Lockout discussion thread 2.0
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11-19-2012, 07:28 AM
nexus of the crisis
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If you removed Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and the top 150 players from tennis, would you go cheer for the new dynasty of player #151 who would become #1, on the basis that the margin between him and Djokovic was narrow anyway, and that the entertainment product is just as good?
I don't think that analogy works well for me... I recognize Federer's name, but none of the others, and have never watched more than 5 minutes of tennis in my life, sooooo... But if I had to guess, then I'm thinking it would be along the very same lines as hockey... as in yes, I love tennis that much, and the margin between #150 and #1 is probably very narrow, and if you took out the top 150, I'd still watch it and love it just as much, and #151 becoming the new legendary #1 would provide just as much entertainment. That's what I would expect for most any sports, hockey included. The world is just a big big place.
Don't kid yourself, talent level is very noticeable in games. It's easy to see the difference between the Canada-USA gold medal game in Vancouver, or the LA-NJ Stanley Cup Final series, versus that of the Habs in late 2011-2012.
I don't think I'm "kidding myself". Why would I? I'm pro-player, so it's not like I have some self-manufactured bias to promote a replacement player scenario as part of my internet secret agent efforts to solve the NHL lockout. You're describing games where there is a lot on the line, where the stakes and atmosphere conspire to make the games so much more entertaining as much as anything. You can find that at all kinds of levels. And you'd find it with a replacement player Stanley Cup final too. Well, you would if it ever happened and if you ever gave it a chance. Neither of which will happen, soooo...
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