NHL 2014-2015 season thread Nov 7, 2014 21:53:13 GMT -5
Post by DPNormanReturns on Nov 7, 2014 21:53:13 GMT -5
MarchingOn Jindred I think it is a very smart move. There was obviously an issue with the rules, and he exploited it. What's wrong with that?
It's like teams in the N.F.L. throwing 40+ passes per game. They are exploiting the BS rules we have now which prohibit DBs from touching or even really breathing too hard on receivers. But is it wrong for them to do it if it's within the rules? I don't think so.
But throwing it 40 times ins't against the rules. This move is against the rules hence why its penalized. As "smart" as it may be because it saved them a goal, its totally classless. How many other goalies have you ever seen do this? I am going to say none to very few. And the answer remains that its because it show a total lack of class within the game.
Its the same thing as a guy taking a hand ball to save a goal in soccer like Suarez did in the the 2010 world cup. Its doing something against the rules to win..
If you are a sports team, your goal is to win. If there are loopholes in the rules that allow you to foul and still gain an advantage, then it would be a mistake not to exploit them, because your goal is not to play according to some ethics of hockey, football, or basketball. Your goal is to win the game.
I imagine you will disagree with this, but I really don't believe there is a morally correct or morally incorrect way to play sports. If you want to be Joe Flacco, and throw Hail Mary passes hoping for PI, then be my guest, because you're playing the game to the best of your ability (which in Flacco's case isn't a whole lot more than that). If you want to take a safety - such a big penalty that they even give the other team points for it - in order to improve your field position or something, then go ahead. And if you want to move your goal out of the way to take a penalty to get an easier chance to stop the opponent, then by all means you should do it. Sure the rulebook will give you a small penalty. But allowing them to score gives you a much bigger penalty.
You have to play to win the game. If doing things that are against the rules gives you an advantage (I do want to clarify that this from a strategic standpoint, not pertaining to PEDs or things like "bountyhunting" on defense), then you should do it. Otherwise, you are arguing against such common practices as taking intentional safeties in football and committing intentional fouls in basketball. Do you think those things are just wrong?