You'll love this (via Bookforum): the role of violence in Canadian professional ice hockey. A very telling excerpt:
Last week, countless fans went online to defend fighting in the wake of news
stories about Sanderson's death. More than one dismissed violence-haters as "women," "Europeans," "weaklings" or "immigrants" who clearly don't "get" what
hockey's all about.
Honestly, where do you start with someone holding those sorts of views?And this from a commenter:
Get rid of the orchestrated, goon on goon fighting, and let fighting come about
naturally as it does in other sports.