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Vulgar Opinions: What The (Expletive) Does Playing 60 Minutes Mean? (NSFW)

10/10/11
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It’s one of the more annoying cliche’s in the sports world: playing sixty minutes…what does it even mean?

The short, stupid, simple answer is it means that your team of choice plays well for an entire game, which is really fucking stupid considering the parity of every single sports league these days.  Think back to the past two Sabres match-ups where they jumped out to big leads and coasted through relatively uneventful third periods.  Of course the knock is, “well, they sure played like shit in the third,” but there are a couple of things wrong with that.

First of all, putting up zero shots in a period isn’t playing like shit if you have a 4-1 lead and don’t give up any goals.  It’s “playing to win the game,” as Herman Edwards would say.  Playing well isn’t necessarily putting up points, it’s making good decisions and doing what you need to do to close the game out.  But more importantly…these teams are good.  With very few exceptions, they’re all good.  It’s pretty much impossible to play a full sixty minutes these days.  Sure, every once in a while you’re going to blow a team out 8-1 and outshoot them by 20, but more likely you’re going to find yourself in a tight game where the object is to play most of the game better than your opponent.  Think about it, the Kings and Ducks were both playoff teams last year.  Expecting the Sabres to crush them with superior play in every minute is a pipe dream, especially if said opponent is behind and knows it needs to fight tooth and nail to get back into it.  Let’s just dump this cliche.

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