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  • I think you find it lame because there is no real shoot-out tradition in US sports.

    In European sports it is a common element in games, especially in play-off soccer games. They have an overtime of twice 15 minutes and if the match is still tied, it's penalty shooting.

    One can muse about the injustice of winning or losing a game based on a duel between goalie and the one shooting. But some of the most memorable games in football have actually been decided that way. It's the occasion where heroes and deadbeats
    • I think you find it lame because there is no real shoot-out tradition in US sports.

      No. I have followed soccer for much of my life, to some degree, and am well-acquainted with shootouts. I thought it was lame when a team lost in the World Cup via shootout, too.

      It's also great when you're watching a match between two teams you don't really care about.

      Well yes, that's the point. If I don't care, it's fine. But I do.

      We don't have it in regular season games, though.

      And on the other hand, we don't have it in playoff games.

      They tried to reduce the amount of ties by introducing the three-point scheme. You get three points for a victory instead of two. That means a tie (worth one point) is now less useful to either of the two teams than it used to be before.

      I like this method, and wish they would do it in hockey. Instead, an win and overtime win are both worth 2 points, and overtime loss is one point. I'd prefer an overtime win be worth two, overtime loss worth one, and you need to win in regulation to get three. So every game is worth three points, period.