Re: Wilson on Schenn...Another NHLer will be suspended
posted at 12/19/2013 9:27 AM EST
To suggest this stuff is going on because the players are stupid......is even more stupid. This forum is a group of super-enthusiasts. Many have played the game at a high level. If we are all constantly disagreeing about what's acceptable and what isn't, how is anyone else going to figure it out at game speed.
Casual fans are getting digusted, parents are turning off on the game, and die hards like us are just sick and tired of all the hoopla about injury, supplanting the actual game.
The problem is simple. Clarity. The reson there's no clarity, is because no one wants to change anything, instead, sweep things under the carpet with a suspension here and there.
Although the problem is simple, changing it isn't...unless the game changes fundamentally.
I think the helmet analogy works here. Since players started wearing helmets, I don't think it's a stretch to suggest there's been a lot more recklessness around the head area. Today, without helmets, death would be routine in the NHL. So, would eliminating helmets make the game safer? Of course not. That isn't a reasonable solution. Can't go back.
Players are stronger, bigger, and faster than they used to be. They're also more reckless, cuz they have to be. They're all expected to put their face in front of a Chara slapshot if they have to, so why wouldn't they turn into the boards at the last minute to draw a 5 minute major? That's a huge issue here, but even bigger, what to do about it.
Despite the above, players used to be on the look-out for the big hit, and take measures to avoid it. Apparently, the culture suggests that's not an option anymore. So...penalizing the guy going off on a stretcher(the victim), just is not a logical option, and the current system of law and order is laughable.
Players never used to "dive' til the 70's. It was considered gay. When the culture deemed it "smart", diving became a huge problem. Easy fix, make it a penalty, and make it gay again. Can't do that here. This ones unique, cuz there are a couple root causes, and coming up with a "real' fix, constitutes changing the game somewhat, and a child should be able ti figure out what needs to happen.
The "ferocity that causes injury" has to go down. Simple as that. Going out on a stretcher used to be gay too. That was only for those completely knocked out. Is that going to change?. No. Medical science has advanced. People love to see violence, they don't want to see anyone really hurt though. When that happens, they turn pretty quick.