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Thursday, May 14, 2021

double vision
The Vancouver Canucks are out of the playoffs, so now’s the time for team management to make roster decisions for next season.

Particularly when it comes to star forwards — and twin brothers — Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who are unrestricted free agents come July 1:

What makes testing the open market so difficult for the Sedins is that they travel as a pair - and thus, any team interested in securing their services needs to be in a position to make an offer to both. Considering how many teams are pushing up hard against the salary cap, the idea that somebody has an extra $13-million (all currency U.S.) lying around in available cap space limits their options to a handful of choices - staying in Vancouver, possibly moving to Minnesota or most likely, reuniting with their former boss, Burke, in Toronto.

Early indications are that the twins will stay in Vancouver. But if I were in charge of the Minnesota Wild, I’d be making a full-court press versus their division rivals to swipe the Sedins. Because in addition to the on-ice talent they bring, the marketing potential is just too tantalizing: The National Hockey League’s only pair of twin-brother forwards, starring in the Twin Cities!

It’d be too perfect to not come off. Whoever the Wild pick as their next GM should make the Sedins his Number 1 priority for the offseason. It’d make an instant impression in the State of Hockey.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/14/2009 05:16pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Hockey
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The scene above represents something of a local custom, at least in lower Manhattan. More than a couple of times each week, I’ll see freight trucks tooling down the block with one or more stuffed animals tied to the front grill. This particular cameraphone photo (also bigger in Flickr) captures a parked truck on Bleecker Street.

What’s the deal? I guess it’s funny to see Disney critters like Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Stitch strapped thusly, as if they were the spoils of a hunting trip.

These three front-and-center dolls look fairly pristine, considering they spend all day exposed to harsh elements and whatever business comes their way in traffic. I’ve seen much sorrier-looking examples, in particular one Mickey Mouse that was so faded and worn that I almost didn’t recognize him.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/14/2009 02:26pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Photography, Pop Culture
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puckpigskinbatshoops
ESPN The Magazine’s Bill Simmons paints a picture of sports journalism without the journalists, and with the athlete’s social media channels:

…I see a day when the following sequence will be routine: Player demands trade on blog; team obliges and announces deal on Twitter; player thanks old fans, takes shots at old team and gushes about new team on Facebook. We will not need anyone to report this, just someone to recap it. Preferably with links.

No need for a superfluous middleman when you can get the soundbites straight from the horse’s mouth. Of course, when the news turns bad, a new filter crops up, in the sense that the horse’s mouth suddenly shuts up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/14/2009 01:55pm
Category: Media, Social Media Online, Sports
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