Editor: I realize that it’s wrong to criticize hockey when Stompin’ Tom Connor’s song stating that “there is no game you can name like the good old hockey game” is being played frequently, because of his untimely death. Sorry, Tom, but I can name two or three that equal or surpass hockey in entertainment value; at least as far as I’m concerned.
The first of these is soccer. It is the world’s most famous and most-watched game, by far. There is one aspect of the game that many find appealing; the sporting start with the inclusion of little kids in the opening ceremonies. This respectful aspect is usually carried on prior to the match and concludes with handshakes amongst opposing team members at the end of the contest.
Certainly, there are certain distasteful occurrences to be endured, such as fake injuries and rumours of game fixing. But by and large this is a superb contest between men (or women) who are in magnificent physical condition and can run more than 12 kilometres during the event. Contrast this to most hockey games we watch.
I could mention rugby, of course, with the roughest, toughest go at each other without mercy, or tennis matches than can last for hours in blistering heat. Canadian football is another game that is enjoyable, as is hockey, I gladly admit.
But, sorry Tom, there are other games many of us can name that do compare with your good old hockey game. Too bad you didn’t write a song about them, but unfortunately it’s too late now.