Re: Another Hockey Fight, another wussy ending
posted at 12/7/2011 12:45 PM EST
In Response to Re: Another Hockey Fight, another wussy ending
[QUOTE]Yup. soccer, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, curling, football, volleyball, skiing, etc etc Love em all. I wasn't aware i needed to choose one to the exclusion of all others. You ever play real soccer, Fletcher1? It's a hard-nosed game. Plus, I figure more than a billion people, worldwide can't be wrong. But you, Fletcher1, you figure soccer needs to introduce fighting? That two men -or women - should stand mid-pitch in the World Cup and have a fistfight? That's what soccer/football lacks? Fighting would make it more honest? Honest, like the NHL is where there is no diving and no 'playing' to the Referee? What other dishonest sports need to introduce fistfighting?
Posted by gord11[/QUOTE]
Well, you either didn't read, or possibly, didn't understand what I wrote. Nobody said you had to choose sports, it just sounds like you would enjoy a sport that is more controlled by the officials. I played soccer in high school, I liked it. I like that level better than professional though. No need to introduce fighting into other sports (did I suggest that?). I like that sports are different. I don't need them to all be the same.
But there is range in sports where on one ened you can have officials control everything (soccer, basketball) and every sequence of the game relates to fouls, whistles, and rules. On the other end of the spectrum you have some sports where true physical competition and confrontation between the players is allowed to help shape the game and the officials don't interfere with every part of that competition. I prefer competition that preserves, to a degree, a purer form of 'battle' in sport where some codes of conduct are left to the players to shape what is acceptable. You see fist fights in hockey as a barbaric and unnecessary thing. I'm not even a huge fan of fighting, but I look at the absurd level taunting, celebrations, faking fouls, faking injuries, and general reliance on the referee in other sports as something that is totally unappealing to me. On some level, fighting, or fear of it, prevents that garbage. Let them compete, and if that competition sometimes boils over (within reason), I like it better than red cards and ejections for shoving someone. I like to watch emotion, passion and physical confrontation and you can have all that in hockey without an injury rate that is any higher than other sports.
I'm okay with the fighting in hockey, you aren't. You're okay with the diving, faking injuries, constant whistles, and theatrics of soccer, I'm not. Perhaps we should just watch the sports we like, eh? I still watch soccer sometimes...