Morning Free Association, August 17 – The End of Ice Girls?

“Ice Girls” have been a fixture of the NHL for years, but are their days numbered?

Last tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers announced that they would be disbanding their Ice Girl organization.

Oilers Entertainment Group confirms the discontinuation of the Oilers Octane. The organization is looking for a new direction related to the fan experience, both in-game and in the community, as we head to Rogers Place for our inaugural season. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. We extend a sincere thank you to all members of Oilers Octane past and present, in particular Dr. Mailie Harris, for their contribution to the organization.

Then, on Saturday, the Boston Bruins announced tryouts for their new co-ed Boston Bruins Promo Team. This group will perform much the same duties as the ice girls team — on-ice duties at home games, handing out promotional materials, attending community & promotional events, etc. Meanwhile, on the front page of the Bruins website, all links to the Ice Girls have been removed, and replaced with the link to the new group. Applications for the new group are available on line and must be submitted by 5PM on Wednesday (Aug 24th).

Clearly, there have been some controversies about the inherent sexism involved in having a group of all-female cheerleaders on ice skates during stoppages in play. And lets be honest – having ladies of a limited size and age range skating around wearing miniskirts & tube tops is not exactly subtle.
It’s a strange and cynical phenomenon, and surprisingly, really a 21st century phenomenon. Having scantily-clad women performing the dry-scrape has only been around since 2001. Both the Flyers and the Rangers previously abandoned their ice-girls squads, but Philly quickly reinstated theirs. However, several teams have had the foresight to go co-ed, heading off at least some of the controversy.

Of course, 2 teams is not in and of itself a trend. However 2 teams changing their stance within a week of each other is an indication of something in the air. Even if there is change coming, we all know that someone is going to be hired to fire a t-shirt gun at hapless fans
t-shirt gatling gun
and hand out hideous bobblehead dolls.
bobbleshrute

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the german hammer
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I guess I never really had a problem with the ice girls concept since I rarely saw them and also if women want to do that for whatever reason, fine. The only time I ever saw the Octane, they were in the stands near the Travelling Jagrs pointing them out to the crowd. In fact, from what I saw of them, the Octane rarely if ever laced them up and basically looked just like cheerleaders, which are really unneeded at a hockey game or any game. But, still, some people still like to do that. Instead in EDM, they had a co-ed crew that would do the dry scrape.

Anyway, the latest episode of Bearly on Topic is out. I can’t remember if I linked it or not yesterday and I’m too lazy to look.

It’s so windy here today but it feels so good. I stayed at the park for two hours this morning, enjoying the breeze, walking, catching and hatching Pokemon.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Wat?

Rallye
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Rallye

Really glad to hear a BoT podcast, and kind words for Dennis Seidenberg. Sigh.

the german hammer
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Yeah. My namesake is gone and everybody else is overjoyed. In the meantime, the defense will suck in a similar way. You’re welcome.

Aging is a cruel occurrence in sports.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The defense may find NEW ways to suck!

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I hatched a Pidgey and a Magicarp on my walk this morning. A Charmander appeared on my radar, but he apparently didn’t want to come out and play.

the german hammer
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I finally tracked down the Scyther that has been teasing me for weeks. In that same spot, I also caught a Nidoking, CP985. I hatched a female Nidoran and a Voltorb and won one battle. I’m not good at that aspect of the game, but I am happy to knock down the prestige of the gym by 750 points.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Nice! I’m yet to snag a Nidoking. I evolved a Nidorina yesterday, though. El Paso’s not a great place to Pokemon. Apparently UTEP is THE place to do it here, but it’s a bit of a drive/you have to pay for parking.

the german hammer
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Yeah, I hear ya. I’ve caught more interesting ones in Boston/ Cambridge. Every once in a while I get a new one among the endless Weedles, Pidgeys, and Rattatas.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

I don’t even get Weedles! Of course, we have myriad Pidgeys and Rattatas, but we get TONS of Geodudes and Sandshrews.

the german hammer
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I found one Geodude and no Sandshrews. Those make sense in the desert, not at the park, which actually is still quite dry.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Indeed. I’m very amused at the amount of Ekanses we have, too.

the german hammer
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I had forgotten, until I caught a bunch, that it’s “snake” backwards.

