In this era of enhanced concerns over head injuries and athlete safety, it’s nice to see a team take a sober and cautious approach on its official media channels to an outbreak of competitive violence.
Sure, fighting is an established part of the sport of hockey, but as the Flyers’ Twitter account demonstrated late Wednesday night, you don’t have to glorify that particular part of the game. You don’t have to praise your players for engaging on third-man-in mayhem. You don’t have to post approving photos showing your players mid-punch. You don’t have to come up with trite phrases to describe the fisticuffs. And if an opponent winds up double-teamed in a fighting situation, you don’t have to find that double-teaming noble and honorable.
I mean, you could do all of those things. But you don’t have to.
L. Schenn & Wilson drop the gloves for a bout, then the whole crew gets in on the action in the corner. Officials breaking up the line brawl— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 6, 2014
(Note: If hypocrisy is a thing that appeals to you, I’m positive you could find instances of this particular author glorifying NHL fighting. You also could probably say things suggesting that this particular author has never punched someone at work or been punched by someone at work, and thus is unable to pass judgment on anyone who glorifies co-workers who punch or are punched at work.)