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Tuesday, January 22, 2021

Of late, there seems to be a marked uptick in media complaints about the standings system used in the National Hockey League. I guess it’s because parity holds sway on the eve of the All-Star break, meaning most teams are crowing about being .500 in terms of points, even though that’s thanks to a surplus of one-point decisions.

And even though those one-pointers are no longer considered ties, I like the way Washington City Paper sums up its whine in the headline “No More Kissing Your Sister”.

Mainly because that time-honored folksy descriptor for the less-than-satisfying feeling from tying a college football game reminds me of Lee Corso’s expansion on the subject:

“Let me tell you something — if a tie is like kissing your sister, then a loss is like kissing your brother!”

So maybe the NHL should adopt that as the official league response to all those complainers…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/22/2008 10:40:08 PM
Category: Football, Hockey
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