December 28, 2005

Ooh, we all have playoff fever!: [via]

posted by garfield to hockey at 09:15 AM - 22 comments

Ack. No. Please - just... No.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:23 AM on December 28

They are positively killing the NHL!

posted by willthrill72 at 09:34 AM on December 28

I wish I'd written that. And I'm for even more dramatic expansion -- all 30 teams! It's the only way the Blues will make it this season.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:00 AM on December 28

I'm thinking that if Bettman had his way, the playoff layout would resemble the one from BaseKetball...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:21 AM on December 28

I wish I'd written that. You will, frazer, you will. I'll take you-all one further. I think we should have sixty-four teams in the playoffs. Nice round number, it works for the NCAA. Bring in some junior teams, a college club or two, some club teams from Europe if they can get here, maybe a YMCA pickup squad or three. Hell, Spofi could field a team, just for the playoffs! Certainly we'd be seeded ahead of Columbus.

posted by chicobangs at 10:27 AM on December 28

Why don't they just have all the teams make the play-offs, then they wouldn't need a regular season and we wouldn't have to watch this garbage for six months. Baseball is just around the corner thank god.

posted by tdheiland at 10:36 AM on December 28


posted by garfield at 10:47 AM on December 28

Yuck, pieces of sub .500 trash that call themselves hockey teams already make the playoffs in the 16 team format ( and in a wonderfull stroke of geinus common in all sports, NBA Atlantic Division anybody?, can be the third seed if they win their division.) so just imagine what it would be like with 20. I think it is about time we remove the idiots running the NHL (especially the ones who thought this up) and pay some NFL reps millions to fix up the league.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:51 PM on December 28

I think the current 16 team format is alright. If it's less than that you wouldn't see teams like the 2002 Ducks, the 1995 Devils, the 2003 Flames play in the cup finals or (in the dev's case) win a cup. That being said 20 teams in the playoffs is fucking stoopid.

posted by HATER 187 at 01:06 PM on December 28

And I'm for even more dramatic expansion -- all 30 teams! It's the only way the Blues will make it this season. wfrazerjr- my thoughts exactly! What a painful season its been so far. Thank goodness we have the Rams to take our mind off......oops

posted by Bury Bonds at 01:11 PM on December 28

chico, I'm sending that post to the BlueJackets GM ... not that he doesn't already know how bad the team is and how frustrated us fans are, but that is priceless.

posted by littleLebowski at 03:02 PM on December 28

Rams to take our mind off......oops At least you can watch the Cardinals in the summer. Us Tiger fans are subjected to six months of pain...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:09 PM on December 28

Anyone beside me recall the pre-1967 NHL postseason? It took 8 games to win Lord Stanley's Cup. This is why Detroit fans still throw octopi on the ice at playoff games. The way this reads, there will be over two dozen possible games to reach the finals. But remember, this is coming from the New York Times, and the fact remains they do not always publish factually-based information. I'll wait to see an NHL press release before I lose my temper or drop my gloves.

posted by mrhockey at 05:32 PM on December 28

mr, its from philly, but don't let your factually-b(i)ased opinion get in the way.

posted by garfield at 08:01 PM on December 28

I think they should adopt the "Special Olympics " format. That way everbody can be a winner! yeah! then we can have cake! How about a Bowl game BCS type of non-playoff system, with cheerleaders and fireworks? We could have a day care center in the stands and shopping yeah shopping!and more cake! I like old time "eddie shore" hockey, when the players didn't count their concussions. They didn't have any fake implants(teeth). They didn't body block shots with their "body armour" They would fore check, take effedrine during the game and relax with a pack of smokes a couple of whores and six of Lablatts. Then get up and do it all over again. They didn't own teams. They owned bars! they made 100 grand a year!!! old time hockey..I only remember 1967 through my hockey stamps"remember them?" but that was the year my beloved Flyers came into the league.Bobby Clarke was in juniors and years away from screwing the organization as a GM'president who refused to draft Europeans especially the Russians. Broad Street Bullies forever!" only god saves more than Bernie!"

posted by at 10:12 PM on December 28

I think we should adopt a "Special Olympics" format.

posted by chicobangs at 11:40 PM on December 28

fuck the new NHL! thats all i have to say

posted by stevie_wonder at 12:37 AM on December 29

If songs in the key of life weren't one of my favorite records, I would have lots of un-nice things to say about you.

posted by HATER 187 at 09:24 AM on December 29

thats all i have to say Thank God for small favors.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:53 AM on December 29

So because I saw 'the Times' and assumed it was New York, that is b(i)ased. I still want to see some sort of confirmation from the accused before I'm going to flip off the NHL. As for hater's remark, remember we're talking about a blind hockey fan here.

posted by mrhockey at 09:55 AM on December 29

this is coming from the New York Times, and the fact remains they do not always publish factually-based information Honest mistake or not, I'd call that a pretty broad, and biased, characterization of a highly reputable publication when one reporter was caught plagiarizing fluff peices.

posted by garfield at 10:11 AM on December 29

This is the league that has a replay booth on seven-second delay so that it canít actually review ... goals in time to correct it before the next faceoff. Is this sarcasm or some kind of crazy conspiracy theory? The replay officials have missed a couple, but I don't want to wait for them to review every play before the puck is dropped.

posted by Steve-o at 03:47 AM on December 30

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