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by Paul on 03/25/13 at 04:35 PM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,
You have to admire Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada. The man tries. Like Galileo attempting to get the Catholic Church onside, Friedman is singlehandedly trying to drag HNIC’s high priests into a hockey renaissance.
During one of Saturday’s segments, Friedman bravely resurrected the Corsi Number, a metric that measures how many shot attempts by his own team and the opponent a player is on the ice for. Many analysts see it as a far better stat than plus/ minus.
You’d have thought he’d just told the David Suzuki fan club there might be a slight hitch in Dave’s idea of imminent extinction via climate change. Panelists Glenn Healy, P.J. Stock and Kevin Weekes either mocked the metric or ignored it. The trio seemed more interested in the faux-couture collar on Stock’s jacket.
The disbelieving look on Friedman’s face was like that of a man watching three people trying to discover fire using wet sticks. If you want to try an office pool, guess the next time Friedman bothers mentioning a hockey metric for the red-meat chorus.
more on HNIC and some 'defensive' talk...
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