Baffoe: Blackhawks Hopefully Begin Journey Toward Better Respecting Female Fans « Cbs Chicago

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Its certainly not enough, though. The Blackhawks arent only the NHLs best product but also a microcosm of the league in terms of the message usually sent to more than 40 percent of its fans . Unfortunately that message is often, We respect your money, ladies, but not so much you yourself. More female fans are watching hockey, buying merchandise and patronizing sponsors , but a la the NFL , the NHL hasnt much seemed to care if women feel disrespected by some aspects of hockey culture. The league that was at the forefront of battling homophobia in sports also managed to neglect the sexism and misogyny that lingers in the fabric of the fan experience in the 21st century. First and foremost would be the continued existence of ice crews comprised of scantily clad women functioning as eye candy more than the critical need for slush shovelers. Im a big fan of attractive women (they not so much of me), but not when they come at the detriment of all women. Ice girls (and the way-too-underdressed-for-a-hockey game Shoot the Puck choice) exist to satisfy some animalistic fantasy of drunk manchildren in the audience while subtly sending the message that women belong where the star players belong so long as those women look a certain way. For me, its uncomfortable and superfluous. For many female fans, its offensive , reductive and belittling . And if your reflex is to roll your eyes and call this the work of feminazis, know how members of those ice crews are treated by their employers and what youre then in favor of for the sake of crushing those who might take away your sex on ice. The objectification doesnt end there, though. The fantasy-style draft of the NHLs All-Star Game a really innovative and cool idea still has had the only female presence be sex kittens handing sweaters to players . source:

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Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, who went 3-1 on a season-opening road trip. “It was a bad game for all of us,” coach Michel Therrien said. “There was nothing good happening. As a coach, you can feel at times the spirit, and tonight there was no spirit. We had a tough night.” Montreal failed to score on four power plays and is 0-for-14 with the man advantage this season. Hedman scored in his third consecutive game to put the Lightning up 1-0 with a backhander from the slot that eluded Carey Price 5:24 into the game. It is the defenseman’s longest career goal streak. Stamkos made it 2-0 on the power play at 9:51 of the first. Gallagher cut Montreal’s deficit to 2-1 on a nifty redirection with 7:44 left in the first. After Ben Bishop made the initial save, Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman slid through the crease to stop Jiri Sekac ‘s rebound try early in the second. Price was pulled after allowing four goals on 23 shots through two periods. Callahan and Palat scored 17 seconds apart in the third against Dustin Tokarski . source:

The argument against enforcers — NHL – ESPN

On the other hand, a recent story by Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times featured a passionate defense of the continued use of enforcers by Daniel Carcillo of the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks . Does it still make sense for NHL teams to have an enforcer in the lineup? No, it does not. This is admittedly an old topic that has been debated for years, but hockey analytics can provide a fresh take. For example, a handful of statistical approaches can challenge three commonly held myths about enforcers: 1. Enforcers protect teammates from dirty hits and injuries. 2. Fighting can cause a positive swing in momentum. 3. Enforcers can create space for the superstars to score. source:

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Recap – October 13, 2014 – ESPN

(AP) – Josh Bowman kicked a 23-yard field goal to start the final quarter and Colgate hung on to beat Princeton 31-30 on Saturday. The Raiders (4-2) had trailed 16-0 after a first quarter in which Princeton’s Dre Nelson opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return but missed a two-point conversion. The Tigers (2-2) scored on three of four possessions in the period – Quinn Epperly capping a 90-yard drive with a keeper from the 1, and Nolan Bieck adding a 38-yard field goal. Colgate scored twice in the last 52 seconds, closing to 23-21 by halftime. Jake Melville hit Alex Greenawalt from the 24 to make it 23-14 and Mike Armiento picked off Epperly on the next drive, racing 56 yards and setting up a Melville-to-John Quazza TD pass from the 13. After Bowman’s field goal, Armiento and Kyle Diener each broke up fourth-down passes by Epperly and Connor Michelsen. PENN-FORDHAM Fordham takes down Pennsylvania 60-22 BRONX, N.Y. (AP) – Mike Nebrich threw for a school record 566 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes to lead Fordham to a 60-22 win over Pennsylvania on Saturday. Tebucky Jones Jr. had 10 catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and Chase Edmonds finished with 101 yards and a TD on the ground for Fordham (6-1, 2-0 Patriot). source:


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