What's a "mercy rule"?

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    Feb 14, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Canada-sets-record-18-0-as-women-s-hockey-face?urn=oly,219527
  • Muscmasmat

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    Feb 14, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    A mercy rule is when a Canadian team is required to say "thank you" for beating the hell out of another sports team. Oh, no ---that is a "merci" rule.

    A mercy rule of course is that when one sports team in a game so far outdistances the other team in scoring that there is no way the other team can win; and they end the game. This is to preserve the other team from being humiliated and to preserver sportmanship of the game.
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    Feb 14, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    I thought the mercy rule was when a guy begs you to stop because he's jumping out of his skin, about to hyperventalate and faint, and needs a rest.
  • calibro

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    Feb 14, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    It's used in baseball (not mlb) and softball a lot; a team is not allowed to score more than ten runs per inning, so a game will end early if it becomes mathematically impossible for the other time to catch up with the remaining innings (the idea that if you're lose by 20 something runs in the seventh, it's better to end the game there than have the other team score more in final two innings at bat)
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    Feb 14, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    Mercy rules, in sports, are for when you kick the living crap out of the opponent. You take "mercy" on them. In hockey, it's often 15 points.