When is a baseball game worse than a hockey game?

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I usually don't care much about baseball until after the NHL playoffs are over.  Hockey season drags on through the middle of June, and the baseball pennant races usually don't mean much until August.  But the talk of the sports world that has caught my attention is a baseball fight.

Huh, a baseball fight?

Thursday night in San Diego, Padres' batter Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch thrown by Dodger pitcher Zack Greinke.  Quentin charged the mound going after Greinke, and both benches cleared as players ran onto the field.

Not following the Dodgers or the Padres, I'm not sure of the so called history between these two players.  The incident went from a rather typical at bat to a field full of players pushing, shoving, and screaming in a very short period of time.

The story became more heated and discussed in the press because in the process Dodgers ace pitcher Greinke broke his collarbone and could miss eight weeks.

Only in the National Hockey League is a win not always a win

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The Pittsburgh Penguins recently completed a perfect month of March with a record of 15 wins with no losses.  The 15 consecutive wins came two short of the NHL record of 17 wins registered by the Penguins in 1993.

A hockey purist was quick to point out that the '93 streak was 17 regulation and overtime wins in a row since there were no shootouts in 1993. The 2013 streak included a shootout win, which would not have counted as a win in 1993.

The rules of all sports change from generation to generation.  Anytime you make a comparison of something that happened years ago to something that happened recently the argument will always be how the comparisons are invalid.

While the record should still count, it does bring up an oddity of the National Hockey League rules regarding wins and losses. Only in hockey is a win not always a win, and a loss can actually gain ground for a team in the standings.

Under the current system the standings are determined by points, not just wins and losses, with two points awarded for a win, and one point awarded for an overtime loss.

The rules that have allowed ties, and now overtime losses, have changed three times since 1999.

When is it time to fire the coach: NHL 2013 edition

Michel Therrien shown on left as Penguins coach, Bruce Boudreau shown on right as Washington Capitals coach


As the shortened NHL season heads for the home stretch, and teams with playoff ambitions start to trend downward, many people will start to scream, "Fire the coach."

When a team starts to struggle why do people always want to fire the coach?


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