CONTEST: Zany baseball promotions

Jason Gregor
February 13 2009 10:03AM

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I have always marveled at minor league baseball and the unique, zany, outlandish and absolute genius game promotions they dream up. And I want you guys to dream up some zany promotions as well, but we'll get to that further down the post.

Some of my favourite ridiculous promotions include (note, those promotions in blockquotes are taken from this Sports Illustrated article):

Silent night

The Charleston Riverdogs went a record against the Capital City Bombers when they tried to play the quietest game ever. For the first five innings, there was no talking. Fans wore duct tape over their mouths and held placards that read "YEAH!," "BOO!" and "HEY BEER MAN!" Also, ushers were replaced by librarians and golf marshals held up "Quiet Please" signs.

I’m not sure they would allow this at Rexall since they often confiscate placards at the door. I still can’t believe how anal they were when the Human Rake returned for the first time as a member of the Ducks. I loved the girls who dressed up pregnant with “Are you my Daddy” on them.

Awful night

Attempting to produce the worst atmosphere ever at a baseball game, the Altoona Curve had music by William Shatner and Milli Vanilli, a gate giveaway of a 12-inch square of bubble wrap, pregame autograph sessions with non-celebrities, batting averages listed as "failed averages" (a .300 hitter had a .700 average) and a special presentation to the 1962 Mets -- baseball's worst team ever.

Anytime you can incorporate one of the biggest musical frauds in history it’s a good idea. Can you imagine how excited Bingofuel would be if they asked him to sign autographs?

Ted Williams popsicle night

When Williams' body was cryogenically frozen, the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings gave popsicles to the first 500 fans.

Not that unique, but how cool would it have been if they made the popsicles in a likeness of Williams!

Pre-planned Funeral Night

The Hagerstown Suns gave away a full pre-paid funeral valued at $6,500 to one (un)lucky fan. The package included embalming, a casket and funeral home use, as well as a death certificate. Two-thousand fans entered the contest.

This is still one of my favs. I had the PR guy from Hagerstown on my show to talk about it. The funniest part was that it was non-transferable. They didn’t want young kids giving it to their grandparents. A direct quote from the PR guy. Could you imagine your grandma’s face when she unwraps her Xmas present and it is a certificate for her pre-planned funeral. Nothing says love like that.

Salute To Indoor Plumbing Night

The West Virginia Power planned to close all the rest rooms and make everyone use portable toilets, when the Augusta Greenjackets came to town, but there were health code concerns. But they still made the best of it. With the team’s employees dressed in overalls, they mashed up brownes and made them look like “poo,” and then they had a “Poo Toss.”

Honestly who thinks of this? And how many fans want to partake in a Poo Toss? I’m guessing the editor of the Charleston Gazette was praying the home team lost just for the headline possibilities…Power Lay A Log…or…What A Shitty Game… feel free to come up with your own.

Well it isn’t just baseball that can come up with unique promotions. The Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL have come up with a pretty good one of their own. “DON’T BE LIKE MIKE NIGHT” in honour of bong lover Micheal Phelps.

Here is the release from the Admirals, or you can check out their website:

All fans who are graduates of a DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) can get into the game for just $2 by bringing their DARE graduation certificate to the Admirals’ office or the Bradley Center box office. In addition, anyone with the name Michael, Phelps, Mary Jane, Cheech, Chong, Weed (Wied) or anyone who has won an Olympic Gold Medal can also get their ticket for only $2. “I, along with Nancy Reagan, want to encourage people to not do drugs,” said Admirals President Jon Greenberg. “As an organization the Milwaukee Admirals don’t condone or encourage the use of illegal drugs, including, but not limited to marijuana, or anabolic steroids for that matter.” The Ads will also be giving away a weed wacker, that will be signed by the team and if the Admirals score with 4:20 left on the clock in any period one lucky fan will win a season ticket for the 2009-10 season. The number 420 is often known as the police code for illegal drug use. Plus, to ensure that no one ends up in the same predicament as Michael Phelps, the team will provide a document shredder at the DigiCopy Information Table outside section 225 so fans can bring any embarrassing or incriminating photos to be destroyed.

