Originally Posted by Hercules Rockefeller
Nobody cares that there has been a fight in hockey because it is a legal part of the sport. Fighting is not legal in any other sport, that's why it's a terrible comparison.
Not to mention that fights in hockey many times serve a very important purpose. Accountability...et al.
One reason I think it's so important to crack down on fighting in the NBA is as simple as the size and brute strength those guys possess. They're not wearing any pads...nor are they throwing hands while balancing on knives...they're 6'7 230 lbs of strength, and sick leverage. It''s dangerous.
Back to the hockey example...one thing that really grates on me is when some dingbat calls an incident like Bertuzzi's shot on Moore, or McSorely/Brashear a fight. It's singularly stupid.