Some of the feedback we have received over the past few weeks has been a desire to see some more league coverage, as well as seeing a female writer. While adding a new writer was never really an immediate plan, adding more league coverage was something we had wanted to pursue for some time now. Luckily, we had someone around all along that not only was instrumental in the founding of the blog, but probably watches more non-Ranger hockey than all five of us combined.
For those that are unfamiliar with the original story of how this blog was founded, one of my closest friends for the past decade recommended that I start writing in December of 2008. Five years later, this blog has grown to add four great writers, and is one of the top Ranger blogs out there today (in my humble opinion).
That close friend, Becky (@bhabs37), will be the one joining us going forward. For now, she will be starting with Around the NHL posts (first one up tomorrow). Becky has always been an honorary writer here, chiming in with a few guest posts every now and then. It seemed fitting that we bring her on for a weekly post. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.
We all would like to thank you for entering the ticket giveaway contest for the 11/29 game in Boston. We got a lot of great entries and stories about how the Rangers first came into your lives. We are very grateful for every person that comes here, reads the blog, and discusses the Rangers in the comments.
I’m not going to post full contact information of our winners here (duh), but our winners are Matt and Jared, and I have reached out to you both regarding next steps. You will both be contacted soon (not by me) for how to collect your tickets. Details are in your emails.
Again, thank you all for entering. I apologize for not being able to reach out to each entrant, but rest assured each entry was read and discussed. It was our pleasure to be able to give away four tickets to this game, and I wish we could have given tickets to all of you. We hope that we have many more opportunities to give back like this again.
This is just a reminder to get your submissions to me (email on the right) for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 11/29 game in Boston. You can see all the details here, but I must reiterate that you should only submit an entry if you can actually go to the game.
Discover was kind enough to provide some interesting stats regarding watching hockey versus going shopping on Black Friday:
If hockey fans were forced to choose between shopping on Black Friday or watching the Discover-NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, 73 percent would watch the game, according to new data released by Discover. Just 11 percent would go shopping and 9 percent would record the game while they shop. Even more surprising, 48 percent of hockey fans would choose to see their favorite team play its biggest rival live and miss Thanksgiving dinner—if such a game was happening on Turkey Day. Thirteen percent would even move Thanksgiving dinner to the next day to accommodate their fandom.
Entries must be submitted by midnight tonight.
As a part of the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, which will have the Rangers and the Bruins kick off NBC’s national NHL coverage for the season on Friday 11/29, I was contacted to do a bit of promo. Usually I don’t do this kind of stuff, but they are giving me two separate pairs of tickets to giveaway to you folks. I have to admit, that’s kind of awesome, especially when both pairs will also include a pair of tickets for a behind-the-scenes tour of the NBC production truck before the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Technically one pair of tickets was for me, but I can’t get to Boston for the game, so I’m giving those tickets away as well.
For the ticket giveaway, I’m going to create a little contest. You will need to email me (link at the side) a quick paragraph or two (I don’t like to read, keep it short, get to the point) about how you became a Rangers fan, how you heard about the blog, what you like about the blog, and what you hate about the blog (if you say nothing here, I know you’re lying, because I’m kind of arrogant. Same with Suit. Just being honest). Entries must be received by this Sunday, 11/24. Only enter if you can actually go to the game, which is Friday 11/29.
The entries will be circulated to all five of us here at BSB (names/emails will be removed so we can make an impartial decision), and we will pick two winners to receive a pair of tickets to the game and a pair of tickets to the production truck tour. I’m going to ask that the winners provide me with a quick summary of their experience at the game afterwards, as a part of the agreement with Discover.
I have to include the below disclaimer for legal reasons. I did the promo to give back to you guys for sticking with us for five years, not for the “payment” provided.
I am a paid brand Blogger for Discover Products Inc. My views are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Discover Products Inc. and its affiliates.
