Monday, March 20, 2006

Ten Thousand Puck Chuckers

"A thrilling game in front of a season-high crowd of 10,814" is what Falcon media relations wizard Brian Clark said after the Falcons latest win over Long Beach. 10,814 is a lot of Fresnans watching hockey.

It's great to see Fresno is finally starting to wake up to the fact that its got a great hockey team here and we need to keep supporting it.

I do have a warning for all of you new to Falcon games and specifically to the folks that play “Chuck-a-Puck”: If you decide you’d rather chuck your puck at team mascot Freddie instead of the target on the ice, you may be bounced out of Save Mart.

At several games this year, I have seen a guy asked to leave or heard security pinpointing a person who was chucking improperly. When I say improperly I mean, throwing-at-the-back-of-some-guy’s-head-whom-has-seats-on-the-ice.

So think twice the next time you “chuck”, Freddie may be watching

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Fighting Falcons

This was only the third time Phoenix and Fresno played each other this season? It felt like they were old rivals playing at the end of a home-and-home series.

There were several fights in Saturday night’s game and it reminded me, a little bit, of old time hockey. Since the fighting, this season, in the NHL and ECHL is sparse, compared to the past, it was kind of refreshing – in a twisted way – to see all the fights.

I’m not saying there needs to be more or less fighting; I’m perfectly entertained by pure hockey. But, it is fun to watch some “old time” hockey – twisted as that may be.

Monday, March 06, 2006

More Falcons - Less Editing

Finally a couple nice ARTICLE'S in the Fresno Bee on the Falcons by Bee reporter extraordinaire, Ken Robison - I like to call him K-Rob.

They weren't on the front page but they were a nice length, which is rare. Much better than the usual blurb of "The Falcons won with two goal's by Luke Curtain, beating the Condors 4-2."

I'm sure the sparse Falcon coverage by The Bee isn't due to Ken's lack of reporting but speaks more to the importance the Bee's sports editor places on the Falcons. The Falcons are given front page space, it seems, only when Save Mart's ice is bad or...well...umm...only then.

I say more Falcons coverage Bee! Let K-Rob write freeeee!