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Violence in Sports Both Awful and Loved

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Maybe it's time we all just admit it. We like violence in sports.

Or maybe the more accurate truth is we just don't hate it enough.

You can put basketball's Metta World Peace, hockey's Raffi Torres, football's Bountygate scandal or any number of recent well-publicized athletic hostilities in a bucket and pull them out like lottery balls, then watch the conflicting signals and mixed emotions come out. When it comes to our appetites for — and our repugnance against — violence on America's playing fields, we can't make up our minds about who we are and what we truly feel.

Thunderous standing ovations and double-fisted slams against the arena glass are NHL loyalists' way of salivating over intimidating body shots, knockdown brawls and concussion-producing...

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