Monday, April 21, 2014

Lucic deserved a suspension and F1 loses 2 laps

From where I sit it looks like the NHL needs to stick to it's standards...

It's great to see a major suspension in the playoffs for a brutal hit by Brent Seabrook. It was a terrible hit and deserved a couple of games off. It's cliche, but this sends the proper message about bad hits. Too bad the same can't be said for Milan Lucic's suspension, or lack thereof. Seabrook's hit, although late and illegal was a hockey play. Hitting is part of the game. Spearing is not. I really don't want this to devolve into a personal attack on Lucic, but this is his second spear this season, neither of which have resulted in any appreciable punishment. The NHL needed to apply the same standards to Lucic, if not harsher. It's an age old maxim in hockey, “Keep your head up.” The obvious implication being 'expect to get hit at any time'. There is no such warning about keeping your legs together. A spear, particularly to the groin, should be considered a more egregious offence, not a mere fine.

Meanwhile, Formula 1 needs to look carefully at who controls the race...


The Chinese Grand Prix ended two laps before it ended on Sunday. This was thanks to some idiot marshal who put the chequered flag out a lap early. Thanks to F1 regulations that put the official finish on lap 54, not at the actual end of the race lap 56. This brings up a couple of important questions. Why should the race not count full distance? There is full agreement the flag was out early and the race was continued to the scheduled end. Let the finish line results stand. I also want to know why there isn't a proper F1 official in the gantry at all times. Charlie Whiting is there for the start of the race to make certain the cars line up properly, but there is no such occurrence at the end? It's a system that's open to major problems. What's to prevent a fanatic from influencing the outcome of a race? It's stupid and dangerous.

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

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