Nick Harris

NFL vs the NHL – What the NFL Should Learn

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This article sums up some of the conversations I’ve had this past NFL Wild Card Weekend with friends.

One was about the NHL and fighting.

I was watching the 2004 Avalanche / Canucks game live when Todd Bertuzzi sucker punched Steve Moore and basically ended his professional career. Part of the reason I was watching the game is that it was hyped as a revenge game for a hit Moore had against a star on the Canucks a few weeks earlier. It ended in criminal charges against Bertuzzi after one of the ugliest sports play I’ve ever seen.

Am I saying local authorities should start investigating dirty plays in the NFL?

No.

But I do think the NFL should come down heavy on both teams. And by that I mean Pittsburgh losing coaches for the remainder of the playoffs (Shazier should probably be suspended for the next game too) and Burfict (Bengals player at least for now) for a quarter of the 2016 season.

I completely despise fighting in NHL games anymore. It has no place. The game is great enough with the shear athleticism of those who play it.

I was 8th row for the Avs game Friday. It was more or less a playoff game in that a win put the Avs in a tie for the last playoff spot with a tie breaker over Nashville. Sure, there are 40 more games and months of regular season games ahead, but for a team seemingly out of playoff talk just weeks ago it was huge.

At one point Nashville put in an “enforcer” who tried to pick at fight with one of the Avs first linemen. The Avs player literally laughed in his face and the game continued.

That’s why there’s no fighting in the playoffs or big games. Its only for in-season fans and ticket sales but I wish it was gone completely. Its been on the downturn for years now.

What the NFL allowed Saturday night both in the lead up to, and the execution of that game is a great example of why they should follow the NHL. Send a strong message to everyone that games like that will not be tolerated. And also quit publicizing games in the way that game was sold to fans.

Another friend shared this article. It reminded me that the first person to try and shake Tom Brady’s hand in last years Super Bowl was Richard Sherman.

You can find Sherman’s mouth and competitiveness annoying but he’s the kind of athlete I want to support.

*** I’m a Packers stock owner – GO PACK GO!!!

**** I’m also an Avs fan – Whoop Whoop!!

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Written by Nick Harris

January 11, 2016 at 5:13 am

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