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Hockey: The American Sport

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February 23, 2017
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Hockey is undoubtedly one of the most American sports out there. While Football and Baseball may have the most viewers, hockey appeals to the tastes of real men. Let’s face it, hockey boasts some of the strongest professional sports players around. Football? They're wheeled off the field for a stubbed toe. Soccer? They walk past you and the guy is on the ground screaming like a child throwing a fit in the middle of the grocery store because his mom wouldn’t buy him fruit snacks. Basketball? They get free shots on goal if you touch a dude’s hand while he is trying to shoot.

In hockey, someone will get so pissed off that they'll drop the gloves after a faceoff with another dude who’s been ragging on him all game. They'll square up for a fight while everyone, including the refs, just stand by and wait for someone to hit the ice. Guys have gotten their faces slashed open in the first period, and get stapled back together and back on the ice before the second begins. 'Murica.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some gnarly sports out there. Rugby is like football, but they have balls and don’t wear pads. MMA, well that’s just your basic street fighting turned into profit sport.

But let’s get back to the point here; hockey. Hockey is where gnarly can turn into brutal really quick. First off - who’s idea was it to put knives on the bottom of people’s feet, have them fly around on one of the most slippery surfaces in the world, and then put a little rubber disc which must be whacked with a stick into a net?

**Don’t worry, we know it was Canada (and that was the best thing to come from them). We just made it better.**To add to that, you have 5 guys trying to take the puck from you, and they can slam you into the boards; or, if you are not so lucky, drop a hip check to you center ice so you have nothing to fall on besides your ass.

Now, I may be a little biased here, since my home team (COUGH Blackhawks COUGH) has been called a dynasty recently with the number of cups they have won in the recent years. But hey, at least another Chicago sports team got a championship recently too (finally). But let’s face it; whether you show up to games in your favorite player’s sweater or come dressed to impress, attending a hockey game is possibly the most American fun you will have in your life.

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