It’s Not Always a Competition

<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/659170i7dhnnvew.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-395" title="659170i7dhnnvew" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/659170i7dhnnvew-300x199.jpg" alt="Competition"width="300" height="199" /></a>Healthy <i>competition</i> is one thing, but… By Holly A. Bell I recently attended an ice hockey game that caused me to believe the Roman Empire still exists. They had simply moved The Colosseum from Rome to Anchorage.  I kept wondering which side Spartacus played for and why they’d traded swords and shields for hockey sticks and face-masks. To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, it was like going to the fights and having a hockey game break out. It seemed to have all the elements of the Roman games: drama, cheating, and fights to the death. But the most remarkable part was the spectators. Like every Colosseum <u>competition</u> I have ever watched in movies and on television, the bloodier the battle, the more they cheered. When it was broken up they booed. When the visiting team’s coach was thrown out of the game they booed and

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