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 Post subject: e they get to the NBA games on the nightly
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I dont necessarily blame a player, or a team, for thinking that a fight or a game full of scraps might deliver a spark. Hockeys rulebook doesnt say you cant fight - it merely says you shouldnt fight if you want to stay out of the penalty box. But, time and again, my thumb points down when I see how inspirational fighting is carried out. Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, perhaps tired of hearing that hes not providing the necessary leadership, picked a fight with Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators. It earned Phaneuf a unanimous decision and a heap of scorn. He should have fought Chris Neil. The Philadelphia Flyers figured nothing else was working, so they might as well call on their Broad Street Bullies history and rough up the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sure enough, the Flyers showed more spirit than is usually the case this season and they won the game. 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And, of course, trying to avoid hockey in Canada is a little like trying to avoid mosquitos in the forest. Except for you, hockey is more annoying. Well, Canadians who hate hockey, there are just so many things in this country you just have never experienced, nor care to experience. Youve never driven your kid to a rink at 7am. Youve never played shinny on a frozen pond on a winter day. Youve never read a Roy MacGregor book and you dont follow Bob McKenzie on Twitter. What about Saturday nights? Well, for you those have always meant college football doubleheaders, somewhere you can safely hide from the gospel of Don Cherry. We undersstand it drives you nuts that youve got to sit through a full series of Nashville-Columbus highlights before they get to the NBA games on the nightly sportscasts.dddddddddddd And those features on small town rinks in Canadas hinterland dont warm your heart. They make you want to puke. 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