Does anyone know someone named Cheech or Chong, because if you do their parents must have loved the hippie whiskey. I can just picture Wanye and BMJS hovering outside section 225 hoping to get a glimpse of some incriminating photos, or stealing them and sprinting out of the building like they had just pulled off the greatest coup in history. Of course, they would get tripped up by an usher in section 227 and then having to spend the night having a “Poo Toss/Plug” of their own at the crowbar hotel.

In honour of great promotions, whoever comes up with a funny, and possible promotion that the Oil Cats could do this summer, will get a pair of tickets to next Saturday’s Oiler/Flames game, courtesy of yours truly. This is my Valentines gift to the Nation.

The winner will be decided by the promotion girls from the BEAR. And if it’s that good I will forward to the Oilers PR staff, with a guarantee that if they use it, the winner will be showered with gifts for that game.

V-Day? More like D-Day

Speaking of Valentines Day, is there a more stressful holiday for guys? This day is all about the lady in your life. As guys, if our women cooks a nice meal wearing a teddy, lets us watch sports all night and then has a spirited roll in the sheets we are pumped.

Meanwhile most women expect us to be some Casanova for a day. It’s great getting your pocket picked at the flower and chocolate counter, while sweating bullets wondering if lillies, roses or tulips are her favourite. She’s told us many times, but as usual we weren’t paying attention.

For any of you newbies who are experiencing your first Valentines with a new women, don’t fall for their, “You don’t have to get me anything,” or “Don’t go overboard.” Those are warning shots.

Be prepared to do your best Slick Rick or Lance Romance impression. Women don’t want to hear from their friends about how sweet their boyfriend/husband was while you thought getting her a teddy bear from 7-Eleven while you cashed in your sports select ticket was the good enough.

While most of us don’t want to cave to the pressure, we ultimately do because the consequences are too much. Getting cut off is not an option, and neither is spending the next month trying to make up for it. I suggest getting her tipsy while watching the Oilers/Kings game and hope it goes well from there.

Good luck, fellow gents.

And to Amber and the other female readers, if there are any: enjoy your day, because March 14th is when you better return the favour.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 MarcAndre Pooalot
February 13 2009, 01:05PM
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nutsandgum wrote:

@ MarcAndre Pooalot: Damn, a Tribute to Owner night (with everyone dressing as Batman) was my idea too!! But then I thought if it was a *real* tribute to the owner night, no one would show up, since the guy’s invisible in this town anyways, and then so should the stands be.

Great minds think alike...

Nuts and gum? What a GREAT invention!

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#52 MarcAndre Pooalot
February 13 2009, 01:09PM
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V-Day? More like D-Day wrote:

Well guys here’s a bit of Valentine’s advice from a woman’s perspective. DON’T EVER hire a Barbershop Quartet and have them serenade the “woman of your dreams” at the office with the song “O, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!” by Shakespeare. I just had this happen to me today . . . and it was absolutely awful!!! And to top it all off, they gave me a rose, a card, and wanted to take my picture, I was so horrified that I scurried back into my office before they could snap a shot!

Also a great idea *scribbling down furiously* Did they give you a business card or anything?

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#53 baggedmilk
February 13 2009, 01:13PM
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@ MarcAndre Pooalot:

You know it's Marc ANTOINE right? just checkin. Hugs and kisses.

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#54 Mrs. Cogliano
February 13 2009, 01:24PM
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James Gunner wrote:

“Prostate Exam Night” A free ticket and a bottle of KY Jelly to anyone willing to get a full rectal exam at some point during the game. Put up live video of the taunt facial expressions made during the ungodly procedures on the big screen between innings/periods. Play some good ass shaking music the entire night. “There’s a bad moon on the rise”, and so forth. It’s educational, healthy and sporting all wrapped up in a single night.

That was actually similar to my idea, which was to promote Health and Awareness for "Cancer down there"....some proceeds could be donated to "the underwear affair" (A charity event being held in June), and everyone would be encouraged to show up in their underwear. Everyone who had a doctors note proving they had been for a check up in the last 2 months or so would get a discount, and if everyone shows up in their underwear, there has to be a world record in there somewhere!

Plus, if you couple it with the KY give away, its a win win...because who doesn't love free KY? Maybe it would spawn some wrestling matches...

p.s. as a single female, hoodlum, did it ever occur to you that our plan is to find some idiot of a man who is going to buy our drinks for us all night, because he thinks we're "lonely", and we can go home knowing that we don't have to sleep with him because he'll be "too drunk" (read: unable) anyways, and in the morning we can just slip away with another hilarious story to tell our girlfriends?

