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You can watch this Sports Science feature on putting a Sumo wrestler in the net while Georg Parros tries to score.

 

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I am not trying to make the case that a Sumo would be a great goaltender, but Sport Science did a poor job of testing this.  First of all they put the pads on the Sumo backwards.

Secondly; so much of goal tending is about cutting off the angle.  If the Sumo would have been 5 feet further out, he probably would have stopped some of those shots. 

 

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 07/17/13 at 11:46 AM ET

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I am not trying to make the case that a Sumo would be a great goaltender, but Sport Science did a poor job of testing this.  First of all they put the pads on the Sumo backwards.

Secondly; so much of goal tending is about cutting off the angle.  If the Sumo would have been 5 feet further out, he probably would have stopped some of those shots.

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 07/17/13 at 12:46 PM ET

And furthermore, in a game situation guys don’t get to pick the exact spot they shoot to very often.  They’re hurried, and in motion.  They have defenders in the way making life difficult, and the pass they receive may not be in the ideal position.  Show me Parros trying to pick his spots in a 3-on-3 drill or something, and the sumo’s chances of making the stop go up considerably.  Parros may not even hit the net with some of his shots then too.

The saying is about putting a sumo in net for a game, not just shooting practice.

Not a sumo, but I often wonder what a goalie with the body of a Prince Fielder could do.  Prince is actually decently agile for a big man while still taking up more space.  Or a Lebron James kind of bigger body even.

Posted by Primis on 07/17/13 at 12:27 PM ET

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Agreed. I’d add that size really doesn’t benefit goalies all that much. Height combined with the pads to match counts. When u look at today’s goalies they are usually lanky and thin. The pads provide the bulk to take up the net and their low weight provides the agility to react.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 07/18/13 at 12:46 AM ET

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