Lost Sports Nutz from February 2010. This video is from the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it wasn’t published until today June 25th, 2013. It features of course, Susannah Collins and Samantha Raddock. And it’s a tribute to Stanley Cup champion and Sports Nutz favorite, Johnny Oduya.
As this video just went live on YouTube, I’m guessing we might be the first outlet to publish this...
(UPDATE: With the Hawks big win last night, I updated the post with more photos and videos from downtown. I went into Ground Zero of the celebration- Rush and Division- and somehow returned in one piece. Without injury even. The Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North, the Viagra Triangle were all relatively peaceful and quiet. I interviewed a few Chicago Police and they all said that it was a nice, uneventful evening for them.
So kudos Chicago for acting like you've been there before (you have, just three years ago). Up in Wrigleyville/Lakeview, some people did not act with as much class and esteem. There were a few nasty incidents.
Here's video I shot of fan reaction last night in the Gold Coast.
Chicago is alive with Blackhawks
regalia. It’s not just jerseys, t-shirts and hats on the citizens. You can see the skyscrapers lit up in red; like Christmas in June...
Happy NBA Draft
week! Happy NHL
Stanley Cup Final! This week we have enough Chicago Bulls
and Chicago Blackhawks
material to keep you from acknowledging local baseball. With the Bulls
we have the NBA Draft
on Thursday, and Blackhawks
game 6 is tomorrow, game 7 on Wednesday if required. Then comes Chicago baseball apathy, which is at record setting levels.
Remember that always red or orange but never any other color homeland security warning system? You don’t? That’s fine because it was a stupid, meaningless system which was ripped off from the old Defcon system and re-installed for supposed terrorist threats by former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. If you applied the five color-coded system to Chicago Baseball levels of “dooooooooooonnnnnn’ttttt caaaaaaarrrrrreeee,” we hit red during the crosstown series after Memorial Day
. Right now, we’re OFF THE CHARTS...
owner Rocky Wirtz
has done a tremendous job turning around his hockey
franchise. Yes, he says they’re still not turning a profit
, but their rise from obscurity to local front-runner franchise is quite astounding. How many of you were actually Blackhawks
fans in 2008? Wirtz has increased revenue, visibility and interest remarkably these past five years.
As a Chicago Sun-Times investor, can Rocky Wirtz
do a similar job with the newspaper?
The Sun-Times Guild is taking action Saturday night at Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in hopes that he will. The Guild, along with volunteers of Firefighters Union Local 2, will be leafleting outside the United Center between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.
The protestors want Rocky Wirtz
to convince Michael Ferro and Tim Knight to rehire all the fired and award winning Sun-Times photographers, and sign a fair contract with the Guild to restore wages and working conditions for professional journalists who care about journalistic integrity.
I talked with Chicago Newspaper Guild spokesperson Craig Rosenbaum last night...
You could say the Chicago Blackhawks
receive some soft media
coverage in this town.
You’d be making a tremendous understatement.
Just last week I called out Comcast SportsNet Chicago
for their overt Blackhawks
cheerleading. The team does own 20% of CSN Chicago, so the network was in fact partially created so that the teams owning them (the Blackhawks
and White Sox
) could have editorial control over the game broadcasts. Therefore, you can understand why CSN Chicago acts as overt Blackhawks cheerleaders
. However, they still don’t go so far as to actually wear Hawks regalia during broadcasts.
The local ABC and NBC
affiliates do in fact go that far...
Chicago alternative radio station Q101 made a rape joke during game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks
and Boston Bruins. Now for $1,000 guess the medium in which Q101 made this horrible insensitive gaffe...
Tell Q101 what they’ve just won: lots of listeners lost, a deeply offended audience, corporate sponsors aghast (they might bail too possibly), a public relations nightmare, an inevitable upcoming public apology, and maybe even a fired social media
Didn’t we learn from the film Borat
that rape jokes aren’t ok? Well, it has been 8 years since that movie came out. Didn’t WE JUST LEARN, in this exact NHL
postseason, that tweeting sexual assault jokes during hockey
games isn't cool?
The LA Kings Twitter
account just made that mistake a few weeks ago when they let a local shock jock sports talk radio guy
take over their Twitter
feed for a period of a Stanley Cup Playoff game...
awhile ago to host The Crossover, a daily sports and entertainment show on NBC
Sports Network. The program, hosted solely by Michelle Beadle
(unlike Sports Nation on ESPN
in which she had a co-host) will go all in Stanley Cup Final content on Monday with a one-hour extended episode prior to game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks
and Boston Bruins. It airs at 5 p.m. CDT.
There will also be special NHL
edition of the Michelle Beadle
talk show after the game). For whatever reason, game 3 tomorrow night will only be on NBC
Sports Network, not NBC
(game 2 was demoted to cable as well)...
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video
. The CGI effects are top notch.
However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media
There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks
three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media
logos? Or instead throw in more media
outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes.
If you’re a media
outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
With the Chicago Blackhawks
taking on the Boston Bruins in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, a lot of people will be tweeting about it. Some will be hockey
mavens and NHL
experts. On the other side, you’ve got meathead bandwagon idiots who don’t even know what a power play is, believe "Chelsea Dagger"
is not Amstel Light commercial crapola and use the games as an excuse to get blasted.
These five Twitter
habits are a decent litmus test to see who's worth following and who isn't. Avoiding these habits doesn't mean you'll gain followers. (I'll probably anger some of you here and you'll defollow me for it).
These rules apply tonight to the Blackhawks
game, but also apply to every big sporting event. We’ll use the Stanley Cup as an example, but this knowledge carries over to tweeting all live sporting events...
television analyst Eddie Olczyk is part of NBC
Sports’s top NHL
announce team along with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst).
All three participated in a conference call with the media
previewing the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Chicago Blackhawks
vs Boston Bruins. It’s almost here.
won the cup as a player with the New York Rangers in ’94 and coached the Pittsburgh Penguins from ’03-’05. He’s a reknowned hockey
broadcaster on both the national and local levels. He works for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NBC
Sports, and WGN. Obviously, Olczyk
is known for his playing days with the Blackhawks
too, and is a graduate of Brother Rice High School on the South Side of Chicago.
He’s also done well betting on horses too. Olczyk won nearly a half a million dollars on a pick 6 bet