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#55 MarcAndre Pooalot
February 13 2009, 01:33PM
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@ baggedmilk: Meh. Green jacket, gold jacket...

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#56 Harlie Chuddy
February 13 2009, 01:39PM
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Mrs. Cogliano wrote:

who doesn’t love free KY?

I'm betting that OJ has a new appreciation for free...and KY.

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#57 Chaz
February 13 2009, 01:40PM
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How about "Free Chewing Tebacco For all Kids 12 and Under Night"?

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#58 Marc Pooalot
February 13 2009, 01:55PM
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What about Whacking Day (a la Simpsons) for when we play the Calgary Vipers. It could be combined with the "Make your own bat" Day... or "Seal clubbing day".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whacking_Day

I am going for quantity over quality here...

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#59 RH
February 13 2009, 01:59PM
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If people are really set on the KY thing, since its a baseball game, it could be a

"don't catch something you can't throw back" night, and condoms and KY could be given out at the door!

The teenagers who are still scared to go and buy condoms would flood the stands!

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#60 Colin
February 13 2009, 02:16PM
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How about a "Bean Blaster"?(I suck at names).

Fans bring food for the food bank to the game, the 3 fans that bring the most food get to do a skill competition for a pair of season tickets/ Jerseys etc. Fielding, batting and pitching(speed/accuracy) components would be included.

The twist?: It's done with cans of beans while in full catcher gear(for safety issues).

I think it would be fun and the food bank could use a summer campaign, there's lots of awareness around x-mas not so much the rest of the year.

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#61 Colin
February 13 2009, 02:18PM
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Colin wrote:

How about a “Bean Blaster”?(I suck at names). Fans bring food for the food bank to the game, the 3 fans that bring the most food get to do a skill competition for a pair of season tickets/ Jerseys etc. Fielding, batting and pitching(speed/accuracy) components would be included. The twist?: It’s done with cans of beans while in full catcher gear(for safety issues). I think it would be fun and the food bank could use a summer campaign, there’s lots of awareness around x-mas not so much the rest of the year.

You could also have bean related dishes and give something to a lucky fan everytime a "beanball"(a batter is hit by a pitch) is thrown

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#62 Colin
February 13 2009, 02:20PM
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Alternatively they could call it "Can night", keep the food bank component and the rest, but reduce admission price for food bank donations & girls in bikinis.

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#63 Marc Pooalot
February 13 2009, 02:33PM
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Colin wrote:

Alternatively they could call it “Can night”, keep the food bank component and the rest, but reduce admission price for food bank donations & girls in bikinis.

And you could give something to a lucky fan everytime somebody is canned! yahoo!

God i am bored. Sorry for posting so many lame things today. Even my name was wrong. I will try and be more insightful in the future.

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#64 Bruno
February 13 2009, 02:54PM
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Jason We all know that baseball is a tough drawn here in e town. I guess this promo would try to help that cause. so how about this. Make it a two day event Have an exibition baseball game between the Oilers And the Oil Cats before the season kicks off, this will draw people to the building and mabey spark an interest in new comers ,give it a new twist now that the Oilers and the Oil Cats share the same owner. Use one to help the other. You also should have a contest game day..face painting,costumes and have thier picture take by a selected news paper.. If your face appears in the .... you win .......Lunch with selected players from both teams.. For women Best Cougar costume for men Best Tiger costume And kids Best kitten costume..as examples

And with that selected news paper you can also have contests leading up to the event ..incorperate both teams hockey and baseball.

Baseball here needs a kickstart if you got to use hockey to do it why not..

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#65 I Am The Law - FMNF
February 13 2009, 03:01PM
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@ Bruno:

I like it, but don't want to see someone like Sheldon Souray from injuring himself from playing baseball, sliding into third, etc. NHL SPC also forbids non-hockey activity, including baseball, without explicit permission for this reason (which could be granted likely, but it's there for a reason).

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#66 Bruno
February 13 2009, 03:41PM
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I Am The Law - FMNF wrote:

@ Bruno: I like it, but don’t want to see someone like Sheldon Souray from injuring himself from playing baseball, sliding into third, etc. NHL SPC also forbids non-hockey activity, including baseball, without explicit permission for this reason (which could be granted likely, but it’s there for a reason).

