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- Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail had a great column today about the fan phenomenon in Edmonton. By all accounts, it's the loudest the rink has been, including the dynasty years in the 1980s. Oilers president Pat Laforge attributes the energy of the fan to the demographics -- a typical Oiler fan is a 30-year-old urban-lifestyle male, who comes to the game with a group of friends, and owns his own seat.
- Here's a fan video of O Canada from Game 3, probably shot on a camera phone from somewhere in the stands.
- Terry Jones in the Edmonton Journal wrote about the event as a great moment in hockey history -- maybe even sports history.
- Paul Laurieau did the same thing in Game 4, letting the fans sing the last half of the Canadian anthem. (Watch the anthem video from game 4 here.
(Read Edmonton fans belt out the anthem, Part 1)
May 24, 2006
A few thoughts:
- Was Lorieau inspired by Canucks tenor Mark Donnelly, who's done the same thing in Vancouver?
- Pity any broadcaster who used the national anthem as a 90-second commercial opportunity. They would have missed out big time last night.
- Events like this one should put any suggestion of eliminating the national anthem to rest.
Here's a video of the Edmonton anthem from last night. (via Off Wing Opinion)
May 20, 2006
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Read more: Florida Robotics
May 16, 2006
The host job duties:
- Host sponsored promotions both in the stands and on the ice.
- Interact with fans during promotions to make sure their having an enjoyable experience.
The announcer job duties:
- Handles all in-game public address announcements in regards to game information, and sponsor messages
- Creates a fun atmosphere in the arena through interaction with fans.
To apply, you can send a resume to Julie Dufour at the Ottawa 67's.
May 15, 2006
- Cincinnati Reds release CD of local bands performing songs about baseball & the Reds. Read more - Cincinnati Post
- Eight mascots that need to die, including "Keggy the Keg" and "The Sanford Tree". Read more - ArmchairGM
- The Gwinnett Gladitors of the ECHL handed out a bobblehead based on the "Runaway Bride". Read more - GameOps.com
The San Jose Sharks organization does not condone the booing of any nation’s National Anthem under any circumstances.
We were very surprised by the actions of a few fans prior to Game 5 on Sunday. Sharks fans have always been very respectful and there is no history of this type of behavior.
A series of events unfolded during Game 4 in Edmonton that undoubtedly helped lead to the reaction in San Jose Sunday night.
During the performance of The Star Spangled Banner prior to Game 4 in Edmonton (aired live and in its entirety by FSN Bay Area), the in-house video board showed a picture of San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, to which some Edmonton fans began to boo.
Compounding the situation, due to technical difficulties with the in-house microphone feed that night that supplied the anthem singer’s voice, the FSN Bay Area broadcast was forced to use the “effects” microphones, which are the microphones placed throughout the arena to capture game sound.
The timing of the booing, coinciding with the audio feed capturing in-arena sound, led Sharks fans watching on FSN Bay Area to hear Edmonton fans booing the U.S. National Anthem.
Over the course of the Sharks 15-year history, Sharks fans have shown themselves to be among the most passionate and respectful fans in the game of hockey. We are proud of that support.
Many of our players and employees are Canadian. We were impressed by other fans in attendance who took it upon themselves to sing Oh Canada and our anthem in a show of support for both teams.
We look forward to an exciting Game 6 back in Edmonton.
(Original on sjsharks.com)
This brings to mind a similar anthem booing incident from the 2003 playoffs between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Islanders.
May 14, 2006
The echoes trip up efforts to synchronise a chant, neutralising an unwelcome message without drowning out the overall roar of a crowd.
Sander van Wijngaarden, who researches human acoustics at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research in Delft, began working on the technique in 2004 after several Dutch soccer matches were blighted by abusive chanting.
"We knew that people become confused if you feed their speech back with a delay," he told New Scientist. "So we wanted to try and apply it in a group context."
To chant in time a person must keep track of several different sound sources around them. "This can be very complex because there are large numbers of people involved," van Wijngaarden explains.
(via Boing Boing)
Flair, 56, is in an upstairs hallway of the RBC Center, psyching himself up to videotape "Woo!"s for the Carolina Hurricanes scoreboard. If you've ever been to a game, you know that video of Flair's trademark exclamation helps celebrate Canes goals and a "Woo!" singalong works to pump the crowd when the Canes go on the power play.
"When we first played it, so many people hated it," says Pete Soto, the guy in charge of video for the Hurricanes. There was nasty e-mail.
Then fans bonded with the "Woo!" These days after a Canes goal, eyes in the crowd reflexively look toward the scoreboard, awaiting Flair's arrival.
Read the article...
(via Kukla's Korner)
May 12, 2006
There's good news and bad news:
The bad news is, the old HockeyMusic.ca forum -- including all posts and user registrations -- is gone forever due to a server crash. The timing couldn't have been worse -- right before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The good news is, the new HockeyMusic.ca forum is a huge improvement over the original. You should find it easier to use, and we'll be able to roll out new features over the next few months to improve your experience.
Check it out at http://www.hockeymusic.ca/forum/
May 11, 2006
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"Perhaps my favorite sports promotion is the “White Out.” You’ve probably seen it on TV, and if you’ve had a chance to see it live…you won’t soon forget it. The concept goes something like this. Everyone is encouraged to wear white to the game." Read more...
May 7, 2006
"Feng Shui in this house the decor is obvious up scour, / See clearly the theory of less is more..."
(Coincidence -- as I write this post, the dj in San Jose is playing Gnarls Barkley's Crazy at the Sharks game.)