Monday, January 08, 2007
Time To Nix The NHL's Shoot Out!
After watching the NHL's Minnesota Wild lose in a shoot-out Saturday night to the Colorado Avalanche, and after seeing too many games end up in this ridiculous manner of settling a tied score, it's time for hockey fans to demand this absurd method of breaking a tied score be replaced. And it's not just because the Wild lost.
The NHL tie-breaking method of a Shoot Out - a player from one team attempting to go "one on one" against the opposing goalie, with this forum exchanged until one team scores a goal by which the opposing team receives a final attempt to even the score and if they don't, they lose - is just a stupid way to end a hockey game. It's unfair to all TEAMS as a whole because the win/loss doesn't reflect who the better team is for that particular game.
Imagine an NBA game, after its teams are tied after playing one period of over-time, with the winner being determined by a game of One-on-One. It's ridiculous, yet this is basically what the NHL Shoot-Out amounts to. I'd like to think an outcry from fan, players, coaches and owners would rescind the Shoot-Out. Are there any fans out there who like the Shoot-Out?
I don't know that the NHL's previous "Both Teams Tie" method isn't better, or worse, for that matter, than the Shoot-Out. The argument is that games can run extraordinarily lengthy if continued over-times are played until one team wins the game the old fashioned way, by scoring and defeating their opponent. Well, so what, so the game goes long? That's why we're watching it in the first place.
I don't have the stats to back me, so what I'm about to say is spoken just like a True Blue Liberal: I don't BELIEVE that there's a high percentage of NHL games that result in a tie after one over-time period, having to default to the Shoot-Out as the deciding factor of who wins. So why not just keep playing over-time until one TEAM wins?
So, what's the alternative out there? I'm for playing Over-time periods until a winner wins.
Scanning my blogroll I notice the following that immediately stand out as those I suspect or know are NHL or sports fans. What's your take on this?
Miss O'Hara - I know you love your Red Wings. Any comments on the Shoot-Out?
Len - you're in Canada, you have to be a NHL Fan, right?
T.C., I know you like the ice. Want to weigh in on the Shoot-Out?
Nick - I know you love sports, especially baseball; any thoughts on the Shoot-Out?
- - - Update: Link to Len (Above) fixed.
Leather Penguin (With some thoughts on the issue.)
Heh, yeah, the loser gets a point for "good attendence: maybe.
We NHL fans gotta get that shoot out outta there. Thanks my friend for adding your input! Greatly appreciated.
I used to be a HUGE fan but lost interest during the last labour disruption. These days I'm a huge CFL (Canadian Football League) fan.
Insofar as the "shootout" is concerned I don't really like the idea. It's another one of those dumb ideas they stole from European hockey.
I know very little about the CFL, so I'm unable to discuss with 'ya...sorry!!
Take care, my friend!
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