Sunday, September 2, 2007

Reason to Live Until Next Season #6

The summer months can be long, hot and boring. In hockey terms -- the summer sucks. Beach season is great and all, but it's also a reminder that hockey is still far, far away. Hockey fans, this summer, please try and keep your sanity. To help you survive the long summer months, I'll be taking the time to remind you of the reasons why it's a good idea to make sure you live to see next season. Please, don't do anything rash this summer.

Reason to Live #6: Fighting is awesome, even if you won't admit it.

In recent years fighting in the NHL has been under some intense scrutiny. Maybe believe that the league is trying to quell something that has been a part of the sport for decades. Others want to see it banished completely (think of the children!). Of course, you have the folks who absolutely love it and want to see more of it, too. Right or wrong, entertaining and necessary or activity that sets society back a couple generations, it doesn't matter. You know you love to see it. It doesn't matter which side of the fence you're on.

Your team might be losing the game and mired in last place yet again, but if you beat the tar out of your opponent, at least you can take some solace in defeat, right?

When your arch rivals come to town, there's no sweeter victory. Beat them on the scoreboard and in the brawl? Admit it. You love it.

It's just another reason why you shouldn't do anything rash this season, folks. Hold on few just a few more weeks so that you can see the best non-alcohol induced brawls this side of a penitentiary.

Here's a pretty sweet Sens/Flyers fight from a few years back.

And the best non-NHL fight ever. This is from the 80s, and it's Canada vs. Russia. The benches freaking clear in this one. This might be the best fight ever. Something to watch for; at about the :50 mark, while things are still 5-on-5, you can see one of the referees just standing in the high slot, possibly checking his watch. I can't even begin to imagine how they handed out penalties for this one.

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