Category: Blackhawks

Johnny Oduya Sports Nutz Video Emerges Today!

Johnny Oduya Sports Nutz Video Emerges Today!

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...

Chicago Buildings, Skyline Dressed up in Blackhawks Regalia

Chicago Buildings, Skyline Dressed up in Blackhawks Regalia
(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...

Chicago Bulls, NBA Draft, Stanley Cup Final: Media Notebook 6-23-13

Chicago Bulls, NBA Draft, Stanley Cup Final: Media Notebook 6-23-13
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...
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Chicago Sun-Times Guild sending message to Rocky Wirtz before Game 5

Chicago Sun-Times Guild sending message to Rocky Wirtz before Game 5
Chicago Blackhawks 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...

Rebecca Haarlow, Rafer Weigel, Natalie Martinez join in Blackhawks Media Cheerleading

Rebecca Haarlow, Rafer Weigel, Natalie Martinez join in Blackhawks Media Cheerleading
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, Bulls, Cubs 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...

Q101 Tweets Rape Joke During Stanley Cup Final

Q101 Tweets Rape Joke During Stanley Cup Final
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... ...Twitter?? Correct!!! 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 manager. 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...
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Michelle Beadle show to go all Stanley Cup Final

Michelle Beadle show to go all Stanley Cup Final
Michelle Beadle left ESPN 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)...

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders
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 session.” 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...

Stanley Cup Final Tweeters: 5 Ways You'll Lose Followers

Stanley Cup Final Tweeters: 5 Ways You'll Lose Followers
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...
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Eddie Olczyk previews the Stanley Cup Final (Interview)

Eddie Olczyk previews the Stanley Cup Final (Interview)
Chicago Blackhawks 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. Olczyk 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...