Saturday, February 27, 2010

No apologies necessary

Lemme get this straight -- The Canadian women's hockey team, after a stirring and emotional gold medal-winning performance against Team USA, was forced to issue a public apology for their postgame celebration, all because some photos of them were taken on the ice with -- gasp -- bottles of CHAMPAGNE and BEER, in front of an empty arena, no less.

Sports teams have been celebrating victories with champagne showers since, well, always. I've personally been splattered by the bubbly as a reporter in winning locker rooms on several occasions. But because this time, the celebrants were women, or "amateurs," that makes it bad enough to put a damper on the most exciting moment of their lives? Gimme a break. What a double standard. Our society needs to be a lot less uptight about things it shouldn't be concerned about.

Hopefully, we won't be hearing the same kind of garbage after the men's final should the celebration get a little "wild," no matter who wins. And tomorrow's USA-Canada finale has all the makings of an instant classic. Should be a great one.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Miracle on Ice - circa 1960

Hi again ... couldn't help noticing there's been plenty of talk about the 30th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice" at Lake Placid (has it really been that long ago?!?), but I also noticed that when Team USA beat Canada on Sunday night, they were wearing "throwback" uniforms from the "original" Miracle in 1960, when the US stunned Canada (and the Soviets) by winning gold in Squaw Valley.

What a coincidence, then, that Sunday marked the first time the US defeated Canada in Olympic hockey since ... 1960. No, the US did not face Canada in 1980.

BTW, what a great job putting this team together. While there are no superstars on this team (like the NHL All-Star team Canada has), the Langenbrunners, Drurys, Rafalskis, Millers and all the Ryans are playing a more effective, grinding game ... much like their predecessors 30 years ago. Maybe these guys really are throwbacks after all. Good luck against the Swiss tonight.


Always trying to stay abreast of best practices in PR, especially as they pertain to the ever-changing social media landscape. Attended an interesting New England Pub Club event last night in Newton regarding Social Media Case Studies. A special shout-out to Meagan Ellis of Kel and Partners, who discussed her firm's twitter-driven campaign that put a small client on the map. Great job.