As a player, my ticket to reaching the NHL and WHA was my toughness and work ethic. As an official, I respected the people who performed the policeman role because I knew just how difficult and misunderstood that job really is.
Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster. In his face, you always saw a warrior, bruised and bloodied and majestic, in triumph and defeat.
Today, NHL bigwigs publicly downplay the importance of fighting while privately believing it's their biggest marketing draw. But is allowing fighting shortsighted when it comes to the long-term growth of the sport?
"We in science can dot the line between blows to the head, brain degeneration and all of these other issues. So, in my view, it's time for the leagues to acknowledge this serious issue and take steps to reduce blows to the brain."
Does Barry Bonds deserve jail time for lying about steroids? My gut reaction is no. I understand that "obstruction of justice" is wrong, I'm just thinking about all the more severe crimes that go unpunished.