Derek Boogaard – Part 3

Derek Boogaard – A Brain ‘Going Bad’ – NYTimes.com.

Wow, I have never seen as extensive coverage of anything that isn’t “big news”. This and the previous 2 sections are some of the best journalism I’ve seen in a long time. And it’s about hockey! Not football, baseball or basketball, but our game.

I’m still ambivalent. Obviously the kind of fighting that goes on in the NHL today has to be eliminated. What I’d like to know is if the fights have changed over time. Back in the old days it was a couple of guys skating round and round, pulling a sweater up over the head, and getting in a few round house blows. I think it was comic fighting – it looked violent but actually wasn’t. However, I’m not sure that this is a fact.

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