"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Once was the time when the game allowed a teammate to stick up for another teammate. And because the game allowed it, rosters were built, in part, on that principle. And when a teammate was able to stick up for another teammate, lo and behold, esprit de corps was increased, tempers raised, and fists flew. It was some kind of wonderful, I'll tell you that.
Too violent? I don't think so. I don't want bench clearers, they're ridiculous, dangerous (pile ups, skates, etc.) and I don't want brawls. But solid, justified fights, to prevent cheap shots, save this new wave of superstars from getting injured, to stick up for teammates in the old hockey code, and to stick up for oneself. By all means. #