Bobble-Head Indignities and NHL Day Dreams
Jim Cryns on Sports
society is enthralled with ceramic images of athletes whose he
Left fielder Ryan Braun is the latest player to be ridiculed in such a manner. The doll is altogether unimpressive, a slim guy with an enormous cranium holding a bat above his head. His body is slightly contorted in a batter’s stance on a large wheel of cheese. Braun’s name is etched between his legs adjacent to a missing wedge. The bobble-head has eyebrows like a Cro-Magnon, and spindly Barney Fife arms.
what’s all the fuss about? You couldn’t swing a Braun bobble-head at
Ryan Braun is one of the good guys and it was a wise choice to secure him for the team’s future. But the next time the Brewers want to “honor” one of our players, how about a nice portrait or bronze sculpture, like they’re doing with The Fonz.
In the mid-’90s, it appeared some investors were dallying with the notion to bring a team to town but ultimately decided to pull the plug. Big money for inferior teams was cited as the primary obstacle.
Statistics say small markets can’t sustain the costs of operating a professional team. The areas of revenue are all generated by the market, by the people watching, media and attendance. Essentially, if you don’t have those things on your side, the costs will outweigh the gains. It’s confusing, because you have many of these teams that do well on the field or ice, but they can still fail financially.
Issues like facility sponsorships and stadium-naming rights can play a large role toward the profitability of a team. It doesn’t really matter if you have a good year or not, there are other factors involved. You’d have to say that intangibles play a role. In research, there’s nothing else telling you why one team is successful and another one isn’t. Everyone wants to see the Packers and Cubs, even if they’re having a losing season.
have a small hockey community in
Admirals have difficulty merging their players with the community, a tough time
creating identity with the fans and a strong player identity with the
community. Conversely, the Wave has done a good job promoting their image.
After every game the players go to a restaurant and their fans can follow them
are getting better on a youth level.
Roadhouse played for the Admirals from 1980-’83 and spent some time with the
Edmonton Oilers and played briefly with legend Wayne Gretzky.A Canadian native, Roadhouse says kids
haven’t grown up with hockey around here. "Roots never seem to have gotten
planted here like they did in
Hockey is similar to basketball and soccer. You pass and move, and you have rotations. It’s something you need to start young because the skating is so difficult. Hockey is continuously flowing and to me that’s exciting.
much as I would like to think