Re: Henrik Goes Diving?
posted at 6/3/2011 4:41 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Henrik Goes Diving?
[QUOTE]I hate diving. Hate it regardless of who's doing it - this means you, Marchand. And for two reasons. 1. The powerplay provisions are there to protect the flow of the game 5 on 5. The threat of a competitive disadvantage is supposed to encourage teams to play within the rules of the game - see Game 7 vs. the Lightning. The PP is NOT supposed to have a disproportionate impact on the results of games - and with diving, it's completely warping the fabric of the game. One of the great things about hockey is you can't be great at it without courage. You have to be willing to endure pain to make plays, not once or twice but for months on end. Well, on the PP, players have more time and space. Players who can't produce under normal circumstances produce on the PP in part because of the space itself and in part because - with the exception of the net-front guy - it takes significantly less courage to play on the PP. That's not hockey. 2. Same theme but...no shame. When they started calling diving after the new "emphasis on interference" rules that were supposed to increase scoring came in, the refrain was that the SHAME a hockey player would feel when being called for diving in front of 20,000 people, especially if it led to a PP goal the other way, would deter players from ever diving. That may have been true if they'd had the follow-through to call dives and not call a dive and the infraction the dive was meant to sell. But they don't call the dives. They only call the "embellishments", so the shame factor really isn't there. Worse, diving has become normal , so no one is ashamed. Next step, start defending your guy for biting in a scrum. F--k the 'Nucks.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Absolutely. It completely undermines the way hockey was originally meant to be played.
It baffles me how these players are allowed to get away with it over and over. The league must see what's going on in the games...it's impossible to miss these blatant embelishments/dives. I truly believe that there are a few, in charge, that are not complete imbeciles...albeit a minority. Therefore, what's stopping the league from putting this to an end?
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the solution is incredibly simple. Penalize the dive/embelishment without punishing the "sold" infraction a few times, and see how quickly the players stop throwing themselves to the ice. Stop turning a blind eye to the players that are killing the integrity of such a great sport.
I can guarantee that we'd see a sharp change in the way the game is played after only a few games. I don't know what else to say. Maybe it's just to simple for them to grasp...it blows my mind...