game.

    Pens/Flyers at Happy Valley would be awesome.[/quote]

    Wondering how soon they’ll belive it’s become a big enough event that can try pulling in a major warm weather market…put the Sharks or Kings or Stars into the game against a northern team. At new Yankee Stadium, maybe. Marry the New York market with a “softer” TV market. Just thinking out loud.

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm |

    All I know is that if the Avs are ever involved in one of these, I’m going to go broke in an attempt to go.

    My girlfriend is a Red Wings fan, and we’re both kicking ourselves that we don’t have enough cash right now to have gone 90 miles down the road for this game.

  • Kek | January 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm |

    How ’bout Caps/Pens at Fed Ex Field or RFK or even the Nats’ ballpark?

    I would love Pens/Flyers at Happy Valley but I think the league, on a national level, might want to play up the Malkin/Ovechkin rivlary.

    I don’t know though, Pens/Flyers is still the rivalry.

    And no offense taken at the jab at my Chiefs Tony! They rallied but fell short in their annual NYE game last night. Surely you remember what a great tradition the Chiefs and Panthers had for years in the ECHL playing on NYE!

  • =bg= | January 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm |

    live webcam outside Wrigley- very sharp and clear:

    http://wwc.instacam....

  • rangers85 | January 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm |

    [quote comment=”308044″]I’ve been channel surfing, but has ESPN or ESPN2 even mentioned the Winter Classic this morning?[/quote]

    Probably not. One thing I notice with ESPN from being a TCU alum and supporter, is that if it doesn’t happen on ESPN/ABC, it never happened. Or at the least, today’s non-ESPN/ABC happenings don’t happen until tomorrow.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    Coach’s Corner coming up. I’ll be glued to my TV for the next 17 minutes

    By the way, intermissions at today’s game are 17 minutes rather than the standard 15 minutes due to the long walks back to the dressing rooms.

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm |

    How about Flyers-Rangers or Flyers-Devils on Franklin Field?

    That would be pretty sweet

  • =bg= | January 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    My heavens, just saw the plug for the “Reebok Lost Logo.” Somewhere in NY, PL’s head is exploding off his shoulders.

  • Joey Guns | January 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm |

    Anybody know if PSU is wearing white or blue today?

    I read somewhere that they were wearing blue, but I haven’t seen anything else about it…

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm |

    [quote comment=”308059″]I have yet to determine if it is the Bridgestone workdmark, but something has definitely been added to the players’ patches on their jerseys. It looks a heckuva lot like this.[/quote]

    looks ok to me teebz

    at least they didn’t ruin the patch

  • =bg= | January 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    PS nice classic rock blast of Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4, too.

    PPS
    Bob & Doug McKenzie reference here:
    Why aren’t Costas and Milbury wearin’ toque’s, eh?

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm |

    [quote comment=”308101″][quote comment=”308059″]I have yet to determine if it is the Bridgestone workdmark, but something has definitely been added to the players’ patches on their jerseys. It looks a heckuva lot like this.[/quote]
    Its slightly edited in that the bottom part is not slanted upward and now runs parallel to the ground a la the Bridgestone logo at center ice
    looks ok to me teebz

    at least they didn’t ruin the patch[/quote]

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm |

    maybe for a future winter classic we could have the preds in yellow throwupsbacks and the canes in all black at lane?

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm |

    My guess? They’ll exhaust the stereotypical “winter U.S.” markets (and not repeat any teams) first.

    Better to think in terms of new teams in places such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington. Blue Jackets just aren’t a big enough name to make Columbus a likely candidate (although 100,000+ people at a hockey game sure is an intriguing notion, isn’t it). Detroit and Pittsburgh markets might lose out because their teams have already played a Winter Classic.

    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.

    —Ricko

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”308104″]maybe for a future winter classic we could have the preds in yellow throwupsbacks and the canes in all black at lane?[/quote]
    You know whats funny?

    There was speculation in the Raleigh newspapers last year that the Canes could host one of these games at NC State’s Carter Finley Stadium…

    Its currently 37F in Raleigh and this is the coldest its been in weeks

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    [quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.

  • rangers85 | January 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]

  • rangers85 | January 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm |

    [quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]

    If that were to happen I’d make every attempt to fly there from Dallas for the game.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm |

    what the FUCK is going on with jim the weather god cantore?

    OMFG

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm |

    [quote comment=”308101″][quote comment=”308059″]I have yet to determine if it is the Bridgestone workdmark, but something has definitely been added to the players’ patches on their jerseys. It looks a heckuva lot like this.[/quote]

    looks ok to me teebz

    at least they didn’t ruin the patch[/quote]

    But what’s the little wordmark at the bottom? It wasn’t on the original logo, and doesn’t appear to be the words “Wrigley Field”.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]

    Especially if could be played at the new Gopher football stadium.

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm |

    The patch definitely says Wrigley Field.

  • =bg= | January 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    Jimmy Guns is thinkin, “didn’t have to paint myself like a clown before NBC bought us.”

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”308114″]Jimmy Guns is thinkin, “didn’t have to paint myself like a clown before NBC bought us.”[/quote]

    cuz he’d never look ridiculous on TWC feeds…lol

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm |

    im sorry…but this is a ting of beauty

  • Robert in Dallas | January 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm |

    My 12-year old son just walked into the room and remarked that he thinks Clemson’s orange-over-orange are “really cool.” Kids these days.

  • Blake | January 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm |

    [quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]
    Oh man, I would absolutely love to see a North Stars throwback hit the ice. And minnesota already have a gorgeous mock-throwback. I’m a bit miffed that we won’t have one of these is canada any time soon.

  • David Murphy | January 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”308066″][quote comment=”308051″]Clemson is wearing all orange for the Gator Bowl.[/quote]

    And not looking very good. They are just too orange. If a college team is going to insist on going with a color-over-color, it needs to at least have a larger stripe or two on the pants and sleeves to break things up a little.[/quote]

    Agreed…blame Clemson for bowing to the Nike gods. The numbers could be bigger as well, and the helmets with all the big white tiger paws on the back make them look two-toned.

    But new coach Dabo Sweeney has kept Clemson in more traditional uni combos, which includes wearing all orange in big games. They haven’t worn much purple since he took over, which should make Paul happy.

  • Blake | January 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”308116″]im sorry…but this is a ting of beauty[/quote]
    I would love to see those Chicago jerseys make themselves a new home in the blackhawks’ lockers. I’ve been wanting some sort of brown or beige injected into an NHL uniform for some time.

  • Blake | January 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    Uniforms aside, this is a great game. Much like last year, it very tight and if the fans are lucky we’ll need extra time to decide the outcome.

  • rangers85 | January 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”308118″][quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]
    Oh man, I would absolutely love to see a North Stars throwback hit the ice. And minnesota already have a gorgeous mock-throwback. I’m a bit miffed that we won’t have one of these is canada any time soon.[/quote]

    Yeah, I kind of wish the Stars would use a North Stars throwback every so often, but to my knowledge they haven’t. Christmas 2007, I got a Modano green North Stars jersey that I wear to games.

  • scott | January 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”308034″]Kudos to both Pitt and Oregon State yesterday for both wearing dark colored jersey’s. Pitt in the home blues, and the Beavers in orange. Even though watching the game was like watching paint dry 3-0. It was cool to see them bust out dark jerseys head to head.[/quote]

    A 3-0 final is what teams deserve when they go dark vs. dark.

  • scott | January 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm |

    What’s up with the need for video boards at Wrigley for hockey?

  • David Murphy | January 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    One more thing…it has occurred to me that football teams appear to use the back of the helmet like the back of a car…that’s where they put all the bumper stickers. Would they really clutter their bumper as badly as these helmets?

    Be on the lookout today as you’re watching all these games. Georgia and Clemson are bad, although the bones and tiger paws are unique…same with Michigan State. Do you really need bones, flags, numbers, the NCAA sticker, the warning sticker, etc? Ugly!

    Idea…creatively use the front bumper for one of the traditional back-of-the-helmet stickers…aso the back bumper. Does the back bumper HAVE to have the team name? Put the warning label, NCAA sticker, and number there.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm |

    good thing the hawks will be going with the wind next quarter period…

  • JJ27 | January 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm |

    Anybody know if Huet’s helmet is special for this game or has he been wearing a Wrigley sign on his lid all season?

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm |

    With Reebok’s site being down, did anyone enter the contest?

    Officially, the cutoff is now.