We here at Blue Seat Blogs are proud to announce our partnership with NY Believe for the upcoming season. NY Believe (company Twitter here) is a New York sports apparel company run by two lovely ladies, Jenny/Rebel Princess and Stefanie, that specializes in sports apparel for all nine local sports teams. They already have some great options available for the Rangers, Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets.
What does this mean for the blog? Well, you’ll be seeing an ad from NY Believe in the top right corner to start. Be sure to check out all the options they have to offer. Also throughout the year, we will be working together to bring you some special offers and events. Be sure to follow Jenny, Stefanie, and Amber on Twitter so you don’t miss these.
We here look forward to entering this venture with NY Believe. Be sure to check out their website and options available, and follow them on Twitter for apparel updates.
Congratulations folks, our consistent badgering of Justin has finally paid off, he has caved and joined Twitter (@tappingtheposts). At first, Justin was hesitant to join the Twitterverse, thinking it was a complete time-suck (he’s not exactly wrong here, it’s amazing how much time we can spend on Twitter). But as his popularity grew, and as more of us continued to pester him about his non-Twitter usage, he caved.
As you can see from his follower count, Justin just created his account. He has promised to provide his insight during games with in-game tweets. His analysis is much better than any of us can provide, considering his previous experience as a a co-founder of MAC Goaltending. Justin also played Junior hockey and NJCAA DI Hockey.
Even if you aren’t sold on him from an analysis standpoint, you should be aware that he is probably the nicest of all of us (aside from Kevin, who doesn’t have a mean bone in his body). Suit and I are snarky and Chris is Welsh, so we have our excuses. Go follow Justin. He will make it worth your while.
While you’re at it, make sure you follow myself (@blueseatblogs), Chris (@nyr_jugs88), Suit (@thehockeysuit), and Kevin (@kevinbaumer) as well.
It’s time to get back at it with the BSB Fantasy Hockey League. We are doing something a little different this year. Last year, we had one commissioner (moi) and when the league filled up, we had someone else create another league. I will assume interest is that high again, so we will again be creating two leagues (at a minimum).
I have already created one league on Yahoo (my team name is #BlameTorts), and you can join the league by clicking here. The draft is already set for Monday September 30 at 9pm EST. This draft time will not change, so you will need to be cognizant of this fact. If you cannot make the draft, you join at the risk of autodrafting. This is where the second league comes in.
I need a volunteer to create a second league. Please post the league information in the comments so that others can join. If that fills up, then you guys can continue making leagues until everyone has joined in.
Good luck to everyone who participates.
Offseason tournament bracket
As the dog days of summer approach, it’s going to be relatively quiet around the league. To get through this, Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station came to me with a pretty solid idea: Putting together an NCAA style tournament to see who everyone thinks is the best player to put on a Rangers sweater post-lockout (2005 lockout). Matt came up with the 64 Rangers to use, and I put them in a bracket in Excel. The bracket, pictured above, is set up like an NCAA bracket, and will not be reseeded after each round. If for some reason Olli Jokinen beats out Henrik Lundqvist in the first round, then he will face the winner of the 8/9 matchup, not the top seed left in the bracket.
Each afternoon, we will post one matchup here at BSB, and ask you to vote on who the better Ranger was. Voting will be simple, each post on BSB has a thumbs up or a thumbs down icon at the end. Vote the thumbs up to vote for the higher seed (1 seed is higher than 16 seed), and the thumbs down to vote for the lower seed. Again, the thumbs up is for the higher seed, not the higher number.
We will begin tomorrow with the first matchup in the Tom Renney bracket: Jokinen vs. Lundqvist.
Hope everyone enjoys this, and thanks to Matt at Blue Line Station for coming up with the idea. Be sure to check out Blue Line Station as one of your stops for Ranger blogging.
Over the past few days, we’ve had some server issues that prevented the site from loading for a lot of people. After several phone calls and tweets, it appears we are all set, and shouldn’t have this issue. I apologize for the down time.
There were some very good posts from the guys, so if you have some spare time, you should go back and read them. Great stuff. Again, sorry for the blog being down.
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