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The Winter Classic- More Than Just The Game

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

This is the NHL’s Little White Lie.

At least the league better hope the so-called Winter Classic is white this year after the rainy debacle in Pittsburgh last Jan. 1. (More on that later.)

The NHL’s New Year’s Day Game (Except If The NFL Is Playing Because We Don’t Mess With Those Bad Boys) offers much to admire—even if none of it is, you know, related to the actual playing of hockey.

The outdoor game is a technological and logistical marvel, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering. It is a marketing machine for a league that, post-lockout, seems driven by events. And in the jammed sporting bazaar, it is the most powerful an attention-grabber that hockey has to offer outside of the Olympics, a game that has induced a surprising number of rheumy eyes to tune in.

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cainer4wingsglory's avatar

Cue the hyperbole! The Winter Classic is nothing more than a spectacle for the casual fan. The product on the ice is crap because of the conditions. The only good thing to come out of this is the HBO 24/7 show….

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 01/01/12 at 10:37 PM ET

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This stooge blames the WC for Crosby’s concussion? These clods will stop at nothing to bring his name up. Glad I canceled my SI….......

Posted by kevin from boston on 01/02/12 at 10:22 AM ET

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I agree with the “safety of the ice conditions” argument, but invoking a player getting a concussion is an asinine way to do it. Concussions have very little to do with ice conditions.

Better to point out the many times that players have injured knees by getting skates caught in ruts, or aggravated groin injuries after skating in a rink with soft ice, and pointing out the simple fact that the ice is likely to be worse outside than in a more climate-regulated rink, thus increasing the probabilities of such injuries. Analogous to baseball players with bad knees or aching backs not playing in ballparks with hard artificial turf (the Minnesota Twins old playing surface at the blasted Metrodome was notorious for this) sitting out games to avoid increasing the risk of injury.

Bringing up a concussion that might have happened at any other rink - and does - is a pointless non sequiteur.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/02/12 at 10:44 AM ET

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