Ever since I went to my first Avalanche game back in ’99, I’ve been a hockey fan. That was back when I worked sales, sat in club level seats and a waiter brought me a new beverage every time I flinched. More than the perks, I loved the game. I’m sure this will come as a huge surprise to you (uh, maybe not), but I love how aggressive it is. All the checking, gloves flying, men pummeling each other on the ice … better than therapy.

I went to another a hockey game Saturday night. This time at the Air Force Academy. The match between USAFA and UConn was a good one, game tied 1-1 until the final period when we pulled ahead and won 4-1. Much to my sadness, the violence was kept to a relative minimum: no bloody noses, broken knuckles or shattered glass (I’ve seen that happen). But, there were some great lay-em-flat checks which made me think:

What if we could do a little relational checking?

You know, someone starts acting up, talking smack, being generally annoying as heck. You and everyone else has had enough of the ridiculous, and so you throw off the gloves, lower a shoulder, take a deep breath and … teach ’em a lesson or two about manners. A few moments laying flat should keep ’em in check, dontchathink? Worst case scenario, you end up in the penalty box for a couple minutes. More than worth it. Then the gloves go back on, you offer each other a good-sport smack on the rear and it’s back to playing the game.

Only this time the other guy knows he better keep his nonsense under wraps.

Just dreaming here, but I can already think of a few people …


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