Kim O'Hara wrote: ↑Thu Nov 24, 2022 12:41 am
DNS wrote: ↑Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:49 pm
Giovanni wrote: ↑Wed Nov 23, 2022 5:52 pm
Japan beats Germany!
What if Germany and Argentina don't advance? That's possible, with both teams currently at 0 points.
Then it will just prove again - and at the highest level of the game - my long-held conviction that soccer is a poorly-designed game. Why? Because scores are so low (always!) that results have a large random component.
This comes from basic probability theory. It doesn't matter which game you're playing, a score like 21-14 shows one side is pretty consistently better than the other. A score like 210-140 proves it more strongly. But a score like 3-2 is very poor evidence of skill, and 0-0 is no evidence at all.
It's not necessarily about the score. The issue with Soccer and American Football is that championships are decided by a single game. Anything, literally anything, can happen in a single game. Luck can play a huge factor. But not in a best of 7 series.
Show me a 7 game series in either Baseball, Hoops, or the greatest sport of allTM, Hockey, where the win is attributable to luck.
Yankee Football can totally be excusedfor having it all come down to a single game. It's a brutal sport on par with hockey, except they're not moving as fast. The rate of injury and attrition is horrific. All out war. And you have what, a 53 player roster? So by the end of a 7 game series you might be playing 3rd string everything.
There's no excuse for it in Soccer at all. The wear and tear on the body (in spite of all the flopping around & drama) is minimal, and the games only go for 90 minutes running time. The world cup of Soccer and all major playoffs should definitely be decided through a 7 game series, and then the best team would win. Period. Making soccer championships best of 7 is the way to go, at least for the finals.
Soccr vs hockey "hits".
If you don't watch anything else in the vid, scroll to the end and see Ovi's reaction after taking 6oz of vulcanized rubber to the chops.