Jag läste för många år sedan en intervju med Mats Näslund där han berättade att det var jobbigt i NHL inledningsvis för att så många motspelare hackade på honom. En dag tröttnade han dock på det och tog en fajt med något råskinn, och efter det var allt betydligt lugnare.
Något i hans berättelse kändes generellt fel, och Mike Munger förklarade nyligen vad - ur Econtalks transkribering:
Munger: [T]here is a story about Tom Chorske, a speedy winger who played in the
National Hockey League (NHL) for 11 seasons, in 1980 and 1990; and
Bernstein asked him--you probably were in a lot of fights during your
career; which one was the most memorable? And Bernstein thought that it
would be some really violent one. And what Tom did was tell as story on
himself. And the story was: I didn't understand the code. So, the other
team had a big guy who hit me with his stick a couple of times; the
referee didn't call it; he tripped me, the referee didn't call it. I got
tired of it and I just decided I would stand up for myself. Now,
everybody on Tom's team saw this, and it would have been taken care of.
Under the code. But Chorske decide he was going to fight the goon
himself. And he didn't win, but he did okay; he showed up and he thought
the other guys on his team would congratulate him. And afterwards, his
team's goon took him aside--I should say 'enforcer'--and said, look,
don't ever do that again. And there's several reasons why. One is, you
are embarrassing me. That's my job.
Russ: He broke the work rules.
Well, I can't score goals. I can't really pass; in fact, I can't really
skate. And this is my job. Second, you are going to get hurt. Because
you can't really fight like that. And third, if you do get hurt, we are
going to lose someone important and people are going to say: Hey, he's a
hot-head; we're going to send some guy who is worthless, some fat goon
out there, who is going to challenge you and they can get you out
of the game. Both sides are going to get fined for fighting. Or maybe a
major disqualification for fighting. Because it's going to look like
you started the fight. He chipped away with his stick a few times; it
didn't get called; it's going to look like you started the fight. You
may get a game disqualification. So, for these three reasons, please
don't do that again. And other guys came up to him afterwards, after the
game, and said: Don't do that. You have to let us stand up for you.
Don't do that.
Och jag begrep aldrig det koreanska basebollslagsmålet - återigen ur transkriberingen (hela avsnittet rekommenderas definitivt för mer sammanhang):
Munger: It was a charity game. But they are making fun of the fact
that baseball fights are so stylized. And so the batter gets hit, and
he charges the mound; and as soon as he gets to the mound, he does what
the Korean version of chicken fighting--you pick up one of your feet and
hold it with your hand to your waist and jump and try to ram the other
guy with your knee, and the one who falls over is the loser. And nobody
gets hurt. Baseball fighting isn't that different from that.