Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On The Subjects of Experts and Hockey

The Islanders have won the past three games they have played. This team was predicted by all the hockey "experts" to be the worst this year. Now while I do not think they will win the Stanley Cup and have slim hopes that they will make the playoffs I have to say they are not the worst team in the league.

Right now the Islanders are better than four of the teams in the thirty team league. Not that great but if you continue to look at the standings you will see that they are tied in points with four additional teams. If you were to look even further you would see they are one point or two points behind four more teams two of which are in their division. So I would say they are not as bad as many "experts" would have you believe.

Pausing on the topics of experts for a minute, lets discuss. What makes an expert? Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines being an expert as having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience. If you look up the definition of experience you find that it has a few to offer. You can view all of the definitions here. The one that concerns being an expert would be best described in this case by using the following definition from those listed.

2 a: practical knowledge, skill, or practice derived from direct observation of or participation in events or in a particular activity
b: the length of such participation "has 10 years' experience in the job"

So an expert is someone who has directly observed, participated in or worked in a certain field for a time. This makes sense. That being said I think you could find fault with many "expert" opinions. Here is a large example that I wrote about recently.

Seeing that experts can be wrong should not be shocking. An expert is basically a weatherman who just guesstimates shit. I do not think you can fault them when they are wrong sometimes. No, I find the fault when an "expert" does not admit to being wrong. To me it is not very becoming when an "expert" is overly vehement with their opinions. After all that is what their "expert" analysis is, opinions.

That brings us back to the Islanders. They beat the Vancouver Canucks, a team six points ahead in the standings, on Monday night. This victory was all the sweeter because the Vancouver Sun called the Islanders a doormat. While watching the game the Islanders announcer's, Billy Jaffe and Howie "The Toatl Douche" Rose, discussed how papers and "experts" in Canada were saying the Islanders should be no problem for the Canucks. They actually quoted one paper, the name escapes me, who said it was a no-brainer that the Canucks would beat the Isles. Well in your face Canada, here is your slice of Humble Pie!

So I guess my main point with this post is do not believe everything you read or hear. So called "experts" can be wrong just like weathermen. Go out and find your own voice and get your own opinions. Also the Islanders rule.



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