I went to the fights the other night…

by Steve, December 18th, 2006

…and a basketball game broke out!

But seriously folks, I’m not a fan of hockey fights. You won’t hear me defending it as part of the game (even though it is part of the game). But at least hockey players know how to square off, exchange blows, then head to the box. If you watch the basketball fight with the eye of a hockey fan, you’ll crack up. The NBA suspended 7 players a total of 47 games for the little dust up at Madison Square Garden the other night. There was maybe one decent punch landed. Mostly it was just shoving and running away. Seriously. These guys look like a bunch of pansies out there, afraid to really stand and deliver.

Last season, I took a friend to his first hockey game. When a fight broke out, he was first surprised that the officials let them fight. Then he was surprised that not only would they not get suspended or even ejected, but just sent to the box for five minutes. So I guess you could say there is an upside to having the fighting institutionalized. And, of course, when it does get out of hand, it’s pretty unlikely to spill into the crowd.

Personally, I never miss it when I see a hockey game with no fights (something that is increasingly common). But come on. If you’re gonna fight, at least do it right. Basketball? What a joke!

Edited 12/18/06 5:16 PM: For a more sober take on the Knicks/Nuggets “brawl”, read Dave Zirin at the Nation.com.

One Response to “I went to the fights the other night…”

  1. Comment from Wacky Mommy:

    I used to love basketball soooooooooo much — and then the NBA went and ruined it for me. Clyde Drexler or Reuben Patterson? Terry Porter or Qyntel Woods? Yeah, who the hell do you think I’m going to pick? Clyde Drexler — I’d name him godfather of my children. Patterson? I don’t want him in the same city as my children, and I say so long and good luck.

    Damon Stoudamire? I really liked Damon Stoudamire, criminal record and all, but he’s not playing here anymore. Where the hell is Buck Williams when you need him?

    For another rant on the Jailblazers, check: http://www.nbacriminals.com/JailBlazers.html