12 Days of a Cleveland Christmas: Day 5

Congratulations to Josh Stein, winner of yesterday’s contest! Josh will get a pair of tickets to a Cavaliers game and a copy of Joe Tait’s new book. As far as the question went, Josh’s answer was pretty optimistic. He sees the Cavs as a 32 win team this year.

Enough about yesterday, let’s get to today’s giveaway. As always, here is the way the contest works-

Every weekday from now until Christmas Eve, we will give away a Cleveland themed prize. To enter, you need only to respond in the comment section in the appropriate manner. The winner each day will be randomly selected and notified by email. (Which means you better make sure that the email address you use to comment here is a legit one.) I cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. Some of the prizes (like tickets) haven’t even been printed and mailed to us yet. We’ll do our best with the things we have in hand though. Only one member of a household can enter each day, and only one winner per household during the length of this contest. Just spreading the love around.

Today’s Prize-

We’re giving away one more Lake Erie Monsters prize pack, which includes a pair of tickets to an upcoming game and a Lake Erie Monsters t-shirt. If you’ve never been to a Monsters game, you really should go once. It is a great time.

Worth playing for? (Why do I even ask, of course it is.)

Today’s Question-

Hockey games are fairly low-scoring. That would make scoring a goal a relatively difficult task. Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

Comments must be posted by midnight Cleveland time in order to qualify for the drawing. Check back tomorrow at noon for the results. Remember, only one entry is allowed, but you may still comment to add to the discussion.

  • http://www.mrknobbymusic.com Nasty Nate

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I gotta say based on how little scoring there is in soccer, and how hard it is to get in a position to have a good shot on goal i’d go with scoring a goal in soccer

  • Justin

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    A goal in soccer

  • Tom

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Even in professional level, I’d have to go with scoring goals in soccer. They just really don’t happen that often, unless you’re Messi, or Pele, or Landon Donovan… wait, especially if you’re Landon Donovan.

  • CLESportsFan

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Here is my thought process: a goal in hockey is harder than a goal in soccer (they are on ice and skates and the net is ton smaller than a soccer goal).

    A homerun is harder to hit than returning a serve… (You have to have the right pitch to hit and it has to travel the right distance to be a HR).

    So it comes down to a hockey goal vs home run…. I’d say home run due to the distance it has to travel and the variables in the different park dimensions.

  • Jack Schikowski

    In Professional Sports, statistically, I would say hitting a home runwould be the most difficult.

  • Jason Sims

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I would say scoring a goal in hockey simply due to the fact it is such a physical game and it is hard enough to just ice skate, let alone hitting a puck into a goal.

  • Scott

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Goal in soccer, i was going to say hockey but then i remember in indoor soccer it is allot easier to score because the field is small like a hockey rink.

  • willson

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Goals in soccer do happen quite infrequently, but I think it takes more skill to hit a home run than it does to score a goal. The goal is I think more circumstance and luck than the home run. I think getting a good return on a serve is difficult, but not just returning it in general

  • Steven

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Got to be a home run. Scoring in Soccer and Hockey can totally be on the guy who gives you an assist. Home run is totally the guy in the box…

  • http://gmoneysack.blogspot.com GMoney

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a homerun. Nothing else is even close.

  • Jon

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Scoring a goal in Soccer is statistically the most difficult.

  • http://twitter.com/kzesz Kristen

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I would say scoring a goal in soccer. I use to play forward but now I am a goalie for soccer, and I use to play floor hockey. From personal experience, I have had a difficult time scoring goals in soccer. With a goal in hockey, there is generally an easier chance of getting some speed to your shot. Soccer is much more difficult because you have to get by way more people and be able to prepare your leg for the shot. A shot with more speed is a shot that goes in. So in that case, it is more difficult to score a in soccer.

  • Brian

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in hockey.

  • Jake

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a homerun

  • Thomas

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I would say either hockey or soccer since as team sports you rely on others to hlep you score unlike a batter/pitcher matchup or a tennis match where it is only 2 individuals and their skill levels.

    If it was an open question, I would say hitting a damn golf ball straight :P

  • Domenic

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Scoring a goal in soccer is the most difficult. You could argue that the league leader scores about 20 goals in the 38 game season and if you stretch that out to an MLB season it would be like hitting 80 homeruns. The biggest difference there is that an MLB hitter is pretty much in control of his own destiny. I know the pitcher is trying to strike him out but he controls how he handles his at. In soccer you have to adjust to the ball, the defender, and the goalie. Plus you can tell how much harder a goal is based on the fact they celebrate like they won the lottery.

  • Tim

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Soccer goal

  • Dave

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in soccer – that’s why they go crazy celebrating when they finally get one

  • Garry Owen

    @ 66: Can you also determine that the physical contact in soccer is the most painful thing in the world by the way they flop and writhe in agony, as if hit by a shotgun, when brushed by a knee or elbow?

    Maybe they’re just hyper-emotional people?

    (I’m kidding, btw.)

  • Seth

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in hockey.

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I would have to say return a tennis serve. that thing is coming in at 105, and you have to send it back ACCURATELY.

