Sunday, November 17, 2013

Did Hendricks beat GSP?

From where I sit it looks like another problem for judged sports

Did GSP beat Hendricks?  That depends on who you ask.  The vast majority of fight fans would say no.  In fact, pretty much everyone who saw the fight would say Hendricks won.  However, of the three opinions that count, two of them say Hendricks didn’t.  Sadly, that is the overarching issue with any form of judged sports.  It’s just someone’s view of what happened.  Maybe they saw something we didn’t.  Maybe GSP got the benefit of the doubt.  This isn’t the first time a fight has ended with viewers questioning the intelligence, or at least the eyesight, of the judges.  The judges at ringside are trained, in fact, you can even get training from Herb Dean!  But none of that can prevent controversy.  Hockey, basketball, baseball, even cricket, are all based on the idea of a set way to score points.  If you have more points than the other team at the end of the game, you win.  It’s straightforward.  Whereas in all judged sports there is the big element of, well, judgment.  And in the end, that’s just someone’s opinion.  So, did GSP win the fight?  Yes.  Ask the judges.

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

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