Re: I'm done with this team
posted at 1/21/2011 9:23 AM EST
In Response to Re: I'm done with this team
[QUOTE]Hockey is exciting again if you ask me....A few years back, when they tried to open up the game, they were calling everything, but there is a little more clutching and grabbing allowed now a day. The one hand off the stick that was called every time, a few years back, doesnt seem to be called as often now a days. And the speed of the game is so much faster than the old school game. I watch B's Classics every now and then and the teams play so sloppy and slow compared todays games. Its completely different.....I watch those B's Classics and laugh, because its pretty bad, compared to the style of the game now a days. Tons of time in the Classics, guys struggle to make passes.....I watch in amazement and think to myself, how I use to think this was exciting.....I love the game as it is now, much faster, guys have just as much skill. And the ones that do stick out are just that good. Its harder to hit now a days, because guys are that good to avoid such hits. Everyone has their own opinion and I like todays game. When they changed the rules a few years ago to open up the game, I hated it, they called everything and it slowed the game down. The Classics games were slower back then because all the clutching and grabbing. You have to have skill and speed in the league now to play....but back then just being a poor skater was ok, because all you had to do was grab the guy to slow him down.
Posted by bgrif008[/QUOTE]
Well said bgrif. Every fan should take a couple hours and watch a few games from the mid 70's. Anyone with an ounce of hockey acumen would imediately notice how much better the players are now..., the teams are now. Goalies are better, teams are better, players are faster, stronger. They have more moves, they shoot harder. Every aspect of the game is played at a higher skill level. Much more is demanded from the players too. Coaching is much improved, and now the NHL has a salary cap, which makes it impossible for any team to improve itself, simply by "spending more money".
I grew up in the 60's and early 70's, so I certainly don't want to take anything away from my generation. If you're the best in your era though...that's all you can possibly be. You're the best, end of conversation. It's impossible to logically debate talent straight up, over multiple generations.
What should be completely obvious though....to anyone with half a brain....is that there is parity in the NHL now. Expecting a team to win every game against an opponent beneath them in the standings...lamenting, brooding, pouting....yelling and screaming for wholesale change....demanding the impossible after every loss, while not posessing the ability to comprehend the most elementary aspects of the game.........if anyone thinks there is an ounce of merit in that mindset............
They're an idiot.