Friday, July 25, 2008

The view from Des Moines

Not a headline I ever thought I'd use.

I got a great email today from J.J., a passionate hockey fan in Des Moines, Iowa, who has a few thoughts on the latest publicity stunt by the Iowa Chops.

Let's just say he's not too happy about their attempts to recruit (former?) NFL star Brett Favre:
It was fun for awhile. The potential for gargantuan breaded pork loin sandwiches (a local delicacy), obese cheerleaders with barbecue sauce stains on their faces and occasionally some AHL-level hockey was tempting. Watching the blogging crowd tie themselves in knots while the River Rats, Ice Hogs and Phantoms (what the hell is that superhero guy?) got a temporary pass was some sort of fun. Even watching people who had no idea about the game complain that the Chops showed that Des Moines was a second-rate city, but the Iowa Stars and Iowa Cubs somehow indicated first-rate status was fun.

But this, this is a tragedy. This is inexcusable. This is as unbearable as watching celebrities lick the Stanley Cup. This shows a complete lack of respect for the game. Off-ice gimmicks are one thing, but to pretend that athletes are interchangeable and a slot can be offered to a football player (the vilest sport on the planet) is too much. ...
We all know he will never take the deal, but the damage is done. Before this garbage, the Iowa Chops management had shown a respect for money in their gimmicks, but not a lack of respect for the game. This Favre incident has shown that their respect for the game simply does not exist. They’ve shown to me that the game takes a back seat to the gimmicks and I’m livid. I understand it’s a business, but this affects the product and I am less likely to buy now.
There's that old adage about there's no such thing as bad publicity, but I'm not sure it applies here. J.J. sounds exactly like the kind of fan hockey in Iowa needs.

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At 2:18 p.m., July 25, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I understand it’s a business, but this affects the product and I am less likely to buy now.

I guess I understand this guy's concern, but unless Farvrervee actually does something, I fail to see how the on-ice product is affected at all.

At 2:18 p.m., July 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should all of this come as a surprise to anyone?

Afterall, the Chops are the AHL affiliate of the Ducks. Clearly, the Chops General manager is getting his PR advise from Burkie!

Burkie's Rule #1 : Do anything or say anything to keep your name and team in the media spotlight!

At 2:27 p.m., July 25, 2008, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

Ummm, what's wrong with a celeb licking the Cup?

At 2:40 p.m., July 25, 2008, Anonymous Big Time said...

I'm not getting why people are making a big deal about the Chops name. Chops is a great name! Like the guy said, it's no worse than any thing else out there. Calgary Hitmen anyone? Minor leagues are supposed to be about fun. The owners of the Chops clearly get that. As for the Faverererer thing, well, that's just plain dumb but who cares? Minor league baseball has all sorts of crazy promotions all the time. No reason why minor league hockey should be different.

At 2:56 p.m., July 25, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

You know what the best part of this whole Chops debacle is? The team that was previously in Iowa (the stars) are moving to Austin. WIN

At 3:03 p.m., July 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he reconsiders supporting the team. The Favre thing is silly, but J.J. clearly loves the game, and all hockey fans need fans like that.

At 3:32 p.m., July 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Favre, Tiger Woods and some other great athletes would try hockey and it would be shown on TV.

I think hockey players would get tons of respect for their skills. I mean Tiger is swinging his stick standing still, on grass, with spikes in his shoes. Try that on ice while moving fast and at same time avoiding Dionator?

For human being it's normal to learn to walk and run. Even throwing is natural. Skating is not natural, you have to learn it with thousands of hours hard work (well, for Derian Hatcher it's still work in progress).

Skating is so un-natural that 40% of the players will have hip replacement surgeries or at least serious problems later in life.

Here's hoping Favre suit up in hockey gear. He would be chopped meat.

At 4:14 p.m., July 25, 2008, Blogger heed said...

i'm a little confused about all the backlash.

people take professional sports way too seriously. the press release was all in good fun and was never meant to be taken seriously.

as for the name chops, i intend to order myself a couple of t-shirts because i think the name and the logo are awesome..and i'm a vegetarian.

At 6:15 a.m., July 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think the Chops are Mickey Mouse (err, Porky Pig) now? Wait until they hear their new broadcaster for the first time. Alex "Cheeks" Kyrias makes Mike Haynes sound like he's on downers.

At 6:53 p.m., July 26, 2008, Blogger savagist said...

he was wrong, the most vile sport is baseball since it forces you to watch someone play catch for 3 hours while the outfielders burn 14 calories a game going in and out of the dugout. 200 million dollar pay roll? now thats vile.

"Skating is so un-natural that 40% of the players will have hip replacement surgeries or at least serious problems later in life."

a) 40% of the league is skating wrong then. ill bet money that Scott Niedermayer will never have hip replacement surgery because of his skating stride.
b) Tiger Woods knee problems are from his unnatural swing where he doesnt allow his front foot to rise.
c) baseball pitching is an unnatural motion. for a game that boring, those guys really beat on their shoulders and arms.
d) most of the football players are at 'unnatural' sizes and over-workout. theyre big, buff and rough but their tiny tendons/ligaments always have major problems. i wonder why Troy Polamalu skips weightlifting for a more natural strength training routine instead. but that football needs its specialized beefy boys! heres a nice medical package for knee surgeries and concussions for the rest of your life.


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