Volume 93, Issue 37

Thursday, November 4, 1999


Research story not legitimate

True hero in the sun is not Rose

What about porno in the Holy Bible?

Fighting for respect

Asking for $10 is $10 too much

Library of politicians

Religion conquers love

Fighting for respect

Re: "Hockey fights – both sides of the coin" Oct. 22

To the Editor:

In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with a good hockey fight. In fact, I think it's necessary.

Not all [National Hockey League] all-stars command the respect that Gretzky did throughout his career. Whenever anyone did feel lucky enough to run Gretzky, he had big Marty McSorley (or someone equally intimidating) on him quicker then he could say, "Let's dance." The NHL's tough guys play as important a role in team stability and depth as the league's charismatic goal scorers.

The NHL big-wigs argue that the instigator rule and a more open style of play will allow the truly talented players to shine. Really? Then where are Cam Neely and Pat Lafontaine shining without team enforcers?

Why are Paul Kariya and Mike Modano continuously nursing injuries that keep them sidelined for months at a time? Because of their lack of protection.

A six-foot-five, 200-pound, 50 goal scorer who can hold his own in the corners against Rob Ray is a rare find. And even then, eventually something has to give – like a knee. Just ask Eric Lindros. As odd as it may seem, for the players, fights are an integral part of maintaining a certain level of respect for the game and each other.

If that's not convincing enough for you, allow me to quote Bryan Marchment, a popular NHL "goon" – "Hey, that's the game. If you can't play, get out and play tennis."

Jen Mendes
Kinesiology II

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