What kind of 'payback' do the fans like to see?

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On his show last night, Dan Tencer and a guy from Sportsnet (can't remember his name) talked about the violence in this year's playoffs and the controversy that surrounds it. With the suspensions and injuries, the general reaction has seemed to be negative. The fans are calling for tougher rulings that must solidify the league's stance on the punishing of such illegalities.

These two gentlemen went on to say that we all secretly love the violence. We'll scream for justice when our player goes down, and we'll cheer when our team gets back at the offender with a punch/stick/elbow to the head. They compared the violence to that of the UFC, which is full of it's Tapout shirts (Ta-pout?), veiny muscles and bloody gore.

I am a hockey fan, have been since I was a kid, and I hate UFC. Ever since it exploded onto the mainstream a few years ago, I have despised it. In fact, I believe that it lowers the already low quality broadcasting on Sports Net. It should have it's own corner of the universe for it's combatants to violate each other in.

Am I conceding my manliness by saying that retribution through fighting, elbows, and cheap shots is ridiculous? Play the freaking game, dudes! Hit clean, hit hard. Get them back when it matters the most. Get them back where it matters the most... on the scoreboard.

Tencer went on to say that he was watching a 9-3 game while the 2-2 game was on another station. He uses this example to prove his point. I don't see it that way. I was all over that Rangers/Senators game. The Kyle Turris goal was the thing of legends. If you were unfortunate enough to miss it, I hope it's not because you were hoping to watch a meaningless fight in an already decided game.

While I agree that a physical game is exciting and a big part of hockey, this Spring has gotten silly. Watching Sedin's attempt at an "intent to injure" elbow was the icing on the cake. It was hilarious, but also sad that it's come to this; the stars on the ice mucking around and the thugs like Chris Neal scoring game winners.

Suspending Shea Weber for slamming Henrik Zetterberg's head into the boards would have gone a long way to getting a message across. Not suspending him is a green light for anything goes.

Maybe I'm in the minority here but I hate it when the media tells us what we like because it's violent. I could be completely wrong, but I figured that's how most fans feel.

What do you think?

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