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11-17-2012, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
But again, isn't that completely different yardstick?
It is, and like I said it is a horrible comparison. The main thing I was trying to get across is the difference between invention and refinement. The music/hockey thing doesn't really work, I agree.

whereas hockey is simply about winning. ... the purpose of the game - winning by scoring more goals than the opponent - is set in stone
The purpose of the game is to win, but that does not define the excellence of an individual player. Hockey isn't like track, or swimming, or other sports where individuals compete to reach objective performance goals. It's much more complex than that, and our definition of "best" or "greatest" is closer to a value judgment than anything.

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