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Thursday, September 08, 2021

Are you guilty of using your blog as an emotional surrogate? A target of inanimate transference, even? (Yes, I realize your site structure is dynamic, not static, and therefore not really “inanimate”… and this is part of your problem, really.)

Sounds like you’re heading for a bout of blog depression. Fortunately, help is available.

I gotta admit, I get more of a charge than I probably should from receiving comments on this blog, and correspondingly feel a bit of void when things are quiet. Maybe I should take up a backup hobby, like drinking!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/08/2021 10:23pm
Category: Bloggin', Comedy
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start your engines
I guess I knew about the wide-ranging sponsorship agreement between the National Football League and General Motors’ GMC division for this football season. But actually seeing it in action, as I am during tonight’s Raiders-Patriots kickoff game, is a different experience altogether.

Generally, I don’t have a problem with product placement and other embedded advertising. But, still… It seems over the top. GMC logos were everywhere during the Hank Williams Jr. opening number, and the whole car assembly line motif really looked out of place. I guess it would have made more sense had Lions been playing, since they’re from the Motor City. But for this game, it just hit me as overly blatant.

The extended conventional GMC commercials that debuted on the first break really came across as overkill.

On the bright side, it does appear that all that auto-overload shunted out the by-now-usual penile dysfunction ads.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/08/2021 09:56pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Football
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hit the ice
If you’ve made it to the National Hockey League, you’d have to assume you’ve got the skating part pretty much down pat.

Then why have the Chicago Blackhawks hired Olympic gold-medal winner Dan Jansen as a skating coach? Because according to Jansen, hockey players have something to learn about true power skating:

Jansen compares changing a player’s skating technique to altering a golf swing. It takes time, and he doesn’t have much after being hired Aug. 15. Veterans report Tuesday, and the first pre-season game is Sept. 17. He’s really looking forward to next summer, when he can start work a few weeks after the final game.

Jansen sees players taking many short steps rather than long, smooth strides. He sees players standing upright. He sees players accelerating into turns, violating one of the basic principles of driver’s education.

He sees all that, and two thoughts pop into his head: It’s wrong, and he can help.

Me, I’m wondering the musical question, “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” A Boitano-coached skating drill would, no doubt, include doing two sowchows and a triple lutz while wearing a blindfold — that’s bound to help gametime conditioning.

As in most sports, NHL teams are notorious copycats of each others’ techniques. If this actually works out for the Blackhawks (I’m sure having Nik Khabibulin as their new goalie won’t hurt, either), watch for every other squad to bring in a skating expert.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/08/2021 09:17pm
Category: Hockey
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on the other footYesterday’s edition of Shoe.

I’m sure we’ve all harbored this suspicion, regardless of specific talent or vocation. As a writer-type, I get this nagging feeling a lot, online and off. Don’t let the sparkling prose here fool ya.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/08/2021 08:35pm
Category: Creative
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