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”308127″]Anybody know if Huet’s helmet is special for this game or has he been wearing a Wrigley sign on his lid all season?[/quote]

    i was thinking to same thing
    my guess is that its special for the classic

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 3:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”308125″]One more thing…it has occurred to me that football teams appear to use the back of the helmet like the back of a car…that’s where they put all the bumper stickers. Would they really clutter their bumper as badly as these helmets?

    Be on the lookout today as you’re watching all these games. Georgia and Clemson are bad, although the bones and tiger paws are unique…same with Michigan State. Do you really need bones, flags, numbers, the NCAA sticker, the warning sticker, etc? Ugly!

    Idea…creatively use the front bumper for one of the traditional back-of-the-helmet stickers…aso the back bumper. Does the back bumper HAVE to have the team name? Put the warning label, NCAA sticker, and number there.[/quote]

    i know that Washington State puts the pac 10 logo on the back bumper idk about the ncaa logo

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 3:12 pm |

    [quote comment=”308109″][quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]

    If that were to happen I’d make every attempt to fly there from Dallas for the game.[/quote]

    Bet they’d be able to interview this guy in the stands…
    http://farm4.static....

  • My Name is Not Earl | January 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm |

    Wild-Stars would be a great game, but wouldn’t you have to play that one in Minneapolis? It doesn’t seem like there’s a stadium in St. Paul big enough to hold the game. And if you do play the game in Minneapolis, you would probably want to wait until 2011, when the Twins’ park would be ready (if you play it next year, you’d have to play it in the Gophers’ new stadium; being on campus, you probably wouldn’t be able to sell beer).

    And with Vancouver, isn’t the main stadium there (where the BC Lions play) a dome?

    My vote would be for having another Original Six matchup in Toronto, in the stadium where Toronto FC plays. I know you’ve got to try to grow the American market, but after two games in the U.S., it’s time to have one in Candada.

  • My Name is Not Earl | January 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm |

    Canada, that is.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”308132″]Wild-Stars would be a great game, but wouldn’t you have to play that one in Minneapolis? It doesn’t seem like there’s a stadium in St. Paul big enough to hold the game. And if you do play the game in Minneapolis, you would probably want to wait until 2011, when the Twins’ park would be ready (if you play it next year, you’d have to play it in the Gophers’ new stadium; being on campus, you probably wouldn’t be able to sell beer).

    And with Vancouver, isn’t the main stadium there (where the BC Lions play) a dome?

    My vote would be for having another Original Six matchup in Toronto, in the stadium where Toronto FC plays. I know you’ve got to try to grow the American market, but after two games in the U.S., it’s time to have one in Candada.[/quote]

    There’ll be limited beer sales at new Gopher stadium but, truthfully, I don’t the current planned policy is going to hold up. And who knows if they’d exempt it for a non-NCAA event.

    Sure would be a great venue, though.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 3:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”308122″][quote comment=”308118″][quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]
    Oh man, I would absolutely love to see a North Stars throwback hit the ice. And minnesota already have a gorgeous mock-throwback. I’m a bit miffed that we won’t have one of these is canada any time soon.[/quote]

    Yeah, I kind of wish the Stars would use a North Stars throwback every so often, but to my knowledge they haven’t. Christmas 2007, I got a Modano green North Stars jersey that I wear to games.[/quote]

    It would be weird to see the Wild wear throwbacks for another team in the league. I’d rather see them wear a Fighting Saints throwback.

  • Gibby | January 1, 2009 at 3:24 pm |

    This is a complete long shot, but as Phoenix is currently in financial shambles they could definitely use the money they would make off the gate at a Winter Classic. Given that an outdoor game in Phoenix is impossible, why not move it to semi-neutral site. For example, Winnipeg. There is already a 35,000 seat stadium and could be a win-win situation for everyone. Although, it could be a giant F-U to people in Winnipeg.

  • John | January 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308134″][quote comment=”308132″]Wild-Stars would be a great game, but wouldn’t you have to play that one in Minneapolis? It doesn’t seem like there’s a stadium in St. Paul big enough to hold the game. And if you do play the game in Minneapolis, you would probably want to wait until 2011, when the Twins’ park would be ready (if you play it next year, you’d have to play it in the Gophers’ new stadium; being on campus, you probably wouldn’t be able to sell beer).

    And with Vancouver, isn’t the main stadium there (where the BC Lions play) a dome?

    My vote would be for having another Original Six matchup in Toronto, in the stadium where Toronto FC plays. I know you’ve got to try to grow the American market, but after two games in the U.S., it’s time to have one in Candada.[/quote]

    There’ll be limited beer sales at new Gopher stadium but, truthfully, I don’t the current planned policy is going to hold up. And who knows if they’d exempt it for a non-NCAA event.

    Sure would be a great venue, though.[/quote]
    One idea I have heard thrown around is to hold “Hockey Day in Minnesota” (which is normally just 3 back to back broadcasts of college, high school, and NHL hockey games) at TCF Bank Stadium. High School in the AM, Gophers in the Afternoon, and Wild at night under the lights. One day, three games, all outdoor. I am betting they would allow alcohol sales in all seating areas during the NHL portion as it isn’t a NCAA event.

  • Blake | January 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”308135″][quote comment=”308122″][quote comment=”308118″][quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.
    I was thinking that Dallas would wear the North Stars throwback. But I didn’t even think about the minnesota connection.
    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]
    Oh man, I would absolutely love to see a North Stars throwback hit the ice. And minnesota already have a gorgeous mock-throwback. I’m a bit miffed that we won’t have one of these is canada any time soon.[/quote]

    Yeah, I kind of wish the Stars would use a North Stars throwback every so often, but to my knowledge they haven’t. Christmas 2007, I got a Modano green North Stars jersey that I wear to games.[/quote]

    It would be weird to see the Wild wear throwbacks for another team in the league. I’d rather see them wear a Fighting Saints throwback.[/quote]

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm |

    Don’t hold your breath about it going to Canada anytime soon. It isn’t one bit about “fairness”, it’s about TV numbers and WHERE they get those TV numbers. NHL conceived this to be their U.S. showcase, and they have succeeded. That’s exactly what they now have, an incredible showcase. Canada already is watching the game, and will as long as it’s played in cold weather, because outdoor hockey is just so much a part of Canadian life, of Canadian childhood. The “south of the border” appeal needs to maximized, that’s the point of the whole thing. The NHL won’t walk away from that. Eventually, sure, but not this early in the concept.

    Oh, they might, though. Bettman’s that stupid, apparently.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”308136″]This is a complete long shot, but as Phoenix is currently in financial shambles they could definitely use the money they would make off the gate at a Winter Classic. Given that an outdoor game in Phoenix is impossible, why not move it to semi-neutral site. For example, Winnipeg. There is already a 35,000 seat stadium and could be a win-win situation for everyone. Although, it could be a giant F-U to people in Winnipeg.[/quote]

    Absolutely not. Not unless Phoenix is moving back to Winnipeg. They would be mercilessly booed here no matter who they play. If anything, neutral sites for teams like would actually hurt the NHL and their building the game in America.

    And they have played games in Las Vegas outdoors. But since Phoenix draws as many fans as a senior’s bingo night at the local legion, I’m guessing Phoenix won’t be a candidate.

  • odessa steps magazine | January 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm |

    I think a non-NHL, neutral site could work. It would just need to still be “hockey friendly.” As mentioned above, there’s Pens/Flyers in Happy Valley, which would likely sell out the 100,000. Same if you did Wings/Leafs in Ann Arbor or Hawks/Wild in Lambeau Field.

  • taub | January 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”308129″][quote comment=”308127″]Anybody know if Huet’s helmet is special for this game or has he been wearing a Wrigley sign on his lid all season?[/quote]

    i was thinking to same thing
    my guess is that its special for the classic[/quote]

    I would assume it was just for the Classic as well because he usually wears this: http://cache.daylife...

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”308142″]I think a non-NHL, neutral site could work. It would just need to still be “hockey friendly.” As mentioned above, there’s Pens/Flyers in Happy Valley, which would likely sell out the 100,000. Same if you did Wings/Leafs in Ann Arbor or Hawks/Wild in Lambeau Field.[/quote]

    That’s not quite neutral, though. It’s between Pittsburgh and Philly.

