Blogs | 3/10/2009 4:58:06 PM | John Gurtler
A Denver native, John Gurtler has been the voice of the Buffalo Bandits the past six seasons. Gurtler has also done play-by-play with the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres and has served as the stadium voice for the Buffalo Bills. Gurtler will share his thoughts and unique perspective each week with Bandits fans.
From the outside looking and listening in.
I did just that over the weekend of past, a sort of busman's holiday during the National Lacrosse League's All-Star weekend in Denver, Co. No, I did not go to Denver but I took advantage of today's technology, courtesy of the NLL to watch the festivities online.
I must say the web designers and content coordinators have done a great job in making the NLL site very entertaining and easy to navigate. It's all about interaction and reaction when it comes to content heavy sports Web sites. With all the columns and cubes, video vaults and in-depth statistics, the live free broadcast of the games is definitely a wave of the future.
Just look at what the Bandits website can give you as well. Everything, literally at your fingertips.
When did you ever think you would be sitting face-to-face in front of a color monitor watching a sporting event - or live program for that matter? I am sure there is marketing nomenclature for this already but I will call it PCD – "personal content docking."
The marketing companies and ad agencies are quickly scrambling to make sure they have your product sensitivity in inventory so the appealing commercials are played directly to you and your senses.
You see it now on the NLL site with the Buffalo Bandits Jersey ad display and the same for Pearl Street's and Harbor Club pre-game bash. They know you're a Buffalo browser and the auto link for Buffalo related marketing material goes to you.
But what about the traditional medium of listening, know as over-the-air?
The good part about sports radio coverage, there will always be a need for terrestrial airwaves, as listeners love the portability - and it's free. I might be dating myself but there is something about listening to a sporting event on the radio. Lacrosse, hockey, football, baseball, basketball, the live event makes you use your imagination.
Driving on the highway or sitting in your chair, it's great to be a part of the action and to picture yourself there.
In any event I enjoyed the time watching parts of Friday's super skills (Mark Steenhuis pulled the tricks in the Mammoth mascot costume and Pat Maddalena played the role of Wally - ah, no - Steenhuis).
A whole bunch of funny things went on during that display of talent. So true for Saturday night, with Steenhuis in his regular uniform recording 13 points for the MVP honors. That MVP status might be staying around for a while as the crafty sniper and playmaker has a pair of 35s (35G,35A) in points, which shows how equally talented he is.
Great to read the scores sheet and see Bandit buddies Roger Vyse, John Tavares, Chris White and Kenny Montour play such a role in the East's success!
Reality sets back in Saturday with a trip down the Thruway for a game against the Knighthawks in that dreaded Blue Cross Arena. I am not sure what the stigma is with the Bandits and their troubles in this venue but they've had their problems over the years.
With a few roster moves and victories since the last meeting, Rochester is always fueled to play the Bandits on their turf. Shawn Williams and Shawn Evans make a strong combination. Williams with 50-points and tied for 7th in NLL scoring with John Tavares,
Too, always proves interesting and historic when you have the two top players of the game in Tavares and Gary Gait. Recently acquired Craig Point is already making a point or two with the Knighthawks. Netminder Patrick O'Toole is always a strong performer, especially at home and 4th overall in goals-against with a 3-2 record.
Even with the short weekend break, the rest of the Bandits are looking forward to getting off the bus and back to the attack. I am ready and sure you are too!