Comment: From the surreal to the ridiculous
I watched and read nonsense during my time on ice hockey, but attempts by BBC Northern Ireland presenter Stephen Nolan to create controversy around ice hockey fights were on another level.
The game was sponsored by PSNI, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the game was attended by a Deputy Chief Constable as a representative.
Nolan tried to paint the picture of shock and sensationalism that a fight broke out during a sporting event in front of the police and children in the crowd. After all, does anyone think of children?
Instead of taking into account in its radio and television broadcast that fighting is part of the game and has its own rule – Rule 141 in IIHF regulations – he made his best impression of Piers Morgan (don't get me started on this guy) and talked about his guests, including Dr. Victoria Silverwood, a leading expert on ice hockey violence and someone One of the panel who actually knew what they were talking about.
WATCH: The complete "discussion" here
Ice hockey punches – is it time to call time on ice fights?
– Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) February 19, 2020
To call it a debate is very nice and the discussion about it completely misses the point. As we all know, when fighting breaks out, they are liable to five minutes of penalty and it is in a controlled environment.
Not to mention the personal codes of the players who eliminate them and when it's done, it's done.
I really hope that Mr. Nolan will not be listening to the heavyweight boxing shock of this weekend between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, otherwise he risks a real shock.
His assertion that it would be acceptable for his dear aunt to light a rival at a game of boules or a crash on a Saturday evening is that this context would be correct. While Dr. Victoria was trying so hard to get through, it was completely different.
But then, that doesn't suit his story, does it?
I honestly watched and read nonsense, including once a blog post from someone who claimed that the bad shape of his team was because of the music played by the DJ, but it takes the cookie.
It is probably important to note to Mr. Nolan, who acts with surprise on this issue but worked for the Belfast Giants in their early days as an advertiser, that the fighting in the sports in general do not happen as much as before and it is a great honor for the players to have cleaned up their game in this regard.
Until now, I couldn't really decide whether or not to give Mr. Nolan oxygen during his absurd debate, but whether he has a platform to spout out uninformed nonsense and use it, so do I.
The difference is that I have a level of understanding of the game, so if he wants to invite me to his panel to discuss what's going on in Stormont, then I can tell myself make available.
I don't know anything about it, but if its broadcast is to happen, that doesn't seem to be a prerequisite.