Permission from who the P.A.??I guess I should of thought of that. Its more aimed at a fun interaction between the two teams. they could actually even start by inviting some of the Oil Cats to the Oiler games get some sort of a buzz show thier faces .. I just dont think any thing else would work to bring in new fans without the oilers.. If Not a game how about a carnival .. like they use to have with the esks.. Involve a numrous amount of charities . Get all fans from each sport to interact..

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#67 Grizzly Adams
February 13 2009, 03:44PM
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I've been trying to think of a clever name for my idea for 20 minutes, so if anyone has one let me know. Have an all things cat night. Cougars get in free if they're wearing a tank top. Have a pussy shaving contest where people shave a design into their cats and bring them in. Winner gets an oz of catnip. Anyone who brings an article of hello kitty merchandise to the game gets in free, and then have a bonfire after the game with all the merchandise, a la disco demolition night.

Or have a night when you're playing against the Chicago Outlaws where anyone who has been charged with a felony gets in free. BYOB.

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#68 cambosmash
February 13 2009, 03:47PM
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Bring Your Own Cup night.

Bring your own beverage container and fill it up with pop, beer, nacho cheese, etc. for a unit price/fillup. That way I could drink out of my 4 gallon paint bucket in public.

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#69 I Am The Law - FMNF
February 13 2009, 03:55PM
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Bruno wrote:

I Am The Law - FMNF wrote: @ Bruno: I like it, but don’t want to see someone like Sheldon Souray from injuring himself from playing baseball, sliding into third, etc. NHL SPC also forbids non-hockey activity, including baseball, without explicit permission for this reason (which could be granted likely, but it’s there for a reason). Permission from who the P.A.??I guess I should of thought of that. Its more aimed at a fun interaction between the two teams. they could actually even start by inviting some of the Oil Cats to the Oiler games get some sort of a buzz show thier faces .. I just dont think any thing else would work to bring in new fans without the oilers.. If Not a game how about a carnival .. like they use to have with the esks.. Involve a numrous amount of charities . Get all fans from each sport to interact..

It's more an issue of permission from the team, according to SPC Art. 7. Although the more I think about it, I think the team would give permission if it was a "softball" game as opposed to a full-on baseball game. Again, would suck if someone got injured over it. Unlikely, but then again, Sakic's on the shelf for snow-blowing.

I think you have the right idea Bruno. I think the Oilers have to be involved, but the question is "to what extent?".

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#70 Rice
February 13 2009, 03:57PM
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I like the simple old school disco night. Polyester and bell bottoms or plaid pants if you prefer ala Reg Dunlop ooh ooh how about a Slap Shot night. It works for hockey and would draw people to the Oilcats game as well because who doesn't like Slap Shot.

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#71 Ender the Dragon
February 13 2009, 04:13PM
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Where have I been for the past 5 years and why have people been keeping this March 14th thing from me? This is fantastic! Are you kidding me? Next month I get steak too? Unreal!

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#72 Yo
February 13 2009, 04:35PM
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Oooookkkaaaay, How about " Crotchless Panty Night"? Women agreeing to the terms and conditions would be let into the game for free!!

Women would be given a plastic poncho and would be required to wear nothing else. They wouldn't need an actual seat because they would be....er, bouncing up and down on my knee if you get my drift. I see this as a win-win situation.

Do-able? Yes/No.

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#73 Jason Gregor
February 13 2009, 04:53PM
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I should state that none of those ideas where mine. Apparently someone thinks I was trying to take credit for them. I researched those on the web and took the ideas from a few different sites. I copied and pasted them and then took out some words that didn't add to the general idea.

Here is one of the links... http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/07/30/minors.promotions/

Once again I never claimed these were my ideas...and should of included a link, but these ideas were all from a team's website originally that have been copied and pasted many times over.

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#74 AJ
February 13 2009, 05:26PM
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How about Bum Darts off the High Level Bridge before the game (sticking with the "poo" theme). Contestants could use little wee bats, and "drop" for accuracy at a target on the river below....or maybe some sort of version of the Great Duck Race.

