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Thursday, March 22, 2021

As the NCAA Tournament’s West Regional in men’s basketball commences tonight, some are less than impressed by the digs:

While robot vendors or eye-scan security might be a bit too James Bond, a cool laser show or MP3 downloading stations seem appropriate. How about touch-screen panels on the seat in front of you to order nachos?

“Honestly, I was expecting something more like that,” Kansas guard Rodrick Stewart said before his team’s practice Wednesday. “I thought this place would be all high-tech and computerized.”

Nope. When the [Kansas] Jayhawks play Southern Illinois tonight, the game will take place in a building that is futuristic in name only.

The floor is bordered in black, the same color as many of the plain seats. The amenities are pleasant, but this is a Windows 95 arena serving a city with the highest concentration of high-tech workers in the country.

This isn’t the first time I’ve come across critiques over the shortcomings of San Jose’s HP Pavilion, AKA the Shark Tank. Years ago, when the arena that would become St. Pete Times Forum was being mapped out, Tampa Bay Lightning founder Phil Esposito was stressing how state-of-the-art the facility would be. Espo tossed off a comment about how the then-new San Jose arena was built without television camera sightlines being a consideration, and how the building suffered from that. I’m not sure how valid that complaint was/is; I haven’t heard anything since then about any special challenges in televising hockey or hoops games from HPP.

And on a closing note: I happen to be typing this post on, yes, an HP Pavilion notebook computer. It is my home computer, and I’ve had it for close to a year and a half now. Given that aging, it’s no longer even close to average in the computing world; but it’s good enough for me (for now).

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/22/2007 07:06 PM
Category: Basketball, Hockey, SportsBiz
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About a year ago, I highlighted the best potential use of a newspaper reporter’s blog:

Their utility as repositories for extra notes and sidebars that couldn’t/wouldn’t fit into a regular-section article. I find this to be a great tool for letting readers dig deeper into a story, affording a behind-the-scenes look into both the story and the newsgathering process. It’s like the extras you find on a movie DVD: It’s not necessary reading, but perfect for hooking the news junkies. Eric Deggans, the St. Pete Times Media Critic, routinely does this with this blog, most recently to supplement his story about the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s post-Katrina endeavours.

If a newspaper blog did nothing else but this, I’d be satisfied. The notion of remaindered content from the reporter, that didn’t make the newsprint cut but still saw life in digital form, is very appealing to me as the attainment of a more complete newspaper presentation.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t see this kind of blogging from journalists often enough.

Not that I always want/need to get extra bonus features from an article. For instance, I could have lived without the blog-delivered additional notes from David Pogue’s review of Apple TV and similar boxes that wirelessly bridge computer and television for digital media playback. I found the rundown interesting, but as I’m not particularly in the market for such a device, I got more than enough from the print version.

Still, I applaud Pogue and the NY Times for extending the story via the blogging channel, and I’d encourage more reporters to take the same approach. If nothing else, it’s surefire content to fill up the posts, and much more relevant than usual blog fodder.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/22/2007 06:41 PM
Category: Bloggin', Publishing, Tech
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hockey talk
I appreciate the lightheartedness in holding a question-and-answer session with the usually-closemouthed Stanley Cup.


Clark Gillies told me that when he won, he used to take his dogs for a walk every day. His dogs were an important part of their win, so he had his dogs eat out of me. Larry Robinson owns farms and he had his cow eat out of me.

I’m not wholly comfortable reading the phrase “eat out of me”. Even if it is a big trophy talking.

Had I gotten the opportunity to quiz the Cup, I’d have asked it how it felt about a week ago, when they removed the now-filled-up ring of 1940-41 to 1952-53 championship team names, to make room for future teams. I’m thinking that had to smart a bit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/22/2007 05:54 PM
Category: Comedy, Hockey
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