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A New Pair of Sox for the Red Sox

New Red Sox Identities

This design link is near and dear to my heart – The Boston Red Sox recently updated their team identity and uniforms. Overall, I think it’s a positive evolution, though seems a bit nostolgic. I love the gray primary road jerseys.

Armin Vit mostly likes what he sees:

Replacing the old seal as the team’s official logo is the lone pair of red, hanging sox. Unless I’m wrong, there is no typography associated with it. None. No “Boston.” No “Red Sox.” If that’s the case, this is one of the best cases of visual identity and brand equity becoming so strong the icon doesn’t need explanation. They are sox. They are red. They can not be anything other than the Boston Red Sox.

Illustration courtesy of Boston.com

Carroll Will Never Be The Same

Carroll will never be the same

Barriers erected outside the Carroll Street MTA entrance at 2nd Place and Smith Street, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Looks like the 360 Smith luxury condo development is going to shut down my subway entrance, and severely mess up the nice plaza in front:

Because the safety of our customers is of utmost concern, this closure will be in effect on a 24-hour, 7 days per week basis for 6-8 months (subject to the progress of the construction project)…

See outside.in for more history of this controversial development.

Bye Bye, Soupy

It’s tough being a small-market sports fan, especially when the sport in question is hockey. For all the talk of parity in the NHL, it’s clear that there are two classes of teams – those willing to spend money to acquire and retain top talent, and the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres suffered losing their two top centermen to free agency last off-season, after posting the best record in the NHL and their second Eastern Conference Championship loss in a row. One can argue about front office mistakes in not signing Briere and Drury, but in the end, it was their turn to cash in on a big contract, and Buffalo was unwilling or could not afford to pay. (Let us not forget also that the Sabres were up against the salary cap all of last season.)

bye bye, Soupy.And now we have a home-grown NHL superstar in Brian Campbell – two-time All Star, spin-o-rama skater, and open-ice hitter of R.J. Umberger – now due his big pay day at the end of this season, as he becomes eligible for free agency. What are the Sabres to do?

Well, the only move is to trade him. The Sabres could not risk losing him for nothing, and Campbell and his agent seemed luke warm about signing something before the trade deadline. I certainly can’t blame either party.

But, I can feel sad. Being a fan of a small-market team is tough, and I’d be lying if I weren’t a little jealous that the Rangers or Ducks can just go buy whomever they want every year. In Buffalo, we have to make our own stars.

After the jump, some highlights from Soupy’s career in Buffalo, including some of his hilariously horrible local television commercials.

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Lunch with The Destroyer

In the paper

This morning, Lisa and I had lunch with her Grandma and Grandpa, who visiting this weekend from Buffalo. Grandpa Dick is a retired professional wrestler, who used to be quite big in Japan. In addition to winning numerous wrestling titles, the masked “Destroyer” was a star on the most watched comedy show in Japan’s television history, along with Wada Akiko. But he also was famous in the West – Debbie Harry of Blondie sported some camel-toe in a t-shirt from Dick’s bad guy alter-ego, Dr. X… Hott.

So, we ate a ton of Japanese food while Dick entertained the chefs and waitstaff with his antics and Japanese linguistic skills. The shot above is of a Japanese newspaper.

More photos, and a video of The Destroyer wrestling a bear, after the fold.

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The Mitchell Report

The Mitchell Report was released today, confirming what everybody already knows – baseball players use performance enhancing drugs. It is interesting to note that while no prominent current Red Sox players are listed, more than a dozen Yankees, past and present, were among the 80-plus players identified.

Hmmm… (twoosh)

TiVo HD and Copy Protection

Why do I pay money for this?I am an avid hockey fan, since I was a kid growing up in Buffalo. I love watching the game, and I especially love watching my hometown team, the Sabres. For the past 2 years, I’ve forked over $150 to subscribe to the NHL Center Ice cable package, so that I can watch every game of the season. With our TiVo, I can record each game, and watch it whenever I have time.

That is, I did, until this season started. We recently upgraded our TiVo unit from an old DirecTiVo, to the new Series 3 TiVo HD, which apparently implements unnaturally strict copy protection on premium content. Because the new unit utilizes CableCards, TiVo has different rules for these TiVos as compared to Series 2 units, according to their support page:

Since the Series3 and TiVo HD are DCR devices, in addition to the Macrovision rules for analog content, they must also comply with the content protection policies for Digital Cable content.

What this means is that NHL Center Ice content is copy protected, and will be deleted within hours of the game’s completion. Gone. Irretrievable.

