The debate on fighting in hockey is bubbling up again due to recent events. Unfortunately it has become more polarized than ever with no sense or reason added to the discussion. You are either a hard-line hawk who says any changes to eliminate fighting from the game will make it a game for sissies and increase other non-pugilistic violence. Anyone even suggesting the current state needs to be changed is portrayed as a dove looking for the absolute banishment of fighting from the game.
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I’ve compiled a list of reasons why anyone can play the Overtime Central 2008 NHL Loser Challenge.
- You don’t need to know any players or their stats. Simply pick a team to lose from the teams playing that day.
- You don’t need to follow the NHL, the team’s records or win/loss streaks. The loser selection page shows up-to-date team standings and streaks, allowing for players without a regular NHL following to play without research.
- NHL parity (12 points separate the middle 26 teams as of this writing) makes predicting a loser each day no better than guessing.
- The contest rule allowing each team to be only picked once during the contest evens the playing field between knowledgeable and less knowledgeable players. No advantage to Gord, no matter how many issues of The Hockey News he reads.
- Random picks for days that you have missed making a pick for means you don’t lose your chance when you forget to make your picks.
- Scoring streaks and resets after incorrect predictions mean the standings can quickly change in a day and you are always in the hunt.
- It is a short 10 week, 30 day contest following the NHL All-Star game. Get into the NHL in the last half of the season, leading to the playoffs.
- It will be lots of fun. Get groups of people to sign up and play against each other.
- You could win valuable prizes. Beating Gord is it’s own reward.
- It costs about the same as a couple cups of coffee or theatre admission for one, but provides 10 times the entertainment value. That is something you can afford.
I encourage everyone to check out the full rules and sign up today. Don’t wait until the last minute. The first game day arrives Tuesday, January 29, 2008.
Overtime Central is pleased to announce a exciting new contest for hockey fans this year. The 2008 NHL Loser Challenge is now available for sign up. In this contest, you pick one team to lose from the given games on 30 days of the NHL 2008 season. If you predict correctly, you are awarded 1 point for the first correct prediction, 3 points for the second correct consecutive prediction, 5 points for the third consecutive correct prediction and so on. An incorrect prediction starts your scoring back at 1 point for the next correct prediction. Not hard enough? You also can only pick each NHL team to lose once during the length of the contest. There are 30 days and 30 teams, but each team does not play an equal number of games, nor every night. See the full rules for more details.
Visitors who check the site regularly may have noticed a design change implemented yesterday, switching the header image to a hockey theme. But what does this mean? It means Overtime Central is awaking from a long winter sleep to bring to you a hockey contest.
Coming in a few days will be the launch of our latest contest, to start January 29. This will be another unique offering by Overtime Central, slightly experimental, but we are sure that it will be a fun and challenging contest for all interest levels. In order to gauge interest, we would like anyone who follows the site to leave a comment if they intend to play (yes, sight unseen). I know many others have gone into hibernation also, so I will have to make the rounds waking people up and getting entries. Thanks and remember to leave a comment and sign up in a few days.
When Todd Fedoruk was knocked out in a fight Wednesday night and taken off the ice on a stretcher, the number of recent images of NHL hockey players injured in violent acts hit a tipping point, causing NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell to say it is time to question the place of fighting in hockey.