Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
There has been much made out of the "puckbunny" comments, and while I'm not one, all sports are going to have a certain group of female fans that follow sports for the hot guys. So why not offer them more options too? Whether they like the game or just go to drool over Shea Weber, they account for butts in the seats and dollars spent. I'm sure they'd like to have more merchandise to show their love for their favorite guy.
There has been talk of "Why don't you girls just buy kid's jerseys?" Well, that's all fine and good for the girls that can do that. But the fact of the matter is, the majority of women are not a size zero. I know I'm not!
A representative from Reebok wrote a response to a blog post on the "Chick Who Give a Puck" website, and that got a lot of discussion going. Some ladies took it as a slap in the face, others are ok with what was said. Me personally, I thought the article was somewhat biased & a little condescending. I know where to look for merchandise. I get a "Shop NHL" catalog in the mail, I go to my local sporting goods stores . I visit my team's pro shop (was actually just there yesterday, and let me tell ya ladies, the pickin's were slim to none- unless you wanted a pink, rhinestone covered, jersey). So, I don't need a rep from Reebok to tell me that I am oblivious to the fact that there are women's cut jerseys in team colors out there. I've seen them around, but jerseys are not the point of contention.
To prove my point, I went to http://www.shopnhl.com/ to see what the breakdown of product looked like. I'll use the Predators page for reference since they are my team of choice. Here are the 41 items listed for the women's section (excluding jerseys): http://shop.nhl.com/family/index.jsp?fbc=1&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FWomens&categoryId=3176439&fbn=Product+Type%7CWomens&view=all 17 of those items are not "clothing", but purses, jewelry, etc.The jersey page: http://shop.nhl.com/family/index.jsp?fbc=1&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FJerseys&categoryId=3176439&fbn=Product+Type%7CJerseys&view=all Out of 19 items, there are 3 women's jerseys. One is the new "champagne" style (*shudder*), one is the screen printed Ice Flirt style. Only one is an authentic style jersey.
Now to the men's page: http://shop.nhl.com/family/index.jsp?fbc=1&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FMens&categoryId=3176439&fbn=Product+Type%7CMens&view=all
Out of 72 items, 21 are not clothing.
So you can see, the men have way more to choose from than we do. After my visit to the Bridgestone Arena yesterday to go to the pro shop, I can tell you that the selection is even more dismal there. I saw 1 ladies style shirt on a clearance rack, they had 1 women's 3rd jersey (in the window for display), the pink, rhinestoned jersey, and maybe 6 or 7 shirts. Of those, only one or two looked like they were for women, not little girls. That is not including a few hats/tote bags/general merchandise items. Of course the biggest selection right now is still the player
t-shirts that line the front window. Lucky for me I found a few shirts in a men's medium, so I didn't leave empty handed. It was just eye opening after talking to the other girls to see what kind of selection is really out there for us.
So, what DO women want? More sizes (including plus sizes), better quality merchandise, and most of all OPTIONS! No need to do away with the glitter & rhinestones, as that appeals to some women. But for the women who prefer traditional to glitzy, give us more options, please!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I logged back in today and re-read all of my previous posts. Some were filled with so much excitement, some were filled with heartbreak. At this time, I am at a crossroads with my emotions. Am I excited we made the playoffs?!?-you betcha! Am I emotionally drained after yesterday's game??- you know it. Mere seconds are all that kept us from taking the lead in the series and giving ourselves the opportunity to advance to the second round with a win in front of the home crowd. Needless to say, it was very disappointing.
So what do we do now? I for one know that I am going to give it all I have tomorrow night while at the game. I will cheer, I will scream, I will clap, and I will do my absolute best to will this team to victory. The question is- will the team do the same? It's beyond time for some of these guys to step up and play with the heart and desire the rest of the team has. Marty has it. Leggy has it. Sully has it. Grebs has it. Does Jason have it? JP? What about the coaching staff- do they have it? I was very disappointed to hear a certain coach call out the crowd Thursday night. Give us something to cheer about, coach- like a power play that converts.
So it's time. The 7th man has been loud and proud this season and during these playoffs. It's time our guys were loud and proud on the ice. It's time to bring it, boys. Not just a few of you-all of you. Dig deep, skate fast, hit hard. Yesterday is over- you can't go back and change it. You have lived to fight another day. Bring it, and I promise the rest of us will do our part and rock the arena. It's time.....
Sunday, December 27, 2009
What a heartbreaker of a home and home series. Last night's game was so disappointing. A sell out crowd, just waiting to go crazy, and the team looked like they were skating in sand. We were pushed around all night, only able to score one goal (that almost wasn't-thanks Toronto!). With only one shot on goal from our "big guns" (Arnott, Sullivan, & Dumont) we really struggled offensively. Even though we've been able to get scores from our other lines, as the "leaders" of this team, I just expect more.
Tonight we came out strong, scoring first and playing like the Predators of late. We looked alive, not just standing around watching the Hawks all night. But due to penalties, defensive breakdowns, and struggles in goal, we come up short again. This game was at least exciting up until the end (and after, thanks to Seabrook), but was more heartbreaking than the game last night. When it seemed we had given up, two goals in less than one minute breathed new life into our guys, and you could almost feel like you could breathe, that surely there was a chance. It was not to be. The Predators needed this game to stay close to Chicago in the division. Now, because of the compressed schedule, we have seen the last of Chicago for the regular season, and made it much harder on ourselves in what is probably the toughest division in the NHL.
