Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Friday, January 09, 2021

pass the helmet
The Super Bowl approaches on February 1st, so it’s shillin’ time here at Population Statistic. Courtesy of my blogging compadre Tara at When Tara Met Blog (who previously hooked me up with some Thanksgiving M&M’s).

This time though, you will profit from this corporate giveaway! Well, one of you, anyway. Read on:

Super Bowl parties are one of the top at-home party events of the year and have become much more than a gathering of football lovers, but a time to dissect the ads, eat party snacks and hang with friends. In fact, many people attending these parties do not necessarily love the teams playing as much as they love the excuse to get together with friends after a very cold month. So whether you are a diehard NFL fan or just want to party, Pepsi, the sponsor of the NFL Rookie of the Year, would like to offer your readers the chance to win an Ultimate Super Bowl Party Pack valued at $250 for their own at-home viewing parties!

Sweet deal, sounds like. Party Pack pictured above, consisting of:

- 1 football
- 1 beverage pail
- 1 snack helmet (my favorite!)
- 2 keychains
- 2 hats
- 2 t-shirts
- 5 Pepsi 24-pack coupons
- 5 Frito Lay coupons

Yes, you’re thinking the same thing I am: Nothing says “par-tay” like FREE KEYCHAINS! (Actually, they do look big enough to serve as drink coasters…)

But seriously, this is a legit giveaway. Pepsi is promoting its National Football League sponsorship, along with its new logos/look, dubbed “Refresh Everything”. (For the purposes of this little contest, you can disregard my previous disparaging assessment of this soda makeover — not that anyone checks my archives…)

So if you want a shot at this big-time pigskin swag, just leave a comment in the space below. I’ll randomly pick the winner on Sunday, January 25 (get your comment in by Saturday, January 24 at the latest). I’ll need a way to get in touch with you, so leave your email address where provided (don’t worry, it won’t be public). If you win, I’ll send on your mailing address to Pepsi so they can ship out the goods in plenty of time before game kickoff on February 1. And that’s that!

And in the interests of full disclosure: I’m not getting paid by Tara nor Pepsi for this. I will, however, get my own commemorative logo-emblazoned Super Bowl XLIII football for my troubles. Which I’ll probably promptly hand off to one of my little football-crazed nephews. Everybody wins!

UPDATE: I checked, and only U.S. residents are eligible to win this giveaway (yes, that means no Canadians, either). So sorry to Alex Scott, who commented below. Just when the NFL was whipping up overseas enthusiasm with those European games, too…

UPDATE 01/25/2009: AND THE WINNER IS… - I ran all 52 comments through the list randomizer at Random.org, which is as random as random can get. The one that came out on top was No. 17 by Melissa! She’s already replied back to me with her address, so the Pack will be sent on its way to her this week. Thanks to everyone for joining in.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/09/2021 11:39:21 AM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Bloggin', Food, Football
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Leave it to Mother Goose & Grimm to deliver a too-modern send-up of Victorian classic “The Picture of Dorian Grey”.

The mocking of said classic resonates for me, because my earliest exposure to it was a film version (possibly this 1973 made-for-TV one) that was silly enough to ruin my permanent perception of the story. Main thing was the title song, which was a haunting melody sung by a faux-opera diva; the lyrics somehow tried to rhyme “Dorian” with something, resulting in unintended comic effect. So to this day, I can’t think of the book, or even a good filmed version, and not think of that blasted schlocky tune.

I’m sure that, if he were around today — and not fictitious — Grey would have a Facebook page. As would Oscar Wilde, for that matter. Although I think both would spend the bulk of their online time at, say, The Superficial

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/09/2021 10:57:46 AM
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light the menorah
An unexpectedly funny exchange occurred on MSG+ Network last night, during the usually dry New Jersey Devils pre-game show:

Stan Fischler was doing an interview with veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who was in Newark with the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. I guess Schneider is involved with the Players Association’s negotiations with the league over the collective bargaining agreement and other issues, so Fischler questioned him about that. In particular, he brought up the debate over the NHL lifting its decades-old moratorium on playing games on Christmas Day.

Schneider replied (with a huge grin on his face), “Well, I’m Jewish. So you’re asking the wrong guy.”

“Actually,” he continued, still smirking, “I’ve been pushing for the NHL to take Hannukah off. So that’ll be a nice eight-night break from playing games!”

Of all the guys the Hockey Maven could have asked about the Christmas issue, picking one of the few Jewish players in the league (the only other one I know of is Jeff Halpern) amounts to pure comedy. Well done.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/09/2021 09:27:02 AM
Category: Comedy, Hockey, Society
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