    Winnipeg is nowhere close to Phoenix… or any other major NHL city for that matter.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”308142″]I think a non-NHL, neutral site could work. It would just need to still be “hockey friendly.” As mentioned above, there’s Pens/Flyers in Happy Valley, which would likely sell out the 100,000. Same if you did Wings/Leafs in Ann Arbor or Hawks/Wild in Lambeau Field.[/quote]

    excellent points, but i think the hawks, wings, pens and slugs will all be excluded from the next few classics…wanna get new teams in there

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”308142″]I think a non-NHL, neutral site could work. It would just need to still be “hockey friendly.” As mentioned above, there’s Pens/Flyers in Happy Valley, which would likely sell out the 100,000. Same if you did Wings/Leafs in Ann Arbor or Hawks/Wild in Lambeau Field.[/quote]

    The Winter Classic, from NHL and NBC point of view, is about providing a great TV show for the U.S. market. Don’t expect a neutral site, anything other than cold weather U.S. sites, teams from smaller markets, weak franchises or teams who’ve already been in it. At least not for a while.

    I’m saying this as adverstsing, sports PR guy now. They would be absolutely stupid to do anything else.

    But, as I said, the NHL has been known to be stupid.

  • Graham | January 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm |

    Michigan and Wisconsin are in the works to play next year in Madison at Camp Randell Stadium. They would break the record from the Cold War between Michigan and Michigan State. Check our http://www.yostbuilt... for more preliminary info.

  • Paul Barrett | January 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm |

    that “take me out to the hockey game” would have been less terrible had they stuck to the altered lyrics throughout.

    awful.

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”308148″]that “take me out to the hockey game” would have been less terrible had they stuck to the altered lyrics throughout.

    awful.[/quote]

    Hull was drunk, Sandberg only knows Harry Caray’s barely-understandable singing, and Mikita is a Czech, a very non-baseball country. Just be thankful they got through it without any major problems.

    They were still better than Ozzy Osbourne, though.

  • Steven | January 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm |

    I’m across the Atlantic, in Scotland, watching the Winter Classic on a satellite channel that gets NCAA sports, some ESPN “chat” and, in this case, the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast…

    Must say the game seems much more visceral than the usual indoor fare. Very enjoyable. Sounds so much better too.

    Not particular enjoying Huet’s somewhat fussy paintjob on the mask. When even the warm up hats got into the understated swing of things, it’s too garish.

    Reebok’s appallingly bland wordmark on the hoardings seems to be more conspicuous than normal for something other than numerical reason.

    Maybe the lighting.

  • Blake | January 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm |

    [quote comment=”308148″]that “take me out to the hockey game” would have been less terrible had they stuck to the altered lyrics throughout.

    awful.[/quote]
    i’ve never been a fan of forced participatory chants at sporting events. I love when a wave starts spontaneously or, such as in Montreal with ‘Olé’, the crowd starts a chant on their own. But it is a trend since the advent of the giant video board to screen “Go Team Go” or some other uninspired incantation to fill the void left in many weak-market arenas.

  • Belgium Endive | January 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |

    My guesses for the next winter classic:

    1. NY Rangers at Boston – Fenway Park
    2. Boston at Philadelphia – Phillies Ballpark
    3. Washington at New York Rangers – New Yankee Stadium

    US TV markets – and a big stadium with a high certainty of selling out, and off course cold weather.

    I think if I’m the NHL – I would be thinking of having a 2nd Canada only outdoor game on the the “Hockey Day” weekend – (i.e. when HNIC shows a triple header – Montreal/Toronto – at BMO).

    I think they’re learning with each one of these, but it still strikes me as a high risk venture – i.e. a lot of things that could go wrong.

  • Jay | January 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |

    I had been reading a lot about the Badgers/Gophers playing a home and home at Camp Randall and TCF Bank Stadium.

    I think that’d be a lot better than having the Wolverines, with whom we have no real hockey rivalry with, play in such a game. It was weird enough when we played Ohio State at Lambeau.

  • jmart | January 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”308081″]The reebok hockey website isn’t even working.

    Sad to see Adam Burish as one of the scratches for today’s game since he’s one of the few players with outdoor game experience.[/quote]

    Ty Conklin the Detroit goalie has played in all three outdoor Nhl regular season games

  • jason | January 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm |

    Heard a rumor in the NCAA ranks:
    University of Michigan vs. University of Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium (Madison,WI) in February 2010. With seating over 80,000 it would be the largest outdoor hockey game.

  • mtjaws | January 1, 2009 at 4:48 pm |

    Awesome to watch the outdoor game (despite my astonishingly terrible NBC signal without sound for half of it) and see the specialness on display. From the rousing anthems, to the classically beautiful Chicago uniforms, to the Wings’ coaches hats, to the fun everyone appeared to be having. Great stuff all around. Makes me yearn for that Panthers/Lightning matchup next year at Dolphins Stadium!!! I’d so be there!

    One flaw I noticed in the special rules is that when the teams switch ends midway thru the third, the goalie would have to go the long way should he get pulled for an extra attacker. Score wasn’t close enough for that, but they should keep 2nd period sides for first 10min of third, then do the switch. They are using poor logic in their current setup.

    Melrose and Barnaby were on First Take this morn to drum up viewers to watch. I didn’t hear if anyone else talked about it though, but at least it was mentioned.

    Great comments today from everyone here too.

  • Jim Walaitis | January 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm |

    [quote comment=”308120″][quote comment=”308116″]im sorry…but this is a ting of beauty[/quote]
    I would love to see those Chicago jerseys make themselves a new home in the blackhawks’ lockers. I’ve been wanting some sort of brown or beige injected into an NHL uniform for some time.[/quote]

    Just got home and watching the game via Tivo now … The “jumbotron” seen in the above link: one time shot for hockey, or experimenting for future summers?

  • Dan | January 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm |

    what was the capital “t” for on the back of fergie jenkins’ cubs hat at the winter classic? anybody know?

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”308157″][quote comment=”308120″][quote comment=”308116″]im sorry…but this is a ting of beauty[/quote]
    I would love to see those Chicago jerseys make themselves a new home in the blackhawks’ lockers. I’ve been wanting some sort of brown or beige injected into an NHL uniform for some time.[/quote]

    Just got home and watching the game via Tivo now … The “jumbotron” seen in the above link: one time shot for hockey, or experimenting for future summers?[/quote]

    for fans in the lower sections to follow they game better
    except i dont see the game on that jumbotron though

  • Johnious | January 1, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    for the record, the word “reebok” was said a total of 14 times by the US broadcasters, not including commercials (there were 4 reebok commercials, by the way). not anywhere near as bad as i was expecting it to be.

    overall, I was disappointed. Maybe it was because I was there last year, how no snow, a lop-sided score, how quickly the hitting subsided, a quiet (through the tv mics, anyways) crowd, how it wasn’t as good a game, or just that this has been done just a year ago, all detracted from the experience for me. it was cool…but i hope they don’t do this every year, just so it keeps something special about the whole event

  • mtjaws | January 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm |

    One other spot of advertising I saw at Wrigley: The flagpoles that usually have the NL Division standings instead had flags of the game sponsors. I think McDonald’s was in second place!

  • Dobber | January 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

    Penn State-USC under the clear blue sky of Pasadena is indeed aesthetically pleasing. I just wish they had put a little more effort into the team’s Rose Bowl patches.

  • Zach | January 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm |

    I heard the broadcast team mention a few times that a lot of teams and a lot of venues want in on this event.

    Why not do a new years doubleheader at two sites and have a day and a night game?

  • reemus | January 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”308043″]I really like the Yankees’ stadium patch — very classy:

    http://shop.mlb.com/...

  • Andrew | January 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm |

    the head refs in both the Outback Bowl and the Gator Bowl were sporting some major Under Armour logo creepage, while I couldn’t see any other minor official with the same type of visible logo.

  • Beats in Buffalo | January 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm |

    Teebz and other uniwatchers north of the border,

    I’ve been trying to follow the comments but I am a little confused, was the game not shown on CBC in Canada? Living in the suburbs of Buffalo I had the benefit of watching the games on both NBC and CBC, I opted for NBC which had better picture quality and suffered through the less talented announcers.

    I did watch Coaches Corner and as informative as Don Cherry can be his pro-Canadian or anti-American/Euro biased gets very old very quickly, especially for a man who jumped ship and took the offer to work for NBC and American markets during last years Winter Classic.

    On the game itself, the uniforms were beautiful the scenery looked great, although I think an ice rink lends itself better to a football stadium for viewing from the stands.

    And as an attendee of the game in Buffalo last year I can attest to how great of experience it was to be at the game and I hope they continue circulating the game around so other fans in other markets get a chance to enjoy it.

  • Nick | January 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm |

    LSU vs GEORGIA TECH

    Is it just me, or did Georgia Tech’s navy blue jerseys look like a disgustingly excessive carnival of stripes and trim and patches and names and all the rest ….

