Jamie Benn: A Dallas Hero?

Jamie Benn: A Dallas Hero?

Is Jamie Benn a hero or an enemy?

Dallas Stars Picture

Dallas Stars Headshot

Jamie Benn is a 6’2″ 210 pound Left Wing for the Dallas Stars. He was born July 18th 1989 in Victoria, British Columbia. In his career, he has scored over 100 goals, 140 assists and has 244 points. So Benn is the captain for the Dallas Stars, and has done great things for them… What makes him an enemy then?

Well for those of you who have not kept up with the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Jamie Benn really screwed the pooch for the USA Mens Hockey team.

To make it simple, Benn scored the lone goal for Team Canada in a 1-0 semifinal win over USA today.

Picture of Benn in Canadian

Benn in Canadian Jersey

What makes him a hero?

Well, Dallas fans have known for a while that Benn is an elite NHL forward. After this semi-final round in the Olympics, he became a national hero. Not for team USA and his beloved Dallas Stars, but for his home country Canada.

Today, Jamie Benn announced his presence and was finally accepted as an elite hockey player to all those that doubted him. What this means for his future is still unknown. USA fans may look down on him, while Canada fans are loving him.

The question remains, will Dallas fans forgive him?

Well at the start of the 2013-2014 season he was award a “C” on his Stars Jersey. One thing is for sure, he did step up. All we can hope for is that he brings the fire he has in his eye as a Canadian, back to the Big D.

P&G Mom Campaign Is Part Digital

P&G Thanks moms in ad campaign: continuing to woe the public through ads and digital communication.

Proctor & Gamble has done it again.  The latest part of their “Thank You Mom” campaign is as sentimental and tear-jerking as ever.  The “Thank You Mom” campaign first aired right before the London Olympics in 2012 and has continued into the Sochi Olympics this year.  This campaign consists of different videos with different mother-child pairs that all elicit a similar reaction: memories and happy tears. Continue reading

Spoiler Alert: There’s an App for That

Spoiler Shield and other “spoiler-free” apps are increasing in popularity during the Olympics.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics well underway, viewers are constantly finding out results prematurely. The New York Times recently published an article describing the benefits of the “spoiler-free” app, Spoiler Shield. Spoiler Shield, released in 2013, protects user’s social media feed’s from potential spoilers for sports teams and TV shows.

Here’s a demonstration video about the app:

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Conditions At Sochi

Conditions at Sochi

One of the malfunctioning rings

Opening ceremony malfunctioning ring

Are the conditions as bad as they seem?

By now, we have all seen the viral pictures of the “terrible” conditions at the Sochi Winter Olympics. These images have ranged from the horrifying water and bathroom conditions at hotels, to the overall unprepared nature of the city.

Stacy St. Clair tweeted “Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, I now know what very dangerous face water looks like. #sochi #unfiltered”

Stacy St. Clair's picture of water conditions

Stacy St. Clair’s picture of water conditions

We also have all seen the multiple pictures of the side by side toilets. This photo comes from the NYDailynews.com and was uploaded to show the bathroom conditions that the athletes and reporters are using.

Twin Toilets in Sochi

Twin Toilets in Sochi

However, many people have not heard the positive things about the Sochi conditions. Alex Ovechkin has spoken up about these negative remarks.

New Coke machine staring Alex Ovechkin

New Coke machine staring Alex Ovechkin

“I remember Turin and Vancouver and nobody said Something bad about Vancouver and Turin. Why you guys always try to find some bad things in Sochi?”

He continued to say,

“It’s Olympics, guys, come on. Everybody has to enjoy it and don’t find bad stuff out there. Everything in Turin was where the construction was and nobody said anything about that. Of course world is changing, everybody is focusing on different stuff, political stuff, but just settle down.”

So in the end the media may be blowing up about all the negatives of the Sochi Winter Olympics, however are positive aspects just being overlooked?

More to come on the Sochi conditions next week!

 

A Holiday at Sea: The Olympics Parallel Social Media

The Olympics and Social Media

Whether it’s watching Shaun White land a cool trick or hearing about the success of athletes who have trained for these games their whole life, the Olympics are always a time of unity and international support.  The games make the world seem smaller.  The countries get to work alongside one another in peace for a couple of weeks every other year.  There is something truly special about it, but this year things have gotten off to a rocky start.  Reporters are complaining of unsafe hotels and athletes are getting injured, not to mention the public uproar around security concerns and human rights issues.  Continue reading

NBC Thinks Bigger is Better

Digital allows NBC to up coverage of Sochi Olympics  NBC logo over Olympic rings

The 2012 London Summer Olympics proved to be a rough time for NBC.  Following the delayed broadcasting of the opening ceremonies and many anticipated events, the network found itself the subject of Twitter’s trending #FailNBC.  This go-round, however, NBC promises not to disappoint.  Its solution?  Digital coverage – and lots of it.

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See the Winter Olympics through Olympian’s Social Media Accounts

Sochi 2014 Olympic logoThe 2014 Winter Olympics started today with hundreds of athletes flocking to Sochi, Russia to compete. Team USA fans can watch the Olympics in primetime on NBC or in realtime through NBC Sports Live Extra. However, extreme olympic fans can get a different perspective of the games through competing Olympians’ social media accounts.

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