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05-12-2008, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by ratmanfu View Post
Could Mario have held his own in an all-out slugfest? Yeah, it's likely, but Brad didn't take any chances and just played it safe.
What you're not realizing is that I just watched the video before that last post, which confirmed what I remembered - Ference dropped the gloves, but when Mario came at him Ference was completely off balance and was forced to turtle - had the fight gone on longer than 5 seconds, he'd have been pummelled.

EDIT: That said, Lemieux was apparently 25lbs lighter than I thought he was (right height, though), and Ference was 2" taller and 18lbs. heavier than I thought he was. So I suppose had Ference not botched the approach, he'd have been able to stand up to Super Mario. But I think people give him too much credit, since he'd been pestering Lemieux the whole game in ways the league should have frowned at just as much as if he'd actually fought him. Remember, that crap was the reason Lemieux had retired in the first place and why he continued to miss a lot of time after his retirement with recurring back issues.

Yeah, I liked it when it happened too, but ultimately you have to frown at play like that in the last decade, since it cost the league a number of stars. After all, if you go to a game (team favoritism aside) would you rather be watching Mario Lemieux on the ice, or Brad Ference? The grabs, pokes, jabs, slashes, high sticks, etc. as a defensive strategy - they really dragged down the game.

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