Beezer: Fighting remains part of hockey

Edmonton Oilers forward Will Acton and Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brendan Smith fight November 2,...

Edmonton Oilers forward Will Acton and Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brendan Smith fight November 2, 2013. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

TORONTO - If they cast a modern day version of The Odd Couple, I'm pretty sure the Oscar Madison character wouldn't be a gambling, boozing slob.

Sports writers are more sensitive now. Nobody drinks in the press box -- and rarely after games for that matter. And you don't see dudes with cigars clenched between their teeth anymore, while noble pastimes such as boxing and horse racing are largely ignored, at least in this market.

And if you're writing about NHL hockey, and there's a fight, instead of documenting which guy won and how, you're duty-bound to rush on to Twitter and demand an end to such barbaric, despicable practices, and then repeat that mantra ad nauseam in your column. Which is fine, but somehow I missed jumping on to the Weenie Wagon.


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