There's No Tying in Hockey!
I'm in the middle of an e-mail argument with a buddy of mine in New York City, also named Rich. He's a die-hard New Jersey Devil's fan, which makes absolutely no sense, but his arguments do have some value. [img]/wtimages/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Where do you folks stand on the topic of NHL shootouts? Here's the latest salvo in the war between Rich's:
"I see the shootout as a marketing tool, nothing more, nothing less. Those who feel that there must always be a winner will like the shootout. Those who see the value of a tie see two teams who played through regular time and there is no winner in the particular contest. Playoffs and The Cup, of course, are different as you mentioned. But the shootout is too much like luck. Regardless of the shootout or not, we'll still have the same number of teams in the playoffs.
A tie makes a team try harder. A shootout says, "Hey, we might get lucky."
"I appreciate all your points and your arguments. I probably agreed with you about this at one time.... before shootouts ever came into existence. I was a traditionalist in many ways. However, what I see happening in the world is that people have less and less time... we want to see a resolution. What other sport has ties? Not baseball. Not basketball. Not football any longer. Soccer, maybe. Who cares who tied whom? Life moves too fast now. There are too many more important things to think about -- people are swamped for time, and a tie feels like a waste of time. Why play if you start at 0-0 and end up 4-4? Sure, goals have been scored, but there's no conclusion. I know that I always hated paying money to go to National Hockey League games and having the game end in a tie... especially before the four-on-four overtime came into being in the NHL. Even then, it seemed that many teams played not to lose in OT, so I walked out of the arena somewhat unsatisfied. No one won? Then why go to the game?"
[One thing I forgot to add -- I in NO WAY want to see shootouts in the NHL playoffs. In the playoffs, let them play for DAYS until a winner comes through -- NO. SHOOTOUTS. IN. THE. PLAYOFFS. EVER.]
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