BBG&CS Dog Days of Summer: Oilers, Tattoos, Draft, Cup, Towels & KCaTO Forever

| Dallas Eakins and the Leadville 100 — “That is what I’m going to ask from my players, times 10”:

“This is a total personal thing for me and I don’t do it to show my players anything, but I think the thing that it does show anybody that knows me or knows my family is that with my job and my life there is a commitment to it and I’m all in,” said Eakins, who was hired by the Oilers on June 10 after spending four seasons coaching the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. “That is what I’m going to ask from my players, times 10. That’s the only way you can be successful. That commitment comes through in practice habits, fitness level, attention to the detail of our systems, the character of being a good teammate, supporting one another. I’m certainly going to ask them to be committed. …” — via

| Attention Athletes – Your tattoos might be a copyright issue:

“The ink issue is over who owns the copyright to the images depicted by the tattoos emblazoned on athletes’ bodies.  According to sources speaking to FORBES on condition of anonymity, the issue of copyright ownership concerning tattoos on football players has very recently been labeled as a pressing issue by the NFL Players Association.  One source said, “I don’t blame [the NFLPA], but they should have been on top of it earlier.  It was something that was mentioned at the NFL Combine — that was the first I had ever heard them mention anything on the issue of tattoos.  They advised agents to tell their players that when they get tattoos going forward they should get a release from the tattoo artist and if they can track down their former artists, they should get a release. …” via Forbes

| If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes at the NHL Draft watch the Blue Jackets in action:

Link to Video — via

| Former OKC Barons Tristan Grant celebrates with his Calder Cup:

“Neepawa has been kind of spoiled recently with the Stanley Cup being here only a couple years ago and I was fortunate enough to bring the Calder Cup here,” said Grant. “Two impressive pieces of hockey hardware — that’s a pretty cool thing, especially for a small town like Neepawa. To be part of that, it’s definitely something to be proud of. …” — via

In mid July ESPN aired a Nine for IX film titled Let Them Wear Towels — a “history and examination of females working in the man’s world of the locker room.” If you missed it, I highly recommend it. Alyson Footer responds with her reaction to those early days:

“This hour-long special, chronicling the treatment women sports reporters received decades ago, both enraged and enlightened me. Previously, I felt like I had a pretty good grasp of how things were handled back then. After watching this show, I realize I had absolutely no idea how bad it really was. It’s impossible to truly comprehend how horribly women were treated back then, mainly because it seems so preposterous in modern times….” — via Alyson’s Footnotes

| Great advice to players from Mike McKenna in his article about the PHPA and AHL BOG’s meeting:

“For me, the biggest takeaway from the event was the human aspect. So often as players, we are simply gears in the machine, moving parts that can be replaced and modified as necessary over time. But when you enter a scenario like this, where everything is much more relaxed and the season is months away, you get to see a different side of the owners and general managers. [ …. ]  I know many of us see management as anything but our friends. But the reality is that we’re all in this together. Professional hockey needs strong teams and management just as much as it needs talented and charismatic players. In the end we’re all responsible for growing the game. If there’s one thing I can pass along about the Hilton Head experience it’s this: get to know the people within your organization. …” via

| 2013 Minor League city rankings — Top 5 listings (see more in the article)

Rank Market Current team(s)
1 Toledo, Ohio IL Toledo Mud Hens, ECHL Toledo Walleye
2 Rochester, N.Y. IL Rochester Red Wings, AHL Rochester Americans, MISL Rochester Lancers, USL Pro Rochester Rhinos
3 Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa. EL Harrisburg Senators, AHL Hershey Bears, AIF Harrisburg Stampede, PASL Harrisburg Heat, USL Pro Harrisburg City Islanders
4 San Bernardino County, Calif. CAL Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, CAL Inland Empire 66ers, CAL High Desert Mavericks, ECHL Ontario Reign
5 Springfield, Mass. AHL Springfield Falcons, NBA D-League Springfield Armor

— via

P.S. According to the 2009 article:

“Oklahoma City, No. 3 in SportsBusiness Journal’s ranking of minor league markets in 2007, didn’t qualify for this year’s list. The reason? The arrival of the NBA Thunder in town last year put the city into the category of major league markets.”

| USL PRO and OKC Soccer’s venture with Bob Funk Jr. : 

“I would say the lessons I’ve learned, in all my experiences, whether it was with sports teams, sporting events, special events, the rules are very much the same,” he said. “There are 10, 11, 12 basic rules that need to be followed. To me, all events are the same, and when you’re looking at something that is appealing, that is entertaining, that is dynamic and that people can get behind, we have to focus on those components when you’re looking at any sporting event or sports team, and be able to make the judgment on whether it’s going to be successful or not. Once you do that, it’s really a matter of following the basics and doing it the right way.” — via

| Help the Philadelphia Flyers set a record with the most fans Watching Paint Dry — Yes, you read that correctly!:

“Help us set a new Guinness Book of World Records for the most people to simultaneously watch paint dry when we paint the lines and logos into the ice at Wells Fargo Center this Monday at 11 a.m.!” — via Flyers FB and Yahoo Puck Daddy

| For those of you missing the Big Finn, here is Teemu Hartikainen’s Shootout goal at about 9:14 in the Salavat Yulaev vs. Dinamo Riga game — #KCaTO #ForeverAndEver– via


| Did you know that Michael Jackson dropped the puck for an NHL game? Yes, and here’s proof!

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