FirstStar Posted February 20, 2011 Report Share Posted February 20, 2011 I enjoy the outdoor games! Sure, there are a lot of variables that can affect the outcome of the match, but both teams are dealing with the issues. It is gimmicky, yes, but I enjoy it. I really love watching an NFL game with a snow-covered field and flakes falling from the sky. It adds a new and exciting element to the game! I enjoy the one or two NHL games each year with a similar context. I love the outdoor games as well, but like aforementioned, it's not even. In football, you play an equal amount of time at both ends, whereas in hockey, there are only 3 period, which means you play 2 of the 3 periods at one end. The wind can shift, get stronger and weaker and the sun will go down eventually, but for the most part,one team could have a significant advantage(don't care if they're professionals or not, they're affected by the elements as much as anyone). As in football, they purposely change sides in case the elements are a factor, it gives both teams the chance to benefit from the elements. Skating into the wind and sun through 2 periods, will definitely have an affect on the players. And on the other hand, the team with the wind at their backs through 2 periods, have an obvious advantage. Not only do they have the wind propelling them, the wind helps to slow down (and tire em out quicker) the other team (since they'll be skating into it through 2 periods). Just take football as an example, a field goal punter with the wind at his back could actually make a 40 yard field goal (if the winds are strong enough) and the kicker kicking into the wind, would have a harder time, even if he were 15 yards closer(25 yard line). Which is why in football, they both play an equal amount of time on both sides. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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