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12-21-2012, 10:55 AM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
I saw a study that statistically claimed that a 38 game European soccer season didn't give a statistically reliable conclusion on who had the best team. The authors actually said it would take a minimum of 7 full seasons or 266 games.
I have always felt that as a fan good international hockey is a lot of fun to watch but the results are a pretty poor indicator of which country has the best players. Over time the countries with the best players will win more often, but single games or even single tournaments don't really tell you anything. For example as bad as Canada did at the Turin games anyone can see that player for player Canada had by far the best line up, same goes in '98 and every other major tournament with the possible exception of the US in '96. People will call me arrogant for saying that but it's only because we have had so many more people playing the game than everyone else. I don't know why anyone would expect it to be any different.

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