# Why do they play 3 periods in Hockey?

#### PlatinumGold

##### Lifer
3 periods just don't make sense.

#### KarmaPolice

##### Diamond Member
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

#### PlatinumGold

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

4 QUARTERS? 4 quarters makes sense, 3 quarters wouldn't.

most things are divided in halfs.

#### PurdueRy

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

#### mugs

##### Lifer
Because...
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one, its the loneliest number since the number one

#### mugs

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

It's not really idiotic. It's pretty arbitrary to say that a particular number makes more sense than any other unless there is some specific reason for it. The OP is a big baseball fan - why are there 9 innings in a baseball game?

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: mugs
Because...
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one, its the loneliest number since the number one

There is little to no mention of the number 3 in this post! :|

#### Shawn

##### Lifer
what's wrong with 3 periods?

#### slayer202

##### Lifer
why not have 3 periods? you can have as many periods as you want

#### mugs

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: mugs
Because...
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one, its the loneliest number since the number one

There is little to no mention of the number 3 in this post! :|

I ruled out 1 and 2, 3 is the next logical step

#### PurdueRy

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

It's not really idiotic. It's pretty arbitrary to say that a particular number makes more sense than any other unless there is some specific reason for it. The OP is a big baseball fan - why are there 9 innings in a baseball game?

no think. Four quarters makes sense because its a QUARTER a game. After you are done with 4 you have 4/4 or 1 full game. Makes quite a bit of sense.

Now why they decided on dividing the game into quarters is up to anyone to guess. But three is a bit odd admittidly

#### KarmaPolice

##### Diamond Member
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

whats so stupid about my post? I was just saying that why is 4 better then 3? Its what they decided was good for the game.

#### mugs

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

It's not really idiotic. It's pretty arbitrary to say that a particular number makes more sense than any other unless there is some specific reason for it. The OP is a big baseball fan - why are there 9 innings in a baseball game?

no think. Four quarters makes sense because its a QUARTER a game. After you are done with 4 you have 4/4 or 1 full game. Makes quite a bit of sense.

Now why they decided on dividing the game into quarters is up to anyone to guess. But three is a bit odd admittidly

Yes, I realized you didn't understand his point. He was focusing on the number 4, not whether they named them quarters or periods. Obviously the reason they named them quarters is because there are 4 of them. He could have said "4 periods" to make his point more obvious, but he didn't because the divisions of a game are not called periods in football. He trusted that people would realize his point. Sadly, he was wrong.

#### cubby1223

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: PlatinumGold
3 periods just don't make sense.
Because you cannot have 1 or 2, that's just not American. But 4 is way too much hockey for any sane person to take in. Thus 3 is the only option.

#### MustangSVT

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

whats so stupid about my post? I was just saying that why is 4 better then 3? Its what they decided was good for the game.

:heart: there there, have a hug.

#### PurdueRy

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

whats so stupid about my post? I was just saying that why is 4 better then 3? Its what they decided was good for the game.

It just depends how you read it. I read it as questioning quarters. And why there would be 4 quarters.

Now if you read it as just why 4 divisions makes sense in the game then its a perfectly valid question

Just giving you a hard time

#### KarmaPolice

##### Diamond Member
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: PurdueRy
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
why doesnt? Why does 4 quarters make sense for football...

its the rules of the game.

LOL quoted for idiocy

It's not really idiotic. It's pretty arbitrary to say that a particular number makes more sense than any other unless there is some specific reason for it. The OP is a big baseball fan - why are there 9 innings in a baseball game?

no think. Four quarters makes sense because its a QUARTER a game. After you are done with 4 you have 4/4 or 1 full game. Makes quite a bit of sense.

Now why they decided on dividing the game into quarters is up to anyone to guess. But three is a bit odd admittidly

Yes, I realized you didn't understand his point. He was focusing on the number 4, not whether they named them quarters or periods. Obviously the reason they named them quarters is because there are 4 of them. He could have said "4 periods" to make his point more obvious, but he didn't because the divisions of a game are not called periods in football. He trusted that people would realize his point. Sadly, he was wrong.

lol thank you for clearing it all up...

Have a :beer:

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: mugs
Because...
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one, its the loneliest number since the number one

There is little to no mention of the number 3 in this post! :|

I ruled out 1 and 2, 3 is the next logical step

I don't know what kind of backwoods mathmatical logic you're trying to use here, but I won't stand for it. :|

#### mugs

##### Lifer
I really am interested in whether there was a specific reason for picking 3 periods now... in a way an even number would make more sense, since you switch sides after every period... of course there's no real advantage to a side indoors, but when played outdoors there could be a difference.

#### Epic Fail

##### Diamond Member
They did studies and found that a total time of 3 periods (1 hour) produce the best games, hockey player don't get too tired or still have too much energy left to spare to get into fights after the game. Then they looked into how to divide the game into periods and found that having the Zamboni out twice during a game get the most excitment from the fans, thus the use of three periods.

#### KarmaPolice

##### Diamond Member
They did studies and found that a total time of 3 periods (1 hour) produce the best games, hockey player don't get too tired or still have too much energy left to spare to get into fights after the game. Then they looked into how to divide the game into periods and found that having the Zamboni out twice during a game get the most excitment from the fans, thus the use of three periods.

People get excited over the Zamboni? I just recently started watching hockey becuase of my roomates. Its better then I thought....but...the zamboni?

As I hear tho, live games are amazing..and tv sucks.

#### Epic Fail

##### Diamond Member
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
They did studies and found that a total time of 3 periods (1 hour) produce the best games, hockey player don't get too tired or still have too much energy left to spare to get into fights after the game. Then they looked into how to divide the game into periods and found that having the Zamboni out twice during a game get the most excitment from the fans, thus the use of three periods.

People get excited over the Zamboni? I just recently started watching hockey becuase of my roomates. Its better then I thought....but...the zamboni?

As I hear tho, live games are amazing..and tv sucks.

The Zamboni guy gets more cheers from the fans than the players.

#### mugs

##### Lifer
Originally posted by: KarmaPolice
They did studies and found that a total time of 3 periods (1 hour) produce the best games, hockey player don't get too tired or still have too much energy left to spare to get into fights after the game. Then they looked into how to divide the game into periods and found that having the Zamboni out twice during a game get the most excitment from the fans, thus the use of three periods.

People get excited over the Zamboni? I just recently started watching hockey becuase of my roomates. Its better then I thought....but...the zamboni?

As I hear tho, live games are amazing..and tv sucks.

The Zamboni guy gets more cheers from the fans than the players.

Now they use two Zambonis - twice the excitement in half the time!

#### theknight571

##### Platinum Member
Because when they drew up the initial rules they couldn't make up their mind on how to divide the game up... so this is how that line in that initial rule book read:

The game shall be divided into . . .