Remember when Tie Domi would pretend he had the heavyweight belt on after every fight or when Bob Probert would do a line of coke in the penalty box after kicking the shit out of some poor bastard? Those were the days.
Poor Aaron Asham.
Two nights ago, in a game between the Caps and Pens, two of the fiercest NHL rivals, Aaron Asham DESTROYED Jay "Reagle" Beagle in a fight. He basically knocked his ass out with not one, but two consecutive right hands. Beagle was out cold before he hit the ice. Asham then signaled to the crowd that Snoopy was safe at home plate and was asleep.
Let me start by saying that I've been a big fan of Brendan Shanahan's overhaul of the NHL's criminal justice system. Nobody wants to see blind sided headshots or dirty stick work on the ice. That's what porn is for.
But for now, fighting is legal in our sport so enough with the hypocritical bitching and whining about this incident. To tell you the truth, I wouldn't care if they banned fighting all together. I don't go to the Bell Center hoping to see one and I never leave disappointed if nobody dropped the gloves. Fighting may be controversial, but when a good one happens, everybody's talking about it the next day. So until Gary and his boys get rid of them, let's stop making a big deal about this thing.
Fighting is either in, or out. There's no in between. We're never gonna make fighting classy unless we make the guys slap eachother with white gloves and speak with a british accent.
It is by definition a moronic, barberic way to settle anything. But if I'm not the one getting my ass kicked, I'm fine with it.
Two grown men decided to drop the gloves and settle a score. The second your gloves hit the ice, it's a binding contract that you signed saying that if you get your face pounded, you have only yourself to blame. I'm tired of hearing goons say that they never want to hurt the other guy. Really? When I take my fist and repeatedly hit your unprotected face with it, I'm usually trying to hurt you. So man up. You get into a fight, you might get knocked out. And if you knocked someone out, don't apologize for it. I don't hear Ovechkin apologizing for scoring the 6th goal of a blowout game saying that it's not classy to keep pouring it on when the game is clearly over. Ovy has a job to do, and so does the goon... for now You don't like it, then get rid of fighting, but don't complain when someone gets hurt.