10 Reasons Why Hockey Is Better than Baseball.

Like Riley, I am deciding to post a blog apart from myself, and directing it to hockey and baseball in general. Here are 10 of my own reasons why hockey is better than basketball.

1. Hockey is more exciting:
 I think it's a burden in itself to watch an inning of baseball, let alone a full game. You're glued to the screen when you watch hockey because the game is on a constant pace, there's always something going on, and the players are always moving. It's a huge thing whenever someone scores, a huge save or hit is made, when a fight breaks out...I can go on for hours. Sure there's the occasional catch ESPN puts on Sports Center's top 10, but when you really look at those plays, has anyone realized it's the same stuff done differently?

2. Hockey players are better to the fans: You're in public, you'll shake your favorite hockey player's hand or get his autograph before you even have a baseball player whose name you just recognize even acknowledge you. It's probably the difference in publicity and money that differentiates hockey and baseball players, personality wise. Sure there's a hockey player or 2 who aren't people friendly, or a baseball player that'll pose for a photo or give an autograph, but I'm talking about the general difference between hockey and baseball players.

3. Hockey players know how to fight: Baseball brawls are knee slappers to watch, but like those highlight plays, they're technically all the same. 2 players confront each other, talk smack, one throws a punch or 2, and wrestle each other, causing everyone surrounding them to mob one another. First off, look at how baseball players punch. It's not even a punch, it's more like a...closed fist swing, like they're trying to slap you, but they don't realize their hand is in a fist. I need not say more. When hockey players drop the gloves and baseball players do whatever it is they do, you know which one you'd rather see.

4. All hockey teams have opportunities on the ice and in the market: As of 4 years ago, the NHL instated a salary cap, which limits how much teams can spend per summer and how much they can offer a player, which is both lauded and scorned. Like it or hate it, I think it makes hockey a more competitive and unpredictable sport, since teams with a smaller market value have a chance to compete with teams of a bigger market value for more valuable players. This is rarely the case in baseball. When their small market teams obtain a star quality player, it's usually via trade or draft, a player that makes their name on that team, only to get traded or sign elsewhere when eligible because the team they're on can't afford the salary they demand or are deserving of. As a result, it seems that the same group of baseball teams make the playoffs, clinch the wild card, and compete in the world series, save the occasional "outsider" appearance. Looking at hockey, the last 2 Stanley Cup finals have been the latest case of recidivism in years, plus you can say the 16 playoff teams of the past 4 seasons have had several different competitors compared to the previous year.

5. Hockey is more unpredictable: This is more a combination of 1 and 4, but what I'm trying to say is in baseball, you know what's happening. The excitement can start soon as the pitcher releases the ball, which the batter either hits, fouls, strikes, or gets hit by. The bases are either empty, partially, or fully loaded, and even then a team sometimes fails to score a single run. Have we all been in the situation when we've watched a hockey game, the score's something like 2-1, we get up to get a drink, and return to see the score's changed to 3-2 or 3-3? That's spontaneity!

6. The NHL regular season is worth playing and watching: 82 games followed by 4 grueling best of 7 rounds, all to capture the hardest trophy to win in all sports. Baseball...not so much. Sure their season goes on for 160 something games in a span of 5, 6, months, causing the need to play games consecutively and those dreaded double headers. You have 30 teams playing over 160 games each only for 8 teams to compete in the playoffs. If you know you're team doesn't have a shred of hope to even finish .500, it ultimately makes the upcoming season a little purposeless, doesn't it? Since the NHL has an 82 game season, which is more spread out and makes the average fan excited for each upcoming game, not to mention the fact 16 NHL teams enter the post season, it instills the possibility of making the playoffs more realistic for the majority of the NHL's teams.

7. Contact!: Hockey's perhaps the greatest contact sport to watch in my bias opinion. I mean, can you really call a sport legit without physical contact in it? The most you'll see in baseball is a batter get hit by a pitch or intentionally colliding with the catcher as he attempts to score a run. I'll admit when I watch hockey, it's primarily to see players score goals and knock each other out. How exhilarating is it when someone gets clocked and the crowd erupts, sending a sensation of momentum through the building that I personally don't think any baseball stadium has ever experienced, save last year's outdoor classic. I bet if baseball allowed physical contact, it'd be more exciting to watch...just imagine.

8. Hockey players keep clean: Congress said the NHL was the cleanest sport in North America as far as usage of steroids or performance enhancement drugs were concerned. The last incident like that I recall is when Sean Hill got caught. The NHL does have the strictest drug policy in all sports. First offense 20 games, second 60 games, third, you're out of the league. How many baseball fans were speechless when they saw names on the Mitchell Report they thought they'd never see? The fact so many baseball stars were connected to steroids in recent years is appalling, discouraging, and taints the legitimacy and quality of any success such players and their teams amounted to. Hockey players aren't perfect, but at least we know how they play is truly them out there and hopefully nothing more. 

9. Hockey's got limits: With 9 timeless innings, a baseball game can drag on and on, which is more tedious to watch especially if it's one of those drab contests. At least you're guaranteed an end to regulation in hockey. If it goes into overtime, the anticipation and knowledge that 1 goal determines the outcome is simply exhilarating. Hockey's got 3 periods lasting for 20 minutes, which not only provide a limitation for regulation, but make the game more meaningful since time becomes a huge factor. There's no focusing or taking one's time to recapture a lead or tie a game, not to mention the tide of a game can shift immensely in one period.

