Friday, September 27, 2013

Another bad move from the NHL and a football mercy rule

From where I sit it looks like the NHL is on thin ice...

So now coaches need to be careful about who's on the ice at any given time. Who determines what players are allowed on the ice? Or is it just based on what happens next? If John Scott didn't chase Kessel around the ice there probably wouldn't have been a fine. It's a dangerous precedent if the NHL is planning to stick with it. Will coaches have to resort to submitting their line-ups to the league before the game to get approval? Sure, John Scott is a goon, so is Steve MacIntyre. Does this mean Dallas Eakins needs to limit the ice time of the Oilers heavyweight? Taylor Hall got hit in the head, Sam Gagner got a broken jaw. The team lacks toughness and now the league is basically saying don't send MacIntyre out to defend them, you will get fined. Further to that I can't understand what the NHL is looking at. Since the Buffalo-Toronto brawl the internet has been buzzing about it...and the problem here is...? Does it play to a stereotype? Kind of. In so much as it's accurate. No, we don't need a return to the bench-clearing brawls of the 70s. But, this is death by a thousand cuts. And it looks pathetic.

A youth football league in California is creating controversy by trying to avoid blowouts...

It's a noble idea to say the least. There's no need to have kids games end up with needlessly lopsided scores. Yes, 35 points isn't much to work with, but how much effort went into teaching the coaches?  It seems like an arbitrary decision as opposed to an effort to keep games equitable. There must be some other way for the kids to get the practice they want and still not have some teams get embarrassed. How about mixing the teams? Having what amount to inter-squad games once the score gets out of hand. Perhaps teams could look for alternatives to touchdowns. Have players run out of bounds at the 5 yard line, take a knee 3 times, then kick a field goal. Or back up once you get there. Test the kickers leg on increasing distances. Something other than giving the coach a fine because his team is good.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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