Hockey fans, before you attack, let me say that I have no qualms with the game itself. But the fighting? C'mon.
Much like sitting in on a taping of Jerry Springer, when people go to a hockey match, I guarantee they leave disappointed if they don't see a fight. But when the gloves come off...that's what it's all about!
Watch this clip from last night:
When the fight begins, one of the commentators is heard saying "here we go" as though he's been waiting all night for this. With that as a lead-in, as I watched this clip it occurred to me...this is just odd.
Where else in sports is this okay and not dealt with immediately? Even football, where players wear as much (if not more) protective gear as in hockey, fighting is not tolerated.
Now don't get me wrong. This post has nothing to do with violence or me trying to suggest that fighting in hockey is not okay. I just think it may be a bit...well...orchestrated.
The only thing missing here are a few thrown chairs and the chant: "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!"