    They looked like an Arena Nine uniform – Podunk vs Exburbia

  • Nick | January 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm |

    are the padres gonna wear a 40th anniversary patch this year? because their website has a logo all over it.

  • Robert in Dallas | January 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”308167″]LSU vs GEORGIA TECH

    Is it just me, or did Georgia Tech’s navy blue jerseys look like a disgustingly excessive carnival of stripes and trim and patches and names and all the rest ….

    They looked like an Arena Nine uniform – Podunk vs Exburbia[/quote]

    Yes, Georgia Tech’s cluttered jerseys looked terrible. They are too far from looking like those European hockey teams.

  • DCM | January 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm |

    [quote comment=”308169″][quote comment=”308167″]LSU vs GEORGIA TECH

    Is it just me, or did Georgia Tech’s navy blue jerseys look like a disgustingly excessive carnival of stripes and trim and patches and names and all the rest ….

    They looked like an Arena Nine uniform – Podunk vs Exburbia[/quote]

    Yes, Georgia Tech’s cluttered jerseys looked terrible. They are too far from looking like those European hockey teams.[/quote]

    Agreed. Tech shouldn’t have let Russell outfit them in such monstrosities, especially when they wore such great throwbacks back in 2006. After such a successful year, they should’ve stuck with thier gold jerseys. Obviously, it’s why they were blown out!

    BTW, Clemson’s jerseys today had more patches than Tech’s.

  • Ricko | January 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”308170″][quote comment=”308169″][quote comment=”308167″]LSU vs GEORGIA TECH

    Is it just me, or did Georgia Tech’s navy blue jerseys look like a disgustingly excessive carnival of stripes and trim and patches and names and all the rest ….

    They looked like an Arena Nine uniform – Podunk vs Exburbia[/quote]

    Yes, Georgia Tech’s cluttered jerseys looked terrible. They are too far from looking like those European hockey teams.[/quote]

    Agreed. Tech shouldn’t have let Russell outfit them in such monstrosities, especially when they wore such great throwbacks back in 2006. After such a successful year, they should’ve stuck with thier gold jerseys. Obviously, it’s why they were blown out!

    BTW, Clemson’s jerseys today had more patches than Tech’s.[/quote]

    Tacky is the new cool.

    Said it before, it’s the mindset that never stops thinking, “One more bumper sticker and my car will be perfect.”

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm |

    [quote comment=”308166″]Teebz and other uniwatchers north of the border,

    I’ve been trying to follow the comments but I am a little confused, was the game not shown on CBC in Canada? Living in the suburbs of Buffalo I had the benefit of watching the games on both NBC and CBC, I opted for NBC which had better picture quality and suffered through the less talented announcers.

    I did watch Coaches Corner and as informative as Don Cherry can be his pro-Canadian or anti-American/Euro biased gets very old very quickly, especially for a man who jumped ship and took the offer to work for NBC and American markets during last years Winter Classic.

    On the game itself, the uniforms were beautiful the scenery looked great, although I think an ice rink lends itself better to a football stadium for viewing from the stands.

    And as an attendee of the game in Buffalo last year I can attest to how great of experience it was to be at the game and I hope they continue circulating the game around so other fans in other markets get a chance to enjoy it.[/quote]

    I watched the whole game on CBC.

    Without Doc Emrick, NBC had nothing to offer me.

  • DJ | January 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm |

    Hull was drunk, Sandberg only knows Harry Caray’s barely-understandable singing, and Mikita is a Czech, a very non-baseball country. Just be thankful they got through it without any major problems.

    Mikita was sent from then-Czechoslovakia to Canada to live with relatives when he was eight. He’s lived in the Chicago area since he retired. Mikita knows baseball.

  • DJ | January 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm |

    And with Vancouver, isn’t the main stadium there (where the BC Lions play) a dome?

    Yes, but after the 2010 Winter Olympics, they will renovate BC Place to have a retractable covering (the covering would spool out from a center-hanging storage area — one of the World Cup stadiums in Germany has it). So, come 2012 or so, it could be a suitable venue.

    My guess for next year is Rangers-Bruins, either at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park.

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”308170″][quote comment=”308169″][quote comment=”308167″]LSU vs GEORGIA TECH

    Is it just me, or did Georgia Tech’s navy blue jerseys look like a disgustingly excessive carnival of stripes and trim and patches and names and all the rest ….

    They looked like an Arena Nine uniform – Podunk vs Exburbia[/quote]

    Yes, Georgia Tech’s cluttered jerseys looked terrible. They are too far from looking like those European hockey teams.[/quote]

    Agreed. Tech shouldn’t have let Russell outfit them in such monstrosities, especially when they wore such great throwbacks back in 2006. After such a successful year, they should’ve stuck with thier gold jerseys. Obviously, it’s why they were blown out!

    BTW, Clemson’s jerseys today had more patches than Tech’s.[/quote]

    Stuck with their golds?
    They didnt wear those all year either

  • Pnflkc3 | January 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm |

    NHL should make pom-pom hats available for all teams

  • Bob A | January 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308170″]
    BTW, Clemson’s jerseys today had more patches than Tech’s.[/quote]

    That’s the first thing I noticed. Even my wife commented on it. These captains had about five different elements on their jerseys.

    Oh, and Go Huskers!

  • BurghFan | January 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm |

    Am I the only one who thought the numbers on the backs of the Winter Classic unis were too hard to read? I’ll be particularly interested in what those who were at the game have to say.

  • Cosmo | January 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”308178″]Am I the only one who thought the numbers on the backs of the Winter Classic unis were too hard to read? I’ll be particularly interested in what those who were at the game have to say.[/quote]

    I kind of thought the same thing… especially on the Red Wings jersey where the white number ran outside of the red stripe, giving you white on white.

  • Paul Lukas | January 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”308168″]are the padres gonna wear a 40th anniversary patch this year?[/quote]

    Yes.

  • John Baranowski | January 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm |

    [quote comment=”308179″][quote comment=”308178″]Am I the only one who thought the numbers on the backs of the Winter Classic unis were too hard to read? I’ll be particularly interested in what those who were at the game have to say.[/quote]

    I kind of thought the same thing… especially on the Red Wings jersey where the white number ran outside of the red stripe, giving you white on white.[/quote]

    they were iffy, but on the plane-camera, i could still read the numbers. i was more shocked that detroit didn’t include sleeve numbers…they altered that sweater enough with the shoulder patches and the laceup, why not sleeves? (as a college hockey commentator, i HATE when teams don’t have those, they don’t look it, but they do so much)

    i’m curious to hear from those who were there, but they seemed ok to me…

  • aflfan | January 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm |

    [quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I would like to see Toronto-Montreal and the Boston-New York to get the all the orginal six teams. Then maybe start with the 69 expansion teams

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm |

    Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.

  • aflfan | January 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”308135″][quote comment=”308122″][quote comment=”308118″][quote comment=”308107″][quote comment=”308105″]
    Just sayin’…and trying to think like they’d think.[/quote]

    I’d like to see a Winter Classic game in St. Paul, Minnesota between the Wild and the Dallas Stars.

    That would sellout in minutes. Guaranteed.[/quote]
    Oh man, I would absolutely love to see a North Stars throwback hit the ice. And minnesota already have a gorgeous mock-throwback. I’m a bit miffed that we won’t have one of these is canada any time soon.[/quote]

    Yeah, I kind of wish the Stars would use a North Stars throwback every so often, but to my knowledge they haven’t. Christmas 2007, I got a Modano green North Stars jersey that I wear to games.[/quote]

    It would be weird to see the Wild wear throwbacks for another team in the league. I’d rather see them wear a Fighting Saints throwback.[/quote]

    I actually saw the Fighting Saints (not to be confused with the New Fighting Saints) play at Cobo Arena vs. the Michigan Stags.

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm |

    [quote comment=”308182″][quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I would like to see Toronto-Montreal and the Boston-New York to get the all the orginal six teams. Then maybe start with the 69 expansion teams[/quote]

    I was thinking Montreal at Toronto for next year at Rogers Centre (roof open of course). Can’t do it in Montreal because Olympic Stadium’s roof won’t open and the Montreal Alouette’s CFL stadium may be too small (20,202 capacity).

  • David | January 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm |

    VT in white throwbacks tonight for the Orange Bowl. Sadly, they’re not wearing the throwback helmets, too.

  • aflfan | January 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm |

    [quote comment=”308172″][quote comment=”308166″]Teebz and other uniwatchers north of the border,

    I’ve been trying to follow the comments but I am a little confused, was the game not shown on CBC in Canada? Living in the suburbs of Buffalo I had the benefit of watching the games on both NBC and CBC, I opted for NBC which had better picture quality and suffered through the less talented announcers.

