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  •  Well, the NHL Owners had better watch it (7+ / 0-)

    I've been a dedicated follower of NHL hockey for about 35 years, and frankly, I'm not missing it as much as some might think.  I understand the players position, and I know if I (and others) give up on the sport it hurts them more than the owners...

    But this is stupid.  8 years after an entire season is torched we're at square one.  Ultimately the money originates from the fans, and this is really disrespectful of the fans.

    So, we have a sport that is at best the 4th sport in the public's mind (at least south of the 49th), struggling to get TV exposure, and they are set to lose a full season for the 2nd time in a decade.  Not smart business.  Because it's the core fans like me who keep it alive in the USA, and if we're getting to the "I've had enough of this noise" stage there might be a serious loss of interest.

    •  What will make hockey is 3D HDTV. (1+ / 0-)
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      It just doesn't work as a 2D normal-screen presentation.

      You had to make guesses about what was happening and none of the stick work came through.

      HDTV is better. Except that there's still the problem for viewers that you can't see the stick work because it's a bitch anticipating what's happening because you really can't see the stick work.

      Go to 3D HDTV and all this changes.

      It's not as exciting as the very, very best of polo. A once-a-month highlights show of top 10 polo moves in 3D HDTV will have a half-dozen piece of action that do not seem to be humanly or animally possible.

      Hockey is going to be a close second.

      And the normal action in hockey gets to 3D exciting action about once a minute. Highlights with 3D HDTV are going to be a knockout!

      •  Polo? (1+ / 0-)
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        Just wait until they perfect divot-vision for the halftime festivities.

        Until then, polo really won't take off as a televised sport.

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        by dinotrac on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:24:47 PM PST

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        •  I remember watching a chukker of polo once (0+ / 0-)

          Not impressed, even though some royal was participating (Prince Philip, I think). I might have been more impressed if I cared about horse riding. Or rich guys whacking balls with overgrown croquet mallets. Or if I had been a lot more than seven years old, give or take.

          But as it was I'd have much rather been watching Warner Brothers cartoons.

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          by Omir the Storyteller on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:47:59 PM PST

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          •  Were you watching live or on television. (2+ / 0-)

            When I was younger, I used to take dates to polo matches.
            Very nice, and makes a good impression.

            Besides -- those polo ponies really do look --- and sound -- impressive as they race about the field.

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            by dinotrac on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:22:24 PM PST

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            •  This was on TV (1+ / 0-)
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              and I seem to remember it being B&W TV, which would place it in the early 60s.

              I'm sure it's quite impressive in person, watching the ponies thundering around even if you don't know anything about the game.

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              by Omir the Storyteller on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:54:47 PM PST

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          •  You have to play polo (0+ / 0-)

            to appreciate it. It's not a spectator sport.

            But the highlights reel is something else. Take the hottest action from the best matches worldwide over a month and you get one helluva collection. Take the very best of horse racing, rodeo, golf, and tennis.

            Polo is for kids who are raised on horses.

            Most parts of the world that's not the rich people, who live in cities. The main thing that limits the sport is the injuries -- everybody gets hurt.

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