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#2143624 4/8 GDT: Blackhawks 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by esteef on 08 April 2011 - 11:34 AM

Babcock will not allow the Wings to sit back and get beat up by Chicago at home right before the playoffs start. No way.


#2143622 Unbelievably bad goal.

Posted by esteef on 08 April 2011 - 11:26 AM

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.


#2143388 Unbelievably bad goal.

Posted by esteef on 07 April 2011 - 05:09 PM

This just in, the Blackhawks have already won their last 2 games against Detroit!


#2141136 Hmm something I noticed

Posted by esteef on 03 April 2011 - 10:33 AM

If the fight costs us momentum and ultimately the game, fighting is useless. If the fight gives us momentum and we win, it wasn't the fight that did it. Pretty easy to follow around here. :rolleyes:


#2140977 Bertuzzi vs O'Brien 1 & 2

Posted by esteef on 02 April 2011 - 06:30 PM



#2139941 Rosehill vs Lucic

Posted by esteef on 01 April 2011 - 01:00 PM

Boom goes the dynamite. Precisely my sediments.

If you have sediments you might need a quick shower, I think you meant "sentiments". :lol:


#2139903 Rosehill vs Lucic

Posted by esteef on 01 April 2011 - 11:07 AM

Lucic is who I wish Franzen was more like.


#2139730 Why does the NHL do this?

Posted by esteef on 31 March 2011 - 09:52 PM

As a ref, I can tell you if anyone gets chirpy with me on a personal level, they could get an additional 2 minutes or a misconduct depending on what is said.

f*** you ref!!! :P


#2138411 Wings Playoff/Cup chances?

Posted by esteef on 30 March 2011 - 09:29 AM

Hudler will score the SCWG.


#2136101 Happy Turtle Day

Posted by esteef on 26 March 2011 - 11:20 AM

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#2132066 Recent suspensions

Posted by esteef on 18 March 2011 - 03:40 PM

I'm not as think as you angry I am.


#2131980 Jonathan Ericsson Watch Thread

Posted by esteef on 18 March 2011 - 11:18 AM

Kindl had just as many terrible giveaways in our zone as Ericsson, if not more.


#2130948 3/16 GDT: Capitals 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by esteef on 16 March 2011 - 07:08 PM

Great work down low by modano on that last goal!


#2128978 Owners back Gary Bettman with 5-year contract extension

Posted by esteef on 11 March 2011 - 05:25 PM

Well - ya gotta give the little turd credit where it's due...He got them the cap, tv ratings are slowly but steadily rising, and overall league parity.

I don't care for him, but obviously most of the owners do :brow:

Yep, 6 mil a year players in the AHL, tv ratings going up on channels that no one watches and guys getting away with taking people's heads off. Great job Gary!


#2128878 Ryan Whitney Twitter

Posted by esteef on 11 March 2011 - 02:16 PM

I heard Crosby is having Zetterberg nightmares.