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Thread #121207   Message #2644167
Posted By: wysiwyg
30-May-09 - 10:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: Violence in sports.
Subject: RE: BS: Violence in sports.
People who dislike fighting in hockey are not usually people who understand hockey to begin with.

For one thing, try throwing a punch while on skates, on slippery ice. You will see that a lot of the force of the punch is dispersed by the equal and opposite reaction of the movement of the puncher's feet. The tension released in a hockey fight mitigates against greater violence being done with sticks and skates, etc., by people engaged in a very, very fast sport played by competitive, testosterone-dependent-muscled MEN (and women), in the tight quarters of an ice rink. See a few games in person, at ice level, and you will see what I mean. It looks totally different from a high-mounted TV camera. Fighting is part of the sport because it's part of the sport.

And it bears no relationship to violence before or after (or during) the game on the part of fans, etc., which is usually more closely related to alcohol.