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#75 Bruno
February 13 2009, 05:58PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I should state that none of those ideas where mine. Apparently someone thinks I was trying to take credit for them. I researched those on the web and took the ideas from a few different sites. I copied and pasted them and then took out some words that didn’t add to the general idea. Here is one of the links… http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/07/30/minors.promotions/ Once again I never claimed these were my ideas…and should of included a link, but these ideas were all from a team’s website originally that have been copied and pasted many times over.

Who else would com up with a George Costanza night Jason...You theif!!!!Jk JK

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#76 Smokin' Ray
February 13 2009, 06:14PM
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@ Gregor:

I caught a little of your show today, And I heard a guy say that Hemsky would be traded for Jay Bo. You wondered where the guy heard that. And I quote. "The Oilers are apparently willing to include Hemsky in a deal to bring in Bouwmeester"

Here it is.

http://www.hockeyleaks.com/index.php?page=rumors

Who do these people think were are, Baggedmilk's twin brother? Geez...

jkBm.

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#77 Smokin' Ray
February 13 2009, 06:45PM
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ok... who's the funny people that voted for Pitkanen?

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#78 Smokin' Ray
February 13 2009, 06:48PM
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@ Gregor:

Regarding the guy on your show today that said Hemsky for Jay Bo. He probably read it at Hockey Leaks. Who believes that crap?

quote, "The Oilers are apparently willing to include Hemsky in a deal to bring in Bouwmeester"

pftt.. just plain stupid!

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#79 Smokin' Ray
February 13 2009, 07:15PM
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How about... 100% money back, guaranteed win night at Rexall?

In fact the more I think of it. If the Oilers lose by more than 2 goals, all pay-per-views that are purchased at a residental home should be free. And make the players pay the loss.

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#80 Bruno
February 13 2009, 08:30PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

How about… 100% money back, guaranteed win night at Rexall? In fact the more I think of it. If the Oilers lose by more than 2 goals, all pay-per-views that are purchased at a residental home should be free. And make the players pay the loss.

Smokin' Ray wrote:

How about… 100% money back, guaranteed win night at Rexall? In fact the more I think of it. If the Oilers lose by more than 2 goals, all pay-per-views that are purchased at a residental home should be free. And make the players pay the loss.

hey remember at the oiler games when everyone got a card with a colored penguin on it. Then if your color came up at the game you would get a free apetizerat earls/ Bring those back!!

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#81 Bruno
February 13 2009, 08:31PM
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Spell check!!

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#82 oileroonie
February 13 2009, 08:34PM
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Rigger Night.

wear your dirty coveralls to the game and you get in for a buck. you could also have cheap beer (or more expensive, its getting drank either way)

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#83 Fortboy
February 13 2009, 08:51PM
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@ Jason Gregor:

The radio show is getting faster stronger everyday. Props to RB for bringin it every time, as well. Nice work.

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#84 Dennis
February 13 2009, 09:10PM
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Gregor: I'm gonna ask you an honest question and I hope I get an honest answer.

There are quotes out there from an interview you did with David Staples that point towards you not having a lot of respect for bloggers.

So, let's say a blogger made the same mistake you did tonight; perhaps even from his parents basement!!!:) And he piece he cribbed from was something you had written.

What would you say?

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#85 Smokin' Ray
February 13 2009, 09:23PM
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Coaches Appreciation Night? *ducks for cover*

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#86 Matt
February 13 2009, 11:04PM
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If a radio guy finds something amusing on the internet, he can use it verbatim without attribution, without even noting that the words are someone else's and not his own. It's the Colin Cowherd precedent. (Note: IANAL.)

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#87 Matt
February 13 2009, 11:41PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I should state that none of those ideas where mine. Apparently someone thinks I was trying to take credit for them. I researched those on the web and took the ideas from a few different sites. I copied and pasted them and then took out some words that didn’t add to the general idea. Here is one of the links… http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/07/30/minors.promotions/ Once again I never claimed these were my ideas…and should of included a link, but these ideas were all from a team’s website originally that have been copied and pasted many times over.

Jason, I thought you were pretty clear that these were actual, really-happened promotions. There was no indication from your piece that you were inventing these.

The problem is, if they are Someone Else's Words -- even if they are from several sources or "unknown" sources -- you have to be clear that they aren't Your Words. Anyone reading this piece would assume that the descriptions of the promotions were in your words, and would certainly have no idea that the descriptions were cut and pasted verbatim from elsewhere.

