April 10th, 2010 by Jon
The extended intermission continues here at Overtime Central. I have some off-line things to deal with that have taken away any time for this site. There will be a lack of posts and polls (which have tailed off the past couple years anyway) and no private contests this year.
Hopefully the break will allow me to regroup and return with the vision as to where I want this site to go. Until then, I will still monitor the site and keep it safe from attackers and spammers, but otherwise things will be quiet.
January 3rd, 2010 by Jon
So here are a few things that really show how most sport has ceased to have any value except commercial today:
- in an escalation of the past two plus years, CTV and TSN are ramping up their Olympic rhetoric and Believe campaign with local affiliates now in the fray. Even more disgusting is the Buy Own the Podium campaign. Wasn’t the Olympic movement based on amateur athletic achievement, not who could buy the most medals? More on the Olympic sellout perhaps in a later post.
- the effort of Pepsi to push their stupid, contrived Canada chant at the World Junior Hockey Championships in a run up to the Olympics. What is wrong with Go Canada Go? Their contest was flawed in its entirety since Canada already had chants, much like those of the other countries mentioned. Pure marketing for web page views and to sell some more Pepsi. Drowning out natural chants of Go Canada Go is wrong. It is time people quit falling for gimmicks to create chants for companies and getting their name in the HHOF. Thankfully their attempt for this to go viral via youtube, facebook, twitter, etc. so it can be spontaneous at the Olympics doesn’t appear to be working.
- overpaid hockey players who want to go out and live the high life, but don’t want to pay the bill, whether it is a few thousand dollar bar tab or a few bucks for a cab.
- reading books about the old days when athletes got paid a good wage, had some fun times, but played for the love of the game and a desire to win. Despite the lip service today’s professional athletes pay to that if asked, I would guess the majority wouldn’t be playing if salaries were a fraction of what they are. This will eventually hurt the million dollar salary leagues as fan loyalty to the home team requires some people you want to cheer for.
There are more, but I’ve forgotten them already.
December 5th, 2009 by Jon
It has been a long time since I posted here. Time has a way of passing you by when you are not looking. I have some ideas for some posts, but fleshing them out has always taken a lower priority than other work. We will see what will happen this winter.
I held another set of challenging CFL contests this year. It was a challenging year in the CFL, with parity making picks much tougher. Everything culminated with winter’s prelude, an exciting Grey Cup. Although the outcome disappointed many, it was a tremendous comeback by the Montreal Alouettes.
Before we get fully into hockey season, it is time to check your Grey Cup tickets and pool boards. If you want the quarter scores from this year’s championship, head over to cfldb. While you are there, check out some of the information they have added like a searchable CFL rulebook and CFL videos.
July 22nd, 2009 by Jon
The NHL has become increasingly irrelevant to me. About 20 years or so ago (was the Gretzky trade the edge of the cliff?) the NHL started its downward spiral. This is not about the popularity of the league; it brings in more money in Canada today than 30 years ago when it had more franchises. It is about losing the appeal of the game, the magic if you will, in attempting to mimic the three other major US sports leagues to increase revenue in the United States.
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February 15th, 2009 by Jon
Legalized sports gambling is coming to more jurisdictions in the United States. This is prompting thoughts that Canadian governments need to get into the sports wagering action lest they be left outside of this lucrative revenue stream. The argument made is the moral question is dead, failure to act will leave provincial governments out of a growing gambling revenue stream, attract more money from outside the jurisdiction in the form of tourists, and see less money from local citizens be gambled elsewhere. No one seems to look at the other factors to be considered around this issue.
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