Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/16/06 at 07:30 PM ET
But instead of dealing with these problems, as other sports have, FIFA, soccer's governing body, is a world leader in bloviation over action. The NBA outlawed trash talk and instituted a flagrant-foul rule to deal with dirty players. The National Hockey League, hardly a sport for wimps, also cracked down on thugs. The NHL decided to enforce the rules on hooking, holding and interfering when it became apparent that the chippy play was ruining the game by preventing players from using their talents--you can't skate with a stick up your behind. The result: when the refs cracked down, there was a lot of whining about the loss of "old school" hockey, but once everyone got used to the fact that the rules would be enforced, the game improved.
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