to play football, not to play trumpet
Martin's punch on Kearney this week triggered a discussion yesterday about sportsmanship and toughness. It seemed to me that there were two sides to this discussion.
1) People defending/applauding Martin's toughness and aggression. People argue that fighting is a part of hockey. Maybe Martin was a little over the top but this is part of the sports.
2) People assserting that this is not the kind of behavior that we want representing the Unviersity of Michigan.
Althought I understand both of these opinions, I feel that there is a larger issue at play here. That problem is fighting in hockey.
Fighting is accepted as a part of the game, especially at the pro level. This attitude/philosophy permiates through the various levels of play. I had my hockey career ended on punch similar to the one Marting through. I legally checked a guy and he turned around and punched my head into the boards knocking me out cold. The dissapointment of having my hockey careeer taken away from because someone was frustrated is tough to swallow.
I understand that agression and violence is a part of sports. I played 4 years of college lacrosse, and sure people got hurt from violent hits, but atleast they were in the flow of the game. A brawl after the whistle is simple not an option in the sport of lacrosse.
I think the NHL needs to take stand on this issue. There should not be a penalty for fighting because fighting is not an option. When the whistle blows the play is dead. Anything after that gets you tossed immidietly, with a pending suspension. We have enough head injuries already, so lets get rid of the sensless ones.
Sucks for Dakota Joshua.
He ate a mean right hook on TV AND has to go back to that dump state.
Michigan Hockey Hosting Ohio State
Yost Ice Arena, 5:05pm, Fox Sports Detroit
Michigan is coming off a somewhat debacle in Columbus where they got smashed, made a great rally, gave it away, before losing in a shootout.
Racine back in net for Michigan
Need a win to keep their pairwise ranking status (still #8) and also to keep pace with Minnesota and Penn State for the Big Ten title.
Anaheim just traded Hagelin to Pittsburgh for David Perron and Adam Clendening.
We were right when we were laughing at the idea of this stupid thing when it was announced a week ago.
Michigan will play sparty for this........thing............every time they play in the annual game in Detroit.
For those who are wondering, the "trophy" is the whole beast. The anvil IS the trophy base.
#6 Michigan vs Ohio State
6:30pm Fox Sports Detroit (also on FSNorth and Sportstime Ohio according to PBP guy Dickerson)
Value City Arena, Columbus
Racine vs Tomkins in net
Must win for Michigan, cannot afford too many losses against horrid PWR teams