New Events at the Sochi Winter Games

Though curling has grown beyond a cult following into one of the more “prominent obscure” events at the Winter Games, many may not know that it was reintroduced as a medal sport only recently – in 1998 in Nagano, Japan – after a 64-year hiatus. Just 16 years later, it’s one of the more anticipated events of the Winter Games, depending on who you talk to (but really…it’s highly anticipated). It can be hard to keep up every two years as both the Summer and Winter Olympics continue to embrace new disciplines and new audiences. For this year’s Winter Olympics, … Continue reading New Events at the Sochi Winter Games

By the Numbers: A Spotlight on Sochi

With the first images of Sochi coming across our television sets, millions the world over have gotten a glimpse at a Russia we’ve never known existed. Of course the frozen Siberian tundra and pop culture images from James Bond films, and the World War II/Cold War eras are conjured. But we forget that it’s 2014 and Russia is the largest country in the world – its borders span farther south than the frigid Arctic Circle. When the city of Sochi placed its bid in 2007 for the XXII Olympic Winter Games, it promised the world a new Russian experience. Here’s … Continue reading By the Numbers: A Spotlight on Sochi

2014 Winter Olympics – Daily Schedule for February 8

Good morning y’all!  The 2014 Winter Olympics are off and running, and as promised, we’ll be providing daily schedules of the rundown of events, highlighting medal rounds and giving you times and TV listings. Sochi, Russia, is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so while there are a number of events that you will be able to watch live on NBC and affiliates (they provide thorough real-time coverage on the weekends and some during the week), the network will use its primetime slot (typically beginning at 8 p.m. ET) to re-air the day’s main events via tape-delay. Check out … Continue reading 2014 Winter Olympics – Daily Schedule for February 8

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Crisis/Contingency Planning is Always a Good Idea

Crisis/Contingency Planning is Always a Good Idea While NBC hasn’t yet shown the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics to America yet (7:30 p.m. ET), one spoiler we’re glad to know is that the ceremonies occurred without a security … Continue reading Crisis/Contingency Planning is Always a Good Idea

2014 Winter Olympics Podcast – Day 1 & 2

Welcome to my blog coverage and commentary for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia! If you’re familiar with my Olympics blogging from two years ago in London, welcome back and thanks for reading! I plan to bring back several of the features from 2012, including the daily rundown of events and TV listings, as well as guest posts on the winter sports, life in Russia, Team USA fashion and much more. Additionally, I will post a podcast each morning highlighting the previous day’s events and plugging the current day’s schedule and TV listings. Here’s today’s podcast, summarizing Day 1 … Continue reading 2014 Winter Olympics Podcast – Day 1 & 2

PR Knuckleballs: Hidden Communications Opportunities

With a growing number of voices shouting for attention in a shrinking world, it can be a task to get messages across. We have to get creative. Much like baseball pitchers, it helps to have a varied arsenal of tactical approaches. But it doesn’t always take a fastball – a headline in The New York Times or a glitzy campaign – to score a win. Sometimes, it just takes a keen eye and an opportunistic approach, like a knuckleball. Here’s a post I authored for the Kellen Company blog on some “hidden” communications opportunities to watch out for. Continue reading PR Knuckleballs: Hidden Communications Opportunities

Requiem No. 10 – Farewell to Chipper Jones (Immediate reactions from NL WC Game, more to come)

Well that’s that. Sam Holbrook is a good umpire – I’ve watched him many times – but that’s a shamefully terrible call. But you don’t leave 12 runners on base and make three errors and blame the game on a blown call – though it was a badly blown call. They owned it. Another promising postseason lost to defense. Brooks Conrad is laughing somewhere and I hate him for it. Shame on MLB for not upholding the protest anyway. And shame on you Atlanta-based Braves fans for trashing the field – you’re lucky to have the chance to go to … Continue reading Requiem No. 10 – Farewell to Chipper Jones (Immediate reactions from NL WC Game, more to come)