FIGHTING WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON! ANYBODY who says fighting is innopropriate is a DIRTY HIPPIE!]]>
The idea that if we take fighting out of hockey we will attract all these new customers seems counter-intuitive to me. I mean when sports like UFC and WWE are huge drawing cards in the US, you think the fans down there would find this component of the sport very appealing. Who are these people who don’t like fights exactly? I have never met any fan (female, male, old and young) who doesn’t enjoy a good fight now and then. When things get out of hand and the game starts to degenerate into a goon filled, highly penalized mess, fighting can be a bad thing but this only seems to happen about once or twice a season at most.
I want to know of one stadium where, as soon as a fight breaks out, the whole crowd DOESN’T stand up and start cheering just like when the goalie makes a big save or the home team scores.
As for the ‘goon’ players – they have always been as interchangeable as kickers in football (and just as cheap). The only ones who have survived are the same ones that, as the author points out above, have some skills IN ADDITION to their fighting skills.]]>