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Old 17 Nov 2003, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is it with you guys? All of the good teams and the majority of the teams are in the U.S yet the sport isn't that popular. So what is it that you don't like?
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Old 17 Nov 2003, 05:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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8000 posts, Rebel.....congrats.....on to the topic....

there are a lot of hockey fans up north, but the middle America fan has no attachment to the game.....i have a few friends from Michigan and Connecticut and they are huge fans of hockey.....but in the middle states, unless you are from the town the team resides in, there is no reason to be involved.....we have no local hockey leagues for kids, it's always soccer, basketball, baseball and football.....and, hockey is not the most fun game to watch on tv if you don't understand whats going on.....you have to admit, if you don't understand the offense, blue lines, offsides and etc...., it's hard to follow the game.....hockey is not a game like football where you always know the QB is the one with the ball, or baseball with the pitcher.....heck, even the cameramen have a tough time keeping up with the puck a lot of the time.....i like (sort of) hockey, but i enjoy other sports much more

side note: of all the professional athletes/celebrities i have met, Wayne Gretzky was probably the nicest i've ever met....
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Old 17 Nov 2003, 05:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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8000 posts, Rebel.....congrats.....on to the topic....

side note: of all the professional athletes/celebrities i have met, Wayne Gretzky was probably the nicest i've ever met....
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And you met Gretzky? Thats awesome. How did that happen?
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Old 17 Nov 2003, 06:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i was a dj for a small radio station back in 89-90....he came to our town for an event call Challenge of the Champions at a local country club golf course....it was Gretzky, Larry Bird, Ivan Lendl and Greg Norman.....i used my press pass to get in and i got to meet all four of them, interview them and spend a little time talking to Gretzky and Lendl individually.....he was unbelievably nice, he even asked me a few questions because i was so nervous interviewing him.....he signed my press pass for me as well (which i still have).....it was kind of wierd to find out how small in stature he was....i mean, here is the Great One and he was about two inches shorter than me and i outweighed him by probably 25 pounds or so.....but a nicer professional athlete i have never met, either before or since
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it's cold and it's full of europeans and canadians. And that's the truth. (That's why Nascar is bigger than F1, even though F1 is bigger in the rest of the world). It's too hard to watch. The scores are too low. The fights are entertaining sometimes, but they don't happen enough. Nothing happens, It takes forever for something to happen, and when it does, if you blink, it's over.
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it's cold and it's full of europeans and canadians.
your just mad because americans can't produce good hockey players.


j/k Actually my two favourite players are american.
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I think the Americans that do like it are the ones that can actually go outside and play it (northern states). The people down here in the southwest/east really dont give a shit about it.
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The regular season is too long I think. I don't watch much of the season, but come playoff time, I watch most of the games. I understand hockey pretty well i think, and I enjoy it. I do think that if there was a team closer than the Washington Capitals, that I might go to actual games, but all we have is semi professional or something.
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I watch hockey very often, Minnesota is a big hockey state, the Gophers seem to be in the runnings every year. (2 consecutive NCAA championships at the moment)

The Wild are starting off slow, but usually pick up, and the All-Star game is at the Xcel Energy Center this year... which I will defenitly be watching.
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It stems from how Americans generally pick up sports. We either learn about a sport and its rules through friends and family, or just watching the games themselves. Keeping with this, I don't really think Americans don't like hockey so much as they are confused by it.

Offsides, two line pass and charging are penalties that halt the game and for the uneducated, it's like, "why are they stopping now?" Of course, the restrictions of offsides and two liners helps create a lot of the drama in hockey, but Americans tend not to care about working a puck into a zone.

That's one of the big reasons soccer is panned here, which I think is a good thing.

Also, the clutching and grabbing and the failure of refs to call it certainly takes the quality of the game down.

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Well let's put it this way, You americans love to win. Why watch a sport where you know your team will get beat? It's a known fact that Americans are proud of
Baseball, Gridiron and Basketball because they kick ass in those 3 sports. It's like supporting South Africa in Snow-Boarding.

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Hey, that's more than Canada can say they have. (Olympic Champion Teams)
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Baseball, Gridiron and Basketball because they kick ass in those 3 sports. It's like supporting South Africa in Snow-Boarding.

I don't think americans suck at hockey. They have great players. But they will never be as good as canadians.
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Hey I don't think they suck but you should it yourself, They haven't got much chance against you Canucks...

Canada rules btw.
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Hmmm. I don't remember who the Wild put out of the playoffs last year, oh yeah, it was the Avalanche, and the Canucks...
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