Also, as for the UTEP parking expense, you need to convince them you are a very important professor and you don’t need to pay.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

you need to convince them you are a very important professor and they need to pay you

FTFY wink

the german hammer
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Yeah, to pay you to park. razz

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Good morning!

It is “faculty development week” for our campus (classes start next week), so I’ve been bouncing around to meetings and workshops. It’s super fun. Last night involved watching a “welcome” video from our administrators that was so obviously scripted and edited that it was honestly painful. Hilarious, though!

I’m watching Stargate SG-1 as I finalize my syllabi. Good times.

I’m also glad that the Ice Girls are going away. What an antiquated concept.

Satan 81's Sister
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Ah, have the office to myself for a couple of hours.

carvinbass18
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SoJealous.gif

Satan81
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This Monster energy drink ice cream cone I got is…uh…yeah…special…

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

That sounds beyond gross. (Disclaimer: I hate energy drinks)

the german hammer
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Yeah, I agree on both counts.

carvinbass18
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I am intrigued

Satan81
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It’s like citrus bubble gum sorbet, only it’s ice cream.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m buying up the old ice girls uniforms for Jo….. I hope she thinks I look good in them!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

LOL nice

Satan 81's Sister
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HA!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Morning All!

Yes, ice girls is a dumb idea.

Double header last night. Double tonight and double Thursday. That’ll help me get my land legs back.

I still just want to be back on the river.

I had a good kayak rolling session in the pool each of the last two evenings.

Have I mentioned that I’d like to be back on the river? Heading there this weekend for two days of paddling.

I wish it was closer to Carvin’s party, but it ain’t.

Coffee, much water later.

I guess I am still pretty long winded.

carvinbass18
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Wait, do you want to be on the river?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Anytime I go to a game with my buddy George, his objective is to sit as close to the ice girls as possible. Dude, if you want to go to a strip joint, just go.

Satan81
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When they were throwing t-shirts and burritos into the crowd, I would yell, “WHY DON’T YOU RETURN MY CALLS?”

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Is it time to go back to bed?

carvinbass18
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YES

Satan 81's Sister
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Wohoo!

carvinbass18
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This.
Is.
Awesome

The pitch

Rallye
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Rallye

Good on Kirk Luedeke for standing up for Vesey availing himself of his legally contracted option!

Satan81
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hahaha I was just about to post that. smile

carvinbass18
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Ciao!

  • GV softball dropped last night’s game via forfeit last night due to rain or not enough people or who knows what because our coach said the game was canceled then didn’t elaborate on why. Only 2 more games left & I can’t wait for this season to be over.
  • Why have the past two sports leagues I’ve been in this year (and last) not been nearly as fun as they should be?
  • My boss is going to drive me nuts today I can feel it.
  • I need a nap
  • UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good morning!

    What is even going on with that outfit at the top of the page? I hope the concept is going away. Good riddance.

    IT at my new place probably hates me for all the tickets I keep putting in. But when they don’t set me up correctly, that’s what’s going to happen. Sorry, definitely not sorry.

    carvinbass18
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    It’s some serious lingerie (which is a word i don’t think I’ll ever be able to spell properly the first time) football league get up. Is she supposed to be wearing pads under the top of it? Is it supposed to be a team jersey that they just forgot about the rest of it? Who the fuck knows? Good riddance to ice girls, nothing says “Please like my sport” by alienating 50% of the fan base. If you’re desperate to keep scantily clad women handing out promo’s and doing the ice scraping, then instead of it being 100% women it should be 50-50. Women deserve hot men (if that’s what they’re into) to look at too. I don’t know where I’m going with this…. fuck this is a train wreck.

    Tickets as in IS&T stuff?

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    As in “please come fix this IT because you decided I shouldnt be allowed to touch anything”

    carvinbass18
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    Oh awesome. I hate when you cant fix things.

    Satan81
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    Yeah, I’m glad to see the Ice Girls go. It had nothing to with hockey.

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