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.....