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In Topic: WCSF Game 2 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Sharks 4

02 May 2010 - 10:04 PM

I was going to start a thread on this guys, but it's not that important. :rolleyes:

Enjoyed being on the board here for several years, and following hockey pretty closely during that time. But, tonight's game was just the last nail in the coffin for me. I've been trying to downplay the screwy non-sensical reffing for a long time, saying it's just the way the game goes and stuff happens, they try and make it fair, etc.,.

But, after last year's finals (obstruction, anyone?) and the way tonight's game went, I can't really get too excited about the NHL anymore with so much crazy, maddening reffing inconsistency that goes on, far worse than any other sport I've ever watched. Not saying anyone is to blame or it's some kind of conspiracy, not at all, I guess it's just part of this sport and it's just finally turned me totally off now.

I'm going to go spend my time (and entertainment dollars) to find something I can enjoy watching that's more consistent and won't raise my blood pressure to new levels in frustration. Probably motorcycle racing, I'm thinking.

I know this post won't really register on anyone's radar here, since I don't post much, but all the best in your following of the Wings, hope they go the distance this year! Ya won't be seeing any more posts from me.

Peace out, Quadnational.... :thumbup:

Ha ha, just read some posts and see I'm joining Leftwinger out the door as well. Lead the way, mate.

In Topic: Pens get lucky AGAIN

01 May 2010 - 12:06 PM

And to add to all this, they get to play all their opponents in the same time zone. Whereas, the Wings will have to fly back and forth several thousand miles through 3 time zones to get to the finals. :thumbdown:

If we get to the finals against them again, let's just spot the Pens a couple of goals each game as well... :rolleyes:

In Topic: WCSF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Sharks 4

29 April 2010 - 10:33 AM

I like our chances in this one, the Sharks just don't impress me that much when they play the Wings. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say Wings in 5. Crazy, I know.

Game 1: Wings 3, Sharks 2
Game 2: Wings 2, Sharks 4
Game 3: Wings 1, Sharks 0 (OT)
Game 4: Wings 5, Sharks 4 (OT)
Game 5: Wings 4, Sharks 2


In Topic: WCQF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 6 at Coyotes 1

27 April 2010 - 11:02 PM

Well, the Wings better come out on fire, because this will be the most physical game of the series, Doan or no Doan. Expect mega crashing and banging the first period. Now that their season is also on the line, the Wings should play with a lot more determination. I think the key is obviously to score first, otherwise the chances of them winning drop dramatically.

'Course, I predicted all this already, in the "Predictions for this series" thread, when they were down 2 games to 1:

Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:27 AM
My prediction is the road team wins all the last games - Wings in 7!

Damn, I'm good...

I like the new playoff slogan, taken from the VS. announcer...


In Topic: Officiating - A Completely Different Perspective

27 April 2010 - 11:07 AM

OK guys, after watching hockey for several years now, this is how I see NHL officiating works.

Throughout the course of a game, there are many, many instances of infractions that can be called "penalties". Small hooks, holds, slashes, interference, etc., events that happen all the time, to different degrees, slight to obvious. Since hockey is such a fast sport, some of these aren't seen by the refs, but then again many of them are.

The refs have come to let many of these go, or else the game would become a joke with so many penalties called. They only call those penalties that are either A) very obvious (plays that are the focus of everyone's attention and that would make them look totally rediculous if it's not called. This includes plays resulting in injuries), or B) very distinctly give the team committing the penalty a real possibility to score or a distinct positional advantage.

Along with this, there is indeed an "evening out" of penalties mindset that's in play, where if one team is getting all the powerplays, that team will get the ref's more acute focus on the many infractions they are committing in particular (and less focus on the other team's infractions being committed). Thus, penalities will very much even out over the course of a game. Refs obviously do this to give the impression of no favoritism or bias. This is why you see "chincy" calls happen on infractions that occur dozens of times in the game anyway.

So, in essence, penalties are random events driven by A) and B) above, but overall are called somewhat randomly and with an eye towards being equal to both teams whether they commit them equally or not. This is how I see penalty calls, and now I rarely sweat a call and when it happens I just figure that "it's time for a call for so-and-so team"