Conspiracy or not, you have to note a correlation between bad calls and game outcomes no?
Conspiracy or not, you have to note a correlation between bad calls and popular or large market teams no?
Conspiracy or not, you have to recognize that the league makes a ton more money when they have large market or popular teams advance no?
Now anyone with an actual education knows that correlation does not equal causality... but it does make an educated person want to form hypothesis and test them. Investigate, or at least bring it to the attention of the world.
I am saying out and out the league plans who wins, I just think there are too many coincidences going on here with bad calls. There is undoubtedly some major correlation going on.
The business argument makes the most sense to me, and we all know businessmen are not well known for their ethics. I hypothesize that the league simply makes it well known what the best scenarios are, and the instructions are in the absolute worst case scenario where a call is as close as possible, error on the side of profit. Is that really such a far-fetched scenario?
I also feel like there are times, and this is apparent both in series as well as in games, that the whistles are put away to allow more competition. I think that this correlation of not making calls on teams that are too far behind happens enough to suggest the league knows the power of officiating, and how it can be used to make the product better. That is to say, affect the course of the game for a more dramatic form.
Do they get in a room and say, we are going to steal games 2 and 5 for this team? No way, because that would ruin the sport faster than anything. However, if the league knows what is best, and the refs do as well, they can without saying a word make the close calls go one way. Really it can be as little as one call that changes the entire game or series. I could site many games. We all know about Homer, we all know about the Pens, we all know about Chicago and Nashville. It happens to many more teams as well.
Conspiracy or not, that has to be happening. It just seems to happen far too often. I also think we should recognize that is has happened in our favor over the years as well. The NHL is run clean 99% of the time, and they make mistakes like humans do. Combine the two and you have a great tapestry of mistakes, and an indistinguishable duo of frustrating failure. This leaves many fans crying conspiracy, and a much greater number crying prove it.
No one can, unless someone speaks up. Conspiracy or no, we have to deal with these bad calls. I just use my education to suggest that their are correlations we should investigate.
Agree. It's not some grand scheme devised at the beginning of the season that has to be precisely played out all year, it's calls when you need them (Chicago, San Jose), non-calls when you need them (6 Penguins on the ice), non-suspensions when you need them (Malkin), goals waved off (Homer) that can, as you said turn an entire game or series. It's really as simple as that. And the "story of the year" teams seem to get those frequently in their quests for the Cup. But as soon as you point these simple facts out you start getting the tin foil hat bulls***. It happens all the damned time.