Stephen A. Smith claimed that he respects hockey, but he's just "not into the tie business."
"I don't even know why this is a question. Of course it's the Miami Heat," Smith, of course, said. "Excuse me, when it was 21 games it was really an eight-game streak. There are three ties. I'm sorry that doesn't count. I'm not into the tie business. This isn't soccer... I'm sorry I'm not buying it."
Of course, the NHL hasn't been in the so-called "tie business" since 2004, as Awful Announcing noted in its breakdown of Smith's hockey takedown. The ties that Smith referred to were actually shootout losses.
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Later on SportsCenter, ESPN hockey commentator Barry Melrose sat down across the table from Smith to "debate" the streaks. Melrose argued that "hockey is a team sport," while Smith went on to say that "there's more parity in basketball."
On behalf of hockey fans everywhere, Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy wrote "Please, no more of this Stephen A. Smith on the NHL."