Re: Lucic Fight and What It Means
posted at 3/5/2010 3:43 PM EST
@Awry, I'll address all of your points. First, I have to ask - what in the world you are talking about? Are you trying to connect hockey and politically-driven warfare? At no point did I ever allude to Lucic having to fight to the death. It's something called "pride." And, whether you realize it or not, fighting plays a significant role in the game - ANYTHING emotionally driven influences the game. I do not think that fighting will win or lose a game, not even close. But, fighting in the NHL has become a momentum swinger. Are you going to argue with me about that, too? "Win" and "lose" are not what is important in a fight. I don't care one bit that Lucic lost the fight - as I said, it happens. What I do care about is his lack of pride (uh oh, there's that word again). Fight to the death? Uh, no. But if you decide to fight, you'd better be willing to go with the other combatant until the fight is done (notice, nothing about death here). And, um, the linesmen, who all have seen many a fight, are standing RIGHT THERE monitoring the situation. Obviously, nothing about that situation said "the fight is over", because they would have been in there already.
And to address your whole "The clock isn't even running when it's happening. it is not a part of the game" statement. That's just pure ignorance. By the same logic, any adjustments made by teams in between periods isn't part of the game. Timeouts occur when the clock is stopped, so that obviously isn't part of the game. On a more minor level, TV timeouts occur throughout the game, and since the clock is stopped, the prolonged break in action has no effect on momentum or the players a coach puts on the ice after the break. Also, home arenas usually try to pump up their crowds while the clock is stopped, because everyone knows that a crowd screaming at the top of their lungs trying to reach the "Garden Level" has no impact on the game whatsoever, obviously because they start yelling while the clock is stopped, which is when nothing can influence the game.
This isn't about death, you fool. I was commenting on Lucic's choice to fight and then backing down before the linesmen were even ready to get involved. Go look up NHL fights on youtube - the linesmen are NOT shy about jumping in once one of the players looks spent. And, overarching this ridiculous criticism is the fact that I was just making a metaphor to the Bruins inability to take their game to the next level.