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01-21-2013, 08:36 PM
Progress to the Mean
Join Date: May 2008
people are going to have a problem with this theory of mine but i've been thinking about the change in atmosphere too...
I think the innate brutality of "old school" hockey has been muted quite a bit over the years, and keeps getting turned down further every year. I'm talking about big hits, sometimes illegal big hits, bloody hate, fighting (the real kind, with cause based in emotion, not staged for momentum). I think the fans that this sort of play attracts have trickled out (not judging for better or worse) and that those are the kind of fans who tend to be loud and "unruly" as adults. College games are full of kids, and we're all stupid and loud at that time in our lives. So, yeah. There it is. A more "respectable" game, a more respectful clientele. It isn't meant as a blanket statement and individuals will vary, of course.
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