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Finals vs. championship

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    It's only a "finals" if there's more than one game right?

    The NBA Finals is correct, since they play a series of games. But, say, a state title game is not a finals since there's only one game to decide the championship.
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    Correct. The NHL gets it wrong by calling it the "Stanley Cup Final."
  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    It's only "finals" colloquially or by tradition. Even if there's more than one game, it's still just a final (hence Stanley Cup Final). Not that there's anything wrong with colloquialism or tradition deciding it.

    But for anything that's not traditionally called "finals," it's "final" no matter how many games they play in the final round.
  4. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Agree with Stain on this one.

    It's the final series. Only one series, thus singular.
  5. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    How can you have multiple finals?
  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Exactly right.

    Conference finals.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    multiple games, multiple weight classes.... more than one final.
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Multiple weight classes, that would definitely make sense.

    Multiple games, those are still just part of a single final.
  9. bpoindexter

    bpoindexter Member

    In my neck of the woods, the papers I've worked for used "Division I final" but "section finals" when talking about multiple games.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    If you have four, six, eight classes at one tournament, they make up the state finals.

    If it's an all-comer tournament like Indiana used to hold for basketball or Minnesota used to hold for hockey, it's a state final -- one game
    Stanley Cup is a series, no one particular game -- should be finals.
  11. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Maybe the same way the NCAA buffoons can have an opening round and a first round.
  12. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    In a somewhat related matter, hate hate HATE the terms "districts" (in reference to a single district tournament), "regionals" and especially "states."
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