    I did watch Coaches Corner and as informative as Don Cherry can be his pro-Canadian or anti-American/Euro biased gets very old very quickly, especially for a man who jumped ship and took the offer to work for NBC and American markets during last years Winter Classic.

    On the game itself, the uniforms were beautiful the scenery looked great, although I think an ice rink lends itself better to a football stadium for viewing from the stands.

    And as an attendee of the game in Buffalo last year I can attest to how great of experience it was to be at the game and I hope they continue circulating the game around so other fans in other markets get a chance to enjoy it.[/quote]

    I watched the whole game on CBC.

    Without Doc Emrick, NBC had nothing to offer me.[/quote]

    See, I was happy with Dave Strader. He use to do the Wings games a few years ago and I have missed his game calling skills since he left.

  • S. Bennett | January 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm |

    [quote comment=\”308174\”]And with Vancouver, isn’t the main stadium there (where the BC Lions play) a dome?

    Yes, but after the 2010 Winter Olympics, they will renovate BC Place to have a retractable covering (the covering would spool out from a center-hanging storage area — one of the World Cup stadiums in Germany has it). So, come 2012 or so, it could be a suitable venue.

    My guess for next year is Rangers-Bruins, either at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park.[/quote]

    They won\’t go Rangers – Bruins because that kills two solid venue options with one game. Look for Boston to host the Habs (despite not being a US-based team, they transcend the sport) then NY can play someone – maybe Philly – the next year.

    SB

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm |

    [quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.

  • aflfan | January 1, 2009 at 8:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”308188″][quote comment=\”308174\”]And with Vancouver, isn’t the main stadium there (where the BC Lions play) a dome?

    Yes, but after the 2010 Winter Olympics, they will renovate BC Place to have a retractable covering (the covering would spool out from a center-hanging storage area — one of the World Cup stadiums in Germany has it). So, come 2012 or so, it could be a suitable venue.

    My guess for next year is Rangers-Bruins, either at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park.[/quote]

    They won\’t go Rangers – Bruins because that kills two solid venue options with one game. Look for Boston to host the Habs (despite not being a US-based team, they transcend the sport) then NY can play someone – maybe Philly – the next year.

    SB[/quote]

    Rangers/Islanders?

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 8:37 pm |

    [quote comment=\”308190\”][quote comment=\”308189\”][quote comment=\”308183\”]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there\’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]

    Va Tech\’s unis look good
    not so much Cincinnati

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote]Rangers/Islanders?[/quote]

    i think the NHL is only considering actual nhl-caliber teams for the next one

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”308180″][quote comment=”308168″]are the padres gonna wear a 40th anniversary patch this year?[/quote]

    Yes.[/quote]

    Padres’ 40th anniversary logo

    http://i192.photobuc...

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm |

    [quote comment=”308186″]VT in white throwbacks tonight for the Orange Bowl. Sadly, they’re not wearing the throwback helmets, too.[/quote]

    pretty sure those were all auctioned off for charity…beardface would know

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm |

    Is it really necessary for the “BCS on FOX” logo to be painted in the endzones??

  • Joe | January 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm |

    If NY gets it next year, why not play the Devils, a team that is right across the river and good, NJ-NY games are always classic. NJ can wear the jerseys with the green on it, which i love.

  • aflfan | January 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”308193″][quote]Rangers/Islanders?[/quote]

    i think the NHL is only considering actual nhl-caliber teams for the next one[/quote]

    So the Lightning won’t be playing in one anytime soon?

  • Beats in Buffalo | January 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm |

    Toronto though a huge hockey market would be tough for the outdoor game because BMO Field the home of Toronto FC only holds 20,500 and as reported by the Rogers Centre when the Bills played the Dolphins there (a grassroots movement in Buffalo petitioned for the roof to be open obviously to no avail), the roof is closed for repairs following the Jays season with the facility seemingly unwilling to open it for any reason

  • The Hemogoblin | January 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm |

    OK, noticed in the Orange Bowl that Cincinnati’s helmets have a nice red undertone.

    Knowshon Moreno had decal issues on his helmet G, where it started to tear on the top, and on his #2 on the back of his helmet, where the 2 rolled back on itself.

    Other than that, nothing good to report.

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 9:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”308195″][quote comment=”308186″]VT in white throwbacks tonight for the Orange Bowl. Sadly, they’re not wearing the throwback helmets, too.[/quote]

    pretty sure those were all auctioned off for charity…beardface would know[/quote]
    No need to refer to me… you’re dead on

    those helmets were a 1 time only thing. Even though the team continues to wear the throwbacks, the helmets were auctioned off to charity right after the Furman game.

    Probably for the best. I like the current helmets with the throwbacks more than the throwback helmets with the jerseys…

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”308190″][quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]
    The tickets you could get from VT were $125 for upper level tickets…

    You could scalp them for $30 from stubhub and outside the gate prior to the game…

    thats the reason VT didn’t sell their allotment through the school

  • Bill | January 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”308182″][quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I would like to see Toronto-Montreal and the Boston-New York to get the all the orginal six teams. Then maybe start with the 69 expansion teams[/quote]
    The NHL expanded in 1967, not 1969.

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm |

    [quote comment=”308202″][quote comment=”308190″][quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]
    The tickets you could get from VT were $125 for upper level tickets…

    You could scalp them for $30 from stubhub and outside the gate prior to the game…

    thats the reason VT didn’t sell their allotment through the school[/quote]

    University Cincinnati was selling them for $125 also, so that can’t be used as an excuse.

  • Johnny O | January 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm |

    Anyone check out the new MLB Network yet? (Ch. 213 for all you DirecTV viewers)

    I watched a little bit with Don Larson and Yogi talk about Larson’s perfect game, and they showed a lot of the original broadcast. Pretty sweet images going on if you ask me. Also, Larson divulged that he didn’t realize he threw a perfect game until after he got in the clubhouse…classic!

    The studio where they did these interviews is set up like a baseball stadium where in guests are at the pitchers mound and the audience is in the “stands”. Also, they call the studio “MLB Field”. I highly recommend checking this network out if you have access to it.

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm |

    [quote comment=”308204″][quote comment=”308202″][quote comment=”308190″][quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]
    The tickets you could get from VT were $125 for upper level tickets…

    You could scalp them for $30 from stubhub and outside the gate prior to the game…

    thats the reason VT didn’t sell their allotment through the school[/quote]

    University Cincinnati was selling them for $125 also, so that can’t be used as an excuse.[/quote]
    UC has also never been to the BCS and their program was horrendous 5 years ago…

    A bit of a different feeling for a team that was just there last year and playing a team that most don’t care about

  • Johnny F. | January 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”308206″][quote comment=”308204″][quote comment=”308202″][quote comment=”308190″][quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]
    The tickets you could get from VT were $125 for upper level tickets…

    You could scalp them for $30 from stubhub and outside the gate prior to the game…

    thats the reason VT didn’t sell their allotment through the school[/quote]

    University Cincinnati was selling them for $125 also, so that can’t be used as an excuse.[/quote]
    UC has also never been to the BCS and their program was horrendous 5 years ago…

    A bit of a different feeling for a team that was just there last year and playing a team that most don’t care about[/quote]

    VT has quite the fan base, guys. Hokie fans are some of the best in college football.

    Anyway, back to watch my Hokies take on the ‘Cats in their beautiful throwbacks!

    Happy New Year everyone! I haven’t been as actives as I’d like to be lately (here on UWthanks to the new house…did more painting today)…. but I’m still checkin everything out!

    See ya when I see ya! GO HOKIES!

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”308207″][quote comment=”308206″][quote comment=”308204″][quote comment=”308202″][quote comment=”308190″][quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]
    The tickets you could get from VT were $125 for upper level tickets…

    You could scalp them for $30 from stubhub and outside the gate prior to the game…

    thats the reason VT didn’t sell their allotment through the school[/quote]

    University Cincinnati was selling them for $125 also, so that can’t be used as an excuse.[/quote]
    UC has also never been to the BCS and their program was horrendous 5 years ago…

    A bit of a different feeling for a team that was just there last year and playing a team that most don’t care about[/quote]

    VT has quite the fan base, guys.

    Hokie fans are some of the best in college football.

    Anyway, back to watch my Hokies take on the ‘Cats in their beautiful throwbacks!

