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Thursday, March 01, 2021

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Taken at face value, the February-long diary kept by Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke offers a rare peek into the hectic NHL trade deadline environment:

Saturday, Feb. 17

I talk to Florida assistant GM Randy Sexton about Todd Bertuzzi, and he tells me “the guy we like is Perry.” I offer him profanity. If you are offended by profanity, it’s difficult to make a trade in the NHL. If you are going to try to rob me, at least wear a mask. We talk to Philadelphia about Kyle Calder.

Of course, the skeptic in me wonders how much of it was written in hindsight, and/or selectively edited. It reads like a slightly favorable recounting of Burke’s maneuvers, which amounted to very little change to the Ducks roster. You could argue that Anaheim was already well-poised to attack the postseason without further help — and I agree — but this comes off as a convenient rationalization in case the team flames out in the playoffs.

Incidentally, Burke makes no mention of any attempts to acquire Mats Sundin from Toronto, which was an early rumor heading into trade crunchtime. I actually buy that there was nothing to that, as it came off from the start as a media invention.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/01/2021 11:28 PM
Category: Hockey
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swoosh!This poster is plastered all over Manhattan, as far as I can tell. The stylized “4″ symbol in the lower-right corner should indicate to all that this is an advertisement for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the sequel to 2005’s original Marvel Comics adaptation.

(I’ll note here that, in this instance, the trend away from numbering movie sequels really makes sense, as “Fantastic Four Two”, with that double-numeral sequence, would be an ill-advised tag.)

The guy on the poster is, of course, the same Silver Surfer mentioned in the movie title. He’s instantly familiar to comic-book geeks like me, even if I hadn’t already heard about the subject of the sequel.

But I’m thinking that, to the uninitiated, this comes off more as some sort of Nike-like ad. That singular “Rise” in the upper-left corner suggests a “Just Do It” type of slogan, and the Surfer himself looks generic enough to be some sort of athletic symbol. Even knowing the lowdown, I get that message every time I pass by one of these displays.

By the way, just from his metallic sheen and known powers, I would have guessed that the shiny dude was a wholly-CGI character in this flick. But that’s not the case. On the other hand, it looks like his boss, Galactus, will be all special-effected.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/01/2021 10:57 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Movies, Pop Culture
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