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07-10-2013, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Sir Psycho T View Post
I'm not saying those teams weren't. Every team that wins a Cup gets lucky. It's part of winning, in every sport, 1 different bounce, call, play and you can lose. Injuries, bad streaks, coaching mistakes etc.

It takes SO many things to go just right to win a Championship in any sport, but more so in hockey then most, that expecting to win is almost a guarantee to fail.

Maybe the next 5 years the Hawks don't get so lucky. Maybe Hossas back injury is worse then we realize, maybe Toews starts to suffer from multiple concussions, maybe guys like Hammer or Shaw regress, maybe everyone brought in doesn't click with the team and mesh right away. and so on and so forth.

The Blackhawks are built and positioned to be a top team for many years and a cup contender and favorite for sure. Whether they win those cups are not comes down to everything I just listed and more.
Thank you. Yeesh, the last couple pages of this thread comprise some of the most misinformed opinions I've read here, and that's saying a lot.

Talent is very evenly spread through the league because of the cap. Just because we say "luck" plays a very large part in determining the winner doesn't mean we don't think there is a lot of skill involved or that the players' skill isn't absolutely incredible. But when you distribute that talent very evenly through the teams, the end result is that a few bounces, bad calls, etc. either way can be the deciding factor.

And this influence of luck should be obvious. We are always talking about how the Presidents' Trophy winning team rarely wins the Cup. So if you are saying there is very little luck involved, you are then saying that the playoff run (about 25% as long as the regular season) is more likely to determine the best team than the full 82 games.

And then we circle back to this current Hawks team. A year ago folks are saying that Stan didn't do enough and that the current roster is weak and might miss the playoffs or get knocked out in the 1st/2nd round. Now the same folks expect 1-3 more championships from this group. T

But part of it is that people will ALWAYS look for something to ***** and complain about. So if you set the bar unreasonably high, the team will always provide you ***** and complain about.

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