10. Hockey players are tougher: They play with broken fingers, feet, chipped teeth, black eyes, the list goes on. Even when they're out, they look to make a speedy recovery and get back in the game. Why is it that baseball players are out 2, 3 months with a stubbed toe or broken finger, whereas hockey players aren't even out for 2, 3 weeks? My guess is getting paid millions of dollars to sit at home is intriguing, I'd be tempted by such an opportunity. Baseball players are on the ground after getting hit with balls or those incidental collisions, which I know is painful and would knock the wind out of anyone, but it seems to me they're a level or two under the length soccer players take "injuries". Hockey players get rocked at games and finish them knowing they got fractures or concussions or whatever injuries they may endure. I don't know it just speaks for itself.

-Justin

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41 comments:

Dreamcrusher said... | May 24, 2011 at 10:11 PM

alright hockey is 9001 times better than baseball, seriously

Acrylic Ingenuity said... | May 24, 2011 at 11:08 PM

agreed

TK1927 said... | May 24, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I agree, hockey's really fun and fast paced, while baseball can drag on.

Jesse Crows said... | May 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM

i agree with every single point

Carles said... | May 25, 2011 at 6:05 AM

becouse the fights lol! we all know it!

Justin Penner said... | May 25, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Thanks Guys,Baseball sucks!

Skinny Guy said... | May 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I agree. Hockey is so much better. Lets go Bruins! Gonna win it all.

Marsh said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

It's the freaking truth! hockey is the ultimate sport in america. Rugby on the other hand is also an amazingly athletic sport! Very simmilar. Same kind of strict drug rules, contact sport, good fights quick paced fun to watch! the only problem I've got is that the games are long. 40 min a half, but it's 40 min plus time it takes for a stoppage of play. some one could score after the 40 min, makes the game a little more fun!

Skankin_Pete said... | May 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Fastest team sport in the world

Doc_Waffles said... | May 25, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I could not agree more, the NHL is amazing and i don't know what i'm going to watch when the playoffs are over.

Bunny Hill said... | May 25, 2011 at 2:55 PM

It's mostly true but I don't know about unpredictable because I predict that the bruins will win the Stanley cup this years.

bragtastic23 said... | May 25, 2011 at 4:37 PM

This made me want to watch hockey.

Newhumanbreed said... | May 25, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I'm convinced and I see your point lol

JkF50 said... | May 25, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I prefer motorsport to normal sport, but that's just me!

thomau5 said... | May 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM

hockey is ok. just baseball is soooo boring. at least the fights on hockey are awesome

Lupz said... | May 25, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Personally I think they are both boring :P I like football, but I am sure other people think it is boring also.

Beer Blog Barry said... | May 25, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Some good points made there

Daily Tips! said... | May 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Hockey seems awesome, but i never played it before, only basketball, anyway i should give hockey a try, following! Take care man.

Stephen said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Yeah, baseball is only fun when they get a homerun. Haha

chauklet said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM

I still like basketball better.

Rebecca said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Love watching hockey fans go crazy! I don't like baseball at all!

RedCom said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Most rep hockey players in my school are DOUCHE BAG. Though a few are really cool people, soccer > hockey! Subbed! (Go Canucks!)

Jezzima said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM

virtually every sport under the sun is better than baseball. its such a dread watching ._.

ChazWellington said... | May 25, 2011 at 11:53 PM

baseball > hockey > baseball.
no amount of evidence will persuade me
nice try though

Lasse said... | May 26, 2011 at 1:26 AM

Hockey is indeed more exciting! :p

IP said... | May 26, 2011 at 4:24 AM

in Russia there is no baseball.
only hockey!
only hardcore!

Justin Penner said... | May 26, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Personally, Hockey is better than basketball, and baseball. Hockey is the best sport!

Feindbild said... | May 26, 2011 at 7:40 AM

hockey themes cool

Domino said... | May 26, 2011 at 7:43 AM

EVERYTHING is better than Baseball, it's the lamest Sport ever.

My Ranking would be:
1.Football (the real)
2.NHL
3.NBA
4.Formula 1
5.Nascar
999999999991. MLB

phosports said... | May 26, 2011 at 7:44 AM

also, hockey has more action. baseball can get very repetitive

Geoffrey said... | May 26, 2011 at 8:21 AM

hockey is the only non-fighting sport I know that seems to encourage fighting

100PercentFootball said... | May 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I couldn't agree more.

LiquorKing said... | May 26, 2011 at 2:02 PM

fantastic post, couldn't agree more haha

Net Critter said... | May 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Hockey is without a doubt the most badass sport, I agree with you.

Nick said... | May 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM

can't tell you how much i love this post. 100% agree.

Paul said... | May 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Awesome read, could not agree more!

Tg4Fans said... | May 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I hate baseball with a burning passion. Its so slow!

Blogger said... | May 26, 2011 at 8:43 PM

+1

j. said... | May 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

this -> Hockey is more exciting
end of discussion :)

braumaman said... | May 30, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Is this even a discussion? Baseball is one of the most boring sports ever. Hockey has about 10-15 great plays per game, Baseball is lucky to have 10 great plays in an entire week of play.

Alexander said... | June 5, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Hockey is awful ....Football is where its at