Saturday, March 12, 2005

It's new, it's improved, it's FOX ice!

You've heard of the FOX puck... well how about blue ice! The Buffalo Sabres are going to have their AHL franchise play at the Sabres home rink on an ice surface that is coloured light blue.

Good grief. Maybe if we get some clowns out there more people will tune in.

5 Comments:

At 10:46 AM, March 12, 2005, Blogger John F. said...

In the States, there is a college football program in Idaho that has blue astroturf.... It's known as "Smurf Turf" because of how it looks on TV. It's horrendous --

But it's also a draw and a distinguishing characteristic of Boise State's football program.

I could see more painting of the ice in non-advertising ways in the future in the NHL.... This is just the first example of it, I figure....

 
At 4:19 PM, March 12, 2005, Anonymous David said...

This isn't really a PR stunt though (although it is nice to be the one to test it out and get the attention...), but it's to see how people respond and see how it looks on television. If people find it easier to watch a game or follow the puck then I'd say it's likely most rinks will start using the blue ice. If not, then at least we have an answer to a question asked a few times before.

 
At 8:16 PM, March 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still haven't heard an explanation on how blue ice would make it easier to see the puck on TV. Black on white has a greater degree of contrast, so you would think that has a greater degree of visibility.
Sounds like another cheap gimmick along the lines of Fox Sports lazers.
The owners have never really got the idea that they have to sell the tradition of the game, not completely sellout to American interests, so we end up talking about actual changes like increasing the ice surface and reducing pad sizes for ten years. All of the successful major sports seem to balance tradition with innovation, treading a fine line, while the NHL has come pretty close to obliterating it. I think that's something American audiences has seen through, and that's what the core fans knew all along.

 
At 8:16 PM, March 14, 2005, Anonymous Mike said...

I still haven't heard an explanation on how blue ice would make it easier to see the puck on TV. Black on white has a greater degree of contrast, so you would think that has a greater degree of visibility.
Sounds like another cheap gimmick along the lines of Fox Sports lazers.
The owners have never really got the idea that they have to sell the tradition of the game, not completely sellout to American interests, so we end up talking about actual changes like increasing the ice surface and reducing pad sizes for ten years. All of the successful major sports seem to balance tradition with innovation, treading a fine line, while the NHL has come pretty close to obliterating it. I think that's something American audiences has seen through, and that's what the core fans knew all along.

 
At 2:28 PM, March 15, 2005, Blogger John F. said...

The blue ice is supposed to reduce the glare... That is the explination in part of the blue ice idea.

And it's not like it's a painful thing (blue as to white ice)....

 

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