You like watching 5-3? I don't.
I like watching Pens 5, Flyers 3. Or is that not what you meant?
Hockey's a completely different game, Otis, with the violence coming not only via the natural action of the sport, but also the traditional goon code. Also, there is the constant risk of somebody getting Malarchuk-ed or a piece of frozen rubber to the chops at 100 mph. So risk and violence in hockey must be assessed differently than football.
Now the NFL can suspend-- midseason-- players for "intent". Does anyone else here see pre-lockout posturing? It's as if the league is sending the message, "Strike? We'll just suspend your asses one at a time instead." It also gives Goodell the chance to say, "We took the initiative in player safety!" when in fact it's just another form of player control. Anybody who thinks the league is concerned about the safety of the players is fucking deluded. Shit, all you have to do is look at the pathetic pension plan to see that. It's about public image and bargaining leverage come 2011.