    Happy New Year everyone! I haven’t been as actives as I’d like to be lately (here on UWthanks to the new house…did more painting today)…. but I’m still checkin everything out!

    See ya when I see ya! GO HOKIES![/quote]
    GO HOKIES

  • Taxman | January 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm |

    VT throwbacks would be so much better if the shoulder loops were still loops. Growing up as a Baltimore Colts fan, real shoulder loops were glorious. The ones used today on the modern jersey structure just look bad.
    Florida Atlantic was the worst example of this bowl season with the stripes harshly abutting the NOB.

  • CoyotesFan09 | January 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |

    I would like to see in 2009

    Montreal vs Boston at Fenway

    2010

    Vancouver vs Calgary as mentioned above

    2011

    New Jersey vs New York Rangers at New Yankee Stadium

    2012

    Colorado vs Minnesota. Either team wold be a great host

  • JTH | January 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm |

    History’s most inept correspondent finally checks in. As an on-site Winter Classic reporter I really suck…

    Yesterday, I dropped my camera. It seemed to be working fine after about ten minutes of messing with it but as we were leaving for the game today, I could not get it to work. My friend had his camera with him, but he forgot to charge it, so it only had enough juice for about two pictures. I had to use my crappy phone to take photos. *sigh*

    I’m really disappointed that this picture turned out so poorly. They replaced all the banners for the NL teams with sponsors’ logos. So they’re all Bud Light, Bridgestone, Verizon, etc. — VERY LAME!

    I did manage to get some OK shots and I put them in this slideshow. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the camera seems to be working fine now that I’m home. That’s what I used to get that pic of my ticket and the lousy Reebok binoculars (and they were lousy — the magnification is literally like 1.5x, or about as powerful as reading glasses).

    Speaking of the Reebok contest, I found it very interesting that the announced winner’s name was Mark Panera. Another subtle advertising ploy?

    Anyway, the most interesting thing that happened today was that one of the guys at the game with me got his boot pissed on by Don Cherry in the men’s room. I’m not making that up. It actually happened. It was a brand new pair of boots, too. Don’t be surprised if they’re on eBay tomorrow.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sorry if any of the above information was mentioned by anyone here already. I have not had a chance to read the comments yet.

  • Matt | January 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |

    Man I love the VT throwback unis. I wish they went with them full time. So beautiful (except of course the half shoulder loops).

  • Beardface | January 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308212″]Man I love the VT throwback unis. I wish they went with them full time. So beautiful (except of course the half shoulder loops).[/quote]
    I’m hearing you’ll get your wish next year

  • The Hemogoblin | January 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”308212″]Man I love the VT throwback unis. I wish they went with them full time. So beautiful (except of course the half shoulder loops).[/quote]

    Half-loops don’t bother me for some reason.

    Kamloops does bother me though… damn Canada.

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |

    [quote]History’s most inept correspondent finally checks in. As an on-site Winter Classic reporter I really suck…[/quote]

    that’s it…as of now, we’re cutting your salary in half!

    /hope it was as much fun as it looked, thanks for the pics and slideshow!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    on another note…the doobs still rock

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”308205″]Anyone check out the new MLB Network yet? (Ch. 213 for all you DirecTV viewers)

    I watched a little bit with Don Larson and Yogi talk about Larson’s perfect game, and they showed a lot of the original broadcast. Pretty sweet images going on if you ask me. Also, Larson divulged that he didn’t realize he threw a perfect game until after he got in the clubhouse…classic!

    The studio where they did these interviews is set up like a baseball stadium where in guests are at the pitchers mound and the audience is in the “stands”. Also, they call the studio “MLB Field”. I highly recommend checking this network out if you have access to it.[/quote]

    I watched the “hot stove live” show at 6pm. My only gripe so far is the fact that they are re-airing that 6pm show and don larsen’s perfect game all the way until sometime tomorrow afternoon before airing other programs.

  • Bill Fenbers | January 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”308206″][quote comment=”308204″][quote comment=”308202″][quote comment=”308190″][quote comment=”308189″][quote comment=”308183″]Cincinnati Bearcats going all-black tonight, black pants and jerseys.

    Dolphin Stadium grounds crew will get a workout in the next seven days or so, Orange Bowl tonight, Dolphins playoff game Sunday, and BCS national championship next Thursday.[/quote]

    they probably thought
    oh its gunna be easy
    there’s no way the dolphins are gunna get a playoff game[/quote]

    Lots of empty seats upper and lower levels at dolphin stadium. Virginia Tech only sold 5,000 tickets out of 17,500 allotment. Cincinnati sold 13,000 out of 17,500.[/quote]
    The tickets you could get from VT were $125 for upper level tickets…

    You could scalp them for $30 from stubhub and outside the gate prior to the game…

    thats the reason VT didn’t sell their allotment through the school[/quote]

    University Cincinnati was selling them for $125 also, so that can’t be used as an excuse.[/quote]
    UC has also never been to the BCS and their program was horrendous 5 years ago…

    A bit of a different feeling for a team that was just there last year and playing a team that most don’t care about[/quote]

    Not horrendous five years ago, more like 15 years ago. Eight bowl appearances since 1997.

  • aflfan | January 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”308203″][quote comment=”308182″][quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I would like to see Toronto-Montreal and the Boston-New York to get the all the orginal six teams. Then maybe start with the 69 expansion teams[/quote]
    The NHL expanded in 1967, not 1969.[/quote]

    I meant 67.

  • JTH | January 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm |

    [quote]With the white-gray overcast sky, and the diffused daylight on the ice sheet and the snow around it, there’s probably more glare than you’d think. Certainly more than an indoor arena. [/quote]
    I can confirm that. I had sunglasses on for a good part of the game.

    [quote]That would be Dustin Byfuglien (BUFF-Lee-En).[/quote]
    Izzat how they say it up there? Around here, it’s just BUFF-len.

    [quote]Am I the only one who thought the numbers on the backs of the Winter Classic unis were too hard to read? I’ll be particularly interested in what those who were at the game have to say.[/quote]
    Surprisingly, they were actually pretty easy to read. And I could only see about two thirds of the rink from my seats. I ended up watching most of the action on the temporary video boards — but I was sitting in the bleachers, so of course I was drunk and oblivious and got what I deserved. ;)

  • JTH | January 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |

    [quote comment=”308215″]that’s it…as of now, we’re cutting your salary in half!
    [/quote]
    So how much do I owe you guys now?

  • JTH | January 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”308050″]- Don Cherry is out with the bleacher bums, and it took him about 10 minutes to go from the scoreboard to where Ron MacLean is standing 20 feet away. Everyone in the bleachers stopped him for a picture.
    [/quote]
    And some of us got a slightly more personal souvenir from him.

  • Nick | January 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm |

    [quote comment=”308170″][quote comment=”308169″][quote comment=”308167″]LSU vs GEORGIA TECH

    Is it just me, or did Georgia Tech’s navy blue jerseys look like a disgustingly excessive carnival of stripes and trim and patches and names and all the rest ….

    They looked like an Arena Nine uniform – Podunk vs Exburbia[/quote]

    Yes, Georgia Tech’s cluttered jerseys looked terrible. They are too far from looking like those European hockey teams.[/quote]

    Agreed. Tech shouldn’t have let Russell outfit them in such monstrosities, especially when they wore such great throwbacks back in 2006. After such a successful year, they should’ve stuck with thier gold jerseys. Obviously, it’s why they were blown out!

    BTW, Clemson’s jerseys today had more patches than Tech’s.[/quote]

    DITTOE !!!

    Georgia Tech’s OLD GOLD throwbacks werel AWESOME !!! In design and in the color.
    Why can’t these teams and AD’s and coaches GET A CLUE !!!

  • LI Phil | January 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm |

    [quote]one of the guys at the game with me got his boot pissed on by Don Cherry in the men’s room.[/quote]

    gtfo

    [quote]I’m not making that up.[/quote]

    did that really happen?

    [quote]It actually happened.[/quote]

    shoulda kicked the shit out of grapes right then and there

    /props to don for braving the wrigley trofs tho

  • Nick | January 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”308212″]Man I love the VT throwback unis. I wish they went with them full time. So beautiful (except of course the half shoulder loops).[/quote]

    There’s a special place in PURGATORY for the idiot that created the shortened , truncated UCLA stripes. Hopefully he will find there the greedy SOB that got the idea to make people pay for AIR and WATER at gas stations.

    ALSO, NOT UNI-RELATED ….

    Is it just me or does FOX’s TV broadcast have a constant aggravating HUMMING sound throughout the audio – is it the Fed Ex Blimp or something ?