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Sabres as Oasis?

Chris DruryWe’re heading home to Buffalo for the holiday, (and my 10-year High School reunion), which reminds me of how well the Sabres are playing.

ESPN’s John Buccigross compares the Sabres to the britpop Oasis of all things:

At full strength, the Buffalo Sabres are unequivocally the best team in the NHL. Not only do they have the full complement of parts, but Buffalo has that confidence that Oasis had when they went head-to-head with Blur back in 1995 in a Britpop mano a mano, or more accurately called boyo-a-boyo.

Noel Gallagher said he and Oasis’ soul was more pure than Blur’s because they grew up poor, with dirt underneath their fingernails, while Blur was middle class. The concept is interesting, especially when it is spoken with a rough English accent while sitting in a gigantic and expensive chair.

But Chris Drury, who grew up in a middle-class town in southern Connecticut, makes $3.1 million this season and probably will sign a five-year, $22 million contract with someone next summer. And yet, he plays every game like someone kidnapped his entire family and the ransom is winning the faceoff he is about to take. That’s the story, morning glory.

I may not agree with John’s take on the 90s Britpop war, but it’s hard to argue with his thoughts on Drury.

Game 7, Thursday

Danny Briere’s overtime goal sends series back to Carolina

Thank God.

Let’s Go Sabres

It’s playoff time for the NHL, (though you’d never know it here in Boston), and I am loving what I see in my Buffalo Sabres. They’re up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with the Flyers, after a brilliant double-overtime win Saturday, and an 8-2 rout last night.

Best moment thus far was Buffalo’s Brian Campbell’s clean hit of Philly’s RJ Umberger, in game 1:

I do feel bad for the guy, and I’m not cheering for injury. But that is just great playoff hockey, and a big reason why Buffalo is up 2 games to none. And, Philly seems to be coming unglued. One Buffalo columnist compares Philly Coach Hitchcock to Confederate General Pickett:

You remember Pickett? He was the general ordered to march his troops uphill through open fields on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Union soldiers, strung across Cemetery Ridge, picked them off in droves. The Confederates never had a chance.

The Flyers might as well come out for Game Three dressed in gray and whistlin’ Dixie. They’re no match for the team they are up against. Speed is the Sabres hill, their position of superiority, and Philly lacks the artillery to mount a meaningful counter.

Let’s not get cocky now… TV coverage is spotty, but you can check out Game 4 on April 28 @ 10:00pm ET, on OLN.

Hockey East Champs

Hockey East ChampsMy alma mater Boston University clinched the Hockey East Championship this past Saturday, winning in 2-1 OT against Boston College. Now, they’re off to the NCAA tournament, ranked #1 in the nation. They haven’t done that since 1997, when I was a sophomore, and had nothing better to do on Friday nights than go watch the games.

And, if that wasn’t enough, a guy who played on that 1997 team, Chris Drury, is captaining my hometown Buffalo Sabres this season. They’re near the top of the conference standings, and one of the most exciting young teams to watch. We’ve got seats at the Garden for Saturday night’s matchup with the Bruins.

BC sucks!

End Game

Do you believe?

Schilling is Shilling for Bush?

It already seems like a dream—the Red Sox reversed the 86-year curse, by sweeping the World Series on Wednesday night, and I haven’t posted yet. I gotta say, it’s been a great thing for this town, and for its decades of great teams that just couldn’t win it all.

Schilling, Pedro, DLowe, Ortiz, Manny, Foulke… all heroes. Can’t wait to great them at the parade tomorrow.

But what is up with Schilling, shilling for Bush ? Someone needs to tell him that there are two Evil Empires—the Yankees, and the Bushies.

This is Kerry country, Curt. We love the way you pitch, and we put up with all your “I love Jesus” talk, but nobody cares if you’re for lowering your own taxes, and not everybody else’s. Keep that to yourself.

Apparently, his “doctors” instructed him to cancel the appearances with Bush in New Hampshire, today.

Wickid Smaaaht…

On to the World Series

I’m on a cloud right now… I never thought that I’d see this.

On to Game Seven

I can’t believe how well Schilling pitched last night, with a bloody sock and all… I had my doubts, but from the first pitch, I knew he had good stuff.

That said, I don’t think the Yankees will choke tonight… we need only remember Game 7 last year. But, I’d love to see A-Rod crying into Jeter’s arms more than anything…

D-Lowe is capable of a good outing – let’s just hope he can keep his head clear, and get that sinker turning over.

