Jyrki21 wrote:Vector wrote:Hockey, American football, MMA, and boxing are bloodsports. Everyone, from the top to the bottom, really needs to accept this and start treating it as such.
The difference is that the contact in hockey (and the extent of it) is gratuitous as often as it is not. In football, it's very literally half the game, but most violent contact in hockey doesn't actually do much but excite fans.
Taken to the extreme, non-contact hockey is still very much hockey, while non-contact football or boxing doesn't make sense (well, flag football I guess, but then you really alter what the game is).
Hockey's history has been weird because the purpose of hitting has changed over generations. I only call hockey a bloodsport because of the advertising of the "hardest hits of the week" stuff. Fundamentally, there's a lot more to hockey than the other sports I mentioned.