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  • Re: World Juniors -- Anybody? Bueller?

    Originally posted by E.J. Smith View Post
    This not just in: FlagDUDE reads at a 5th grade level.

    The logic, which you've mangled, of course, is that college shouldn't play an unlimited number of overtime periods.
    This just in: E.J. Smith doesn't recognize an obvious and sarcastic troll.

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    • Re: World Juniors -- Anybody? Bueller?

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      • Re: World Juniors -- Anybody? Bueller?

        Originally posted by chickod View Post
        ...I was a high school basketball referee for 17 years. It is VERY political and just getting to a playoff game is a tremendous accomplishment. At least they rate you on merit now and you have a shot. Back in the day you had no chance unless you "knew" enough people....
        Good point. To their credit, both USA Hockey and Hockey Canada invest significant resources in officiating development programs that roughly parallel the player development programs. Invariably, the cream rises to the top. The "old boy" network is still hanging on, especially in the east, but is losing its grip. Good riddance!
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        • Re: World Juniors -- Anybody? Bueller?

          Originally posted by E.J. Smith View Post
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          ... [I]f you’ve played 80 minutes of hockey or 120 minutes of soccer, you’ve had ample time to have a definitive winner identified. Any goal beyond that, while dramatic, is hardly a clear indication of the better team. It’s basically random azz chance at that point.
          You seem to be confusing "definitive winner" with "better team". These are different concepts. If the game is tied, by definition you haven't had ample time to have a definitive winner. A shootout definitely provides a definitive winner, as would going to a shootout at the end of regulation or flipping a coin. We're not arguing about the need for a definitive winner. We're arguing about how that definitive winner is determined. As for a very long game not determining the better team, I agree. But I'd argue that a single, tightly contested, evenly played game doesn't determine the better team either. So what?

          Not to mention the chance of injury going up as the players get tired, lose focus, are less able to protect themselves.
          This has logical appeal, but I'm not sure it's backed up by data. I've seen some pretty long games, and I've heard rumors of players getting dehydrated and needing IVs, but I've never seen a fatigue-related injury. Of course the longer you play, the more likely you are to get hurt, but that would be true if you suspended the game and continued it the next day. And in overtime, players tend not to engage in the reckless play that often result in injury; penalties are just too risky. Fatigue-related brain farts (e.g. too many men penalties like we saw the other night)? Sure, but maintaining focus is a skill, just like stickhandling and defensive positioning.

          It’s one thing to ask grown men being paid millions of dollars to play 90 or more minutes of high intensity hockey, it’s entirely another thing to ask unpaid kids to do it.
          Who's asking who? While there's no way of settling this bet, I'd wager that if, at the conclusion of the first overtime, you asked the players and coaches, “Do you want to decide this with a shootout, or do you want to keep playing?” I'd guess, the answer would not have been just “Yes” to continuing playing, but “H E L L yes.”

          As talented as the players are in the WJC, they’re still kids, who for the most part still aren’t playing hockey for a living, quite yet.
          Most (admittedly not all) of them are adults in every reasonable sense of the word; they can get married, die in wars, vote, or enter into binding contracts. Heck, since the tournament was in Canada, they could probably even buy a drink.

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            I got to hold one of the player awarded medals for USA yesterday. I was so thrilled my hands were shaking!

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            • Anyone know what the pools like next year?

              I know USA, Canada are forced together in one pool for New Year's Eve game.

              So Russia and Sweden should headline other pool. I'm guessing 5th place is Denmark as the highest seed quarterfinal joins them. Slovakia goes in with US and Canada. Switzerland goes to Russia/Sweden pool and Czech goes with US Canada. Finland to Sweden group and Belarus to US?

              Leaving us USA, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belarus
              Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.

              I think?
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