“Tampa is one of the worst hockey markets in North America because of attendance to it’s super junior and college hockey teams stinks.”
Anyone who sees that remark should either laugh or wonder
who the hell would draw that kind of conclusion? Tampa Bay doesn’t host super
junior league hockey, nor is it known for even competing in collegiate hockey,
let alone drawing attendance. Why would they? Unless a college hockey team was
playing at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa, attendance is negligible at the
other ice sports venues in the Tampa Bay area.
So, is the above statement fair market judgement?
What brings me to this isn’t hockey. Not at all. It is market critiques with sports and limited data that brings forth this judgment. WalletHub sent me an email showing Tampa ranking horribly as a basketball market.
Back in December I
launched a little Spotify playlist project of the chill variety – The
Softer Side of Indie 2019 is intended to have music of the easy
listening/soft rock variety (with blues, folk, country, pop, and alt/indie mixed
in. I don’t truly know how fitting the adult
contemporary title is to describe the list’s target sound). The playlist is
open for songs released after December 15th, 2018.
At this point in time, the playlist is 45 songs in length, spanning about 3 hours. Not all the tunes are of the underground/unknown/unsigned variety as I have included a couple of mainstream releases of the alt/indie variety by he likes of WYO and Australian group Babe Rainbow.
I hear a lot of small-time, unknown artists on Lonely Oak
Radio. I’ve been listening to that Internet streaming radio station for two and
a half years now and while I’ve taken to some of the tunes and the performers
that I’ve crossed on the station, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to someone
of even moderate fame.
That changed today when I heard a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member early this afternoon.
For those who are left wondering why Johnny Fonts hasn’t had new posts lately: I’ve been focusing on other aspects of the site and other web projects lately. In the case of this site, I’ve redone the logo and I’m trying to find a new theme for the blog:
The theme issue… Well, that was a quirk I was thinking of dealing with, but it gets more interesting – and complicated – with the theme bells and whistles on the development end of new WordPress themes. Some themes are VERY powerful while others are arcane. Finding something visually appealing is a must, but finding something with a working backend goes along with it.
I bought a domain name last week, one that I’ve thought about for some time: HockeyDaily.net. Yet with the site in my possession now, I’m not sure how I should go forward with it.
My original intention was blog syndication. I’m someone who used to rely on HockeyBlogs.org to show me content (headlines, not full stories) from around the blogosphere. Yet, is that the best idea? Is the blogosphere for the sport of ice hockey still active enough – with readers interested in the content – as it was in the past?
Is there already a blog aggregator site out there — one that shares blog headlines and not siping full articles? Is the majority of the fanbase out there now just tied to what they cross on social media from the bloggers themselves?
Another option would e to start a hockey blogger network of my own but… well,, that would require recruitment and crap that I’m not so good at.
Input from others on this topic would be appreciated. Perhaps there is something lacking for the sport that people could use online with regularity?
Back in December, I announced intentions to launch a playlist specifically of 2019 music of a chill variety — soft rock, adult contemporary,m ballads, blues, folk, alternative, pop. Songs released after December 15, 2018, are eligible for placement on the playlist.
At this time there are 36 songs on the list with most discovered on Reddit.com’s indie music subreddit. Others were found while I was checking on other songs by artists who were queued for the Underexposed Soft Rock and Easy Listening playlist. And in one lone instance, I had a PR firm reach out to me so that a major act found it’s way onto the list. Yeah, unlike “Underexposed”, I’m not limiting this to underground acts… While most of the songs are by the Do It Yourself indie variety, there’s at least two by acts who have some hold on the mainstream in their alt/indie variety. Some of the DIY indie acts have more exposure and success online than acts I tend to highlight on the other playlist.
Ring around the Rosie Pocket full of posies Ashes, Ashes We all fall down!
Ring Around the Rosie
I told you I
ain’t a betting man and while I stood and fell with the Tampa Bay Lightning
in the 2019 NHL playoffs, while ridicule was poured heavily on the franchise
(by fans and general sports followers) for their exquisite failings… Well? The
best of the best have failed.
In the business world, it’s not a problem really: Long-time veteran of a field of business leaves said-field for two full years and then gets an inkling to re-enter as issues faced personally or an attempt to find a career in a new field hadn’t pass muster. This ambiguous jargon makes it seem plain and simple, don’t it?
They don’t call the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs the Second Season for nothing. Accomplishments during the NHL’s regular season be damned; everything starts at zero, every team starts on an even keel. Every team has a chance.
Game One and the first period of play, the Lightning did what was expected of them. The high flying ability of the 2018-19 President Trophy winning club was on display.
After the first intermission of Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, things changed. The next eight periods of play were rife with… what? I don’t know. It just didn’t come off like the gameplay that so many bore witness to from the club during the regular season. Chippiness, penalties, scrums, and fights. One might put the spotlight on the Columbus Blue Jackets for that as if they were the antagonists… No, no… It was an NHL game and the team that was antagonizing most heavily was the Lightning. Penalizations ensued. Opportunities rained down on the Jackets by way of it.
Eight periods of play – the bulk of Game One, Game Two and THree in full… the damage was done and Columbus capitalized on it with sound play, leading to their own imposing play and victories. Excuses could be made — primarily that chief defenseman Victor Hedman was playing while injured and was sidelined with Anton Stralman for Game Four — but that’s just it, an excuse. That’s not to say Hedman being hurt didn’t cause issues, it’s that what was going on in Lightning team play wasn’t defensive lapses. It was overall team play and perhaps game-plan lapses
The titans of contention during the 2018-19 regular season turned into the also-ran roster of the 2019 Second Season. That’s it. That’s the way to look at it.
By the Australian Alternative/Indie group Babe Rainbow, “Morning Song” was released last week and I crossed it by chance… It’s had me hooked with its mellow sound since. Have a listen via the official music video and read the lyrics below: