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Friday Afternoon at the Fights

Here's a few very entertaining Penguin-related brawls that just found their way into the Mondesi Inbox:
First, we're treated to a brawl in which Tom Barrasso literally gets his goalie mask punched off of his face by Bob Probert (at the 1:25 mark of the video) in a game from Tommy's Buffalo days.

Next, we get a heavyweight bout between Francois Leroux and Tony Twist from a few years back. I think it's funny when we hear the outrage of the Knicks-Nuggets fight but hear nary a peep from the national media when something like this goes down. I know, it's "the tradition of hockey", so it's OK.


Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...

I'm sure I'll get some disagreements here. But one thing the NHL did wrong with it's whole "New NHL" thing was try and cut down on fighting.

Like Barry Melrose once said, "Nobody has ever changed the channell during a hockey fight."

Personally, if I'm watching a game with some good skills on display, some nice goals being scored... AND a few of each team's bruisers go at it in a brawl at one point, I view that that as a bonus.

HotDog_Zanzabar said...

I disagree with your stance on fighting. The Olympic Games are as competitive as hockey gets, yet I don't recall seeing many (if any) fights. If the league were more focused on enforcing the rules rather than letting the inmates run the asylum, you wouldn't see a spear without a five game suspension or a fight without more than a game misconduct.

The Duke from Dukes Court said...

How bout Probert and Twist both hitting refs during those fights. Times have changed.

tbart213 said...

How about Yzerman taking on McGuire. A pretty standup act for a superstar.

Dirty Sanchez said...

Down goes Twist!! Awesome.

Sam said...

Dude... how can you even think about a brawl post without throwing in the McSorley/Probert one from 1994?!?

I've got it here, along with a couple other good videos:

Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...

I didn't say making it more "competitive", more along the lines of more "entertaining".

You can have a wide-open game in the NHL, and still let the boys throw-down when they need to. They're not mutually exclusive.

And nothing will draw in the casual fan (you know, the people that make these league real money) than a little more fighting.