That was a presidential debate, not a faceoff

That was a presidential debate, not a faceoff

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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  • Trump did skate around answering many questions. And he puckered his lips quite a bit. For all his interruptions he should have been put in the penalty box too.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you. I should have guessed that you wouldn't be on thin ice here.

  • It was a faceoff, in the Rudy Tomjanovich sense. Ask Duncan Teeth.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack, but I'm afraid you lost me. I can't think of a hockey player named Tomjanovich, and I've worked hard to forget who shot the puck that claimed Duncan's Teeth.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Basketball player who had his face bashed in by Kermit Washington (source).

  • In reply to jack:

    OK. Thank you.

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