Okay, I know all about trying to “grow an audience” or offer some kind of quirky extra to some media outlets to reach people you might not normally reach and at some level it makes entire sense.
But here’s thing:
If you’re going to do something different or off-the-wall and out of the ordinary, I think you need to make sure you aren’t going to alienate the regulars, don’t offend a segment of your viewership or readership or what have you because any gains you make could very well be offset by the losses you sustain.
That – among several other reasons – is why I can’t quite get this, a move by the CBC to basically offend serious female hockey fans with some comic take that plays to a stereotype that I’m not sure exists any more.
Look, I don’t have a vested interest in this, I really don’t give a hoot about the pucks and I’m certainly not going to play along with their basically sexist reindeer games but it seems to me this is an ill-conceived notion.
Sure, it might be funny and well written but the underlying theme that suggest some women might sit around watching hockey – or any sport – simply because the men do and isn’t it fun to look at all the cute boys and mock the idiosyncrasies of the game strikes me as rather silly.
I can see how many women would be offended by this and think less of the powers that be who promote it; I don’t think it’s politically correct of me to say that we have moved on as people from this kind of stuff.
My first reaction to hearing about it yesterday afternoon was something along the lines of “you’ve go to be kidding me, this is 2012, surely this isn’t something anyone really wants, is it?”
That hasn’t changed an awful lot; I think it’s a mistake in judgement that will offend at some level far more people than it will entertain.
Know what made me laugh?
The report – it’s here – that Shaquille O’Neal will even get cursory consideration for the Orlando Magic general manager’s job.
I’m not doubting the veracity of the report, or Shaq’s alleged interest in returning to the franchise that he unceremoniously quit as soon as he could so many years ago.
No, who I’m doubting are his talents, his commitment and the whether this is little more that some kind of awful publicity stunt perpetrated by O’Neal, the Magic or both.
Look, Shaq was a great player, probably one of the top seven or eight centres to ever play the game. But he also lacked any kind of significant work ethic at the end, he’s got no experience and, sure, he’d probably love the job but so would I so where do I send my resume?
Publicity stunt, that’s what this is and if it isn’t, Orlando officials ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Okay, well, this should be good, given we have a collection of Irregulars Of A Certain Vintage who will most assuredly weigh in and the young ‘uns among you might want to pay attention.
Bob Dylan – The Great Bob Dylan – turns 70 71 today and here’s an impossible task:
Ballads, social commentary, a sneer and the tweaking of social conventions.
Can’t pick one; hell, you probably can’t pick 10 and I think I know what the computer will be playing most of the day.
I vaguely recall the moment when Dylan Went Electric but I seem to remember it being a seminal moment in the music world, he was booed and heckled and seen as some sellout.
And he went on to make some of the great music of all time.
You cannot come up with a short playlist of Dylan songs to get you through the day; you can’t find five or 10 or even maybe 20.
But if you start here
And then go here
You might be on the right track.
TFC! TFC! TFC!
Start the season ticket drive today.
Slow day yesterday, please be a bit better today, thank you very much.
Got to be around the middle of the third quarter of Celtics-Sixers last night – I think there’d been about a billion missed shots, fouls and turnovers in a row (the game highlights, they must have called it) – and there was only one thought on the mind:
What kind of bandages do you use to stop bleeding from the eyes?
Seriously, if that wasn’t the most sloppy playoff game I’ve seen in eons, I’ve put out of my mind the one that was. It was ugly – or as Larry Bird would say “U G L Y” and we can only hope Game 7 has some kind of compelling, well-played stretches.
Or, we can hope the see the futility of it and just flip a coin to see who wins. Do it for the East Final, too, and let us sit back and enjoy some real basketball from Texas and OKC while the other pretenders contest the B Flight.
One scary thing?
I think we’d all agree that Game 7s seldom live up to the hype, teams have a tendency to play more carefully than they normally do, the games are a slog rather than a performance and, wow, we could be in for one butt-ugly contest.
Three games for Pittman, one for Haslem and nothing for Hansbrough?
Yeah, think the league got it right with the suspensions in the Heat-Pacers series but if they did err, I think they erred on the side of leniency.
I still say five games for Pittman would have been more appropriate; that was an egregious assault right up there with World Peace’s attack on James Harden and while a message has been sent, it could have been louder.
Now, will it have an impact on Game 6 tonight?
It may indeed; Haslem may not be particularly good most nights but without Bosh, and even without the few minutes Pittman plays each game, the Heat will have even more difficult time handling Roy Hibbert (who was never going to be a Raptor and you would have soured on him over two ho-hum seasons anyway) and David West.
So maybe that gets us another Game 7 on Saturday and we can only hope it’s played at a somewhat higher entertainment level and the Sixers-Celtics.
Mighty Red Tigers tonight. Think good thoughts, please.