336 pages, 8 × 5.03 × 0.9 in
October 30, 2007
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385664656
ISBN - 13: 9780385664653
Read from the Book
1. Looking for an argument? Then let’s talk hockey. Bob explains why hockey is the ultimate sport to disagree over.try this experiment the next time you watch a National Hockey League game.Afterwards, listen to what they say about it on sports talk radio, to the opinions of your co-workers in the office the next day and to the views of the pundits on television or in the newspapers.Chances are you’re going to encounter more opinions than you can count. And you’re going to think a good number of them are nonsense.I mean, is there another sport where two fans can sit side by side, watching the exact same game, and then completely disagree about who played well, who didn’t and why one team won and the other didn’t?No, there’s not. Only in hockey is so much of what occurs in the eye of the beholder.It’s the same thing when fans talk about a particular team or a problem in the game and how they think it should be addressed. Everyone has a different solution, because everyone sees something different.Heck, even the stakeholders in the National Hockey League can’t agree about what goes on in the game. One week late in the 2006—07 season, you had the league’s general managers voting to recommend an increase in the number of instigator penalties required for a suspension from three to five because the fighters need more room to do their jobs. Then, a few weeks later, the league’s director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, says it’s time to look at taking fighting out of the game e
Table of Contents
Foreword1.THE ULTIMATE ARGUMENT SPORT 2.OFFICIATING STANDARDS 3.HOCKEY FIGHTS 4.MARK MESSIER 5.HOCKEY CAPTAINS 6.THE MEMORIAL CUP 7.THE SEASON IS TOO LONG 8.ALL-STAR GAME RENEWAL 9.DRAFTING GOALTENDERS 10.VISORS 11.SUMMER HOCKEY12.LOW DRAFT PICKS 13.18-YEAR-OLDS IN THE NHL 14.WHY AMERICANS DON’T WATCH 15.WORST IDEAS 16.NO GOOD LEAFS 17.GRETZKY RECORD BOOK 18.GREAT LINES NO MORE 19.ALAN EAGLESON 20.PAUL HENDERSON 21.WHERE COACHES COME FROM 22.WORLD JUNIOR TOURNAMENT 23.TRADE DEADLINE DAY 24.HOCKEY ON TV 25.PARITY 26.COMEBACKS 27.WORST TRADES 28.THE SENS AS CHOKERS 29.EUROPEANS ARE BETTER AT PLAYOFF TIME 30.WOMEN’S HOCKEY IN THE OLYMPICS 31.NHL PLAYERS IN THE OLYMPICS 32.COMPETITIVE BALANCE 33.SHOOTOUTS 34.THE WORST FIRST PICKS EVER35.LINDROS LIVED UP TO THE HYPE 36.THE GREATEST DYNASTIES 37.THE GREATEST GOALTENDERS 38.THE BEST EUROS 39.HOCKEY PLAYERS ARE NICE GUYS 40.PLAYOFF AND REGULAR-SEASON FORMATS THAT WOULD PROMOTE RIVALRIES 41.WHAT THE McSORLEY AND BERTUZZI INCIDENTS HAVE TO DO WITH FIGHTING IN THE NHL 42.THE COACHING MORTALITY RATE WILL ONLY GO UP 43.THE TOP AMERICANS 44.BONEHEAD PLAYS 45.WHAT BUGS ME 46.TEENAGE ATTITUDE 47.HOME-ICE (DIS)ADVANTAGE IN THE PLAYOFFS48.WHAT THE NHL WILL BE LIKE IN 10 YEARS 49.HOCKEY AND THE LAW 50.COLLEGE VERSUS JUNIOR 51.DOES THE REGULAR SEASON MATTER? 52.HITS TO THE HEAD 53.THE BEST PLAYERS NEVER TO WIN A CUP 54.THE GREATEST HOCKEY NATION 55.THE TWO-REFEREE SYSTEM 56.WHY HARDLY ANYONE BETS ON HOCKEY 57.THE BIGGEST HOCKEY STORY EVER 58.BIG
From the Publisher
Hockey’s most controversial authority gives you everything you need to know to be Canada’s best-informed armchair coach.
Sports talk-radio personality Bob McCown knows what he’s talking about, and he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind. Depending on your own strongly held opinions, some of Bob’s will have you cheering in agreement while others will tempt you to throw the book out the window (if you weren’t enjoying the damn thing so much). McCown’s Law will be fuelling and informing heated discussions at the bar for years to come.
A sample of Chairman Bob’s opinions:
-The Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years for a perfectly logical reason: they have the crappiest players.
-It’s time the law put hockey’s most violent offenders in something more restrictive than the penalty box.
-Let’s leave Olympic hockey to the men.
-Eric Lindros won’t end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but he still deserves to be mentioned right alongside the all-time greats.
-Slovakia, not Canada, may just be the greatest hockey nation
-The Ottawa Senators. Are these guys a bunch of chokers or what?
About the Author
Known for his take-no-prisoners debating style and dry wit, Bob McCown is host of The Fan’s “Prime Time Sports,” syndicated throughout Canada on radio and simulcast nationally on Rogers Sportsnet. Prime Time has been the number one sports radio program in Canada for 17 consecutive years. At the Sports Radio Conference in Arizona this March, Bob McCown was named “Air Talent of the Year.” He was born in Columbus, Ohio, but now resides in Toronto.
David Naylor has been a sportswriter for The Globe and Mail since 2000. He is also a regular guest on CBC radio and television and is frequently seen on TSN’s The Reporters with Dave Hodge.