The “mercy rule” breaks my soul

I agree and I don’t. When I watch derby, I want to see close games. They’re more exciting. But there have been a LOT of games that I almost gave up on (watching teams that aren’t my league with a point spread of over 150? not fun, often, and frequently results in my turning to another game or turning off the derby altogether, even though I know I should watch for skills at least) that had a ridiculous point spread that suddenly became close games. I’ve seen teams down by more than 100 points suddenly have a couple power jams and bring that gap down to 10 or 15 points. I’ve seen teams come back from 100 point deficits.

So I just argued myself right into agreeing with Hard Dash.

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I have only one thought on the 2014 World Cup rules announced today, really:

It takes incredible hurdles to create magnificent victories. Our heroes don’t come because they face everyday circumstances — they come out of harrowing times.

Therefore, I loathe the mercy rule that Blood and Thunder announced today. According to DNN, it states: “If a team is leading by 100 points with 20 minutes remaining, the leading team will be awarded a ‘technical knock-out.'”

I think the mercy rule crushes the soul of roller derby fans. Part of the fun is rooting for an underdog and vicariously living through their victories (even if it’s just “SHE GOT LEAD JAMMER!). As a derby fan I love the second half. I know teams come back. I know they re-think, re-energize and re-evaluate their play and adapt. Part of the satisfaction I get is seeing the smarts of the sport…

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