Bull Droppings- News and Notes

  • The NHL cancelled the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto (an event I was planning on at least attempting to attend), moving one step closer to a season-long lockout. To quote @DownGoesBrown on Twitter, “Go ahead, cancel the WC. Cancel everything. I hope you all go broke.”
  • Seeing as the Bulls are in the midst of a massive road trip, I took the opportunity to get my fix by purchasing a game on America One Sports. A reliable (if low-resolution) stream of the in-arena feed with radio piped in from knbr.com was provided… after downloading numerous plug-ins to get the damn thing to run correctly. The ECHL is missing a real opportunity by not working with Roku so the stream can be made available on one’s television. That oversight, combined with the $8 per game (or $30 for a month of games) cost, makes for an adequate service for die-hards or those going through severe Bay Area hockey withdrawl. For the casual fan, I’d stick with going to the ocassional home game.
  • The Bulls lost their 5th straight game 6-1 to the Colorado Eagles (in the midst of a 5-game losing streak themselves) in a rather uninspired performance. Team Toro is currently in last place in the Western Conference, a rather inauspicious position to be in considering only the worst team in the entire conference misses the playoffs.
  • Anyone else see the irony in the Bulls loss being sponsored by stayingahead.com when they played nearly the entire game from behind?
  • Ryan Clowe made a mild splash in the papers (er, on the websites) when it was announced that he had signed with the Bulls. Just as quickly, more information emerged that he had only agreed to join them for practices. Much ado about nothing.