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Old 06-02-2014, 08:24 PM   #526
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That has to be one of the sadest things I've ever seen.

What the hell is Youppi anyway?

And I'm not even trying to poke fun, we have a fucking bear for a mascott which makes no sense at all...
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:48 PM   #527
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Youppi! was originally the Expos mascot. As to what he is, no one knows, but he's orange because the Expos' first big star, Rusty Staub, had flaming red hair and was known in French as 'Le Grande Orange'.

He was orphaned in 2004 when the Expos left for Washington, and the Canadiens adopted him shortly afterward.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:32 PM   #528
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That's my new favorite mascot ever.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:16 PM   #529
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This is the worst bet I have ever heard of... Rice Cakes?

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nh...151700207.html
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:20 PM   #530
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Jerry Brown should be ashamed. (How many times has that statement been uttered over the past few decades?)
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a pretty good game one

and ratings??

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The Hollywood Reporter published the overnight ratings for Wednesday’s night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 broadcast on NBC. And like most statistics, you can pull what you want from them.

If you’re Gary Bettman, you’ll be happy to trumpet that Los Angeles’ 3-2 OT win over the Rangers pulled the second-biggest overnight ratings for a Game 1 in NBC history: a 3.8 among households. That’s way up from the 2.4 delivered by the 2012 opener featuring the Kings and Devils, and it gave the Peacock network first place for the night.

Hockey viewership in Los Angeles was also way up. The game earned a 7.1 households rating in the nation’s biggest market. That’s the third-best number ever for a hockey game in L.A. and it suggests a growing level of interest that can be built on in the future.

The news isn’t all good, however. The numbers were down more than 20 percent from last year’s record-breaking opener featuring Boston and Chicago. It’s clear tough for even the nation’s two largest TV markets to match the hockey passion in Beantown and the Second City.
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Hawks/Rangers would have done better numbers. Highly doubtful that Bruins viewership alone accounted for that record-breaking game 1 figure last year.

Glad to hear that LA actually supported their team for once, although I'll be curious to see if that interest is sustained throughout the series.
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LA is the nation's biggest market?
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hollywood reporter says so

it must be tru

the teams are in no 1 and no 2 markets, that should mean ...
you can't watch Dodger games in LA unless you pay for TW cABLE
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Hawks/Rangers would have done better numbers. Highly doubtful that Bruins viewership alone accounted for that record-breaking game 1 figure last year.

Glad to hear that LA actually supported their team for once, although I'll be curious to see if that interest is sustained throughout the series.
I imagine it's going to grow through the series.

However, it's likely that Chicago could've done better. I do think last year was more Boston (remember, marathon etc.), but given the amazing game 7 performance for ratings (best NHL performance ever, I think?) I would have to imagine Chicago would've done way better than LA.

However, on the grand scale it's really hard to see what's going on here.I figure people don't care about the Kings, but would rather care about the matchup as a whole. Do people not care for the Rangers, either?
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Neither LA or NY is really a hockey town, and neither team has a strong national following. Buffalo again outrated LA last night, and Boston came just short of LA's rating. And as mentioned before no real star power. Game 2 has the Belmont as a lead in, with the prospect of a triple crown, so there should be a strong audience to start, we'll see how it holds. 3 and 4 go back to NBCSN, so the ratings will probably dip a bit, games 5-7 will be the true test.
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but given the amazing game 7 performance for ratings (best NHL performance ever, I think?)
I think it was just best ever on NBCSN
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Neither LA or NY is really a hockey town, and neither team has a strong national following. Buffalo again outrated LA last night, and Boston came just short of LA's rating. And as mentioned before no real star power. Game 2 has the Belmont as a lead in, with the prospect of a triple crown, so there should be a strong audience to start, we'll see how it holds. 3 and 4 go back to NBCSN, so the ratings will probably dip a bit, games 5-7 will be the true test.

I think you're vastly overrating star power in the NHL.
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I think you're vastly overrating star power in the NHL.
Its not vital, but I think if they want to draw in casual viewers they need some.
Obviously there's only a handful of household names in the NHL, but having one of those in the finals would be a big boost to ratings.

Again hockey is different than the other sports in that the size of the market is not as vital to ratings as the demographic (the ratings in Buffalo should be a good indication of this), there are certain "hockey hotbed" cities like Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Buffalo and Minneapolis...places like LA and NY are not traditional hockey viewing markets...LA has shown some increase the past few years with the Kings being good, but I'll be interested to see when the rating for game 1 of the NBA finals come out later if that outdrew game 1 of the NHL in LA even though the Kings were playing....wouldn't shock me.
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Yeah but who are you calling a household name?

That's the thing. There's only two of those at this point.
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