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    Quote Originally Posted by bobguild76 View Post
    What would it look like in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament? If Federer or Nadal is serving at 6-0, 6-0, 5-0, should they allow the opponent to win a few games? Maybe they let off the gas a bit in the second set and win 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. That's still as lopsided as a 56-7 football score.
    In men's tennis, when it's not a final, 6-0, 6-0 should be the end of the match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 18.99s View Post
    The team or individual with a dominant lead should never be told to ease up and let the opponent score. If there is a mercy rule, it should only be to end the game when the lead reaches a predefined margin with a given number of minutes or innings left (or rounds, etc.).
    Spot on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 18.99s View Post
    A blowout shouldn't be surprising, but 15-0 is a big surprise, as it broke the previous NCAA tournament record by 5 goals.
    UNC, back in the 1990s, might have scored more than 10 goals if Anson Dorrance did not have a self-imposed "9-goal" rule. (He tells his players to stop scoring once his team is up 9-0.) I think Dorrance is an excellent coach, but his 9-goal rule is silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobguild76 View Post
    What would it look like in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament? If Federer or Nadal is serving at 6-0, 6-0, 5-0, should they allow the opponent to win a few games? Maybe they let off the gas a bit in the second set and win 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. That's still as lopsided as a 56-7 football score.
    Mercy rule in baseball and softball exists so that a lopsided game does not go on for too long. Tennis does not have that problem, because the more lopsided the match is, the sooner it ends. Even in sports like basketball and soccer, a lopsided game does not last any longer. (A basketball game is probably shorter, because no one stops the clock when one team is up by 40.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN1965 View Post
    UNC, back in the 1990s, might have scored more than 10 goals if Anson Dorrance did not have a self-imposed "9-goal" rule. (He tells his players to stop scoring once his team is up 9-0.) I think Dorrance is an excellent coach, but his 9-goal rule is silly.
    May be silly but I would disagree that Anson Dorrance is/was an excellent coach. He's way better than that. One of the greatest college coaches of all-time in any sport, even if he wears the wrong color blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    May be silly but I would disagree that Anson Dorrance is/was an excellent coach. He's way better than that. One of the greatest college coaches of all-time in any sport, even if he wears the wrong color blue.
    He certainly was in his day and circumstance (the blossoming of USA women's collegiate soccer). Not so sure he could do it today. Maybe. Sorta like Wooden and BBall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Not so sure he could do it today. Maybe. Sorta like Wooden and BBall.
    Disagree with that. I think the absolute greatest coaches would be great in any era. Wooden would win today. Lombardi would win today. Krzyzewski and Belichick could win 50 years from now if he were transported to that era.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Disagree with that. I think the absolute greatest coaches would be great in any era. Wooden would win today. Lombardi would win today. Krzyzewski and Belichick could win 50 years from now if he were transported to that era.
    Yeah but Belichick would have it easy because Brady would only be 92.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Disagree with that. I think the absolute greatest coaches would be great in any era. Wooden would win today. Lombardi would win today. Krzyzewski and Belichick could win 50 years from now if he were transported to that era.
    I'm not sure about that. Coaches need an open mind to transition from one era to the other and some coaches are unable to adapt with changing times. I agree with you about Lombardi and Wooden, and certainly someone as forward thinking as Rockne could have thrived today, but some other great coaches (eg. Rupp, Hayes, Knight) were hostages to their eras IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    I'm not sure about that. Coaches need an open mind to transition from one era to the other and some coaches are unable to adapt with changing times. I agree with you about Lombardi and Wooden, and certainly someone as forward thinking as Rockne could have thrived today, but some other great coaches (eg. Rupp, Hayes, Knight) were hostages to their eras IMO.
    I think you're right, jazzy, but I guess I meant the absolute greatest coaches - Lombardi, Wooden, Krzyzewski, Dean Smith - and I would include Anson Dorrance in that pantheon. However, you're right that guys like Rupp, Hayes, and Knight likely would not have adjusted well. But I don't put them on the same level as that first group
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