Friday, January 05, 2007

Hockey: Sport or Spoof

Canada Wins Gold vs Russia
But at what cost has our sport been changed. The honourable Stephen Harper (ever notice how they get to call themselves "honourable" without actually being "honourable"...but I digress) was interviewed between periods during Canada's attempt to 3-peat as GOLD medal winners, and during this interview he called himself a "hockey purest"...but what does that mean?
It's been said you can tell alot about someone by how they play a game. I imagine it also says alot about a people by how they create their games. Do they make it easier to cheat and fix it to their favour? Or do they create a level playing field?
What does it mean when we allow our sport to be changed to accomidate TV ratings?
When claims are made to make the sport safer by adding the instigator rule to decrease fighting, but they don't add automatic icing to save players from crashing into the boards after racing for the puck.
Where are the more serious injuries really coming from?
What are the real reasons for taking a "penalty shot" and turning it into a game deciding factor for team play? This is a play that was given to someone when they made the heroic effort of getting a breakaway, and then being tripped up or interfeared with. This is not just something handed out because they don't want people getting too much value for ther money...after all, three periods of overtime is a whole new game people should be paying extra for.
They say it is to increase the excitment, but I find it boring waiting around for players to skate in one at a time, instead of the mad scrammbles that can occur from end to end. Maybe they should just create another game where guys just keep skating in on goal, and every 30 or so shots switch goalies...but don't try to call it hockey.
It certainly puts the advantage on the team who has the puck hog STAR players and takes away from the team that plays as a team.
As far as I can remember, neither Wayne Gretzky, nor Rocket Richard, nor Bobby Orr, nor any other GREAT player was EVER on the ice by himself for his entire carrer. As far as I remember, someone else dug the puck out of the corners for them and gave them an amazing pass, or they passed off to someone else who put it into the net for them, or had their goalie make an amazing save after they had their pass picked off.
Please understand. I'm not trying to take anything away from these amazing individuals, I'm only reminding everyone...they had help.
I love Bobby Orr and what he and others have done for minor hockey and putting the FUN back into the game. Perhaps it is long overdue for another review of HOW we adults play this GAME and the example we are setting for our children and then remind ourselves that before the word "HOCKEY"...comes the word "PLAY".


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