    Can’t the cheapos at FOX tune the sound to get rid of that. It is HORRIBLE !!!

  • Mike Miller | January 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm |

    The referees in the CapitalOne Bowl actually had CapitalOne Bowl patches on their uniforms. I think that is the first time I have seen a bowl game patch on an official’s uniform.

  • Stuby | January 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”308218″][quote comment=”308203″][quote comment=”308182″][quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I would like to see Toronto-Montreal and the Boston-New York to get the all the orginal six teams. Then maybe start with the 69 expansion teams[/quote]
    The NHL expanded in 1967, not 1969.[/quote]

    I meant 67.[/quote]
    I just thought you meant that there have been, like, 69 expansion teams.

  • Jordan Pope | January 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=\”308210\”]I would like to see in 2009

    Montreal vs Boston at Fenway

    2010

    Vancouver vs Calgary as mentioned above

    2011

    New Jersey vs New York Rangers at New Yankee Stadium

    2012

    Colorado vs Minnesota.

    Either team wold be a great host[/quote]

    Why is everyone saying these should be played at baseball fields
    I think they should be at football fields.. the sight lines in a football field are made for a playing field that is in a general rectangle while a baseball field has sight lines for a baseball field and last time i checked a baseball diamond isnt the same shape as a hockey rink

  • Teebz | January 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”308173″]Hull was drunk, Sandberg only knows Harry Caray’s barely-understandable singing, and Mikita is a Czech, a very non-baseball country. Just be thankful they got through it without any major problems.

    Mikita was sent from then-Czechoslovakia to Canada to live with relatives when he was eight. He’s lived in the Chicago area since he retired. Mikita knows baseball.[/quote]

    I thought it would be obvious that Hull wasn’t drunk, Sandberg knows the words, and that Mikita was doing well.

    Note to Teebz: add the sarcasm tags. ;o)

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:00 am |

    [quote comment=”308227″][quote comment=\”308210\”]I would like to see in 2009

    Montreal vs Boston at Fenway

    2010

    Vancouver vs Calgary as mentioned above

    2011

    New Jersey vs New York Rangers at New Yankee Stadium

    2012

    Colorado vs Minnesota.

    Either team wold be a great host[/quote]

    Why is everyone saying these should be played at baseball fields
    I think they should be at football fields.. the sight lines in a football field are made for a playing field that is in a general rectangle while a baseball field has sight lines for a baseball field and last time i checked a baseball diamond isnt the same shape as a hockey rink[/quote]

    There’s this little problem in that the NFL and NHL seasons overlap, and NCAA stadiums may not allow the NHL in their buildings.

  • LI Phil | January 2, 2009 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment=”308227″][quote comment=\”308210\”]I would like to see in 2009

    Montreal vs Boston at Fenway

    2010

    Vancouver vs Calgary as mentioned above

    2011

    New Jersey vs New York Rangers at New Yankee Stadium

    2012

    Colorado vs Minnesota.

    Either team wold be a great host[/quote]

    Why is everyone saying these should be played at baseball fields
    I think they should be at football fields.. the sight lines in a football field are made for a playing field that is in a general rectangle while a baseball field has sight lines for a baseball field and last time i checked a baseball diamond isnt the same shape as a hockey rink[/quote]

    great point…originally, the thought was to have the game at soldier field…but the bears balked immediately, foolishly assuming they’d be hosting a playoff game (and the rink would ruin the playing surface)…once soldier was off the table, wrigley quickly became the choice of chicago (also, wrigley wasn’t a given; yankee stadium I was strongly considered, which is where the baseball stadium aspect comes in…that idea was nixed by the yankees because they wanted the last event to be held there to be a baseball game)

    after this, unless the next one is in the fens or new yankee stadium, i highly doubt they’ll consider a baseball stadium again

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:02 am |

    [quote comment=”308219″]
    Izzat how they say it up there? Around here, it’s just BUFF-len.
    [/quote]

    Say Buff-Lee-En fast, JTH, and it sounds like Buff-Len. How many silent letters are in one kid’s name? LOL

  • Beardface | January 2, 2009 at 12:07 am |

    WAY TO GO HOKIES!!!!

    Now, PLEASE… go with the throwbacks full-time next year!

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:10 am |

    [quote comment=”308230″]
    great point…originally, the thought was to have the game at soldier field…but the bears balked immediately, foolishly assuming they’d be hosting a playoff game (and the rink would ruin the playing surface)…once soldier was off the table, wrigley quickly became the choice of chicago (also, wrigley wasn’t a given; yankee stadium I was strongly considered, which is where the baseball stadium aspect comes in…that idea was nixed by the yankees because they wanted the last event to be held there to be a baseball game)

    after this, unless the next one is in the fens or new yankee stadium, i highly doubt they’ll consider a baseball stadium again[/quote]

    I completely disagree that you’ll see the NHL head back to football stadiums for two reasons.

    The first is the ice. As I wrote on my blog, “[t]he major key in selecting Wrigley Field over a football venue was, of all things, time. Ice maker Dan Craig needed time to create the ice and test it, something they didn’t have time to do at least year’s game in Buffalo. The fact that baseball stadiums aren’t being used in the winter make them perfect for Craig and his team of ice magicians because they have all the time in the world to get their sheet of ice ready. This year, it sounds like everything is nearly perfect.”

    And from what the players said, the ice was perfect. Having the portable ice plant also helped. Buffalo had a number of problems last year as the NHL rushed to install the ice after the last Bills’ regular season game. The result? Mushy, slushy ice, and no time to make adjustments for weather conditions.

    The second reason is supply-and-demand. You can’t sell an upper deck ticket in an 80,000 seat football stadium for $250. With Wrigley seating only 41,000 and the Blackhawks being relevant again, the town of Chicago was willing to pay whatever was necessary to get a ticket to this event.

    If they go to Fenway for a Boston-NYR game, I guarantee you that those tickets will sell for thousands of dollars online and by scalpers. If they choose the new Yankee Stadium for the Beantown-Apple matchup, you would still see tickets being sold for thousands of dollars.

    Football stadiums work for attendance records, but when it comes to the NHL pricing themselves for this kind of an event, less = more.

  • LI Phil | January 2, 2009 at 12:15 am |

    so why can’t you work with the NFL to find a team (or schedule a team) to end their season with two away games, giving the NHL plenty of time to set up the rink?

    i agree with your thoughts on pricing and such, but a football stadium’s dimensions would work so much better…and while the bleacher bums prolly didn’t mind paying what they did, based on JTH’s experience (and others im sure), those seats weren’t exactly prime seating

    not trying to argue with you, just saying a football stadium would work better logistically for rink placement, and im sure they could make up for any lost ticket revenue through increased advertising (because they sure didn’t have enough this year)

  • JTH | January 2, 2009 at 12:19 am |

    [quote comment=”308231″][quote comment=”308219″]
    Izzat how they say it up there? Around here, it’s just BUFF-len.
    [/quote]

    Say Buff-Lee-En fast, JTH, and it sounds like Buff-Len. How many silent letters are in one kid’s name? LOL[/quote]
    Six by my count — usually, it’s just “Buff.”

    And why not do future Winter Classics in February or at the end of January? Maybe even make it part of the ASG weekend if possible? That would pretty much rule out any NFL conflicts.

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:20 am |

    [quote comment=”308234″]so why can’t you work with the NFL to find a team (or schedule a team) to end their season with two away games, giving the NHL plenty of time to set up the rink?

    i agree with your thoughts on pricing and such, but a football stadium’s dimensions would work so much better…and while the bleacher bums prolly didn’t mind paying what they did, based on JTH’s experience (and others im sure), those seats weren’t exactly prime seating

    not trying to argue with you, just saying a football stadium would work better logistically for rink placement, and im sure they could make up for any lost ticket revenue through increased advertising (because they sure didn’t have enough this year)[/quote]

    Of course, Phil. No argument here either. Just saying that the NHL seems to be learning from their mistakes. ;o)

    Because there aren’t enough guarantees in the scheduling that the NFL team you’re working with will miss the playoffs, I don’t think this will work. There is absolutely no way that the NHL will have their setup cleared out by Saturday which could pose major problems on both leagues.

    If that team that ended their season on the road wins a home playoff game, the NHL is in a world of trouble in terms of their scheduling, and the NFL won’t move their playoff dates.

    New England, for example, would never see a hockey game played at their stadium until Tom Brady dies or Bill Belichek forgets how to setup video cameras.

