It’s almost time for the faceoff that will start the first exhibition hockey game of the new season for my favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks. I haven’t seen a faceoff all summer — and part of the spring, thanks (?) to the Hawks’ early exit from the playoffs.
I watched the presidential debate last night, and I watched much of the analysis and comment before and after which referred to the candidates’ faceoff (or “facing off”).
Well, I still haven’t seen a faceoff.
A faceoff, to use the word correctly (Seriously, if you will), is a short, fast battle for control of a puck.
Faceoffs, unlike debates, never last for 90 minutes.
There’s no debate about who won a valid faceoff. If there’s any question, the puck gets dropped again by the official. (Referee? Linesman? Oh, Hawks, it has been a long off-season!)
There are dozens of faceoffs in a 60-minute regulation hockey game. Overtime games might need 100 or more faceoffs.
So for the next debate, please, grab another image: sparring partners, soldiers (potential commanders-in-chief!), whatever. Just spare me any more use of the word “faceoff.”
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