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YouTube Tuesday 8, and Hockey News

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

We’re going back to the NHL for this week’s YouTube Tuesday clip. Basketball is easily my favorite sport to play (hear me out…), and have been playing it since HS. I got a bit of a late start (especially for Brooklyn), but I love it and can hold my own. I have the skills of a 3 or a 4 in the body of a 2, so I’m always trying to work on my handle, but there are many things I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to do on the court. Like dunk. Or a jump stop. You need a good amount of genetic talent to be able to dunk, so pulling off a jump stop always seemed easier to attain. Just takes practice right?

And then I saw this clip from Friday’s Canadiens v. Penguins game, where Sidney Crosby pulls off a jump stop…on ice! Through 4 defenders! I don’t know if I’m now more encouraged, or less.

Hockey fans, we have some cool news coming later this week. Stay tuned.


Friday, February 23rd, 2007

After seeing the highlights on SportsCenter, I was really curious how the NHL was going to cut the highlights for last night’s battle between the Sens and the Sabres. There’s not a single bit (or even mention) of the wild fight that not only saw two goalies go at it, but a goalie and a forward tussle for a bit, but that doesn’t mean the NHL’s recap isn’t really exciting.

Can someone tell me who the play-by-play man for Buffalo is? And why a goal being scored causes him to yell “There goes the population in Convenville!” (at -3:49). There were 10 goals scored in the game bout, plus a shoot out, and each goal call by this guy is better than the last. I’ve always loved the Soccer guy that yelled “Gooooooool” for his voice control, but this Buffalo commentator screams and strains on his call of “Scoooooooooooooore” like it’s his dying breath. It’s awesome.

And…We’re Back!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Wow. Well a lot has happened since I went to bed last night this morning. The videos seem to be working again, and the NHL is saying that they never told anyone to block embeds.

Was this a major YouTube bug? Internet Gremlins? Not sure yet, and it may be a while before we know for sure, but the important thing is that I’m an NHL fanboy again and I get to giggle at hockey recaps in French—’cause that’s really all that matters.

NHL Yanks Videos

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Hey folks, I just got off the phone with someone at the NHL. Looks like the NHL wants you to see video recaps, but they don’t want anyone to spread the word. I’m not sure exactly when they flipped the switch, but as of right now the NHL is no longer letting anyone embed any of their YouTube videos on any other site.

Can someone explain this to me? Isn’t the whole point of YouTube to get more eyeballs on a video? I really thought that the NHL was doing a smart thing by pushing the envelope and embracing Web 2.0 to get more hockey in front of more people, (other than the once a month NBC game and All-Star game on Versus, of course), but it turns out they just don’t get it.

They’re putting their videos on YouTube, but they don’t understand why they’re putting their videos on YouTube.

So, for the time being, you’ll have to click on the video recap to go to YouTube’s site, and then watch the video there. Of course there won’t be any news, any way to know if the game is any good, or (god forbid!) the actual score of the game, but that’s how the NHL wants you to consume their product.

Good Night Canada

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

update: RUWTbot will be invading Canada in August. read more…

I’m not the biggest Hockey fan. I usually don’t watch much of anything on the ice until the playoffs start, but I’ve found myself watching the YouTube clips we have on the site. I was flipping through some footage today, and low and behold, those crazy French Candians are giving us NHL recaps in French! You can put it right up there with trying to use ATMs in Spanish. It’s fun. I don’t know why. I’ve just come to terms with it.

The site currently processes TV listings just for US ZIP Codes, but can be expanded to Canadian Postal Codes if we upgrade the TV package. The web stats don’t show any visits yet from our benevolent neighbors to the North, but if you guys start to arrive, please let me know so I can be a good host.


Friday, January 5th, 2007

You know you’re good when your name becomes an adjective 120 games into your career.

The Stars and Oilers played an unbelievable game last night. The quick recap will tell you the Stars came back from a 3 goal deficit and won the game in a shootout, but the video will show you the last three goals were awesome (good stuff starts around 2:45), each one more exciting than the last, with the middle one an Ovechkin-like work of art.