Newest NHL craze: jersey ads!


Newest NHL craze: jersey ads!

By Jon Fucile

The Florida Panthers are awful. Really really awful. They shouldn't even be a hockey team. You can't pay people to go see them. Obviously they are not making much money for their owners. Because no one watches and the owners want more money, Panthers ownership has come up with a new way to make money.

They are putting another ad on their rink and making their broadcasters refer to the rink as Lexus Rink. Yes, the car manufacturer Lexus bought the rights to the Panthers ice. Next season during broadcasts the Panthers broadcasting team will have to say the Panthers are playing at the BankAtlantic Center on the Lexus Rink.

Panthers president Michael Yormark said Lexus "wanted a game changer." So they chose the Panthers? The people at Lexus must not watch any hockey. At all. Ever.

Yormark went on to say "People are always looking for the same old thing, and that's not in our DNA." Really? Because you've been doing the same old thing and losing for years so apparently that is in your DNA you idiot.

But he doesn't want to stop there. Now that the ice is sold, he wants to put ads on jerseys. Yeah. He basically wants to make Panthers jerseys look like Nascar cars.

So that got us thinking. If certain NHL teams marketed the product that most defined them or their fanbase on their jerseys, what would it look like? A few teams were nice enough to model that concept for us. Take a look.

IS Lindy Ruff and the Buffalo Sabres are constantly leaking tears. They cry about everything. They've basically cornered the market in America on whiny little pansies. How do you plug up all those tears? Well, Buffalo went with a natural choice for their jerseys.

Vegas has that slogan "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Well, Philadelphia has that slogan "Come to Philly, Leave with Herpes!" The people of Philly are so gross and dirty that it is virtually impossible not to get herpes if you go there. And now Mike Richards is helping to advertise something that can help!

The folks in Montreal love a good fake emergency. Dirty dishes? Call 9-1-1. Too afraid to kill that spider in the corner of the room? Call 9-1-1. That pizza you ordered is a couple minutes late? Call 9-1-1. So Carey Price and the Canadiens are making sure the citizens of Montreal know who to call.

The Coyotes are in trouble. Attendance is down. No one really wants to buy them because they hemorrhage money. The arena lease is terrible. Their sponsorship was just a natural combination. At least they're advertising a company their players can use to book a flight to their new homes next season.

Well, that is assuming that Air Canada has not made good on their threat to pull all sponsorship from the NHL. No one cares enough about Air Canada to check and find out.

Next we have the Washington Capitals! There were a lot of choices for them. Summer's Eve. Geico. Chokers R Us. But instead the Capitals decided to pay homage to a fan base that didn't know they had a team until around 2005. A local bandwagon store bought some ad space on their jerseys.

Hop aboard!

These days everyone complains about everything ever. Apparently everything is supposed to represent both sides of an argument at all times every day. If they don't, they're considered bias or closed minded. With this in mind, the New Jersey Devils decided to get a little holier and give the opposition a little face time on their jerseys.

Minnesota's team is called the Wild but they are anything but. They are often very tame while other teams have their way with them. They need a little injection of energy! Seeing a good opportunity, a pro wrestler still pretending he's popular saw the chance for some more money and with his recent divorce he can use all the money he can get. The partnership was basically a match made in heaven and now maybe Minnesota can start running wild!

Maybe the NHL is on to something.. or not.

South Carolina holds off UMass, 34-28


South Carolina holds off UMass, 34-28

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Freshman Jake Bentley threw for two touchdowns and 201 yards in his first college game and South Carolina matched its victory total from last year with a 34-28 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was expecting to redshirt Bentley this season before the team's mounting offensive problems - they entered dead last in points per game in the Football Bowl Subdivision - left the first-year coach open to any solution.

Bentley proved the right answer against the Minutemen (1-7). He led the Gamecocks (3-4) to touchdowns on their first two series, and then threw a pair of pretty fade passes for TD, the first from 16 yards out to K.C. Crosby and later a 24-yarder to Bryan Edwards to lead 27-7.

When UMass cut things to 34-28 with less than 5 minutes left, Bentley accounted for 30 yards to help the Gamecocks run out the clock.

It was the first time South Carolina had scored more than 20 points in a game this season.

UMass did its share to help with three turnovers in the opening half, two which led to two South Carolina scores.

Tight end Adam Breneman had two TD catches for UMass, which fell to 0-3 against Southeastern Conference teams this fall.


UMASS: The Minutemen have been outscored 131-77 in its four games this season against teams from the Power 5 conferences.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Its future - and offensive recovery - may have started with Bentley behind center. The freshman, who'll turn 19 next month, is sure to have some bumps ahead, maybe as soon as next week's home game against No. 18 Tennessee. But there was little benefit keeping the strong-armed Bentley on the bench if he could spark up the offense this season.


UMASS: The Minutemen return home to play Football Championship Subdivision opponent Wagner. The game ends the UMass home season as it finishes with games at Troy, BYU and Hawaii.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks go back to the Southeastern Conference grinder against No. 18 Tennessee. The Gamecocks have only won two SEC games the past two seasons and will face a difficult challenge against the Vols, who are in the thick of the Eastern Division chase.

© 2016 by STATS & The Associated Press


UConn falls to Central Florida, 24-16


UConn falls to Central Florida, 24-16

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead Central Florida to a 24-16 win over UConn.

The freshman completed 29 of 45 passes and the Knights (4-3, 2-1 American) moved over the .500 mark by scoring 17 unanswered points and holding the Huskies (3-5, 1-4) scoreless in the second half.

Arkeel Newsome ran 21 times for 101 yards and Noel Thomas had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game for UConn, catching nine passes for 165 yards.

But Thomas dropped a pass in the end zone on a third down with just over 3 minutes remaining, and quarterback Bryant Shirreffs came up short on a fourth-down scramble.

The Huskies got the ball back near midfield with just over 2 minutes left and drove to the 21, but failed to convert a fourth-down pass.

The Knights took the lead on the first drive of the second half, when Milton hit running back Adrian Killins over the middle for a 39-yard touchdown. It was the third consecutive drive of more than 70 yards for UCF.

A career-long 50-yard field goal by Matthew Wright early in the fourth quarter pushed the lead to eight points.

UConn scored the game's first 13 points, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Newsome.

The Huskies final points came on a 35-yard Puyol field goal, one of three he kicked in the first half.

The lead was the first at halftime this season for the Huskies.


UCF: The Knights have apparently found their quarterback in the freshman Milton, who started again over senior Justin Holman. It was Milton's fourth start this season. His 317 yards passing were the most since Holman threw for 336 yards against Temple in 2014.

UConn: The Huskies have two offensive weapons in Newsome and Thomas and need to find a third. Shirreffs was again the team's second leading rusher with 49 yards. Alec Bloom was the team's second-leading receiver. He had two catches for 20 yards.


UCF: The Knights visit No. 11 Houston next Saturday

UConn: The Huskies travel south to face East Carolina.

© 2016 by STATS & The Associated Press