What good are timeouts if you dont use them
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04-20-2011, 11:20 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: San Diego
I coach sports other than hockey but philosophically I believe you take timeouts during situations that occur in any team sport. These are just 4 examples that I believe in.
1- the opponent gains rapid, play after play, momentum and timeout halts their ability to continue the pressure, at least for a moment.
2- your own team is out of sorts, disorganized, missing assignments, or confused by what your opponent is doing
3-you are down a score or two and need to give your top players a short breather for the final push to pull even.
4- you have a young inexperienced team that is starting to lose control of its emotions and lose sight of the game plan.
Philosophically at least 2 of those are occurring the whole 2nd period. A TV timeout is fundamentally viewed by players as a break... Not a structural timeout, plain and simple.
I don't buy Turd Murray's excuse that there wasn't a clear time to call a timeout. IMHO even when we had the lead in the 2nd period we were NOT executing our gameplan even when we scored the 5th goal, we weren't executing our gameplan. I can see it, the fans can see it, and more importantly the Sharks can see it... And they start to believe that they are in the game, and the game at that point is lost.
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