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Why not hockey?

Posted on: October 27, 2008 8:52 am

I was wondering why so many are disinterested in hockey. I just want to know why sports people don't watch hockey?

Is it becasue it has no major network coverage, including ESPN? Is it becuase you don't understand the rules of the game? Are you against fighting? Do you think it's just not a made for television sport?

Just doing a little research. Why don't you like hockey? 

Category: NHL
Tags: ESPN, Hockey, NHL

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2008 8:21 am

Why not hockey?

Great post OV. I agree with you on every part of your post, except for rooting for the Caps. As you haven't figured it out, I am a die hard Lightning fan. I am aslo a Reds, Bengals and Buckeye fan. I have witnessed the Reds winning the World Series in 75' 76' and 90. I have seen the Bengals in the Superbowl 2 times. I watched the underdog Buckeyes win a National Championship. However nothing comes even close to the 7 game series that Tampa Bay had with Calgary in 2004. So many ups and downs. Then to pull it out by one goal in game 7 was the first time I ever shed tears of joy! It was a series for the ages, and most people never even saw it. It is sad. 

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2008 2:27 pm

Why not hockey?

I am the person solely responsible for converting Mr. Ochobuckeye78 into a true hockey fan for the great Washington Capitals.  He will vouch for it.  Hockey is like a really good disease that affects the soul.  Once you go to a game live and get into understanding of the game, you cannot miss one.  It is such an infectious sport because it has what all great sports have:  Passion, Pride, Legacy, Speed, Agility, Power, Physicality, and Sportsmanship.  To me, its the pride and sportsmanship that really sets hockey apart from the rest.  The shaking of hands after a bruising 7 game series and the pride to sacrifice your body for your team are just two of the prime examples.  Best example...Ovechkin breaks his nose, takes 20 + stitches in his face, misses 5 minutes of game, scores 4 goals including the game tying and game winning goals.  Soccer plays dive, nba players dive, nfl players miss with "turf toe," and MLB....need I say more.  Hockey players are the toughest SOBs in sports. Hockey is a passion, and a love.  You WILL NOT find any poser hockey fans...except anyone who cheers for the Femguins and Sindy Crybaby..LOLOLOL!!!  JK Pens fans....not really.  To me hockey is the absolutely sport of all sports, just a dog's hair above the NFL.

Ochobuckeye78...we will get to a game here soon together my man!  I promise.

Rock the Red

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 3:20 pm

Why not hockey?

I have always liked hockey but never as much as I do know! I follow the CAPS being that I live out here in Baltimore and going to games is a lot of fun and also loads cheaper than NFL games. I couldn't answer why hockey is not more popular than it is, but it definetely could be its no where near as boring as baseball!! Also Zinger with the Bunglees blowing Hockey is all we have left!!



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2008 2:35 pm

Why not hockey?

Great post MikeyFan. I was born in Ohio and lived there till I was 17, and didn't know much about hockey. I remembered the Dayton Gems when I was growing up, but only went to a couple of games. I moved to Tampa in 1982 and when the Lightning came along, I really got into it. I went to their opening game at the Tampa Fairgrounds "Cow Palace" as it was referred to, and watched Chris Kontos score four goals in a win over the Blackhawks. I have been hooked ever since.

As far as the rinks are concerned, hockey has gained a lot of popularity in the south. I know of two nice ice rinks in the Tampa area, and getting ice time on either of them is nearly impossible. They now have leagues for kids all the way up to over 50. High school hockey has even shown its' face in the Tampa area. There are having to pool kids from several high schools to form teams, but who would of thought about high school hockey in Florida ten years ago.

Anyway, great post.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2008 2:05 pm

Why not hockey?

Let me give a prespective from someone who didn't grow up around Hockey land.  I grew up in Arkansas and fortunately my military career took me to Grand Forks, ND where I started watching the Fighting Souix play college hockey.  Now I am a sports fananic so to get me to watch a game isn't that hard to do, but once I got into it, I realized real quick that it is the best specator sport in the business.  The action is constant the hitting is hard, and the crowd is great.  I am now an avid Hockey fan and living in Carolina I am a fan of the Hurricanes.