  • John Byrnes

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a home run….. you hit a round ball with a round stick and try and hit it square (think about that)

  • John Byrnes

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a home run….. you hit a round ball with a round stick and try and hit it square (think about that)

  • Greg B

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hitting a home run in baseball is harder. While I don’t think scoring a goal in soccer or hockey is easier by any means, reacting to the pitcher serving up a 90 mph fastball down the middle of the plate seems much more mentally and physically challenging than kicking/hitting a ball/puck at your feet. But heck, what do I know? I can’t do any of the three!

  • LMK

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I’d say score a goal in soccer – all you have to do is look at the fact that a good game could be considered with a score of 0-0.

  • http://Twitter.com/GilbertRed Nathan Gilbert

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a home run, you could get lucky on the other options but hitting a home run in a major league park would require some athletic ability. Maybe I just have that line of thinking because I can’t even hit one in slow pitch softball.

  • Right Side

    Q: Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    A: Scoring a goal in hockey. Having to hit a puck into a small goal, occupied by someone taking up most of the space, Doesn’t look easy.

  • Dan moore

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Scoring a goal in soccer- so low scoring every game and takes a lot of team effort for a goal to develop

  • TSR3000

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Scoring a goal in soccer.

  • JM

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in hockey. Very difficult to do.

  • 5haun

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I would have to go with score a goal in hockey, because there is less net space after you factor in the goalie than hockey. But, returning a serve in tennis is a close second.

  • SummitOmar

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    So I crunched some numbers the person with the most goals in soccer scored a goal every 1.4 games. (I looked at the English Premier league) Wayne Gretzky scored a goals every 1.6 games and Barry Cream and Clear Bonds hit a home run every 4 games. Of course that number goes up with every at bat. The data says it all, hitting a home run is the hardest thing to do.

  • Steve-o

    Let’s look at what each athlete might do in the other sports.

    A tennis racket has 10x the hitting area of a baseball bat, and definitely more than a hockey stick. A soccer player can direct a ball with pinpoint accuracy using his head. So, I think all three would be able to return a tennis serve.

    A hockey player should be able to score a goal in soccer if he pretends his foot is the stick. A baseball player might get a header considering he should be good at judging the flight of the ball. Same with the tennis player. In any case, a soccer goal can be scored by an athlete who is in the right place at the right time (which is actually how half the goals are scored).

    A tennis player should have no problem swinging a bat hard enough to get a home run if/when he connects. Ditto the hockey player. The soccer player might have some problems though. He probably has enough coordination to do it. I’ve seen pitchers who could barely swing a bat get HR’s, so it’s possible.

    In a hockey game a baseball player would likely have poor skating skills and fall on his behind, swallowing his dip. Then he’ll get knocked face first into the glass as he gets up. The tennis player would not have to bear the displeasure of dip-swallowing, but repeated a** slides would be the norm. The soccer player would leave the game screaming as if his knee caps dropped to his ankles (and then return). The only realistic way any of these athletes score is a rare wide open net scenario, assuming they stay on their skates and can shoot accurately.

    So based on this I’d say it’s the goal in hockey.

  • Bobby

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in soccer

  • Zach

    I would have to say scoring a goal in soccer and I don’t even know why. You would think it would be easier than hockey but there are far less goals in soccer than in hockey. I think it comes down to the strategy involved with soccer.

  • REEPJP

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I was originally going to go with the tennis serve, but then remembered that I’ve been to the batting cage and stepped in against the “pro” level pitching machine (90 mph I believe) and made contact exactly 2 times out of 20. If the machine was serving up anything other than fastballs, I’m nearly certain I wouldn’t have touched a thing.

    As far as returning a serve in tennis….In my experience in (table) tennis, if you’re playing against a someone who is ridiculously good, you might not return a serve an entire game…that translates to the clay/grass court right? Still though, homerun for me.

  • http://serandez.blogspot.com Ezzie

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    It has to be a HR. The others can happen almost by accident, so someone could get lucky and get one. Nobody can hit a HR by accident who isn’t a professional baseball player to start with.

  • Eric Kimmet

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I think it’s harder to score a goal in hockey, because it takes more coordination than the others with skating on ice along with using a stick to score.

  • Glenn

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in soccer is harder to do in professional sports.

  • Eric from Baltimore

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in Scoccer.

  • Scotty

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Just by luck I think I could eventually score a goal in hockey and soccer, and return a serve in tennis. I don’t think I’d ever be able to hit a home run vs a major league pitcher.

  • Dan

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    My bet would be that the hockey goal would be the hardest. It all depends on the other person involved as all of these have either a goalie, pitcher or other tennis player.

  • Dave

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Score a goal in hockey

  • Marc K

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a homerun.

  • Mike S

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hockey. Getting crushed by defenders, tiny goal, and that whole skating thing makes it tough.

  • http://www.clevelandroversrfc.com Terry Kilbane

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    I am going to have to say the home run.

  • Dustin

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Statistically speaking, it has to be scoring a goal in soccer.

  • Painesville

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a home run. Coming around on a 98mph fastball or lining up a curve ball then hitting it just right with an oddly-shaped piece of wood? No comparison.

  • Bill B.

    Which is harder to do in professional sports- score a goal in hockey, a goal in soccer, hit a home run or return a serve in tennis?

    Hit a home run. There is no luck in that at all, and you’re completely on your own…