Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-11-2012, 12:49 AM
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I do, because the other measures are even worse.
Yeah, it's one tournament, but everyone knows what it means.
The team that steps up for those games, and plays well under pressure, when it counts, deserves the accolades.
You're right the Olympics are probably the tournament, where the nations' desires to win are most aligned, especially when compared to WHC and the World Cup. However, if your argument that a particular country is #1 hinges on the Olympic win alone, then you obviously fail to realize that every team will show a range of performances whatever its average value (i.e. how good they are at the moment), so a win in the finals, semi-finals or quarter-finals doesn't necessarily mean that team is better than the other. Obviously, you have to go with some metric, but if that one thing is all you go on, I don't think you can make that call unless the scores are extremely lopsided.
I agree that other single measures by themselves are worse, though.
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