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Archive for May, 2010

WTF Ref?!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Red Wing fans, including myself, have said all throughout this series with the Sharks that the Officials have been screwing the Wings more then Charlie Sheen “allegedly” screws coked out Whores. While some may call us crybabies I call it passion for the sport and the team we love. If you were at your kids Little League game and the umpire stated you kid was tagged out when he clearly was not, you’d complain and bitch about it am I right? Better yet if your team that you root for was down 3-0 in a Best of 7 series and were constantly having shit penalties called on them you’d bitch wouldn’t you? Why is it any different or wrong for us?

I am a die hard Wings fan through and through and have no problem admitting when the team I love got out played by their opposition. The Wings shut down in the 3rd Period last night and just decided to quit for unknown reasons. However I must say that I am extremely disappointed in the Refs during the OT goal more so then any other bad call they have made. The play should have been stopped or the goal should have been declined and a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty should have been given accordingly to the Sharks. Below is an undoctored picture, minus the circling of the Shark players, of the OT goal from last nights game along with the official NHL rule for “Too Many Men on the Ice”.

74.1 Too Many Men on the Ice-

Players and goalkeepers may be changed at any time during the play from the players’ bench provided that the player or players leaving the ice shall be within five feet (5′) of his players’ bench and out of the play before the change is made. At the discretion of the on-ice officials, should a substituting player come onto the ice before his teammate is within the five foot (5’) limit of the players’ bench (and therefore clearly causing his team to have too many players on the ice), then a bench minor penalty may be assessed.

Now as you can obviously see there are seven total skaters on the ice for the Sharks, two of which were more then 5′ away from the bench. You have to figure that an average player is well over 5′ tall and if you were to lay him down on his side it would take at least one and a half body lengths if not more for the player to touch the boards in front of the bench. Clearly they are in violation of this rule and a penalty should have been assessed. Ah well, can’t do anything about it now right? Here’s to hoping the Wings can pull 4 magically wins out of their asses and save themselves from elimination.

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