Rookie Tournament Soccer Nets Question
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09-11-2006, 10:56 PM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Chambly QC
Unless we go back to the original rules of the 1917 NHL, I've got no problem with testing different ideas; it's not like this hasn't happened every few years for the past 90 years.
I'm guessing some people hated getting rid of the rover position, too.
Another note (which I've made in other threads): The NHL is unique in that it's the sole professional sport that's down to a hardcore fan base with barely any fringe fans... so they can make essentially minor modifications to increase appeal to new fans without permanently alienating that fan base.
I know, I know.. some will claim they'll stop watching hockey if things like these nets end up in the real game. The problem is, it's a hollow threat - except for the dozen or so guys across North America that would follow through simply to make a point, the hardcore fan base will still watch and will adjust... same as when the shootout came in. We had literally dozens of HFBoarders saying they'd stop watching hockey if the shootout were adopted, and guess what happened?
They're still here. And that's the point.
So let's see some more testing... maybe do an entire AHL preseason or something with these nets, and let's look at the results
and then judge them
. Why knee-jerk react over something so innocuous? It's not like the net's being replaced by a fishing hole or something that the goalie can fall into... and it's not like the net's dimensions were handed down via Moses from God herself.
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