I actually think hockey is a better sport than football. It’s faster-paced and more exciting. But I don’t follow hockey the way I do football. Why not? Well, because they play way too many games.
These playoff series that are going on right now are ridiculous; they devalue any one game. Imagine if in football they played a best-of-seven series. The Colts would probably have beaten the Jets 4-1 in the series in 1968, and the sport would be robbed of one of its iconic moments.
In hockey, you can have an awesome, brilliantly played game that ultimately means nothing in the championship. You could say this means the most consistent team wins, but that makes the sport much less dramatic to watch. I think the fact that it’s physically impossible to play such a series in football contributes more to “parity” in pro football than the salary cap or draft order.
(And yeah, I know I’ve blogged about this before, but it still annoys me.)