The hockey world has been abuzz today with discussion of the “clock malfunction” in Los Angeles that cost the Blue Jackets the game last night.
We’ve all posited our different theories: a glitch with the clock. Home timekeeper buying the team a second. Accidental button push.
Well, throw those in the trash. I think.
Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi – or so it seems, Professor Dean Lombardi - is apparently so crazy smart that he either A) accurately explained what happened to the clock scientifically, or B) basically played a game of Balderdash with the hockey world, and is waiting for somebody to call his bluff.
Here’s how he explained it, as told to ESPN.com:
“Those clocks are sophisticated instruments that calculate time by measuring electrical charges called coulombs — given the rapidity and volume of electrons that move through the measuring device the calibrator must adjust at certain points which was the delay you see – the delay is just recalibrating for the clock moving too quickly during the 10 – 10ths of a second before the delay — this insures that the actual playing time during a period is exactly 20 minutes That is not an opinion — that is science — amazing devise quite frankly.”
Oooooooooohhhhhhhhhh, nowww I get it.
I laughed out loud at “amazing device, quite frankly.” Not sure why, but I pictured him saying it in an English accent.
Either way, if the guy is smart enough to break it down like that for a reporter on the spot, I say “count it.” You win, I’ll assume your right, enjoy the victory.
Now, if you’re so smart, just one more question, Mr. Lombardi: