Making Friends and Influencing People?
Monday October 06th 2008, 8:07 pm

New York Times correspondent Andrew Meier was in Omsk on Friday watching as Avangard took on top-ranked Atlant Mytishchi, a game that ultimately ended in a shoot out loss for the home team. While visits by foreign reporters have been a fairly regular occurrence since Jaromir Jagr arrived in Siberia in late July, Meier’s presence attracted the attention of Soviet Sport’s C. Galaido, who asked Meier about the purpose of his trip to Russia.

“I have a large editorial project,” related Andrew Meier. “I need to tell our readers about Russian sport. Currently in New York fans follow Avangard because for the last three seasons their favorite, Jaromir Jagr, played on the Rangers. It’s reached the point that our fans post translated articles from the Avangard web site and other Russian hockey web sites on their blogs.

You don’t say?

For the record, Meier’s story will cover more than just Avangard, Jagr and hockey. “Tomorrow I fly to St. Petersburg to gather information about [soccer team] Zenit,” he continued. “And next week I will be in Moscow. My main subjects in the capital are the men’s basketball team Dynamo and an interview with KHL president Alexander Medvedev and Vyachaslav Fetisov.” Hopefully Meier also managed to find some time to have one of those infamous cups of coffee with Omsk GM Anatoli Bardin while he was in town, since we all know what a good quote that guy can be.

But I digress…

On Sunday I was interviewed by a writer for an upcoming piece in another New York publication — one that’s not generally known for giving hockey the time of day. (I’ll pass along the details once I know his editor wasn’t so bored to tears by the story that he left it on the press room floor.) The topic? This blog. Trust me when I say I’m as baffled as a hockey mom confronted with questions on foreign policy by the attention this little side project has attracted in its three short months of existence. But I wanted to take a moment to offer my thanks to those of you who have read, commented on, emailed about and, perhaps most importantly, linked to my sloppy translations and sometimes scatterbrained ramblings. It’s been both flattering and intimidating to discover that it’s not just a bunch of obsessive-compulsive Ranger fans reading my words.

As an aside: If any of you shadowy figures out there have the power and influence to help track down a copy of the photo my husband and I took with Artem Anisimov’s dad last November, my email address is at the bottom of the page. (Oh come on, it was worth a shot, no?!) [Update 10/08/08: Whoa. It worked. Thanks!]

Of course, all these unexpected eyes have meant that this blog has already outgrown the web hosting space it was “borrowing” from another project of mine. So sometime in the near future it will need to be moved to a home of its own. If all goes well, the move should be completely transparent to you. But until then, if you have trouble getting here or get an error once you do, please bear with me and try again later.

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7 Comments so far
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    I speak for a lot of fans when I say how much this site is appreciated. It gives us an inside into Russian Hockey and it’s great to be able to watch some of the games live. As a Lightning fan I love watching hockey from all over the world. So, if you lose this space, be sure and let us know where your new home is and again, we appreciate your time and efforts.

    Comment by Ruthe Robertson 10.06.08 @ 8:11 pm

    Thanks Ruthe. And never fear, the site will still be found at beyondtheblueshirts.com, regardless of where it ends up being hosted.

    Comment by laurie 10.06.08 @ 10:12 pm

    It’s great to get away from the bias of North American hockey and see that hockey is loved around the world.

    Comment by kc 10.07.08 @ 11:38 am

    Truly some great work being done here and all the attention is much deserved.

    Comment by Rajeev 10.07.08 @ 11:55 am

    Let me just say thank you again for this site. I thought with Jagr going to Russia I would no longer be able to keep up with his career. I can’t watch the games(I still have crappy dial up)but at least I can read about them here. Thanks!!!

    Comment by Spooky 10.07.08 @ 2:11 pm

    I love those game segments, with dial-up, it’s not so easy to watch sports videos, but segments is a lot better!!!!!!!!!! Truly!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all the stuff. & thanks to the Russians for sharing!!!!!!!!!!
    And may St. Francis bless Jagr & his team mates in every game!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 10.07.08 @ 10:18 pm

    And more, nby can say that Jagr does not bring change about. Has aby else generated that much interest in Russian hockey, ever? There’s only one Jagr, and we were all fortunate enough to have been witness to his game. May be he’ll change Russia, too?!! Anyway, good luck to him & Avangard!!!!!Gagarin Cup, it is!!!!!!Hoooooooo We!!

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 10.07.08 @ 10:26 pm



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