EVERYTHING FEELS GOOD TODAY
I could look at that headline all day and I will.
Come for the gifs, stay for the Rask Face.
I really just wanted to include it for the headline. Carry on.
Wyshynski bravely exposes the all-powerful anti-fighting hockey lobby (well, aside from the power of actually taking fighting out of hockey). I hate to somewhat (not completely!!!!!!) side with Damien Cox on this one (ew) but look, it's probably both. This happens in hockey but rarely elsewhere. He was being a 17 year-old and not exercising his best decision-making powers AND there is a certain expectation on players to exhibit masculine/hockey pride as well as a permissive culture surrounding fighting.
Society shapes the norms of hockey, and I think it's odd to suggest otherwise. I agree with Wysh that there are a lot of dangerous practices in hockey aside from fighting (such as getting hit with your head down or blocking a shot), but I would also argue that society shapes those practices (and a person's willingness to injure/be injured) as well. I view his assertion that injuries resulting from these acts wouldn't lead to a "protracted debate about hockey culture" as a challenge. I'm a grad student. I can have a "protracted debate" about anything, any time, any place.
Some quotes from Rielly, Kadri and Robidas.
Comparing Uncle Leo by cap hit and current and former Leafs
Alternatives to the much-maligned current format of overtime and shootouts
On the plays and the types of playmakers
This could be interesting.
Hot take: Stephen Harper thinks that the Flames and/or the Leafs will make the playoffs "one of these days."
Are the Leafs in the category that would need to rest goaltenders?
The cynical part of me (so, 90%) thinks that the NFL has realized the power of the "pink dollar".