The Tie

This episode considers Gable’s analysis of the most controversial rule to survive the overhaul of two years ago; the tie. Culture, logic, and the role of the tie in other sports all play a role in Gable’s discussion and thoughts on this controversial subject.


Dan Gable: It’s like this tie.  I don’t know about this tie stuff, this criteria.  Even though I have Stan Desi, whose a good friend of mine, he’s around that culture.  And I can see where that culture, why they have this culture of ties because of values on points scored.  A four-point move is worth more than two two-point moves.  I can see where they come from, because that’s been in their culture.

But you know what?  Maybe it’s time for them to change too.  And the reason why is because you tell me a sport that when it’s tied, they go into criteria.  I can’t think of none.  Let’s just take basketball.  Basketball, well there’s one-point moves, that’s a free-throw or whatever it’s called.  There’s a two-point basket, there’s a three-point basket.  And then you can actually get a foul, and get two plus one, three plus one, or you can get a technical, and I don’t know how many points you can get there.  If all of the sudden the game’s tied 70 to 70, and they go on criteria like the biggest points, same as us, they’re going to have be keeping that pretty heavily along, and people are going to have to kind of know, but they don’t do it.  Even though they have value worth more than other value, they don’t go into a criteria that’s going to decide who wins.

This is a team sport as compared to an individual, but it’s the same way with football.  You’ve got a six-point move, you’ve got a three-point move, you’ve got a two-point move, and you’ve got a one-point move in football.  And they don’t stop with a tie.  So basketball, football, these are our top sports.  Soccer, well everything’s one I believe in soccer, and I think they do have ties, and maybe even football may have ties during the year.  But when it comes down to championships they don’t.  You score.  The person with the biggest score wins.

I don’t know.  I can understand why we’re not changing it right now, because we’ve already changed two or three things: the time periods, no more [inaudible 00:02:14], there’s a stall-all that gets the scoring on the board in the first period.  Maybe that’s enough.  The criteria may be something we want to look at in the future.  That’s all I’m asking.  Because we want to keep moving forward in our sport.


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