The NHL's Winter Classic has been an overwhelming success so far, heading into the 2010 edition at Fenway Park between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. It's even managed to carve out a sports niche from college football's dominance of New Year's Day.
But do you know what college football has that that NHL doesn't, besides an embarrassingly inefficient postseason format? A glorious parade that coincides with a signature sporting event. We here at Puck Daddy would like to change that, in our own absurd and creative ways.
Announcing the latest reader art contest: Puck Daddy's Create a Winter Classic Parade Float competition. If it's half as good as our Create-a-Card Contest, this will indeed be a festive holiday season.
We're asking you to send in your drawings, paintings, Photoshops and any other electronically-submitted visual media that depicts your concept for a Winter Classic parade float; i.e. something that honors hockey players, teams, stories, legends or tabloid fodder. Our example (and to set the bar): The Salute to Girth, featuring Martin Brodeur(notes), Kyle Wellwood(notes), Keith Tkachuk(notes) and a Barry Trotz balloon.
The Yahoo! Sports rules of profanity and PG-13 content apply. We're looking for originality, creativity, wit; but please, at least attempt to make these appear to be actual things (floats, balloons, marchers) you'd see in a parade. Why? Because on Dec. 31, we're taking some of the best entries and publishing a "virtual Winter Classic Parade" video in honor of the Fenway game.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Dec. 23 at noon EDT. E-mail contest entries (.jpegs preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Judges are myself, Leahy and a 12-pack of Smithwick's. Prizes? Why not:
• First Place: A Winter Classic prize pack and $75 cold hard cash from your friends at Puck Daddy.
• Second Place: An authentic NHL jersey with the player of your choice (and supplies may affect those choices) along with a one-year subscription to The Fourth Period magazine, courtesy of TFP.
• Third Place: $50 gift certificate for Two Eight Nine Designs, one of the coolest sports T-shirt makers on the Web. Home of the Taro Tsujimoto and the Ovechkin "Obey" shirts.
Use the comments section below for brainstorming ideas. Get 'Shopping and email your entries to email@example.com. The contest begins ... now!