(When I say "spoiled," I meant in terms related to film: mention the key plot of the entire presentation.)
Live sports broadcasts have commentators for a reason. One of them IS NOT pin-pointing the one play where a team is likely headed to the exit way before the game is even over. Or at least that's what it seemed like during Game 7 of the Chicago Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues Round 1 playoff series.
The broadcast was aired in Canada's Hockey Night in Canada SportsNet with the game called by commentators Dave Randorf and Greg Millen. The St. Louis crowd are lit up, standing, cheering in what looks like the final showdown of the oh-so-familiar situation they've had with the 'Hawks. I'm sure Blues fans have grown tired of seeing it (ask any Red Wings fan), but it's time to settle the score.
Everything played out as usual; Heck, I even sat down to watch the entire game. With the crowd injected with 'Hawks fans thinking it'll be another dramatic comeback from their boys, hoping to add insult to St. Louis' injury in their house, such as losing the Rams to Los Angeles, it pays sometimes to watch the game at home. To avoid fan fights and hecklers? That's one good reason. However, one must pay attention and listen closely to what commentators say on air. (Perhaps, this proves exactly why technology gave us the ability to rewind live TV.) As Bob Costas once said commentating the 1997-1998 NBA Finals featuring the Chicago Bulls versus the Utah Jazz in Game 6: "That would've been a dagger in Chicago's hearts." Well Mr. Costas, it actually was.
At the third quarter with 4:07 left to go in regulation, with the 'Hawks down by one, [Brent] Seabrook receives a pass from [Andrew] Shaw to shoot one at the goal. Tie game? Look:
"....is that the play, that knocks the Stanley Cup champions out of the playoffs...."Notice why I didn't put a question mark to complete and correct the tonal voice of Millen's say, quoted above. That's because when you ask a question, you're supposed to raise your tone when you're about to complete an interrogative. In this case with Millen, it didn't sound that way. What seemed like a rhetoric to trigger suspense for those watching at home, or at a sports bar, that phrase by Millen went from "hold on tight because it's going to go down to the wire!" immediately turns to "well, you win some, you lose some, Blackhawks, and I'm sorry."
"78.4: Scoring A Goal — There were games when the puck hit the bottom part of the top goal post, then landing on ice and partially sliding toward the net, but not completely crossing the red [goal] line. Those times, referees called it a goal. I can see why this wasn't called because the puck, having hit both left and the right posts, ricocheted out of the net, thus no goal. Then again, consistency is key: if that was called a goal before, call it a goal. If you're not sure, play it safe and don't call it. Whether that shot went in or not, Millen's comment is comparative of a movie fan's plot to record an unreleased trailer in a theater with his/her cell phone and leaking it on the Internet for the world to see, weeks before its official release (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans, rejoice). Although not weeks, but three minutes before the game was over, Millen "subtly" spilled the beans, and Blackhawk fans who attended the game stayed throughout the whole thing for a reason. Fire Millen for his "spoiling?" There's no need to.
A goal shall be scored when the puck shall have
been put between the goal posts by the stick of a player of the
attacking side, from in front and below the crossbar, and entirely
across a red line the width of the diameter of the goal posts drawn on
the ice from one goal post to the other with the goal frame in its proper