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Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:23 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 2:35 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

If you thought the story involving the Kings and Blue Jackets clock error was crazy enough, we present to you what Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

(Note: We are not liable if your mind is blown by the following. Reader discretion is advised.)

"Those clocks are sophisticated instruments that calculate time by measuring electrical charges called coulombs -- given the rapidity and volume of electrons that move through the measuring device the calibrator must adjust at certain points which was the delay you see -- the delay is just recalibrating for the clock moving too quickly during the 10 -- 10ths of a second before the delay -- this insures that the actual playing time during a period is exactly 20 minutes That is not an opinion -- that is science -- amazing devise quite frankly."

All I can say to that is Wow. I'm speechless. So instead I'll leave it to Dr. Emmett Brown.

Yes, there are all sorts of politically correct or even less P.C. answers a GM could give to being asked about this error. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson took the less P.C. route on his blog earlier Thursday.

"It is an amazing coincidence that with the Kings on a power play at STAPLES Center and with a mad scramble around our net in the dying seconds of the third period of a 2-2 hockey game that the clock stopped for at least one full second. I can only think of two ways in which this would have happened. Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned."

Going the much safer route, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster, whose team is hoping for one of the last spots in the Western Conference playoff picture, said his team can't worry about it.

“It is our understanding the NHL is already investigating this matter.” Feaster said. “Moreover, as Colin Campbell was quoted as saying, once the game is over it is over. There is nothing the NHL is going to do, or can do, to correct the situation if, indeed, there was a mistake made in that game.

“Rather than crying over what happened in a game in which we did not take part, our time and energies are devoted to our own team and doing everything we can to win the games we play and in so doing qualify for the post-season. We sincerely believe that is a much better and more efficient use of our time and effort.”

Of course, none are even in the same realm as that Lombardi gem. I think. Maybe he could answer that one for me.

But seriously, here is the genius of it (besides the quantim physics involved): It's beyond almost everybody's comprehension that it sounds completely legitimate. Not that I'm implying it isn't true, but even if it weren't, who'd really know? Probably not many. Pure genius.

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Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:45 am
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

I've seen these so called adjustments on a regular basis at well while watching the clock, what makes this different is that what looks to be over a one second stoppage of the clock. What I think we have all seen is when it gets to tenth's of a second sometimes the clock cant keep up on the scoreboard or TV screen and must adjust forward or down in time, in this case the clock did not move at all for over a second. Anyway you look at it the NHL "war room" in Toronto should have caught it during the review process before the teams left the ice (the goal was reviewed) but the game is over and as a Blue Jacket fan, just when you thought our team had lost in every way possible, we found another!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:27 am
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

For Lombardi's explanation to hold water, we should be seeing this kind of clock "recalibration" happening on a regular basis...and we don't.  So, there's that.
But you do, you just don't notice or choose to ignore. The guy with the 12 minute example was exactly right. If at 12:09 on the clock, it froze, or say the clock guy hit the button right before a whistle and saved a second, you wouldn't give it a second thought. Only because it happened at the end did you notice. Human error is rampant in game clocks. Only thing soccer gets right is the running clock, until of course, the ref decides to add a random amount of time at the end.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:44 am
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

I have no idea if Lombardi's argument holds water or not and I don't care.  Whoever made the point that if the clock made the same "malfunction" at the 12 min mark, we would not be having this conversation, hit it on the head..........

I have watched a lot of sports where a last second shot is going to be attempted and the clock is in the corner of screen.  I can say that in many instances I have seen the clock make what appears to be "recalibrations".  What I mean is that the rate of speed in which the 10ths of seconds run down appears to not be at a consistent rate of speed.  So with that, I chalk up the clock to just being another example of that.



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:51 pm
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

For Lombardi's explanation to hold water, we should be seeing this kind of clock "recalibration" happening on a regular basis...and we don't.  So, there's that.



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:01 pm
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

Would anyone be talking about this if the clock glitched with 12 minutes, 7 minutes to go in the period?  Had it happened then Doughty's goal would've gone through with 0.4 seconds left cleanly and this is a non-issue.  This crap happens all the time in every sport.


Now Lombardi's explanation is awesome.  Deano's always good for a quote.  




Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

Uhmmmm? "Clock malfunctions", eh? "Recallibration", too!!! Did Lombardi mention anything that is related to the earth's rotation or the recent sun flare-ups? I guess that a quick finger on the switch does not add up, either? Now we know why the minor officials are NOT from the local team during the Stanley Cup Playoffs... Dig your way out of this one, Gary Bettman!!!



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

I would have to agree with the poster below... I read the headline thnking I can't wait to read this stupid eplanation, then went away thinking, it makes sense. I didn't realize GM's in the NHL were even that smart, wow



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

so why doesnt the league have an off-ice official keep track of the offical game time, and sync the scoreboard clock to that?  referees in the NFL and soccer keep official time...



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Kings' Lombardi's clock response you have to read

Lombardi's explaination made sense to me.


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