Really, you can't do that, it's generally considered pretty serious. (And also, are you saying that the SI.com writer cut & pasted his descriptions from here/there, or that he wrote it originally, but you found some of his descriptions elsewhere?)

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#88 oilfan4life
February 14 2009, 12:08AM
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Jason Gregor not having respect for people and acting like a self centered piece of trash? Nooooooo!!! I would never believe it!!

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#89 99thOilfan
February 14 2009, 06:06AM
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BUCK75 - FMNF wrote:

My personal favorite would be a jersey trade in night. I have in my possession a ‘M COMRIE’ (from the days of Paul), an away Torres & a home Stoll sweater. How many people have jersey’s like that. They are like $200 & I have seen a guy in Carolina game 7 of the cup finals with an old ‘Marchant’ with the name covered up in hockey tape with ‘Winchester’ written on it instead. Plus everyone has the old sweater - good way to get them into the ‘edge’ sweater… JMHO

Not a Bad Idea there... With The Oil's 30th Year...

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#90 Poo Czar
February 14 2009, 11:22AM
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Edmonton Baseball Evolution Night

Bring in a TrapperKeeper, Crackerjacks or a Crack pipe, get a free bottle of 10W30!

Or:

Disco STILL SUCKS night. Do it on Canada day for double the riot-y goodness!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night

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#91 Mike W
February 14 2009, 11:50AM
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This is so nakedly a textbook example of plagiarism, no matter how feeble the explanation.

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#92 doggie-style D
February 14 2009, 12:11PM
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Okay, here it is

People who bring their own cats get in free that night...1 person per cat, that is, not a whole family of 12 per cat...

They could have cat races, as well, to chase balls of yarn...the quickest individual time from point A to B wins 1 season ticket to the baseball team. It has to be individual times so there aren't cats everywhere and absolute mayhem! The season ticket would encourage that person to bring others with them and raise the attendance hopefully throughout the season.

Simple, but I like it...

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#93 doggie-style D
February 14 2009, 12:15PM
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I am a big fan of trading in your old jersey night, too, I would love that - but I don't see the Oilers wanting to give the new jerseys away when the fan who bought the old jersey is exactly who they are wanting to sell the jerseys to...I wish they would do that, though!! (I'm sure I could find one, although what would they do with 6,000,000 Pronger jerseys, I wonder...give them to the homeless shelters, maybe as toilet paper?)

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#94 sycamore
February 14 2009, 12:24PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I should state that none of those ideas where mine. Apparently someone thinks I was trying to take credit for them. I researched those on the web and took the ideas from a few different sites. I copied and pasted them and then took out some words that didn’t add to the general idea. Here is one of the links… http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/07/30/minors.promotions/ Once again I never claimed these were my ideas…and should of included a link, but these ideas were all from a team’s website originally that have been copied and pasted many times over.

Jason, unless Gennaro Filice copied and pasted his story from some other common source, you have clearly plagiarized his words, and made no attempt to attribute them to the proper source. It's no defence to say "I never claimed these were my ideas". You are ostensibly a writer / member of the media. The presumption when reading an article in this context is not "unoriginal work unless stated otherwise".

If I am wrong about any of this, please correct me. If not, you owe the readers of this site a more forthright statement than the bullshit non-apology you posted above. This is a serious issue for someone in your position.

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#95 Smokin' Ray
February 14 2009, 12:31PM
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How about... Fan Interaction Day. Tours of the locker room, Batting Cages, Throw the fastest pitch contest, Players Meet with fans at gate, Some kind of MLB involvement (Former/current MLB Allstars for Signings and Photo's), visit announcer booth, wlak on field after game, stuff like that.

Basically anything to make a non fan into a fan of the Oil Cats.

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#96 Smokin' Ray
February 14 2009, 12:33PM
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Or Katz can honor his Rexall employees for a day. They did make him the money. Plus it's another plug for the Rexal Brand. And the right thing to do.

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#97 Jason Gregor
February 14 2009, 06:30PM
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Dennis wrote:

Gregor: I’m gonna ask you an honest question and I hope I get an honest answer. There are quotes out there from an interview you did with David Staples that point towards you not having a lot of respect for bloggers. So, let’s say a blogger made the same mistake you did tonight; perhaps even from his parents basement!!!:) And he piece he cribbed from was something you had written. What would you say?

