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Stop Complaining

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One thing this shortened NHL season has given us in abundance is the fine art of the whine.

Nary a night passes that we don't hear rumblings and grumblings from a coach, general manager, player or the media covering a game about one or more (perceived) odious calls from the on-ice officials.

Wednesday night it was Detroit carping about non-calls in Los Angeles after a 2-1 loss to the Kings, while there were complaints in Toronto about a major checking from behind call assessed to Leafs forward Mike Brown.

Indeed, it's a rare night we don't hear some boo-hooing from some corner of the NHL world about calls made or not made.

Truly, is there anything more tiresome than someone complaining about the work done on the ice, especially given that invariably that complaint emanates from a team that ended up losing a game or a point in the standings?


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Mandingo's avatar

This is one of the stupidest sports columns I’ve read so far in 2013.

I don’t even know where to begin…

The NFL has become “unwatchable” due to instant replay? You mean “unwatchable” to the tune of record TV revenues and a complete dominance in viewership and market share over the other major sports by a factor never before seen in history? That kind of “unwatchable?”

It’s real simple: Either you’re OK with officials blowing calls and ruining the integrity of the game or you’re not. Scott Burnside, and anyone who doesn’t believe technology should be used to make correct calls, is OK with bad officials ruining good games. End of story.

I will never as long as I live understand people who believe it is more important to allow officials to blow calls and ruin games than it is to use existing technology to get the call right.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/02/13 at 10:56 AM ET


Whining about officials is tiresome. Everyone gets screwed, suck it up and watch the game or move on to something more “fair”.  Everything has to be “fair” all the time. Well life isn’t fair!

Posted by timbits on 03/02/13 at 11:25 AM ET

NIVO's avatar

The 19 watched Wednesdays game Burnside. Did you mail it in from just watching a highlight reel?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/02/13 at 12:56 PM ET


I always assume my favorite team will get a couple of bad calls against them, or missed on the other team every game. Yes, I bitch at the time, but move on. What I don’t want to see is more reviews and more camera angles with super slow motion to get it perfect. Goals are what matters and we need to make sure they are accurate. Beyond that I am not really concerned.I care more about getting the officiating to open up the game than I do about getting every call right. I like more penalties than less penalties, because I want the grinders out of the game and the speed guys to dominate. So if the refs err on the side of making the call, I am happy with that. As to whether it was fair or not, I have far less interest in that. My favorite team got screwed out a Superbowl by the refs, but it doesn’t mean I want more changes and more review to make it more fair.

Posted by timbits on 03/02/13 at 01:11 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

If Bunside doesn’t like this, he should call out the root cause of the problem:  This is a consequence of the NHL structuring the league to enforce parity.  When a single goal can mean the difference between a two points or one (or zero), and a single point in the standings can be the difference between qualifying for the playoffs or not (or the difference between playoff seedings and more lucrative home games), the pressure gets ratcheted up.

I don’t necessarily think there are more blown calls than ever, but every one is more important, and likely to generate a serious public reaction.  From players, coaches, management, and ownership.

The NHL has made their bed, and it’s time for them to lie in it.  They can’t blame this on the player’s union, it’s a consequence of their policy of enforced mediocrity.  Apologists like Burnside aren’t helping at all.

Posted by Savage Henry on 03/02/13 at 01:24 PM ET


Burnside is just showing that he’s yet another of the dinosaurs around the league that refuse to embrace the new era in the NHL.
Guess what, the old day weren’t always better.  There were plenty of teams back then that did well because they were just as good at getting away with penalties as they were at playing actual hockey.
Every other “major” sport has done what they can to ensure the level of officiating is high by embracing technology and other changes.
Why does the NHL insist on giving constant excuses instead of solutions?

Posted by grndlprm on 03/02/13 at 03:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I’ve always said, “Hockey fans have long memories,” HTO.  Some refs you just know are gonna call the game exactly as you’d expect.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/02/13 at 05:23 PM ET

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