Now as to why it isn't watch much by the rest of the country.  First exposure, and not so much TV exposure, I don't believe, its first hand exposure.  If people don't understand the rules they aren't interested in watching, unless they have a buddy around that understands and then they learn and become fans.  This leads me to the as I call it whinning of those up North who say that Hockey doesn't belong in the South.  Well, if you take big league hockey from the warm weather areas then you cannot expect these areas of the country to watch the sport.  So Hockey in the south is needed very, very much.

Second thing that is needed is ice rinks, when I grew up in Arkansas the closest Ice Rink was probably 500 to 800 miles away.  So how is a kid to learn the game if there is no place to teach.  I believe if the NHL gave a concentrated effort to put Rinks in the south and then went to the schools to recruit players, provide them equipment, as it is expensive, just to build interest then I think you could see a rise in 20 year in the popularity of the sport.  I know there are a lot of teams in the south building ice rinks in the towns they play in and also build hockey programs but what about other areas that don't have teams, say Houston, TX a major metro area without a team do they have rinks?  Are they teaching the game?  Why not go to the schools and build Ladies Hockey teams.  Don't laugh with the Equal rights a lot of schools are looking for sports for women to balance their athletics programs.  And if the girls play how long before the boys start to play just to show they are better?

Last TV.  Hockey in Analog is just hard to follow and keep up with the puck,  However, with the advent of HD and the new 120MHZ TV's Hockey is exciting to watch on TV just like football.  Because the camera can zoom out a little more, you can still follow the puck and catch what is going on behind the puck too.

So why don't people watch?  EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2008 7:55 am

Why not hockey?

Great Post FFF. I have to agree that the game has got much faster with taking out the two line passing. The only thing I see interfering with the game now is the refs. They are getting to involved in the game. Of course, this seems to be the year for that in all the major sports. It seems they are getting back to a bunch of ticky tack stick calls. They are also getting a little liberal on the interference calls too. I think if the refs stay out of the game a little more, the game would be even better. 

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 2:09 am

Why not hockey?

To add to my previous comment, don't be surprised to see ESPN go after the NHL in the next year or 2. ESPN has lost a lot of viewers to the NFL Network, the soon to be MLB Network and of course us hockey fans know not to go to ESPN for hockey. After fall, ESPN really doesn't have much to show. They have the NBA and College Basketball, but from what I've heard, a lot of NBA fans prefer TNT's coverage over ESPN and until March Madness, a lot of the College games they show are boring, or at least aren't deserving of 5 nights a week coverage. Then you look at what else they show during the day and night, WNBA, World Series of Poker, Worlds Strongest Man, and Sportscenter running for 10 hours straight.

Then look at the NHL, even ESPN recently has been talking about the sport more and they even show highlights that aren't 5 seconds long. I think they know that the sport is coming back, especially in the markets that 5 years ago were dead, like Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington, these places now have young talent and hockey is the talk of the town in many of them. Add to these growing markets, the markets that are always strong, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York (Rangers at least), and Buffalo. Heck even San Jose has a pretty damn good following out there in California.

I think that ESPN has definitley noticed the growing interest in the game. Plus this isn't 2004 hockey, this is a totally different game. I remember even in 2004, games would stop every 15-30 seconds because of offsides, 2 line passes, icing and what not. Now we can watch games where 5 minutes of play go uninterrupted. Heck I remember in last seasons playoffs, when the Sharks and Stars went to 4 or 5 OTs, they went like 12 minutes without a stoppage in play.

I think if some people who don't like hockey, would just watch a game, they would probably at least find some entertainment from it. The rules aren't hard to understand, its a tough physical game, it takes a lot of talent to play and there are fights! What more could you want!?

Sorry for the long rant, a little bit drunk and annoyed by MLB.

Let's go Flyers!

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 9:55 pm

Why not hockey?

Hockey is by far my favorite sport. Philadelphia Flyers fan born and raised! I think the sport is going to make a comeback, the Stanley Cup ratings were at it's highest in years last year. Plus with bigger market teams that have lacked success as of late, Boston, Chicago, the sport will get more recognition.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 8:13 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 1:21 pm

Why not hockey?

Agreed! HD makes hockey much more viewable.

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