Winter Classic Cynicism and Rules

After talking about the magic of the Winter Classic last night, I ranted a little bit this morning on Twitter and want to follow up here so I can use more words.

Now I have no idea how feasible that really is. There's no way they'd come right back to Ann Arbor (Washington hosts next year), there's already an issue with too many outdoor games, and who knows how much U of M would charge them a second time around, especially if the Red Wings weren't involved.

In another angle of Winter Classic cynicism... I've said before that changing sides in the third period of the outdoor games is done all wrong. I wish I could find where I'd said it because it just looks like sour grapes to bring it up today.

The league already has rules about when certain stoppages are supposed to happen. The first stoppage after six minutes into the period gets a TV timeout, for example (unless it's after an icing). That's a free timeout for both teams and certainly it might benefit one team more than another but they don't try to make it "fair" by timing it for when both teams are equally tired.

There's no reason to blow play dead just to make things "fair" to switch ends. Do it at the next stoppage. In the third period, that's already a commercial break.

Or I suppose we could start blowing play dead for TV timeouts, too. Why not? Everyone would know it's coming so it would make just as much sense as doing it to switch ends.

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Three minutes in and they have to shovel the ice. This game, as @bradonweb said, is going to take a month.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/1/2014 at 1:39 PM


Wings entered the first intermission in their last Winter Classic down. This is an improvement

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/1/2014 at 2:30 PM


Way to not be out injured, Alfie.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/1/2014 at 3:07 PM


Good game

Love the red vs blue - NHL should play dark jerseys more often

Weather made for good viewing - Postcard like

Big House was a phenomenal venue - football stadiums are better and there is no better than the Big House

Only drawback as a Habs fan is that it was a three point game...Otherwise, great viewing

Posted by Stormo on 1/1/2014 at 6:39 PM


Our much-delayed Winter Classic photo gallery is now up:


Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2014 at 4:39 PM


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