Dennis, never once did I take those promotion ideas and claim they were mine. The writer from si.com actually took the words from press releases from the teams themselves, so they weren't his original ideas either. Did he quote the press release? No.

As for respect for bloggers. I have none for the guys who take personal shots at people, or write something derogatory about someone that they will never have to meet. It is easy to rip someone when their is no recourse for you comments. Calling a player a chicken sheet is easy when you don't have to face him.

A columnist, or talk show host who rips a player has to show up in the room the next day and face the potential wrath of that specific player or the entire room. That was my beef.

As for not quoting si.com...Let's get serious. I never claimed the ideas to be mine, and the ideas were never the original thought of the si.com writer to begin with.

Show me where I took the thoughts, or ideas of another and claimed them to be my own. That is the true definition of plagiarize.

The reason I started to write on the Internet, was because I had entire shows about a certain topic that no one talked about, and then a few days later a writer would write those exact thoughts. I didn't jump up and down and scream. I just started writing so I could prove that in certain cases I came up with the idea first.

If someone took a piece of one of my articles/columns and wrote about it and didn't credit me, I wouldn't be that upset. Because if someone wanted to call him on it, they could find the date of my original article to show I had wrote it first.

Never once in this post did I make a reference that these were my ideas, or that I was the first to report on them. I use my own ideas for stories, and in this case I guess I could have quoted the sites I got them from, but the sites weren't the original origin of the story to begin with.

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#98 Jason Gregor
February 14 2009, 06:40PM
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Mike W wrote:

This is so nakedly a textbook example of plagiarism, no matter how feeble the explanation.

Actually Mike it isn't

Plagiarize by definition is this.

Take and use the thoughts, writing, of another as your own.

If you notice the font of the promotions is different font than my actual words. It was in GREY to seperate that they weren't my words. I have never used someone else's ideas and CLAIMED them as my own.

sycamore wrote:

Jason, unless Gennaro Filice copied and pasted his story from some other common source, you have clearly plagiarized his words, and made no attempt to attribute them to the proper source. It’s no defence to say “I never claimed these were my ideas”. You are ostensibly a writer / member of the media. The presumption when reading an article in this context is not “unoriginal work unless stated otherwise”. If I am wrong about any of this, please correct me. If not, you owe the readers of this site a more forthright statement than the bullshit non-apology you posted above. This is a serious issue for someone in your position.

Using the different font made it pretty clear they weren't my words. And ONCE AGAIN never once did I make the claim these were my ideas, which is the basic term of plagiarize. I added a link and said it was an oversight. Not much else that I can do. Feel free to want to take it further, since I called a media lawyer and he looked at the site and said there is nothing that would be deemed lawbreaking. He also noted I erred, but with the colouring of the ideas ( which came from a few different sites) he said it wouldn't be a chargeable offence. Like I stated earlier, an oversight on my part and one that won't happen again, but there is nothing to state I was claiming these to be my ideas.

If any of the readers thought these were my ideas I am sorry. I thought I made it pretty clear they weren't. I'm not wacky enough to think of INDOOR PLUMBING NIGHT or the other zany ideas. I apologize if I misled anyone.

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#99 Mike W
February 14 2009, 06:44PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Show me where I took the thoughts, or ideas of another and claimed them to be my own. That is the true definition of plagiarize.
You literally copied and pasted another writer's article into a story with your OWN byline on it (please tell me you know what a byline is, it's right up there under the headline, for starters). You even wrote in the first person, for crying out loud. Not only that, you even kept intact some the jokes from another writer, word for word. As plagiarism, it doesn't get any more glaring than that.
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#100 Mike W
February 14 2009, 06:45PM
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**Show me where I took the thoughts, or ideas of another and claimed them to be my own. That is the true definition of plagiarize.**

You literally copied and pasted another writer’s article into a story with your OWN byline on it (please tell me you know what a byline is, it’s right up there under the headline, for starters). You even wrote in the first person, for crying out loud.

Not only that, you even kept intact some the jokes from another writer, word for word.

As plagiarism, it doesn’t get any more glaring than that.

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