Monday, January 26, 2009

Haggis, Hockey and Viagra

Raised an eyebrow yet?

Thought so.

What, you may ask, do these three have in common?

Well, my experience of course! Now, before you go getting all kinds of crazy ideas, here it is:

Yesterday was January 25 - Robbie Burns Day, of course, and alas, I did not have opportunity to sample some haggis.

I did, however, get to attend a Calgary Hitman game at the Saddledome with my niece and her cub pack. I didn't do a head count, but I'm guessing we had maybe 15 in our group - kids and adults.

The game was Calgary VS Regina, and off the top Regina scored the first goal. We tied it up by the end of the first period, and N. and I went to get a beverage. We returned to our seats right as the second period started. I observed that not only was our timing perfect, it also took as long to get a drink from the concession, practically, as an entire period of play.

Crazy.

Calgary went on to score on power plays, and it was the observation of one of the other adults in our group that "Saskatchewan isn't all that disciplined." OK by me - it gave Calgary an advantage of which they took advantage!

By the end of the third period, we had the game all but wrapped up: 7 to 4. Oh, and by the way, Wendy's restaurants gives everyone a coupon for a free Bacon Classic if Calgary scores 5 or more goals in a given game... mmm... Bacon Classic...


Preparing the ice prior to the start of the game



Charging the crowd to give away prizes

This photo shows the scoreboard near the end of the game:



What else do you see?

Does the electronic billboard advertising strike you as odd, for an all-ages event on a Sunday afternoon?

It did us, and although we chuckled about it, (the adults, that is) I, for one, was a bit shocked - although I wouldn't have paid it any mind at any other time. All companies must advertise, but I wonder if they'd considered their target market?

I think what might have shocked me more however, would have been questions from young, inquisitive minds...

5 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Standing up for Canada?!

Turtle Guy said...

Indeed.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will do something this Superbowl,Pfizer has been criticized to employ a reckless and irresponsible marketing that encourages the use of Viagra as a 'party drug',my wife works for them and told me everywhere you look at work there are signs that say "Be this Sunday's MVP."

Janice said...

Viagra and hookey, I wonder if the team would play better?

Janice~

Turtle Guy said...

ANON - Marketing can be ruthless, and apparently it is!

JANICE - Blood flow improves proformance, yes?

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