It always strikes me as somewhat amazing how much SMS and MMS services have seamlessly integrated themselves with mainstream activities. As an example, (and no surprise to those who really know me!) I will use this afternoon’s Ranger/Bruin hockey game. Before you send me lots of comments and email pointing out that what I really wanted to write this blog installment about was the thrilling game – I plead 100% guilty. I will try to at least give some lip service to mobile internet services while I carry on about the thriller in the “World’s most famous arena”.
The Rangers and Bruins started the day separated by just one point in the standings , with the Broadway Blues holding the advantage. The Eastern Conference is very tight this year with only 6 points separating the top 7 teams!
The teams traded excellent scoring chances in the first period with the Rangers testing the Boston goalposts, back boards and protective netting, as much as they challenged the Bruin goaltender. But with no pucks finding the twine of either goal, the period ended scoreless.
The second period was similar to first with the intensity turned up several notches. Jaromir Jagr powered by the Bruin defense on three occasions for close in tries, denied on each by Jay Auld, the Bruin net minder. The Bruins finally did get some sustained pressure on the Rangers, with Henrik up to the challenge. The second intermission came with no goals.
A special shout out at this point must go a Blue Shirt faithful in the “Blue Section”. With exactly 1 minute and 5 seconds left in the period he yelled out “ Hey , how much time is left in the period?”. The announcer of course then followed with “One minute left in the period. The fan responded with a loud “Thank You!”. 19 thousand people laughed. At least the tension of the game was broken for a bit.
The third period was frenetic. Both goalies made acrobatic saves that seemed to defy the laws of physics. At one point Sean Avery made a great power move to the net and flicked the puck off the left post – “groan!”. Both teams tried the old tried and true method of pushing the defensemen and the goalie, along with the puck into the net. In both cases the Referees were close at hand to restore order.
With about 7 minutes left in the game, Scott Gomez completely undressed a Bruin Defensemen, stealing the puck in the offensive slot area. Gomez came in on Auld totally uncontested…..and missed.
Both teams traded some good scoring chances in the 5 minute overtime, but it was obvious that this one would be settled “Mano a Mano” with a shootout. After regular and OT play both goalies. had turned away a combined 64 shots. That is a whole season of shots for a Soccer team!
(If you have gotten this far in the blog, I promise to have something about mobile services at the end!)
(Also if you have gotten this far there is a good chance we share some DNA!)
The shootout – a best of three – was as nerve racking as it gets in a big game. Both teams missed their first shots. Nigel Dawes, a Ranger rookie, took the second shot and ringed it off the left post and into the back of the net! After nearly 3 hours a puck finally entered the net!! The Bruins missed their final two shots and as Henrik stooped David Krejci, bedlam broke out at the Garden.
Playoff atmosphere hockey in Mid March. Very Nice!
If you want to see video highlights of the game – follow this link:
So here is the wireless angle on this joyous day.
At that start of the game I updated my “Up2” microblog with my whereabouts and the status of the game. During the game there were three wireless polls taken of the audience. I send an MMS picture of my daughter to be displayed on the arena’s jumbo-tron. At one point my daughter got lost in the arena (actually she knew where she was, I didn’t). She texted me her location, which was back at our seats. ( I can put this in here because my wife does not read this blog!) And lastly, this entire blog was written on my blackberry on the train ride home. A very full day indeed!