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Monday, February 27, 2021

Something I found curious about the men’s hockey tourney in Torino:

The European teams almost never pulled their goalies, even when they were supposed to. When the game entered its final couple of minutes, and it was a one- or two-goal game, the losing team’s coach didn’t use the familiar maneuver of substituing the goalie for an extra attacker. It’s a last-ditch effort, relying upon your team’s ability to control the puck and get enough traffic in front of the other net to make up the deficit before time runs out. The worst that can happen? The other team gets the puck into the now-unprotected goal and effectively seals the win by an extra goal. But if you’re going to lose anyway, an extra goal doesn’t matter. It’s a trade-off.

It’s a time-honored tradition in North American hockey, from the NHL on down. I had assumed it was standard operating procedure overseas as well. But at least during the Olympics, it wasn’t on the agenda.

Did the Euro coaches not have enough confidence in their teams’ two-minute drill to attempt the goalie pull? Or is it just not part of their coaching philosophy?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/27/2006 10:51:45 PM
Category: Hockey
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Everyone dreads calling city hall. Not only are you liable to get a lot of flim-flam, but you’ll be put on hold while you’re getting it.

But if you’re calling the City of Seattle, you’re in for a treat: OnHold, a program that pipes tunes from local musical acts into (hopefully) appreciative ears.

Some like the concept almost too much:

[Local jazz magazine editor Peter Monaghan’s] only complaint about OnHold is that callers won’t be on the line long enough to really get a sense of the music. Yes, it’s true: He’d like longer wait times like he’s experienced in other parts of the country.

“It’s ironic really,” he said. “The bureaucracy here is actually pretty efficient, unlike other cities I’ve lived in.”

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/27/2006 10:07:37 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Tech
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sweet home buffalo
You could keep your DVR primed to pounce on the KFC Buffalo Snacker with the subliminal free-coupon code. Or you could watch it online.

Or you could just check out my screengrab, above. If that’s not enough for you: The secret word is “buffalo”. Not exactly a codebreaker’s challenge.

This gimmick is one method of getting increasingly blase TV viewers to pay extra-special attention to ads. Once the buzz is separated from the actual audience reaction, we’ll know if there’ll be more of this to come.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/27/2006 08:01:02 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV
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Well, the Olympics ended yesterday. So I guess it’s time to go back to work — or at least, a reasonable imitation.

So I’m heading over to the Hilton New York, tomorrow and Wednesday, to check out the 2006 Search Engine Strategies Conference & Expo. Actually, I’ll be attending just the Expo, because it’s free, and because there’s always bunches of freebies and gawk-worthy stuff around.

Why am I going? Basically, because I’ve got nothing but time. The job search continues, but nothing’s imminent, so I might as well go out and do some semblance of meet-and-greet. I’m familiar with lots of the companies that will be there, and if nothing else, I’ll get some ideas, professionally and personally.

I even had some personal business cards printed up! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll get them in time; UPS somehow fouled up my 2nd-day Air order, and won’t be delivering until tomorrow. I’ll still have them for Wednesday, but I really wanted them for both days. It’s a drag.

Anyway, if any New Yorkers want to meet up, and are anywhere around upper Avenue of the Americas, drop me a line.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/27/2006 02:02:35 PM
Category: Business, Internet, New Yorkin'
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