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US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

Posted on: June 16, 2008 11:15 am
This is something I have felt for a while, and the events of this past weekend give me cause to rant on this a bit.  Let me get this started, I understand not all overtime and tiebreaking procedures are perfect.  In the NFL for example, the kicking team isn't even guaranteed a shot with the ball.  In the NHL, penalty shots are an effective way to end a game, but very anticlimactic if you ask me, same in soccer.  Baseball and basketball seem to have their overtime procedures down pat.  Boxing, way back in the day just went on and on until someone hit the canvas, even if they needed 97 rounds to do so, today they go to the cards and I think the controversies with those has effectively killed the sport.  In Golf, there is no universal overtime on the PGA Tour.  Some tournaments have a sudden death in which they go to a predetermined hole and first player with a better score on a hole wins.  The PGA Championship uses a 4 hole playoff format in which each player gets 4 holes and the lowest cumulative score wins.  However today, in the US Open they will play an entire 18 holes.  This very well COULD be over for all intents and purposes 4-5 holes into the match, and it very well could be a barnburner, however this format is very anticlimactic in my opinion.  I believe that whatever format you choose to use, the only prerequisite should be that you should be able to crown the champ on Sunday

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2008 2:59 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

Agreed 100%.  The 06 WC was a complete disappointment.  These are conditioned athletes.  I think, espceially in final, they should keep playing 45 minute periods.  The team with the worst conditioning will screw up and someone will score.  Case closed.  Or, at a miminum, after the tie game at the end of regulation, play again the next day and continue this til someone wins a game in regulation. 

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2008 7:05 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

I will give it to you that baseball and basketball have it figured out for ending their OT games, it is much harder to score in hockey.  Shootouts are very exciting for the fans and lets face it we cannot expect them to play 4 overtimes then fly out to another city to play the next day.  These games mean something though and should not end in ties.  And of course NEVER in the playoffs.  I wish that the NFL would adopt the same OT that they use in the NCAA.  At least as long as they don't count the stats...nothing like distorting season stats with 8 TD passes in one game because of the OT.  Soccer should do what they do in AYSO...start taking a player off of each t every 5 minutes...with all that open space someone would be able to least hockey shoot outs are kind of ones blow.  As far as for golf though, I like the system...but it needs to be the same at each event.  18 holes for majors, then sudden death.  4 or 6 holes for other events, then sudden death.  But there is no way that the playoff between Rocco and Tiger didn't live up to the hype.  Tiger was up by 3 shots and folded.  Had they ended it early look at the drama we would have missed.  If you are worried about the TV ratings or it being to long...keep it just for major championships...and if that doesn't work make it match play like in the Ryder cup.  But it soots me just fine!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2008 12:02 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

Ah yes, my mistake.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 5:46 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

Hey GoPack, ever seen an NFL OT game?Yup, and if you actually read 2 sentences into my blog, you would have been able to figure that out all on your own.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 4:41 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

Hey GoPack, ever seen an NFL OT game?

Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 10:45 am

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

I don't quite know whether there is a provision in the USGA Tournament rules for a concession or not. A player may "withdraw" but then he would lose all of his scores and position by doing so, I don't know of too many that would chose this route save for injury.

To say that Tiger "toughed it out" to win his 14th Major is a gross understatement. While I am not an ardent follower of Tiger himself (I prefer to enjoy the exploits of all the tour pros) I certainly gained a new measure of respect for his performance of the weekend.

It is one for the ages in my humble opinion.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2008 6:18 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

It turned out great today, I must say, but the format I think leaves a lot to be desired.  For instance, I think something like this is a rarity, and a situation in which someone is up by a handful of stroked 5-6 holes into it is more likely and there is little to no drama then.  If they are going to do the 18 hole thing, I would prefer them to play match play and then if there is a mercy killing out there, it could be over after say 12 holes.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2008 6:00 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

Yet you watched it and gave a play by play...

I hear what you are saying, I wanted to finish it last night, especially when so many had to work today.

In its defense:

a.  Tradition.  Why change now.  It would suck if other tourneys copied it though.

b.  It happened in 1991 when it was in mpls.  the extra day when it wasn't as crowded was a blast.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2008 3:07 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports


I know a lot of ppl do not watch soccer...but deciding the World Cup on penalty kicks in 2006 was stupid. Having aggregates in soccer sucks.....SOCCERS TIEBREAKERS SUCK!

A lot of ppl will say soccer sucks, but i enjoy watching it...just really stupid they have to be so dumb and get these wierd tiebreakers.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2008 2:32 pm

US Open = Worst tiebreaker in sports

it may be anti-climatic, but it definitely is fair.  As much as I've enjoyed Rocco's comments as of late, he's right in assuming he has virtually no chance to beat Tiger in this 18 hole playoff.  The better player will prevail.  No luck or one-hole advantage (such as  driving  distance) will tell who is the winner, rather the entire gambit of their game over 18 holes will tell who is better. 

If it would've been a one hole playoff, Rocco would've won, as he birdied the first hole, and Tiger bogeyed it.  But now after 9 holes Tiger has the lead.  I'm rooting for Rocco, just because I'm half sick of Tiger winning everything, but if I were a betting money is on Mr. Woods. 

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