Club | Cam Neely in Temple, new balls in tennis… and offsides in football

Here is our most recent collection of public responses. We are still waiting for your suggestions on topics for discussion.

Published April 11

Why Nili?

How is it that a player like Cam Neely got into the Hall of Fame and not Claude Lemieux, who still has better personal statistics, as well as four Stanley Cups, the Conn-Smythe trophy, the Canada Cup, etc. (by the way, more than Cam Neely…)?

Stephan Hole

Answer from Simon Drouin

Hello Mr Howl. In fact, Claude Lemieux has more points (786 vs. 694) and almost as many goals (379 vs. 395) as Cam Neely. However, the former Boston Bruins winger played nearly 500 fewer games due to injuries. He boasts three seasons of scoring 50 goals or more, all in his 44 years of age.and Game 1993-94 Only Wayne Gretzky did better twice. Neal also marked his generation as a power forward. This likely explains his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2005, which was discussed at the time given his overall performance and lack of a Stanley Cup in his career. He made two finals against the Edmonton Oilers under Gretzky and then Mark Messier. Obviously, this is in no way comparable to Claude Lemieux’s four Stanley Cups and Conn-Smythe Trophy, remarkable feats that don’t seem to convince Temple decision makers. Perhaps the not always favorable reputation of the former Buckingham winger burdens his candidacy?

New bullets


PHOTO ALBERTO PEZZALI, ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES

A new, harder ball will generally respond better to serve.

Hello, I have a tennis question. The server seems to be given a big advantage if he serves with new balls. Is there really any benefit? What is the difference in winning percentage between old and new balls? Do they break less? More aces? Myth?

Sylvain Martineau

Answer from Nicholas Richard

Hello Mr Martineau. Using new balls has a number of advantages for the server. On the one hand, the new ball is, of course, heavier. So when a server puts power or spin into his serve, a fresh ball tends to respond better. To jump higher, faster, and better absorb effects set by the server. As opposed to a used ball called “dead” in the middle which is less effective. On the other hand, the pile or hair of the new ball has not risen yet. On a used ball, hair can slow down the pitch. For the same reason, players always look at two or three balls before each pitch to see which one has the least hair.

For the love of Kiarot

Why do we want to trade Chiarot at any cost? It looks like we don’t want to keep our good players.

Claire Frenette

Answer from Katherine Harvey-Pinard

Hello Mrs Frenette. You submitted your question to us before the exchange deadline, but I believe it is still relevant to answer it. Ben Chiarot is 30 years old and the Canadian who has a rebuild started probably shouldn’t qualify for the Stanley Cup for a few more years. The mission of CEO Kent Hughes was, and still is, very clear: to take advantage of the seller’s market to build the future. To do this, he had to sacrifice the current good players who could bring him a lot of money. Here’s how it works. Recall that Chiaro first signed a contract as a free agent with Mark Bergevin. He had done a great service to CH and had been a great hockey player lately, so his value was at its peak. It was a good time to trade it. The Canadian got a good comeback, including a first round pick.

One hand or two hands?


PHOTO JEROME MIRON, USA TODAY SPORTS ARCHIVES

Michael McLeod (20) tries to catch up with Jacob Peterson (40) ahead of the net.

Do you know why the offense known in English as “cross checking” was translated into French as “double fault”? I think it is very inappropriate to describe this gesture. I suggest “load with a stick”.

Claude Laporte

Answer from Katherine Harvey-Pinard

Hello Mr Laporte. When a player cross-checks, it is because he is hitting his opponent horizontally with a club held in both hands. The two hands here are key to justifying the use of the word “double” rather than just “attack with a stick”. Can’t you find?

Offsides in football

Can you explain to me @×#÷$ the offsides that both attackers and defenders commit… that only the referees seem to see… and always happen in the last seconds before a throw-in game?

Pierre Reo

Answer from Miguel Bujold

Hello Mr Reo. Offensive linemen must hold their position and not move until the ball has been passed. As soon as they move, even if it is only a slight movement, they are penalized five yards. As for the linebackers, they may move before the ball is served, but may not cross the line of scrimmage. If they do, the referee often stops play immediately to give them a five-yard penalty. But other times, the game continues and becomes a kind of “free” offensive game. Quarterbacks usually play long balls at these times because, in the worst case scenario, the offense can stop play and take a five-yard penalty against the defense. For example, if the game ends with an interception or an incomplete pass. If, on the other hand, the long play is successful, the offense will instead forgo the defensive penalty and keep the yards gained. The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a clear explanation as to why the referee in some cases allows play to continue and stops play as soon as the linebacker crosses the line, and in other cases hand-to-hand combat.

quarter beats

Why do most quarterbacks hit the ball?

Gilles Boulianne


PHOTO BY RON SCHWEIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow

Answer from Nicholas Richard

Hello Mr Bullian. There are three reasons why most quarterbacks hit before the ball is in play: First, it’s habit. This is common practice in the NFL, and quarterbacks have been doing it for a long time. So often quarterbacks do this to try to force an offside and thus trick the opponent. Then this movement is part of the cadence, tempo, rhythm and serves as an impetus for the quarters in their reverse movement, which begins with a step back. Finally, it is also a signal to players far from center who cannot hear the quarterback talking or yelling when the game starts.

Russians in the NHL

What are the NHL teams waiting for to terminate contracts with players who have Russian citizenship? The Canadian and US immigration authorities could then send these players back to Russia, as the Americans did with Russian “diplomats” suspected of being spies. Especially Ovechkin, who is a supporter of Putin and who, given the current situation, is hypocritical by not saying anything. What an odious character.

Luc LaChapelle

Answer from Richard Labbe

Mr. LaChapelle, things are not so simple, and it would probably be unfair to believe that all Russian NHL players are ardent fans of Putin; Artemy Panarin, for example, has already openly expressed his reservations towards the Russian dictator. There is also the issue of contracts; players who have a contract need to be paid, and no NHL club can afford to terminate contracts without the involvement of the Players Association. What might have happened would have been more of a conspiracy; some teams could just not hire Russian players anymore… As for Ovechkin, his silence from the very beginning of this conflict is quite heartbreaking.

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