man... I discovered Hurling for the first time last year. Being in Canada, it isn't the most popular sport, but Toronto does have its own little league of Gaelic sports.
I hope to make it out to a game sometime in the summer.
I broke someone's arm when they tried to block down my kick in Gaelic football; I felt bad about that as it was a silly accident. I broke someone's ribs once with a perfect technique tackle in rugby; similar to Dastard's story, there was 0 hard feelings after the match, just an acknowledgement from us both of a tough moment in a sport we loved.
I think ice hockey is the manliest sport. It has the man vs man competitiveness like other similar manly sports like rugby and football while also allowing for guys to express their aggression within the game (ie checking and fighting). If two guys want to punch each other in football, they're pretty much banned from the game. Hockey lets them blow off steam pounding each other and then lets them cool down for 5 min in the penalty box.
Like any sport, you get your dicks. But as Cody's photo shows, letting the men fight within the bounds of the sport allows them to compete with (and respect) each other.
Sometimes the energy built up in a competitive sport needs to be vented. Hockey acknowledges this and allows a way for it to happen without the shit getting too serious. Usually its just goons vs goons, even but meek guys sometimes need to get it out of them.
Also, sibling rivalry can be handled too.
Are team sports necessarily/generally manlier than individual sports?
Two sides of a coin. Brotherhood (team) versus Independence (solo sports), both equally manly i would say.
There really is not a manly sport. All sports involve "men" cowering and trying to cheat the system. In my opinion, what makes a sport manly is the discipline and effort put into it. If you not trying in your preferred sport, then you're no more manly than if you didn't play. The most honest and hard working man that plays badminton, even if he loses all of his games, is still more manly than the man that is a poor sport or a cheater that wins every time in the roughest of sports such as hockey and rugby. It's all about perception.
I can't really agree about the fighting being at all manly. I believe that as manly man have agreed upon playing a game, they have agreed on the rules. I think it bad form to let your frustration come in the way of that. Why can't you channel your angry energy into the game?
The fighting in this video has nothing to do with self-defense. It's pure frustrated chaotic rage and therefore quite unmanly.
Sure, sometimes a situation just calls to be duked out. Make an arrangement to do it later, because on the field of sport there are rules to be regarded. Often you'll find you will be able to leave your anger on the field of sport.
And btw......two brothers sort of hitting/cuddling each other on skates is hilarious....i'm going to watch more ice hockey.
In hockey, the fights generally follow bit of a code. The participants drop their gloves first to signal their intent, and its stopped once the two fall on the ice (and then would have the leverage to do some real damage). Cheap shots and like are not looked upon as favourable and some players have been charged (legally) for cheap shots before.
It's not about self-defence. Then again, neither is boxing. Not all fighting in the world is bad nor is it all for self-defence. Sometimes its just about competition between two men.
sometimes fighting in hockey can change the whole momentum of the game.
So I guess that disqualifies competitive lifting? I wouldn't say that too loudly.