Not that kip needs defending, because he doesn't. But I feel like sometimes people lose the bigger point he's trying to make in all of his *insert tenacious breed of dog here*-with-a-bone...ness, and I think it's an important one. He's not telling people they can't have an opinion, he's invalidating the faulty logic people use to *justify* these opinions. Is it ok to have an opinion that other people disagree with? Absolutely! Is it ok to misinterpret facts and create statistics and deny research/science and use logical fallacies to support said opinion? Nope, and someone who appears to be as familiar with logic as kip is is going to call you out on it every time. Cognitive dissonance exists as a concept for a reason--we all do it. I'm intimately familiar with traumatic brain injuries and how they affect the lives of those who suffer from them. I'm also an emotionally reactive person who enjoys when someone who pisses me off gets their ass beat (um...on the ice). Difference is I don't try to justify this enjoyment with anything other than nostalgia and personal warm fuzzies because the reality is no argument otherwise holds water in the face of fact.
I think he's made it clear that it's the arguments people use to justify fighting that bothers him. It bothers me too, and I love fighting. I don't like it because I think it protects stars (those days are longggggg gone). I like it because it's fun to watch. The same reason why I like big hits. I wanna see my boys pound on inferior teams players.
But go on, keep lying to yourselves that their is some deep unmeasurable impact that fighting has on the game that isn't just more injuries.
Seriously? I just posted a novel saying the same thing and you cut in line with TL;DR.