Not to take away from the run we have had recently, but we have got to find some heart. Tonight, I saw some. Last night, none at all. This doesn't end our run at a playoff spot, but it does make it harder. We cannot afford to lose these division games. Chicago is a great team, but we have beaten them before, and could have again.
Some observations: I think we miss Tootoo and Smithson more than anyone imagined we would. Toots brings a certain energy to the game, and while he is not the best all around player, he has shown some changes in his game this season that have been for the better. Hopefully Jordin will return soon and bring some of that energy back to the team. Smithson has been a real surprise for me this season. He has been nothing short of a beast. Losing him has really hurt our penalty kill, and with as many penalties we have taken lately, it hurt to lose Smithers. Patric Hornqvist continues to impress, and my boy Spinderella has gone on a pretty good tear here recently. Goaltending has been questionable the last few games, and for a team that is known for being a "defense first" team, our defense has been awful. Suter has been pretty invisible this season, in my opinion, and Webs doesn't seem to be himself. Hamhuis and Klein? I think we've covered that in previous posts and really don't see the need in repeating myself. Boullion has been good, and Franson decent. Sometimes Franson looks scared to handle the puck, and then he turns around and plays like he did tonight. Sulzer hasn't played enough for me to get a good read on him. I am really worried about our defense.
So what do we need to do to get back to the style of play that has had the league scratching their heads and wondering where these guys came from? I wish I knew. Right now, I just want to go to bed and sleep off the disappointment and hope for a better outcome Tuesday night.
Until next time.....
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In other news, I'd like to congratulate members of my so-called Preds Family- Jamie & Melissa- on the birth of their triplets. Peyton, Chloe, and Jake are doing well, and I am so excited for them!
I'm loving the "Movember" movement. I always get a good laugh at players and their playoff beards, but some of the mustaches our guys are sporting are darn near hilarious! Arny's Fu Man Chu looks good on him, JP looks like Wyatt Earp, Sully & Weber look like there is a caterpillar under their noses, and Hammer- well it just makes me laugh! Off topic, but I'm thinking a little "Can't Touch This" is in order for Hammer's theme song-- Stop! Hammer Time!
Lastly, I have been so impressed with Jordin Tootoo's play of late. The way he drew penalties against the Devils was awesome. I like to see him fight, but it's more fun to watch him get under the other team's skin. But, when it's time to go, it's time to go. Florida's McArdle obviously didn't know what he was getting into last night, goading Toot's into not one but two fights. Toot's got the last laugh, though. When you mess with the bull, you're gonna get the horns. Glad that Trotz was cool about it, even stating that it was a "bad move" on McArdle's part to start up with Toots a second time. Toots has now passed Scott Hartnell on the Predators all time penalty minute list. How McArdle was not called for an instigator last night is beyond me, but with both fights leading to five minutes for each participant, at least we didn't give them an advantage.
I hope to update this more, but this time of year is especially busy for me. Working in retail during the holiday season tends to leave one exhausted and not feeling much like blogging. So, if I don't update again soon, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and everyone has a Merry Christmas!
Until next time....
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday night was also Hockey Fights Cancer night. I know that cancer has personally touched my life several times, and it means a lot to me that the NHL is committed to joining the fight. It was great to see Chase Donnell's parents there, selling their cookbooks. If anyone has a link to a website to order those, please pass it on. Our guys really make me proud with the way they get involved with these kids. JP's suite was filled with pediatric cancer patients, and he met with them after the game. The ceremonial puck drop brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations, Trace, on making it through treatment- all while still participating in athletics. The smile on his face when he heard the cheers for him was priceless. It makes you remember that all in all, hockey is still just a game. A kid with cancer makes hockey seem pretty insignificant. Sully gained even more of my love when he gave Trace his stick. I love that our guys are so involved in the community.
~Erat scratched? I know it has since come out that he is "injured"- was that injury to his ego?
~ Legwand, while he didn't score, was really buzzing around. It was nice to see him hustle and play hard, and I don't think I called him names once.
~Bouillon played great, in my opinion. He isn't afraid to shoot. Granted nothing really came close, but you can't score if you don't shoot. I'm really happy that we picked him up.
~Scatchard is really standing out. For a guy who didn't play for a long stretch, I think he has added a spark to the team.
~Ward- way to be in front of the net! Congrats on the goal, and stay down there!
~Smithson is playing exceptionally hard, and has been rewarded w/ two short handed goals in as many nights. Glad to see him progressing.
~Hamhuis- I don't know what is going on there. Maybe he needs to see a sports shrink.
~Sully just looks gun shy out there. I don't know what is going on, but he is not the same Sully from last season.
~Pekka stood on his head and shutout probably the best team in the division, maybe even the conference. It was nice to see his confidence back.
~Defense overall- I saw a lot more hustle and a ton more help in front of the net. Blocking shots, throwing bodies on the ice to prevent goals, it was almost like old times.
~Offense overall- still not seeing a lot of traffic in front of the net, but I did like seeing more shots being taken. The power play is still sluggish (I, know. What's new?) and not creating chances. I don't care who you are- when you've got a two man advantage- you should score.
My biggest question now is about chemistry. I know Trotz is doing everything he can to get a spark, but it worries me that we are changing lines so much. With all the call ups and send downs, it's gonna be hard to get some of these guys clicking. Who is going to be where when Arnott and Tootoo get back? Not knowing the full extent of Erat's injury makes for some guessing games, too. I just hope we can find some good combinations and that we keep building on Thursday's game. Up next, the Dallas Stars (again), then a west coast road trip. We really need to get some momentum going before leaving out. Here's hoping we play as well as we did Thursday!
Until next time....