On to Game 7Keep the Faith!

On to Game Six

My heart felt as if it would explode tonight, as the Red Sox & Yankees again took it to extra innings, in Game 5.

David Ortiz came through huge (again) tonight for the Sox, and we’d probably be talking about an MVP award at this point, except for the fact that the Sox lost the first 3 games in the series.

But, we’re through to Game 6, and I’m encouraged by the pitching (starting and bullpen) in the past two games. The big question is, can Curt Schilling pitch well tomorrow, with the tendon injury and the high-top cleat? I sure hope so.

X-mas in Buffalo

Ornament on the familial X-mas tree

Ornament on the familial X-mas tree

Macy and Jeremy at Spot Coffee, Elmwood Ave.

Macy and Jeremy at Spot Coffee, Elmwood Ave

Exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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Rally Cap

I’ve been wearing my rally cap since the 5th inning.

Wow. Trot wins it in the 11th inning on a home run to the deepest part of Fenway.

Almost Choke

My parents are in town visiting, and I thought it would be fun to go to a Red Sox game…

Never-mind that it’s late-august, during a pennant and wild-card race, in the craziest baseball city with the smallest stadium in mlb.

After trying in vain to find 4 tickets together for this weekend on craigslist, I ponied up and started calling brokers. These guys must make a killing– that’s all I’ll say.

We ended up 10 rows up from Pesky’s poll, way the hell out in right field. Still, the rain held after a violent thunderstorm, and we got to see a terrific game.

I love Byung-Hyun Kim, but he simply has to stop with this choking thing. A closer is a closer. Lights out.

Too bad I forgot the digital camera…


I really am tempted to write a Slate-like cranky criticism of the new Buffalo Bills uniforms, but I will try to say some nice things: The dark blue is great. I like the stripes with the gray on the helmet.

(Here comes the cranky part) So, if you’re going to make an “update” with the new darker blue, why would you keep the lighter royal blue? Wouldn’t it be nice to put the numbers in red, or gray? or the new dark blue? Doesn’t that light blue look just as dated now as it did last year? Why do the white uniforms have a blue bar on the shoulders?

And the logo—change the f*cking logo. I think the Sabres got the logo RIGHT. It’s tough, modern and looks fucking great on the front of the uniforms. The Bills logo (much like the original Sabres jerseys) is the boring old abstract corporate-art that is a direct rip-off of that 1970s Buffalo propaganda “WE’RE TALKING PROUD”. Talking Proud? We’re talking MISERY.

Let me tell you what I really think. In a move true to this nostalgic age we live in, the Bills tried to preserve many elements of the old uniforms, while updating the colors a little. The result? It’s an incohesive mishmash of styles and colors, trying to be everything to everybody and it fails all around. There is nothing intimidating about these jerseys, nor is there anything “new”.

Mem Day Weekend

We’re off to Buffalo for the long weekend, and I haven’t written in a while. The sox beat up on the yankees last night, and I hope they do it the rest of the weekend. Everyone in this town, (by that I mean the media), is talking about how much Roger Clemens sucks, but he’s pitching tonight. I wish I could watch the fans ride him… but alas, i’m off to the land of AAA-ball.

666 visited this week, and it was good fun. We even played tennis, and I’m absolutely convinced that she will become an up-and-coming star. No doubt about it.


Congrats to Canada, for their gold-medal hockey wins (both men and women). It was so much fun to watch all of these teams play, especially this year, when the sabres absolutely suck. I think the Belarus-Sweden game was my favorite.

Anyhoo– it’s good for Canada to get a self-esteem shot in the arm, because they’re good people.

Oh Canada!

Reuter’s is reporting that the Canadian figure skating pair who were the victims of judge vote-swapping, WILL get a duplicate gold medal.

Isn’t Jamie Sale hot?

Funny commentary from inside the

Funny commentary from inside the Olympics.

50th Beanpot goes to… who else?

BU won. Such a great game– Northeastern has quite a good team this year. Funnily, with 1:18 left in the game, the score tied, the projector suddenly switches channel to the Cartoon Network, and Scooby Doo. About 500 students started to holler and scream, and when some staff member ran to the booth to switch it back, BU had scored! What fucking timing! (More evidence that BU is satan.) just kidding. BU won 5-3 (with an empty-netter).

50th Beanpot

Going to a Beanpot watching party at BU. Should be interesting. BC won’t be in it though (cos BU beat them last week), but i’m sure there will be “BC sucks” chants anyway.