Yahoo Sports- “I think it’s telling me that it’s time to get rid of fighting. It’s telling me that it’s over. As much as I like a good scrap in my day, too many issues here involving concussions. Too many problems. The teams are going away from it. Let’s grow up and get rid of it.”
Can you just untuck it for two seconds and stop being such a pussy Mike? It's the first day of the season and I already have to hate you? Can't we just all agree to play nice for the first week while we get back into the swing of things?
I get it. Anytime you have two grown men throwing haymakers at each other it is dangerous. Especially when they are world class athletes. Sure there has been some concussions, some broken jaws, some broken hands in the past. However, can we stop pussifying sports? Yeah, I understand the injuries sustained in athletic competition can affect these guys further down the road when hockey is no longer an option. The focus on head shots in the NFL is justified. The focus on high hits in the NHL is justified. But far be it for me to tell two grown ass adults they can't drop the mitts and give the crowd a show. Much like sex, as long as it's two consenting adults they can do whatever the fuck they want in my book. They understand the risks they are taking when their gloves hit the ice.
The amount of fights in the NHL has died down drastically already, but you can't tell me they don't occasionally serve a purpose. You can't tell me that a well timed fight doesn't serve as a momentum shift. You can't tell me a fight isn't the right way to settle things following a cheap shot. It's not like they happen every 5 minutes. Once the playoffs start you hardly even see them anymore anyway.
Full disclosure, I'm not even a fan of fights. I rarely stand up and get into like a majority of the crowd. Not really my thing. If two guys fight just for the sake of fighting then I am vehemently against it. I think it is a waste of time. With the increasing exclusion of the 'enforcer' role you rarely see that anymore anyway. I would say 80% of the time when there is a fight in 2014 it is for good reason. That's why it's nice to have players like David Clarkson or Wayne Simmonds. Players who are capable of both hitting the twine and throwing some bows. Sometimes a good old fashioned fist fight is the only way for a couple men to settle their differences. We shouldn't take that away from them. Even if they do make Mike's mangina drier than his humor. Grow UP Mike!
LONG LIVE THE SCRAPE!
Eat fist Schenn.