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:24 am |

    [quote comment=”308235″]
    And why not do future Winter Classics in February or at the end of January? Maybe even make it part of the ASG weekend if possible? That would pretty much rule out any NFL conflicts.[/quote]

    They asked one of the Red Wings about that today, and he said he’d prefer if the All-Star Game was played outdoors. But I digress…

    The coldest temperatures in the northern US states are normally during this time of the year. It’s a safe bet that the ice will remain at its best if played in the dead of winter, as I play Mr. Obvious.

    Because it was just barely below freezing in Chi-town today, moving it closer to the spring thaw only presents additional variables, such as unseasonal warm weather, that the NHL cannot control or limit.

  • LI Phil | January 2, 2009 at 12:30 am |

    [quote comment=”308237″][quote comment=”308235″]
    And why not do future Winter Classics in February or at the end of January? Maybe even make it part of the ASG weekend if possible? That would pretty much rule out any NFL conflicts.[/quote]

    They asked one of the Red Wings about that today, and he said he’d prefer if the All-Star Game was played outdoors. But I digress…

    The coldest temperatures in the northern US states are normally during this time of the year. It’s a safe bet that the ice will remain at its best if played in the dead of winter, as I play Mr. Obvious.

    Because it was just barely below freezing in Chi-town today, moving it closer to the spring thaw only presents additional variables, such as unseasonal warm weather, that the NHL cannot control or limit.[/quote]

    it’s a good thought, JTH…i’d add that now that the NHL has put on two great displays on NYD, people will start to catch on that “oh yeah…today is new years…they got that outdoor hockey thing today”…so ya won’t even have to think about when the game is…and based on how the NYD afternoon bowl games have gone (all the better bowls are later, anyway), it become a viable alternative

    i think having this event on new year’s day (especially if it becomes a tradition — well on its way now)…it’s a good thing for hockey, and a great way to kick off a new year

  • JTH | January 2, 2009 at 12:30 am |

    Hey, did you fellers ever resolve the Bridgestone-on-the-patch issue? (still haven’t caught up on all the comments.)

    Look at this gallery and go to the ninth photo. There’s a good closeup of Ty Conklin clearly showing that the patch says “Wrigley Field.”

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:34 am |

    [quote comment=”308239″]Hey, did you fellers ever resolve the Bridgestone-on-the-patch issue? (still haven’t caught up on all the comments.)

    Look at this gallery and go to the ninth photo. There’s a good closeup of Ty Conklin clearly showing that the patch says “Wrigley Field.”[/quote]

    Yeah, Jay said that earlier. Good find, though, JTH. I now have photographic evidence that there was no advertising on these jerseys.

    NHL uniforms in North America are still advertisement-free… aside from the Reebok logos. LOL

  • JTH | January 2, 2009 at 12:41 am |

    Ooh, one thing I just remembered about the game today that struck me as somewhat odd: Gene Honda was the PA announcer.

    It’s not odd that he was working a Blackhawks game — he’s their regular announcer. It’s just odd that he was doing it at Wrigley because he’s also the White Sox’ PA announcer.

  • Teebz | January 2, 2009 at 12:43 am |

    [quote comment=”308241″]Ooh, one thing I just remembered about the game today that struck me as somewhat odd: Gene Honda was the PA announcer.

    It’s not odd that he was working a Blackhawks game — he’s their regular announcer. It’s just odd that he was doing it at Wrigley because he’s also the White Sox’ PA announcer.[/quote]

    Sounds like Harry Caray. He jumped ship from the Sox as well, didn’t he?

  • JTH | January 2, 2009 at 12:47 am |

    [quote comment=”308242″][quote comment=”308241″]Ooh, one thing I just remembered about the game today that struck me as somewhat odd: Gene Honda was the PA announcer.

    It’s not odd that he was working a Blackhawks game — he’s their regular announcer. It’s just odd that he was doing it at Wrigley because he’s also the White Sox’ PA announcer.[/quote]
    Yeah. And Steve Stone went the other way. He was the Cubs’ color guy for a long time, then he quit for a couple years and came back last year with the Sox.

    But Honda is still (as far as I know) working for both the Sox and the Hawks.
    Sounds like Harry Caray. He jumped ship from the Sox as well, didn’t he?[/quote]

  • JTH | January 2, 2009 at 12:48 am |

    Oops on that last one.
    [quote comment=”308242″][quote comment=”308241″]Ooh, one thing I just remembered about the game today that struck me as somewhat odd: Gene Honda was the PA announcer.

    It’s not odd that he was working a Blackhawks game — he’s their regular announcer. It’s just odd that he was doing it at Wrigley because he’s also the White Sox’ PA announcer.[/quote]

    Sounds like Harry Caray. He jumped ship from the Sox as well, didn’t he?[/quote]
    Yeah. And Steve Stone went the other way. He was the Cubs’ color guy for a long time, then he quit for a couple years and came back last year with the Sox.

    But Honda is still (as far as I know) working for both the Sox and the Hawks.

  • Bill Fenbers | January 2, 2009 at 1:14 am |

    [quote comment=”308185″][quote comment=”308182″][quote comment=”308077″]Okay, I’ll go ahead and ask the question…

    Where–and between which two teams–would we like to see the Winter Classic next year?

    —Ricko[/quote]

    I would like to see Toronto-Montreal and the Boston-New York to get the all the orginal six teams. Then maybe start with the 69 expansion teams[/quote]

    I was thinking Montreal at Toronto for next year at Rogers Centre (roof open of course). Can’t do it in Montreal because Olympic Stadium’s roof won’t open and the Montreal Alouette’s CFL stadium may be too small (20,202 capacity).[/quote]

    On second thought, Rogers Centre may be a bad idea, because the Bills might play their Toronto home game in December again next season, plus the International Bowl is played at Rogers Centre after New Years Day. Not enough time in between to build a hockey rink.

  • Jordan Pope | January 2, 2009 at 1:21 am |

    [quote comment=\”308234\”]so why can\’t you work with the NFL to find a team (or schedule a team) to end their season with two away games, giving the NHL plenty of time to set up the rink?

    i agree with your thoughts on pricing and such, but a football stadium\’s dimensions would work so much better…and while the bleacher bums prolly didn\’t mind paying what they did, based on JTH\’s experience (and others im sure), those seats weren\’t exactly prime seating

    not trying to argue with you, just saying a football stadium would work better logistically for rink placement, and im sure they could make up for any lost ticket revenue through increased advertising (because they sure didn\’t have enough this year)[/quote]

    i agree

    or you could even play at a college stadium and that would solve the problem

  • John Baranowski | January 2, 2009 at 1:28 am |

    the nhl won’t have another outdoor game in canada:

    the game does not need to grow in Canada.

    with bettman already making excuses that it was too cold in edmonton for the heritage classic, i can guarantee you that there won’t be another game outside of America. in fact, i’d be relatively surprised if a canadian team plays in a winter classic anytime soon. keep dreaming, fellas

  • The Hemogoblin | January 2, 2009 at 1:35 am |

    [quote comment=”308246″][quote comment=\”308234\”]so why can\’t you work with the NFL to find a team (or schedule a team) to end their season with two away games, giving the NHL plenty of time to set up the rink?

    i agree with your thoughts on pricing and such, but a football stadium\’s dimensions would work so much better…and while the bleacher bums prolly didn\’t mind paying what they did, based on JTH\’s experience (and others im sure), those seats weren\’t exactly prime seating

    not trying to argue with you, just saying a football stadium would work better logistically for rink placement, and im sure they could make up for any lost ticket revenue through increased advertising (because they sure didn\’t have enough this year)[/quote]

    i agree

    or you could even play at a college stadium and that would solve the problem[/quote]

    And in most cases, seat more… like the Big House in Ann Arbor.

  • Trey | January 2, 2009 at 2:44 am |

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this has been discussed, but this might be the most odd helmet gimmick ever. Any help?

    http://vault.sportsi...

    thanks

  • The Hemogoblin | January 2, 2009 at 4:04 am |

    http://sportsillustr...

    What’s wrong with the statement? Read about how Garrison Hearst did the same thing Pennington did, only about 10 years sooner.

  • JTH | January 2, 2009 at 7:41 am |

    [quote comment=”308250″]http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0812/nfl.comeback.player.of.the.year/content.10.html

    What’s wrong with the statement? Read about how Garrison Hearst did the same thing Pennington did, only about 10 years sooner.[/quote]
    OOPS!

    I guess they meant “Pennington became the first player in NFL history to win the award with two different teams.”

    Wait. Uh, no.

    “Pennington became the first AFC player in NFL history to win the award twice.”

    First quarterback? Same decade? Same century?