Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Leafs Season Week 3 in Review- Season 1, Episode 6


The guys discuss the highs and lows of the past week of the Leafs campaign. With 2 commanding victories, hopes are high for turn around to the Leafs dissapointing start.

As always, we are very grateful for the support and feedback. Keep it coming!

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Leafs Season week 2 in Review - Season 1, Episode 005

Welcome to Week 2 in Review! The 4 guys continue their desperate search for James, while discussing the progress (or lack thereof) of their Toronto Maple Leafs- with more clever rhyming! ("Week 2 in Review", see?)

The gang also is happy to have a special guest this episode- Dan the Man and his special breed of narrow-minded opinionated ramblings. Stick with him folks! He's just a little nervous in his first guest spot, he's trying to be polite.

Thanks everyone for the great feedback and comments, and please continue to stay tuned.

Go Leafs Go!

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Leafs Season week 1 in Review - Season 1, Episode 004

The gang discusses the first week of activity for the Leafs. As well as all the news around the league.
Unfortunately , James couldn't be with us this week. So please send through your thoughts and well wishes so we can pass them on. Jamie Andrews, R.I.P. (Return Immediately, Please)

Also! You well hear Dave hoping that we were geniuses for our first over-the-phone production, but in fact it does rather suck. And not just because he screwed up the "Waynes Word" theme music. But thanks again for your patience and continued support while we work out all the little kinks.

All the best, and until next time, go Leafs go.

Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew.

Don't Change The Game, Change The Presentation

Ever since the lockout the big brains of the NHL have been trying to change the game to make it as entertaining as possible. Most of the new rules that have been instigated in the first year I am not opposed to. The tag up offsides for instance should have never been removed in the first place. However the attempt to eliminate the trap by removing the redline has been a failure. The reduction in size of the goalies equipment has made a change albeit a minor almost unnoticable one. The best thing they have done so far is crack down on obstruction. By doing so it has added many more powerplays on average per game and this is most likely the reason for increased scoring, but apparently it's not enough for the NHL. So now the suggestion of changing the net size is the new great idea and has even promted Luongo to threaten retirement if this happens. I for one agree with him, and not because I am a small sized goalie. Also they are thinking of moving to 4 on 4 for the entire game. This is all being done with the idea that adding more goals per game increases the entertainment value of the game. This may be true if you're watching live just waiting for the chance to jump up and cheer (after all you didn't pour out a ton of dough to not be able to do so). But for those watching on T.V the feeling is definitely different. I'm going to suggest that adding more goals per game does not neccesarily add to the entertainment of the game. How do you add to the experience and excitement of hockey then? I'm glad you asked.
Three words, cameras, cameras, cameras! Just look at how well the NFL uses cameras to bring the game closer and more intimate. It only makes sense, the closer you are to something, the more a part of it you feel. Add H.D and you almost feel like your in the game. The first place I would add a camera seems obvious to me. Put a camera on a track directly above the rink, dead center running parallel to the 200 feet of ice. Put the camera on a swivel and not facing directly down on the action rather on a 45 degree angle, so you can get right behind the players moving up and down the ice. If it's got a slight wide angle you should be able to get most of the ice width-wise. Make sure the camera is manually operated so someone watching can determine the best focal point.
The second place on the ice I would add a camera has already been used in the past, although it was used poorly. That is the helmet camera. Now they put the helmet camera on the goalie and my response to that is, who wants to see the goalies point of view? He doesn't ever skate or move and can't possibly showcase the games speed. Here's a better idea; With technology today they should be able to put several incredibly small camera's on a player's helmet. Put one on the front dead center and two on each side. Then with computers you can intergrate the 3-5 camera's so you can see a full view of what say, a Sidney Crosby sees as he skates down the ice. You would see what's in front of him and who he skates past in his perephrial vision. That should translate into what the full speed of the game is. Of coarse the channel carrying this camera would only be able to show short clips of this, however that is where the internet comes into play. Generate more internet hits by having an all Sidney Crosby view where you can watch the entire game if you want from Sid the Kids view, the Sid Cam!
Finaly my most controversial camera idea and one that is probably not possible. I think the behind the scenes is important to people who want the full scope of hockey. Camera's respectfully used in the dressing rooms between periods to see the coach giving advice or even reeming out the team would definitely be entertaining. Right now channels hosting the games have their between period segmants (yawn) so this would be an exclusive internet camera. That way you wouldn't have to force players and coaches to tone down the language. Of coarse this idea is not for the younger veiwing audience unless you were editing or bleeping everything live. Now this idea certainly apeals to a different type of audience. The Jerry Springer, WWE, reality T.V audience who don't give a rats ass what the satelite hotstove is talking about. In this area of entertainment you would need Jeremy Roenick type players who pretend like the camera isn't there and speak their mind no matter what!
I'm sure there are other camera ideas out there that can improve the interpreting of the speed and skill of the game, a feeling you usually lose when you go from watching live to watching on T.V. Bettmen just ask your good buddy Jerry for some suggestions, he is after all a filthy rich T.V producer that knows what it takes. Just for the love of the game, don't make the nets bigger or change the game anymore radically to so called improve the game!!!!! The game is great, people just need to see how great it is with a better presentation.
Chris Clarke

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Toronto Maple Leafs Preview- Season 1, Episode 003

Welcome to our very special 3rd episode of Leafs Central... at Lunch! in which we finally live up to our name. In episode 3 the guys focus on the Maple Leafs and their outlook for the 07/08 season.

We appreciate your feedback, comments and questions, so please keep sending them on- we'd love to have you on the show.

Until next time, thanks again for listening

The Leafs Central... at Lunch! crew.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Western Conference Preview- Season 1, Episode 1

Finally! Episode 1 is up and and ready for rapt attention. Here the guys preview the Western Conference in anticipation of the 2007/2008 season. Thanks for listening and don't forget to subscribe. Check back often for updates to this blog, because it still hasn't yet reached it's full sexy-potential.

Leafs Central... at Lunch! team